Smart Blast Cone Sampler
Honeybee Robotics’ Smart Blast Cone Sampler (SBCS), developed in conjunction with a major international mining concern, is a mobile semi-autonomous platform for acquiring and analyzing ore samples. The SBCS takes selective samples from the piles of cuttings (“cones”) produced during blast hole drilling, performing preliminary sample analysis in situ and containerizing representative subsamples for later laboratory analysis. The resulting data are invaluable for grade control and mine operations planning.
Powerful, flexible system control. The SBCS is a sophisticated multi-axis system, with a three-DOF hydraulically actuated robotic arm, various sample transport subsystems, an onboard riffle splitter and a LIBS analyzer. Honeybee’s modular, semi-autonomous control structure enables a single person to operate the SBCS from the cab through a user-friendly GUI.
Safe, robust, field-friendly design. The SBCS is fully compliant with rigorous mine safety and maintenance standards and has been field tested in a production mining environment.