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Barrick expands Sandvik’s Remote Monitoring Service to global fleet

Following a successful implementation at its Loulo-Gounkoto underground complex in Mali, West Africa, mining giant Barrick Gold Corporation is adopting Sandvik’s Remote Monitoring Service (RMS) for its entire global underground fleet of more than 200 connected Sandvik trucks, loaders and drills.

RMS rollout has started at Barrick sites in Canada, Central Africa, West Africa and the United States, and will continue during 2023. Sandvik will constantly monitor the equipment and analyze telemetry data to improve its performance.

“We picked up faults very quickly via RMS during our trial at Loulo, whereas in the past catastrophic failure would have been the first we knew about such faults,” said Glenn Heard, Mining Executive at Barrick. “We largely avoided engine and transmission failures during the trial. As we expand RMS we will embed the use of this system and trust the data.”

RMS is an assisted service in which Sandvik remotely monitors and analyzes telemetry data acquired from an equipment fleet. It uses predictive maintenance solutions to identify abnormalities, determine root causes and provide actionable information to eliminate defects. This process increases equipment uptime and utilization. Combined with a global pool of reference data and Sandvik’s in-depth analytic skills, RMS can help miners achieve larger tonnage output with lower emissions, while extending equipment and component life.

“Barrick’s commitment to using RMS is a landmark in the widespread use of telemetry data to improve performance in the mining industry,” said Esa Mattila, Productivity and Reliability Center Manager at Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions. “The ability to prevent failure and downtime, give real time recommendations during shifts to help operators improve performance and make maintenance practices more streamlined and effective will deliver unrealized value to our mining customers.”

Amsterdam, Netherlands, March 27, 2023

For more information, please contact:
Esa Mattila
Productivity and Reliability Center Manager
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions
Email: esa.mattila@sandvik.com

Sandvik Group
Sandvik is a global, high-tech engineering group providing solutions that enhance productivity, profitability and sustainability for the manufacturing, mining and infrastructure industries. We are at the forefront of digitalization and focus on optimizing our customers’ processes. Our world-leading offering includes equipment, tools, services and digital solutions for machining, mining, rock excavation and rock processing. In 2022 the Group had approximately 40,000 employees and revenues of about 112 billion SEK in about 150 countries within continuing operations.

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions
Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is a business area within the Sandvik Group and a global leading supplier of equipment and tools, parts, service, digital solutions and sustainability-driving technologies for the mining and construction industries. Application areas include rock drilling, rock cutting, loading and hauling, tunneling and quarrying. In 2022, sales were approximately 57 billion SEK with about 16,200 employees.

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