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  • Caterpillar 789D haul truck used to test Rajant’s wireless technology.

    Cat validates Rajant Mesh connectivity

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 18, 2023

    Working toward improved synergies between its autonomous equipment in the complex hive that makes up mine sites and the connectivity that will be consistent enough to keep all the bees informed of each other, Caterpillar Inc. has completed an in-house validation for Rajant Corp.'s BreadCrumbs LX5 CA radios, which will enable field trials with Rajant's product and Cat's MineStar Command for hauling. "This validation is a key step to provide additional options for our mining...

  • Milky Way lights up the night sky above a mining truck at a Chilean copper mine.

    BHP, Microsoft partner on mining tech

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 20, 2023

    Azure AI, machine learning and cloud tech unlock value at largest copper mine in the world. In a move toward the digital mines of the future, mining giant BHP has forged a partnership with computing giant Microsoft to improve copper recovery at the Escondida mine in Chile. "We expect the next big wave in mining to come from the advanced use of digital technologies," said BHP Chief Technical Officer Laura Tyler. Churning out more than 1 million metric tons of copper per year,... Full story

  • Silhouette of two underground miners collecting data from a mine face.

    FaceCapture tech coming to Hecla mines

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    It is not miner's faces that will be recognized by the new technology being deployed by Hecla Mining Company. Instead, Mine Vision Systems' FaceCapture system will be used to map the mine face at two of the company's underground operations in North America. First introduced at the MINExpo 2021, MVS's FaceCapture technology quickly and accurately captures detailed and dense images of underground mine faces that are georeferenced to laser-based surveys to generate reliable 3D...

  • A truck driving into a larger cavern from a tunnel underground.

    Maptek reveals smart eyes for dark mines

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated May 24, 2023

    Bringing a whole new meaning to the term tunnel vision, Maptek PTY Ltd. recently announced the introduction of its latest underground proximity detection, VisionV2X. Operating out of Sydney since 1981, the small geological services team at Maptek has grown into a global mining technology business that offers a wide array of tools that enlighten mining operations. From 3D geological modeling and mine design with its cornerstone Vulcan software to laser imaging with its Sentry...

  • A digital photo of a haul truck driving through a cyber like space.

    Hexagon total mine platform, Power of One

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    Keeping in alignment with overall mining safety and efficiency, Hexagon AB's mining division unveiled its Power of One platform, a holistic, life-of-mine smart solution connecting sensors, software, infield apps, and cloudware to complete an ecosystem of monitoring and productivity. Hexagon, a global information technology company specializing in hardware and software solutions, has an extremely diverse portfolio of subsidiaries that branches into multiple market sectors,... Full story

  • Prospector Portal mining analytics tool on a laptop, smartphone, and tablet.

    New Prospector for TMX Datalinx clients

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 16, 2023

    TMX info services division offers AI-powered mining analytics software. Prospecting for investment gems out of more than 2,000 publicly traded mining and mineral exploration companies has gotten a lot easier and accessible with a new agreement for TMX Datalinx, the information services division of the mining exchange powerhouse TMX Group, to sell the artificial intelligence-powered Prospector analytical tool. The brainchild of Emily King, a geologist and visionary with extensi... Full story

  • An automated battery electric loader being tested in an underground mine.

    Sandvik is adding industrial math power

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2022

    Polymathian will bolster Sandvik's automated and battery-electric mining solutions. In yet another move to bolster its digital mining technologies division, Sandvik has cut a deal to acquire Polymathian Industrial Mathematics, an Australia-based provider of advanced mine optimization software and services. Founded in 2013 by a trio of mathematicians and operations researchers, Polymathian leverages its world-leading expertise in industrial mathematics, simulation, machine...

  • Underground miners and equipment with position and proximity sensors.

    Komatsu to acquire Mine Site Technologies

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    As its mining clients increasingly go underground to provide the minerals and metals needed for a technology-driven clean energy future, global heavy equipment manufacturer Komatsu Ltd. continues to position itself to offer the low-emissions, digital, and automation solutions to help bring these essential raw materials to the surface. In the latest move to achieve this strategy, Komatsu has agreed to acquire Mine Site Technologies, an Australian firm better known as MST...

  • Ericsson HERE Technologies 5G mapping Industry 4.0 partner ecosystem network

    Ericsson mine mapping partner is HERE

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson, one of the first and leading providers of 5G, and HERE Technologies, a leading location data and technology platform, have teamed up to provide the global mining industry with custom mapping capabilities. With the rapid mobilization of Industry 4.0 technologies and services, access to private cellular networks is a key driver to enabling safer, more productive, and more sustainable mining operations,...

  • Sandvik acquires mine planning software company for rock solutions

    Sandvik adds Deswik software expertise

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Multinational engineering company Sandvik AB Dec. 2 signed an agreement to acquire Australia-based Deswik Mining Consultants (Australia) Pty Ltd., a leading software company that will add to Sandvik's portfolio of specialized expertise for the mining industry. Founded in 2008, Deswik saw significant growth in its early years, despite mining downturn and the global financial crisis, expanding into the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, Russia, Peru, Chile,...