Codelco adopted Sandvik’s AutoMine and OptiMine solutions as a production automation system for Chuquicamata Underground.
The system will allow Codelco to operate its new fleet of Sandvik LH621 loaders in full automation. It will integrate manual operations and autonomous equipment and will enable full transparency and real-time control over the parallel production and mine development activities, Sandvik reported. Codelco described the system as critical to improving efficiency and safety. “Using our mines to full effect is part of our focus on sustainability and a key driver for our business,” Andrés Avendaño, operations manager, Chuquicamata Underground, said.