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Metals & Mining

Drone solution to enable inspections of inaccessible locations

Key facts

43Megapixel camera
typically80%increase in targeted inspection effectiveness
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Top business benefits

Access hazardous spaces remotely, with no risk to life

Increased operation uptime

Improved inspection effectiveness

Reduced inspection cost & time

Decreased reliance on resource-intensive processes

In more detail

Full description

Manual mining inspections are challenging. They can be dangerous, risking health and safety to get up close to areas that are high, hot, hazardous or unsupported. Techniques that allow inspectors access to areas they can’t get to themselves, such as cameras fitted to the ends of poles or cables, require time, resources, shutdowns, and a level of unnecessary risk.

This advanced drone technology with industry-leading cameras allows inspectors and experts, watching as the drones live-stream footage, access to previously inaccessible or difficult to access locations, reducing reliance on physical inspection processes and reducing production downtime. With fewer personnel needed on-site, there’s reduced risk, less commercial outlay, and less production disruption and downtime. This is technology that gets the job done effectively, efficiently, and safely - and reduces potential fixes by days.

The challenge

Essential inspection work in mines is critical to operational success. However, manual inspections require manpower, shutdowns, safety risks, and money. They can be inefficient, expensive, and time-consuming.

There’s a clear need for virtual inspection technology that allows inspectors and experts real-time access to all areas - even (and especially) those that are hazardous.

The approach

This advanced drone-enabled solution is cutting-edge tech for mining inspections. Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), you can live-stream data from inside the mine to remote personnel using a compressed data link and from areas, such as stopes, which are inaccessible to people.

Massively speeding up inspection processes as well as the time it takes to implement fixes, this drone technology reduces reliance on hazardous, expensive manual processes. With the ability to access areas while equipment such as crushing and grinding circuits is operational, there’s no need for downtime, and you can easily assess how well the equipment is working, reducing cost and risk.

Access to 200-degree vision, high-resolution still images, HD video streams and FLIR (forward-looking infrared) thermography also minimises exposure to unnecessary risk caused by working at height or within toxic, hard-to-reach or confined spaces.

This technology transforms what is currently a labour-intensive process to a largely remote process, saving time, reducing costs, and improving safety.

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