Northvolt is about to compete with Asian producers for the lithium-ion battery market

MINEX FORUM | September 26, 2017
img0 Swiss engineering group ABB has joined Northvolt’s project to build Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery factory in Sweden to cater for expected demand growth for electric cars, said mining.com. Northvolt aims to reduce reliance on batteries from China and South Korea as European carmakers come under increasing pressure to cut vehicle emissions. Batteries are the biggest ...

“Research is being conducted into the introduction of swarm robotic mining” – Anglo American technical director

MINEX FORUM | August 16, 2017
img0 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American technical director Tony O’Neill told Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online in an exclusive interview. Three-dimensional ...

Robots to explore old flooded mines in Europe

MINEX FORUM | August 9, 2017
img0 Europe’s flooded underground mines could be hiding some untapped potential. A new project to develop a submersible mining exploration robot, iom3.org reported. An autonomous robot will be developed in Europe to scout for minerals in flooded underground mines, which could lead to some being reopened, as the EU looks to secure supply for critical minerals. The ...

New Frontiers for Mining Value Creation

Alexander Vyazmensky | May 19, 2017
img0 There are many opportunities to revolutionize the mining industry and enhance the value generated by the mining businesses, this post presents a few promising avenues. Digital Technologies Key Benefits: -> Total operational awareness and control: -> Optimal resource allocation for maximum productivity -> Reduction of variability in decision making and execution -> Automation of mining ...

The perspective solution for underground mines is to teach robotic systems to “feel” rather than “see”

MINEX FORUM | March 28, 2017
img0 One area that has eluded automation for years is the loading process of the underground LHD vehicles themselves. The challenge has always been how to create an automated system with the ability to effectively gauge the difference in size and configuration of rock piles as the loads are continually dispersed. Progress is also being stalled ...