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OCT-DEC 2018

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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the asia miner • volume 15 • issue 4 47 PRODUCT NEWS Caterpillar and Newmont Mining have entered a collaboraঞon agreement to validate and improve underground hard rock mining vehicle automaঞon technology. The iniঞal focus of the collaboraঞve effort is Command for underground, the Cat ® system for semi- autonomous and remote operaঞon of underground loaders. Newmont is the largest user of Cat underground vehicle automaঞon technology in the western hemisphere. The company currently operates underground loaders using Command – a technology within Cat MineStar ™ – for loading in its Carlin gold mines located in northern Nevada. The collaboraঞon agreement leverages and builds on this experience to take underground vehicle automaঞon to the next level of performance. "Automaঞng underground loaders enables machine operators to work safely and efficiently from a control room on the surface," said Graden Colby, underground operaঞons manager, Leeville mine. "In addiঞon to enhancing safety, the semi-autonomous system increases loader uঞlisaঞon, improves producঞvity and allows one operator to control two or more machines." The collaboraঞon agreement seeks to improve exisঞng technology and accelerate validaঞon and deployment of new features. Newmont, Caterpillar and Cashman share objecঞves and align to ensure Command technology delivers the desired benefits now and meets expectaঞons for the future. The agreement also provides for sharing informaঞon to help guide strategic and tacঞcal decision-making related to automaঞon. "Our business is built on culঞvaঞng long-term relaঞonships to generate value for our customers," said Randy Schoepke, underground commercial manager for Caterpillar's mining technology group. "Our agreement with Newmont allows two industry leaders to tackle challenges and push each other to achieve step changes in performance by making best use of real- world experience." "Through our shared vision with Caterpillar and Cashman—along with senior management commitment—we are tackling a new fronঞer in mining to improve safety, producঞvity and costs," said David Thornton, general manager of Newmont's Carlin underground operaঞons. The agreement provides a plaorm for new or improved capabiliঞes to be jointly and quickly scoped, piloted, proven and adopted into operaঞons, as well as creates a basis for rapid replicaঞon across Newmont's business. Geমng real-ঞme data from a blast block during drilling, charging and stemming operaঞons is difficult with tradiঞonal manual reporঞng systems. BME's XPLOLOG™ system is changing this. By allowing on-site personnel on the block to enter key parameters electronically using a rugged mobile hand-held device, XPLOLOG™ gives managers the power to improve the quality of blast preparaঞon, leading to beer blasঞng results and more profitable mining. According to Dr Rakhi Pathak, Product Manager at BME, the key advantage is informaঞon about each hole being easily captured on the device and uploaded to a centralised database. "This ensures quick and seamless integraঞon of data, removing the ঞme lag and reducing the chances of data- related errors in the capturing phase," said Dr Pathak. "Decisions can then be made about any issues picked up in the data prior to the blast bieng detonated." The user can upload their survey and blast designs to the central XPLOLOG™ database, which can in turn be downloaded onto all the hand- held devices in the field. The database automaঞcally synchronises all data coming in from the blast blocks. "Our system is designed to be very simple to operate – both to upload and download data – as well as for the whole mine to gain a holisঞc picture of exactly what is happening on the blast blocks," she said. "The most important part of the system is its presentaঞon of all the data on a dashboard for management decision-making." A mine blaster can use the system to closely monitor the acঞvity and performance of the various teams responsible for drilling, charging and stemming, which can help control the uঞlisaঞon of key resources like emulsions. "There are also safety benefits to using XPLOLOG™," said Dr Pathak. "Where there is reacঞve ground on a block, for instance, this can be recorded as a safety issue on the database. In line with safety regulaঞons, the rugged hand-held device is inherently safe." The the system is designed to be customised and is tailored to suit the mine's applicaঞon and the data needed to be generated. The XPLOLOG™ system is able to integrate fully with BME's BLASTMAP III™ so[ware, allowing users to view and edit XPLOLOG™ designs in BLASTMAP III™, and to sync designs from BLASTMAP III™ to the XPLOLOG™ database. Real-me blast block data reporng with BME's XPLOLOG™ BME delivers real-time blast block data reporting Caterpillar and Newmont Mining refining vehicle automaon Caterpillar and Newmont to collaborate on underground vehicle automation

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