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Minetec tech­nol­ogy in­cor­po­rated into Cat’s MineS­tar min­ing au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tion

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Cater­pil­lar has en­tered into an agree­ment with Aus­tralian min­ing soft­ware group Minetec to have the lat­ter’s pro­pri­etary tech­nol­ogy in­cor­po­rated into Cat’s MineS­tar min­ing au­to­ma­tion so­lu­tion.

Minetec is a wholly owned sub­sidiary of in­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy group Co­dan and is a sup­plier of track­ing and au­to­ma­tion soft­ware to the min­ing in­dus­try.

The global li­cens­ing and tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment agree­ment be­tween the two com­pa­nies is ex­pected to fo­cus on ex­pand­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of Cater­pil­lar’s MineS­tar un­der­ground and sur­face min­ing tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion through the in­te­gra­tion of high-pre­ci­sion track­ing, wire­less communications, task man­age­ment tech­nol­ogy and prox­im­ity de­tec­tion.

Specif­i­cally, Mines­tar says its pro­pri­etary Smarts task man­age­ment, Trax high-pre­ci­sion track­ing and wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and SafeDe­tect prox­im­ity de­tec­tion sys­tems will be in­te­grated into an ex­panded MineS­tar suite.

“This com­bi­na­tion of unique tech­nolo­gies will trans­form safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity so­lu­tions of­fered for un­der­ground min­ing,” Mines­tar says.

The two com­pa­nies also an­nounced that ini­tial tri­als of the ex­panded MineS­tar tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion will be hosted by New­mont Min­ing Cor­po­ra­tion at its gold min­ing op­er­a­tion at

Tanami in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

New­mont will pro­vide valu­able ad­di­tional op­er­a­tional in­put from its un­der­ground hard rock min­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

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