Sandvik to showcase electrification, automation at MINExpo

By |  June 25, 2021
Sandvik will showcase the DR410i rotary blasthole drill rig at MINExpo International 2021. Photo: Sandvik

Sandvik will showcase the DR410i rotary blasthole drill rig at MINExpo International 2021. Photo: Sandvik

Sandvik plans to have several of its latest innovations on display for the first time anywhere at MINExpo International 2021, which is scheduled for Sept. 13-15 in Las Vegas.

Among the equipment Sandvik will showcase is the AutoMine concept vehicle. Sandvik says the AutoMine is the first fully autonomous battery-electric vehicle for underground mining and equipped with new sensing capabilities and artificial intelligence. The concept vehicle is designed to help the cabinless technology demonstrator perceive its surroundings and environment in 3D and react in real time, enabling it to adapt and plan its own route and find the most suitable paths – even in continuously changing environments.

In addition, Sandvik says it will unveil its latest battery-electric underground truck in Las Vegas, along with a virtual introduction to new loader technology with AutoMine readiness. Sandvik will also launch the Sandvik DS412iE, the company’s first battery-powered rock bolter that rounds out the company’s first full zero-emissions offering for all underground drilling applications.

“We were proud to launch the industry’s first battery-driven underground jumbo five years ago at MINExpo International 2016, and we’re proud of our ongoing progress in electric equipment innovation since then,” says Henrik Ager, president of Sandvik Mining & Rock Solutions. “We continue to expand our offering, and our latest battery-electric equipment contributes to a cleaner and quieter environment without compromising safety, productivity or efficiency.”

In surface drilling, Sandvik will showcase the Sandvik DR410i rotary blasthole drill rig, the Leopard DI650i down-the-hole drill rig and the Pantera DP1600i top hammer drill rig, which is part of the Top Hammer XL system.

Sandvik will have a 20,200 sq. ft. exhibit space in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall.

“Nothing beats meeting customers face to face and being able to showcase all of our latest developments in person,” Ager says. “However, we also understand that not everyone will be able to travel to Las Vegas, so that’s why we will also be providing a rich digital MINExpo experience.”

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