Top Manufacturers of Autonomous Haulage Systems for the Mining Industry

Many mining companies across the globe are adopting the use of autonomous haulage systems (“AHS”), which not only improve the safety of mining operations but also improve maintenance and efficiency. This technology decreases the risk of injuries at mining sites by automating haulage operations and reducing the number of individuals needed around mining equipment.

Additionally, the systems help avoid shift changes or breaks, which are linked to the use of manned machines. This also allows miners to decrease fuel emissions and consumption.

Below is a list of some of the top manufacturers of autonomous haulage systems that serve the mining industry.

Sandvik

This engineering company is based in Sweden and launched a solution for autonomous applications last year. The company provides autonomous truck haulage services.

Volvo

This well-known compamy offers the TARA transport solution, which is made up of an autonomous hauler and the TA-15 battery-electric. The hauler, which runs on a battery-electric drive train, has also been equipped with sensors and GPS.

The trucks connects with other TA15 trucks and avoids obstacles, which increases hauling efficiency and optimal loading.

The compamy is working on developing a fully autonomous truck solution for consumers in the natural resources industry.

Scania

The company is currently testing a new-generation autonomous truck in collaboration with Rio Tinto at the mining firm’s operations in Western Australia. This concept vehicle, which was developed by a team of experts from Scania, is controlled and steered by an intelligent control system. Additionally, it derives its power from renewable biofuel.

Hitachi

This company began trials of its AHS solution in Eastern Australia in 2013 before unveiling plans to develop one in collaboration with its subsidiary Wenco International Mining System in 2015. Those trials were successfully concluded two years later with the company, in collaboration with Rajant, successfully deploying an autonomous haulage solution last year in Australia at a coal mine.

Komatsu

This company provides its FrontRunner AHS to mining companies across the globe. The technology is a combination of Modular Mining’s dispatch fleet-management system and the company’s electric drive haul trucks. It is equipped with advanced sensors, integrated controllers and global navigation satellite positioning systems. The haul trucks, which are AHS-enabled, can be controlled remotely.

Caterpillar

This global construction equipment and machinery company, which is based in the United States, provides CatMineStar Command for hauling, allowing miners to move more loads even with fewer individuals on site. The system not only decreases safety-related incidents and mine operation costs by 50% and 20% respectively but also enhances productivity by 30%.

As these autonomous hauling systems prove their usefulness in the field, more and more of them are likely to be evaluated for potential use by mining sector players such as GoldHaven Resources Corp. (CSE: GOH) (OTCQB: GHVNF), which will be assured of higher competitiveness and a lower carbon footprint during mining operations.

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