Supported by the mine's 5G network, the first two open-pit 5G unmanned mining trucks in central China's Anhui Province went online for trial operation, according to local media Anhui Daily.
China Baowu Masteel Group, in cooperation with China Telecom Anhui and ZTE, recently completed the deployment of sunken 5G MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) servers at the Nanshan Mine of Baosteel Resources' Masteel.
The launch of the 5G driverless mine car is an important step towards intelligent manufacturing using 5G technology, which fully utilizes the advantages of 5G high speed, low latency, and large capacity to transform the existing mining and other production modes.
The project uses 5G low-latency technology to establish a 5G intelligent dispatch system, a collaborative loading and unloading system, an emergency takeover system, and comprehensive use of unmanned aerial inspection, VR real-field observation of the mine pit, high-definition wireless video monitoring, and other technologies, which is expected to realize unmanned intelligent production in traditional mines.
Nanshan Mine is an open-pit iron ore mine located in Maanshan City. After the driverless mine car comes online, Nanshan Mine realizes the mixed operation of unmanned and manned multiple mine cars in the metallurgical open-pit mine.
The unmanned trucks are loaded, transported, and unloaded without manual operation, which solves the problem of personal safety and health of traditional mine workers, effectively cuts labor costs, improves production efficiency, and protects the environment.
In May 2019, China’s first 5G driverless mining truck was put into operation by Baotou Steel.
(File photo of a 5G driverless mining truck of Baotou Steel)