Magnetic plug being developed in DeepIoT project to provide real-time mining data

Techenomics is one of seven Partners in CRC-P underground mine technology development program

Techenomics is one of seven companies participating in the DeepIoT project aimed at developing a new hybrid wireless IoT platform for underground mines through contributing its expertise in fluid management.

The contribution of Techenomics to the Australian Federal Governments Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) is centred on the development of a magnetic plug capable of providing real-time data for underground equipment, which could also be used for surface mining equipment.

DeepIoT will develop a world-first hybrid wireless IoT network integrating four major wireless technologies into a single platform, leading to major improvements and more applications.

Apart from Techenomics Australia, other DeepIoT participants are Roobuck Pty Ltd (Lead Partner), University of NSW, Redwood Technology Pty Ltd, Cognitec Systems Pty Ltd, Newcrest Mining Limited and Henan Energy & Chemical Industry Group Xinjiang Investment & Holding.

Comprehensive applications, 12 wireless devices in three priorities, three independent system products and corresponding software will be developed primarily for underground mines globally with potential in other industries. It is hoped to commercialise the technology.

The DeepIoT platform and designed applications not only boost the productivity and safety of mines but also open the door toward the future digital mine and complete automation.

Techenomics CEO Chris Adsett said: As a partner, Techenomics is committed to make our contribution to this important and ground-breaking program with the capability to deliver improved mine truck efficiency and productivity through provision of real-time data.

We are committed to invest in the project to create a wireless real-time oil condition monitor sensor supported by the capability of our Blue Oceans software reporting system.

Wireless technologies are coming to underground mines but at present the technology is deployed separately, which more often than not results in poor performance, high costs and lack of efficiency.

The CRC-P DeepIoT program is aimed at addressing this issue by creating a fully integrated system for the underground mining environment but which may also have implications for surface mining as well as other industries.

Chris Adsett said: At Techenomics we are constantly seeking new ways to improve our fluid management and condition monitoring service for the benefit of our customers to enable them to gain even more from their oil and other lubricant and this work forms part of this ongoing commitment.