As part of the project, two Cat R2900G LHDs at the underground operation have been equipped with RCT's ControlMaster Guidance Automation packages.
RCT also introduced an underground teleremote cabin with a laser guard containment unit, analogue communications and a fibre optic control station (FOCS) on the mine's surface.
According to the automation specialist, ControlMaster Guidance can offer consistent machine operation and cycle times by reducing unplanned machine downtime from operator errors. Operators are also kept safe as they can manage the machines from remote locations.
RCT's Brisbane and Mount Isa branches carried out the installation and commissioning works in mid-2019; they will also deliver operator and maintenance training to site personnel.
Chinova Resources, member of the Chinese Shanxi Donghui group of companies, operates a two-million-tonne-per-year copper-gold flotation concentrator at Osborne.