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Maestro Airflow achieves breakthrough

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A new and improved air quality monitoring system developed by startup Maestro Ventilation in Sudbury is already in 40 mines around the world after being on the market for just one year.

The product, Maestro Airflow, collects real-time air quality data and diagnostics from airflow and gas sensors throughout a mine at a fraction of the cost of conventional systems.

Partners Dave Ballantyne of Enfinitiy Inc. and Mike Gribbons ofSynergy Controls pooled their technology and marketing expertise to make it happen.

“We met at a restaurant over lunch to catch up with each other and Dave told me he came up with this really cool way of measuring airflow underground,” recalled Gribbons. “You plug it in directly to a network switch. I said ‘What about the PLCs and all of the other infrastructure.’ He said you don’t need any of it.

Read more of the article in Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal here.

 

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Maestro Digital Mine – A leader in mine ventilation and automation

Bell Excellence Awards

Left to right: Don Duval, NORCAT, Dave Ballantyne, Maestro Digital Mine, Michael Gribbons, Maestro Digital Mine, Bill Best, Cambrian College

Sudbury, Ontario – Maestro Digital Mine is being recognized as an innovator in mine ventilation and automation.

The Sudbury-based company was honoured at the 19th annual Bell Business Excellence Awards gala celebration May 12 at the Caruso Club in Sudbury. Hosted by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, the annual awards ceremony pays tribute to entrepreneurs and businesses that demonstrate excellence in their field.

David Ballantyne, vice-president of development and technology and Michael Gribbons, vice president of marketing and sales, were on hand to accept the Innovation Award, sponsored by Cambrian College and Bell Business Excellence Awards.

The Innovation Award is presented to a company that has demonstrated product research, prototype development and environmental innovation. Judging is based on key criteria including Product Research and Development, Environmental Innovation, Marketing of New Innovations and Impact on Community. 

Maestro Digital Mine serves the underground mine ventilation and automation sector. Its product line delivers energy savings and productivity improvement while working to provide healthier and safer working conditions for miners.

“So much of what we have accomplished in the last few years is a team effort; listening to clients, analyzing their needs and then implementing solutions,” said Mr. Gribbons.

“When it comes to product development, we also consult with the world’s leading global mining companies, ventilation consultants and VOD integrators.”

Maestro is driven to provide ventilation solutions to improve the underground work environment, essentially extending the lives of miners while still providing economical solutions to increase production, reduce energy consumption and green house gases emissions. Maestro has developed the world's first digital ultrasonic airflow sensor, the first web page based Air Quality Station, the first integrated Ethernet fan monitoring system and the first LED web page and Ethernet driven display.

Maestro has developed ventilation solutions for some of the largest global mining corporations including Barrick Gold Corporation, BHP Billiton, Newmont Gold, Xstrata, Rio Tinto and Vale.

For more information:
Michael Gribbons
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
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87 Magill Street
Sudbury, Ontario P3Y 1K6 Canada
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Maestro receives NOBA Judges’ Choice Award

Michael Gribbons (left) and David Ballantyne (right) of Maestro Digital Mine are proud to receive the Judges’ Choice Award presented by sponsor David Dynes, Area Manager of Small Business TD Canada Trust at the NOBA held on October 6th, 2016.

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Maestro receives UDMN's Outstanding Achievement in Commercialization award

SUDBURY, ON - The Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN) held its second annual Symposium for its 76 network members from across Canada and announced the first of many UDMN commercial successes by one of its members, Maestro Digital Mine.

Maestro was presented with UDMN's Outstanding Achievement in Commercialization award for a technical innovation which ensures the safety of underground miners. The rapid commercial sale of this product to some of the deepest mines in the world is a testament that Maestro's efforts combined with UDMN funding and guidance can in fact bring technology faster to market which in turn benefits the mining industry and Canadians.

 
Maestro's Vigilante AQS™ is currently being used in over 70 underground mines globally.

Underground mines have challenging environmental conditions that include toxic gases from the drill and blast operation or gases given off by the surrounding strata rock. Protecting miners from acute or chronic gas with potential detrimental health conditions is paramount for any responsible mining company. To achieve this, a variety of sensors are required to transmit real time data from the underground workings to the surface control rooms. By using this technology, miners are able to return safely to their working areas quicker allowing significant productivity increases. However, these sensors require frequent maintenance and calibration in order to maintain accurate measurements. The previous technology required underground calibrations at each individual location using test gases. Several physical and environmental challenges prevented an accurate and repeatable calibration.
 
Maestro, with the support of the UDMN, has tackled this real-life application by designing and developing a digital gas sensor that can be calibrated on surface in a stable controlled environment. The digital sensors then can be "hot swapped" by a ventilation technician without the requirement of any sort of underground calibration.

Built upon the IoT (Internet of Things), the digital sensors have a complete suite of diagnostics to help determine the health of the complete system and provide maximum system uptime.

"This innovation has allowed our Vigilante AQS™ environmental stations to be installed in some of the deepest mines on the planet," states Michael Gribbons, vice-president of Maestro. "Prior to this innovation, the underground miners lacked the confidence of the gas readings since there was no practical method of calibrating the sensors or understanding if the sensors were even working. The IoT digital sensors allow this to become a reality. This will result in major productivity improvements by getting the miners safely back to the face quicker."

Maestro is driven to provide ventilation solutions to improve the underground work environment and extend miner's lives while still providing economical solutions to increase production, conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases.
 
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New ventilation control system to save Glencore – Kidd Mine millions every year.

Timmins, Canada – Steve Badenhorst, Glencore’s mine general manager accepts a plaque celebrating an underground mine ventilation control system that provides approximately 25,000 megawatt-hours of electrical energy savings every single year which represents approximately $2,000,000.00 per year.


The mine measures the airflow rate, airflow direction, blast gas concentrations and wet bulb temperature to assure that the miners are kept safe and within the acceptable tolerances using approximately 60 of Maestro’s Vigilante AQS™ Air Quality Stations and approximately 30 U/G Mine Regulators.


Kidd Mine is the world’s deepest base-metal mine below sea level, mining at 9600 feet with shaft bottom at 9889 feet.
The mine also has the longest surface-to-bottom ramp in the world. Kidd Mine produces an average of 40,000 tonnes of copper and 70,000 of zinc annually. For the complete article click here

Maestro is driven to provide ventilation solutions to improve the underground work environment and extend miner's lives while still providing economical solutions to increase production, conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases.

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Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Phone:  +1 705 805-6918 ext 203
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Maestro Digital Mine
(a division of High Grade Controls Corporation)
87 Magill Street
Sudbury, Ontario P3Y 1K6 Canada
www.maestrodigitalmine.com

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UDMN member: Maestro Digital Mine highlighted at CEMI’s 10 Year AGM Celebration

UDMN member: Maestro Digital Mine highlighted 
at CEMI’s 10 Year AGM Celebration

Sudbury, ON (September 27, 2017) – CEMI (Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation) celebrates 10-year anniversary of delivering mining innovations at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Dynamic Earth to a packed theatre highlighting CEMI's results, partners and dedication to delivering technical solutions to the mining industry through innovation and commercialization.

Members from the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN) presented their commercially viable projects and how they are implementing their technologies into the mining industry. Among the speakers, Mr. Michael Gribbons, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Maestro Digital Mine presented their project under the UDMN theme: Improved Human Health and Effectiveness entitled, “Environmental Air Quality Stations for Deep Mining”. In 2016, this project won the UDMN Outstanding Achievement in Commercialization for taking their UDMN commercially viable innovation to completion, achieving a commercial sale(s) and creating a new and important technical product category within the marketplace for use in mining operations. Maestro Digital Mine’s technical innovation, the first recipient of the award, ensures the safety of underground miners. In addition to Maestro, UDMN members Jannatec Technologies and Electrale Innovation/MIRARCO were also featured as part of the UDMN Innovation Showcase.

CEMI coordinated a dynamic SME-led Innovator Panel: What it takes to be a successful Innovator in Mining! The panel explored what it takes to get their innovative ideas adopted by the mining industry. Gained valuable insights into how SMEs have identified the needs of the mining industry and how they are delivering solutions. Moderated by Dick Destefano, Executive Director, SAMSSA, panelists included: Walter Siggelkow, Founder and President, Hard-Line; Michael Gribbons, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Maestro Digital Mine; Christine Haas, President, Renix; and Chris Novak, CEO and Owner, Centric Mining Systems. These innovative thought leaders engaged the audience and shared their strategies on how they have grown their business, taken risks, empowered their people, developed their business through new products, services, technologies and continue to take advantage of new market opportunities.

Maestro Digital Mine is featured in the CEMI 2017 Annual Report.

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Transforming the Mining Industry into the Digital Era

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Maestro Digital Mine provides insight to two top government officials on the importance of real time data at the working face. This data can provide significant productivity and safety improvements especially as miners have suffered from lower productivity and higher costs over the past ten years.

Left to right: David Ballantyne – VP of Product Innovation and Development – Maestro Digital Mine, Stephen Orsini - Secretary of the Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council, David de Launay - Deputy Minister – Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Michael Gribbons – VP of Sales and Marketing – Maestro Digital Mine

 

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Decades-old technology gets new purpose underground

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Maestro Digital Mine introduces Plexus Powernet, which uses copper coaxial cable to get data from the mine face to surface faster.

As mines rely more on real-time information and advanced diagnostics, the need for pervasive connectivity has become more critical.

Maestro Digital Mine has come up with a solution that borrows from an old method of delivering TV channels and the Internet to the home: a copper coaxial cable network.

Read the full article here at Northern Ontario Business. (Article and photo by Karen McKinley.)

 

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The benefits of smart ventilation

Miner in an underground tunnel, attaching the Maestro Digital Mine Vigilante AQS to their system. A Superbrite Display unit is in the background hanging from the tunnel roof.

Ventilation systems are crucial to ensure safe working conditions in underground mines. They provide fresher, cooler air for mineworkers, as well as clearing toxic fumes from blasting and exhaust fumes from diesel equipment. In deep and hot mines, ventilation is also required to cool the workplace for miners. The primary sources of heat in underground hard-rock mines are virgin-rock temperature, machinery, auto compression and fissure water, while other small contributing factors are human body heat and blasting.

A good mine-ventilation system is a real-time process that requires excellent balancing of climate controls and the dilution of exhaust gases and hazardous substances to ensure a safe working environment for staff. Ventilation raises are excavated to provide ventilation for the workplaces, and they can also be modified for use as emergency escape routes.

Ever-increasing energy costs and the need to conserve energy have prompted many mines to examine their operations and identify potential saving methods. Ventilation systems are a large part of the energy consumption of underground mines, particularly deeper mines - at some sites it can account for as much as 50% of the total energy consumption. Smart ventilation systems, which bring the supply of ventilation in line with the demands of the mine, can result in significant energy and cost savings.

Read the full article here. (Article by Ailbhe Goodbody, Mining Magazine)

 

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Maestro releases remote fan monitoring solution

Derrick Meyer, system technologist, Maestro Digital Mine, demonstrates the new FanMon primary and booster fan monitoring system.

Maestro Digital Mine has released a new product called FanMon that allows technicians to remotely dial into a ventilation fan to monitor its performance and diagnose problems.

“One of the challenges with ventilation fans is that there are very few mining companies with fan specialists on staff,” explained Michael Gribbons, Maestro’s vice-president of marketing and sales. “Vale and Glencore in Sudbury have them, but outside of these two companies, they don’t exist, so most mines need to have a third party fly in.”

FanMon tracks the performance metrics of main and booster fans ranging in size and power from 500 to 4,500 horsepower and is Ethernet enabled for remote communication, allowing a fan specialist in Toronto, for example, to monitor fan performance and diagnose a problem without the expense of a trip to a mine a thousand kilometres away.

Read the full article here. (Article by Norm Tollinsky, Sudbury Mining Solutions)

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No point of failure

Plexus PowerNet

"As mines go digital and robotised, communication networks are having to handle vast quantities of data and analytics meaning new solutions are needed to ensure connectivity is never lost", reports Paul Moore, International Mining Magazine.

On Page 22 of International Mining magazine (September 2018 issue), Maestro's Plexus PowerNet is highlighted as one of the innovative digital solutions: "Maestro launches Plexus PowerNet. Maestro Digital Mine has recently introduced Plexus Powernet, which uses copper coaxial cable to get data from the mine face to surface faster. As mines rely more on real-time information and advanced diagnostics, the need for pervasive connectivity has become more critical. Maestro says it has come up with a solution that borrows from an old method of delivering TV channels and the Internet to the home: a copper coaxial cable network."

Read the full article here at International Mining (IM), by Paul Moore (September 2018 issue).

 

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Interview with Michael Gribbons and David Ballantyne - VP & Co-Founders, Maestro Digital Mine

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Interview with Michael Gribbons and David Ballantyne - VP & Co-Founders, Maestro Digital Mine in Global Business Reports, September 18, 2018.

Could you give us an overview of Maestro Digital Mine and the circumstances surrounding its creation?

MG: When Maestro first started, we were mainly focused on ventilation monitoring and controls for the underground mining sector. Recognizing the industry’s growing demand for data, and the challenges that many of our customers encountered with connecting our ventilation solutions to their own networks, we identified a gap in the market. Working with customers on understanding the challenges of traditional communication backbone solutions, we created a solution to extend communications to where it is needed the most, the last mile to the face.  We subsequently rebranded the company as Maestro Digital Mine, which has helped us expand our reach, attributing to the fact that digitization is enabling mines and other industry sectors to be more productive. Since our beginning, we have provided Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions to the global mining industry. Today, Maestro Digital Mine provides a complete mine ventilation and automation network backbone and rugged IIoT devices designed specifically for underground mines that delivers energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards.

Read the full article here at Global Business Reports.

