The following video explains in brief the finer points of the why, how and what the Tow Hitch is primarily designed to help with, although it can be adapted to tow many other underground equipment to a maximum of 50T.
The Tow Hitch gives the mine operator confidence and control by providing a safely rated connection which allows maximum turning, tilt and deviation capabilities ensuring efficient transportation of shuttle cars and other heavy equipment in the underground environment.
The Tow Hitch is simple to use. The rotating tongue, together with the ability to compensate for variation in floor surfaces ensures stability of the vehicles at all times. The hitch has been rated and tested to shunt 50T loads.
The Tow Hitch results in improved control of heavy tow loads and ease of manoeuvring the shuttle cars and other long loads while shunting. This means it is possible to have one man operation when towing shuttle cars or other underground heavy vehicles or trailers.
The Tow Hitch results in minimal risk of an accident by an uncontrolled movement of the towed vehicle. It is also likely to result in the reduction of damage to machinery and infrastructure as well as reducing labour levels for this type of recovery application.
The following table sets out the basic specifications of the Tow Hitch. These are also available for download in PDF format.Download Specifications
|Description||Full Articulation - QDS Type Tow Hitch|
|Rated Towing capacity||50 Tonnes (Under LHD Max Tractive effort)
(MDG1/MDG15 compliant - includes Factor of 2.5)
|Tare Weight||1200 Kg|
|Range of Motion|
|Vertical travel||520 mm|
|Hitch Type||QDS and RAS plus Permanently Fixed Type Options|
|Hydraulic Module||Optional Module that allows for control of towed shuttle car vehicle braking and steering systems from the LHD (MDG41 compliant)|
|Tongue Adapters||Easily changed for towing various manufacturers equipment. Optional 50T rated tow boxes can supplied and fixed to the shuttle car to match the 50T tongue design.|
|1||Maintains rigid connection and increases control of movement while towing heavy equipment underground.|
|2||Maximum articulation is provided through the pinned and rotational elements whilst retaining a solid link between the towing vehicle and load.|
|3||One person operation when shunting, towing or recovering.|
|1||Minimises risk of an accident by an uncontrolled movement of the towed vehicle.|
|2||Provides secure steering and braking functions during towing or recovery.|
|3||Loads of 50T can be safely towed or recovered with full articulation through the capabilities of the hitch design.|
|4||Elimination of chains and draw bars will reduce risk of injuries to personnel during towing and recovery.|
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