Epiroc is exploring the potential of automation development in the mining industry with the opening of a new facility.
Located at the company’s headquarters in Orebro, Sweden, the Epiroc Control Tower is designed to be a space for its customers to work with the company to develop automated and information management solutions of the future.
“When planning our new Control Tower we knew that it was going to be more than a showroom of our automation and information management solutions. We built it to be a place where we, together with our customers and partners, will develop the functionalities of tomorrow’s mining operations, but also where we do actual work within these areas,” said Andreas Nordbrandt, president of Epiroc’s underground rock excavation division.
All around the world
Opened to visitors, the high-tech facility can explore remote-controlled and automated machines that can be operated from anywhere around the globe.
“With the Control Tower, we have an excellent opportunity to help customers on their digitization journey – by bringing cutting-edge technologies together, and working in close collaboration with both customers and partners. With an ecosystem view and open and agnostic approach, Epiroc can help customers to integrate equipment, services and information management systems into an efficient value chain,” added Nordbrandt.
Pucobre in Chile is an example of a customer with a firm determination to transform the mine operation using the best and latest digital support. Sebastian Rios, CEO of Pucobre, said, “Support of the global Epiroc team will be of essence to have a successful journey in automation and mine control, with improvements in productivity, cost control and safety.
“All of the above will lead us in the future toward becoming a ‘best in class’ operation in underground mining. At Pucobre, we are really looking forward to follow up on the agreed project priorities, Epiroc can count on our firm commitment.”