Sand­vik min­ing loader self-nav­i­gates labyrinth of glass

Sand­vik min­ing loader self­nav­i­gates labyrinth of glass to prove au­to­mated nav­i­ga­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties

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In re­cent years, self-driv­ing ve­hi­cles have be­come a fre­quent dis­cus­sion topic. Swedish en­gi­neer­ing group Sand­vik has had au­to­mated load­ers and trucks work­ing in mines for over 20 years — with zero ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing peo­ple.

A new video re­leased by the com­pany to show the pre­ci­sion of the au­to­mated min­ing loader sees it nav­i­gat­ing a glass labyrinth. Sand­vik Group CEO Björn Rosen­gren takes over the driv­ing at the end and crashes into the walls, shat­ter­ing the ma­jor­ity of it, with glass fly­ing dra­mat­i­cally.

“Some of to­day’s most so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy is found within Sand­vik’s dif­fer­ent busi­ness ar­eas,” he says. “We’ve al­ways worked close to our cus­tomers de­vel­op­ing new prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies. Go­ing for­ward we clearly see au­to­ma­tion and dig­i­tal­iza­tion as key ar­eas.

It will help both Sand­vik and our cus­tomers to be more pro­duc­tive, ef­fi­cient and sus­tain­able.”

Sand­vik’s Au­toMine sys­tem means that Sand­vik load­ers and trucks learn the safest and most ef­fi­cient route the first time they en­ter a tun­nel. Guided by a set of lasers, the equip­ment’s in­tel­li­gent sys­tem maps out and records a path.

Sand­vik’s patented al­go­rithms, to­gether with its sen­sors and gy­ro­scopes, en­sure the ma­chine knows where to go un­der­ground, where GPS is not pos­si­ble.

“Sand­vik au­to­mated load­ers have been in use for more than 20 years, with over two mil­lion op­er­at­ing hours un­der­ground,” au­to­ma­tion at Sand­vik Min­ing and rock tech­nol­ogy se­nior sys­tems engi­neer, Jouni Kop­pa­nen, says.

“Au­ton­o­mous sys­tems im­prove safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity for our cus­tomers. For the first time ever the en­tire cy­cle can be au­to­mated, from load­ing to haul­ing and dump­ing. No­body has been able to do that be­fore.”

Sand­vik’s patented al­go­rithms en­sure the ma­chine knows where to go un­der­ground, where GPS is not pos­si­ble.

Guided by a set of lasers, load­ers and trucks fol­low the safest and most ef­fi­cient route

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