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NC mine looks to boost safety

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“The globally acclaimed Situational Awareness together with Short Interval Control package will take its operations to the next level of performance gains.”

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IMPROVED miner safety at Black Rock mine in the Northern Cape will soon become a reality when Epiroc equips the mine with Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI), a decision support solution for mine efficiency and safety.

According to Mining Review, MMI enables quality situational awareness and is designed to visualise and support mining operation in all its complexity, in real-time.

This will be the first MMI installation in a mine utilising room and pillar.

“Epiroc will support Black Rock’s business improvement processes with the MMI solution,” Andrew Main, regional business line manager, underground rock excavation division for southern Africa, Epiroc South Africa, said.

“The globally acclaimed Situational Awareness together with Short Interval Control package will take its operations to the next level of performance gains.”

MMI provides a 3D real-time information model where not only the position of machines, vehicles or personnel but also other vital information sources such as shift planning, machine and production data are presented.

“MMI will help to increase production and utilisation. The solution enables an unprecedented opportunity for mining personnel to make the right decision faster than ever before,” Pierre Becker, general manager of Black Rock mine, said.

Through MMI, the mine’s control room will evolve to a source of real-time production data fully integrated with planning, task dispatch, machine telemetry data, mobile operator clients and a layer of analytics to collect and monitor insights and KPIs for the mine production.

The project is expected to yield significant improvements in employee safety, process efficiency and overall production.

– Staff Reporter