Open Autonomy A Miner’s Best Friend: Wenco

June 4, 2024

Posted by Paul Moore on 30th May 2024 and written by Richard Roberts of InvestMETS, one of The Electric Mine 2024 Supporting Partners:

Open autonomy and increased competition in the mining equipment and fleet management space are going to be key levers for resource developers looking to turn economically marginal ore deposits into dollars, The Electric Mine 2024 heard.

Mining heavyweights such as Rio Tinto, Hancock Prospecting and others are currently working closely with traditional mining and non-mining technology companies to advance development of smaller autonomous and electric vehicles, fleet management and potential swarm robotic mining applications.

Successful commercialisation is likely to open the door for many others sitting on resources that historically wouldn’t have interested the majors.

VP Commercial at Wenco International Mining Systems, Glen Trainor said at The Electric Mine 2024 in Perth, Western Australia, the mining industry’s increasing challenges with falling ore grades, deeper operations, longer ore and waste haulage routes and rising – not decreasing – energy consumption, were well documented.


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About Wenco International Mining Systems

For over 30 years, Wenco International Mining Systems has worked with mining companies to extract unrealized value. Under this mission, Wenco has developed an integrated suite of solutions to support the digital transformation of the mining industry. Fleet management, asset health, data analytics, and other technologies join together in the spirit of open interoperability and scalability to raise mine productivity and efficiency, lower routine costs, and establish a safe and smooth mining operation.

Wenco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.