Johannesburg – Officials from Ramjack Technology Solutions have announced the successful deployment of a geotechnical mining information system at Petra Diamonds in the Free State, South Africa. The deployment marks a first for South African mining.
“This is an exciting deployment as it marks the first time a mine in South Africa has installed both the MineHop™ persistent sensor network together with SMART MPBX instruments”, said Mike Jackson, Co-Founder and Director of Ramjack. “While this combination of technology is already being used successfully all over the world, Koffiefontein represents the first time it has been deployed in South Africa, bringing a new level of safety, efficiency and productivity to one of mining’s most important hubs”
The deployment is just the first in a series of South African deployments for Ramjack and Petra Diamonds. The first half of 2016 will also see a similar deployment at Petra’s Finsch Mine. Ramjack has been gathering significant attention with Southern African mines on the back of its exclusive relationships with technology providers Mine Design Technologies (MDT) and Newtrax – both of whom provided technology for the Koffiefontein deployment.
The deployment was designed in collaboration with the Koffiefontein mine geotechnical team, and will include a Newtrax real-time monitoring system, 13 MineHop™ wireless RTU Nodes, and 11 SMART MultiPoint Borehole Extensometers (MPBX). With the system in place, Koffiefontein will be able to monitor movement in their underground mining operations from the surface in real-time, saving time, reducing costs and improving overall mine safety. Further expansion of the system is planned to take the remote real-time geotechnical monitoring solution to other mining levels as the mine continues to develop.
About Ramjack Technology Solutions
Ramjack Technology Solutions is a full-service distributor and implementation partner of technologies for the mining industry. With offices in Canada and South Africa, we bring the best mine technology solutions available to the remote and often harsh environments of Sub-Saharan Africa. We provide our customers with applications and real-time technology that improve the safety, profitability, efficiency, and production of surface and underground mining operations.