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MOU to develop mine automation

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Global engineering company, Sandvik Mining, and Maptek, an Australia-based provider of software, hardware and services to the global mining industry, are to cooperate on the development of integrated planning and execution solutions and robust automation systems for the mining industry.

The companies, who signed announced a memorandum of understanding on 6 February, will focus effort and technology from the two companies towards delivering automated mining equipment that can connect to and work directly from mine planning and measurement data in Maptek products.

Commenting on the deal, Rowan Melrose, global head of automation at Sandvik, said: “There are enormous benefits to be had by making Sandvik mining equipment more automated and more spatially aware. Improved accuracy and precision, improved safety and improved costs are all directly related to the outcomes we are targeting. There is no longer a need for mine planning and design detail to be separated from production and execution equipment and operators. Sandvik’s work with Maptek will aim to remove that separation.”

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