Technology specialist RCT has partnered with Northern Star Mining Services to implement a digital autonomous mining fleet at the Ramone gold mine in Western Australia.
The mine, which is located near Wiluna, is owned by Northern Star Resources, the parent company of Northern Star Mining Services. Machine operators will utilise RCT’s ControlMaster Automation Centre and supervise two Sandvik LH517i underground loaders commissioned with the latest ControlMaster digital solution.
The technology has significantly advanced autonomous fleet production activities and sets the underground operation on a pathway to full mine digitisation. ““Our digital automation technology will provide the Ramone operation with every advantage to mine safely, efficiently and continue to make solid advancements for years to come,” said RCT Account Manager Scott Phillips.
Once RCT’s ControlMaster Automation Centre is relocated from underground to the surface on site, it will allow for fast “hot-seating” and enable site managers to capture the time previously lost over the shift changes and continue production cycles during firing activities.
The technology rollout is the latest in a long line of successful projects that has seen RCT automate Northern Stars’ underground mining fleets across the Kalgoorlie and Yandal regions.