Black Rock gets digitalised with Epiroc's MMI

South African miner Assmang has partnered with mining OEM Epiroc to digitalise its Black Rock mine operations in the Northern Cape province, by equipping it with the Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI) decision support system
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Epiroc said MMI’s Situational Awareness and Short Interval Control packages will take Black Rock’s operations to the next level of performance gains

MMI is a real-time, location-based decision support system, designed to aid mine operation personnel to increase production efficiency and safety. It provides a 3-D information model, which presents the position of machines, vehicles and personnel, as well as further data on shift planning, machines and production.

Black Rock mine, part of Assmang Proprietary South Africa, chose MMI to help support its business improvement processes.

Pierre Becker, general manager at Black Rock mine, believes the system will help to increase production and utilisation at the manganese mine.

"The solution enables an unprecedented opportunity for mining personnel to make right decisions faster than ever before," he said.

With MMI, the Black Rock control room will be transformed into a source of real-time production data, which will be integrated with planning, task dispatch, machine telemetry data and mobile operator clients. In addition, a layer of analytics will help collect and monitor insights and KPIs for the mine production

Epiroc said this will be the first MMI installation in a mine utilising the room and pillar method.

The system is expected to be up and running by June of this year.