Engineering & Mining Journal

JUL 2018

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HEALTH & SAFETY JULY 2018 • E&MJ 45 and effective postural support without the need for batteries, motors or other failure-prone devices, said Comau. The compact, ergonomically designed unit was developed in a collaboration involv- ing Comau; ÖSSUR, a non-invasive or- thopedics company; and IUVO, a spinoff company of The BioRobotics Institute specializing in wearable technologies. MATE, according to Comau, is fully able to replicate any movement of the shoulder while adhering to the body like a "second skin." Although the initial targets for this product are factory-floor, assembly-line workers performing repeti- tive tasks in a static environment, it's not difficult to visualize mining applications possibly involving jackleg drill operators, equipment field service technicians or mill maintenance personnel. Partnering for Productivity Komatsu and graphics-technology devel- oper Nvidia have formed a partnership to deploy Nvidia's Jetson AI platform to create safer heavy-equipment work sites. Jetson AI will serve as the brain of Komat- su machinery on these sites, enabling im- proved safety and productivity, according to the two companies. The overall plan is to have Nvidia GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) com- municate with drones and cameras at work sites, acting as an AI platform for analysis and visualization. SkyCatch, a data-imaging company, will provide drones to gather and map 3D images for visualizing the terrain. OPTiM, an IoT management-software company, will provide an application to identify indi- viduals and machinery collected from surveillance cameras. Jetson is a credit-card-sized platform that delivers AI computing "at the edge." (Edge computing shifts control of com- puting applications, data and services from central nodes [the core] to the other extreme [the edge of the Internet], which TAILINGS FLOTATION CELLS THICKENER UNDERFLOW CONCENTRATORS CENTRIFUGE AND CYCLONE FEED Series 5200 Control Pinch Valve Series D Slurry Knife Gate Valve Series DX Slurry Knife Gate Valve Series 75 Manual Pinch Valve Red Valve | 412.279.0044 The Best Choice for the Toughest Mining Applications. Since 1953, Red Valve Company has been the world's leading manufacturer of slurry valves for the mining industry. Built to last, Red Valve products are the industry's first choice for isolation and modulating valves througout a mining operation. Our global representative network stands ready to work with you. The MATE exoskeleton is designed to replicate any movement of the human shoulder while providing effective postural support during repeitive tasks.

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