Gemcom Software International, a supplier of specialized mining productivity software, has signed a collaborative agreement with Sandvik Mining and Construction to develop a system and interface for monitoring underground mobile mining equipment.

The two companies are joining forces for development of what they describe as “an innovative equipment performance and production tracking solution that will further improve consolidation and validation of information from mine operational systems.”

The effort involves Gemcom’s InSite operations management software suite and Sandvik’s OptiMine simulation tool.

“Sandvik has developed an in-depth understanding of the demands of modern mining operations and how automation of loading and hauling processes in the mining cycle can contribute to the improvement of safety and efficiency of ore transportation,” said Allen Vaughn, executive vice president, Gemcom. “Sandvik’s desire to provide customers with more in-depth knowledge on the condition of the equipment for maintenance purposes, as well as production monitoring to more effectively manage draw and production control, creates the opportunity to leverage InSite.”

Gemcom said its InSite provides operations management capabilities that complement planning and scheduling activities, along with a continuous improvement engine that drives improved recovery, throughput, equipment utilization, and performance.

“InSite features innovative technology that monitors in near real time equipment, events, and tracks production, which enables timely operational decision making,” said Rauno Pitkänen, manager of projects, systems and new offering, Sandvik Mining and Construction. “This technology, when combined with Sandvik’s OptiMine capabilities, will allow mining companies to follow up on their production, equipment, and personnel performance metrics in a simple and effective manner. Ultimately, they will be better able to manage and utilize their capital expenditures, and be able to back up business decisions with hard data.”

A prototype of the Sandvik Gemcom collaborative solution is in place at Sandvik’s test mine in Tampere, Finland.