Nautilus has been in the radio remote control and automation business for 43 years. Our products are backed by cutting edge research and development with the goal of improving safety and efficiency in the mining sector. Simple, beautiful, and easy to use is our motto.
Nautilus is founded by Jason Wyndham Hart. Jason was an officer in the Royal Air Force before being assigned to the Ministry of Defence in Uxbridge, London, specializing in high-speed communication systems.
Nautilus designs and develops remote controls for submarines and other naval vessels for Seaspan and Rivtow. This was the origin of the Nautilus name and logo. The company pivots to developing remote controls for LHDs, continuous miners, jumbo drill rigs, rock breakers, roof bolters, longwall cutters, locomotives and many others in the mining industry. The water in the Nautilus logo is now meant to signify the water found in underground mines.
Tele-operation system of our first LHD at INCO Thompson's mine in Canada and at Codelco in Chile.
Deployment of an early autonomous guidance prototype at Northparkes Mine (NSW Australia): 6 Tamrock Toro electric loaders operated from a single control room. Sparks' ongoing research into autonomous systems.
Proximity detection development to protect operators from getting hit by moving machinery. The Buddy-PPS System and 120SSF-BUDDY System were tested at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in May 1999 and May 2000.
Coal Buddy Proximity Detection system receives the Safety Award from BHP and Mitsubishi (BMA) Australia.
Deployment of several teleremote systems in Kalgoorlie “Golden Mile” area of Western Australia.
Deployment of a teleremote system at Ekati Diamond Mine; multiple machines operating in a highly geologically unstable area from a single control room on a different mine level.
Successful trial of the autonomous driver-assist system with laser scanners at Hudson Bay Mining Company (Canada). Deployment of a teleremote control system at Red Lake ON, operating several loaders 1200-1500m below ground from a surface control room.
New, IP-based video system development started.
Thumb Controller-based remote control for a continuous coal miner receives MSHA approval.
Deployment of the first Ethernet-based remote control system operating five rock breakers from a single above-ground control room.
Partnership with Nerospec SK - GHH (Germany) in development of fully autonomous guidance system for new use cases.
Marks the 43rd anniversary of Nautilus and the journey continues.