Modular Mining Systems Inc. announced this week that Vale S.A. (Vale), the world’s leading iron ore provider, has selected Modular technologies for its Pico open-pit mine site in Brazil. This agreement marks the signing of Modular’s 250th customer mine, as well as more than 20 years of partnership with Vale.

On March 6 at the Pico mine, Davi Freire, general manager, Modular Brazil, and Michael Lewis, vice president of product innovation, Modular, presented Vale’s Alano Reis Teixeira, mine operations manager, with a plaque commemorating the milestones. “Pico mine has plans to optimize our operations and we expect that Modular’s mine management systems will help us achieve our goals quickly,” said Teixeira.

Modular’s partnership with Vale began in 1993, when the Carajás mine, Vale’s largest operation and producer of the world’s highest quality iron ore, became Modular’s first customer in Brazil. Over the years, Vale has implemented Modular’s technologies at 14 of its mine sites, worldwide. Upon commissioning, Modular’s fleet management system will optimize haulage operations on Pico’s extensive fleet of trucks, shovels, drills, loaders, dozers and auxiliary equipment units. Additionally, Modular’s enterprise solution will provide the operation’s wireless network infrastructure.