Our business development team has just returned to Vancouver from the CIM Expo in Montreal, where they showcased our new high precision positioning products to the public for the first time. At the request of key stakeholders in the mining industry, we have taken the innovative positioning subsystem from our DriveAssist™ operator assistance platform and released it as a separate product. Named trackPIN™, this revolutionary product brings 2.5cm tracking-grade performance at a cost low enough for fleet wide installations on haul trucks and even light vehicles.
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The number of collision avoidance installations at operations around the world is growing daily. Collision avoidance systems are no longer a luxury as mines face higher productivity targets and a lower tolerance for accidents. Countries around the world, including the United States, India, and South Africa are in various stages of implementing legislation that will go as far as legally requiring the implementation of collision avoidance in mining.
One of the major limitations in the development of collision avoidance systems has been their reliance on GPS or GNSS technology. Typically, these systems have an accuracy of around 2 to 5 meters on a given mine surface. This means two vehicles can have a relative position error (RPE) of 4-10 meters (contrary to popular belief, these errors add up and do not cancel each other out).
Automation solutions, such as those we provide using our DriveAssist™ and CONDUCTOR™ platforms, are requiring companies to rethink their Human Resources (HR) strategies. RIGID ROBOTICS’ CEO, Mehran Motamed, recently contributed to an article on the topic by Oracle HR consultant Mark Wadsley. The article, titled “How HR can learn from the People challenges in Mining,” discusses personnel challenges in the mining industry as well as RIGID ROBOTICS’ unique approach to them.