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Mining

Protecting productivity with systems in underground mining as well as surface mining and smelting.

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Smooth transport

Efficient solutions for conveyor belts

A mountain of work! Many industries manage bulk materials non-stop. And often outside in all types of weather. SICK provides intelligent sensor solutions which enable customers to cope with this challenge.

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Collision awareness

Achieving more with intelligent sensors

Protecting equipment, infrastructure and miners at a mine site results in strict requirements for all machine operators. There can be substantial blind spots in large mining vehicles that limit visibility. As a safety measure and to optimize the day-to-day use of vehicles, SICK offers special driver assistance systems for the mining industry.

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Gas analysis

Sensor solutions for gas analysis in underground mining

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Capture, utilization and storage of carbon dioxide

SICK solutions for CCUS applications

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Outdoor safety

Overcome boundaries

Achieving a high level of productivity is a primary concern of our customers, not only for indoor but also outdoor applications.

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Mining
Smooth transport
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Capture, utilization and storage of carbon dioxide
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Overview

Protecting productivity with systems in underground mining as well as surface mining and smelting.

From monitoring gas concentrations and air quality in the mine right through to collision protection for the large vehicles on the mine site: SICK offers a wide range of sensors and systems for increasing safety and monitoring potentially hazardous situations. SICK’s product portfolio includes solutions for analyzing and monitoring pit gas concentrations in coal mining. Thanks to these solutions, the mine operator receives not only valuable safety and ventilation data, but also information identifying pit areas in which the miners can or cannot be employed. SICK also offers solutions for protecting mobile machines, for collision avoidance, and tunnel warning systems for underground and surface mining.

Trends & news

Focusing on the blind spot: active collision awareness systems for mobile automation

With mobile machines, accidents often occur when maneuvering and reversing on construction sites, in open-cast and underground mining, and in agriculture and forestry, as well as with municipal and special vehicles. With the Visionary-B CV 3D vision sensor, an active driver assistance system is available to monitor the area next to and behind mobile machines. It reliably identifies people and objects in the driver's blind spot and warns of collisions.

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Motion sequences must be monitored before they can be optimized

“Wanna bet” – that you can use an excavator shovel to place the tone arm of a record player precisely between two songs on a record, or hang up six socks with two excavators in the space of four minutes? Yes, you can. Several candidates on the German TV show “Wetten, dass...?” (“Wanna bet?”) won their bets thanks to their skills with an excavator. But what these clever contestants tried out for fun – namely operating a commercial vehicle with high precision – is now an established automated process in agriculture and forestry, road construction, mining, etc.

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Goodbye to system failures in mining

Traditionally, the Chinese mining industry uses scale systems to calculate output. Due to the harsh environment and especially due to bad weather conditions, these often fail or deliver incorrect results. The system providers must then send their service engineers into the mine for every malfunction. The Bulkscan® LMS511 flow sensor is now in use. It reliably measures the volume on the belt and prevents belt misalignment – even in bad weather.

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Mobile connectivity: intelligent networking and digitalization

The TDC (Telematic Data Collector) gateway system collects and saves data from several sensors, even different ones, using various interfaces. The mobile communication feature – WLAN or Ethernet – included with the system transmits the data to a customer server or the SICK cloud. Analyses can also be performed in the TDC system based on the incoming data to provide real-time outputs (reactions) via I/Os or SMS messages (alarms). The incoming and outgoing data can be used for downstream process optimization and to improve transparency, thereby increasing productivity. SICK offers optional customer-specific cloud solutions (SaaS) for this purpose.

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Challenges

Monitoring and controlling

Analyzers and analyzer solutions monitor and check emission limit values, the atmosphere in underground mines and the emission of pollutants into the environment. The MINESIC700 GHG from SICK monitors CO2 values in mining to monitor greenhouse gas emissions and is part of the company’s extensive product range.

Measuring

Sensors and sensor systems from SICK are ideal for precise and direct measurement of volume and mass flow. For optimal management of conveyor belt usage and reduction of incidents, the speed, loading height and distribution of bulk material are monitored.

Protection

The protection of persons, machines and property is of utmost priority in mines. SICK sensors and sensor solutions protect hazardous areas, machine positions and movements. The innovative and groundbreaking products from SICK fulfill this task with flying colors.

Service

The SICK experts offer expert consultation, qualified support, detailed project planning and development as well as installation and commissioning services. SICK is also available for maintenance for planned downtime as well as in emergencies.

Collision awareness

Visionary-B 3D vision sensor

The Visionary-B 3D vision sensor is ideal for driver assistance on heavy, off-road commercial vehicles used outdoors. The monitor displays live images, which warn the operator with visual and acoustic signals before infringements of the 3D detection area. The system warns the driver only in critical driving situations, e.g., when maneuvering. A plug and play solution, the Visionary-B is a breeze to parameterize and operate, and is ready for use in a matter of moments.

2D and 3D LiDAR sensors

2D and 3D LiDAR sensors can cover a large range of applications. The two- or multiple-dimension contour data recorded can be processed both internally and externally. The products in the 2D LiDAR sensor product range, depending on the type, are suited for contour guidance and collision warning in driver assistance systems of mobile machines. Thanks to their rugged design and excellent performance even in unfavorable weather conditions, the 2D and 3D LiDAR sensors form the core of our collision warning assistance systems.

Driver assistance systems

SICK offers complete sensor system solutions for the realization of driver assistance systems for collision warning. These intelligent systems significantly reduce the integration and evaluation effort for the mechanical engineer. An example of this is the MINESIC sensor system.

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