Autonomous Mining

Ensure Reliable Network Connectivity

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The automation of mining equipment promises benefits that include improved safety, increased productivity, and reduced unscheduled maintenance. However, mining equipment is frequently on-the-move and must rely on wireless communication technologies to report status and receive commands. The wireless communications must work reliably in a hostile environment that includes ever-shifting terrain, an expanding underground labyrinth of shafts and levels, and interfering radio signals from other equipment. A loss of communication, even intermittently, might negate the gains in safety and productivity that are the goals of autonomous mining.

To address these concerns and improve autonomous mining, a major manufacturer of mining equipment used QualNet Network Digital Twin technology to model communications in a mining environment. Onboard sensors on the equipment continually report hydraulic pressure, temperature, RPM, filter status, to monitor machine health, maximize uptime, and reduce cost per ton. The wireless network relays the data among constantly moving equipment to a central monitoring system. QualNet was used to model signal to noise, interference, channel usage, packet loss, and packet delivery, and was used to optimize network parameters and improve autonomous mining. This helps the equipment manufacturer to ensure reliable network connectivity, thus improving productivity and minimizing equipment downtime and associated costs.

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QualNet Network Simulation Software

Cost-effective “lab-based risk reduction” network simulation technology allows manufacturer to ensure reliable network connectivity, thus improving productivity and minimizing equipment down time and associated costs.

Creating A Network Digital Twin

Network digital twins can create a  virtual representation of the mines communication network to accurately models the devices, communication links, operating environment, and applications running on the network

Automated Creation of Network Digital Twins

Digital twin technology offers significant value to an organization as it allows continuous access to the digital replica of a physical object or process throughout its lifecycle.

Key Features of QualNet

Speed

Large Scale Simulation, Quickly

Scalability

Model thousands of nodes

Model Fidelity

Accurate real-world behavior

Portability

Compatible with Windows & Linux

Extensibility

Connect other hardware & software

Commercial enterprises, educational institutions, and governmental organizations around the world all depend on reliable, effective networks to deliver business-critical, mission-critical communications, and information. SCALABLE maintains a highly experienced group of technical professionals to support customers and projects of any scale and solve challenging problems with our advanced network digital twin technology.

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