The new FBL-55(H) high-capacity diesel-powered shield hauler features the world’s highest lift capacity in its class and is designed to lift and carry longwall shields and equipment weighing up to 60 t. The machine, manufactured by Bucyrus, is fitted with a six cylinder diesel engine and wet-exhaust system package, which, in tandem with particulate filtration, inline purifications and a catalytic converter – all controlled by the Diesel Control System – reduce emissions.The machine’s safety features include exhaust-emission filtration, falling object protection (FOPS), and maximised visibility. It is highly compact with a low profile, allowing greater manoeuvrability in tight roadways. Additionally, a removable cookie plate and fixed forks allow the shield hauler to be used in underground roof support installation and for transportation of heavy equipment.Horizontally mounted radiators and fans allow clean air to be drawn in at the top of the machine eliminating fan blade damage and increasing operational flexibility as the direction of mine ventilation has no adverse effect on its performance. This layout also gives the operator good visibility.The FBL-55(H) is a further development of the company’s FBL-55. Both products feature identical operator compartment design and control layout. Shared features help reduce the quantity of spare parts held on mine site and allow operators to switch between various Bucyrus vehicles with a very short learning curve.