Engineering & Mining Journal

SEP 2018

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60 E&MJ • SEPTEMBER 2018 SUPPLIERS REPORT Corporación Minera Dominicana's Cer- ro de Maimon copper and zinc open-pit mine selected Epiroc for the heavy equip- ment that will help it go underground, the latter reported. The order, valued at more than $24 million, includes the Boomer M2 and Simba E7 drill rigs, the Scoop - tram ST18 underground loader and the Minetruck MT65, among other machines and rock drilling tools. The equipment will be delivered over the next two years. Separately, the supplier inaugurated the Epiroc Control Tower, located in the Epiroc facilities in Örebro, Sweden, and designed to facilitate collaboration on the development of automation and informa- tion management solutions. The model control tower also enables visitors to ex- perience the digital mine and to explore remote-controlled and automated ma- chines, which can be operated anywhere on the globe, Epiroc reported. Codelco Picks Rockwell Automation for Chuqui UG Chile's national copper company, Codelco, one of the world's largest copper produc- ers, awarded a $50 million contract to Rockwell Automation to supply a number of important systems for the Chuquicama- ta underground mine (Chuqui UG), a block cave mine in Chile. The contract includes the detailed engineering, supply, configu- ration and assembly of four systems that comprise the mine's control system. This consists of an integrated operational plat- form, security system, supervision and control network, predictive maintenance, and a general administrative network. Rockwell Automation is currently work- ing on the engineering and construction phase, in advance of project startup set for mid-2019. Annual production is project- ed to be 320,000 metric tons (mt) of fine copper and 15,000 mt of molybdenum. Chuquicamata is formerly the world's larg- est open-pit pure-play copper mine. Cat Partners With Newmont on Tech Improvement Caterpillar partnered with Newmont Min- ing to co-develop underground hard-rock mining vehicle automation technology, the former reported. The partnership, a vehicle for shared communication and strategic collaboration, seeks to improve existing technology and accelerate vali- dation and deployment of new features. It will initially focus on Command for underground, the Cat system for semiau- tonomous and remote operation of under- ground loaders. Leadership at Newmont reported the agreement targets several critical goals. "Through our shared vision with Cater- pillar and Cashman, along with senior management commitment, we are tack- ling a new frontier in mining to improve safety, productivity and costs," David Thornton, general manager, Carlin under- ground operations, Newmont, said. "The agreement provides the platform for new or improved capabilities to be jointly and Pit Miner Goes Underground With Epic Epiroc Order The control room of tomorrow is on display today. (Photo: Epiroc) Cat loader operators in a control room. (Photo: Caterpillar)

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