KazZinc Shifts To New Tech
Glencore unit Kazzinc has invested in modern mine production management technology at its Maleevsky underground copper and zinc mine in Kazakhstan, with a go-live target for the Pitram deployment next month.
Kazzinc’s largest underground mine, Maleevsky is a sub-level stoping operation commissioned in mid-2000 as a 1.5 million tonnes per annum producer of ore. It then grew to 2.25Mtpa. The Micromine Pitram technology installation allows Kazzinc programmers to integrate mine control data with enterprise systems via Pitram’s Restful Integration Services (PRIS), which is said to allow third party software application to submit and retrieve Pitram information without having to directly access the production database. Thus Kazzinc “can ensure that production data is utilised to its full extent throughout the mining operation”, according to supplier Micromine.
The deployment also features Pitram Mobile which allows Kazzinc equipment operators to capture data manually, via touch screens, or automatically via integration with on-board systems. The tablets allow direct communication between equipment operators and mine supervisors.
A Shift Planner module facilitates better execution of tasks to the mine plan in a “dynamic” scheduling environment in which managers and supervisors can decide the best way forward when delays or unexpected events affect task completion times.
Kazzinc Ltd. produces zinc, copper, lead, and precious metals in Kazakhstan. It offers zinc metal, zinc-aluminum alloy, bismuth Bi1, lead bismuthide, gold, silver, copper in copper concentrate, copper blister, cadmium, indium, thallium, selenium, aluminum, mercury, antimony concentrate, zinc sulphate, and sulphuric acid. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan. Kazzinc Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of Glencore Plc.