Metso Truck Body – where efficiency meets sustainability

With more mines and processing plants running around the clock, mine operators face numerous challenges, including the growing pressure to run sustainable operations. Constantly having to make trade-offs — balancing efficiency versus safety, profitability versus sustainability, or maintenance needs versus downtime costs — can result in suboptimal compromises. But it doesn’t always have to be that way.
June 1, 2024
Designed to be lighter yet tougher, Metso Truck Body is optimal for hard rock and heavy-duty applications.
Designed to be lighter yet tougher, Metso Truck Body is optimal for hard rock and heavy-duty applications.

Recently, Metso delivered its 100th rubber-lined Metso Truck Body to a mine in Finland. The customer is already using Metso bodies on their CAT and Komatsu trucks, and like other customers around the world, they’ve seen impressive results. The Metso Truck Body has made a significant difference addressing haulage issues such as high fuel consumption, excessive maintenance and elevated noise levels during truck loading.

Combining the best of rubber and steel
Born out of innovative design and engineering, Metso Truck Body is a custom-built unit with a unique modular rubber lining system. Developed from years of experience, research and testing in hard rock mining globally, it combines lightweight, high-strength steel and rubber. These features result in unmatched benefits compared to traditional and OEM truck bodies.

Increased sustainability
The durable rubber lining minimizes maintenance needs. Thanks to a modular system, worn components are easily and quickly replaced, resulting in reduced downtime and extended part life. Not only does this approach save time and resources, but it also reduces environmental impact from repairs and spare parts production.

Reduced fuel consumption
Fuel costs often account for a substantial portion of a quarry's total operating expenses, with haulage sometimes accounting for more than 50% of these costs. The fact that Metso’s truck body is lightweight and individually designed to maximize payload means lower fuel consumption per hauled ton. The benefits add up during return rounds when the truck is empty – moving a lighter body takes less fuel.

Improved working environment 
Studies have shown a 50% reduction in noise levels when using Metso’s rubber-lined bodies on CAT 775G dump trucks, contributing to a healthier work environment and lessening the impact on local wildlife. The rubber lining also provides a vibration-dampening effect of up to 97%, further enhancing driver comfort.

Customer case: Payload increased from 58 to 66 tons 
A prominent European limestone company sought to increase productivity and throughput by optimizing truck usage, moving larger material volumes per cycle and maximizing payload from 58 tons through an improved loading process.

The solution involved installing a rubber-lined Metso Truck Body on the customer’s Komatsu HD605-8 truck. This aimed to enhance payload capacity and improve overall efficiency during material transport.

As the drivers and wheeled loader operators began to utilize the additional payload and volume, productivity rose from 58 to 66 tons. Additionally, as shown below, there were other benefits.

• ≈ 11% improvement on litres of fuel per ton hauled
• ≈ 15% reduction on total fuel l/t 
• ≈ 16% reduction on total l/tkm 
• Reduction of CO₂ emissions
• Reduction of noise level of up to 25dB
• Decrease in vibration levels

The actual payload was tracked using an onboard weight system.
The actual payload was tracked using an onboard weight system.

Metso Truck Body offers a practical solution to the mining industry's need for efficiency and reduced environmental impact. It is a solid example of how integrating innovative technologies can improve business and environment outcomes.

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