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Kimberley Ekapa Mining has bought a Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI) package from Epiroc to modernise its operations. Epiroc will supply Kimberley Ekapa Mining with an MMI hardware and software package that includes personnel training and support, with the system installed and operational by year’s end.

Kimberley Ekapa Mining invests in mine digitalization

MMI enables situational awareness to oversee a mining operation in all its complexity. Kimberley Ekapa Mining will use MMI to embrace mine digitalization and create a decision support system to proactively enhance safety and increase productivity. With the use of MMI, Kimberley Ekapa Mining will be able to track assets in real time, as well as integrate and visualise machine data, machine location and the shift plan together to close the loop between the plan and the reality. 

“MMI will help us start to modernise our old diamond mine and be the tipping point in terms of production optimisation. It will allow us to tag and keep better track of our mining personnel and equipment and give us access to real-time data, which will shed some light into the normally dark world of the underground mine. We expect this is to be productivity game changer,” says Howard Marsden, General Manager of Kimberley Ekapa Mining.

Thanks to its open architecture, MMI can be integrated easily with other systems in the mine. MMI will help Kimberly Ekapa Mining to compile information from other systems and make all information searchable and easily accessible to decision-makers in real time. 

Users can access the web-based MMI interface from different devices to visualise the locations and movements of workers, vehicles and other equipment. “MMI is the world’s leading multi-role 3D location based decision support system which enhances safety, productivity and efficiency in the mining operations. When a problematic situation arises, MMI can be critical. You need to act quickly and make informed decisions to save time and ultimately save lives,” says Ulla Korsman-Kopra, Global Business Manager, Automation and Information Management Systems at Epiroc’s Underground Rock Excavation division.

Image credit: https://www.epiroc.com/en-za/newsroom/2018/epiroc-supports-kimberley-ekapa-mining-in-south-africa-on-their-digitalization-journey

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