Komatsu America corp., a number one international heavy equipment manufacturer nowadays proclaimed the FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) has achieved the unexampled milestone of more than 2 billion tons of surface material moved autonomously. The FrontRunner system has currently hauled more than all other industrial mining autonomous haulage systems combined.
Since its 1st industrial deployment in 2008 at CODELCO’s Gabriela Mistral (Gaby) mine in Chile, the FrontRunner AHS has seasoned exponential growth in accumulative production, breaking the one billion tons mark in 2016 and therefore the 1.5 billion tons mark in late 2017. This has been accomplished with more than 130 trucks operative so far. an extra 150 trucks can deploy to the Canadian oil sands over the subsequent seven years.
Working closely with customers, the system’s ten-year zero-harm and productivity record, and unmatched ability to accommodate an array of mining environments has enabled Komatsu to accelerate the pace of AHS deployment. Today’s FrontRunner system operates round the clock; hauling copper, iron and oil sands, at seven sites, across 3 continents. “The current investment in technology and instrumentality by major mining firms in Chile, Australia, and Canada underscores their belief within the worth of autonomous haulage,” said Anthony Cook, vice president, Autonomous and Communications Solutions at Modular Mining Systems, a subsidiary of Komatsu.
Komatsu’s best-in-class approach for FrontRunner AHS brings along the world’s popular, ultra-class dump trucks with standard Mining Systems’ industry-leading DISPATCH Fleet Management System, the popular management system in 9 of the ten largest mining operations within the world. The system permits 100 percent compliance to its well-tried optimization methodology, delivering unequaled performance.