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By A.J. Roan
For Metal Tech News 

Predictive maintenance dodges downtime

Sensors recognize mine equipment problems before failure Metal Tech News Weekly Edition – April 1, 2020

 

Last updated 7/10/2022 at 2:31pm

Rio Tinto autonomous mining haul truck sensors allow for predictive maintenance

Christian Sprogoe Photography

Sensors installed in haul trucks and other mining equipment can identify vibrations, overheating and other irregularities that are indication of worn or malfunctioning parts. Without human operators behind the wheel of autonomous equipment such as these haul trucks at a Rio Tinto mine, predictive maintenance sensors are even more crucial.

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 before they arise.

With a fleet of futuristic self-driving equipment being set up to operate standalone, a system for maintenance of these vehicles is necessary to circumvent untimely failures....



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