Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Autonomous Truck Refuelling with Universal Field Robots
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Autonomous Truck Refuelling with Universal Field Robots

Universal Field Robots is delighted to announce our new autonomous truck refuelling robot. This robot was designed to improve the safety of workplaces, and significantly increase productivity and accountability.

So, how does it work?

Our autonomous truck refuelling robot will be located next to the haul road where trucks will arrive. The robot will be notified electronically that the truck is ready for fuel, it will then position itself and connect the nozzle to the truck. In around 5 minutes, the robot will transfer a full tank of fuel to the truck and disconnect, so the truck can continue hauling.

Our robot is self-contained and does not require any external services. It is able to be supervised at a remote work location using a GUI and can fully function without an operator to provide the refuelling. This UFR product has a vision system that allows the robot to see people and inspect trucks in intricate detail. It has sensors to locate the fuel nozzle and a gripper to be able to remove the fuel cap.


What are its benefits?

Time efficiency
As stated earlier, our robot is able to completely fill a tank without external services within around 5 minutes. To add some perspective, it typically takes up to 30 minutes for operators to refill fuel tanks at the moment. This shows the significant reduction in time, which means there is an increase in the overall work productivity.

Workplace safety improvements
With the use of our robot, no personnel are required to operate equipment at these fuelling stations. This directly impacts the workers as they would immediately have a significant decrease in exposure to hazards, impacting workplace safety meaningfully.

Accountability and utilisation improvements
Our robot will provide the mining industry with increased truck utilisation, giving the ability for mines to save a substantial amount each year. Along with this, the sensing systems of the robot will allow accurate and consistent data to be collected which will effectively manage fuel allocation – directly improving the accountability on the overall usage of fuel. Our autonomous truck refuelling robot provides workers with an innovative solution to effectively and safely refuel trucks to help keep the mines moving as efficiently as possible.

For more information or to request a demo, please reach out to us at: hello@universalfieldrobots.com.au.

 

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