By taking advantage of new technologies, operators can benefit from smarter, safer, more cost-efficient transport. Autonomous trucks can move materials quickly and reliably, aided by built-in sensors to avoid collisions. And with advances in sensors and analytics, operators can carry out preventive maintenance and improve the lifespan of their transport assets.
Analytics to reduce fuel and tyre consumption
Fuel and tyre consumption are significant cost drivers for any mining operation. This solution can significantly decrease these costs and improve truck flow across the site. It works by gathering information about the environment, operator and equipment through drones and GPS. Using data analytics, the tool then calculates optimal fleet parameters such as maximum vehicle speed, load size and road surface conditions. It’s ideal for complex, multi-shaft operations, or for fleets of older trucks with decentralised dispatching.
Decrease in fuel consumption
Decrease in tyre consumption
Increase in run of mine (RoM)
Trolley assist system for climbing routes
Designed to help fully loaded dump trucks move materials up slopes without straining their engines, this trolley-assist system allows vehicles to move faster while consuming less fuel. The system works by supplying electricity to the vehicle’s diesel engine from a nearby substation via overhead power lines. This frees up engine capacity so the vehicle can generate more pushing power and climb slopes faster. This improves truck speed, mine production capacity and truck maintenance costs at the same time. As an additional benefit, truck emissions and noise are reduced, resulting in better environmental performance.
Potential increase in mine production capacity
Potential increase in speed
Lower diesel consumption
Electric fleets for cleaner air in deep mines
These fully electrified trucks bring ore from ultra-deep mines to the surface, reducing the need for often exorbitant ventilation costs. The trucks are powered by batteries connected to four electrical engines, instead of traditional fuel combustion engines. Traction is distributed to both truck axes simultaneously for reliable movement within the mine. An emergency traction system also ensures the vehicle can move even if an engine fails. As well as reducing ventilation requirements and costs, using fully electrified trucks means cleaner air as well as reduced noise and heat in the mine.
Reduced truck energy consumption
Real-time equipment health monitoring
This solution provides real-time monitoring and assessment of transport equipment health to help prevent emergency breakdowns. Using sensors, software and a communication network, it tracks and reports on factors like oil and lubrication, vibration and acceleration and fuel consumption. The data is compiled in a central database, where operators can see at-a-glance indicators of equipment status, alongside instant breakdown notifications. This can lead to increased throughput and equipment availability as well as lower operational costs, thanks to an improved ability to perform preventive maintenance.
Increase in equipment availability
Reduction in workforce required
More work orders completed per technician
Autonomous ore haulage trucks
Autonomous vehicles are an increasingly common feature of different mining environments. This sophisticated remote-controlled navigation, high-precision GPS and obstacle detection system allows for partial or full automation of haulage fleets at a rapid rate.Implementing this technology can reduce the number of security events, and help achieve significant productivity improvements by reducing unscheduled stops and maximising travel speeds where terrain permits.
Laser beam 3D mapping and obstacle detection
This LiDAR system helps vehicles to avoid colliding with obstacles inside mines with poor visibility. It uses rebounding laser beams to detect and notify operators about rocks and other obstacles that could damage vehicle wheels, or even cause a serious incident. The solution also provides a 3D map of the environment, which can be used to gain better visibility and control over the ceiling stability.
Anti collision system
The Collision Avoidance Systems (CAS) technology helps prevent vehicles from colliding with nearby objects or vehicles. The technology is installed on existing vehicles and incorporates proximity sensors, radio wave ID tags, radars and GPS. When the equipped vehicle is dangerously close to another object or vehicle, the technology detects and activates systems such as sound alarms, brakes and steering. CAS technology can also be applied to autonomous vehicles. The CAS system can also be linked to a Collision Warning System, which only sounds alarms to alert the driver to danger.
Reduction in over-speed events
Of operators confident that the system provides additional safety
Annual savings on tyres for an average-sized mine
Robotic dump trucks
Dump truck fleets can now drive autonomously, thanks to a solution that combines GNSS navigation, machine vision and physical sensor technology to move along a route and avoid collisions. As well as improving safety by reducing the need for workers to drive in hazardous environments, this solution increases the efficiency of fleet use, reduces operational expenditure and boosts productivity.
Increase in productivity
Reduction in operational expenditure
Dump truck operations
Radar and video anti-collision system
Driving large trucks in open pit mines can risk collisions with other equipment as well as presenting significant safety hazards. This computer vision solution uses proximity sensors, RFID tags, radars, cameras and GPS to detect and activate systems such as sound alarms, brakes and steering when a vehicle is at risk of a collision.This is particularly useful because of the blind zones created by these large vehicles. The technology vastly reduces the probability of emergencies during manoeuvres in parking lots, dumps and places with a high volume of vehicles.
Fleet location and performance tracking
Designed to optimise fleet management, this compact wireless multi-grade magnetic sensor device tracks the location and performance of individual vehicles. Containing a GPS tracker plus movement, heat and humidity sensors, it can be installed within one minute with no engineering work required and can also withstand temperatures from -40°C to +60°C. The vehicle’s movement and engine performance is tracked live and uploaded to the cloud through a wireless gateway device. Data from numerous vehicles is collated in a digital dashboard, allowing managers to track their entire fleet. The resulting insights help operators to minimise idling, reduce rental costs and increase productivity.
Increase in machine productivity
Decrease in machine rental cost
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Dr Nick Mayhew
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