PT Freeport Indonesia’s large mining complex in West Papua is transitioning to underground , with a number of large block caves mines in production and in development.
The scale of mining and the logistics involved in supporting a mine that operates from 10,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level in some of the most rugged mountain terrain in the world is astonishing. To replace the open production the underground operate shave to mine efficiently and consistently, so automation is a large part of the program to achieve their production goals.
MST has been working with PT Freeport for several years now, beginning with the installation of our ImPact Wi-Fi Network at Big Gossan to support tracking of personnel and equipment, as well as data logging form production vehicles. The network is now being rolled out in the block cave mines to support tracking and real-time upload of load and engine data form vehicles via our Vehicle Intelligence Platform (VIP).
Additionally, the bandwidth of the network, and the sophisticated network processing, means it can also be used to support CAT’s Minestar automation system.
To read more on the ImPact Networks use at PTFI, please read Australia’s Mining Monthly’s article by
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