Autonomous Haulage Systems

Autonomous Haulage Systems is a comprehensive fleet management system for mines jointly developed by Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu America Corp., and Modular Mining Systems Inc. The technology equips machines with vehicle controllers, a high-precision global positioning system (GPS), an obstacle detection system, and a wireless network system. The autonomous fleet is then able to operate predictably through prescribed route mapping and utilize enhanced safety features such as collision avoidance systems.

AHS technology has been operating globally, marking it tenth anniversary this year. More than 130 trucks operate throughout Australia, North and South America moving more than 2.0 billion tonnes of material cumulatively across the world.

Recently published performance figures by Rio Tinto confirm that autonomous trucks have operated about 700 hours more than conventional haul trucks during 2017, delivering 15 per cent lower load and haul unit costs. Most importantly, there have been zero safety incidents attributed to the deployment of AHS since its implementation.

AHS provides many key features and benefits for mines including:

  • Enhanced safety features
  • Better operating efficiency
  • Lowers operating costs
  • Decreased number of safety incidents

Support through SMS Equipment

As a mining technology leader and AHS program deployment specialist, SMS Equipment is fully prepared to support this technology from feasibility analysis to program implementation and support.

There are many customers exploring the value that Komatsu’s FrontRunner® AHS system could bring to their operations. With the support of our OEMs, SMS Equipment will work with customers to determine if AHS is a fit for their operation. We also support many other Komatsu advanced technologies that deliver productivity, safety and efficiency of a staffed operation.

“When we work with a customer it is about finding the technology that fits the customer’s needs and ensuring that it delivers on the full potential value.”

Scott Schellenberg, Senior Manager of Autonomous Haulage Systems for SMS Equipment

SMS Equipment’s AHS Competency Program and Virtual Training Platform is another fundamental support function that we deliver to support the implementation and long term support of the AHS technology. By having this resource available we can offer complete product training and technology support to our customers. The virtual training platform simulates all aspects of a central control station managing the Komatsu autonomous trucks.

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