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Sandvik introduces AutoMine® for trucks

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World Coal,

Sandvik AutoMine® for trucks provides, providing autonomous truck haulage not only in underground environments but now also on the surface. It turns Sandvik’s intelligent mining trucks into unmanned robots.

They help to reduce equipment damage, repair work and add the highest levels of efficiency and fleet utilisation, giving a lower cost per ton. They are scalable for different mining applications and can be supervised from remote locations.

In December 2019 a sneak peek of the product was introduced at the Digitalization in Mining event in Brisbane, Australia.

A key requirement for an autonomous ramp haulage application is to enable the capability for trucks to operate autonomously not only underground but also on the surface. With this product release, Sandvik has unlocked this capability for its customers. A core innovation behind the new capability is the smart handover technology that allows trucks to switch from underground to surface navigation mode in real-time. This allows trucks to continue through the ramp portal seamlessly to the surface to complete the dumping cycle.

It also connects directly to Sandvik OptiMine®, enabling efficient production planning and automatic dispatching of tasks to AutoMine for production execution. The progress of production tasks are reported back to OptiMine giving mines real-time visibility of their automated and manual operations and enabling them to make informed decisions on their operation.

Other features include equipment and people location tracking, 3D mine visualisation, and predictive analytics to transform data into actionable insights. Integration with ‘My Sandvik Productivity’ allows mines to keep track of their trucks’ condition and know the real-time status of the fleet.

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