Remote operation brings productivity gain

SWITCHING to an underground semi-autonomous solution to speed up bogging cycle times, increase production and minimise loader damage has paid off for Independence Group’s Jaguar operation.

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The bogger at Independence Group's Jaguar mine fitted with RCT's Guidance semi-autonomous solution.

The zinc-copper-silver mine 60km from Leonora in Western Australia installed Remote Control Technologies' Guidance Automation Solution in November. It had already been using RCT's teleremote offering.

Jaguar alternate underground manager Grant Hancock said since installing the Guidance technology the mine had experienced a significant reduction in bogger cycle times, with a 32% cycle time improvement when bogging on long tram routes.

"We realised that the greater the tram length, the greater the improvement," he said.

"Recently in long winding drive our operators tell us that the difference between Guidance and normal teleremote is approximately three to one buckets.

The Guidance solution controls the machine's steering, braking and speed. The operator...