 

 

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Global Business Reports interviews Rob McEwen - Chairman of McEwen Mining; Fred Stanford - President and CEO of Torex Gold Resources; David Ballantyne - VP of Innovation & Michael Gribbons - VP of Sales and Marketing of Maestro Digital Mine

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and other mining and mine service companies about the strength of innovation in Ontario - Canada.
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Vigilante AQS™ air quality stations keep workers safe in Saskatchewan potash mines

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The Potash Industry solves underground ventilation monitoring by using the Vigilante AQS™ air quality stations that measure six different gases, airflow rate and direction, humidity, wet/dry bulb temperature and barometric pressure.  All in a simple, compact and affordable - networkable - plug in station.  Read more here.

 

 

 

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Invitation to Industry-led Panel Discussion at PDAC Conference

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Technologies and Innovation - Disrupting the Industry

Global Business Reports 2019

Global Business Reports - Mining in Ontario and Toronto's Global Reach 2019 features an editorial on how Maestro is enabling the digital mine through connectivity at the working face. 
Turn to page 85 of the publication to learn more.

 

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Maestro launches the Ethernet/IO at the SME Conference

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Maestro Digital Mine launches its latest underground digital solution: EthernetI/O™
International Mining (press release)

'At the SME Annual Conference in Denver, Maestro Digital Mine has launched its latest digital solution, the EthernetI/O™. Maestro Digital Mine manufacturers Internet of Things (IoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimisation of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile communication. Maestro’s EthernetI/O™ “provides both remote I/O functions as well as two full PID control loops over standard industrial Ethernet communication protocols. EthernetI/O™ helps to reduce or eliminate the use of complex and expensive PLCs in the underground mine environment, saving both time and money.”' Read more here.

 

DIGITAL MINING: Maestro launches new solution to make the complex simple
Canadian Mining Journal

'DENVER – Maestro Digital Mine launched its latest digital solution, the EthernetI/O Maestro manufacturers internet of things (IoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile communication.
Maestro’s EthernetI/O is a simple solution to complex underground monitoring.
Maestro’s EthernetI/O provides both remote I/O functions as well as two full PID control loops over standard industrial Ethernet communication protocols. EthernetI/O helps to reduce or eliminate the use of complex and expensive PLCs in the underground mine environment, saving both time and money.' Read more here.

 

Maestro launches EthernetI/O at SME
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'Maestro Digital Mine manufactures Internet of Things (IoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimisation of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile communication.
Maestro's EthernetI/O provides both remote input/output (I/O) functions as well as two full proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control loops over standard industrial Ethernet communication protocols. EthernetI/O helps to reduce or eliminate the use of complex and expensive programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in the underground mine environment, saving both time and money.' Read more here.

 

Maestro Digital Mine launches latest digital solution
Global Mining Review

'On February 25 2019 at the SME Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, US, Maestro Digital Mine launched its latest digital solution, the EthernetI/O™.
Maestro Digital Mine manufacturers Internet of Things (IoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimisation of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile communication. Maestro’s EthernetI/O™ provides both remote I/O functions as well as two full PID control loops over standard industrial Ethernet communication protocols. EthernetI/O™ helps to reduce or eliminate the use of complex and expensive PLCs in the underground mine environment, saving both time and money.' Read more here.

 

Maestro develops product to replace PLCs
Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal

'Reduced capex, faster delivery. Maestro Digital Mine, the Sudbury-based company that developed the Vigilante Air Quality Monitoring System and the Plexus PowerNet that facilitates the deployment and maintenance of WiFi in underground mines, has launched a new product called Ethernet I/O to reduce the number of PLCs –programmable logic controllers – that are being installed underground. PLCs, says Michael Gribbons, vice-president, Maestro Digital Mine, are a huge expense and take too long to put together.' Read more here.

 

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Maestro Digital Mine – enabling digital mining through connectivity

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'One question has been at the backbone of David Ballantyne and Michael Gribbons’ partnership at Maestro Digital Mine: how to make the working conditions of underground mines safer while at the same time increasing productivity.

Maestro specializes in using technology to monitor and control the quality of the air to the mine workings.'

To read more turn to page 44 of The Drift - Mining in Northern Ontario magazine.

 

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Maestro Digital Mine hosts Industry-led Digital Mining Panel – Industry 4.0 in action at PDAC 2019

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On Monday, March 4, 2019, Maestro Digital Mine was proud to be hosting this Industry-led Panel Discussion on Implementation and Adoption of Digital Solutions into Operating Mines at the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase at the PDAC Conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to a packed house (over 120 people) from the global mining industry.

Group photo of MDM Panelists and organizers

The expert Panelists included: Theophile Yameogo, Vice President of Digital Innovation at Dundee Precious Metals; Ethan Hull, CEO of TECHrep Global, and formerly at Barrick Gold; Chris Burgess, Director of Innovation and Transformation at Yamana Gold; and Michel Samovojski, Technology Co-ordinator for the Canadian North-East District of Goldcorp. The panel was moderated by Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio’s National science program, Quirks and Quarks.
 
The Digital Mine is founded on the collection and use of data to provide operational visibility and decision support that help increase production, reduce costs and enhance worker safety.  The integration of Industrial Internet of Things (digital) solutions into mine operations have provided the foundational building blocks for the Digital Mine. The mining industry is embracing the term “Industry 4.0,” an interactive network of robotics, sensors, and machines regulated by data-driven computer algorithms and controlled via the Internet and its users across mining operations, driven by results. Enabling the Digital Mine starts with connectivity, a digital technology that Maestro Digital Mine specializes in delivering to the mining industry. 

What does Industry 4.0 look like to the mining industry in action? Digital transformation enables disruptive mining innovations, connecting mine wide systems, helping to unlock value and drive better safety and production outcomes!  Maestro Digital Mine brought together global mining leaders who are enabling digital technologies into operating mines. The Panel discussed valuable insights, successful integration examples, lessons learned and best practices & processes on how to improve safety, efficiency and productivity through integrating digital technologies into mine operations. Ultimately, discussing the future for advancing the digital mine!

To view video of panel session, CLICK HERE.


Panel Invite Poster

Here is a clip featuring the audience in attendance.

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Maestro Digital Mine in NOMS at PDAC 2019

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Media Coverage: 

'Data democracy' changing the mining industry
Northern Ontario Business

'Why should the mining industry go digital?
Several experts at the 2019 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention had their reasons, emphasizing that data is critical for all aspects of operations and gives all members ownership in the results. Sudbury’s Maestro Digital Mine hosted a special panel discussion on the subject at the convention’s Northern Ontario Mining Showcase on March 4.' Read more here.

 

The Challenges and Triumphs of [digitalization]
CANADIAN MINING JOURNAL

'The ongoing digitalization of mining is presenting both exciting results and plenty of challenges. A panel of experts at this year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto in March dished on both aspects to an audience of more than 120 gathered at the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase. Moderated by Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, and organized by Maestro Digital Mine, the panel discussed what the digital age is already enabling miners to do, how they see it progressing in future, and also shared their difficulties with the process. But first, they outlined why digitalization is so important to the mining industry.' Read more here.

 

Digital mining is here to stay, but there are some challenges
Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal

'Digital mining is here to stay for Canadian mining companies but there are still some challenges to be overcome. That was the consensus of a group of mining executives who took part in the panel discussion hosted by the Maestro Digital Mine company of Sudbury at the annual convention of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) held in March. The event was one of the key presentations at the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase and was moderated by Bob McDonald, the well-known hosts of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks science program.' Read more here.

 

The challenges and triumphs of digitization
Canadian Mining

‘PDAC panel dishes on mining sector’s digital journey. The ongoing digitalization of mining is presenting both exciting results and plenty of challenges. A panel of experts at this year’s Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention in Toronto in March dished on both aspects to an audience of more than 120 gathered at the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase. Moderated by Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio’s Quirks and Quarks, and organized by Maestro Digital Mine, the panel discussed what the digital age is already enabling miners to do, how they see it progressing in future, and also shared their difficulties with the process. But first, they outlined why digitalization is so important to the mining industry.’ Read more here.

 

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Ensuring continuous communication

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'Communications systems for underground mines have changed a lot in the last decade but still have a vital role in safety and operations underground,' finds Ailbhe Goodbody, Mining Magazine

Maestro Digital Mine works with mining companies globally to address the challenges associated with traditional communication backbone solutions.

Its Plexus PowerNet™, which is one of the first powered coaxial gigabit networks, delivers a high-speed, low-latency digital communication network that provides PoE+ [powerover- Ethernet] power to WAPs [wireless access points], cameras and any other IP-based device. Gribbons says: “The system eliminates the need for costly outside fibre optic contractors and can be installed and maintained by any internal tradesperson or development miner.”

It provides a robust, simple-to-deploy, one-cable solution for network connectivity. Gribbons states: “Plexus makes installation simple, using a single coaxial cable that carries both power and network connectivity. This eliminates the need to run both fibre and power to new network devices.” It is designed to simplify the installation, extension and maintenance of the network, while enabling high-bandwidth, low-latency, low-jitter data and endpoint power using coaxial copper cable. Gribbons says: “The termination process now becomes easy and cost-effective, utilising basic tools. A termination can be completed by any tradesperson in less than two minutes.”

In addition, the nodes provide an easy way to terminate, troubleshoot and deploy standard based IP devices from the Plexus PowerNet™ embedded network switch.

The Plexus PowerNet™ is currently installed and being expanded at 20 mines in Canada, the US, Spain and Finland. “Our current clients have compared other gigabit network solutions and concluded that CAPEX can be decreased in the area of 40-60% without any compromise of network speed or capability,” explains Gribbons. “The Plexus PowerNet™ can be used in mines with or without a fibre optic network. The Plexus has been designed for the quickest, simplest and least expensive ‘last mile’ of communication.”

Maestro continues to develop Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and LTE devices and networks. Gribbons says: “LTE is being attempted at a few mines in Canada but so far, the current technology is not available for accurate tracking. Likely in the next five years, this will be addressed but for today, 802.11 Wi-Fi is the only network that can handle all of today’s use cases.”

Read more of the article here (PDF).

Link to article at Mining Magazine here.

 

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Maestro Digital Mine feature interview in the GBR’s Quebec Mining Report

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The Global Business Report’s Quebec Mining Report to be launched at the upcoming CIM conference in Montreal, features mining companies and suppliers making an impact in the Quebec Mining Industry.


View Pre-release of Global Business Report’s Quebec Mining Report HERE.

GBR’s interview with Michael Gribbon’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Co-founder, Maestro Digital Mine.


Can you introduce our readers to Maestro Digital Mine and the company’s evolution?

Maestro provides Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions to the global mining industry. Today, Maestro Digital Mine provides a complete mine ventilation and automation network backbone and rugged IIoT devices designed specifically for underground mines that deliver energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards.

We are based in a 150-year-old mining area known as the Sudbury Basin. We decided to shift the focus of our business to exports due to the technological gaps in the underground mining sector. We started creating digital solutions for ventilation monitoring and controlling for the underground mining sector. The ventilation solutions improve the underground work environment while still providing the mining companies a solution to increase production, conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases. As mines go deeper, temperatures rise and require more energy to adequately ventilate, which then becomes a greater financial factor. We quickly realized that our customers faced significant challenges to obtain real time data at the face in terms of simplicity, cost and the ability to advance the network using any tradesperson or development miner.

Will the growth in the renewable energies sector result in less need for ventilation?

We do not believe this will happen because a mine still needs to be cooled and ventilated. The amount of ventilation required could reduce in real terms, especially if it is a shallow mine. If it is a deep mine, environmental conditions need to be controlled to ensure the safety and comfort of underground employees. The advent of our ventilation equipment has assisted mines in reaching depths that, 20 years ago, were not financially viable to access.

What is the Plexus PowerNet and how did the idea come about?

Currently, our flagship product the Vigilante AQS™ is a complete air quality monitoring system that accurately measures airflow rate, direction, wet and dry bulb temperature, gas concentration and dust particulate – enabling miners to return to the face sooner and safer. This product is compact, easy to install and easy to train people to use. Best of all, the system is 50-70% less expensive than alternate conventional options.

The Plexus PowerNet™ is our newest digital solution and quickly becoming a best seller. Collaborating with mining companies around the world to address the challenges that many of our customers encountered when connecting our ventilation solutions to their own networks, we identified a gap in the market. We aided in tackling the challenges associated with traditional communication backbone solutions (broadband and fibre). The Plexus PowerNet™ system quickly extends communications using existing infrastructure to the working face. Plexus PowerNet™ delivers a high bandwidth, low latency digital communication network that provides PoE+ power to Wireless Access Points (WAPs), cameras and any other IP based device. The system eliminates the need for costly outside fiber optic contractors and can be installed and maintained by any internal tradesperson or development miner.

With factors such a blast concussion and damage due to mobile equipment movement, fiber optic cabling is at a major disadvantage. We designed a last-mile communication leg to extend the network from the level entry network switch to the face. The reach from the substation to the inner workings of the mine vary, but we haven’t seen anything further than 700 m. We now provide MHSA approved flexible stranded coaxial cable that provides gigabit data and power right to the face.

You do hardware and firmware design in house. Why have you chosen that model?

Many mine supply companies will purchase commercial-grade equipment and wrap it in a hard box. This frustrates the mining industry as commercial equipment is available relatively cheaply, but product design or software changes to these products are not possible. We have the ability to adopt new ideas from our mining customers and produce a product totally in-house. This allows us to come to market quickly and continue to make incremental changes to improve the product.

What are key features a mining company needs to take into consideration when selecting new technology?

Some rapidly expanding companies have installed technology that was not suited for underground requirements and very difficult to maintain and advance. We urge our mining clients to test their proof of concept for all current and future applications before deciding the best methodology. Some have succeeded, but we believe it is better to do a few levels to ensure that all the moving parts work correctly. Capital can then be raised once the technology has been tested and approved. Start small, prove the technology and then move quickly to a full mine wide solution.

Does Maestro Digital have any new products launching soon and what are the future objectives for the company?

When the Plexus was launched, it began with a change from a rigid cable to flexible coaxial cable and was completed within six months with one of our partners. Other changes were carried out from a security standpoint – servers are being hacked and mining companies are very cautious. Ensuring we were up to date with all security features was critical to us and our customers. Smaller companies tend to have less stringent software security requirements than the bigger companies such as Barrick, Goldcorp, BHP and Glencore. Thus, our engineering costs are very high as we progress past the original project requirements. We believe it is the correct way to do it, but it involves a massive investment in capital on our part.

