Thunderbirds are go for CR Digital

CR Digital has agreed terms to acquire Seattle, US-based Thunderbird Mining Systems, in a transaction that further expands CR Digital’s product offering, IP, sales/marketing and technical support activities
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CR Digital is acquiring Seattle, US-based Thunderbird Mining Systems

Staff reporter

CR Digital is the digital technology function of CQMS Razer that specialises in the development of mining digital technology systems, while Thunderbird Mining Systems designs, produces and distributes electronic instruments and software systems for the mining industry.

Damian Assaillit, head of CR Digital, said: "Thunderbird Mining Systems were highly regarded in the mining technology sector, providing world-leading blasthole drill optimisation technologies to mining customers for over 30 years."

John Vynne and his team at Thunderbird have been advancing measurement while drilling (MWD) technologies since founding the company and have a rich history in drilling technology and guidance for surface mining.

Vynne, founder of Thunderbird, added: "I am really pleased to see that our technologies will be part of CR Digital's range. There is immense appetite for digital knowledge of drill planning and blast outcomes, and the Thunderbird technology combined with CR Digital's Load Haul Optimization creates a unique and compelling combination that our mining customers will be able to leverage.

"Thunderbird's technology is proven to increase mine productivity, reduce drilling costs and improve blasting effectiveness."

CR Digital stated that the addition of blasthole drill optimisation and rock knowledge systems reflects a strategic move by the company to expand its product range across fragmentation through to load and haul optimisation.

"Thunderbird Mining Systems products complement our existing CR Digital product range, including our market-leading Titan 3330TM Load Haul Optimization technology," said Assaillit. "Optimised fragmentation is a key variable in the productivity of load haul circuits and being able to offer our customers more real-time knowledge is a great opportunity to further enhance mining productivity using technology."

Thunderbird Mining Systems' customers will benefit from the enhanced capability of the global CR group, CR Digital's proactive technical support, the data analytics capability of its Orion platform, and access to a broader technology portfolio providing enhanced value to their operations.

"CR Digital looks forward to continuing the long-term partnerships forged with Thunderbird Mining Systems customers," concluded Assaillit. "The proud legacy and deep history of the Thunderbird brand will add to CR Digital's portfolio and strategy into the future."