Robots to the rescue in Colombia

By Steve Ducker20 December 2017

Colombian gold mining company Operadora Minera is using Husqvarna demolition robots to help haul 3.5 t of gold out of tunnels in a remote part of the country every year.

Husqvarna web index

Operadora Minera specified the DXR 270 demolition robot after a rigorous test period in the hot and humid mine environment

The company contacted Husqvarna when it was looking for a solution to increase worker safety and alleviate the stress on employees’ bodies in a hot and humid environment, as well as increasing productivity.

Operation training 3

After a week’s training, operators were accomplishing in two hours what took 12 hours manually

According to Husqvarna, demolition robots can execute the manual digging and hauling tasks the workers were performing, moving the workers away from hazardous areas.

The robot’s compact size enables it to be used in tight spaces, while its steel track helps the machine move over sharp rocks and withstand the heat and humidity. Operadora Minera also benefitted from the availability of a range of attachments.

The current project came about when Operador Minera’s Gómez Merchán contacted Gonzalo Becerra, co-owner of DiamantBec in Bogotá, to try out a Husqvarna DXR 270 demolition robot.

After putting the robot through a rigorous test in the mine, he and his team ultimately decided on it as the robot for the job.

By the end of a week’s training with the DXR, operators were accomplishing in two hours what it took the three-man team to manually load during a 12 hour-shift.

 

MAGAZINE
NEWSLETTER
Delivered directly to your inbox, Demolition & Recycling International Newsletter features the pick of the breaking news stories, product launches, show reports and more from KHL's world-class editorial team.
Latest News
Hear about 300-metre stack demolition at WDS 2021
World Demolition Summit conference programme to include US Widows Creek fossil plant project
Billion-plus UK demolition framework announced
National provider Pagabo issues prior information notice for four-year, £1.56 billion framework
Oakwood Demolition in site clearance works for HS2
UK company chooses the PowerLatch coupler from Miller for Euston Station project
CONNECT WITH THE TEAM
Steve Ducker Editor, Demolition & Recycling International Tel: +44(0) 1892 786 210 E-mail: steve.ducker@khl.com
Bridget Leary Sales Manager Tel: +44 (0) 1892 786 220 E-mail: bridget.leary@khl.com
CONNECT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA