mining

Indoor drones in Mining

Accessing the inaccessible.

Mines are hostile environments for humans. As a result, mining companies are turning to mining inspection technology that prevents humans from being exposed to dangerous situations. By choosing the Elios—a remote visual inspection (RVI) tool used to inspect confined and/or inaccessible spaces—mining companies have improved mining inspection operations by making them safer and more productive, while decreasing downtimes. The Elios gives mining professionals access to visual data from deep below the earth’s surface in underground mines to the inner workings of a surface mine’s processing plant equipment.

Applications

Mining - Open Stope

OPEN STOPE

Explore restricted areas such as excavated open stopes to support backfilling operations by detecting shadow areas and understanding ground conditions without putting humans at risk.

Mining - Conveyor Belt

CONVEYOR BELT

Assessing the integrity of conveyor belts without having to power them down or stop ongoing excavations.

Mining - Drop Raise

DROP RAISE

Flying tens of meters down a dusty, wet, and rocky drop raise in an underground mine to locate clogging or to assess potential for rehabilitation in mining inspections.

Mining - SAG Mill, Ball Mill, and Grinding Mill

SAG, BALL, AND GRINDING MILL

Getting inside of SAG, Ball, and Grinding Mills to assess mechanical integrity and to detect clogging without having to stop the entire production line.

Mining - Stockpile Feeder

STOCKPILE FEEDER

Collecting visuals of feeders by flying through the stockpile hole to assess their integrity and to plan for their maintenance without having to put humans at risk while conducing a mine inspection.

Mining - Crusher

CRUSHER

Performing preventive maintenance of crushers by assessing the mean data of indoor visual mining inspections to replace parts before they break and paralyze production.

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ORE PASS

Inspecting hang-ups and other obstructions inside of an ore pass.

Testimonials

See what people are saying about Elios

Save Costs

Save Costs

The economic benefits of using the Elios for mining equipment inspection are clear. Since the mine doesn’t have to stop production for over an hour, the company sees an immediate savings of between $100-$150,000 in production costs.

Eric Romersa

Co-founder, WSdata3D

Increase Safety

Increase Safety

Mining is an extremely hostile and dangerous environment to be in. Being able to remove the human element is key… Elios will help make the industry safer.

Matt MacKinnon

Founder, UAS Inc.

Mining Guides

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MINING INDUSTRY: A COMPLETE GUIDE

The mining industry has been around for tens of thousands of years. Read our in-depth guide about the intricacies of the mining industry and why it is important.

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MINING TOOLS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO MINING INDUSTRY EQUIPMENT

Explore the different types of mining tools and equipment used at every stage of a mining operation in our in-depth guide.

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WHAT IS A STOPE?

Stopes are the basis for all underground mining activities. Read our guide to learn about the different stoping methods and basic considerations for creating these stopes.

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WHAT IS AN ORE PASS?

Functional ore passes play a key role in the underground mining process. Learn more about the different types of ore passes and their applications in our guide.

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WHAT IS OVERBURDEN?

Read about the overburden removal process and how mining companies manage the abundance of mining waste in our guide.

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WHAT IS BACKFILLING?

Backfill is used to stabilize emptied portions of an underground mine. Read our guide to learn about the ins and outs of the backfilling process.

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WHAT IS MINERAL PROCESSING?

The profitability of a mine is based on the mineral processing stage of the mining industry. Read our guide to find out about the four stages of mineral processing.

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HOW MINE DRONES ARE IMPROVING SAFETY AND OPTIMIZING MINING

The opportunities for integrating mine drones into mining operations are endless. Read our guide to understand how drones are improving safety and optimizing the mining industry.