We have four new products in the pipeline for this year. The Vigilante AQS – our best-selling air quality monitoring station – is going through a complete redesign. It will have on-board Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth and LTE wireless communication capabilities. Another product we just launched at SME conference in February 2019 is called EthernetI/O™ that provides both remote I/O functions as well as two full PID control loops over standard industrial Ethernet communication protocols. EthernetI/O™ helps to reduce or eliminate the use of complex and expensive PLCs in the underground mine environment, saving both time and money. Maestro has successful deployed this solution in some of the largest global mining companies which include Rio Tinto, BHP, Vale and several small to medium sized mining operations.

What is the vision for Maestro Digital Mine?

Our vision is changing the way that underground mines communicate and to strip out complexity in automation jobs and make configuration flexible and easy.

Since its inception, Maestro has morphed into a technology company. Maestro Digital Mine manufacturers IoT and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile communication. It works on concepts like how to apply IoT technology to systems, sensors and processes. The ultimate goal is to facilitate increased production rates and worker health and safety improvements while at the same time driving down equipment and installation costs. Current installations at over 120 mines globally aligns Maestro as a global leader in the IoT underground sector.

Read GBR’s interview with Michael Gribbon’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Co-founder, Maestro Digital Mine on their website here.

 

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Maestro Digital Mine and Newmont Goldcorp Joint Case Study Presentation at CIM Convention

CIM Innovation Stage Presentation Invite

 

Présentation CIM scène de l’innovation, en français, ici.

 

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Invitation to a Digital Solution Launch at CIM

Invitation to a product launch at CIM Convention

 

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Maestro Launches Zephyr AQS - New Digital IIoT Mine Ventilation Solution at CIM convention

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DIGITAL IoT: Maestro launches Zephyr AQS air monitor
Canadian Mining Journal

'Sudbury’s Maestro Digital Mine launched  its latest digital IIoT solution, the Zephyr AQS at the recent CIM convention and trade show. The Zephyr AQS is a compact, low cost environmental air quality monitoring station for underground mines. The Zephyr AQS is an IIoT device that connects directly to an industrial network without the requirement of adding an expensive and complex programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and several analog based instruments. Since it is a digital device, not only are the real time environmental conditions reported back to surface via a single ethernet connection, but all the advanced diagnostic data is available, too, assuring maximum uptime.' Read more here.

 

Maestro Digital Mines’ Zephyr AQS leaves its mark at CIM convention
International Mining

'Maestro Digital Mine has used the backdrop of the CIM Convention and Exhibition, in Montreal, Quebec, to launch its latest digital industrial internet of things (IIoT) solution, the Zephyr AQS™. Maestro’s Zephyr AQS is a compact, low cost environmental air quality monitoring station for underground mines. It is an IIoT device that connects directly to an industrial network without the requirement of adding an expensive and complex programmable logic controller (PLCs) and several analogue-based instruments, the company said. “Since it is a digital device, not only are the real time environmental conditions reported back to surface via a single ethernet connection, but all the advanced diagnostic data is available too, assuring maximum uptime,” Maestro said.' Read more here.

 

Maestro Launches New Digital IIoT Mine Ventilation Solution at CIM
SAMSSA

'Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 29, 2019 at the CIM Convention and Exhibition, booth 408, Maestro Digital Mine launched its latest digital IIoT solution, the Zephyr AQS™. Maestro’s Zephyr AQS™ is a compact, low cost environmental air quality monitoring station for underground mines. The Zephyr AQS™ is an IIoT device that connects directly to an industrial network without the requirement of adding an expensive and complex programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and several analog based instruments. Since it is a digital device, not only are the real time environmental conditions reported back to surface via a single ethernet connection, but all the advanced diagnostic data is available too assuring maximum uptime. Read more here.

 

Maestro pleased with response to Zephyr AQS™
Mining Magazine

'Maestro Digital Mine spoke exclusively to Mining Magazine about the launch of the Zephyr AQS at CIM 2019.. Read more here.

 

New mine-ventilation monitoring device created by Maestro
Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal

‘Sudbury based Maestro Digital Mine launched a new digital IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) solution for mining ventilation at the annual CIM convention held in Montreal in April.
The new device, the the Zephyr AQS™, is described as a compact, low cost environmental air quality monitoring station for underground mines, said a company news release.’ Read more here.

 

Maestro Launches New Digital IIoT Mine Ventilation Solution
MSTACanada - Mining Suppliers Trade Association

‘Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 29, 2019 at the CIM Convention and Exhibition, booth 408, Maestro Digital Mine launched its latest digital IIoT solution, the Zephyr AQS™. Maestro’s Zephyr AQS™ is a compact, low cost environmental air quality monitoring station for underground mines. The Zephyr AQS™ is an IIoT device that connects directly to an industrial network without the requirement of adding an expensive and complex programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and several analog based instruments. Since it is a digital device, not only are the real time environmental conditions reported back to surface via a single ethernet connection, but all the advanced diagnostic data is available too assuring maximum uptime.’ Read more here.

 

 

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Maestro’s own Shannon Katary wins National Mining Award at CIM convention

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Sudbury is known for mining excellence and over the years several Sudburians and Sudbury based operating mines and service and supply companies have been recognized for their achievements through the CIM National Awards. CIM 2019 convention would continue this tradition as Sudbury leaders brought home the hardware once again!

This year, at the CIM-Caterpillar Celebration of Excellence, on Monday, April 29, 2019 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, Shannon Katary, Director of Marketing and Communications, Maestro Digital Mine, received the CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award, for exceptional achievement and potential of young Canadian mining leaders.

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The CIM–Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Awards encourages and accelerates the development of leadership in Canadian mining by recognizing outstanding achievement and potential of young Canadian mining leaders. It recognizes workers 39 years of age or under for exceptional achievement, as well as their potential for future leadership in various sectors of mining, including: corporate performance, operations, finance, technical services and innovation, marketing and trading, as well as services and support functions.

Shannon Katary is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Maestro Digital Mine. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of the marketing and communications strategy. As a senior member of the team, she manages and develops the strategic branding, technical writing (internal and external messaging), builds and strengths community and client relations, event coordination, photography, media and public relations for Maestro’s digital solutions. Previously, she held the position of Vice President of Marketing and Communications for CEMI – Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation and the Ultra Deep Mining Network (UDMN).

In her 13 years and counting in the mining industry, Katary has communicated, inspired and connected the world to the importance of mining. For Katary, accelerating the Canadian mining innovation advantage is a lifetime career and volunteer path where she gets to use her superpowers to communicate ideas into tangible commercially viable products and services for the global mining industry. She is at her core, a storyteller who bring the story to life!

She serves on a variety of volunteer organizations in her community such as Executive for MMTS - Modern Mining & Technology Sudbury, Executive for MECA Symposium and Dynamic Earth’s Go Deeper Committee. She is a keynote speaker at various mining events such as the Women in Mining Northern Ontario Chapter. Has served on the Board of the Walden Mountain Bike Club (6 years). In 2009, she received the Civic Award for Volunteerism from the City of Greater Sudbury. In 2013, Shannon was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 Sudbury by Northern Ontario Business.

Shannon shared the stage with Elenor Siebring, Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, Canada for Westmoreland Mining Holdings LLC; Darren Nathan, General Foreman of Operations and Maintenance for Raglan Mine – Concentrator, A Glencore Company; and Dr. Agus Sasmito, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mining and Materials Engineering at McGill University.

For a complete list of the 2019 CIM Awards winners visit: https://www.cim.org/awards/

 

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Realtime data means more time at the face

Written by Shannon Katary, Director of Marketing and Communications, Maestro Digital Mine

As mines continue to go deeper underground and embrace new digital technologies, the primary goal is to ensure the safety of the underground miners.

Maestro Digital Mine manufacturers Internet of Things (IoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile of communication.

Maestro designs and manufactures products exclusively for the underground mine automation, IT and ventilation sector that delivers energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards.

Read more of the Canadian Mining article here.

 

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Changing the Face of Mine Ventilation

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Advances in smart controls, sensors and IoT-enabled devices are providing new tools for miners tackling the ever-increasing challenge of ventilating their underground operations.

Ventilation systems are the largest consumers of power in underground mines, accounting for upward of 50% of energy use. Saving on energy costs and ensuring personnel receive clean air where and when they need it is now a business imperative for mine operators, who are employing a new generation of smart digital technologies to monitor and optimize ventilation systems and ensure a safe working environment.

While digital tools are relatively new to the mining industry, the key components of mine ventilation systems have not changed signifi cantly in the past 20-30 years, and their primary role remains unchanged: to remove build-up of harmful gases and contaminants from underground workings, and to provide and circulate a source of clean, breathable air to miners working deep underground.

Read more of the article in E&MJ here.

 

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A breath of fresh air

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Ventilation systems have become a lot more elaborate in the last few decades, providing monitoring, cooling and automated functions to allow for optimal clean air distribution.

As battery-electric vehicles and machine automation start to impact the underground environment, Dan Gleeson spoke to several of the major solution providers to find out how they are reacting to this evolution.

The need to go deeper in search of ore is causing mining companies to reconsider the use of innovative and digitallyenhanced technologies to look for profitable ways to develop new mining horizons. With increasing depth comes increasing complexity, whether that is water ingress, heat, or exposure to harmful gases. This makes having a robust, efficient and cost effective ventilation system integral.

The ability to electrify underground mining equipment on a large scale has helped alleviate some of the cost and energy pressure put on miners plunging deeper underground. For instance, the use of electric vehicles at Glencore’s Onaping Depth project, in Sudbury, Canada, which is set to reach 2,600 m below surface, is expected to reduce its energy usage by 44% for ventilation systems and by 30% for cooling equipment, compared with an equivalent diesel-fuelled operation.

Read more of the article in International Mining Magazine here (PDF).

 

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Enabling The Digital Mine

The concept of Enabling the Digital Mine is founded on the use of critical data to increase production, reduce costs and enhance worker safety.

Most often, underground mines choose fibre optic cable as the means to extend connectivity from each level out to the working areas. in addition, a separate cable run is required to power the wireless access points, cameras and other end-point devices.

Fibre presents several challenges to the underground mining industry; for instance, terminating fibre underground is difficult, time-consuming and requires expensive specialized training, which is frequently the biggest contributing factor limiting the advance of connectivity. These types of delays inhibit the agility and pace needed to enable the digital mine and bring communications to the mine face.

Identifying the mining industry’s rising demand for real time data, Maestro Digital Mine works with mining companies around the world, such as Newmont Goldcorp. to address the challenges associated with traditional communication backbone solutions (broadband and fibre).

Read more of the article in Global Mining Review here (PDF).

 

 

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Looking to an LTE future

LTE private networks are booming in mining now both surface and underground, driven by the greater demands of multiple applications and the speed of automation implementation meaning WiFi cannot always deliver, reports Paul Moore.


On 66 page: Maestro Plexus at Borden

Identifying the mining industry’s rising demand for real-time data, Maestro Digital Mine works with mining companies around the world, such as Newmont Goldcorp, to address the challenges associated with traditional communication backbone solutions (broadband and fibre).Newmont Goldcorp’s Borden Mine became one of the first mines to integrate Maestro Digital Mine’s Plexus PowerNet™, which it says addresses the challenges associated with extending fibre optic-based communication backbone solutions for “last mile” data applications. Newmont Goldcorp’s Borden Mine is located in Northern Canada, 11 km northeast of Chapleau, Ontario.

Read more of the article in International Mining Magazine here (PDF).

Please follow this link to the latest issue https://im-mining.com/

 

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Maestro rolls up its sleeves to facilitate the digital mine

Enabling the mine of the future

Maestro Digital Mines cofounder and vice-president of marketing and sales Michael Gribbons isn’t above playing barista at the espresso station at the company’s Lively, Ont., office during a visit by CMJ.

In fact, Gribbons not only makes a mean latte, but he also grabs a mop and bucket to clean up a spill made by a colleague in the kitchen.

His attitude seems to sum up nicely the way things work at Maestro, a fast-growing, roll-up-your-sleeves type of company.

With products now in over 125 mines around the world since the company’s inception in 2011, Maestro runs lean, with fewer than 25 employees.

Maestro’s initial offering in the underground mining space was its Vigilante AQS air monitoring solution. Now, its product range includes real-time air quality monitoring, fan and dust monitoring equipment, and also extends into communications solutions that are essential to the digitalization of underground mining.

Read more of the article in Canadian Mining Journal Magzine here.

 

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Fortin Discovery Lab – An Innovative Talent Development Think Tank

Jahanzeb Sohail, an electrical engineer with Maestro Digital Lab, carefully monitors EMC testing of a product in the final stages of development.

The Fortin Discovery Lab, which opened November 5, 2014, is the brainchild of Tom Fortin, founder of Ontrak Control Systems.

Located in the NORCAT Innovation Mill in Sudbury, the goal of the centre is to develop entrepreneurial talent. Thanks to a FedNor contribution of $400,000, the lab features 3-D printers, as well as equipment for computer numerical controlled mold making, laser micromachining and electromagnetic compatibility certification. With its state-of-the-art tools, the Discovery Lab helps engineers and technologists transform concepts into certified products ready for export anywhere in the world.

Frustrated that so many products are being manufactured overseas, Fortin created the lab to help people acquire the skills needed to create a strong, innovative manufacturing sector here in Northern Ontario. In addition, by helping people design and produce their own products, it supports regional job and wealth creation.

Read more of the article in the Fednor section of the Government of Canada website here.

 

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Striving to understand the mining workforce of the future

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Sudbury mining panelists discuss how to recruit, retain employees in the digital age.

It is going to take imagination, better communications and some good listening skills for the mining industry to attract and retain enough workers skilled in data-driven and digital technology.

Those were some of the comments during a recent panel discussion held in Sudbury at the annual general meeting of SAMSSA (Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association).

