Modular Mining Systems reported that its MasterLink Enterprise Wireless Network solution will be implemented at Vale’s Carajás open-pit iron ore mine in northern Brazil.

Vale has been a Modular systems user since 1993, when Carajás became Modular’s first fleet management system (FMS) customer in Brazil. “We’ve continued to expand our partnership with Vale to encompass a total of 14 sites,” said David Freire, general manager, Modular Brazil. “Earlier this year, we celebrated the signing of Vale’s Pico mine as our 250th customer.”

Carajás installed Modular’s Master Link 2 (ML2) network in 2004 and upgraded to MasterLink 11 (ML11) in 2007. A combination of bandwidth-intensive applications, multiple virtual local area networks (VLANs), and increased coverage requirements compelled the mine to upgrade its wireless platform. MasterLink Enterprise is the latest evolution in Modular’s development of wireless networking solutions, and is expected to be commissioned by the mine later this year.

Carajás also uses Modular’s DISPATCH Fleet Management system, MineCare Maintenance Management solution and ProVision Machine Guidance system.