Product Safety -Increasing Safety by Innovation-
Innovation brings about a variety of valuable ideas such as environmental design and economic efficiencies. Out of these, our highest priority is “Safety.”
Starting with providing safe products, and including the ultimate safety of automatic operational systems, we are making full use of innovation in terms of safety to find ways of bringing the best value to our customers.
On-site Operational Safety
Providing a very safe product is a manufacturer's most important responsibility. On top of meeting all of the latest international standards and regulations, we deliver products with exceptional safety features that are unsurpassed by other competitors to our customers.
At the same time, our goal is to improve safety through innovation to such a level that we can help our customers realize on-site operations as they should be.
Komatsu introduced the ICT Bulldozer (2013) and ICT Hydraulic Excavator (2014) to the market that made possible automatic control of blades and buckets. No matter the level of experience of the operator, ICT construction equipment makes possible the high precision construction work of a skilled worker. As a result, supplementary workers needed in the past are no longer necessary and the guide process which is done by people becomes unnecessary, saving labor on the work site and improving safety.
The ultimate safety feature to be realized is the "Automatic Operational System." At some major mines in Australia and Chile, the Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) is in full-scale operation. This is the system where giant dump trucks automatically drive themselves, carrying over 300 tons of soil and minerals. Customers must pay most careful attention when they have several construction machinery and vehicles operating 24 hours in the harsh environment of mines. AHS is there to help with this process. The combination of the cutting edge technologies such as satellite communication and various radars and sensors creates a system that responds to the customer's diverse safety needs, and by continuing to work on further evolution of such safety systems, we are contributing to the realization of making our customers' on-site operational safety as it should be.
Example of Safety Activities
Safety Improvement at Mining Sites: Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicles
Komatsu exhibited an "Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle" featuring a cabless structure at the "MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2016" which was held in Las Vegas, United States in September 2016.
Unlike 930E and 830E autonomous models, Komatsu has newly developed this vehicle exclusively as an unmanned vehicle designed to maximize the advantages of unmanned operation. Komatsu plans a market introduction in the near future. By distributing equal load to the four wheels both when the vehicle is loaded and unloaded, and adopting four-wheel drive, retarder and steering, Komatsu is aiming for high-performance shuttling of this vehicle in both forward and reverse travel directions, thereby totally eliminating the need for K-turns at loading and unloading sites. In particular, Komatsu expects that this new vehicle will considerably improve the productivity and safety at mines where existing unmanned haulage vehicles face challenging conditions, such as slippery ground due to frequent rain/snow fall as well as confined spaces for loading.
Komatsu has led the world by commercializing Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) in 2008. Since then AHS dump trucks have hauled over 1 billion tons (cumulative) of overburden and minerals at large-scale mines mainly in Chile and Australia. By continuing its efforts to optimize the performance of mining equipment and aggressively promote remote control and unmanned machine operation, Komatsu will help its mining customers significantly improve their productivity, thereby becoming their indispensable partner.
Safety Improvement of Construction Sites: "SMARTCONSTRUCTION" the Dantotsu Solution that brings a major revolution to construction sites
Since 2013, Komatsu has been moving forward with launching of ICT equipment to the market such as "D61PXi", an ICT bulldozer, and "PC200i", an ICT hydraulic excavator. In addition to the development of such ICT equipment, Komatsu has decided to begin "SMARTCONSTRUCTION", a service business to solve the various issues arising at construction sites and realize "Gemba (workplaces) of the Future", which will be one of our core businesses in the future.
"SMARTCONSTRUCTION" connects all the information of the construction sites with ICT and achieves the improvement of safety and productivity at Gemba. We also make use of the accumulated data acquired through "SMARTCONSTRUCTION" for maintaining social infrastructure and for recovering from natural disasters.
- For more information, please visit the following special website for SMARTCONSTRUCTION (Komatsu Report 2017)