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15th of October 2018

Economy



RCT launches new mining tech

Kewdale-based RCT has installed its latest technology at AngloGold Ashanti’s Sunrise Dam gold mine, which gives an operator control of numerous machines from a singular station.

RCT said head contractor Barminco’s Sandvik and CAT loader fleets had been fitted with enhancements, including multiple machine selection (MMS) and multiple machine control (MMC).

The machines were already operating with RCT’s automation technology.

RCT automation and control product manager Brendon Cullen said the new installation improved efficiency of operations.

“Before the introduction of these features, one operator would only be able to concentrate on the activity of one mobile machine,” he said.

“The new features allow them to attend to multiple machines safely and effectively thanks to guidance automation which will keep the machine on the correct path, to avoid machine damage and to ensure faster tramming.”

Mr Cullen said the company’s communication network, RCT Bridge, also played a role in supporting the latest autonomous features.

“RCT Bridge is the stepping stone solution to bring a mine site to full digitisation and is simply integrated into the site’s existing system,” he said.

“While we understand our customers are in the process of digitising their mine, RCT Bridge provides a cost effective upgrade path, enabling digital data to be transmitted over the existing analogue network and then integrating with the clients’ backhaul.”

The news comes after Pinjarra-based Murray Engineering recently launched its new automation technology, which allows users to operate heavy machinery from distances up to 18,000 kilometres away.

Five local companies in the mining technology sector recently shared in $7.1 million of federal government funding, including ASX-listed Imdex and software manufacturing business Manufacturing Intelligence.

Imdex was awarded $1 million to contribute to its blasthole drilling data collection project.

Its partners include Orica, Anglo American and Teck Australia.

Manufacturing Intelligence received $980,000 to assist with its project, which aims to provide a singular software package during the mining process.

It has partnered with Fortescue Metals Group and South32. 

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