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Sandvik AutoMine® for Surface Driling to be rolled out at Australian Mine

A leading mining services provider will put Sandvik’s AutoMine® Surface Drilling solution to work at a mine in Australia, with the AutoMine® system to be used with existing Leopard DI650i down-the-hole drill rigs on site. The aim is to increase efficiency and to build on the current high levels of safety. The AutoMine® system allows a single operator to control up to three rigs simultaneously from the safety of a trailer, van or remote control room.

Safety and efficiency gains

Automation is playing an increasingly important role in boosting mine productivity and improving working conditions The AutoMine® system will ensure operator safety, with reduced noise, dust and vibration by removing the operator from the hazardous environment. Whilst, the consistent output will ensure increased efficiency with accurate drilling for easier blasting and improved fragmentation.

Enhanced surface drilling

Andy Garbett, Business Development Manager for Digitalisation for Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions, says AutoMine® for Surface provides a wide range of features to enhance drill performance at the mine site.

“The contractors willingness to embrace new technologies is one of the reasons they are so successful,” he says. “AutoMine’s onboard functions will enable the rigs on site to work autonomously, while the operator monitors the fleet. AutoMine has been proven over many years in Sandvik’s products for underground mines, where it has operated in extremely harsh environments.”

Sandvik provides dedicated AutoMine® surface drilling solutions for both boom drills and rotary drills.

16 January 2022

For more information, please contact:

Danielle Nardini
Business Line Manager – Automation
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions
tel. +61 419 502 218
email: danielle.nardini@sandvik.com

For press enquiries, please contact:

Kate Bills
Sustainable Business, Marketing and Communications Manager
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions
tel: +61 459 810 317
email: kate.bills@sandvik.com

About Sandvik AutoMine Surface Drilling for Boom Drills
AutoMine® Surface Drilling is an automation system for autonomous and tele-remote operation for a wide range of Sandvik iSeries surface drill rigs. It aimed at improving safety, reducing cost, and increasing production. One operator can control a fleet of drill rigs. The system can expand from line-of-sight setup to control room operation miles away.

AutoMine® Multi-Lite is an automation system which enables mines to operate multiple drill rigs from a remote control room or alternatively from a trailer or van.

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 2021, the Group had approximately 44,000 employees and revenues of about 99 billion SEK in about 150 countries.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is a business area within the Sandvik Group and a global leading supplier of equipment and tools, parts, service, digital solutions and sustainability-driving technologies for the mining and construction industries. Application areas include rock drilling, rock cutting, loading and hauling, tunneling and quarrying. In 2021, sales were approximately 41.4 billion SEK with about 15,500 employees.

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