Epiroc digitizes Black Rock Mine operations


Epiroc is increasing productivity and safety at one of the world’s largest manganese mines with the digitizing of on-site operations.

Black Rock Mine, part of Assmang South Africa, is to be fitted with the firm’s decision support solution, Mobilaris Mining Intelligence (MMI), which will provide a 3D real-time information model of the exact position of machines, personnel and other information such as shift planning and production data.

“Epiroc will support Black Rock’s business improvement processes with the MMI solution,” said Andrew Main, regional business line manager, Underground Rock Excavation division for Southern Africa, Epiroc South Africa. “The globally acclaimed Situational Awareness together with Short Interval Control package will take their operations to the next level of performance gains.”

Through MMI, the Black Rock Mine control room is expected to evolve into a source of real-time production data fully integrated with planning, task dispatch, machine telemetry data, mobile operator clients and a layer of analytics to collect and monitor insights and key performance indicators for the mine production. The project is expected to yield significant improvements in employee safety, process efficiency and overall production.

Pierre Becker, general manager at Black Rock Mine, said, “MMI will help to increase production and utilization. The solution enables an unprecedented opportunity for mining personnel to make right decisions faster than ever before.”

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