Luoyang 5G Unmanned Molybdenum Mine Project Awarded

Luoyang’s unmanned molybdenum mine project was awarded second prize lately. The 3rd “Blooming Cup” 5G Application Pitch Competition was held recently. The "Luoyang Luanchuan Molybdenum Group Co., Ltd. Intelligent Unmanned Mine" project selected by China Molybdenum Group won the prize.

For centuries, the mining industry around the world has faced tremendous safety challenges, which continue to mire the industry despite its importance as a pillar of the world economy. Ways to make mining safer and smarter are being sought out so that automation eliminates the need to send workers into dangerous areas.

Smart mining is fast becoming a reality as technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) continue to evolve. As the adoption gets up to pace, a wide range of applications is being developed, including using 5G to power unmanned mining equipment.

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Yuexin Zhineng, a Henan-based machinery manufacturer, developed its first unmanned mining equipment in early 2017. The equipment was successfully implemented in some areas of China Molybdenum's Sandaozhuang molybdenum mine in Luanchuan County, Henan. The Sandaozhuang mine, the first unmanned mine in China jointly launched by Yuexin Zhineng and China Molybdenum, has stood the test of time. It has been in operation for nearly two years with verified performance and a stable unmanned mining system.

To build on this success and improve performance further, Yuexin Zhineng and Huawei signed an agreement this past March to use 5G for unmanned mining, a first in China. The use of 5G will be a significant boost to the operation precision, stability, and efficiency in unmanned mining," said Yang Hui, Chief Engineer at Yuexin Zhineng. Six base stations have been deployed at the mining site, and some of the unmanned mining equipment have been debugged and are already running on the network.

The use of AI and fully automated mining equipment provides dynamic real-time monitoring of the production process so that it runs at peak performance. It will also enable a gradual shift towards fully unmanned mining to maximize production efficiency.

5G will help us better protect workers from harm by using unmanned mines that are safer and smarter. This new technology will usher in a new era for the longstanding operations of the industry to create new economic and social benefits.

According to Liu Liang, deputy manager of Luoyang Molybdenum Mining Company, in 2019, Luoyang Molybdenum cooperated with partners such as Huawei intelligent to apply 5G technology to the field of unmanned mines for the first time, using the ultra-high speed and ultra-high speed of the network.

The low-latency feature realizes ultra-remote precise control of shovel and installation based on 5G network, and completely solves the technical bottleneck of signal transmission in the special complex environment of the molybdenum mine. Through multiple improvements and debugging, the formation of unmanned electric vehicles and remote control of excavators have been realized, and the accurate control of the intelligent system under the cloud server has been realized through the upgrade, which effectively solved the problem of large delay in the original control system. Greatly improve the production efficiency of the mining area.