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INDUSTRY NEWS


AUTONOMY FOR OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES


Oxbotica and TRL are working toogether on a joint research activity to demonstrate how cost- effective retrofit autonomy can be rapidly applied to off-highway vehicles. The project also aims to draft a code of practice for the Operation of Automated Off-Highway Vehicles in a range of off-road environments such as mining and logistics. Despite the widespread use of off-highway automated vehicles, there is currently no universal operational safety standard. The project will culminate


in a live pilot at a quarry using an autonomous Ford Ranger, retrofitted with Oxbotica’s autonomy software platform.


Safety solutions collaboration announced


added protection for people. The new system will also deliver event- based monitoring and mapping to aid analysis and enhancement of the mining environment. When developed,


Caterpillar is collaborating with Guardhat to offer its popular safety solutions to surface mining operations through Cat dealers. The two companies are also developing a new system, Cat Connected Worker, that will use wearables to provide


Cat Connected Worker will provide precise location of all workers to the mine monitoring system, and it


will allow communication between individuals, teams and sites. Data will enable monitoring personnel to understand the environment workers are facing in near real time, which will facilitate decision making.


A deepsea mining industry first


A composite jumper designed and manufactured by Strohm (formerly known as Airborne Oil & Gas) will feature in deepsea mining technology being developed by offshore contractor Allseas to responsibly recover polymetallic nodules from the seabed at depths of 4,000 - 6,500m. Key metals such as cobalt and


nickel required for renewable energy


technologies and electric vehicle batteries are in increasingly high demand as the world gets behind the energy transition. Allseas is developing a deepsea collection system to source nodule-rich minerals from the seafloor with minimum environmental impact. This is the first time Strohm’s


Thermoplastic Composite Pipe (TCP) solution will be used in a deepsea mining application. Under the agreement, the manufacturer of this technology will provide Allseas with a spoolable TCP Jumper to connect the seabed vehicle to the vertical transport system.


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MACHINE FOR ULTRA-DEEP MINING


Brokk, the manufacturer of remote- controlled demolition machines, is offering the Brokk 200 for ultra- deep mining applications. With SmartConcept, the company’s system for improved performance and uptime, the machine provides power and productivity with zero emissions, making it ideal for the deepest, most challenging applications. “Demand for gold and other


mined ore has pushed mining operations deeper than ever before,” said Lars Lindgren, president of Brokk. “As shaft depth increases, so does the risk to workers. Electric, remote-controlled demolition machines provide superior productivity as well as a safer alternative to handheld equipment.”


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