Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM) has announced its vision for autonomous mining – an open, interoperable ecosystem of partners that integrate their systems alongside existing mine infrastructure.

Grounded in support for ISO Standards and a drive to encourage new entrants into the mining industry, HCM is pioneering this open and interoperable approach to autonomy among global mining technology leaders.

With this announcement, HCM is publicly declaring support for standards-based autonomy and is offering its interoperable technology to assist mining customers in integrating new vendors into their existing infrastructure. HCM’s support for open, interoperable autonomy is based on its philosophy for its partner-focused Solution Linkage platform.

“Open innovation is the guiding technological philosophy for Solution Linkage,” says Hideshi Fukumoto, vice president and chief technology officer at HCM. “Based on this philosophy, HCM is announcing its commitment to championing the customer enablement of autonomous mining through an open, interoperable ecosystem of partner solutions.

“We believe this open approach provides customers the greatest flexibility and control for integrating new autonomous solutions into their existing operations while reducing associated risks and costs of alternative approaches.”

The HCM Group is developing the open autonomy approach under the Solution Linkage initiative, a platform already available to HCM’s customers in the construction industry now being made available to mining customers with support from HCM subsidiary Wenco International Mining Systems (Wenco). Solution Linkage is a standards-based platform grounded on three principles.

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