Applications of Robotics in Mining Industry
The advance of robotics and the increase in robot use have raised the need for computer simulation of robots, among the aims of which are the design of new robots, task planning of existing robots, performance evaluation and cycle time estimation. For mining environment, both the opencast and underground mining needs seriously application of robotics. In deep mining, the room and pillar or bord and pillar method progresses along the seam, while pillars and timber are left standing to support the mine roof and highly equipped machineries used To maintain safety and reduced the human activity, it is very much essential to adopt robotic technology in underground mines. It is proved that, robots will be doing jobs like laying explosives, going underground after blasting to stabilize a mine roof or mining in areas where it is impossible for humans to work or even survive. This paper highlights the need and uses of robotic applications in mining industry environment.