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Komatsu announces plan to deploy Autonomous Haulage System at Anglo American’s Los Bronces copper mine

2 min read / June 7, 2022

Komatsu’s 930E haul truck at the Los Bronces copper mine in Chile

Collaboration to accelerate the use of automation, autonomous operation and remote control

June 6, 2022 – Komatsu Ltd. (President and CEO: Hiroyuki Ogawa) and its wholly owned subsidiary Komatsu Chile S.A. (hereafter “Komatsu”) are pleased to announce plans for Komatsu FrontRunner Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) to be deployed on a total of 62 930E ultra-class haul trucks by 2024 at Los Bronces, a Chilean open pit copper mine owned by Anglo American, a global mining company. The mine site will serve as a showcase for Komatsu’s autonomous technology.

"We're excited to participate in this initiative to implement autonomous technology and look forward to the opportunity to leverage FrontRunner AHS to help us optimize our mine operations at Los Bronces, convinced that technology is an enabler to improve the way we work and move toward a safer and more sustainable operation, where people are the protagonists of innovation and are at the center of everything we do," said Cristobal Mimica, mine modernization manager Los Bronces, Anglo American.

"FrontRunner AHS is designed to help mines increase production while promoting zero harm," said Anthony Cook, vice president for Autonomous Systems at Komatsu. "We’re pleased that Anglo American, a long-time partner, has chosen FrontRunner to help achieve their goals and we look forward to continuing to collaborate on future optimization opportunities."

Komatsu FrontRunner is a well-proven system, with over 525 trucks deployed since its first commercial deployment in 2008 at CODELCO’s Gabriela Mistral copper mine in Chile. Komatsu’s approach for FrontRunner AHS brings together its ultra-class dump trucks with the industry-leading Modular Mining DISPATCH® Fleet Management System.

The essential minerals needed to power modern society are getting harder to find and tougher to mine, and customers trust mining companies to deliver these resources. Komatsu focuses on helping mining companies meet those needs productively and responsibly. As part of the company’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, Komatsu has increased its focus on advancement of sustainable technologies, equipment and service solutions that will help customers achieve safe, highly productive, smart and clean workplaces for the future.

About Komatsu
Komatsu develops and supplies technologies, equipment and services for the construction, mining, forklift, industrial and forestry markets. For a century, the company has been creating value for its customers through manufacturing and technology innovation, partnering with others to empower a sustainable future where people, business and the planet thrive together. Front-line industries worldwide use Komatsu solutions to develop modern infrastructure, extract fundamental minerals, maintain forests and create consumer products. The company's global service and distributor networks support customer operations to enhance safety and productivity while optimizing performance.

To learn more, visit www.komatsu.com 

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