White Mountain’s General Manager, Warren Uyen
“White Mountain struggled to maintain optimum
productivity due to the continual changing
between manual and LOS remoting.
“In addition, LOS always had the potential
for one operator to enter the remoting area if
procedures weren’t strictly followed.”
RCT co-created the design of the remote control
station which was housed in a converted delivery truck
complete with RCT station chair, dual monitors, and a
laser protection barrier system.
This unique solution allows operators to Teleremote
from the comfort of a station with climate control, high
tech video equipment and a red light to protect opera-
In addition to improving operator’s comfort levels,
the portable station allows operators to control the
loader from a safe area, within the security of a laser
barrier system ensuring no other personnel can enter
the remoting area which further increases workers’
The ControlMaster Teleremote system was not only
the first system of its kind to be used in China; it was
also a huge success improving productivity as well as
safety at White
“White Mountain was the first
Chinese mine to embrace the
available hardware and technology
and integrate it into the primary ore
Mr Uyen said.
“By utilising RCT’s system at the site,
productivity increased substantially
with the site achieving a record of
nearly 6,300 buckets in one month,
which is equivalent to more than
60,000 tonnes of ore.
“The perceived benefits in pro-
ductivity were estimated between 25-30 per
cent, meaning the system would pay for itself in
less than six months.
“However, actual data shows productivity
gains of more than 35 per cent.”
Loader operator safety also increased significantly
as miners now conduct bogging operations from within
a custom-built cabin located about 500 metres from the
potentially hazardous stope area.
Fitting the loader with semi automation, further
improved the production. At Eldorado’s White Mountain
mine in China, the tele-remote loading system is allowing
operators to control loaders from hundreds of metres
away, well away from potential hazards.
“Our team took the initiative to build this system.
It was their idea and their work that made this
“It’s the first of its kind in
says Warren Uyen, General Manager at White
The loader is fitted with a semi-automation system
that allows it to operate at speeds of up to 10 kilometres
per hour with no steering from the operator.
Laser technology keeps the loader’s path true to
The portable control unit allows
operators to control equipment
efficiently and safely. Being trailer
mounted it can be repositioned at
anytime for greater convenience.
The Cat R1700 at the
White Mountain Gold
Mine in China.
The 38,500 kg loader
has a gross power
output of 263 kW
and standard bucket
capacities of 5.7 m³.
Photo: Copyright ©
2016 Eldorado Gold
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