SAMSSA Panel Overview

“Were as”… Collaboration is vital to advancing the Mining Industry,  is often one of the most challenging to accomplish and can be riddled with barriers to success. “Be it resolved” to better understand, what does it take to overcome these challenges and what actions, processes and people can break through the complexities of collaborating with others? We are going to dive into tangible technology solutions use cases, lessons learned, and takeaways from the very people and groups working to bridge the collaboration gap, thus putting mining on the leading edge of technology and innovation.

Photo taken by Len Gillis.

From Left to right: Roy Slack, President of the CIM Association; Shayne Wisniewski, General Manager of Mining Projects, Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations; Michael Gribbons, Co-Founder and VP of Sales and Marketing, Maestro Digital Mine; Lynn Iturregui, Project Management – Mining, Hatch; and moderated by Shannon Katary, Maestro Digital Mine.

Read more of the article in the Northern Ontario Business website here.

 

 

 

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Enabling ventilation monitoring to provide real-time data means and safer conditions

The Vigilante AQS™ and the Zephyr AQS™ are both used to monitor the environmental conditions underground.

The Vigilante AQS™ Air Quality Station provides the ultimate system with up to eight different real-time sensors, advanced diagnostics and control functions. The Zephyr AQS™ Air Quality Station is a lower cost system that uses the same reliable sensors and advanced diagnostics but with only three different real-time sensors on-board.  It was determined that the Zephyr AQS™ will handle approximately 75% of our current applications at a lower cost. Both systems plug directly into a network switch thereby eliminating the requirement of expensive and complex PLCs (programmable logic controllers).  By doing so, this eliminates upwards to 50-80% of the CAPEX requirements.

Maestro continues to develop products that are fully open and agnostic using industry standard communication protocols like Modbus TCP/IP and EtherNet/IP.

Read More on this Maestro article on page 128-129 of the PotashWorks 2020 Publication. 

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Save the Date: Invitation to an Industry-led Panel Discussion hosted by Maestro Digital Mines at PDAC

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Maestro Digital Mine is hosting an Industry-led Panel Discussion on:

Communication Infrastructure: Building the Digital Highway to Connectivity Underground

Monday, March 2 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

PDAC Conference, Northern Ontario Mining Showcase Pavilion #6501N, North Building, MTCC, Toronto, ON

Join Panelists from mining companies – Newmont, Trevali, Yamana Gold and Vale – leading the Digital Transformation to discuss and debate underground communications infrastructure (LTE, Wi-Fi, leaky feeder and fiber-optic networks). (Stay tuned for more information on our panelists.)

This panel will be moderated by the host of TVO’s The Agenda, Steve Paikin.

The panelists are:

  • Matthew Curtis, Senior Technology Manager, Newmont
  • Derek du Preez, Chief Technology Officer, Trevali
  • Chris Burgess, Director Innovation & Transformation, Yamana Gold
  • Anthony Downs, Digital Leader, Vale

Discuss the applications that are driving the need for connectivity to improve production, reduce costs and enable worker safety. Determine what technology solutions are best suited for what specific challenge underground. Bridging the gap between OT and IT to better integrate technology in operating mines. Break through the unknowns about connectivity underground.

Arrive early, seating is limited. All are welcome.

Visit the Maestro booth in the NOMS pavilion Booth 75 to learn about our Plexus PowerNet - last mile communications network solution that helps to enable the digital mine.

 

 

 

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Interview with Michael Gribbons for the Global Business Report – Mining in Ontario 2020

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Michael Gribbons
Co-Founder and Vice President – Sales & Marketing, Maestro Digital Mine

 

What have been the important milestones achieved by Maestro Digital Mine (MDM) in 2019?

The Zephyr AQSTM Air Quality Station, a new product launched at the CIM Convention in Montreal 2019, has been a huge success. The Zephyr AQS™ is a low-cost air quality monitoring station for underground mines that now completes internally with the gold standard – Vigilante AQS™ air quality station. We looked at our existing Vigilante AQS™ market data to find out who are users were and what they were currently buying. With that information, we designed a product to fit a profile that matched 75% of our current buyers. The flaw of many technology companies is to hang on to a product too long and fail to innovate. At the moment, we do not have any serious competition but we know it is a matter of time before we do. With that in mind, we decided to be our own competitor and Zephyr AQS™ is part of that ambition. Initially we thought the product would do well in our Latin American and African markets, but it has done well everywhere including USA and Canada.

We now supply technology solutions to over 130 mines world-wide. An important development in 2019 was entering the Argentinian market through partnerships with Newmont Gold and Yamana Gold. Maestro works with companies that want to revolutionize the way mines operate; our communication networks and visualization equipment play a pivotal role.

Read More on this interview at Global Business Report.

 

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No need to apologize. We’re a mining town.

Cover of 2020 Sudbury Vision for the Future

Future success will come from cleaner, safer technologies.

Sudbury doesn’t like to think of itself as a mining town. It brings up images of deserted wastelands. Sudbury has spent half a century fighting this impression. But the raison d'être of Sudbury fundamentally remains mining. Think mining in a much broader sense than just Glencore and Vale, stacks, headframes, ore trucks and slag.

Oh, there is no denying significant employment and value in other sectors – government, education, health care, manufacturing and construction – across the Sudbury economy, but subtract mining, and…well, do the math.

Read More on this article written by Hugh Kruzel for 2020 Sudbury - Vision for the Future publication HERE

View PDF of the article HERE.

 

 

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SME Annual Conference and Expo 2020

February 23-26, 2020
Phoenix Convention Centre, Phoenix, Arizona 

For more details, click HERE.

Visit the Maestro Digital Mine Booth #1806 and meet the team:
Michael Gribbons, Jacob Lachapelle and Cindy Chesney to learn more about how Maestro is delivering digital solutions to the mining industry.

Maestro Digital Mine manufacturers Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile of communication. Maestro designs and manufactures products exclusively for the underground mine automation, IT and ventilation sector that delivers energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards

 

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Vigilante AQS™ - Enabling underground mine air quality monitoring station

Improved air quality means more time at the face

As mines continue to go deeper underground and embrace new digital technologies, the primary goal is to ensure the safety of the underground miners. Maestro Digital Mine manufacturers Internet of Things (IoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile of communication. Maestro designs and manufactures products exclusively for the underground mine automation, IT and ventilation sector that delivers energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards..

Read More on this Maestro article on the Mining Magazine website. 

 

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In full flow

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Ailbhe Goodbody speaks to Maestro Digital Mine’s Michael Gribbons about the latest trends in mine ventilation and how the company is going from strength to strength

It has several large projects in the execution phase at mines belonging to various mining companies, including Vale, Glencore, Barrick Gold, Newmont and many other mid-tier mining companies.

The company has had several product launches in the past year. Its EthernetI/O, which made its debut at the SME conference and expo in Denver, US, in February 2019, is a digital solution that helps to reduce or eliminate the use of complex and expensive programmable logic controllers (PLCs) in the underground mine environment.

Read More on this Maestro article in Mining Magazine March 2020 Issue (PDF). 

 

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Mining in Ontario and Toronto’s Global Reach 2020

Cover of Mining in Ontario and Toronto’s Global Reach 2020

The complete publication of Mining in Ontario and Toronto's Global Reach 2020 is now on line for viewing.

Read Mike Gribbons comments on page 104 regarding what is at the top of mining companies agenda and his interview with Global Business Reports on page 109.

View PDF on the Global Business Reports website HERE.

 

 

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Maestro is expanding to Latin America

Maestro is expanding to Latin America

By Shannon Katary
March 1, 2020 Issue of the Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal

As Maestro Digital Mine continues to expand into global mining markets, it is important to understand the market; partner with associations that assist with market research and B2B meetings (such as SAMSSA, Northern Ontario Export Program led by the GSDC and MSTA); and then align the right team to support the distribution chain. 

Maestro is well on its way to bringing Canadian built and designed digital solutions to the Latin American marketplace in 2020 and beyond. Maestro Digital Mine is a manufacturer of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and digital networks for the last mile of communication. Their products are made exclusively for the underground mine automation, technology (IT) and ventilation sectors.

To date, Maestro has successful launched their products in over 130 mines, in over 20 countries around the world. This Sudbury based company prides itself on their brand promise, “we leave no one stranded” which is proving to serve them well as they grow into new markets and strengthen existing customer relations. Their leadership team will not go ahead with a new development project unless they can offer a 50% CAPEX reduction over the current methodology and/or reduce the integration time by 50%. This is a big hurdle to climb in their evaluation of new products but assures the team that they will have winners if executed properly. Flagship solutions such as the Vigilante AQS™ and Zephyr AQS™ – air quality monitoring stations and the Plexus PowerNet™ are product lines developed, in partnership with the mines, addressing the industries current “bottlenecks” or challenges.

In 2019, Maestro started the process to develop distribution partners in Latin America. Cindy Chesney, Director, Global Partnership at Maestro and leading the Sales in Latin America, highlighted that, “This is the ideal geographical location to expand in this open market with many opportunities to bring digital transformation to the mines to increase safety and productivity rates with simple, enabling solutions that can be maintained by the people at the mines.” Maestro has established four new distributors/agents located in Argentina, Chile, Peru and Mexico.

Chesney remarks, “The high value of Trade Missions, such as the recent, SAMSSA Trade mission to Chile (January 2020), aids in minimizing the risk in exploring new markets, thus creating a competitive advantage for Canadian suppliers. They provide valuable market insight by being present and in front of potential clients and mines, with a hands on view of the market potential and challenges. The networking and face to face meetings gives suppliers the “boots on the street” needed to find the right distribution partners and operating mines. Our Distribution channels are vital to our success in this area and as part of the Maestro Sales team, provide valuable feedback, access and service to potential clients in Latin America.”

Most recently, Maestro successfully landed sales in Mexico, and Argentina. In Argentina, Yamana Gold’s Cerro Morro Mine is installing the Plexus PowerNet™, As well as with Newmont GoldCorp’s Cerro Negro mine for Plexus PowerNet™ – last mile communication solution. “With the support of our distribution partners, we are proud to be enabling worker safety and productivity in the mines of Latin America. It is through a collaborative model that Canadian Suppliers can impact positive change in the global mining industry”, states Co-Founder of Maestro, Michael Gribbons.

Read More on this article in Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal Magazine March 1, 2020 Issue. 

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Maestro Digital Mine makes connections in Latin America

Maestro is expanding to Latin America

Posted by Daniel Gleeson
3rd April 2020
IM Mining Publication

Maestro Digital Mine’s Latin America expansion is gaining traction, with the Sudbury-based company recently landing sales from major gold mines in Argentina.

Its flagship Industrial Internet of Things measurement and control instrumentation solutions, such as the Vigilante AQS™ and Zephyr AQS™ air quality monitoring stations, and the Plexus PowerNet™ last mile communication platform, are designed to provide the visibility and communication miners require to keep up productivity and improve safety while operating at increasing depths.

Having successful launched these products in over 130 mines, in more than 20 countries around the world, Maestro started its strategic outreach and market research in Latin America last year.

Maestro’s says its distribution channels are vital to its success in this area and, as part of the Maestro sales team, provide valuable feedback, access and service to potential clients in Latin America.

Read More on this article in IM Mining Publication April 3, 2020 Issue. 

 

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Maestro Hosted 2nd Industry-led Digital Mining Panel at PDAC 2020

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Maestro Digital Mine hosted an Industry-led Panel Discussion on Communication Infrastructure: Building the Digital Highway to Connectivity Underground to a packed house (over 250ppl) on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at the PDAC Conference, in the Northern Ontario Mining Showcase (NOMS) Pavilion in Toronto, Ontario.

Panelists: Anthony Downs, Digital Leader, Vale; Matthew Curtis, Senior Technology Manager, Newmont; Chris Burgess, Director Innovation & Transformation, Yamana Gold; and Derek du Preez, Chief Technology Officer, Trevali. This panel was moderated by the legendary and host of TVO’s The Agenda, Steve Paikin.

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Panelists from mining companies leading the Digital Transformation discussed and debated underground communications infrastructure (LTE, Wi-Fi, leaky feeder and fiber-optic networks). Discussed the applications that are driving the need for connectivity to improve production, reduce costs and enable worker safety. Determined what technology solutions are best suited for what specific challenge underground. Bridging the gap between OT and IT to better integrate technology in operating mines. Break through the unknowns about connectivity underground. 

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What does Industry 4.0 look like to the mining industry in action? Digital transformation enables disruptive mining innovations, connecting mine wide systems, helping to unlock value and drive better safety and production outcomes!  Maestro Digital Mine brought together global mining leaders who are enabling digital technologies into operating mines. The Panel discussed valuable insights, successful integration examples, lessons learned and best practices & processes on how to improve safety, efficiency and productivity through integrating digital technologies into mine operations. Ultimately, discussing the future for advancing the digital mine!

To Learn more about Maestro Digital Mine and our last mile communication solution – Plexus PowerNet™, click here.

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SUPPLIERS: How Maestro is navigating through the COVID crisis

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When the COVID-19 crisis started to ramp up globally in March, Michael Gribbons, cofounder of Lively, Ont.-based Maestro Digital Mine, spent hours each day trying to learn as much as possible about the novel coronavirus and get a sense of its big picture implications.

“The safety of the miners both nationally and globally is of utter critical importance to us, it’s really our key purpose,” said Gribbons, who’s also the company’s vice-president of marketing and sales. “So we have to remain open, there’s no other way.”

Maestro makes environmental sensors, as well as easy-to-install hardware that allows digital communications at the mine face. Its products are aimed at improving both safety and productivity in underground mines. As an Ontario-based supplier to the mining sector, the company operates as an essential service and has been exempted from province-mandated closures of non-essential businesses that started Mar. 24.

At the start of the crisis, the company put a leadership team and plan in place to ensure that first, the team and their family members stayed healthy, and second, the company remained financially healthy. (With David Ballantyne, Maestro’s cofounder and vice-president of development and technology, having a spouse and two daughters working in the health care system, the fight against COVID-19 is personal.) 

Read More on this article on the Canadian Mining Journal website (April 20, 2020).  

