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By Shane Lasley
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Robotic mines of the future are here

Automatons are making mining safer, more efficient than ever Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – January 8, 2020


Last updated 7/1/2022 at 12:09pm

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

Sandvik built a glass labyrinth as the ultimate test of the laser sensors and self-driving abilities of one of its autonomous underground loaders. Glass shatters but the unconventional thinking behind mining automatons remains intact.

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 that extract the sought-after metals, the Transformers of movie fame would make great miners!

While today's mines do not currently employ Optimus Prime-like automatons to produce the metals the...

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