Location sensing is an essential element in the development of advanced automated mining systems. While accurate GPS systems are now commonly used to monitor the position of above-ground mining machines, satellite based GPS is not available for underground applications. In 1994 CSIRO, Australia demonstrated that high accuracy military grade inertial sensors can be employed to accurately determine the absolute position of remotely controlled underground mining machinery.
This technology breakthrough found immediate application in highwall mining and has had a major impact in this industry. It is this technology which is at the heart of AMT’s time-proven Mk4 Highwall Guidance System and further developed in the next generation Mining Guidance System for new underground coal mining methods and advanced potash mining applications.
Inertial navigation is also applicable in other mining applications such as automation of the longwall mining process and associated roadway development.
Embedded Industrial Systems
AMT has demonstrated expertise in the development of robust and reliable embedded systems for machine navigation and control. These modular embedded systems are especially designed for reliable performance in the harsh mining environment. Typically these systems integrate multiple sensor inputs, control modules, sophisticated data processing and navigation algorithms as well as graphical operator interfaces.
Embedded solutions represent a modern and robust mechanism for realising key navigation and guidance tasks.
AMT has extensive experience in a range of established and emerging technologies. This includes the development of networks for the mining industry which incorporate innovative and modular communication protocols designed to readily accommodate additional devices.