Komatsu puts 700th AHS into operation in Chile

Komatsu has now surpassed 700 commercial deployments of its FrontRunner autonomous haulage system (AHS) as of February.

The achievement was met last month and includes over 100 units of the 980E-AT, one of the world’s largest ultra-class dump trucks capable of carrying 400 tons.

The 700th AHS truck was deployed at Glencore’s Lomas Bayas copper mine in Chile, which first introduced Komatsu AHS last November.

“This milestone marks a significant achievement for Komatsu, which began the AHS trial in 2005 and achieved the world’s first commercial AHS deployment in January 2008,” the OEM said.

“Since then, Komatsu has deployed AHS at 23 mine sites in five countries, with AHS trucks hauling seven and half billion metric tons of materials by the end of February 2024.”

Abraham Chahuán, South America Copper Assets director for Glencore, added that its first autonomous trucks are already operating in the region.

“[This] means the culmination of the first stage of this great project, which we could potentially … scale it later to other Glencore assets, so that other sites have the benefit of what is being conducted here today.”

Looking ahead, Komatsu said it remains committed to helping customers achieve their goals, such as improving safety and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, through the utilization of AHS technology.

This commitment is reflected in Komatsu’s mid-term management plan, “DANTOTSU Value – Together, to ‘The Next’ for sustainable growth,” which defines DANTOTSU Value as customer value creation that generates a positive cycle of improvement in earnings and ESG resolutions.

Through DANTOTSU Value, Komatsu will strive to create new values in order to take steady steps forward to the next stage for the workplace of the future and pass on a sustainable future to the next generation.

Source: Komatsu

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