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Case Study Comparison of Teleremote and Autonomous Assist Underground Loader Technology at the Kanowna Belle Mine


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Author G B Smith, R J Butcher, A Uzbekova, E Mort and A Clement


Barrick (Australia Pacific) Limited initiated a trial of Caterpillar’s
Minegem autonomous loader technology in 2009 at the Kanowna Belle mine in
Kalgoorlie. Autonomous loader technology offers the potential to improve loader
productivity, reduce operating costs and improve safety through removing
personnel from the mine operating environment. This paper discusses the
implementation of the technology at the mine site, the data collected during the
trial and quantifies the benefits of using automated loader technology in
comparison with teleremote loader operation. The lessons learned from the trial
and work planned for the future in respect of this technology is also discussed.

Smith, G B,
Butcher, R J, Uzbekova, A, Mort, E and Clement, A, 2011. Case study comparison of
teleremote and autonomous assist underground loader technology at the Kanowna
Belle mine, in Proceedings 11th AusIMM Underground Operators’

pp 305-312 (The Australasian Institute of
Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).