Chilean copper producer Codelco is set to deploy an Uptake artificial intelligence (AI) solution to monitor the health of mining equipment to ensure safe operations.

As part of the agreement, the companies will support Codelco’s digital transformation. The latest move comes as the miner plans to add fresh technologies to modenise some of its old mines.

Uptake Industry, Product and Partnerships executive vice-president Jay Allardyce said: “Codelco is the world’s leader in copper production and we’re pleased to support their digital efforts to make operations and maintenance expenditures more efficient by increasing visibility into the real-time and future health of mining machines.

“We are excited to partner with Codelco given their forward-thinking to accelerate not only their operations, but the industry.”

Under the terms of the agreement, the company will deploy Uptake’s Asset Performance Management (APM) technology on mining and processing equipment at its Division Ministro Hales mine in Calama.

The scope of the agreement includes grinding mills, roasters, crushers, pumps, haul trucks among other machines to create a comprehensive APM across all its operating mines.

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“Deploying artificial intelligence will allow Codelco to make best use of our operational data.”

Codelco Andina Division general manager Jaime Rivera said: “Deploying artificial intelligence will allow Codelco to make best use of our operational data and allow us to reach our goals of boosting mining productivity, reduce costs and maintain safe machine operations through the predictive capabilities of Uptake’s Asset Performance Management software.”

Uptake’s APM software solution uses AI to collect and analyse data to improve operational efficiency.

In a separate development, the mining firm has terminated its previously signed contract with Canadian company SNC-Lavalin Group at its open-pit Chuquicamata mine in northern Chile, saying that the engineering firm failed to comply with its work commitments at the mine.