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Will the pandemic drive digital adoption?

Importance of digital technology in mining in light of COVID-19.

Every business that has been able to remain open through the COVID-19 pandemic has had to find new ways of working. For many of us, that’s meant working through technical challenges of remote access while also finding a way to manage family demands such as child care and/or home schooling.

Remote work isn’t an option for most mine operations staff.

Mining companies are used to adjusting on the fly to industry shocks – they have plans to deal with changes in commodity prices, sudden policy changes, and political crises in jurisdictions where they are active. But the pandemic has thrown the industry some curveballs. One of the things that miners hadn’t considered in their crisis management plans is the challenge of physical distancing at operations.

Guided by advice from health authorities, the industry has collaborated widely to come up with best practices to protect their employees and the communities in which they work, including the use of PPE where physical distancing isn’t possible. (see page 32).

In the absence of a vaccine, testing will also become an important tool, as underlined by an outbreak at Fortuna Silver Mines’ Caylloma mine in Peru in late April. The company reported six workers – all asympomatic – had tested positive for the virus. Meanwhile Barrick Gold has invested in 800,000 antibody tests, secured from multiple vendors, and Agnico Eagle Mines has started a pilot project for a virus test that can produce quick results to screen workers at its Nunavut operations.

Read More on this article in Canadian Mining Journal May 2020 Issue.

 

 

 

 

 

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Maestro Digital Mine COVID-19 Policy Plan

At Maestro Digital Mine, we continue doing business so that we can provide quality service and support to our clients and community members through these unprecedented times.

Our team will continue to provide full support and service to our customers, partners, suppliers and distributors.

Please review our Covid-19 Protocols for Maestro Digital Mine (PDF)

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Maestro Digital Mine deemed an essential service to the mining resource sector and remains focused on the health and safety of our employees.

Maestro continues to provide support to the underground mining sector, keeping miners safe with gas sensors and airflow sensors.

Our team is staying well informed and complying on all recommendations from the Canadian government and health agencies such as the CDC and WHO.

At Maestro Digital Mine, we leave no one stranded.

For customer support services email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dial +1 (705) 805-6918.

 

Ongoing coverage and updates from by Daniel Gleeson at the International Mining Magazine.

Quebec miners shut down operations following COVID-19 government order...

Maestro Digital Mine one of the recent Ontario-based suppliers to confirm it was “deemed an essential service”. It said it would continue to provide support to the underground mining sector, “keeping miners safe with gas sensors and airflow sensors” during this time.

Read More on this article in International Mining Magazine March 2020 Issue.

 

As businesses start to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt it important to communicate with our valued clients, contacts and friends during this time.

We will continue doing business so that we can support one another and help clients and community members through these unprecedented times.

Maestro Digital Mine is focused on the health and safety of our employees. In order to protect the health and well being of our staff, their families, and our community at large and to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we have provided staff the tools and resources to work remotely. Employees doing essential work at the office and at client sites are following site protocols and to reduce exposure by avoiding unnecessary contact and working from home when possible.

We remain open, with multiple lines of communication activated to ensure business as usual continuity. Our team will continue to provide full support and service to our customers, partners, suppliers and distributors.

  • We will remain available for phone calls, emails and online chats and video conferencing as required from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST, Monday to Friday.
  • Our emergency service will remain available 24/7, always using recommended practices to limit the spread of the virus and following client site protocols.
  • We have taken measures to secure and stock our supply of electronic sub-components for a complete year’s worth of manufacturing, so that we will be able to fully support and deliver in both the short and long term.

Maestro is committed to following the advice and guidelines of the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization (WHO) and continue to monitor this developing situation. We encourage you to follow the advice of your public health agency and practice social distancing; to learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, visit the World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

On behalf of our entire team, we thank you for your confidence and as a partner of your company we wish you health and well-being for all and a rapid return to normal.

If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Michael Gribbons and David Ballantyne
Co-Founders
Maestro Digital Mine

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Controlling the Flow

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Maestro’s market ambitions are far greater than the mine ventilation space, as Gribbons points out. He told IM: “While we started in the ventilation field, our domain expertise remains in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and digital networking space.”

 

Image of Control the Flow heading and mineDespite this, Maestro has gained a reputation for providing ventilation control and environmental monitoring solutions that are ready to cope with the diversities of today’s and tomorrow’s underground mines.

This is backed up by the fact its Vigilante AQS™ (air quality station), which was introduced less than eight years ago, is in use at over 135 operations in 27 countries. Last year, it increased that market penetration with the introduction of its Zephyr AQS™ product.

Both are compact, environmental AQSs for underground mines, but Vigilante is seen as a holistic solution that can solve 100% of the applications for mine ventilation monitoring and control. Zephyr, meanwhile, is designed for 75% of the applications – such as airflow rate, airflow direction, gas levels, barometric pressure, and wet/dry bulb temperatures. 

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Ventilation monitoring, the way to safer worker conditions

MAESTRO DESIGNED AND DEVELOPED DIGITAL GAS SENSORS TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES OF UNDERGROUND MINING. THESE CAN BE “HOT SWAPPED” BY A VENTILATION TECHNICIAN WITHOUT THE NEED OF UNDERGROUND CALIBRATION.

Built with IIoT functionality, the digital sensors come with a complete suite of diagnostics that helps determine the health of the complete system, providing maximum system uptime.

The Vigilante AQS™ and the Zephyr AQS™ are both used to monitor the environmental conditions underground. The Vigilante AQS™ provides an optimum system with up to eight different real-time sensors, advanced diagnostics and control functions. The Zephyr AQS™ Station is a lower cost system that uses the same reliable sensors and advanced diagnostics but with only three different real-time sensors on-board. The Zephyr AQS™ will handle approximately 75% of the current applications at a lower cost. Both systems plug directly into a network switch, thus eliminating the requirement of expensive and complex programmable logic controllers. Mines then get to eliminate up to 50-80% of the CAPEX requirements. Maestro continues to develop products that are fully open and agnostic using industry standard communication protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP and EtherNet/IP.

Maestro has developed ventilation solutions that reduce downtime and enable miners to return to the face faster and safer.

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Always On: Mining Networks and Connectivity

Mining network technology is moving fast, now with a lot of private LTE interest and with 5G waiting in the wings, while WiFi solutions including mesh still remain dominant. Paul Moore, International Mining Magazine’s feature on Mining Networks & Connectivity, looks at technologies, projects and applications. 

 

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Maestro advances Plexus PowerNet 

Maestro Digital Mine says it continues to work with global underground mines to address the challenges associated with traditional communication backbone solutions resulting in their Plexus PowerNet™ – last mile communications solution; a Gigabit network providing both power and data using flexible coaxial cable.

Maestro designed a communication network that simplified the installation, extension, and maintenance, while enabling high bandwidth, low latency, low jitter data and endpoint power using tried-and-true coaxial copper cable. The termination process now becomes easy and cost effective, utilising basic tools. A termination can be completed by any tradesperson in less than 5 minutes. 

Michael Gribbons, CEO and Co-Founder told IM: “By applying this enabling backbone technology to an existing fibre network, the entire mine infrastructure can have a new life. In a mine, fibre has its place but needs to be well protected from the high traffic areas where LHDs and trucks can damage the cable. The Plexus PowerNet™ is typically added to either the existing fibre patch panel or network switch located on the level entry. The durable coaxial cable is the most effective at providing data to the face of the mine. The Plexus PowerNet™ simplifies the advancement and repair of the network. When the communication cable is damaged by the either the mobile fleet or fly rock, a simple splice repair can get the network up and running saving precious production time. Having both power and data on single coaxial cable reduces advancement time as well as multiple trades reducing both CAPEX and OPEX. Bringing data to the surface allows short interval control that improves both production rates and miner safety.”

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MacLean Engineering and Maestro Digital Mine bring underground connectivity to the MacLean Research and Demonstration Facility

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Sudbury, ON. Canada - September 15, 2020 MacLean Engineering continues to advance its innovative Research and Demonstration Facility in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. MacLean, in collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine, recently integrated the Plexus PowerNet™ - a gigabit network providing both data and power using coaxial cable throughout the mine to enable connectivity underground.

The MacLean mobile equipment R&D lab allows the company to develop and test new mining technologies completely in-house. The underground test facility consists of a 300m (1,000 foot) decline (at an average grade of 15%) that branches into multiple headings and testing areas. The facility comes with additional shop and office space providing MacLean engineers and operator trainers the ideal setting for putting mining innovation theory into practice.

Maestro Digital Mine works with mining companies around the world to address the challenges associated with traditional communication backbone solutions (broadband and fiber). MacLean identified the value and benefits of Maestro’s backbone network solution and worked with the team at Maestro to install the system. The Plexus PowerNet™ quickly and simply extends the mines existing communications network to the face.

“Collaboration up and down the supply chain is critical to making innovation happen in the underground mining sector at home and around the globe,” notes Stuart Lister, MacLean’s VP Marketing and Communications. “We’re delighted to work with another company in Greater Sudbury’s mining ecosystem, Maestro Digital Mine, to get their top-of-the-line digital infrastructure installed at our Research and Demonstration Facility where it will be backbone of our automation product development.”

Plexus PowerNet™ delivers a high speed, low latency digital communication network that provides PoE+ power to Access Points (APs), cameras and other IP based devices. The system eliminates the need for costly outside fiber optic contractors and can be installed and maintained by any internal tradesperson or development miner. The Plexus PowerNet™ can be used in mines with or without a fiber optic network. It supports existing underground mine infrastructure and provide network connectivity to new IIoT devices and automation technologies for Digital Mines, such as the MacLean R&D Facility.

Plexus provides a robust, simple to deploy, one cable solution for network connectivity. Plexus makes installation simple, using a single coaxial cable that carries both power and network connectivity. This eliminates the need to run both fiber and power to new network devices. The EZ Advance Nodes provide an easy way to terminate, troubleshoot and deploy industry standard IP devices from the Plexus PowerNet™ embedded network switch. The Plexus has been designed for the quickest “last mile” of communication.

Michael Gribbons, Co-founder and CEO, Maestro Digital Mine, remarked that, “Our vision for the Plexus is to change the way that underground mines communicate and to strip out complexity in automation jobs and make configuration flexible and easy. We strive to make the complex, simple. Working with MacLean Engineering, the Plexus accelerates their time to connectivity and enables MacLean to bring in other new and innovative digital technologies and automation equipment for testing and demonstration at their Centre. We are honoured to be part of the MacLean R&D Facility. This underground R&D lab continues to build upon the strength and wealth of mining knowledge and expertise in Greater Sudbury and Northern Ontario.”

To learn more about the Plexus PowerNet™ visit: www.maestrodigitalmine.com/products/plexus-powernet

About MacLean Engineering:

MacLean Engineering designs, manufactures, markets, and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, environmental, and industrial goods sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment for full-range mining cycle support across all underground mining methods in ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean is based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with branch offices across Canada as well as in the US, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and Australia, providing service and support to a global client base. www.macleanengineering.com

About Maestro Digital Mine:

Maestro Digital Mine manufactures Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile of communication. Our products are made exclusively for the underground mine automation, IT and ventilation sectors that delivers energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards. www.maestrodigitalmine.com

MacLean Engineering Contact:
Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
C: (705) 241-3247

Maestro Digital Mine Contact:
Shannon Katary
Director of Marketing and Communications
C: (705) 521-2261

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MacLean Engineering and Maestro Digital Mine bring underground connectivity to the MacLean Research and Demonstration Facility
MSTACanada - Mining Suppliers Trade Association

MacLean Engineering continues to advance its innovative Research and Demonstration Facility in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. MacLean, in collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine, recently integrated the Plexus PowerNet™ - a gigabit network providing both data and power using coaxial cable throughout the mine to enable connectivity underground.
The MacLean mobile equipment R&D lab allows the company to develop and test new mining technologies completely in-house. The underground test facility consists of a 300m (1,000 foot) decline (at an average grade of 15%) that branches into multiple headings and testing areas. The facility comes with additional shop and office space providing MacLean engineers and operator trainers the ideal setting for putting mining innovation theory into practice.  Read more here.

 

MacLean and Maestro bring underground connectivity to MacLean R&D facility
Canadian Mining Journal

MacLean Engineering continues to advance its Research and Demonstration (R&D) facility in Sudbury, where, in collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine, the company recently integrated the Plexus PowerNet gigabit network, which provides both data and power using coaxial cable throughout the mine for underground connectivity.
The MacLean mobile equipment R&D lab allows the company to develop and test new mining technologies completely in-house. The underground test facility includes a 300-metre (1,000 ft.) decline (at an average grade of 15%), branching into multiple headings and test areas. The facility includes additional shop and office space to provide MacLean’s engineers and operator trainers with an optimal setting for putting mining innovation theory into practice.  Read more here.

 

MacLean Engineering and Maestro Digital Mine bring underground connectivity to the MacLean Research and Demonstration Facility
Creamer Media’s Engineering News

MacLean Engineering continues to advance its innovative Research and Demonstration Facility in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. MacLean, in collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine, recently integrated the Plexus PowerNet™ - a gigabit network providing both data and power using coaxial cable throughout the mine to enable connectivity underground.
The MacLean mobile equipment R&D lab allows the company to develop and test new mining technologies completely in-house. The underground test facility consists of a 300m (1,000 foot) decline (at an average grade of 15%) that branches into multiple headings and testing areas. The facility comes with additional shop and office space providing MacLean engineers and operator trainers the ideal setting for putting mining innovation theory into practice.  Read more here.

 

MacLean Engineering & Maestro Digital Mine Network Demonstration Facility
SteelGuru

MacLean Engineering continues to advance its innovative Research and Demonstration Facility in Sudbury in Ontario in Canada. MacLean, in collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine, recently integrated the Plexus PowerNet, a gigabit network providing both data and power using coaxial cable throughout the mine to enable connectivity underground. The MacLean mobile equipment R&D lab allows the company to develop and test new mining technologies completely in-house. The underground test facility consists of a 300m decline (at an average grade of 15%) that branches into multiple headings and testing areas. The facility comes with additional shop and office space providing MacLean engineers and operator trainers the ideal setting for putting mining innovation theory into practice.  Read more here.

