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White Mountain’s General Manager, Warren Uyen

said:

“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-

tors’ eyes.

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’

safety.

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

Mountain.

“White Mountain was the first

Chinese mine to embrace the

available hardware and technology

and integrate it into the primary ore

extraction tool,”

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

system successful.

“It’s the first of its kind in

China.”

says Warren Uyen, General Manager at White

Mountain.

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

Corp.

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