Anglo American to build mining robots

Global miner Anglo American has signed a five year contract with an American university to develop robotic technology for its platinum mines.

In a statement Carnegie Mellon University said under the contract researchers would work with Anglo's Technology Development Group to design, build, and deploy mining robots and tools.

“This agreement will break new ground in mining technology,” said Dimi Apostolopoulous, principal investigator at CMU's National Robotics Engineering Centre.

“We will apply robotics to underground mining tasks that are perilous and extremely challenging for humans.

“Our robotic solutions will improve productivity through innovations in processes and technologies.”

Immediate applications for the new technology will include robotic mining machinery, mine mapping, and automated inspections.

Researchers at CMU have previously developed automation and robotic systems for Anglo, and the miner said the partnership was a key part of its innovation program.

“Our agreement with Carnegie Mellon University will allow us to rapidly deploy new systems in our platinum mines and develop technologies that will shape our future operations,” the company said.

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