Sandvik-minSandvik Mining and Rock Solutions introduced AutoMine for Underground Drills, a tele-remote solution that also gives simultaneous control of multiple automated Sandvik underground drills. The development means Sandvik reportedly is the first OEM to introduce a unified traffic management system for drills, loaders and trucks.

The system is available for Sandvik longhole drills and offers three levels of tele-remote operations: single drill, drill fleet and machine fleet. Operators can choose between operating from a chair or console station. The system includes advanced tramming capabilities, allowing seamless control and coordination of drills, loaders and trucks operating in the same area.

AutoMine incorporates the Access Protector System, a safety feature designed to prevent personnel from entering the machine area while the system is operating in automation mode or remote mode. It also has an advanced traffic management system so operators can “easily control the traffic flow of multi-machine operations and handle complex operating situations, resulting in greater flexibility and mining output,” Sandvik said.