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Case Study: Sandvik and Boliden

Bringing mining to the 21st century

Cisco IoT industrial networking technology, and Sandvik automation systems and software help Swedish mining company Boliden automate and optimize mining operations. Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is a business area within the Sandvik Group. It’s a global leading supplier of equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries. Application areas include rock drilling, rock cutting, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, tunneling, quarrying and breaking and demolition.

Application of IoT in Mining for Sandvik and Boliden

Challenges

  • Boliden requires a reliable industrial network architecture that can operate in a mine over a kilometer underground
  • Mine machinery needs to be able to operate autonomously to keep workers out of dangerous areas
  • The company needed a solution that could improve operational efficiencies in the mine while reducing costs

Solutions

  • Use of Sandvik’s OptiMine® software to analyze and optimize production and Sandvik’s AutoMine® for autonomous mining equipment
  • Boliden installed a low latency IoT network with Cisco industrial switches and access points

Results

  • Use IoT industrial automation to optimize efficiency of controlling machines and equipment in the mine
  • Automated mining equipment and operations, including data and information flows, resource measurement, and location tracking
  • Improved worker safety in the mine 

"I would trust Cisco with my life."

Jacob Wallen, Mine Automation Engineer, Boliden

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology at a glance:
Industry: Mining and construction
Filming Location: Tampere, Finland
Website: https://www.rocktechnology.sandvik/

Boliden at a glance:
Industry: Mining
Location: Garpenberg, Sweden
Website: https://www.boliden.com/

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