Xtrata Copper requested Marcotte to develop a multipurpose system for its Kidd Creek operations that would increase utilization of the equipment and allow reduction of its total utility vehicle fleet. The new unit combines a fan handler, tire handler, crane truck, pipe handler, scissor lift and flatbed on a single Minejack platform.
Development of the Multijack required the design of interchangeable modules and versatile connections for power and hydraulics for service crews in the mine to exchange quickly, as needed.
The Multijack unit converts from a fan handler to a tire handler in as little as 20 minutes. This machine minimizes the maintenance cost, air column requirement and idle times of operating multiple vehicles underground. Additional models are now available based on the M40, M50 and M60 Minejack carriers, suitable for drift sizes of 12’x 12′ and greater.
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