Epiroc expands autonomous drilling technologies

EPIROC Drilling Solutions has bought a 34% stake in US-based ASI Mining, which provides technology solutions for the autonomous operation of mining vehicles, for an undisclosed sum.

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An automated Epiroc PV-271 rig at BHP's Yandi mine.

ASI Mining is a subsidiary of Autonomous Solutions Inc and its products include on board hardware and software that can convert vehicles to autonomous operations. It also produces system level software platforms for the command and control of autonomous fleets across various mining applications.

The solutions can be used with a variety of mobile mining equipment, regardless of make or model.

Epiroc drilling solutions vice-president marketing Jon Torpy said the company started its own Pit Viper automation program.

That program gained traction with BHP, which has several autonomous Pit Vipers operating at its Western Australian iron ore operations.

"We see that ASI Mining solutions will also fundamentally change the industry toward higher productivity an...