At Cadia Valley, a MacLean water cannon is integrated with Epiroc’s traffic management system so the unit could be teleoperated from the surface. (Photo: Newcrest Mining)

Newcrest Mining reported it integrated a MacLean water cannon with Epiroc’s traffic management system and safety hardware at Cadia Valley mine. The cannon can be safely teleoperated from the surface, and works alongside semiautomated loaders.

Commissioned in Q3 2020, the cannon is in use at Cadia East.

Newcrest said the cannon has improved efficiency in production and increased safety. “We are constantly pushing the envelope of change in the innovation and technology space,” Aaron Brannigan, general manager, Cadia, said. “Automated machinery allows for shift in technical capabilities of our workforce, while ensuring we continue to eliminate safety risks from our operation.”