MacLean, Sandvik demonstrate automated fleet interoperability 

Mining equipment manufacturers MacLean and Sandvik have completed the first phase of a collaboration to provide miners with more options for expanding automation underground. 

“If we want to advance the mine of the future where an increasing amount and complexity of automation is available as an option for mining customers around the globe, we need to work differently,” said Patrice Corneau, director of Advanced Vehicles and Technology at MacLean.   

“Realizing that broader, longer-term goal will require collaboration between original equipment manufacturers in the industry, who historically have perceived each other primarily as competitors as opposed to mining technology development co-practitioners. This collaboration between MacLean and Sandvik embodies that new way of thinking about the mine of the future and how mining equipment manufacturers can help successfully deliver it to mining companies.”

MacLean and Sandvik are working together to improve automation zone interoperability of production and support fleets, with the installation of the Sandvik AutoMine system at the MacLean Research & Training Facility in Ontario. The OEMs demonstrated a surface-controlled MacLean utility vehicle, a BT5 Boom Truck, activating multiple AutoMine automation zones delimited with light curtain safety gates.

With the first phase now complete, key steps in the companies’ interoperability collaboration have been successfully achieved: automation communications infrastructure installation and the testing of a piece of non-Sandvik mining equipment activating the safety gate system.

Source: MacLean

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