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ASI Mining successfully completes first AHS test at Ferrexpo Yeristovo Mine

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ASI Mining, a subsidiary of Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI), has started work on a project in Ukraine to retrofit and automate a fleet of 15 haul trucks at the Ferrexpo Yeristovo Mine (FYM).

"This project is one of the first major autonomous haulage deployments in Eastern Europe. It represents a major milestone for the accessibility of automation at sites across the world," said Patrick Hald, General Manager, ASI Mining. "Autonomous mining is no longer a luxury available only to the largest mines."

FYM and ASI Mining successfully completed an initial test on 21 October 2019 by converting, and autonomously operating, a 793D haul truck. Ferrexpo plans to expand automation to a total of 15 trucks within the next two project phases, subject to market conditions and cash flows.

FYM anticipates the autonomous mining fleet will deliver significant safety benefits to employees, particularly by eliminating fatigue-induced accidents. The improved safety benefits will also be complemented by expected improvements in productivity and better control over the quality of the company's ore mix.

ASI's Mobius® Haulage A.I. will be a key component in the implementation and operation of the project. Mobius leverages advanced multi-vehicle command and control software to set up and manage a coordinated system of haul trucks. The Mobius Haulage Platform manages autonomous traffic, coordinates manned or unmanned vehicles and regulates the haul cycle in the most efficient way possible.

By employing Mobius software at the Yeristovo mine, Ferrexpo anticipates improvements in utilisation, along with increased safety and productivity gains.

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