Autonomous Drills Use Rajant BreadCrumbs for Wireless Connectivity 

Rajant Corporation and Epiroc have announced successful validation for both semi-autonomous and autonomous drilling using Epiroc drills with Rajant BreadCrumbs By Caroline Rees / 13 Jul 2022
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Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of Kinetic Mesh wireless networks, and Epiroc, a productivity and sustainability partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, have announced successful validation for both semi-autonomous and autonomous drilling. 

As part of the validation, deployment best practices guidelines were created to support the deployment of Epiroc drills with Rajant BreadCrumbs. 

BreadCrumb nodes form Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh industrial wireless infrastructure. They work with the company’s networking software InstaMesh to enable voice, video and data communications that operate over a common mesh infrastructure. Hundreds can be quickly linked, self-configuring as part of a fully mobile, high bandwidth industrial WiFi network.

Epiroc has a permanent deployment at its test facility in South Africa to demonstrate semi-autonomous and autonomous drills using Rajant BreadCrumbs.

Rajant is deployed on semi-autonomous and autonomous Epiroc drills globally, including:

  • Semi-Autonomous
    • Anglo American – Sishen
    • Anglo American – Mogalakwena
    • Anglo American – Los Bronces
  • Autonomous Drills
    • Exxaro – Grootegeluk

“Improving the operational safety and productivity of mining operations is the byproduct of Rajant Kinetic Mesh,” said Geoff Smith, EVP of Sales and Marketing for Rajant. “It is the only industrial wireless network enabling machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity and mobility in markets like open-pit and underground mining.”

“Unlike other wireless networks that are dependent on fixed infrastructure, Rajant mobile BreadCrumbs can communicate with each other allowing machines to interconnect which adds additional layers of connectivity and redundancy while Rajant networking software InstaMesh is self-optimizing to overcome the constant environmental changes, data loads, interference, and on-the-move requirements of modern mines,” said Brian Doffing, Epiroc’s VP of Integration. “Rajant’s unique technology offering has been instrumental in allowing our joint customers to scale their autonomous solutions. This includes not only Epiroc drills but opens the door for all connected equipment at the mine site.”

Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact