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RCT expands presence in South Korea with Haein tech partnership

RCT has signed a technology partnership with Haein Corp to supply autonomous solutions to heavy industries in South Korea.

Under the terms of the agreement, RCT, a leading autonomous solutions specialist, will manufacture and supply Haein Corp with its suite of technology solutions including ControlMaster® automation and control products and its Muirhead® protection systems range.

Haein Corp will distribute and commission the solutions to heavy industries throughout South Korea including the mining, steel processing and construction industries. The South Korea-based company will provide on-the-ground maintenance and assistance to end users with technical support from RCT.

RCT Account Manager, Shane Smith, said: “RCT is proud to be partnering with a capable company such as Haein Corporation and we look forward to supplying technological solutions that will help protect local workforces and optimise operations.

“Our flagship ControlMaster products have a proven history operating in harsh environments around the world and are an ideal solution for operating in extreme heat scenarios which are common in the South Korean Steel processing industry.

“Going forward, Haein Corporation with provide local technical support for end users while being backed up by RCT’s own customer service team.”

A spokesperson for Haein Corp said: “Our customer POSCO is very satisfied with RCT. This makes Haein Corp have confidence in RCT and we have now contracted two more deals with other customers.”

The technology partnership is the latest development in RCT’s business dealings in South Korea which began in 2014.

RCT takes Control of chutes at Indonesia mine

RCT says it has finalised the last stage of a project to automate 24 underground mine chutes for a client in West Papua, Indonesia.

Recently, RCT implemented ControlMaster® Teleremote technology onto 14 chutes to be managed by operators from four ControlMaster Automation Centres in a surface control room.

The latest work follows on from stage one works completed earlier this year where Teleremote technology was commissioned on 10 chutes connected to three Automation Centres.

All seven Automation Centres are equipped with Multiple Machine Selection enabling an operator to control any single chute system from their respective station, according to the automation specialist.

“The operators will now be able to observe chute operations through strategically placed cameras and remotely open and close the throat of each chute to pass ore and other material between different production levels for trucking to the surface,” the company said.

The individual camera feeds can be manipulated and adjusted via intuitive mouse control options at each Automation Centre. Previously operators were situated at the throat of each chute and manually operated each chute via their own line of sight.

RCT Account Manager, Shane Smith, said: “Previously chute operators contended with heat, dust, exhaust fumes and potential wet muck situations, which represent a substantial safety risk.

“Now they can more effectively manage the chutes from the safety and comfort of a surface control room which is far more preferable for everyone involved.”

The convenient location of the control room will also significantly reduce shift changeover time, as personnel can easily access the central control room rather than travel to each individual chute chamber, according to Smith.

RCT will provide on site training for site operators, while locally based technicians will deliver ongoing technical servicing and support to the site, the company said.

RCT brings automation to MATSA underground operations in Spain

RCT says it has finalised a major automation project at MATSA’s Aguas Teñidas and Magdalena mines in the Huelva province of Spain.

The project involved installing ControlMaster® Guidance Automation on four CAT R2900G underground LHDs and one Automation Centre Surface Control Station at MATSA’s Aguas Teñidas copper-lead-zinc mine.

MATSA is a jointly-owned company by Mubadala Investment Co and Trafigura. It owns and operates three mines in the Huelva, including Aguas Teñidas, Magdalena and Sotiel, on top of a 4.4 Mt/y copper and polymetallic processing plant.

RCT’s automation centre at Aguas Teñidas is fitted out with RCT’s Multiple Machine Control feature enabling a single operator to remotely control multiple machines at the same time via the mine’s digital communications network.

RCT also commissioned two Sandvik LH621 underground LHDs with ControlMaster Guidance Automation at the nearby Magdalena copper mine. These Sandvik LHDs can operate on a digital network via RCT’s Area Access Cabinets which act as an extension of the automation centre and interfaces between the work areas and the machines.

This instalment builds on a previous project to mount ControlMaster Teleremote and Guidance Automation solutions on three of the site’s CAT R2900G LHDs, which operated on an analogue network via two surface control stations, according to RCT.

Guidance Automation allows machines to tram between two predetermined points on a mine site with the push of a button by operators who also receive real-time information including machine speed, rpm, direction, pitch and roll, RCT said.

“The automation centre consists of an ergonomically designed operators chair facing up from screens, which feed real-time information from sensors and machine-mounted cameras to the operator,” the company added. Teleremote, meanwhile, enables the operator to remotely manage the machine from a control station in real time.

A MATSA spokesperson said: “This system not only allows us to operate in hazardous conditions safely from the surface, but also increases productivity by permitting us to operate during shift change and smoke clearing. We also have the capability to simultaneously operate more than one piece of equipment with the same teleremote operator.”

RCT Account Manager, Shane Smith, said the Guidance Automation products would provide solid benefits for MATSA. “ControlMaster Guidance Automation has a proven track record of improving operator safety in a traditionally hazardous working environment by removing them from the mine face,” he said.

“The faster tramming speeds will also help to boost site productivity on site and limit unplanned machine downtime due to repairs from machinery accidents while the new automation centre will reduce operator fatigue due to improved comfort and ease-of-access on the mine’s surface.”