Automation technology to be deployed at Westgold operations

Cat R2900 underground loader

Autonomous solutions provider RCT is finalizing a major automation project for Westgold Resources at five of its gold mine sites in Western Australia’s Murchison region.

The project involves RCT installing and commissioning its ControlMaster guidance automation technology to 10 of Westgold’s underground loader fleet across their mining operations including CAT R2900Gs and Sandvik LH517 loaders.

RCT will also deliver its latest surface-based ControlMaster automation centres equipped with multiple machine selection and multiple machine control options aimed at driving further mining production efficiencies at each site.

RCT’s guidance automation technology encompasses a fully automated tramming cycle between production level locations which includes proportional braking and automated steering and speed control. It also includes features such as G-Dash, which allows operators to present a graphical dashboard of the machine telemetry and diagnostic features to ensure optimal loader performance.

The ControlMaster solution will be deployed across Westgold’s Big Bell, Paddy’s Flat, Comet, South Emu and Starlight operations.

“Being able to implement multiple machine selection/multiple machine control is an added advantage as it will support staged growth and specialized applications where geotechnical constraints require a period of standoff before re-entry after blasting,” says David Noort, Executive General Manager – ACM at Westgold Resources.

Shares of Westgold (ASX: WGX) are up over 20% on Monday. The company has a market cap of A$914.5 million.