Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has introduced its newest product for maximizing productivity and improving safety, AutoMine Mapping Solution, for autonomous vehicle navigation in underground mining operations by utilizing mapped data.
The next-generation product, it said, enables a vehicle to safely record an underground 3D environment with a mine mapping tool, and convert three-dimensional maps to 2D. Faster configuration, and the possibility to continue to operate other equipment within the area while it is being mapped, increases productivity and efficiency.
AutoMine Mapping Solution’s technology reduces the time and cost involved in manual mapping and enables a safer, more efficient autonomous underground operating environment. It can be used on all types of underground equipment, including loaders, trucks and drills, which can eliminate the need for dedicated equipment and resources to map the area.
“With AutoMine Mapping Solution, we are progressing to the next generation of innovative automation solutions, bringing new technologies to the underground mining industry which are designed to maximize our customers’ productivity and safety,” said Ty Osborne, product line manager Underground Automation Sales.
“AutoMine Mapping Solution is easy to use and turns real-time data from the mine into 3D models, providing a clear customer advantage in the planning and prioritizing of their automated operations and increasing production control.”
AutoMine Mapping Solution will be available to order later in 2022.