Tokyo, 107-8414 Japan
Komatsu, Ltd. manufactures and sells construction and mining machinery, including excavators, bulldozers, and wheel loaders. The company, operating on a global scale, also produces forklift trucks and engineering equipment such as press systems.
Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) is a comprehensive fleet management system for mines. The dump trucks, which are equipped with vehicle controllers, a high-precision global positioning system (GPS), an obstacle detection system and a wireless network system jointly developed by Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu America Corp. and Modular Mining Systems, Inc., are operated and controlled via a supervisory computer, enabling them to be unmanned.
All data from AHS trucks in use at the mine, including information on the location of the vehicles and their running status, can be verified via the supervisory computer. This is expected to contribute to a significant increase in productivity at the mine where it is difficult to secure sufficient manpower.
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