Anglo American Partners with ASI to Develop Haulage Solutions
For years Anglo American has been looking for ways to deliver enhanced productivity, sustainability and safety through mining vehicle automation systems for the company’s haulage operations. Enter ASI.
The mining company announced earlier this week a multi-year partnership with Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) to create fully autonomous, teleoperated, and remote control haulage operations. The joint effort is part of Anglo’s FutureSmart™ initiatives to drive innovative solutions across the mining industry.
As Anglo’s OEM-independent automaton partner, ASI will leverage its 14-year s of experience in developing robotic solutions for the mining, farming, automotive, industrial and military industries. The company has already commenced development and testing of the autonomous mining systems with active field trials in northern Utah.
Commenting on the partnership, the president and CEO of ASI, Mel Torrie said, “Anglo American is at the forefront of innovation in the mining industry and they have been the ideal partner in creating disruptive mining solutions.”
Falling commodity prices, declining ore qualities and obstacles to extraction has revealed the dire need to make improvements to an aging sector. “[The mining industry] needs to leap forward twenty years in five,” said Tony O’Neill, Group Director of Technical at Anglo American.
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Axora launches global challenge for digital technology
Axora is launching the world’s first international competition to discover new cost-saving digital technology for industrial companies, which can produce rapid benefits within a year.
The Metals & Mining and Oil & Gas sectors have recently experienced budget cuts of 20% on average, driven by a variety of factors including the global pandemic, slump in demand and price wars. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge aims to transform these industries by discovering innovative, digital solutions that reduce cost fast and pay for themselves, whilst achieving the same or improved productivity, health and safety and sustainability standards.
“While digital solutions can help to get work done quicker and more cost-effectively, they typically require a three-year ROI, and if there’s no flexibility in the budget, a full budget planning cycle is needed to get things moving”, said Dr. Nick Mayhew, Chief Commercial Officer, Axora.
“Yet, extra financial cost is often incurred in delaying digital projects, so customers have asked us to highlight solutions that can have an ‘in year payback’ whereby the cost spent on the solution and deployment will be more than recovered within the budget year - this accelerates the timeline and drives positive business impact, quickly.”
The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge
Axora is keen to learn of any digital cost-saving innovation which: meets the 12-month payback timeframe; can be deployed in any part of the value chain including upstream, downstream or midstream oil and gas, metals processing or mining; and is ready for market. The Axora Cost-Saving Technology Challenge is open to entrepreneurs, start-ups, academics and sector leaders across the world. The competition will be judged by a panel of leading industry experts.
“We’re passionate about supporting our industries and customers through all forms of digital transformation and the cost-saving solutions we are searching for could also provide a lifeline to many mining and metals and oil and gas companies in the current economic climate,” added Dr. Mayhew.
Improving productivity, safety and sustainability
Up to ten finalists will be chosen to pitch their solutions at a digital pitch day later this year, after which Axora will validate the ROI models and vet the solutions. The winner will receive the ‘Axora Market Accelerator’ sales and marketing package worth £10,000. This includes a two-hour workshop, promotion through Axora’s thought leadership content and inclusion into its digital demand engines, providing the opportunity for the winning solution to benefit thousands of industrial companies. Entries are open until May 31. Full details of the competition including terms and conditions can be found here.
To learn more about the Axora B2B digital solutions marketplace read our feature in the latest issue of Mining Global magazine.