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JAN 2019

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48 E&MJ • JANUARY 2019 SUPPLIERS REPORT Normet and Hindustan Zinc Ltd recent- ly signed a $68 million, comprehensive, 4-year, cost-per-hour (CPH) service con- tract covering Normet equipment in Hindu- stan's mines in Rajasthan, India. The deal included a focus on operational and service improvements, as provided by Normet's SmartCare service management system. Staff training for both companies is also in- cluded in the deal. The miner's leadership said Normet has shown good performance and commitment to co-develop world class underground mining operations. "The con- tract will not only improve the performance and utilization of the Hindustan Zinc oper- ations, but it will also enable driving safety to the next level," Sunil Duggal, CEO, Hin- dustan Zinc, said. "Normet and Hindustan Zinc will have a great and exciting future further developing and raising the bar for mining in India." Normet has built a new service center in Jaipur to ensure customer service in the region. South African Mine Selects Sandvik's OptiMine Vedanta Zinc International selected Sandvik's OptiMine platform for its Black Mountain Mining Operations in South Af- rica's Northern Cape Province. The plat- form includes equipment tracking, plan- ning and task management, scheduling, monitoring equipment and operations, and analytics with IBM's Watson. The scope includes trucks, loaders and drills, Sandvik reported. The system will be commissioned in 2019. Black Mountain Mining leadership said the platform will provide end-to-end visibility and control over underground operations. "It was im- portant to us to have the full scope, from scheduling to analytics, to ensure we're optimized for the safest and most produc- tive operation possible," Andre Trytsman, general manager, Black Mountain Mining. Sandvik leadership said the partnership will help the miner improve productivity and safety. "The process will become ful- ly transparent and predictable based on the advanced OptiMine data management and analytics capabilities," Patrick Mur- phy, president, rock drills, Sandvik, said. "This means Black Mountain Mines will leverage the full value of digitalization, and we're really pleased to partner with them to achieve their goals." Sandvik announced it signed an agree- ment with Nokia to further develop solu- tions for Long Term Evolution (LTE) and 5G technology. Per the agreement, Sand- vik will deploy and implement the Nokia Digital Automation Cloud platform at its test mine in Tampere, Finland. The plat- form can operate both underground and in open pit mines and offers a flexible connectivity platform for testing and de- veloping technology, Sandvik reported. It enables the operation of autonomous vehi- cles, real-time monitoring of underground and outdoor premises, remote diagnostics, predictive maintenance alerts, and asset management, control and authentication. Epiroc Partners with Ericsson Epiroc partnered with Ericsson on wire- less, LTE and 5G technologies for min- ing applications. Leadership at Epiroc said the partnership will seek to provide customers with the most reliable and high-performing wireless connectivity possible. "This is a crucial step in our ongoing work to ensure mining custom- ers reap all the benefits, including higher productivity and better safety, made pos- sible by digitalization and automation," Helena Hedblom, senior executive vice president, mining and infrastructure, Epiroc, said. Ericsson leadership said the partnership will better enable the compa- nies to ensure stable and secure mining operations, leading to increased utiliza- tion, improved productivity and reduced costs. "Cellular technology and the intro- duction of 5G is critical to realize the full value of digitalization and automatization for smart industries," Åsa Tamsons, se- nior vice president, Ericsson, said. Key advantages of LTE and 5G solutions compared with other wireless solutions include better coverage, higher reliabil- ity and stronger security, especially when machines are in the same area and share information, Epiroc reported. The tech- nology has been tested at Epiroc's test mine in Kvarntorp, Sweden. Further test- ing will be done, the company reported. Seequent Finalizes Acquisition of Geosoft Seequent announced it completed ac- quiring Geosoft, bringing together the for- mer's Leapfrog 3D geological modelling software suite with the latter's subsurface geoscience and exploration technology. Leapfrog manages geological data and empowers geologists and executives on critical decisions, Seequent reported. Geosoft's cloud-based VOXI Earth Mod- elling employs high-performance geo- computing and 3D geophysical inversion modelling.Seequent will offer those solu- tions and others to better equip custom- ers with subsurface technology that works seamlessly over the long term, Seequent reported. Geosoft will operate as a dis- tinct business unit within Seequent. Se- equent was advised by Murray & Co, and DLA Piper. Geosoft was advised by DCF Capital Partners, and Gowling WLG. Hindustan Zinc, Normet Sign Service Agreement Normet and Hindustan Zinc signed a service contract for the latter's mines in Rajasthan, India. (Photo: Normet)

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