Engineering & Mining Journal

FEB 2019

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FEBRUARY 2019 • E&MJ 59 OPERATING STRATEGIES Mine-duty Water Cannon Designed for Remote Control Australia-based guidance automation specialist RCT recently announced that underground mining equipment supplier Getman Corp. selected RCT to provide a mobile, teleremote control solution for a Getman A64HD water cannon ordered by a copper-gold mining client in Indo- nesia. The water cannon is to be used to remove blockages when they occur in stopes. RCT said its Custom division devel- oped a bespoke solution that would allow the client's operators to control the water cannon from a safe distance with all func- tionality available as if they were actually in the cab of the machine. The Control- Master Portable Teleremote system RCT provided allows the operator to conve- niently tram and set up remote-control operations at a safe distance anywhere on site. Operators can view the working area clearly through cameras mounted on board the machine, which relay vision of the machine's movements to the operator via the Portable Teleremote solution. The Getman A64 product range is en- gineered to provide a single common chas- sis available in confi gurations covering many production and production support applications. Getman said this approach increases value by minimizing inventory carrying costs and training requirements through its standardized design. New Center Offers Bechtel Productivity Innovations to Copper Producers Bechtel has opened the Bechtel Mining & Metals Innovation Center in Santiago, Chile, to lead the development of new technologies that boost productivity, pro- mote environmental sustainability and improve worker safety for the copper in- dustry. Bechtel said the center is the result of an initiative begun three years ago by Bechtel's Mining & Metals business unit to leverage the company's construction expertise and copper concentrator design to achieve greater effi ciencies in mining projects. The center will promote the lat- est processes and technologies that add value to Bechtel customers by increasing productivity from the early stages of stud- ies to project delivery. The company said innovations it al- ready has developed will enable a step- change in construction productivity to de- liver safe, high-quality projects faster, at lower cost and reduced risk — and these innovations are now available to its cop- per industry customers. The center, which is located at Bechtel's Mining & Metals headquarters, will drive productivity inno- vations that focus on delivering low-cost plants through lean design techniques, engineering for installation and construc- tion technologies. This is Bechtel's fi rst innovation center in Latin America. The center aims to make construction jobs safer and more effi cient by training workers to use cutting-edge tools. The center also will convene entrepreneurs with Bechtel specialists and industry in- novators to improve designs and delivery options. It will also be used to develop and demonstrate technological innova- tions available to improve product re- covery and decrease water and power consumption, thus reducing operational costs for customers. The water cannon unit provided by Getman Corp. is based on the company's modular A64 common-chassis system. A teleremote control system from RCT provides full remote functionality to operators.

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