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Sandvik to supply AutoMine to Argyle

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Sandvik Mining has won an order from Rio Tinto to provide advanced mine automation systems for use at the Argyle underground diamond mining operation in Western Australia. The automation systems are scheduled for delivery in 2012-2013.

Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine, one of the world's major suppliers of diamonds, has selected the Sandvik AutoMine system to enhance safety, accelerate its underground operation efficiency and achieve production improvements.

The order from the Argyle diamond mine comprises the AutoMine system with 11 electric LH514E loaders and two diesel LH410 loaders. The system delivery also includes Sandvik’s recently launched Draw Control product that enables accurate tracking, reporting and overall management of manual production loading during the mine’s development phase.

Automated loaders will be operated from Sandvik control room systems, including three operator stations in a surface control room.

The Argyle AutoMine system will be delivered and installed to adhere to stringent Australian mining sector standards for functional safety, including the AS61508 standard.

Sandvik Mining said that the advanced AutoMine automation systems will be the largest underground mining automation installation in the world to date. The Argyle production structure is fully designed for automation when fully operational. At its peak the mine’s block cave annual production will reach around 9Mt/y, with 16 extraction drives.

Riku Pulli, vice president, mine automation of Sandvik Mining, said: “This order is a very important milestone in the growth of our fleet of AutoMine, not only in Australia but globally as well. The AutoMine Draw Control and AutoMine Loading systems are ideally suited for Argyle’s block caving operation. We are honoured that Rio Tinto has put their confidence in our AutoMine system to improve their operation safety and efficiency.”

 
 
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