A review of INCO's mining automation efforts in the Sudbury Basin.

Abstract INCO is committed to proceed into the next century using automation and robotics to achieve safety and productivity goals necessary to enhance its competitive position. Stobie Mine, decades old, is the first of its mines to change from labour-intensive to automation-assisted techniques. This paper is a synopsis of the progress made during the transition period including overviews of some of the projects as well as some of the difficulties in the assimilation of the technology.
Keywords: Automation, INCO Limited, Robotics, Stobie mine, Sudbury Basin, Technology.
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Summary: Line-of-sight radio control has received widespread acceptance for use in many mining methods because todayÕs technology offers improved economics and personnel safety. Significant advances in higher autonomy for mining machines are not currently seeing widespread use even though they offer great future potential. With autonomous capabilities being a longer-term goal, a logical sequence of advances based on TeleRemote control is proposed. Under TeleRemote control, the operator is in direct...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): D. Thomson, V. Aitken
Keywords: Automation, Load Haul Dump machines, Line-of-sight radio control, Radio control, TeleRemote control, Vehicle Control Area Network
Issue: 1016
Volume: 91
Year: 1998
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