Netafim launches new automation technology for leach pads to improve mining efficiency

17 January 2016 (Last Updated January 17th, 2016 18:30)

Israel-based dripline solutions manufacturer Netafim has launched a new monitoring and control solution to help improve operational productivity and optimise the leaching methods used by mines.

Leach pads

Israel-based dripline solutions manufacturer Netafim has launched a new monitoring and control solution to help improve operational productivity and optimise the leaching methods used by mines.

The new system consists of software, hardware and support equipment, providing real-time control and monitoring of the leaching process by using radio and cell-based technology.

Using this system will enable mine operators to remotely monitor solution flow onto the pad, and respond to any issues accordingly.

Netafim USA mining division North American sales and engineering manager Karen McHale said: "Automation and data logging technologies have been incorporated into nearly every facet of modern mining operations, but when it comes to the leaching process, arguably one of the most important components of the mining process, most mines still employ the very inefficient process of manual monitoring and troubleshooting.

"Not only does Netafim offer dripline that outperforms anything else on the market, as well as control valves, air valves and metres, but now we are also able to give mines precision control technology that eliminates the need for teams of workers to manually walk miles and miles of leach pads on a daily basis in search of a potential problem."

"Mines are able to benefit from increased efficiency and reallocate manpower needs to other areas of the operation."

The automated system is currently used by various mining companies and incorporates moveable skids that contain radio or cellular controls, control and air valves, meters, gauges and other components.

Its components have been designed to collect and store data that can be used by mine operators to improve operations and maintenance.

Problems such as line plugging can also be identified.

McHale added: "By 'turning on the leach pad', mines are able to benefit from increased efficiency and reallocate manpower needs to other areas of the mining operation."

Netafim offers products including drippers, dripperlines, sprinklers and micro-emitters for mining, agriculture, greenhouse and landscape applications.


Image: Netafim's new monitoring and control solution will help optimise the leaching methods used by mines. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.