RCT digital automation supercharges Develop’s Bellevue operation


Smart technology specialist RCT is pleased to partner with mining services company Develop and deploy state-of-the-art digital automation technology at its recently awarded Bellevue operation in Western Australia.

RCT’s digital ControlMaster® solution empowers Develop with the best autonomous technology to safely manage their underground mobile equipment fleet and make consistent production gains.

The autonomous solutions are in line with Develop’s innovative business ethos of combining impressive technology with experienced professionals to transform operations into mining powerhouses.

Develop machine operators are excited in anticipation of utilising the ControlMaster® Automation Centre and manage a Sandvik LH517i underground loader within the underground complex.

In the future the company will roll out additional autonomous Sandvik LH517i loaders in line with their evolving mining fleet requirements as they move into production activities.

To accommodate a larger autonomous fleet, Develop will harness the power of ControlMaster® Multi-Machine Select (MMS) and Multi-Machine Control (MMC) capabilities into their Automation Centre.

These features mean machine operators can switch between underground loaders located throughout the mine and subsequently take control of each machine.

Develop will further support the Bellevue fleet by rolling out RCT Connect which is the only available mining communications infrastructure designed to accommodate autonomous mining equipment.

The specialised Wi-Fi network will ensure consistent communications and very low machine latency between the machine fleet and Automation Centre.

RCT’s Kalgoorlie Branch Manager Rick Radcliffe said the work at Bellevue will provide a strong foundation on which to grow a business relationship between the two companies.

“We are very pleased to be Develop’s automation technology supplier and provide cutting edge solutions and a very high level of service from the beginning at Bellevue,” he said.

“We will be there alongside Develop as they kick off autonomous machine activities and we are confident that our technology will deliver results every shift.”

“RCT proudly has 50 years of experience supporting Goldfield’s mining companies and we look forward to applying all our knowledge to whatever situation Develop faces in the future.”

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