Komatsu to deploy 41 930E-5 autonomous mining trucks at BHP’s new South Flank iron ore mine in Australia

Komatsu has 250 AHS trucks deployed and 180 operating globally across 9 mine sites

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Komatsu has announced the deployment of 41 new model Komatsu 930E-5 ultra-class haul trucks, made autonomous ready, at BHP’s new South Flank iron ore mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, commencing in October 2019.

Sean Taylor, CEO and Managing Director, Komatsu Australia, said: “People powered technology is our central philosophy at Komatsu, and it’s this people first approach to technology that we feel we share with BHP. Komatsu focuses on autonomous technology driven job creation, with focus on safety, diversity, upskilling and an innovative flexible work force that marries our people’s needs with business goals. This is our blueprint for the future."

Leo Kaloglou, Komatsu Australia’s Executive General Manager – Mining, said: “It was Komatsu Australia who 20 years ago spearheaded the world first automation of mining equipment, which is now known to the industry as Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS). Komatsu has 250 AHS trucks deployed and 180 operating now globally across 3 continents, across 9 mine sites, and recently became the first autonomous truck qualified to operate on private long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technology in commercial operations. The operation of FrontRunner AHS technology has been tested across 3 different commodities in 3 of the harshest and most extreme environments in the world; in ambient temperatures of minus 45 degrees, in temperatures higher than 40 degrees and finally at extreme altitude. With over 2 billion tonnes of material moved autonomously- more than all other commercial mining autonomous haulage systems- with zero resulting injuries.

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