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Robots to Take Over Mining
AI-enabled mining robots, empowered with machine learning algorithms, can detect harmful gases in the mines as well as alert miners to take precautions.
FREMONT, CA: Automation, so far, has been a beneficial addition to many industries. Automaton of tasks involved in mining such as detecting minerals, excavation, and others by using mining robots can truly bring a revolutionary change in the mining industry. As a consequence, the use of mining robots is empowering mining companies to increase their profitability and productivity. From gold to coal, many useful materials are dug out from mines. Mining is not a risk-free job. Hence, using mining robots in the dangerous processes involved in mining has proved to have decreased death counts.
AI-enabled mining robots, empowered with machine learning algorithms, can detect harmful gases in the mines as well as alert miners to take precautions. From helping in excavation, extraction, and transportation of minerals to monitoring mines, mining robots are transforming the mining industry.
In underground mining, the material mined is transported from the mining cave to the surface above. Nowadays, the material is moved with the help of either haulage vehicles, conveyors, or hoisted bins that are manually operated. Manual driving of the vehicles and transporting of the extracted materials to the underground loading points or the surface can be hazardous and monotonous tasks. The mediums or the vehicles utilized for transporting minerals can be automated, similar to the AI-enabled self-driving cars. Two primary purposes for automating the transporting vehicles are improved safety and enhanced efficiency. While transporting extracted minerals, there is often a risk of rockfall, and the risk can be mitigated with automated transport vehicles. Automated vehicles will significantly reduce the labor cost as well as will work round the clock, thus increasing efficiency and productivity.
The first task in the process of mining is drilling. Extracting minerals is only possible by drilling into mines. From digging into the mine to creating a tunnel for transporting the material from the mined area to the surface, every task of mining requires drilling. The process of drilling has now become automated. Semi-automated drilling machines are also available that can drill holes with a little effort over periods of time. The automated drill machines can perforate into the earth to a depth of several meters.