Metso Outotec pursues electric option for Lokotracks
By Steve Ducker12 April 2022
Metso Outotec is conducting a programme to develop a new, complete range of electrically driven track-mounted crushers and screens in response to growing demand for sustainable solutions.
The new Lokotrack range will be built on a platform that Metso Outotec has been developing since 2020 with a total research and development investment of €20 million (US$21.7 million).
Development work will take place mainly at its technology centre in Tampere, Finland and the first new products are already in the design phase.
“The next generation Lokotrack range will address the needs of our crushing and screening customers by providing new easy-to-use diesel-electric equipment,” said Renaud Lapointe, senior vice president in Metso Outotec’s Aggregates business area.
“The possibility to run track-mounted machines from an integrated genset or to connect to an external power source lowers operational costs and allows access to renewable energy for our customers.”
Jarmo Vuorenpää, director of the new Lokotrack offering added that using one common architecture throughout the range allows scalable solutions that can be combined and adapted for different applications and capacities.
Metso Outotec developed its first track-mounted crushers and screens in 1985 to minimise cost and energy use. With Lokotrack, it has made it possible to provide on-site mobility close to the processed raw materials lowering transport and hauling costs and emissions.