Hitachi Construction Machinery pursues autonomous system for mining

  • 07-Nov-2012 03:45 EST

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM) plans to develop a suite of technologies aimed at delivering an Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) to the global surface mining industry by 2017. AHS field tests are planned to start in 2013 with incremental product deliveries through 2017. To develop the AHS solution, HCM will build upon existing synergies with Hitachi Ltd. that have already delivered an ac drive system specifically for HCM dump trucks manufactured in Japan (go to for more on a new Hitachi hauler). For deployment in open pit mines, the AHS will consist of a variety of advanced drive and traffic control system components on board machines. These advanced systems will be combined with wireless communications and a fleet management system, enabling automation of the dump truck’s loading, haulage, and dumping operation. HCM plans to deliver AHS solutions based on the proven Hitachi ac drive dump truck system in collaboration with the latest products from Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd.

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