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JUN 2018

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40 June 2018 suppliers news ASI Launches First Major Autonomous Haulage Project in the US Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) said it is working on a project with Barrick Gold to retrofit and automate a fleet of haul trucks at the company's Arturo Joint Venture op- eration in Nevada. "This represents the first major auto- nomous deployment within the conti- nental United States and signals a larger movement to adopt automation across the mining industry," said Drew Lars- en, director of business development for ASI Mining. During the initial phase of the pro- ject, ASI will retrofit five Komatsu 930-E Ultra-Class haul trucks to autonomous operation at the Arturo mine, located adjacent to Barrick's Goldstrike opera- tions. This phase will consist primarily of waste haulage, prior to moving into production. Subsequent phases will fol- low with potential expansion to addition- al trucks. "Not only is this agreement with Bar- rick significant in the ongoing growth of ASI Mining, it enables Barrick to em- bark on its autonomous surface mining strategy in a pragmatic and collaborative manner with a technology partner such as ASI," Larsen said. ASI's Mobius Haulage A.I. will be a key component in the implementation and operation of the project. Mobius leverages advanced multi-vehicle com- mand and control software to set up and manage a coordinated system of haul trucks. The Mobius Haulage Platform manages autonomous traffic, coordi- nates manned or unmanned vehicles and regulates the haul cycle in the most effi- cient way possible. By employing the Mobius platform at the Arturo mine, Barrick anticipates en- hancements across a range of critical per- formance measurements. "The goal is to use advances in auto- mation technology to help Barrick prove and deliver improvements in safety, effi- ciency and production," said Matt Majors, superintendent of mining operations and project manager for autonomous haulage. "Barrick chose ASI as a partner for their ability to provide an agnostic pro- duct — agnostic to equipment manu- facturer and to mine layout and prac- tices," said Majors. "This offers us greater flexibility and cost savings. "Using the ASI kits, we are able to retrofit our existing fleet of haul trucks as well as additional multi-manufacturer equipment, which will help us to realize additional savings should we decide to scale the technology in the future." Matrix Introduces UVision Lighting Matrix Design Group has an advanced technology mine lighting product, UVi- For the first phase of the project, five Komatsu 930-E haul trucks will be retrofitted for autonomous operations and they will haul waste before being used for production.

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