Western Australia-based mining product and services supplier Schlam has launched the Hercules EXO, a next-generation mining dump body that, it says, offers iron ore miners both a higher payload potential and longer service life. The Hercules EXO is a 240 tonne-class iron ore specific dump body that is 20% lighter than the company’s existing Hercules dump body. The decreased weight gives miners a greater payload potential, while a complete redesign and new material selection have resulted in a 100% increase in service life, according to the company.Schlam’s engineering department completely redesigned the previous Hercules to reduce weight in all non-wearing components. The extra service life has three added benefits: cost, safety and the environment, Schlam says.Compared with heavy-duty products on the market that use liner packages, the payload potential of the Hercules EXO is far more significant, according to the company. It also does not require the labour-intensive wear plate replacement events needed to achieve target body life.