Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is introducing AutoMine AutoLoad 2.0, a new AutoMine feature that enables fully automated production cycles for loaders operating in fixed drawpoint and dump point mining applications.
The autonomous loading technology is seeking to increase loading cycle consistency while reducing equipment idle time and operating costs. It builds on the design of its predecessor AutoLoad Assist, adding several design feature updates and significant improvements to enable operators to control multiple loaders with less intervention.
The new feature allows operators to teach loaders different loading profiles for each drawpoint, eliminating the need for an operator to assist in the bucket loading procedure when mucking from drawpoints. These profiles may be saved for future use and default profiles are made available for several loader types.
“We have developed AutoMine AutoLoad 2.0 to automate part of the production process that has been challenging for our customers,” said Jouni Koppanen, product line manager automation.
“AutoMine AutoLoad 2.0 will allow customers to operate 24/7 without worrying about operator intervention during mucking once the profiles have been created. This new feature will help our customers see a direct improvement in their production and cycle time reliability.”
Extensive field tests with customers in Europe and North America have demonstrated that the new technology results in faster loading cycle times and consistent bucket fill factors, with an eight percent increase in tons loaded per hour and 19 percent cycle time improvement.