ASI to supply Roy Hill mine with autonomous truck solution
ASI Mining has signed a subcontract with Epiroc to supply its autonomous truck solution to the Roy Hill mine in Western Australia.
In February, Epiroc signed a contract with Roy Hill to deliver a fully automated haul truck solution to the 55 million-tonne-per-year operation.
ASI will supply the technology and systems to convert Roy Hill’s mixed fleet of 77 haul trucks from manned to autonomous operations and integrate these with the fleet and other mining management systems.
The company will utilize its partner, Danfoss, a major supplier of haul truck components and mobile systems, for vehicle conversions to a drive-by-wire capability.
“Being chosen as the technology provider to Roy Hill is testament that the market is eager to establish a more open and interoperable supplier in the AHS (autonomous haulage system) space, especially on retrofits, which will provide more flexibility than the traditional OEM (original equipment manufacturer) offerings,” Patrick Hald, general manager of ASI Mining, said in a release.
The project will leverage ASI’s Mobius software to create a scalable platform and will involve phased implementation.
The initial phase will include testing and verification of up to eight trucks, followed by a full-fleet expansion, currently expected in the middle of next year.
ASI Mining is 34% owned by Epiroc and is recognized for its products and solutions in robotics and autonomous vehicle technology.
In addition to providing solutions for some of the world’s largest mining corporations, ASI Mining is also an automation partner for several global mining vehicle manufacturers.
(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)