Sandvik and Exyn set to jointly explore new horizons of mine autonomy

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology augments autonomous mining capabilities through a partnership with Exyn Technologies Inc.

Customers will benefit from the unique combination of Sandvik’s world leading digital mining solutions and Exyn’s deep knowledge of autonomous aerial robot systems.

“We are committed to empowering a transformation to autonomy in underground mining,” says Patrick Murphy, President of Rock Drills & Technologies, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. “This partnership will open up unique benefits, build on our industry leading automation offering and drive faster decision-making in mining processes to seize new opportunities for improving production performance.”

Through this partnership we are working together to provide efficient solutions for mapping and visioning underground mines, which will make a substantial difference when it comes to mine locations that are hazardous, hard to reach or conventionally time-consuming to survey and inspect. Sandvik’s OptiMine® combined with data collected by Exyn’s aerial robots creates progressive visualization and information of the mine’s actual environment to increase overall transparency of the mining process. The future collaboration between Sandvik and Exyn will entail research on how to apply and generate 3D views and perceptions of underground spaces autonomously, while leveraging the full potential of Sandvik’s AutoMine® system.

“We are excited about this new partnership with Sandvik as they are recognized as an innovator in the industry and have revolutionized underground mining,” says Nader Elm, CEO and Co-Founder of Exyn Technologies. “For the first time, customers will be able to map the entirety of their underground operations, even in dangerous GPS denied environments, while making mining safer and improving productivity. Through this partnership, we hope to empower efficient decision-making for customers and drive towards the vision of fully autonomous mining operations.”

Exyn Technologies is pioneering autonomous aerial robot systems for complex, GPS-denied environments. The company’s full-stack solution enables flexible deployment of single or multi-robots that can intelligently navigate and dynamically adapt to complex environments in real-time. For the first time, industries like mining, logistics, and construction can benefit from a single, integrated solution to capture critical and time-sensitive data in a safer, more affordable, and more efficient way.

Sandvik is a world leader in mining automation, implementing digital mining solutions for more than two decades. AutoMine® covers all aspects of automation, from remote and autonomous operation of a single piece of equipment, to multi-machine control and full-fleet automation using automatic mission and traffic control capabilities. OptiMine® is the most comprehensive solution for optimizing underground hard rock mining production and processes. It integrates all assets and people - including Sandvik and non-Sandvik equipment - delivering descriptive and predictive insights to improve operations.

Joining forces with Exyn is another affirmation of Sandvik continuing to set the industry standard.

Tampere, Finland, 20 July 2020

For more information contact:

Jarkko Ruokojärvi
Global Business Development Manager, Automation
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
Email: jarkko.ruokojarvi@sandvik.com

or

Raffi Jabrayan
Director, Markets and Industries
Exyn Technologies Inc.
Email: rjabrayan@exyntechnologies.com

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Sandvik Group
Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group offering products and services that enhance customer productivity, profitability and safety. We hold world-leading positions in selected areas – tools and tooling systems for metal cutting; equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining industry and rock excavation within the construction industry; products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as products for industrial heating. In 2019, the Group had approximately 40,000 employees and revenues of about 100 billion SEK in more than 160 countries within continuing operations.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is a business area within the Sandvik Group and a global leading supplier of equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries. Application areas include rock drilling, rock cutting, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, tunneling, quarrying and breaking and demolition. In 2019, sales were approximately 45 billion SEK with about 14,000 employees in continuing operations.

About Exyn Technologies
Exyn Technologies is pioneering autonomous aerial robot systems for complex, GPS-denied environments. The company’s full-stack solution enables flexible deployment of single or multi-robots that can intelligently navigate and dynamically adapt to complex environments in real-time. For the first time, industries like mining, logistics, and construction can benefit from a single, integrated solution to capture critical and time-sensitive data in a safer, more affordable, and more efficient way. Exyn is powered by a team of experts in autonomous systems, robotics, and industrial engineering, and is a spin-off out of the University of Pennsylvania's world-renowned GRASP Laboratory. The company is VC-backed and privately held, with headquarters in Philadelphia. For more information, please visit www.exyn.com.