Collaborate and plan

Mining software solutions company RPMGlobal and MineWare, a Komatsu company, have teamed up in an integration and product development collaboration.

RPM’s short-term scheduling solutions have been working alongside MineWare’s weighing and positioning solutions for draglines, shovels and hydraulic loading equipment to enable mining companies to compare their planned production activities to what is actually happening in their mine, in real time.

Simultaneously with the release of this integration, MineWare and RPM executed a global strategic partnership agreement to jointly identify and pursue opportunities to provide their respective solutions and the integration to mining companies around the world.

The two companies worked together for 12 months to develop a robust enterprise-grade integration which was released to the industry in March.

“We are not announcing a partnership and then promising to go away and build something in the future; we are unveiling a completed development project,” RPM CEO and Managing Director Richard Mathews said.

“We used the new mining ISA95 enterprise integration standards, which means this integration is robust, open and flexible.

“This solution fills a void in the mine plan compliance and control space. As the mining industry moves closer towards autonomy and stricter short interval control processes, there is a distinct need for data to be validated and then transferred between software applications using enterprise integration platforms and standards.”

Mr Mathews said the integration saw RPM’s software products pass critical spatial planning data directly from the mine planning systems to the operator of the loading equipment.

“As the equipment progresses through the mining face, actual loading data – bucket positions, equipment locations – is sent back to the planner and displayed in their planning products so they can review, analyse andadjust their plan based on actual working information,” he said.

“For both the planners and equipment operators, this integrated solution amplifies their real-time decisionmaking capabilities.”

RPM also visually overlays the longer-term plan guidance polygons so the planners can view where their machines are operating today and where they need to be mining tomorrow, whilst ensuring they are adhering to where they need to be next week or month, giving a true plan

compliance interface that delivers high plan predictability.

“We believe active partnerships between the global mining software providers are crucial to the ongoing success of the mining industry,” Mr Mathews said.

“We are taking the plan-compliance learnings from other industries and adapting them to solve some of mining’s key productivity challenges.

“In other industries, technology companies cracked the real-time plan compliance nut many decades ago. 

“Our early discussions with MineWare quickly identified the natural fit between the two organisations.

“We have the plan and they have the actuals, so by developing an open two-way integration we can compare the two.”

With the development of the integration finalised, RPM and MineWare have entered into a Product Development Collaboration agreement to support the product’s entry into the market.

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