Parteq Innovations has partnered with Swedish industrial tools and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco for the development of a new underground mining automation technology.
Developed in the lab of Dr Johsua Marshall, with graduate student Dr Andrew Dobson, from Queen's University's Department of Mining, the technology automates the loading process of the bucket of an underground load haul dump vehicle with fragmented rock.
By continuing to develop the technology, Atlas Copco plans to incorporate it into future generations of its underground mining equipment.
Dr Marshall said: "This technology solves a long-standing problem in mining robotics, and we are thrilled that Atlas Copco chose to partner with us at Queen's.
"Atlas Copco has a fantastic team of dedicated and forward-thinking people, which made this collaboration experience both technically as well as professionally rewarding."
The university's strategic framework objectives related to internationalisation and research are set to receive a boost from the new technology transfer project.
Atlas Copco mining technology vice-president Olav Kvist said: "The collaboration with Queen's University has been a positive experience bringing about new knowledge as well as good relations between ourselves.
"The resulting technology enables us to plan for autoloading options on our LHD products."
Going forward, Atlas Copco plans to cooperate further with Queens University in the field of mining automation.
With a focus on mining systems and robotics, Dr Marshall's research involves the development and application of advanced methods with regard to perception, modelling, and control of mining equipment as well as processes.
Image: Mining technology developed by Joshua Marshall. Photo: courtesy of Queen's University.