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ArticleName Introduction of automated control over mining and transportation
DOI 10.17580/gzh.2017.05.20
ArticleAuthor Sorokin O. I., Shokov A. A.

JSC Lebedinsky GOK, Gubkin, Russia:

O. I. Sorokin, Head of Office for Communications and Transmission Media
A. A. Shokov, Deputy Head of Office for Production and Analysis – Head of a department,


One of the factors of success of modern production is application of automated checkout and control facilities. A new step along the way of improving such equipment at Lebedinsky GOK has become the introduction of automated mining and transportation control system Dicpatch manufactured by Modular Mining Systems. The main objective of the system introduction is to increase productivity of heavy dump trucks owing to automation of their routing for loading, fueling and shift change. This is achieved through automated control over rock rehandling by motor transport, checkout of fuel quantity in tanks and tire pressure in every dump truck as well as by means of instrumentation-assisted estimation of quality of roads in the open pit mine. The automated routing is based on the mathematical calculation of optimal cargo flows in accord with the production objectives. On the ground of this calculation, the system assigns tasks for each machine and follows up the execution. For example, the system, in real time, using the downloaded optimization algorithms, after a dump truck is unloaded, automatically assigns a specific shovel for the vacant dump truck to go to. After the system introduction, the time loss, which negatively influenced equipment efficiency (downtime of machines whilst awaiting loading, idle time of shovels awaiting dump trucks, duration of fueling, etc.), has drastically been reduced. The effi ciency of dump trucks per shift has increased by 11.6%.

keywords Automation, control system, mining and transportation system, shovel, dump truck, equipment efficiency

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