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The technology of remote-controlled wheel loaders shall be improved in a new projects.

More efficient remote controlled trucks in mines

Published: 22 October 2014

Remote controlled bigger sized wheel loaders can do ore mining both safer and more efficient. Researchers at Luleå University of Technology will develop the technology needed within the project Wroomm.

The aim of the project Wroomm, Wireless and remote operation of mobile machines, is to develop concept solutions for remote loading of large wheel loaders in underground mines and remote monitoring of such machines. The ore mining shall be faster as well as more efficient. By using remote-controlled bigger sized wheel loaders,loading can begin immediately after blasting. There is no need to wait for the drifts to be ventilated in order to enable people to work underground.

– It has been difficult to achieve efficiency when using remote control, says Ulf Bodin, project leader and senior lecturer in Dependable Communication and Computing. 

– The filling ratio of the buckets are worse when using remote control which is a problem in a business that is heavily dependent on high output in tonnes per hour.

Ten million over three years

Ultimately, the results from Wroomms can also be used to develop remote control of wheel loaders in other contexts. The idea is that the project will provide solutions for the Swedish process industry and its suppliers by developing knowledge leading to new innovations in the area of ​​process industrial IT.

The project Wroomm has received five million SEK from Vinnova. In addition, the other project participants, Boliden, Volvo CE, ABB, Oryx and SICS, puts in another another five million SEK. The project will last for three years.


Ulf Bodin

Bodin, Ulf - Professor

Organisation: Cyber-Physical Systems, Embedded Intelligent Systems LAB, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering
Phone: +46 (0)920 493036
Room: A3308 - Luleå»