TeleRemote - It comes of age

Abstract 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 control of the machine at all times. Three levels of TeleRemote control systems are presented including line-of-sight, extended line-of-sight, and full load-haul-dump applications. Distributed control and sensing subsystems arranged in a vehicle control area network support incremental system expansion through the three levels of TeleRemote control and prepare the machine for integration of higher levels of automation as mature technology becomes available. This approach allows full exploitation of todayÕs mining automation technology with a flexible future growth path.
Keywords: Automation, Load Haul Dump machines, Line-of-sight radio control, Radio control, TeleRemote control, Vehicle Control Area Network
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Summary: 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.
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R.A. Poole, P.V. Golde, G.R. Baiden, M. Scoble
Keywords: Automation, INCO Limited, Robotics, Stobie mine, Sudbury Basin, Technology.
Issue: 1016
Volume: 91
Year: 1998
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