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24-th International exhibition of machines and equipment for mining, processing and transportation of minerals
21-23 April 2020 • Crocus Expo, Moscow, Russia

Mining automation systems well received in Russia

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Opportunities to increase productivity and ensure worker safety across Russia’s vast mining industry are the key factors driving a strong demand for Australian company RCT’s autonomous technology solutions.
Having operated in Russia and the CIS since 1998 the Western Australian company has significant experience implementing automation and remote control technologies across mixed mobile mining fleet equipment in surface and underground operations.
Mining automation systems well received in Russia

In 2013 RCT worked with Russian Caterpillar equipment dealer Vostochnaya Technica (VT) to supply and commission a ControlMaster® CM2200 Teleremote Control System solution for Russia's largest diamond producer Alrosa.

The deal involved RCT commissioning four Caterpillar 740B trucks and a Cat 993K loader at the Udachny open pit diamond mine in the permafrost region of Yakutia, Siberia which experiences temperatures of -50C.

In October 2013 RCT began installing the solution while concurrently training operators and maintenance personnel on aspects including operating procedures, testing procedures, communication systems and internal programming/testing and internal servicing.

One year after the Teleremote solutions were commissioned all five pieces of equipment were operated simultaneously – and safely – from a purpose-built dual operator station caravan procured by VT.
Teleremote mining at Udachny enabled the 993K to extract ore quickly from blasted benches 15-25m high.

The four 740B articulated trucks were then manoeuvred into the loading position on Teleremote before being driven to safe ground where operators were able to take control for the longer tram to in-mine stockpiles.


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Through the expertise of Moscow-based Business Development Manager Stephen Macarow and the company’s skilled technicians and engineers RCT has successfully installed line of site (LOS), portable teleremote, teleremote and autonomous solutions in mining operations across Russia and Kazakhstan.
“Our technology relocates machine operators from the cab into more comfortable control rooms which protect them from Russia’s harsh weather, thereby improving operator safety and increasing productivity.”

“As a customer recently explained, many Russian companies have finished doing due diligence on autonomous projects and are now ready to implement a pilot project,” he said.

“We welcome any contact with mining companies in Russia to see how we can best support their needs.” More recently, RCT entered into a project with VT to service its client gold producer Polyus.

RCT’s Custom department designed, manufactured and installed eight ControlMaster® solutions for five Caterpillar trucks, a shovel, dozer and a drill to service Polyus’ Olimpiada surface mine, near Krasnoyarsk in Russia.

This project has been described as a major tipping point for the mine’s transition to a fully autonomous machine operation.

For more information please contact:
RCT’s Communications Officer Nicholas Brant
p: +61 8 6272 4157
Email: nicholasb@rct-global.com


ABOUT RCT

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RCT is an innovative Smart Technology company with the expertise to evolve entire industries. We design, manufacture and deliver technology and service solutions to support clients around the world in multiple sectors including mining, industrial, agricultural and civil. With more than 45 years of success, RCT leverages knowledge and insight to provide clients the advantage of measurable value – increased profitability, productivity, efficiency and safety. Since the 1970s, RCT has traversed all corners of the globe. Our team has grown to 150+ committed people working with clients in over 64 countries worldwide, from Australia to Africa, Asia, Russia, North America and Latin America. With our unique way of viewing the world, intelligent solutions and backed by exceptional support, service and training, RCT is a global leader in smart Guidance, Teleremote and Remote Control automation solutions for the mining industry. We continue to listen, see, think, create and evolve solutions that lead to better profitability, productivity and safety for our clients.