Canada-based Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (Norcat) is collaborating with four local companies in a bid to modernise its underground mine training centre in Northern Ontario with new technology.

The four companies including Equipment World, Fuller Industrial, Spectrum Group, and K4 Integration will help to build what is being called the ‘mine of the future’.

Norcat CEO Don Duval said: "The Norcat Underground Centre is a unique facility."

"We’re the only non-profit organisation in the world that has an operating mine that provides both start-up tech ventures and multi-national companies the resources, expertise and equipment to enable them to design, test, and ultimately showcase new and innovative products in an operating mine environment."

The underground centre will be provided with engineered piping for high compression air and water by Fuller Industrial.

Spectrum Group, which provides wireless solutions, will offer hand-held digital communications technology for the underground environment.

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K4 Integration will provide the Norcat underground centre with a digital tag-in / tag-out board to ensure all visitors, workers, trainees, and employees are tagging in and out.

Norcat collaboration with material handling and storage solutions provider Equipment World will offer new opportunities for creating a safe and modern shop, warehouse, and storage facility in a mining environment.

Equipment World manager Corey Lair said: "Equipment World thrives on providing innovative solutions to the mining industry in material handling and storage solutions.

"This partnership will be an excellent opportunity for us to showcase how the mining industry can safely and ergonomically store products while maximizing space and allowing us to test our ideas in the field."