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  • Remote operator monitoring underground semi-autonomous heavy equipment.

    Rajant, Sandvik mesh digital mining tech

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 8, 2023

    Robust wireless network paired with autonomous mining equipment at diamond mine. Taking one step closer to the autonomous mine of the future, Rajant Corp.'s formidable Kinetic Mesh wireless network has been paired with Sandvik tele-remote and autonomous vehicles destined for De Beers' Venetia underground diamond mine in South Africa. Ordinarily, wireless networks require fixed infrastructure that covers a set range. Even with 5G wireless technology, signal penetration... Full story

  • Vale SA Brucutu Mine iron ore Brazil autonomous haul trucks mining emissions

    Vale's 100M tons with autonomous trucks

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Autonomous haul trucks recently surpassed 100 million tons of material hauled at Vale SA's Brucutu iron mine in Brazil, a milestone that demonstrates the validity, efficiency, and safety of autonomous equipment in the mining industry. "Certainly the most important benefit from the implementation [of autonomous trucks] is the reduction of people's exposure to risk," said Jefferson Corraide, Vale's executive manager of Brucutu and Água Limpa mines. What started as a pilot proje...

  • Caterpillar MineStar Command AHS autonomous haulage systems milestone mining

    Caterpillar exceeds 3B tons autonomously

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Caterpillar Inc. recently surpassed an initial three billion tons of material hauled using its MineStar Command autonomous haulage system fleets. As a milestone for CAT and autonomous industrial technologies in general, this incredible achievement is a true testament to the potential and growth autonomy has for industrial sectors. "Since surpassing the 2 billion ton milestone, we've equipped more mines with Command trucks and have established the world's first gold mining...

  • Epiroc Orica autonomous Avatel Sami Niiranen Boomer M2 carrier

    Mine blast tech takes vital step forward

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Answering the call for safer and more efficient underground mine blasting technology, Orica and Epiroc have combined their expertise to develop a prototype of the world's first semi-automated explosives delivery system for the mining sector. Built on the foundation of Epiroc's proven Boomer M2 carrier and integrating with Orica's latest explosives technology, this delivery system dubbed Avatel is a semi-autonomous and fully mechanized underground mine blasting solution that...

  • Cat autonomous self driving mining equipment haul trucks at Newmont gold Mine

    Autonomous trucks to haul Newmont gold

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 2, 2022

    Newmont Corp. Feb. 19 announced plans for the world's first open-pit gold mine with an entire fleet of autonomous haul trucks. The company's board of directors unanimously approved investment into this autonomous haulage system at Boddington, a mine in western Australia that produced more than 700,000 ounces of gold and byproduct copper last year. Total net investment in Boddington's autonomous haulage system is slated to be US$150 million. This investment is expected to...