Underground simulators supplier Immersive Technologies (IMMT) and mine vehicle guidance systems company RCT have joined forces to launch an advanced underground loader simulator.

Mine vehicle control and guidance systems supplier RCT provided its Controlmaster CM2000D line-of-sight remote control system to the simulator.

A zinc miner in Kazakhstan will use the simulator to train miners in the safe operation of loaders in manual, as well as remote-control modes.

In addition to conducting remote and tele-remote mining, the mining company performs manual loading across many sites to help increase production.

Using simulator training, operators can be trained and evaluated without the need to borrow machines from production.

"Demand in mining is growing for more advanced simulation-based training."

The new simulator helps decrease training time and negates the risk and cost of machine or mine damage during training, while expediting the introduction of new operators at mines.

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RCT senior business development manager Phil Goode said: "Miners can now learn and develop better skills, they can start on manual, then progress to learn line-of-sight remote control operation, all within the safe confines of a simulator."

"RCT is very excited that our customers can train remote operators on their simulators."

Immersive Technologies marketing executive director Wayde Salfinger said: "This collaboration ensures our shared customers have access to highly effective remote operation and teleoperation equipment training solutions."

"Demand in mining is growing for more advanced simulation-based training, including for tele-remote and semi-autonomous equipment."

Image: The new simulator will be used in Kazakhstan to train miners in the safe operation of loaders. Photo: courtesy of Immersive Technologies.