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Reimagining Digital Mining Webinar Series: Automation in Action
Austmine Limited
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Reimagining Digital Mining Webinar Series: Automation in Action

The Australian mining industry is seen as a world leader in large-scale automation projects, forged through impressive autonomous haul-truck and rail operations in the Pilbara.

However, the industry has only just scratched the surface on the possibilities of automation. A wide array of opportunity exists for optimisation through autonomous operations, with safety, environmental and economic outcomes all expected to be improved through a move away from manual processes.

This webinar will explore:

  • The current landscape of mining automation
  • Future opportunities and key priority areas for autonomous applications
  • Case studies of automation in action 


Applying Artificial Intelligence to Automated Blast Hole Drills
Curtis Stacy, Phoenix AI Product Manager, Mineware

Automated systems for blast hole drills have been in the marketplace for decades. Unfortunately, the existing systems have not significantly increased hole productivity as they have been designed with relatively simple set point algorithms. 

Applying artificial intelligence (AI) to control an automated blast hole drilling system has demonstrated a significant increase in hole productivity by applying intelligent adjustment to drill controls that provides a cleaner hole that virtually eliminates backfill traditionally caused by rough sides during drill extraction, automatic depth control, and most importantly, rapid drilling with reduced machine stress that exceeds not only human performance capabilities, but those of traditional automated blast hole drill control systems. 

This presentation will illustrate the results of an automated blast hole drill system that uses AI in its control algorithm at a copper mine in USA.

Next Generation Reclaimer Automation – Using Real Time High Resolution 3D LIDAR to Optimize Stockyard Productivity and Ship Loading Efficiency
Jochen Franke, Chief Executive Officer, Frontier Automation

Recent advances in ruggedized industrial server based control system technology and architecture in combination with latest technologies in the fast evolving 3D LIDAR sensor sector becoming available have enabled the implementation of sophisticated automation algorithms for bucket wheel reclaimers used in the coal, iron ore, and other bulk material handling industries for stockyard management and ship loading. This presentation introduces new and previously unavailable functionality including optimised face up and faster slew turn approaches that not only increase stockyard productivity and ship loading efficiency, but through advanced set point management also addresses the risk of overloading and resultant bogging events.

Unlike conventional reclaimer control, the next generation system utilises robust 3D machine vision at high resolution in real time, which is critical to detect and pre-emptively react to disturbances like partial stockpile face collapses in the immediate reclaimer slew path. Jochen and Paul will provide system descriptions including how to successfully and reliably deploy highly suitable but sensitive LIDAR sensors into challenging on-site environmental conditions. This is followed by actual site system operations performance summaries that contrast standard PLC based reclaimer production outcomes with the improvements achieved by the next generation system. Machine vision based automation improvements have demonstrably resulted in significant return of investment and may also debottleneck stockyard operation.


Tuesday 20 October, 12:30 - 1:30pm AEDT/09:30-10:30am AWST

Use the link above to register.

Contact if you need assistance with registration or if you would like to nominate to speak on a this webinar. 


About Austmine’s Reimagining Digital Mining Series

Austmine is looking ahead to what is next for mining’s transformation in our new Reimagining Digital Mining webinar series.

The digital age of mining is here and it is creating unprecedented change in how we operate. It is no longer an ambitious or aspirational goal for the mining industry to consider innovations such as autonomous equipment, data simulation, predictive modelling and hi-tech robotics, but it has become the norm, as operations around the world initiate these levers to drive greater value for their organisations.

Yet while the step change from digital is clear to see, we have not yet grasped its full potential for mining.

This webinar series explores what lies ahead for mining’s digital revolution, providing expert insights about the next wave of emerging technologies, driving value from existing systems and bringing it together for an optimised, connected enterprise.


Austmine’s Reimagining Digital Mining Series Schedule: 

19 August: Visualising Mining Operations

8 September: Integration and Interoperability

20 October: Automation in Action

18 November: What’s Next in our Digital Future?   

9 December: The Age of the Robots 

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