Epiroc and wireless network provider Rajant Corporation have successfully validated the global deployment of both Epiroc semi-autonomous and autonomous drills with the latter’s BreadCrumb wireless nodes.
“Improving the operational safety and productivity of mining operations is the byproduct of Rajant Kinetic Mesh. It is the only industrial wireless network enabling machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity and mobility in markets like open-pit and underground mining,” said Geoff Smith, executive vice president of Sales and Marketing for Rajant.
“Unlike other wireless networks that are dependent on fixed infrastructure, Rajant mobile BreadCrumbs can communicate with each other allowing machines to interconnect, which adds additional layers of connectivity and redundancy while Rajant networking software InstaMesh is self-optimizing to overcome the constant environmental changes, data loads, interference, and on-the-move requirements of modern mines.”
There are currently dozens of Epiroc semi-autonomous and autonomous drills using Rajant deployed globally including at Anglo American’s Sishen, Mogalakwena and Los Bronces operations, as well as Exxaro’s Grootegeluk coal mine.