 

Bringing underground connectivity to the MacLean R&D facility
GeoDrilling International

MacLean Engineering is continuing to advance its innovative research and demonstration facility in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, in collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine, it recently integrated the Plexus PowerNet - a gigabit network providing both data and power using coaxial cable throughout the mine to enable connectivity underground.  Read more here.

 

MacLean Puts Plexus PowerNet in Test Mine
E&MJ Engineering and Mining Journal

MacLean Engineering contracted Maestro Digital Mine for Plexus PowerNet at its test mine in Sudbury, Canada. Plexus PowerNet, a gigabit network providing data and power over coaxial cable, offers high-speed, low-latency digital communication connectivity to access points, cameras and other devices. Easily installed, MacLean said the Plexus PowerNet can be used in mines with or without a fiber optic network, and supports existing underground mine infrastructure.
MacLean said Plexus PowerNet was selected because of its capability to quickly and easily extend the mine’s existing communications network to the face. “We’re delighted to work with another company in Sudbury’s mining ecosystem to get their top-of-the-line digital infrastructure installed at our Research and Demonstration Facility where it will be the backbone of our automation product development,” said Stuart Lister, vice president, marketing and communications, MacLean.  Read more here.

 

Underground connectivity arrives at MacLean Engineering’s R&D facility
Equipment Journal

MacLean Engineering, in collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine, has integrated the Plexus PowerNet network into its Research and Demonstration Facility in Sudbury, Ontario.
Plexus PowerNet is a gigabit network providing both data and power using coaxial cable throughout the mine to enable connectivity underground.   Read more here.

 

MacLean Engineering and Maestro Digital Mine bring underground connectivity to the MacLean Research and Demonstration Facility
Mine Connect

Sudbury, ON. Canada – September 15, 2020 MacLean Engineering continues to advance its innovative Research and Demonstration Facility in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. MacLean, in collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine, recently integrated the Plexus PowerNet™ – a gigabit network providing both data and power using coaxial cable throughout the mine to enable connectivity underground.
The MacLean mobile equipment R&D lab allows the company to develop and test new mining technologies completely in-house. The underground test facility consists of a 300m (1,000 foot) decline (at an average grade of 15%) that branches into multiple headings and testing areas. The facility comes with additional shop and office space providing MacLean engineers and operator trainers the ideal setting for putting mining innovation theory into practice.   Read more here.

 

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Matrix Introduces Maestro Digital Mine’s Last Mile Communication Network Solution – Accelerating Connectivity

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Press Release

NEWBURGH, IN. September 17, 2020 – Matrix Design Group, a leading provider of technology for mining safety and productivity, has announced its introduction of the Maestro Digital Mine’s Plexus PowerNet™ networking system to the U.S. market. Plexus PowerNet™, the first coaxial-based gigabit network, provides both data and power over a single cable. The system delivers a high-speed, low-latency digital communication network that provides PoE+ power to Access Points (APs), cameras and any other IP-based devices.

The Plexus PowerNet™ coaxial cable carries both power and network connectivity, eliminating the need to run both fiber and power to new network devices. The system can also extend a fiber-optic-based system from the fiber patch panel at any level as needed. Plexus PowerNet™ eliminates the need for costly outside fiber optic contractors and can be installed and maintained by any mine personnel.

“For a mining application, Maestro gives mines the ability to have high-speed data and power without the technical and time constraints of running a fiber network to the face of the mine,” said Chris Adkins, Sales/Business Development, Matrix Design Group. “Of course, the maintenance requirements of fiber are complex, but Maestro has reinvented the high-speed data network, allowing delivery of real-time data and power combined into one durable coaxial cable that’s easy to install, maintain and repair.”

The Plexus PowerNet™ is a backbone network system that can be used in mines with or without a fiber optic network. Supporting existing underground infrastructure, Plexus provides network connectivity to new and existing IIoT devices and automation technologies. It enables the digital mine and connected worker for: autonomous and tele-remote vehicles; telemetry to drills, loaders and support equipment; support for Short Interval Control and connectivity to tablet and smart devices; IoT sensors, such as environmental and seismicity; Voice over IP (VoIP); augmented reality; asset tracking; PoE+ based IP cameras and PoE+ LED lights for paste fill; and PLC connectivity. Plexus is an enabling technology for the digital mine.

Michael Gribbons, Co-founder and CEO, Maestro Digital Mine, stated, “The collaboration with Matrix Design Group is an essential part of expanding our reach into the US market with a team that understands the value of our digital network solution and how it aligns with the mines in the area. Bringing digital solutions, such as the Plexus PowerNet™, online enables worker safety, increased production and reduced costs; all of which are vital to Maestro and Matrix.”

The Matrix team’s commitment to product quality and customer service is a key differentiator in the mining sector. Matrix sales staff and field representatives are highly responsive to clients, including any training, education and service needs. Matrix works to see that every sale is considered a great investment by its customers.

To learn more about the Plexus PowerNet™ visit: matrixteam.com/mining-networks/maestro/ and  maestrodigitalmine.com/products/plexus-powernet

Watch our video on 'Plexus PowerNet - Underground mine connectivity - Maestro Digital Mine' here.

About Matrix Design Group: 

Matrix is a safety and productivity technology leader for underground mining and industrial applications. Its innovative product lines include systems for proximity detection, communications and tracking, atmospheric monitoring, lighting and cameras. Headquartered in Newburgh, Indiana, Matrix has offices in Lexington, KY, Johannesburg, South Africa and service locations throughout its mining regions. Matrix is also an ISO 9001 certified supplier, which ensures a quality product and high level of service from an outstanding field service team. https://matrixteam.com

About Maestro Digital Mine:

Maestro Digital Mine manufactures Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile of communication. Our products are made exclusively for the underground mine automation, IT and ventilation sectors that deliver energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards. www.maestrodigitalmine.com

Matrix Design Group Contact: 
Chris Adkins
Sales/Business Development
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1-304-546-5946

Maestro Digital Mine Contact:
Shannon Katary
Director of Marketing and Communications
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1-705-521-2261

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Matrix introduces Maestro Digital Mine’s communication network solution
Global Mining Review

Matrix Design Group, a leading provider of technology for mining safety and productivity, has announced its introduction of the Maestro Digital Mine’s Plexus PowerNetTM networking system to the US market. Plexus PowerNet, the first coaxial-based gigabit network, provides both data and power over a single cable. The system delivers a high-speed, low-latency digital communication network that provides PoE+ power to access points (APs), cameras and any other IP-based devices.
The coaxial cable carries both power and network connectivity, eliminating the need to run both fibre and power to new network devices. The system can also extend a fibre-optic-based system from the fibre patch panel at any level as needed. Plexus PowerNet eliminates the need for costly outside fibre optic contractors and can be installed and maintained by any mine personnel.  Read more here.

 

Matrix to bring Maestro’s Plexus PowerNet to US mining market
IM International Mining

Matrix Design Group is to introduce Maestro Digital Mine’s Plexus PowerNet™ networking system to the US market following the signing of a distribution agreement between the two companies.
Plexus PowerNet, the first coaxial-based gigabit network, provides both data and power over a single cable, according to Canada-based Maestro. The system delivers a high-speed, low-latency digital communication network that provides PoE+ power to Access Points, cameras and any other IP-based devices, it says.  Read more here.

 

Matrix to bring Maestro's Plexus PowerNet to US mining market - International Mining
Knowledia

The collaboration with Matrix Design Group is an essential part of expanding our reach into the US market with a team that understands the value of our digital network solution and how it aligns with the mines in the area.
Matrix Design Group is to introduce Maestro Digital Mine's Plexus PowerNet™ networking system to the US market following the signing of a distribution agreement between the two companies.  Read more here.

 

Matrix Introduces Maestro Digital Mine’s Last Mile Communication Network Solution – Accelerating Connectivity
Coal Zoom

September 22, 2020 - Matrix Design Group, a leading provider of technology for mining safety and productivity, has announced its introduction of the Maestro Digital Mine’s Plexus PowerNet™ networking system to the U.S. market. Plexus PowerNet™, the first coaxial-based gigabit network, provides both data and power over a single cable. The system delivers a high-speed, low-latency digital communication network that provides PoE+ power to Access Points (APs), cameras and any other IP-based devices.
The Plexus PowerNet™ coaxial cable carries both power and network connectivity, eliminating the need to run both fiber and power to new network devices. The system can also extend a fiber-optic-based system from the fiber patch panel at any level as needed. Plexus PowerNet™ eliminates the need for costly outside fiber optic contractors and can be installed and maintained by any mine personnel.  Read more here.

 

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Airtec Implements Monitoring, Control and Integration System of Main Fans

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AIRTEC IMPLEMENTS MONITORING, CONTROL AND INTEGRATION SYSTEM OF MAIN FANS FOR VOLCAN COMPAÑÍA MINERA S.A.A.

At its Carahuacra Mine in Peru. Soren Canepa, General Manager, Airtec S.A. explains the challenges they faced and how Maestro Digital Mine Solutions were applied in this featured article for the Rumbo Minero Magazine’s 130th issue.

We know that mining automation and digitization is imminent. The mining sector faces new challenges and therefore we need to be at the forefront. VOLCAN COMPAÑÍA MINERA S.A.A. has anticipated this and has acquired the specialized service on ventilation and automation from the Peruvian Company AIRTEC S.A.

Applying the know-how acquired in more than 50 years of being a company dedicated to air engineering in the manufacture of fans, AIRTEC S.A. has become a specialized company in fields like automation for underground mining ventilation systems, guaranteeing monitoring and control of the operations inside the mine, having as proof the various success cases in national and international mining units.

Airtec S.A. has an engineering and automation department that as of today has been leaving clients satisfied. Here, Airtec presents one of the projects that were worked on for VOLCAN COMPAÑÍA MINERA S.A.A. - U.M. CARAHUACRA:

THE CHALLENGE

Integrate 3 main axial fans located at RB-823 and RB-847 with a capacity superior to 100 KCFM to the SCADA system.
It is worth mentioning that the fans were not designed to be monitored; likewise, the start boards found in the field work with VFDs and Softstarters of different brands.

This project has as an objective the total integration to the system, generating an installed base for a future VOD (Ventilation on Demand) and the compliance of D.S. 024-2016 with its latest modification D.S. 023-2017. Taking this into account, a consensus on monitoring and control was made regarding the following critical variables:

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SOLUTIONS

The system’s solution was developed using 3 important brands, ALLEN BRADLEY, MAESTRO DIGITAL MINE and YOKOGAWA. One of the important factors when integrating the systems was the compatibility and scalability that the equipment can provide.

AIRTEC S.A. has been representing the prestigious Canadian brand MAESTRO DIGITAL MINE. The project was developed using the Air Quality Station Vigilante AQS™ for the measurement of toxic gases. The station was made specifically for the rough underground mine environment, with Nema 4X – IP66 protection.

The pressure points were located strategically inside the fan, they were processed by the YOKOGAWA pressure transmitters and integrated into the system satisfactorily. The multiple starter board brands found in the field were no problem for AIRTEC, since they count with the converters, communication protocols and in the field developers to turn the complexity into a simple and intelligent way.

“Thanks to the more than 50 years of experience in ventilation, the robustness of the equipment, the technology, and the field developers we were able to execute the project in the most safe and efficient way”.

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Maestro Digital Mine launches MaestroLink™ Server Software Tool - Identify and manage problems before they occur in underground mines

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PRESS RELEASE

Sudbury, ON. Canada – October 7, 2020 Maestro Digital Mine launches their next enabling technology that monitors the health condition of all Maestro digital IIoT devices and networks – any time and anywhere. MaestroLink™ Server is the innovative on premise-based monitoring platform that enables control room operators and maintenance teams to monitor and manage devices via smartphone, tablet or computer in real-time.

Michael Gribbons, CEO, President and Co-founder, Maestro Digital Mine, stated that, “Maestro is known for its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices used for ventilation monitoring and controls as well as last mile digital networks for the underground mining sector. These proven solutions installed globally in 32 countries provide safety to the workers, productivity improvements to operators and significant CAPEX and OPEX savings to the project group. All of Maestro’s IIoT devices utilize embedded webservers along with digital technology right down to each individual sensor, enabling remote diagnostics for solving maintenance problems as well as assuring sensor calibration compliance.”

This software platform provides a secure multi-instance web-based interface to monitor and record the health of any Vigilante AQS™ or Zephyr AQS™ air quality monitoring stations, DustMon™ PM particulate monitor and the Plexus PowerNet™ “last mile” underground communication network. Every Maestro digital IIoT digital device provides multi-variable data, but also a complete suite of diagnostic data.

Industry research through client engagement and experience discovered that once new hardware is installed underground, it often does not deliver on its full promise of consistent and accurate data to ultimately drive better business decisions. Part of the long-standing problem is assuring that the original data is valid, which then in turn, drives end user confidence. The requirement to properly diagnose the equipment in real-time becomes essential to keep up with operational production demands. With the addition of new digital solutions, the automation and electrical maintenance department is tasked to solve ever more complex problems with resources that have not increased in proportion to the number of sensors and systems that they are expected to support. MaestroLink™ Server was developed to fill the gap between the requirement of maximizing reliable and accurate operational data while reducing the impact and workload of the maintenance and support team.

Once installed, MaestroLink™ Server reaches out on the network to find and self populate the IIoT devices and network nodes and begins to monitor both the data and advanced diagnostics of the devices. Consider MaestroLink™ Server as your factory trained Maestro engineer and service technologist, working 24-7 assuring maximum uptime of each digital device.

MaestroLink™ Server can either be a user installed software solution or a pre-configured and combined hardware and software solution. Under most conditions MaestroLink™ Server resides in the Control Room or Mine Operations Center. The real-time performance networking characteristics are less intense for industrial protocols and the equipment is in an environmentally controlled area, cabinet, or control room. 

