Four Sandvik employees – Riku Pulli, Timo Soikkeli, Brett Cook and Janne Kallio – have been honoured by the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame for their efforts in developing Sandvik AutoMine. This award recognizes some of the greatest technical innovations from the world of mining.
Much of the research for AutoMine was done at the production site in Tampere, Finland. But taking the ideas from the test lab to the mine was possible thanks to the cooperation of customers such as De Beers, Codelco, Rio Tinto, LKAB and Boliden, to name but a few, who were eager to automate their operations. Today, AutoMine has evolved into a complete automation offering for surface and underground mines, making them safer, more productive and efficient.
“It was a real journey,” says Timo Soikkeli, mining applications director for Sandvik Mining China. “Now we feel like we’ve finally taken the lid off underground mining.”