Metso has announced that it has selected Rockwell Automation to deliver a global Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform that connects, monitors and performs analytics for Metso’s equipment and services, resulting in improved effi ciency and profi tability for its mining and aggregates customers. The digital solution will securely

collect and store data from Metso’s equipment around the globe, including new equipment as well as machines already in operation. The solution will provide predictive analytics, preventive maintenance and facilitate remote asset monitoring by Metso and its customers. The IIoT solution is built on

Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Cloud platform, powered by Microsoft Azure.

Aramine has launched its L140B battery-powered miniLoader, which was developed around a fully integrated battery system. Diesel fuel tank and fi lters and hydrostatic transmission and related systems have been eliminated and a full electrical transmission has been integrated. This eases the maintenance and considerably reduces the downtimes.

Improved mine planning software

Hexagon Mining has recently introduced Stope Optimizer, a strategic mine planning tool for underground. It automates

the design of stope shapes for a range of stoping methods. Using constraints and design parameters, Stope Optimizer provides the optimal stope shape design to maximize the value of an orebody. The outputs (stope wireframes, coded block model, and reports) are suitable for use in strategic and tactical planning. Stope Optimizer allows users to quickly and easily perform feasibility

6 Battery-powered loader launched As Aramine

battery-powered machines are using an electric transmission, this allows adjusting the torque depending on the mine ground to give just enough power and avoid tyres spinning. The L140B has same or even more breakout force than a diesel machine.

The battery life is approximately four hours depending on application and usage, which allows mucking three to four faces in one shift. The charging system is very simple as the charger is integrated to the machine and a simple plug to the wall is required. It doesn’t need a big electrical installation as the power needed is about 7kW.


Curtiss-Wright’s Industrial division has launched the NRH27C, a non- contact rotary position sensor that is suitable for use on speciality on- and off -highway vehicles using CANbus communications. Developed by Curtiss-Wright’s

studies for underground, as well as investigate stoping frameworks and economic scenarios. Its integration with the MineSight

Mine Planning Suite saves mine operators time and money because by integrating with the block model and MineSight 3D, the output can be easily used in Hexagon’s scheduling tools.

legacy brand of Penny & Giles, the NRH27C extends the recently introduced NRH271 and NRH272 family and shares similar features and benefi ts. These include a low- profi le sensor body, small footprint, CANbus J1939 communications and a fully encapsulated, IP69K- rated design that off ers exceptional performance against water, dust, shock, vibration and temperature.

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