IQ SERIES- INTELLIGENT VEHICLES



REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEMS

From basic line-of-sight to surface operation packages, MacLean can deliver and support the appropriate remote-control solution for your unique underground mining environment. These remote-control systems are an excellent addition to the MacLean Ore Flow product line, to safely bring down draw point hang-ups and make block caving operations, in particular, safer and more productive.

REMOTE CONTROL SYSTEMS

The first package of commercialized products from our Advanced Vehicle Technology group, under the MacLean IQ Series product line banner, consists of three levels of remote-control technology.

From basic line-of-sight to surface operation packages, MacLean can deliver and support the appropriate remote-control solution for your unique underground mining environment. These remote-control systems are an excellent addition to the MacLean Ore Flow product line, to safely bring down draw point hang-ups and make block caving operations, in particular, safer and more productive.

Line of Sight Operation

Features:

Line of sight remote operations of MacLean mining vehicles, via radio signal in the underground environment

Proportional controls allowing precise operation

900MHz radio communication

100m+ operation in visual line of sight, a uniquely paired transmitter and receiver ensures the machine responds to only one transmitter

Status lights on the machine provide feedback to the operator

Benefits:

 Enhanced operator safety, especially in hazardous operating situations that would otherwise require working near large unstable fragmentation

Improved operator ergonomics and reduced fatigue

Increased productivity and reduced operating costs

 Options:

Wireless video system – 2.4 GHz line of sight transmission

Tele-Remote Underground

Features:

Allows underground operation of the machine beyond visual line of sight

All data traffic passed over a single 2.4GHz Wi-Fi link

 In standard configuration, the system is selfcontained with no requirement for network infrastructure in the mine

HD camera system configured for each machine

Machine feedback package to monitor carrier and task signals from the control station

Hardwired link from operator unit to communication hub and wireless link from communication hub to the machine

 Benefits:

Enhanced operator safety, especially in hazardous operating situations that demand ‘No Boots on Ground’

Improved safety with further distancing from the exposure to heat, dust, noise, and other risks such as mud-rush

 Improved operator ergonomics and reduced fatigue

Increased productivity and reduced operating costs

Options:

Light barrier – controls access to the work area, safely stops the machine if personnel enter the work area

Integration with mine network – if a network is in place at the mine, the tele-remote system can use this as a data link to operate over greater distances

Battery-operated communication hub – removes the requirement for a hardwired link from operator unit to communication hub but requires a visual line of sight instead

 Options available for machine feedback packages tailored to machine types and customer workflows

Surface Tele-Operation

Features:

 Joystick Control Package with workstation and chair

 Two (2) or more widescreen displays (specification dependant on application)

Comprehensive machine feedback package to give an in-cab experience

Localization and Autonomous packages available as options

Benefits:

 Office like work environment to completely remove operators from underground mining environment in critical ground conditions

Increased productivity as operator availability increases due to reduced commute times

 Increased machine utilization leading to a reduction in total capital equipment requirement

 Improved productivity and operator ergonomics

Allows for further automation and use of multiple units from single operator stations

Options:

Machine localization within mine map

 Integration with mine safety system/automation safety system

 Integration with automation traffic management/ dispatch system

 Integration with existing mine network

Driver assistance features – obstacle detection, collision avoidance, speed limiting