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Sandvik Mining and Maptek join forces for mining automation

Major mining companies Sandvik Mining and Maptek Australia has announced a collaboration effort to develop integrated planning, execution solutions and robust automation systems for the mining industry.

The execution of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two companies will see them work together to deliver automated mining equipment which can connect to and work directly from mine planning and measurement data in Maptek products.

Sandvik Mining Global Head of Automation Rowan Melrose says there are enormous benefits to be had through this cooperation.

“Improved accuracy and precision, improved safety and cost reductions are all directly related to the outcomes we are targeting,” he says.

Melrose adds the cooperation between Sandvik and Maptek, a mining software specialist, will aim to remove the barriers between mine planning, design detail, production equipment and operators.

“We are very pleased to be working with Maptek and excited about the prospect of creating the most advanced mining systems in the world,” he says.

Maptek Australia’s General manager Peter Johnson says the MOU is a significant development for the industry.

“This work will be a huge leap forward for our customers, who will be able to send detailed design and modelling data flowing through their mine operations, and monitor in real time performance and conformance,” he says.

“This is the next step towards further unlocking the inherent value in resource and mine planning data. The biggest challenge remains in consistent delivery across the mining value chain, and this initiative between Maptek and Sandvik is aimed directly at that outcome.”

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