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Automation platform for mass mining applications

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AutoMine Core assists in the transition from manual operation to fully autonomous production.

23rd February 2024

     

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A comprehensive automation platform is set to support the transformation from manual to autonomous mining.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has introduced AutoMine Core, designed to support customers moving towards fully autonomous production, while improving productivity and safety.

“Safety considerations include how people can be removed from hazardous environments, as well as gaining more productivity by operating during a shift change, for example,” explains Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions VP automation David Hallett.

As automated machines operate in a more controlled manner than those in manual operations, there is also a significant reduction in total cost of ownership with regards to equipment, he notes. The launch of AutoMine Core follows AutoMine’s Fleet and Manual Production Monitoring offerings. Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions notes that some mines have been able to reduce their fleets by up to 50% through efficiency gains with automation. There have also been reports of 55% increases in production.

“We have now consolidated our systems under one platform, ensuring that our systems are interoperable, which greatly benefits our customers,” says Hallett.

The solution features an advanced traffic management system that enables operators to control the traffic flow of multi-machine operations. It allows the handling of complex operating situations, resulting in greater flexibility and mining output. Hallet adds that the platform allows a fleet interface with secondary or external systems – such as crushers – that are available in the area.

In addition, the AutoMine Core platform is designed to accommodate multiple levels of interoperability for third-party original-equipment manufacturers. The platform's safety system allows miners to segment large extraction areas, allowing the simultaneous operation of both manual and automated equipment. 

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