Sandvik will have several of its latest innovations on display for the first time anywhere at MINExpo International 2021 in Las Vegas, September 13-15, including its AutoMine Concept vehicle. The first fully autonomous battery-electric vehicle (BEV) for underground mining is equipped with new sensing capabilities and artificial intelligence to help the cabinless technology demonstrator perceive its surroundings and environment in 3D and react in real-time, enabling it to adapt and plan its own route and to find the most suitable paths even in continuously changing environments.
In addition, Sandvik will unveil its latest battery-electric underground truck, together with a virtual introduction to new loader technology with AutoMine readiness.
The manufacturer will also launch the DS412iE, its first battery-powered rock bolter that rounds out the company's first full zero-emissions offering for all underground drilling applications.
"We were proud to launch the industry's first battery-driven underground jumbo five years ago at MINExpo International 2016, and we're proud of our ongoing progress in electric equipment innovation since then," said Henrik Ager, president of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions.
"We continue to expand our offering, and our latest battery-electric equipment contributes to a cleaner and quieter environment without compromising safety, productivity or efficiency."
On the surface drilling side, Sandvik will showcase the Sandvik DR410i rotary blasthole drill rig, Leopard DI650i down-the-hole drill rig and Pantera DP1600i top hammer drill rig, part of the Top Hammer XL system. Visitors will also be able to learn more about AutoMine Surface Drilling, an automation system for fully autonomous and tele-remote operation of a wide range of intelligent Sandvik surface drill rigs. The AutoMine system's new AutoCycle functionality enables a fully autonomous drilling cycle with hole-to-hole tramming for automatic rig relocation according to the drill plan.
In addition to displaying its latest rock tools offering at MINExpo, including the recently launched Sandvik LT90 top hammer tool — part of Top Hammer XL — Sandvik will launch a new DTH hammer with class-leading fuel efficiency. The company will also launch a new rotary bit, new heavy-duty drill bits, a new drill bit for autonomous drilling and its latest digital rock tools solutions, all developed to increase sustainability and productivity. Sandvik will also launch the new Sandvik RD212 and Sandvik RD315 rock drills at the show.
Sandvik will use a simulation game to introduce its new digital offering, Remote Monitoring Service, and will also showcase its smart inspection tools through interactive demonstrations.
MINExpo attendees can also expect some exciting news about OptiMine, the most comprehensive suite of digital tools for analysing and optimizing underground hard rock mining production and processes.
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