The Role Autonomous Mobile Robots Play in Inspecting Mines

The Role Autonomous Mobile Robots Play in Inspecting Mines

A mining robot can traverse the submerged passages autonomously. It will then use cameras and other sensors to track various minerals.

FREMONT, CA: Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) are usually employed in the mining industry as inspection robots. AMRs are like Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs) that have more freedom. AGVs require some form of external guidance, such as permanent cables, magnetic strips, or sensors, so that they can navigate. Still, AMRs can navigate complex situations with very little external feedback.

AMRs are fitted with sophisticated sensors designed to sense objects around them. The on-board information device of the AMR enables it to learn its surroundings by downloading a map or by letting the AMR explore the web and create a plan of its own. As a result, AMRs can handle almost every manufacturing climate. This instance is essential for the mines because they are inherently dynamic.

By integrating a mining robot with LiDAR technology, mobile robots make most 3D and high-resolution data. The sensors will provide a 360-degree real-time map to the robot to navigate safely and independently when identifying and avoiding obstacles. LiDAR sensors are easy to deploy, have lower power consumption, and are conveniently programmed with a web configuration platform optimized for high-stress conditions, including inclement weather.

A mining robot can traverse the submerged passages autonomously. It will then use cameras and other sensors to track various minerals. The mining industry may plan to join an abandoned mine to search for minerals that were not in demand when the mine was still in operation. Newer innovations require a range of mineral deposits. Minerals that have not been valuable in the past could be invaluable today.

The inspection robot cannot completely reopen the mine, but before reopening the mine, it can investigate and make geological changes at a much lower rate. Mines that may be commercially feasible to reopen may also be liable. It might be a significant challenge to navigate abandoned mines. Human divers are not safe in submerged caves and muddy waters. Navigating small spaces with minimal visibility is a safer task for a mining robot.