Epiroc releases underground automation package

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Epiroc is promising greater safety and efficiency in underground mining through several new automation features for the Scooptram underground loader.

According to Epiroc, the Scooptram Automation Regular package allows the Scooptram to be controlled through an operator station from a remote location.

“With the new Scooptram Automation Regular package, the operator can control the loader even while it is out of sight from a safe stationary or mobile control station,” Epiroc product manager of automation Vladimir Sysoev said.

“The automation package also makes it possible for our customers to quickly and easily transition from manual to automatic mode, which is crucial in mines with a dynamic environment or quick advancements.

“The automation package is an effective way for our customers to boost their productivity in today’s world, where mining operations have to contend with a variety of complicated production issues.”

To minimise environmental impact and keep personnel out of harm’s way while production proceeds quickly and smoothly, Epiroc believes automation is key.

With its new automation package, production and the efficient utilisation of machinery can continue even during shift changes and when personnel are not safely permitted in the work area, for example, when the mine has not yet been adequately ventilated or when there is a substantial risk of falling debris after blasting.

The operator can make swift transitions from manual to automatic mode to quickly adapt to the situation at hand, according to Epiroc.

“The Scooptram Automation Regular package allows our customers to automate a single loader without having to spend lots of time and money making extensive infrastructure alterations,” Sysoev said.

The automation package includes cameras, sensors and safety modules that are mounted onto the Scooptram, as well as a safety system that is easily installed in the mine.

If a person or another machine should enter the Scooptram’s work vicinity while the safety system is enabled, the Scooptram will automatically shut down to avoid causing potential harm.

“Productivity and workers’ well-being go hand in hand. An automated loader from Epiroc works to protect both,” Sysoev said.

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