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Case Study Comparison of Teleremote and Autonomous Assist Underground Loader Technology at the Kanowna Belle Mine
Published in: 2011
Author: G B Smith, R J Butcher, A Uzbekova, E Mort and A Clement
Volume Title: 11th AusIMM Underground Operators' Conference

Barrick (Australia Pacific) Limited initiated a trial of Caterpillar’s Minegem autonomous loader technology in 2009 at the Kanowna Belle mine in Kalgoorlie. Autonomous loader technology offers the potential to improve loader productivity, reduce operating costs and improve safety through removing personnel from the mine operating environment. This paper discusses the implementation of the technology at the mine site, the data collected during the trial and quantifies the benefits of using automated loader technology in comparison with teleremote loader operation. The lessons learned from the trial and work planned for the future in respect of this technology is also discussed.

Smith, G B, Butcher, R J, Uzbekova, A, Mort, E and Clement, A, 2011. Case study comparison of teleremote and autonomous assist underground loader technology at the Kanowna Belle mine, in Proceedings 11th AusIMM Underground Operators' Conference
, pp 305-312 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).

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