A review of INCO's mining automation efforts in the Sudbury Basin.

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 91, No. 1016, 1998

R.A. Poole, Automated Mining Systems Inc., Sudbury, Ontario
P.V. Golde and G.R. Baiden, INCO, Sudbury, Ontario and
M. Scoble, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

INCO is committed to proceed into the next century using automation and robotics to achieve safety and productivity goals necessary to enhance its competitive position. Stobie Mine, decades old, is the first of its mines to change from labour-intensive to automation-assisted techniques. This paper is a synopsis of the progress made during the transition period including overviews of some of the projects as well as some of the difficulties in the assimilation of the technology.
Keywords: Automation, INCO Limited, Robotics, Stobie mine, Sudbury Basin, Technology.