Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha. “We’re ramping up again.” To date, active interest in mining automation and robotics in South Africa has been cyclical: up, down, and now beginning another upswing. (Passive interest never went away.) The experts within CSIR MMM include electronic and electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, computer scientists, computer engineers and computer vision specialists. “Computer vision is very important,” he notes.