Automation: Is autonomy the real objective?

CIM Vancouver 2016
Dr Jonathan Peck (President and CEO - Peck Tech Consulting Ltd.), Mr Daniel Lucifora (Peck Tech Consulting Ltd.), Mr François Gariépy (Director, Technology Solutions - Peck Tech Consulting Ltd.)
The previous four decades, particularly the last, have seen many Research & Development efforts attempt to develop autonomous mining solutions. While autonomy is the ultimate level of automation, many other intermediate levels of automation exist.
This paper discusses the relative values and costs associated with the various levels of automation. It compares the path taken by some of the key developers toward autonomous mining. It also highlights the major repercussions these divergent approaches dictate with regard to overall system safety, system robustness, industry acceptance and return on investment.
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