Newtrax and Sandvik drive digitalisation at Kemi mine
Outokumpu, a global leader in stainless steel manufacturing, has selected mining automation and digitalisation majors, Newtrax and Sandvik, to deliver the OptiMine® digital platform as an underground operations management system to improve productivity at the Kemi chromite mine in Finland.
“One of the key elements of digitalisation at Kemi Mine is improving the situational picture. By visualising mine operations and conditions in real time, we are enabling well-timed decision making and forecasting. Sandvik OptiMine® and Newtrax positioning solutions will have a major role in Kemi Mine’s underground operations scheduling, task management and visualisation.” says Martti Sassi, Senior Vice President, Business Area Ferrochrome, Outokumpu.
The mine has been using solutions developed in-house for managing its underground operations for more than a decade already, but the Newtrax and OptiMine® system will now replace several of the existing ones and integrate them into one solution.
The agreement with Outokumpu also includes a tag-based personnel and vehicle positioning solution from Newtrax.
Designed for underground hard rock mining production and processes, the Newtrax and OptiMine joint solution can integrate all assets – including Sandvik and non-Sandvik equipment – and people, while delivering descriptive and predictive insights.
“With Newtrax as the “nervous system” and Sandvik OptiMine® as the “brain” of the mine,” this is the most comprehensive digital offering for underground mining” says Alexandre Cervinka, President & CEO, Newtrax Technologies. “We are very excited to be partners in Kemi mine’s digitalisation journey, and help them achieve their safety and productivity objectives. With Sandvik, we are confident that we will be providing the right global expertise and strong local support to help keep mines up and running safely and productively at all times.
Newtrax joined Sandvik as a Standalone Business Unit (BU) within Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s Rock Drills & Technologies division in April 2019 and continues operate as an independent business unit that is committed to having an open architecture and will continue to interface with other vendors in the mining digital ecosystem.