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Epiroc explores autonomous mining tech

Epiroc kicks off ReNAM project to develop autonomous mining technologies

Together with the robotics and AI team at Luleå University of Technology and the Swedish simulation company Algoryx, Epiroc is initiating a project to further the development of autonomous mining technology.

Named the ReNAM project, Epiroc says it will work with its project partners to develop sensor and autonomous control technology for mining vehicles. The project has received funding from the Swedish innovation agency Vinnova and will run from 2023 to the end of 2025.

The ReNAM project aims to develop two use cases that can lay a foundation for future robotics research.

Digital twin mining machines and surroundings have been modelled in a physics-based simulation environment and await the sensor and AI-equipped virtual mining machines to fully develop to the point where they can solve tasks safely and reliably in the digitally simulated environment.

The next step is to transfer the AI control systems to Epiroc’s mining machines and have them perform the same tasks in a physical test mine.

“Through realistic simulations and with safety in mind, where the AI can be trained on the whole system, the machine that is, with its environment and real forces, contacts and behaviours, the outcome will be superior to most projects we see in the world,” Algoryx business director Urban Wikman says.

“To be successful, collaboration between universities, high-tech and industrial companies is extremely important.”

For more information visit the Epiroc website.

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