Autonomous Haulage Systems is a comprehensive fleet management system for mines jointly developed by Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu America Corp., and Modular Mining Systems Inc.
The technology equips machines with vehicle controllers, a high-precision global positioning system (GPS), an obstacle detection system, and a wireless network system. The autonomous fleet is then able to operate predictably through prescribed route mapping and utilize enhanced safety features such as collision avoidance systems.
AHS Technology Operates Globally
Recently published performance figures by Rio Tinto confirm that autonomous trucks have operated about 700 hours more than conventional haul trucks during 2017, delivering 15 per cent lower load and haul unit costs. Most importantly, there have been zero safety incidents attributed to the deployment of AHS since its implementation.
Key Features and Benefits
- Enhanced safety features
- Better operating efficiency
- Lowers operating costs
- Decreased number of safety incidents
The Critical Support Role
Komatsu owns the autonomous truck technology and the software solution to safely manage a complex fleet of vehicles. SMS Equipment provides the critical service, support and implementation pieces. This synergistic model is critical, ensuring that the best AHS technology can be properly deployed and sustained in a remote environment. AHS is much more than deploying the latest technologies.
As a mining technology leader and AHS program deployment specialist, SMS Equipment supports your mine from feasibility analysis to program implementation and support.
Scott Schellenberg, Senior Manager of Autonomous Haulage Systems for SMS Equipment