Tech companies showcase future of mining at IMARC

Catering to the need for mining companies to improve productivity and optimise operations amid low commodity prices, some of the world’s latest mining innovations and technologies will be unveiled at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC), being staged in Melbourne next week.

As part of the conference, Innovation Alley is a free three-day exhibition that will showcase leading tech companies’ new analytical instruments, advanced automation systems, cloud-based technologies, remote communication tools, and a host of other innovations designed to solve some of the mining industry’s greatest challenges.

Australia’s largest international mining and resources event, IMARC will run from Monday 7 November to Thursday 10 November 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with Innovation Alley running from Tuesday 8 November to Thursday 10 November.

Technology companies taking part in Innovation Alley include: Minalyze, MaxMine (Resolution Systems), MineExcellence, Lantori, eHat Systems, Southern Innovation, Heat Trap Solar and Portable Analytical Solutions.

Annelie Lundstrom, CEO of Swedish technology company Minalyze, said IMARC was a great opportunity to get in front of emerging and established miners looking to invest in innovative solutions.

She said Minalyze developed analytical instruments for the mining and exploration industry, including a geolytical core scanner that allowed miners to analyse drill samples with a fast non -destructive method providing high-resolution chemistry, digital images, structure and density of samples.

“The ambition is to unlock the potential of resources in various parts of the world, and especially in Australia.  The data generated from the Minalyzer CS has the potential to uncover the next wave of discoveries in the mining industry,” she said.

“This innovative instrument is delivering enormous positive outcomes for explorers across the country, and is enhancing revenues, reducing costs and increasing efficiencies.”

Victorian-based MineExcellence will be using IMARC as an opportunity to launch its new mining app and platform, designed to store, manage, retrieve and analyse drill and blast-related information.

MineExcellence Managing Director Amit Bhandari said IMARC was unique because it brought more than 150 leading mining and resources companies together in the one place.

“IMARC is an opportunity not to be missed for a business like MineExcellence.  The industry relies on opportunities, like IMARC, to bring industry experts together to progress the sector and discover the future potential of the market,” he said.

“The MineExcellence Blast Information Management System (BIMS) Platform and Smart Blasting App are just examples of the innovative concepts that are coming out of the industry at the moment and I’m excited to see what other companies bring to Innovation Alley.”

BIMS is a cloud/web based software platform for blasting data storage and analysis. It can be linked to blast design, drill sheets, Explosive Charging Truck and can also provide cost analysis and reporting.

IMARC 2016 will bring together more than 2,500 delegates from over 50 countries from all aspects of the mining value chain.

Over the four-day conference, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from more than 160 international speakers, covering topics including investment, technology and innovation, safety and sustainability, policy and framework.

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