AI offers drilling operators greater insight than ever before

Stress on mechanical components

of machine stress and damage, resulting in increased maintenance costs and reduced drill life. Down-the-hole faults can compromise

the entire drilling cycle, leading to poor hole placement, depth and mast alignment. Tese are all critical factors that have a direct impact on rock fragmentation and blast effectiveness, as well as loading and haulage, and other downstream processes. Preserving the site’s OEM (original equipment manufacturer) relationship, service and repair model has been another major barrier for crews looking to deploy drill automation platforms. Traditional options to automate drilling options involve replacing the original OEM control system or the installation of a new OEM platform/cab. Tere are several common challenges to this approach. Tese include risk to OEM control system, service and support (the OEM control system is removed from the machine to install an automation-enabled platform) and training requirements. Traditional OTM (original

technology manufacturer) automation platforms also require significant training requirements in that the entire machine is now controlled differently than it was from the OEM. Tis requires training for every aspect of the machine maintenance program, from planning down to mechanics in the field. Supply chain disruption is a further challenge. Service and parts support suffers, resulting in relationship damage and downtime.

Another common issue is that limited Boolean logic is complex and incomplete. Abstract conditions can be difficult to determine with Boolean logic alone. More configuration and tuning is needed as ground conditions change. With Boolean logic, the machine waits for an input signal to exceed a set point before taking action – which is often either too late or the system is tuned to react too soon.

A final challenge is that installation time and costs associated with complete control system replacement are high.

Typical installation times for aftermarket automation systems exceed three weeks and cost more than US$100,000 for labour alone to install.

THE AI EDGE Interoperable with all blasthole drills, of any make or model, the Phoenix AI system empowers the drill operator to automate the entire drilling cycle via an intuitive in-cab dashboard display. Te operator can switch easily between autonomous and manual operating mode with the push of a button, without compromising the OEM control system. Te system is intuitive, powered by an AI-based decision engine that continuously monitors and responds to geologic faults in real time. Instead of limited Boolean logic, AI-logic monitors all input signals, reliably determines abstract conditions and takes immediate action to mitigate failure. Te technology determines the design hole depth based on the engineered drill plan and uses advanced AI algorithms to 13

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