Prinoth showcases Panther crawler carriers
Italian tracked vehicle manufacturer Prinoth was at MINExpo 2016 showcasing its Panther series crawler carriers designed for use in mining exploration.
The Prinoth Panther series consists of 6 models (the T6, T8, T12, T14R, T16 and T22), but it was specifically the T12 model that was attracting attention at MINExpo.
The T12 is a tracked carrier capable of handling a payload of just over 11 tonnes. It’s powered by a 186.5kW Cat C7.1 ACERT diesel configured to meet US Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emissions requirements. The carrier has a maximum travel speed of 10km/h when unloaded.
The Prinoth Panther’s design allows it to be operated on virtually any type of terrain. The carrier sits on 750mm metal embedded rubber tracks and a fully-loaded Panther T12 produces just 40kPa of ground pressure, providing stability on unstable surfaces.
The Panther’s chassis design allows the vehicle to be submerged in just over 1.7m of water and still be completely operational.
A range of different attachments can be added to the Panther series and the vehicles have been designed with a standard truck-style chassis that Prinoth say is intended to make compatibility with other products as easy as possible.
The operator’s cab on the Panther T12 features an adjustable air-suspension seat, three-point seat belts, a fire extinguisher and wipers as standard. Optional features include air-conditioning, AM/FM radio, first aid kit and maintenance kit.
Prinoth also offers the Panther undercarriage as a stand-alone product. The company says the undercarriage is designed to be compatible with other company’s drills and mining attachements.
"This is truly an exciting idea for the mining industry because you can purchase the undercarriage and mount any drill or exploration device on it and control it remotely," Prinoth tracked UTV sales director Doug Little says.
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