David Ballantyne, COO, CTO and Co-founder, Maestro Digital Mine, remarked, “It saves time and cost by giving miners the ability to poll the diagnostics and then turning the data into tangible actions from surface before having to go underground. The support team will go underground the first time with the proper tools, spare parts and equipment to do the maintenance once instead the industry standard requiring multiple trips.”

This diagnostic data allows MaestroLink™ Server to provide in-depth information regarding the IIoT device right down to the sensor level resolving current and future problems and ensuring proper sensor calibration; notification when sensors are about to expire; and finding sensors that are reading unusual or bad information.

To learn more about MaestroLink™ Server, contact us and visit: maestrodigitalmine.com/products/maestrolink-server

About Maestro Digital Mine

Maestro Digital Mine manufactures Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile of communication. Our products are made exclusively for the underground mine automation, IT and ventilation sectors that delivers energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards. www.maestrodigitalmine.com

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Maestro launches MaestroLink Server tool
Canadian Mining Journal

Maestro Digital Mine has announced the launch of the MaestroLink Server, which monitors the health condition of all Maestro digital IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) devices and networks, anytime and anywhere.
This technology product is a premise-based monitoring platform that enables control room operators and maintenance teams to monitor and manage devices via smartphone, tablet or computer in real-time, to help them identify and manage problems before they occur in underground mines.  Read more here.

 

Maestro Digital Mine launches MaestroLink™ Server Software Tool – Identify and manage problems before they occur in underground mines
Mine Connect

Sudbury, ON. Canada – October 7, 2020 Maestro Digital Mine launches their next enabling technology that monitors the health condition of all Maestro digital IIoT devices and networks – any time and anywhere. MaestroLink™ Server is the innovative on premise-based monitoring platform that enables control room operators and maintenance teams to monitor and manage devices via smartphone, tablet or computer in real-time. Now access your data anytime anywhere!  Read more here.

 

Maestro Digital Mine launches MaestroLink™ Server underground mine monitoring platform
International Mining

Maestro Digital Mine has launched its next enabling technology that monitors the health condition of all Maestro digital IIoT devices and networks – any time and anywhere. The company says “MaestroLink™ Server is the innovative on premise-based monitoring platform that enables control room operators and maintenance teams to monitor and manage devices via smartphone, tablet or computer in real-time.”  Read more here.

 

Maestro introduces MaestroLink Server
Mining Magazine

The new software platform release helps control room operators and maintenance teams to monitor and manage devices via smartphone, tablet or computer in real-time.
It also provides a secure multi-instance web-based interface for users to monitor and record the condition of Vigilante AQS or Zephyr AQS air quality monitoring stations, DustMon PM particulate monitors and the Plexus PowerNet "last mile" underground communication network.
The company said the server system is to "fill the gap" between maximising reliable, accurate operational data and reducing the maintenance and support team's impact and workload. Once in place, MaestroLink has been designed to find and self-populate the site's IIoT devices and network nodes, and then starts its monitoring of data and advanced diagnostics of what it locates.  
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Maestro Digital Mine Launches MaestroLink™ Server Software Tool
Coal Zoom

October 7, 2020 - Maestro Digital Mine launches their next enabling technology that monitors the health condition of all Maestro digital IIoT devices and networks - any time and anywhere. MaestroLink™ Server is the innovative on premise-based monitoring platform that enables control room operators and maintenance teams to monitor and manage devices via smartphone, tablet or computer in real-time. Now access your data anytime anywhere!  Read more here.

 

Maestro launches mine IoT monitoring tool
MetalTech News

Canada-based Maestro Digital Mine launches MaestroLink, a server software tool for managing health conditions for all Maestro-based digital industrial internet of things devices and networks for the underground mining sector.

"Maestro is known for its industrial internet of things devices used for ventilation monitoring and controls as well as last mile digital networks for the underground mining sector," said Maestro Digital Mine President and CEO Michael Gribbons.  
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Maestro Digital Mine launches new software tool
Global Mining Review

Maestro Digital Mine has launched its next enabling technology that monitors the health condition of all Maestro digital Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and networks. MaestroLinkTM Server is a premise-based monitoring platform that enables control room operators and maintenance teams to monitor and manage devices via smartphone, tablet or computer in real-time.

Michael Gribbons, CEO, President and Co-Founder of Maestro Digital Mine, stated: “Maestro is known for its IIoT devices used for ventilation monitoring and controls as well as last mile digital networks for the underground mining sector. These proven solutions installed globally in 32 countries provide safety to the workers, productivity improvements to operators and significant CAPEX and OPEX savings to the project group. All of Maestro’s IIoT devices utilise embedded webservers along with digital technology right down to each individual sensor, enabling remote diagnostics for solving maintenance problems as well as assuring sensor calibration compliance.”  
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Maestro Digital Mine’s MaestroLink Server provides real-time diagnostics for underground mines
CIM Magazine

While Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) monitoring devices and sensors have become more commonplace in underground mines, maintaining these monitors can be a challenge. In response, Maestro Digital Mine has launched the MaestroLink Server, a digital monitoring platform that delivers real-time diagnostics for all of Maestro’s IIoT devices. “Originally, the mining companies were asking for real-time data improving upon the typical end of the shift reports.”  Read more here.

 

Maestro Digital Mine launches MaestroLink Server Software Tool
Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal

Software designed to identify and manage problems before they occur in underground mines 

Sudbury, ON – Oct. 7, 2020: Maestro Digital Mine launches their next enabling technology that monitors the health condition of all Maestro digital IIoT devices and networks – any time and anywhere. MaestroLink™ Server is the innovative on premise-based monitoring platform that enables control room operators and maintenance teams to monitor and manage devices via smartphone, tablet or computer in real-time.  
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Airtec S.A: “Plexus Powernet – Enabling the Intelligent Mine”

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By Soren Cánepa Weyrauch
December 2020 / No. 132
Rumbo Minero Magazine

NEED:

Many of the new developed technologies provided to the mines require high speed digital networks to be able to support the ever-growing data generated in underground mining. The great quantity of data can vary between video and voice communications, all the way to vehicle telemetry, dispatch, fan monitoring, pumps, etc.

REALITY:

The digital mine is based on the use of critical data to boost production, reduce costs and improve the safety of the workers. Most times, underground mines choose fiber optic cable to extend connectivity from the level all the way to the face. A power cable is also required independently for the wireless access points.

Fiber optic presents a series of challenges for the underground mining industry. Working fiber underground is difficult, it requires a lot of time to install, as well as specialized and costly training, which is frequently the most limiting factor for the advancement of connectivity.

SOLUTION:

Identifying the mining industry’s growing demand for real-time data, Airtec S.A., exclusive representative in Peru for the Canadian brand Maestro Digital Mine, puts the best technological solution to this need right into the reach of your hands. Plexus PowerNet™ provides a coaxial communication infrastructure solution, broadband and low latency that delivers robust network connectivity for the interior of the mine, with a simple use design that does not require specialists.

The Plexus PowerNet™ is easy to install, using a coaxial cable that carries both electricity and connectivity, eliminating the need to install a fiber optic cable with a different cable for power. The easy advance nodes provide a simple way to do terminations, troubleshoot and implement IP based devices from the integral network switch of Plexus PowerNet.™.

Airtec S.A., as a mining specialist knows that the activity with highest value to the mine is done at the face. The mine area with the least connectivity, as well as the darkest is the excavation face. For an industry that recognizes the value of connectivity and data, it is imperative to solve these challenges together! It is important and necessary to do this in a direct and economical way.

TOP 10 REASONS TO USE THE PLEXUS POWERNET™ IN THE UNDERGROUND MINE:

  1. Simplicity & Speed of Advancement.
  2. Bandwidth, Latency and Jitter.
  3. Provides data & power over the same cable.
  4. Flexible and robust coaxial copper cable.
  5. Fully Managed.
  6. Network Security.
  7. No licensing required.
  8. Open and Standard Based Network.
  9. Low total cost of ownership and installation.
  10. We leave no one stranded.

Airtec S.A. helps make the complex applications simple based on its expertise in the mining sector, accompanied by the best technology developed for the underground mine.

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Almost-reality training for mine workers

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MacLean Engineering’s newly upgraded Ducky test mine in Sudbury, Canada, is growing in size and capabilities. Donna Schmidt finds out more about the facility.


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In September 2020, MacLean Engineering announced its collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine for the placement of a connectivity network at the Ducky lab in the form of Maestro’s Plexus PowerNet gigabit network for data and power. The coaxial cable-based system is a high speed, low-latency digital communication network offering PoE+ power to access points (APs), cameras and other internet protocol (IP)-based devices.
 
Plexus PowerNet can be installed and maintained internally, the company said at the time of the announcement, and utilised with or without a fiber optic network. “It supports existing underground mine infrastructure and provides network connectivity to new IIoT [Industrial Internet of Things] devices and automation technologies for digital mines, such as the MacLean R&D facility,” the companies said.
 
The Ducky lab now has just one cable for its network connectivity, and the system’s EZ Advance nodes help to terminate, troubleshoot and deploy connected devices via an embedded network switch. “Collaboration up and down the supply chain is critical to making innovation happen in the under ground mining sector at home and around the globe,” marketing and communications VP Stuart Lister points out. “It will be backbone of our automation product development [at the facility].”

 

 

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Mining Software Feature - Breaking down the silos

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International Mining Magazine – February 2021 Issue

Check out the full Mining Software Feature Article here.
For more information on IMM, visit im-mining.com.

No modern mine is short of data, but what these operations continually lack is an ability to fully leverage this data across processes.Dan Gleeson speaks to those in the mining software space to find out how far off the industry is from ‘connecting the dots’

With its IIoT devices and solutions – such as the Vigilante AQS™ and Zephyr AQS™ air quality stations to measure environmental conditions in real time – now installed in 34 different countries and over 145 underground mines in less than 10 years, Maestro Digital Mine’s success is known the world over.

All of Maestro’s products, including its last mile network Plexus Powernet™, are fully digital and ‘connected’ to determine the health of the sensors and the complete system.

To leverage this information, the company has developed MaestroLink™ Server to monitor the equipment and allow easy and quick decisions from a centralised location. The software goes as far as indicating what the action response must be.

As Maestro Director of Marketing and Communications, Shannon Katary, says, “data is only useful if it helps determine a decision or action”. Maestro has the capability to provide instruction items around its device maintenance, she added. “MaestroLink fits perfectly into our core purpose of enhancing lives by the pursuit of productivity and safety excellence,” she added.

All of Maestro’s industrial IoT devices use embedded web servers along with digital technology right to each individual sensor, enabling remote diagnostics for solving maintenance problems as well as assuring sensor calibration compliance.

MaestroLink Server is a network-based software platform that features a multi-instance web-based interface to monitor and record the health of Vigilante AQS and Zephyr AQS stations along with the Plexus PowerNet underground communication networks.

Maestro’s research, industry client engagement and experience discovered that once new digital hardware is installed underground, it often does not deliver on its full promise of consistent and accurate data to ultimately drive better business decisions. Part of the long-standing problem is assuring the original data is valid, which, in turn, drives end user confidence.

“The requirement to properly diagnose the equipment in real time becomes essential to keep up with operational production demands,” the company says.

“With the addition of new digital solutions, the automation and electrical maintenance department is tasked with solving ever more complex problems with resources that have not increased in proportion to the number of sensors and systems that they are expected to support,” Katary said.

MaestroLink Server was developed to fill the gap between the requirement of maximising reliable and accurate operational data while reducing the impact and workload of the maintenance and support team, according to Katary.

Once installed, MaestroLink Server reaches out on the network to find and self populate the IIoT devices and network nodes, and begins to monitor both the data and advanced diagnostics of the devices.

The benefits have been seen at a Nevada-based gold mine, which was experiencing ventilation constraints. The mine’s ventilation teams meet weekly to analyse MaestroLink Server data and diagnostics. By looking at the data and diagnostics, they can action the maintenance team. They can also determine which ventilation doors have been left open and send a technician to rectify the issue in real time to increase the overall ventilation supply to the working areas.

Such a process effectively makes MaestroLink Server an in-house, factory-trained Maestro technologist and engineer for the mine, working 24-7 and assuring maximum uptime of each digital device, Katary said.

She concluded: “MaestroLink Server saves time and cost by giving miners the ability to poll the diagnostics, and then turn the data into tangible actions from surface before having to go underground. The support team will go underground the first time with the proper tools, spare parts and equipment to do the maintenance once instead of multiple trips.”

 

 

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How to Clear the Air

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Shannon Katary, Maestro Digital Mine, considers the best methods of air ventilation in underground mines

The air quality stations need to be cost effective and used with the existing mine infrastructure. As a result, Maestro developed the Vigilante AQSTM air quality station to measure environmental conditions in real-time for worker health and safety and to reduce the total installed infrastructure costs.

The station is a multi-variable air quality station designed to monitor and control air quality in underground mines that accurately measures airflow rate, direction, wet and dry bulb temperature, gas concentration and dust particulates, enabling miners to return to the face sooner and safer. This Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) device connects directly to any network without the requirement of adding an expensive and complex programmable logic controller (PLC). This solution is compact, easy to install and train people to use. Best of all, the system is 50 – 70% less expensive than conventional options.

To ensure worker safety, fixed environmental sensors transmit real-time data from the underground workings to the surface command centre. The real-time data from the sensors allows miners to return safely to their working areas more quickly, allowing significant productivity increases along with monitoring critical areas for potential fires. All critical sensors require frequent maintenance and calibration to maintain accurate and reliable measurements. The previously used technology required underground calibrations at each individual location using test gases and calibration equipment. However, several physical and environmental challenges prevented accurate and repeatable calibrations. Calibrating gas sensors underground is very difficult, time consuming and fraught with calibration errors thereby limiting the confidence of the legacy monitors.

Working in partnership with the mines to meet their requirements, the company aids in installing the Vigilante AQS Air Quality Stations that feature digital gas sensors that can be calibrated on surface in a stable controlled environment. The digital sensors then can be ‘hot swapped’ by a ventilation technician without the requirement of any sort of underground calibration. Built upon the IIoT, the digital sensors compensate for barometric pressure and temperature and have a complete suite of real-time diagnostics to help determine the health of the complete system and provide maximum system uptime.

