Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is set to explore autonomous mining capabilities through a partnership with Exyn Technologies Inc. Customers will benefit from the unique combination of Sandvik's digital mining solutions and Exyn's knowledge of autonomous aerial robot systems.
"We are committed to empowering a transformation to autonomy in underground mining," says Patrick Murphy, President of Rock Drills & Technologies, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. "This partnership will open up unique benefits, build on our industry leading automation offering and drive faster decision-making in mining processes to seize new opportunities for improving production performance."
Through this partnership, the companies will work together to provide efficient solutions for mapping and visioning underground mines, which will make a substantial difference when it comes to mine locations that are hazardous, hard to reach or conventionally time-consuming to survey and inspect. Sandvik's OptiMine, combined with data collected by Exyn's aerial robots, creates progressive visualization and information of the mine's actual environment to increase overall transparency of the mining process. The future collaboration between Sandvik and Exyn will entail research on how to apply and generate 3D views and perceptions of underground spaces autonomously.
"We are excited about this new partnership with Sandvik as they are recognized as an innovator in the industry and have revolutionized underground mining," says Nader Elm, CEO and Co-Founder of Exyn Technologies. "For the first time, customers will be able to map the entirety of their underground operations, even in dangerous GPS denied environments, while making mining safer and improving productivity. Through this partnership, we hope to empower efficient decision-making for customers and drive towards the vision of fully autonomous mining operations."