New Load Haul Dump MX80 Released

Jul. 14, 2008

New Load Haul Dump MX80 Released


Tokyo, July 14, 2008 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today announced the July 17 release of its MX80, a new load haul dump vehicle with enhanced safety as well as environmental and operational performance.

Fitted with a new high-power diesel engine that produces less toxic exhaust such as CO, NOx and black smoke, the MX80 meets Japan’s new emissions standards for off-road vehicles* and is creating a better working environment in underground operations. The MX80’s operator cabin comes equipped with a roll over protective structure (ROPS), a falling object protective structure (FOPS) and a climate control system that dramatically enhance operator safety and comfort. Fail-safe features on the MX80 include a wet negative brake that safely stops the vehicle in case of a failure in the engine or brake hydraulic systems while in operation. The new hydraulic system and increased load capacity significantly boosts the MX80’s operational efficiency and fuel economy. The vehicle employs the same main components as Kawasaki wheel loaders that have a proven track record of reliability and durability, enabling Kawasaki to provide quick and dependable services.

Also known as underground mining vehicles, load haul dumps are primarily used in underground mining operations, underground development work, and large-scale tunnel construction. Built to maximize safety and mobility in the small underground working environment, these vehicles have a compact body with significantly reduced height and width. A side-facing seat positions the operator in a lateral direction to increase the ease of forward and reverse traveling. The operator’s cabin also features fireproofing and exhaust control systems.

Demand for safe and efficient construction machines has recently increased in pace with the growing global demand for natural resources that is fueling underground mine development. Kawasaki launched Japan’s first load haul dump, the M5N, back in 1969. Since then Kawasaki has been pioneering the research and development of construction machinery products with superior safety and operational performance.

*The Act on Regulation, Etc. of Emissions from Non-road Special Motor Vehicles (Off-road Act) was enacted in April 2006 to regulate emissions from specified motor vehicles that do not travel on public roads such as construction machines. The law, targeting specific vehicles with engine outputs between 19 and 560 kW, is being phased in over a two-year period that began in October 2006.