Mechanized tunnelling increases mining efficiency

With new solutions we increase efficiency in underground mining

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As a technical pioneer in underground mining, we work with our contractors and clients to develop new technologies to make the construction of underground infrastructure in mines even safer and more efficient.

Due to the constantly growing demand for ores it is becoming more and more attractive to extract raw materials underground at increasingly greater depths. Whether and when deposits are profitable also depends on the efficiency of the technology used to extract ore deposits. We have therefore used our expertise in mechanized tunnelling to develop innovative machine concepts for a variety of applications in mining. Whether for vertical access or production shafts, inclined vehicle access ramps, ventilation shafts or transport routes, Herrenknecht technology is designed for smallest and largest diameters and can reach depths of up to 2,000 meters. The innovative solutions are based on proven principles and stand for high advance rates and compact design. Herrenknecht's tunnelling technology is thus optimally designed for the safe, fast and efficient mechanized construction of shafts and galleries in all areas of mining. 

Safety underground

The health and safety of every employee are essential prerequisites for all activities in the challenging work underground. As a premium supplier, Herrenknecht sets the highest standards in terms of health protection, occupational safety and quality. So the safe success of your project is a certainty.

highest precision under toughest conditions

Shaft boring technology

Herrenknecht shaft boring systems stand for innovative machine concepts that reach deposits at great depths of up to 2,000 meters safely and efficiently. They thus meet all requirements of the modern mining industry: short construction times for deep shafts with maximum safety. Thanks to simultaneous process steps, our mechanized systems can achieve high shaft sinking speeds and at the same time considerably improve work safety in mines. Shaft wall over-excavation is drastically reduced compared to conventional methods. All common lining methods can be used for securing the shaft wall. The mucking system can be selected according to the project requirements: pneumatic, slurry or mechanical mucking as well as muck haulage to a lower level through a pilot hole are possible.

flexible and efficient drilling

Mobile boring technology

In the production of vertical and inclined boreholes and shafts in solid rock, in addition to high advance rates and work safety one thing in particular is needed: flexibility. For this we offer mobile boring technology that can handle any challenge. Raise Boring Rigs and Boxhole machines from Herrenknecht work efficiently and reliably even in the tightest spaces and the hardest rock. Thanks to their modular design they are easy to transport and can be mobilized quickly. In addition, we adapt the machines to your project-specific requirements and specifications. So you can use your mobile drilling technology flexibly wherever it is needed – with remote control and even in the most difficult terrain.


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Steffen Dubé President and General Manager Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA Inc.
Gerhard Goisser Commercial Manager Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA, Inc.

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Steffen Dubé President and General Manager Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA Inc.
Gerhard Goisser Commercial Manager Herrenknecht Tunnelling Systems USA, Inc.