Epiroc drives automation through new ‘6th sense’ approach

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Epiroc has revealed its ‘6thsense’ approach, combining digitisation and automation to boost the productivity, sustainability and safety of machinery.

The focus of the method revolves around connecting machines, systems and people using automation, information management and system integration.

6thsense ultimately aims to unlock the full potential of automation, offering mining and infrastructure operations production gains and lowering operating costs, according to senior executive vice president mining and infrastructure, Helena Hedblom.

“6th Sense is a formula we have developed for getting the right solutions in place and achieving operational excellence in mining and infrastructure operations,” Hedblom said.

“The name 6th Sense implies that the solution brings something extra and that is just what it does, providing a significant advantage such as track and respond to real-time working conditions and equipment needs.”

Epiroc’s focus on automation has been continually increasing, partnering with Newmont Goldcorp at the Hollinger mine in Timmins, Canada.

The partnership together put the world’s first fully autonomous SmartROC D65 surface drill rig in production, allowing the operator to be positioned remotely and perform other tasks while the drill rigs complete a full drill pattern autonomously.

Epiroc’s popular range of Simba long-hole underground drill rigs have used a new teleremote e-tramming option, which includes functionalities to monitor, plan and automate drilling operations from onboard the rig or from a remote location.

The 6thsense approach, alongside these methods, is an example of Epiroc’s customer-focused approach, according to Hedblom.

“The 6th Sense approach is based on our customers’ needs for implementing digitalisation, automation and new process integrations, we are continuously rolling out new innovative features, always with the customers’ needs in mind,” she said.

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