October 7, 2011 by Darren
Engineering, In Case You Missed It...
Designing a rugged vehicle for the unpredictable environment of underground mines goes far beyond making sure the driver is protected from falling dirt and rocks. For starters, narrow tunnels deep within the earth seldom offer opportunities for three-point-turns.
Sleek low-profile trucks, many of which have heights lower than the driver standing up, must be able to be driven in reverse for long distances. Often the only option for driving out of a mine is backing up for miles at a time at slow speeds, about the same pace as a brisk walk.
Based in Bangor, Michigan, the Getman Corporation specializes in manufacturing mining vehicles for the transportation of materials, equipment and workers – virtually everything except the drilling. The company was founded in 1954, specializing in a small three-wheeled vehicle that hauled materials in Colorado uranium mines. Today, Getman services a broad spectrum of industries – platinum group metals (PGMs), coal, gold, copper, nickel and crushed stone – at mines around the world.
“Our goal is to make a truck that will withstand the challenges of the toughest terrains without it breaking down,” says Getman applications engineer Kyle Strong. “Ideally, the only reason for our customers to call us is when they need to buy another truck.”