FUTURE OF MINING: Contractor to deploy new autonomous range
AUTONOMOUS drills will soon be appearing on mine sites following the launch of a new range by contractor Wolff Mining.
Wolff, which is now part of the National Group, has an established partnership with CAT and Hastings Deering through the deployment of CAT's Command for Dozing module in a mining production environment.
"Our range of CAT autonomous drills offer enhanced safety and cost effectiveness through high precision drilling,” a Hastings Deering spokesperson said.
"This can offer various benefits to the mining value chain such as improved accuracy, consistency and utilisation rates.”
The range offers high precision satellite guidance technology and automated drilling functions.
The drills use a line-of-sight system through a tablet.
National Group managing director Mark Ackroyd said safety was one of the most important benefits of the technology.
"Beyond allowing operators to work safely away from the drill, there are a number of other features that ensure the safety of everyone working in the vicinity of autonomous equipment, whether that's trucks, drills or dozers,” Mr Ackroyd.
"Autonomous drilling allows the operator to select a row of holes for the drill to navigate from hole to hole and auto-drill all holes in the selected row.”
Wolff Mining has received multiple gongs, including Contract Miner of the Year at the 2018 Australian Mining Prospect Awards.