Feb 06, 2018

Autonomous haulage technology reaches 10-year mark

Autonomous haulage technology reaches 10-year mark

Komatsu is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the commercial deployment of its Autonomous Haulage System – the technology which allows Rio Tinto to remotely control haul tricks in the Pilbara from its operations centre in Perth.

More than 100 AHS trucks operate in Australia, North and South America in a variety of mining environments and Komatsu says it plans to accelerate the pace of the system’s deployment.

In 2005, Komatsu began the AHS trial at CODELCO’s copper mine in Chile and succeeded in achieving the world’s first commercial AHS deployment with Codelco in January 2008.

A second successful deployment followed in late 2008 at Rio Tinto’s iron ore mine in Australia and Rio Tinto currently operates AHS trucks in four mines in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

By the end of 2017, the AHS recorded a world-leading, cumulative total of 1.5 billion tons of hauled materials.

In a bid to extend the technology to operations with manned haul fleets, Komatsu successfully completed trials of a AHS retrofit kit  in September 2017 and has since received an order from Rio Tinto for 29 AHS retrofit kits, to be installed on 830E standard trucks currently operating at Rio Tinto’s Brockman 4 mine.