Frontier Automation previously known as 3D Image Automation
Our flagship product 3DReclaim is tailor made for reclaimers in use in stockyards of iron ore, coal, and other mining or bulk material handling facilities.
It uses our patented machine vision control system and has been proven in a range of customer installations to dramatically improve reclaimer performance in comparison to conventional PLC based methods.
3DReclaim actively scans stockpile volume ahead of the bucket wheel in real time to directly control the reclaim process with the world’s first truly volume based controller. The system optimises face up and end of bench sequences and controls the slew turnaround to minimise unproductive air digging. It also prevents downtime through bogging events typical for conventional control operations.
Typically operators can see less than 25% of the working area for a machine. They are essentially working blind in 75% of the working area.
Measures the reclaim process
Measures & controls reclaim volume rate
Pre-emptive reclaimer control
Optimal asset performance (not just the reclaimer)
High return on investment
Real time reclaim process measurement using 3DIA High Resolution LiDAR
Complete stockyard surface map at 40mm resolution – 160 million 3D points (1200m x 160m x 625)
4 x LiDAR → 1.2M 3D measurements per second
Real time surface map retention
Comprehensive point cloud filtering
Multi-threaded filters, dynamic culling of non-stockpile objects, per device filter configuration
Reclaim Path planning – face edges and slew speed profile are known before digging even starts
Bucketwheel Path evaluation – scanning forward of the bucketwheel to detect face collapses
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