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Mine approves automating multiple machines

Sandvik AutoMine
Sandvik AutoMine

A mining services company plans to automate its earthmoving equipment.

An Australian resources operation will soon install new autonomous technology that effectively controls multiple machines at once.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions confirmed its new AutoMine Surface Drilling solution can let a single operator safety control up to three rigs simultaneously from a trailer, van or remote control room.

The AutoMine system is promised to increase efficiency, safety and work conditions while operating existing Leopard DI650i down-the-hole drills at the undisclosed mine. It also avoids human exposure to noise, dust and vibration from what the manufacturer calls “hazardous” work environments.

Sandvik claims mine employees have warmly welcomed the AutoMine system, which is compatible with both boom and rotary drill equipment.

“The contractors willingness to embrace new technologies is one of the reasons they are so successful,” digitalisation business development manager Andy Garbett said in a public statement.

“AutoMine’s onboard functions will enable the rigs on site to work autonomously, while the operator monitors the fleet.”

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AMSJ April 2022