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Cat 793 haul truck rounds a bend on its way to be loaded at the Bagdad Mine.

Autonomous Cat trucks coming to AZ mine

Freeport partners with Caterpillar to convert fleet of 33 mining haul trucks at Bagdad copper mine in Arizona to autonomous Cat MineStar models. Bringing the autonomous mines of the future one large step... — Updated 11/15/2023

Self driving autonomous mining loader glass labyrinth underground mine

Robotic mines of the future are here

Minerbots unite! With an arsenal of lasers and explosives able to reduce mineral-rich bedrock to rubble before morphing into trucks, loaders and other heavy equipment to deliver ore to processing plants... — Updated 6/8/2023 Full story

A Komatsu mining truck hauling copper ore at the Los Bronces Mine in Chile.

Komatsu autonomous trucks at Chile mine

Komatsu Ltd. will be showcasing its FrontRunner autonomous haulage system at Anglo American's Los Bronces open pit copper mine in Chile. Coupled with Komatsu's DISPATCH fleet management system, the... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

A Cat loader dumps iron ore into a Scania autonomous mining truck.

Will autonomous trucks shrink mines?

Rio Tinto, Scania are reimagining mining with more agile and efficient self-driving truck. Will the automation and electrification of mining trucks shrink the size of equipment used to dig up and haul ore... — Updated 10/18/2022

A view from inside the cab of an autonomous Cat mining truck.

Self-driving Cat trucks speed past milestone

Autonomous Cat mining trucks surpass 5 billion metric ton mark Accelerating at an accelerating rate, Caterpillar Inc.'s mighty mining trucks have now autonomously hauled 5 billion metric tons of material... — Updated 9/27/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
The shores of Qinngorput, a district part of the capital of Greenland, Nuuk.

Amaroq signs autonomous equipment MOU

Leading vehicle automation provider ABD Solutions has signed a memorandum of understanding with Amaroq Minerals Ltd. to investigate the potential for introducing autonomous mining systems for vehicles at... — Updated 8/30/2022

A photo of a Sandvik underground haul truck deep inside a tunnel.

Oyu Tolgoi goes underground, autonomous

Rio Tinto is leveraging the safety and productivity advantages of Sandvik's autonomous mining equipment as it heads underground at the enormous Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in the South Gobi Desert region... — Updated 7/12/2022 Full story

Caterpillar autonomous heavy haul truck water truck record 2021 milestone

Cat autonomous trucks set new record

Caterpillar Inc.'s enormous autonomous mining trucks hauled 1.2 billion metric tons of ore, waste, and other materials during 2021, a world record that will likely only stand for a year as more mining... — Updated 7/12/2022

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions Exyn Technologies automated drones PDAC

Glimpse of mining future unveiled at PDAC

The future of automated underground mining – where drones self-navigate through a labyrinth of underground mine workings and send back high-accuracy 3D data that can be used to guide autonomous mining... — Updated 7/10/2022

Caterpillar ioneer autonomous truck mining Rhyolite Ridge Nevada MineStar

Cat, ioneer build autonomous partnership

Australia-based ioneer Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Caterpillar Inc. to further pursue the use of a fleet of Cat autonomous trucks at the future mine at ioneer's Rhyolite Ridge... — Updated 7/10/2022

Autonomous mining Block caving Newcrest Ltd. Australia Aaron Brannigan

Autonomy makes block cave mining safer

Newcrest Mining Ltd.'s Cadia East gold-copper-molybdenum mine in Australia is a bit safer with the integration of a remote operated MacLean water cannon into the fleet of automated equipment there. Mining... — Updated 7/10/2022

Autonomous battery electric underground loader technologies

Sandvik joins sustainable mining group

Sandvik has added its name to a group of Swedish mining, equipment, and technology companies working together to create the digitized, autonomous, and carbon dioxide-free mine of the 21st century. Already... — Updated 7/10/2022 Full story

Sandvik Innovation in Mining Virtual Event autonomous mine technology

Sandvik reimagines the underground mine

From electric loaders with self-swapping battery packs to complete autonomous mining systems, Sandvik is reimagining the future of underground mining. The Sweden-based leader in underground mining... — Updated 7/10/2022

ControlMaster G dash remote autonomous mine equipment display

Evolution of autonomous gold mining fleet

RCT, an Australia-based autonomous solutions specialist that delivers products and support to clients in 71 countries around the globe, said it has successfully commissioned the underground loader fleet... — Updated 7/10/2022

Sandvik autonomous underground mining equipment Exyn Technologies drones

Global mining robot leaders join forces

Two world leaders in mining robotics – Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology and Exyn Technologies Inc. – have formed a partnership that is expected to set the standard for fully autonomous underground... — Updated 7/10/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Automous mining trucks Zyfra sensors Huawei 5G network SUEK coal mine Russia

Russian coal miner puts 5G to the test

SUEK, among the world's largest coal and energy companies, is testing autonomous trucks using 5G network at its Chernogorsky open pit mine in Khakassia, Russia. A pilot project at the coal mine in... — Updated 7/10/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Rio Tinto autonomous mining haul truck sensors allow for predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance dodges downtime

Advanced wireless sensors are being developed to accompany automated vehicles in next-generation artificial intelligence-operated heavy machinery in mining and other sectors, to help predict malfunctions... — Updated 7/10/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Roy Hill Epiroc executives sign autonomous mining equipment conversion deal

Roy Hill crosses threshold toward autonomy

Roy Hill, an iron mining company with operations in Western Australia's Pilbara region, has signed a deal with global mining equipment and service provider Epiroc, and automation specialist ASI Mining to... — Updated 7/2/2022

Komatsu autonomous bulldozer remote control operated Minas-Rio ProVision

Komatsu tests remote control bulldozer

Bulldozer operators at mining operations may soon be trading in the loud and jarring cabs of these large earthmoving machines for remote-control consoles in air-conditioned offices. Komatsu Ltd. is... — Updated 4/5/2022 Full story


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