Mine Patrolling Rovers

Published: 27 April 2012

As it have been highlighted in multiple vision and technological roadmaps in the mining industry, a need of significantly paramount importance is the idea of “No human presence in the production areas”, which sets the needs for remotely operated or full autonomous mine operations.

Recently, there have been many resources and efforts, devoted to improving the mining methods and increasing the technological readiness in autonomous operations by using Robotics and Advanced Automatic Control systems. As it have been highlighted in multiple vision and technological roadmaps in the mining industry [1, 2], a need of significantly paramount importance is the idea of “No human presence in the production areas”, which sets the needs for remotely operated or full autonomous mine operations. For these visions, the Smart Mine of the Future-SMIFU project concept [3], has activities in the same area by a special work package entitled “WP1 – Zero Entry in Production Area” that it is focusing in full remote control or autonomous operation of every process in the mine.Towards such a vision, the technologies of Robotics and Automatic Control Systems have been identified as the enabling technologies for reaching this strategic vision. Although the current existing high level in mine automation, there are still many operations that either involve the presence of humans or are semi autonomous/ remotely controlled.