News and Events

The GC AutoSampler

The team is back from commissioning the 3rd GC AutoSampler for Ausdrill at a tier 1 miner.

This is a new GC model which is smaller, lighter and more reliable than the previous model.

The RC AutoSampler

After two years of development, the RC AutoSampler is gearing up for commercial release.

We’re excited to announce that AutoRun is sending the RC AutoSampler to Anglo Gold Ashanti Sunrise Dam Gold Mine next week for its second trial. This will be followed by another trial at BHP Iron Ore in Q4 2023.

Following these trials, a commercial release is imminent in 2024.

Please contact us for more information on how we can assist in grade control or exploration drill rig sampling automation.

Join us on Tuesday 14th –  Wednesday 15th November 2023 at NewGenGold

Visit us at the 2023 NewGenGold Conference being held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Perth.

First GC Drill Rig AutoSampler Delivered

Today AutoRun delivered its first production GC Drill Rig AutoSampler to our good customer Ausdrill at their Canningvale HQ. The next build begins and we have a strong order pipeline so register your interest today to automate your drill rig sample handling.

AutoRun completes the first successful trial of the Automatic Sampler

We are back from a successful first field trial with Ausdrill and BHP using our prototype RC AutoSampler on the Epiroc Explorac drill rig.

A world first in exploration drill rig automated sample bag handling. Combined with the capability of RayTrac RFID sampling system, this is the future for exploration drill rigs.

Second field trial starting soon…



AutoRun Winner of the Work health safety invention of the year!

AutoRun is pleased to announce that we, in conjunction with our customers and technical development partners BHP, Ausdrill and Sitech (WA) were awarded the Invention of the Year at the 2021 Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards.

The award was for our work with BHP and Ausdrill on developing the Rock Commander Drill Rig Automated Sample Handling System. A major part of the development of this project was underpinned by advancing the RayTrac RFID sample tracking system into a sophisticated technological package capable of logging and sorting samples without human intervention. This award, coming after 11 years in the industry, has recognised AutoRun as a capable and respected drilling industry technology developer and supplier.

In addition to our project with BHP and Ausdrill, AutoRun has constructed two units of a second generation multi type RC Rig Auto-sampler which are lined up for field trials with Ausdrill in 2022. We also have three other exciting technical development projects underway with respected industry partners and news of these applications will come in due course after field trials are complete.

A big thank you to everyone, big or small, past or present, who have contributed to AutoRun’s success. We look forward to growing our meaningful and dynamic business relationships that continue to benefit and improve the mining industry.


RFID Drill Sampling Cost Saving Example

Mining and exploration companies can lose thousands of dollars per year on human and system sampling error.

Although some of it is recoverable through re-assay or geologist best guess in the modelling phase, it is still a sunk cost that could be reduced to zero with RayTrac™.

For example a low 2% sample error rate of 100,000 samples x $120 cost per sample (includes the drill cost per meter, company labour cost, transport cost and assay cost) = $240,000 total cost in error samples to the company. RayTrac™ can reduce this to zero.

Have you wondered how much automation can save on a project rather than how much it can cost?

Visit our website to download our RayTrac brochure for more information.

RFID Sample Scanning

When you’re responsible for the chain of custody for mining samples, nothing makes the process of collecting, tagging and tracking samples as easy as AutoRun does.

We combine tracking software with RFID-tagged bags and handheld or fitted scanners to ensure that you can track the samples from mine site to assay lab in real time.

In built fallbacks mean that the field assistant is alerted if there are any samples missing, so they can fix the error before it happens.

AUTORUN are finalists in the WA Department of Mines, Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021

AutoRun are excited to announce that we are finalists in the WA Department of Mines, Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards 2021, under the Safety Invention of the year category for our work in the JV of Ausdrill’s Rock Commander Reverse Circulation Drill Rig Automated Sampler.

We are hoping to be the winner of the award on the 22nd of October at the Optus Stadium at the awards ceremony.

In the meantime, if you would like more information on these automated drill rigs that use our home-grown RFID technology, please visit the AUTORUN or AUSDRILL website.

We hope to see you there!

AUTORUN Wins 2020 BHP HSEC Award

AutoRun were finalists in the BHP 2020 HSEC Awards in the Safety Category, for our work on the Rock Commander Reverse Circulation Drilling AutoSampler. This is a JV between AutoRun, Ausdrill and Trimble and has resulted in two of these rigs being deployed in BHP Iron Ore.

Check out our website to see the rig in action!

Contact us if you’d like to know more about these rigs and automated RC sampling.

Join us on Wednesday 26th –  Thursday 27th May 2021 at Austmine

Come see us at booth 435 at 2021 Austmine Conference being held at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre to see hands on demonstrations of our exciting technical and consumable product range.

Join us on Monday 15th –  Wednesday 17th March 2021 at AusIMM

Visit us at booth 53 at 2021 Underground Operators Conference being held at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. We will be showcasing our next generation systems and consumable products.

You can register here.