Carnegie Robotics and Mine Vision Systems Partner to Deliver Smart Mining Solutions
Robotics Advance Sustainability for Mining Industry
Carnegie Robotics, LLC (CRL), a pioneer in rugged robotic systems, and Mine Visions Systems (MVS), a leader in 3D vision and mapping software, are partnering to provide innovative solutions that will improve safety, increase productivity and advance the long-term sustainability of the mining sector. Under this agreement, MVS’s modeling software will join with CRL’s line of MultiSense cameras to deliver a robust, computer vision-based mapping tool for mining operations that is faster and more accurate than any currently on the market.
The industry vision of sustainability through a fully automated mine becomes closer to reality with smart mining solutions. The MVS-MultiSense solution supports the industry vision by providing more intelligent and productive equipment through CRL’s high-data-rate, high-accuracy 3D range sensors with MVS’ geological and geotechnical monitoring software. It produces high-fidelity 3D models with high- resolution 2D images of the mine within hours instead of weeks, giving operators near-real-time information for mine management. It supports the need for fleet tracking throughout the mining operation allowing for more increased equipment performance and efficiency. The MVS-MultiSense tool delivers unprecedented geotechnical insight through accurate mapping and modeling of the mining environment while providing a more thorough understanding of the working environment to increase safety and decrease exposure to life-threatening obstacles.
“We designed the MultiSense camera line to provide reliable data, day in and day out, for harsh mining environments,” said Carnegie Robotics CEO, Steve DiAntonio. “Combining the MultiSense 3D sensor data with the MVS persistent mapping software provides mine operators with close to real-time information that helps drive faster and more efficient operational decision making.”
“MVS is focused on bringing new vision related technology and software algorithms to the resources mining industry. Our groundbreaking blend of computer vision and machine learning software brings a higher level of automation to equipment but also unrivaled interoperability and data conversion for use in mining software,” said Paul Lucey, Mine Vision Systems CEO. “When looking for a match for our software, it was hard to go past the CRL MultiSense family of sensors. During the beta testing, our clients put these sensors in conditions where most other sensors would fail, and the MultiSense just kept on going.”
Caterpillar, a pioneer in mining automation, advocates autonomous operations solutions to increase the level of predictability in the mining process. “Caterpillar has been working on innovative solutions in the Pittsburgh area since the 90's,” states Joe Forcash, Engineering Supervisor for Caterpillar's Pittsburgh Automation Center (PAC). “We are proud to work with robotics companies in the Pittsburgh area like Carnegie Robotics, which are developing tools to enhance the safety and reliability of mining equipment.”
Mine Vision Systems and Carnegie Robotics have a long history of successful collaboration. The MVS software and the CRL hardware were both developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute with the objective of eventual commercialization for mining operations. Together, they have deployed the technologies in mining operations across the globe, including Africa, Australia, and Southeast Asia. In September, MVS and CRL will partner to showcase their solutions at MINExpo 2016, Booth #1073, the quadrennial conference and innovation showcase for the domestic and international mining industries.
About Carnegie Robotics
Carnegie Robotics, LLC (CRL), is a rapidly growing supplier of reliable and advanced robotics sensors and platforms for defense, agriculture, mining, infrastructure and energy applications. The company was founded in 2010 as a spin-out of Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) one of the world’s premier research and development organizations for advanced field robotics, machine vision and autonomy. CRL’s core competencies include engineering, manufacturing and testing of highly reliable and environmentally robust products. These competencies supported the company’s successful capture of the US Army’s AMDS program of record.
About Mine Vision Systems
Mine Vision Systems (MVS), is an emerging leader in computer vision and machine learning within the resources sector. MVS was founded in 2015 in combination with Carnegie Mellon’s National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Gold Fields, one of the world leaders in sustainable gold mining. MVS is developing the new standard for data representation from rapid mapping tools based on its robust algorithm architecture. This new disruptive platform is ready being tested in beta form from geotechnical, geology and spatial analysis to machine control. The platform has been designed with the highest level of interoperability to integrate seamless with today’s OEM’s and software providers. MVS is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Perth, Western Australia.