Micro-Mobility Mining Bot

Canada is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that has all the critical minerals required to manufacture EV batteries: graphite, nickel, aluminum, copper, lithium, cobalt, manganese, molybdenum, and rare earth elements. Canada ranks 1st in North American and 2nd in the world for raw material capacities in the battery supply chain. The Canadian Critical Minerals Strategy will increase the supply of responsibly sourced critical minerals and support the development of domestic and global value chains.

Safety is always paramount and helping to improve the safety of workers in a mine, from falling rocks, entrapment, and possible fire, is critical. Robots have been assisting with the drilling an excavation, the detection of dangerous gases and the hauling of rocks in/out of mines for nearly a decade, but how can we further the relationship between humans and bots.

The APMA’s partners from Northern Ontario’s mines have provided valuable feedback to support this year’s design brief. Problems and challenges faced, both above and underground have two things in common: time and distance.

The Vision:

As the mining sectors overcome connectivity challenges and the pathway to autonomy increases, the introduction of last mile/meter utility bots must be explored. Working collaboratively with humans, these bots should support in making their working lives easier, less mundane and closing the gap on both time and distance.

Assumptions & Considerations:

The proposed utility bot design should be for production year 2030.
• Battery or Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered
• All-terrain vehicle capabilities
• Full Autonomous and/or Remote Controlled
• Optical, LiDAR and Radar technology
• Load carrying capabilities
• Manufacturing and Engineering best practises to be considered.

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