19 October 2018
After months of preparation, our Metallurgical Coal business in Australia has drilled a hole at our Dawson mine, using a machine operated remotely by a controller situated four kilometres away.
The overburden (OD14) semi-autonomous drill is the first in Metallurgical Coal's fleet to be fitted with this capability.
“This is a significant step towards Future Smart MiningTM at Metallurgical Coal,” said Matt Graham, who is Anglo American's Principal, Open Cut Technology and Automation.
The introduction of the semi-autonomous drill brings a number of benefits, including safety improvements, increased productivity, and a reduction in shift change times, which is important somewhere like Dawson where the operation spreads across 50 kilometres.
The project team received guidance from colleagues in other parts of Anglo American including our Copper business in Chile and our Kumba Iron Ore business in South Africa – there are 12 drills currently in use across the business.