Komatsu America Corp. has announced that the FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) has achieved the unprecedented milestone of more than two billion tons of surface material moved autonomously. The FrontRunner system has now hauled more than all other commercial mining autonomous haulage systems combined.
Since its first commercial deployment in 2008 at CODELCO's Gabriela Mistral (Gaby) copper mine in Chile, the FrontRunner AHS has experienced exponential growth in cumulative production, breaking the one billion tons mark in 2016 and the 1.5 billion tons mark in late 2017. This has been accomplished with more than 130 trucks in operation to date. An additional 150 trucks will deploy to the Canadian oil sands over the next seven years.
Working closely with customers, the system's ten-year zero-harm and productivity record and unmatched ability to accommodate an array of mining environments has enabled Komatsu to accelerate the pace of AHS deployment. Today's FrontRunner system operates around the clock hauling copper, iron and oil sands, at seven sites, across three continents. "The ongoing investment in technology and equipment by major mining companies in Chile, Australia and Canada underscores their belief in the value of autonomous haulage," said Anthony Cook, Vice President Autonomous and Communications Solutions at Modular Mining Systems, a subsidiary of Komatsu.