Metalloinvest automates Mikhailovsky GOK drilling rigs
6 February 2018
As part of its initiative to increase production efficiency, Metalloinvest has completed the installation of its automated control system for drilling operations at Mikhailovsky GOK.
During the implementation of the project, on-board units were installed at 15 drilling rigs, as well as a server and BlastMaker software at technical specialists' computer stations within the drilling and blasting facility. The system has been integrated with the Surpac mine planning programme.
The automated control system for drilling operations has been developed based on the principles of positioning equipment with high accuracy using the Glonass navigation system, and an electronic project for carrying out drilling work has been developed based on geological models of the open-pit mine. Each drilling rig is allocated tasks on a wireless network. Using a tablet equipped with the navigation system, the operator directs the drilling rig to the selected shafts to carry out high-precision drilling. The system also automatically analyses the results of drilling work, enabling it to control information about drilling, idle time, and the current location of drilling rigs, all in real time.
Sergey Kretov, Managing Director of Mikhailovsky GOK, commented: "Metalloinvest is carrying out comprehensive work to automate mining processes. Mikhailovsky GOK has already introduced modern mining design and geological modelling, as well as the MODULAR automated mining transport management system. Installing modern digital technologies enables the enterprise to increase production efficiency and ensure its long-term competitiveness."
Sergey Vykhodtsev, Head of the Drilling and Blasting Facility at Mikhailovsky GOK, added: "Preliminary figures from the automated control system for drilling operations enable us to discuss increasing the productivity of our drilling rigs by around 5%. Additionally, thanks to its more precise positioning, this system enables us to increase the quality of our blasting work, while cutting power requirements for explosive devices. This is due first of all to reducing down time and the speed with which we can move drilling rigs to the shafts, as well as the ability to carry out planning for drilling and blasting work without needing to travel to the surveying area."
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