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Mining Company Tracks Ore Extraction via RFID

Codelco's RFID system, from MiningTAG, brings visibility into the amount and quality of ore being extracted at the world's largest underground mine, to ensure the safety of the tunnels and manage the kind of ore being extracted for customers.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 16, 2018

Monitoring operations and production at the world's largest underground mine is a monumental task. Chilean mining company Codelco is employing radio frequency identification technology to accomplish this task at its El Teniente (Spanish for "The Lieutenant") site. The project won this year's RFD Journal Award at RFID Journal LIVE! 2018, held last week in Orlando, Fla.

The system consists of RFID readers on vehicles; tags at hundreds of sites within six mineshafts in Codelco's El Teniente division in Rancagua, Chile; and software to manage the collected data, all provided by MiningTAG. The system is known as MTOneMine. With the technology, Codelco is able to confirm where ore is being mined, as well as how fast this occurs, and thereby ensure the integrity and safety of the mine shafts. It can also understand productivity and ensure the highest quality of ore being processed.

MT Onemine allows companies, using RFID technology and other types of sensors, to control the production of critical equipment in underground mining.
El Teniente is an underground copper mine in the Andes mountain range. The mine employs 19,000 direct-hire and contract workers. The extraction of copper ore from the mine shafts must be carefully controlled for several reasons. First and foremost is safety, as the removal of too much ore in one specific area, for instance, could create a weak spot that could collapse while miners are underground.

A highly publicized 2010 mine collapse at a neighboring site—in which 33 workers were trapped for 69 days—led to greater concerns for safety across all of the nation's mines, explains Andrés Rodríguez, MiningTAG's general manager and CEO. At that time, Rodríguez cofounded MiningTAG as a system to provide worker safety in mines.

The M/T Box
In addition to safety concerns, there are economic issues to consider. The mines need to collect the best mix of ore, and to charge for that ore according to quality. However, equipment operators are often incentivized to collect ore from the most convenient locations, in order to increase their own number of cycles. That can mean extracting from an unexpected location that might not provide the best ore for the batch being collected.

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