Check out the full Feature Article here (PDF). 

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Global Business Reports Latest Interviews Features Michael Gribbons - President, CEO & Co-Founder of Maestro Digital Mine

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Maestro’s vision is to change the way that underground mines communicate and to strip out complexity in the automation sector by utilizing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and solutions.

We are recreating the methodology of underground asset automation by greatly reducing expensive and complex hardware, software, and engineered services, using simple, mine-hardened IIoT devices. The “plug and play” IIoT solutions drive out automation CAPEX and reduce integration times by a factor of 40-70% while providing additional real-time diagnostics that assure maximum uptimes and minimal OPEX.

Anything IIoT that is used in a mine and is considered a fixed asset is on our radar. We have decided not to enter the mobile IIoT market. Pumps, ore passes, crushers, fans, doors, regulators, paste fill, hydraulic oil, fuel, compressed air, potable water systems - all need automation. All require expensive and complex PLC or DCS systems to integrate and control. Maestro will continue to combine embedded firmware/hardware IIoT edge-based devices that strip out this complex and expensive equipment.

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Mining in Ontario and Toronto's Global Reach 2021

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The Complete Publication of Mining in Ontario and Toronto's Global Reach 2021 is Now Online for Viewing.

 

Read Mike Gribbons’ interview with Global Business Reports on page 62, click here.

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Sudbury rolls with the pandemic punches

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For Lively, Ont.-based Maestro Digital Mines, the situation has been reversed: the disruption of the pandemic has forced its clients to adopt digital communication technology they were previously reluctant to use.

The company, which makes environmental sensors and easy-to-install hardware that allows digital communications at the mine face, has long used such digital communication technologies internally. “We were well engaged with all these tools, but our clients weren’t – they didn’t appreciate that type of engagement,” says Maestro’s vice-president of marketing and sales, Michael Gribbons. Now, the company’s clients have come around. In fact, Maestro just had its best year yet in terms of sales and profits. 

That said, it’s been tough to build new relationships in parts of the world such as Latin America, where a personal touch and face-to-face meetings are part of the cultural expectations. But the positives for the company, which is celebrating 10 years in business this year, have so far outweighed the negatives. Working from home has made the entire Maestro team more productive, Gribbons says, including some members who had previously spent half their time on the road. “We’re not going back to the old ways so easily.”

Canadian Mining Journal March Issue 2021 by CMJ Editor Alisha Hiyate

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Maestro's IIoT solutions now integrate into Ventsim CONTROL

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Press Release

Sudbury, ON. Canada – April 13, 2021 Maestro Digital Mine is pleased to announce that their ventilation IIoT solutions have been successfully integrated into Howden's Ventsim CONTROL Ventilation Optimization software, thus strengthening Maestro's mine ventilation solutions for customers around the world. Ventsim CONTROL can remotely monitor, control, and automate in real-time the total underground mine ventilation from the surface. Combined with Maestro's Vigilante AQS™ & Zephyr AQS™ air quality monitoring stations and using MaestroFlex™ automated regulators, Ventsim CONTROL can be easily configured to manage the ventilation by reducing the complexity and integration time of any project.
 
Ventsim CONTROL uses real-time data to continuously optimize and redirect airflow for peak efficiency and safety in all activity levels and headings in your mine as production priorities shift. Ventsim CONTROL communicates with all hardware and instrumentation mine infrastructure.
 
“Expanding Ventsim Control’s capabilities to incorporate Maestro’s advanced solutions and plug and play ventilation devices is an exciting and logical next step. The integration will now make it easier than ever for mines to enjoy the safety and security of mine-wide atmospheric monitoring, together with advanced and intelligent ventilation automation to improve safety and productivity and reduce costs. Maestro's core values align with Howden’s in striving for excellence in safety, productivity, and service for our customers,” says Howden’s Craig Stewart – Ventsim Founder.
 

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Maestro developed in partnership with the mining industry an essential and life saving digital technology, the Vigilante AQS™ air quality station, to measure environmental conditions in real-time for worker health and safety and to reduce the total installed infrastructure costs. With the success of the Vigilante AQS™, Maestro went on to develop the Zephyr AQS™ is a low-cost air quality monitoring station for underground mines that now completes internally with the gold standard – Vigilante AQS™ air quality station.
 

To date, Maestro has thousands of Vigilantes AQS™, hundreds of Zephyrs AQS™ and MaestroFlex™ automated regulators in underground mines and many that are utilizing the Plexus PowerNet™ last mile communication network.  MaestroLinkServer software manages the IIoT devices in the field using advanced edge based diagnostic data thereby reducing on-going calibration and maintenance OPEX. All of Maestro's products are fully digital and have significant information in the form of status bits to determine the health of the sensors and the complete systems. VentSim CONTROL can continue to enhance the customer experience to automate and optimize their mining ventilation to improve mine production, worker safety and significantly reduce a mine's overall energy consumption.
 

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Michael Gribbons, CEO, President and Co-founder, Maestro Digital Mine, stated that, "Maestro is known for its Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices used for ventilation monitoring and controls as well as last mile digital networks for the underground mining sector.  These proven solutions installed globally in 35 countries provide safety to the workers, productivity improvements to operators and significant CAPEX and OPEX savings to the project group.  Integrating our ventilation solutions into Ventsim CONTROL is one more way we can create a seamless user interface for customers".
 

About Maestro Digital Mine
Maestro Digital Mine manufactures Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) measurement and control instrumentation for the optimization of underground mine ventilation and underground digital networks for last mile of communication. Our products are made exclusively for the underground mine automation, IT/OT and ventilation sectors that delivers energy savings and productivity improvements while meeting the highest health and safety standards. www.maestrodigitalmine.com
 
About Howden
For more than a century, Howden has supplied ventilation fans and equipment to every major mining company in the world. Today, Howden's Total Mine Ventilation Solutions (TMVS) is a fully integrated approach to mine ventilation and air quality control. By reducing blast-clearing downtime, Howden can improve production rates by up to 70%. Howden is able to provide all necessary equipment, services, and Ventsim solutions mine sites require in a fully customizable and integrated product offering: Main and Auxiliary Fans, Mine Heaters, Mine Cooling, Ventilation Optimization, and Turnkey solutions. https://www.howden.com/en-gb/products/other-products/ventsim-control 

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Maestro's IIoT solutions now integrate into Howden's Ventsim CONTROL ventilation optimisation software
International Mining

Maestro’s ventilation IIoT solutions it says have been successfully integrated into Howden’s Ventsim CONTROL ventilation optimisation software, thus strengthening Maestro’s mine ventilation solutions for customers around the world. Ventsim CONTROL can remotely monitor, control, and automate in real-time the total underground mine ventilation from the surface. Combined with Maestro’s Vigilante AQS™ & Zephyr AQS™ air quality monitoring stations and using MaestroFlex™ automated regulators, Ventsim CONTROL can be easily configured to manage the ventilation by reducing the complexity and integration time of any project.  Read more here.

 

Maestro’s IIoT solutions now integrate into Ventsim CONTROL
Mine Connect

Maestro Digital Mine is pleased to announce that their ventilation IIoT solutions have been successfully integrated into Howden’s Ventsim CONTROL Ventilation Optimization software, thus strengthening Maestro’s mine ventilation solutions for customers around the world. Ventsim CONTROL can remotely monitor, control, and automate in real-time the total underground mine ventilation from the surface. Combined with Maestro’s Vigilante AQS™ & Zephyr AQS™ air quality monitoring stations and using MaestroFlex™ automated regulators, Ventsim CONTROL can be easily configured to manage the ventilation by reducing the complexity and integration time of any project.  Read more here.

 

Maestro integrates with Howden Ventsim software
Mining Magazine

Maestro CEO, president and co-founder Michael Gribbons said that combining its Vigilante AQS and Zephyr AQS air quality monitoring stations along with MaestroFlex automated regulators within Ventsim, that system can easily be configured to manage ventilation rates by reducing any project's complexity and integration time.

Howden's Craig Stewart, who is the founder of Ventsim, and Gribbons explained that Ventsim Control continuously optimises and redirects airflow in any application using real-time data, providing peak efficiency and safety in all activity levels at all mine's headings - even if production priorities change.  Read more here.

 

Maestro IIoT solutions now integrate into Ventsim Control
Canadian Mining Journal

Maestro Digital Mine has announced that its ventilation IIoT (industrial internet-of-things) solutions have been successfully integrated into Howden’s Ventsim Control Ventilation Optimization software, strengthening Maestro’s mine ventilation solutions for customers worldwide.

Ventsim Control can remotely monitor, control, and automate in real-time underground mine ventilation from the surface. Combined with Maestro’s Vigilante AQS and Zephyr AQS air quality monitoring stations, using MaestroFlex automated regulators, Ventsim Control can be easily configured to manage ventilation by reducing the complexity and integration time of any project.  Read more here.

 

Maestro Digital Mine integrates IIoT solutions into Howden software
Global Mining Review

Maestro Digital Mine has announced that their ventilation Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions have been successfully integrated into Howden's Ventsim CONTROL ventilation optimisation software, thus strengthening Maestro's mine ventilation solutions for customers around the world. Ventsim CONTROL can remotely monitor, control, and automate in real-time the total underground mine ventilation from the surface. Combined with Maestro's Vigilante AQSTM and Zephyr AQSTM air quality monitoring stations and using MaestroFlexTM automated regulators, Ventsim CONTROL can be easily configured to manage the ventilation by reducing the complexity and integration time of any project.  Read more here.

 

Maestro Digital Mine strengthens mine ventilation solutions
Northern Ontario Business

It is a pleasure to announce that Maestro’s ventilation IIoT solutions have been successfully integrated into Howden's Ventsim CONTROL Ventilation Optimization software, thus strengthening Maestro's mine ventilation solutions for customers around the world.

Ventsim CONTROL can remotely monitor, control, and automate in real-time the total underground mine ventilation from the surface. Combined with Maestro's Vigilante AQS™ & Zephyr AQS™ air quality monitoring stations and using MaestroFlex™ automated regulators, Ventsim CONTROL can be easily configured to manage the ventilation by reducing the complexity and integration time of any project.  Read more here.

 

Maestro Digital Mine strengthens mine ventilation solutions
Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal

SUDBURY, ON – April 14, 2021: It is a pleasure to announce that Maestro’s ventilation IIoT solutions have been successfully integrated into Howden's Ventsim CONTROL Ventilation Optimization software, thus strengthening Maestro's mine ventilation solutions for customers around the world.

Ventsim CONTROL can remotely monitor, control, and automate in real-time the total underground mine ventilation from the surface. Combined with Maestro's Vigilante AQS™ & Zephyr AQS™ air quality monitoring stations and using MaestroFlex™ automated regulators, Ventsim CONTROL can be easily configured to manage the ventilation by reducing the complexity and integration time of any project.  Read more here.

 

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Change Your Mind, Change Your Mine

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Jesse Morton, Technical Writer for the Engineering and Mining Journal, talks about how advanced networks and communications solutions are gaining acceptance incrementally as knowledge of the numerous benefits grows on this featured article for its March 2021 issue.


Maestro’s first air quality station, the Vigilante AQS, was developed to capture an array of conditions in deeper mines, Maestro said. “Its objective is to monitor environmental conditions in real time for worker safety and health,” said Shannon Katary, director of marketing and communications, Maestro.

“It had been so successful at being embedded in mines on many levels across the world that we realized we had to create a lower-cost version, the Zephyr AQS,” she said. “It is just a slightly lower-cost version, which has about 75% of what the gold standards are for measuring, and it has led to uniting the industry on what it takes to monitor and control ventilation.”

A partnership with Maestro Digital Mine positioned Matrix to offer the MaestroLink Server, Plexus PowerNet and two air quality station solutions.

Plexus PowerNet extends an existing network to the furthest working area and can support the air quality stations there. “Plexus is usually an added-on solution and integrates into mine-wide networks,” said Cindy Chesney, director, global partnerships, Maestro.

“Plexus is agnostic, so it can attach and be affiliated with any underground networks,” she said. “The one extreme benefit is power and data over a single coax cable.”

MaestroLink Server is a software platform that allows the assimilation of the data coming in from the working areas.

Coats said the new network and communications solutions at the limestone mine quickly yielded dividends. “They started saving about an hour and a half per vehicle breakdown,” he said. “That was one of the first things that they noticed.”

Combined, the solutions result in increased production and safety. It is a future available to many mines, so long as they have the vision and can handle the changes, he said.

Click here for the full article on the Engineering and Mining Journal website. (Page 40).

  

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Ten Northern Ontario Mining Supply and Service Companies Selected to Set Up Shop in Elko, Nevada

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Maestro has been selected as one of the successful companies to begin onboarding at a new storefront in Elko, Nevada in September of 2021. This initiative led by MineConnect will allow the Northern Ontario region’s mining supply and service companies to establish a local presence in Nevada with very little financial risk.


“The Nevada Mining Industry has struggled for years to fill various gaps within its supply chain; we are thrilled to have top tier companies from a world class mining district establishing their US based operations right here locally where they can provide goods and services that have traditionally been difficult to procure,” added Sheldon Mudd, executive director of NNRDA. “We anticipate multiple benefits arising from this initiative. First, the Nevada Mining industry will be able to source goods and services from local suppliers rather than global providers who often do not have the United States best interest in mind. Next, it will create jobs and generate new tax revenue ensuring that more of our mining dollars remain in the Northeastern Nevada economic eco-system. “

The initiative comes under the auspices of Ontario’s North Economic Development Corporation (ONEDC), with funding support from FedNor and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).

The intent of the project, is for participating companies to take advantage of the benefits available through the incubator to then venture off on their own, allowing another stream of companies to be onboarded. The program, which is being undertaken in partnership with the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines Trade and Investment Unit, will support upwards of thirty companies over the course of the project.

Click here for the Press Release on the MineConnect website.

  

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