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Miners take "rail-veyors" and robots to automated future

An automated train dumps ore in a sorting area after transporting it from thousands of meters underground at Vale's Copper Cliff mine near Sudbury, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon

An automated train dumps ore in a sorting area after transporting it from thousands of meters underground at Vale's Copper Cliff mine near Sudbury, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon

An automated train dumps ore in a sorting area after transporting it from thousands of meters underground at Vale's Copper Cliff mine near Sudbury, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon
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Douglas Morrison, chief executive of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation is pictured outside his office in Sudbury, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon

Douglas Morrison, chief executive of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation is pictured outside his office in Sudbury, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon

Douglas Morrison, chief executive of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation is pictured outside his office in Sudbury, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon
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Carolyn St-Jean monitors ore being loaded into rail cars thousands of meters underground at Vale's Copper Cliff mine near Sudbury, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon

Carolyn St-Jean monitors ore being loaded into rail cars thousands of meters underground at Vale's Copper Cliff mine near Sudbury, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon

Carolyn St-Jean monitors ore being loaded into rail cars thousands of meters underground at Vale's Copper Cliff mine near Sudbury, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon
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The sign for Vale's Copper Cliff mine near Sudbury, Ontario is pictured October 16, 2012. Vale SA, the Brazilian-based company that owns the mine, has spent nearly $50 million in the last two years to build a transport system known as "rail-veyor". REUTERS/Julie Gordon

The sign for Vale's Copper Cliff mine near Sudbury, Ontario is pictured October 16, 2012. Vale SA, the Brazilian-based company that owns the mine, has spent nearly $50 million in the last two years to build a transport system known as "rail-veyor"....more

The sign for Vale's Copper Cliff mine near Sudbury, Ontario is pictured October 16, 2012. Vale SA, the Brazilian-based company that owns the mine, has spent nearly $50 million in the last two years to build a transport system known as "rail-veyor". REUTERS/Julie Gordon
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Greg Baiden, chief executive of Penguin Automated Systems, shows off one of his Mine Rescue robots at his company in Naughton, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon

Greg Baiden, chief executive of Penguin Automated Systems, shows off one of his Mine Rescue robots at his company in Naughton, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon

Greg Baiden, chief executive of Penguin Automated Systems, shows off one of his Mine Rescue robots at his company in Naughton, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon
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One of Penguin Automated System's Mine Rescue robots is pictured in Naughton,, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon

One of Penguin Automated System's Mine Rescue robots is pictured in Naughton,, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon

One of Penguin Automated System's Mine Rescue robots is pictured in Naughton,, Ontario October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Julie Gordon
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