Epiroc to digitalize Black Rock Mine Operations

Örebro, Sweden: Epiroc has been selected to equip Black Rock Mine in South Africa with Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI), a decision support solution for mine efficiency and safety. MMI enables superior situational awareness and is designed to visualize and support mining operation in all its complexity, in real-time. 

Black Rock Mine, part of Assmang Proprietary Ltd South Africa, ordered MMI, a solution which will support their business improvement processes. This will be the first MMI installation in a mine utilizing room and pillar.

“Epiroc will support Black Rock’s business improvement processes with the MMI solution. The globally acclaimed Situational Awareness together with Short Interval Control package will take their operations to the next level of performance gains”, says Andrew Main, Regional Business Line Manager, Underground Rock Excavation division for Southern Africa, Epiroc South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Mobilaris Mining Intelligence provides a 3D real-time information model where not only the position of machines, vehicles or personnel but also other vital information sources like shift planning, machine and production data are presented. “MMI will help to increase production and utilization. The solution enables an unprecedented opportunity for mining personnel to make right decisions faster than ever before”, says Pierre Becker, General Manager Black Rock Mine.

Through MMI, the Black Rock Mine control room will evolve to a source of real-time production data fully integrated with planning, task dispatch, machine telemetry data, mobile operator clients and a layer of analytics to collect and monitor insights and KPI’s for the mine production. The project is expected to yield significant improvements in employee safety, process efficiency and overall production.

System installation is expected to be operational by June 2019.

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