ALASKA – Tucson-based MODULAR MINING SYSTEMS, the world leader in computer-based solutions for maximizing mine productivity, has received an order to install its IntelliMine mine management system at KINROSS GOLD’s open pit Fort Knox mine just south of the Arctic Circle. (A feature-length article about the mine appeared in the June 2003 issue of CMJ.)
“This is the furthest north that Modular has installed and we are pleased to be able to do so with a world class operation such as Fort Knox,” stated Haydn Roberts, general manager for Modular Mining North America.
The IntelliMine system selected by Fort Knox includes MasterLink, the wireless network communications backbone; DISPATCH, the industry standard dispatching system designed to provide automatic, optimized haul truck assignments; and PowerView(), an SQL system that can be used to create virtually any type of Windows-based report on load, haul or dump operations.
The IntelliMine system has a fleet optimization algorithm to improve productivity. It integrates with existing systems and can be expanded. It also monitors key operational parameters so real-time decisions can be made.
Fort Knox will employ the system throughout its operation on a variety of equipment including 25 trucks, four shovels, and three loaders. A foreman unit will be equipped with a ruggedized laptop that includes IntelliMine and MasterLink utilities for controlling and monitoring the operation. Additionally, six wireless access nodes utilizing Cisco technology will be installed to increase communication capacity throughout the mine. System start-up is scheduled for December 2004.
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