Iron and lithium extraction are the primary focuses of Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀn-based Mineral Resources Limited, a cutting-edge mining services provider. Together with the business Hexagon, an expert in automation, they were in charge of creating the first autonomous road trains in history. In order to regulate the trucks’ trajectory precisely, it was decided to combine drive-by-wire technology with an autonomous movement ᴍᴀɴagement system. Long-distance road train fleet availability has increased and the ʀɪsᴋ of driver fatigue has decreased by improving operational efficiency. In order to achieve a combined gross mass of up to 425 tons, the autonomous road trains are expected to travel in convoys of up to 5 trucks, each pulling three trailers.
Ellefson Off Highway
An American company named Ellefson Off Highway is focused on the maintenance and security of parts for Caterpillar and Komatsu-brand heavy machinery. They specialize in fixing large machinery like bulldozers, excavators, and mining trucks, which requires them to carry out difficult tasks. One of his most notable feats was moving the Cat D11R bulldozer, one of the biggest of its kind, using two trucks, each pulling a separate trailer.
As surprising as it may appear, the coordination of the drivers, who are in continuous rodio communication in order to synchronize their motions, is what makes this possible. In order to travel on public roads, this is done in order to achieve a better weight distribution and maintain compliance with the legal load limits. In this way, ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ to public roads is prevented, and the expensive tires of ming trucks’ track system or, if applicable, tires are shielded from needless wear.
Through its logistics branch, Tytec is a business that provides Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀ-wide OTR tire storage and transportation services. This company operates in Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀ and is affiliated with well-known companies like Michelin and Goodyear, among others, with a fleet of 27 sets of trailers. These trailers have frames that can adapt to various configurations, allowing them to haul tires ranging in size from 27.00 R49 to the huge 60/80 R57.
Additionally, they have adjustable safety chocks that generate a horizontal force with the tire’s weight due to their angle, keeping the tire secure. They don’t need an escort vehicle or any kind of special permit because they are essentially a road train and don’t extend beyond the size of a typical trailer. Important data, like load settings and weight distribution, are logged using the company’s proprietary software and may be accessed at any time.
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