Gold Fields Selects Newtrax To Improve Health, Safety and Productivity at Invincible South
Perth, Australia – April, 2018 — Newtrax Technologies Inc. (‘Newtrax’) – the leading provider of IoT solutions for underground hard rock mines – has been selected by Gold Fields to provide a mine-wide Tracking and Proximity Detection system at the Invincible underground mine at its St Ives operations.
Located near Lake Lefroy in the prolific gold-producing Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia, St Ives produces over 360,000 ounces per annum from its open pit and underground operations, making it one of the leading gold producers in Australia. The Invincible mine, a successful open pit which transitioned to underground operations in 2017, is set to be Gold Fields’ mine of the future, envisioned to be fully autonomous and remotely operated.
The Newtrax Personnel and Equipment Tracking solution, which runs on the patented MineHop™ network, will be deployed on all of St Ives Invincible underground equipment, and used by all underground miners.
The Newtrax Proximity Detection system utilizes MineProx’s™ sub-GHz RF technology to create a peer-to-peer network of equipment and miners. Not only does it give out proximity warnings, the system also provides alerts to loader operators that a truck is on its way even before it appears in its line of sight, enabling operators to prepare for the truck and improve mine production.
Gold Fields is actively investigating disruptive technology options across all of their mines, and Newtrax is proud to be partnering with them on their innovation journey.
“It’s fantastic to see Gold Fields selecting Newtrax once again, to help increase safety and productivity in their mines. We’ve been working with each other for a number of years at many of their sites including South deep in South Africa, St. Ives and Granny Smith. Now it’s our chance to contribute once again to Gold Fields technology roadmap.”, said Simon Waghorn, Vice President APAC, Newtrax.
System implementation is expected to begin in autumn of 2018.
Newtrax customers are the largest producers of metals in the world and their underground hard rock mechanized mines rely on Newtrax systems to save lives, reduce costs and increase production with unprecedented levels of real-time data from machines, people and the environment.