At NORCAT our success is purely based on our client’s success. We are proud to share a select group of client success stories demonstrating the value proposition of the NORCAT Underground Centre.
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The NORCAT Underground Centre is sometimes referred to as the “Pop-up Mining Technology Store” – a place where global mining companies can come to see, touch, and feel emerging technologies before they potentially buy them.
Since 1949, Atlas Copco has been developing modern solutions for customers in more than 180 countries around the world. In Canada, the company employs more than 750 people in 200 locations specializing in construction and mining equipment.
Mining is one of the most competitive industries on the planet. Mining companies and mining operators rely on advanced technologies to compete, profit, and prosper in the global marketplace. Companies like Atlas Copco are helping to revolutionize the industry with leading-edge solutions that are making mines safer, more productive, and highly efficient.
Atlas Copco was able to take full advantage of NORCAT’s Underground Centre to test, refine, and demonstrate some of its most recent advancements in mining technology. The remote frequency identification systems allow above-ground tracking and location of miners, vehicles, equipment, and anything that is moving within any mining operation in the world.
Established in 1890, Boart Longyear is the world’s leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies. It also has a substantial presence in aftermarket parts and service, energy, mine de-watering, oil sands exploration, production drilling, and down-hole instrumentation.
The Global Drilling Services division operates for a diverse mining customer base spanning a wide range of commodities, including copper, gold, nickel, zinc, uranium, and other metals and minerals. The Global Products division designs, manufactures and sells drilling equipment, performance tooling, down-hole instrumentation and parts and services.
Cisco is the largest networking company in the world. Founded in 1984 in California, Cisco now employs over 70,000 people in 200 offices and workplaces around the world.
The future of mining is dependent on leading-edge communications technology. Cisco is a world leader in developing new and reliable systems that are ensuring mines are more efficient, productive, and safer as exploration continues to go further underground.
At NORCAT’s Underground Centre, Cisco’s installation of its proprietary ruggedized WiFi infrastructure is helping to enable consistent transfer of data and analytics throughout underground mining operations. Large-scale underground WiFi communications are an integral part of the future of mining and demonstrating the technology at NORCAT – in the heart of the world’s leading mining technology cluster – enables global mining companies to come look and assess opportunities for their mining operations.
In just three short years, Clickmox has revolutionized the way underground mines are scanned and mapped. Clickmox’s proprietary 3D scanning and mapping technology is transforming the global underground mining industry. Providing stationary and mobile options, Clickmox’s remote-controlled vehicles and drones can scan and map hard to access areas like stopes, ore passes, and ventilation areas. Mining companies can now receive accurate information in areas that were once practically inaccessible - allowing them to identify any faults, cracks, and geological features that may impact mine safety and production. With continued growth and a strong product development pipeline, Clickmox’s technologies are being adopted in mines in Canada, the United States, and India.
Given the challenges for a start-up mining tech venture to complete testing and product validation in a large-scale production mine, the NORCAT Underground Centre was an invaluable resource for Clickmox. This unique asset allowed Clickmox to accelerate the development and commercialization of new products in a small-scale operating mine in Sudbury, Ontario—one of the world’s leading mining technology and innovation clusters.
For more than 20 years, Hard-Line has been developing, adapting, and creating new and innovative products that save lives while increasing efficiency in mining and other industries.
Headquartered in Sudbury with locations in Chile and Peru, this award-winning company is known and respected industry-wide for its ability to customize and configure machinery to operate remotely via remote control and / or autonomously. Quite simply – Hard-Line is making mines safer, efficient, and more productive.
Hard-Line knows that change doesn’t come easy. Large global mining companies are often hesitant when it comes to investing in and adopting new technologies. The NORCAT Underground Centre provides an environment where new ideas, technologies, and innovation can be developed, tested, and demonstrated in an operating mine environment. This unique Centre has become the global showcase of the future of mining and serves to address the challenges often associated with adopting new technologies.
K4 Integration creates and develops ruggedized products that are built for the harsh underground mining industry. These products are modernizing the global mining industry by enhancing productivity, profitability, and safety. Since 2008, the Company’s advances in digital technology have helped the mining industry track, locate, identify, and monitor the movement and location of personnel and assets thousands of feet underground. Its TopVu Tag board incorporates electronics that pick up the location of RFID tags and transmits that information into a real-time database above ground.
The TopVu system has been installed at the NORCAT Underground Centre and serves as part of the daily operating procedures thereby validating the technology in an operating mine setting. K4’s RFID readers allow mine operators to track people, personnel, and equipment in their operations, ensuring safety and efficiency, while also monitoring productivity and production. In an emergency, this technology shortens response times and saves lives.
MacLean Engineering is an industry leader and innovator in heavy equipment development and manufacturing for underground mining. Headquartered in Collingwood, Ontario, MacLean Engineering has been developing underground mining equipment solutions for more than four decades.
MacLean Engineering provides design, manufacturing, and marketing services for the mining, municipal, environmental, and industrial goods sectors. The company services and supports customers in 23 countries on six continents through a global network of customer support locations in North and South America, South Africa, and Australasia. MacLean Engineering has worked with NORCAT for more than six years and has utilized the Underground Centre to maximize its development and testing in a real and functional mine environment.
Testing MacLean Engineering’s drilling and resin injection technology within the NORCAT Underground Centre has allowed the company to further refine its products and expedite commercialization for new product introduction in the global marketplace.
Maestro Mine Ventilation is an award-winning, Sudbury-based company that is known for its innovation, research, and product development for the global mining industry.
Ventilation is one of the most important aspects in underground mining. Quite simply - miners require clean air. A simple concept, but one that faces increasing complexity when there’s a combination of diesel powered vehicles, ore blasting, and gas vapours thousands of feet below ground.
Maestro has always been an early adopter of communications technology. The company’s approach to mining technology has seen the company develop leading-edge intellectual property and new products at an astounding pace. The company leveraged the NORCAT Underground Centre to install and showcase its effective and efficient ventilation monitoring system to mining customer prospects from around the world.
Operating for more than 40 years, with 110 employees across Sudbury, Quebec, and the United States, Mansour Mining Technologies has grown to become Canada’s largest provider of comprehensive ground support solutions, smelter hardware, ventilation, rock drilling tools, and custom fabricated products for the global mining industry.
The company’s focus on innovation, strategic alliances, and industry-leading expertise assists global companies and miners in ensuring rapid, safe advances through even the most difficult ground conditions.
With NORCAT Innovation, Mansour Mining Technologies has developed a synergistic relationship that includes sharing the benefits of resources, infrastructure, and expertise. NORCAT’s Underground Centre allows Mansour to develop and test essential tools like rock-bolts and resins while concurrently ensuring the mine site has Mansour’s products to advance development and infrastructure to support other mining technology ventures in their work.