Mine Automation Systems and their Successful Implementation
The mining industry has demanded that their automation suppliers take full responsibility for the entire integrated mine automation system. Mine automation involves controlling the process’s involved with cruisers, conveyer belts, ore haulage systems (automatic LHD, trains etc.), and mine ventilation systems. An important part of an integrated mine automation system is an information management system that integrates maintenance data, production data, lab data and R&D applications and data.
This paper describes how to implement automation systems in an underground mine using Industrial IT as a tool. Technical problems using radio and parameters that are important for high-speed wireless communication in the underground mine are described. The paper describes the installation of the automatic LHD fleet in the Kiruna LKAB mine. The new generation of cellular radio is described. The paper also discusses the questions of the future of wireless communication systems for underground mines and how can a wireless LAN be installed in a mine.