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 Francesca De Michele LinkedIn Discussion Point: From fragmentation to integration: Simplifying mining applications

Many mine sites around Australia are working on implementing automated machinery and the necessary communications infrastructure which goes along with this. But for automation to run smoothly a myriad of programs need to be able to talk to one another, to pull and push, and share data amongst themselves, without friction. This form of software integration is by no means a new idea; it has been implemented almost seamlessly in the manufacturing and e-commerce sectors. But as RPM CEO Richard Matthews points out integration and automation in the mining industry is behind the eight ball. Mathews explained that although the mining industry has been “slow in comparison to other industries there is a big drive now” to integrate and simplify the software solutions used.

3D-P Mining Technology Solutions“There’s a significant drive because everyone understands it’s all about driving the costs down,” he said. “Integration also assists with safety, especially as the industry moves towards increasing automation like driverless trucks and trains.” Speaking at a conference in Perth recently Sandvik director, Andrew Philpott, said a common platform needs to be developed so mine sites can move safely into the future. “For us we need to develop a common platform so that all the equipment can communicate with each other and we can envelop all the equipment under the existing automation technology,” Philpott said.

Comment by Group Member Mark Whiteley  “One of the biggest challenges facing the mining community regarding fragmentation of mining applications, is the locking down of key data by the equipment manufacturers. I have a background in the IT Industry, and this situation is very similar to the unification of network protocols that occurred in the mid 90’s.  Prior to the adoption of the IEEE 802, 802.11 etc, the standards for interconnecting computers via networks left to the manufacturers to create. This meant that there were many and varied vendor network protocols which were developed by the large computer manufacturers of the time. These manufacturers included Digital, Honeywell, IBM, Burroughs, Apple, and others, which all used different vendor protocols; therefore customers were ‘locked-in’ to using a single computer system.  Interconnecting allowed them to communicate to another manufacturers network protocol.”

“This is very much the case today in the mining industry, where a few powerful vendors control a market by ‘locking’ away data in the vehicle management systems.  We need an independent body that can ratify a standard data set which allow machine data to be published to other systems. This ‘standard data set’ should provide ‘public’ data from equipment to exposed to other mining systems, however; will also recognize the need for ‘hidden’ data that will protect the vendors warranty checks.”

Reply by Francesca De Michele:  “Thanks so much for sharing your comments on this topic. Presently I’ve been hearing this from a number of people in the industry. Their biggest complaint is around the fact that many OEMs will not provide open-source software which means they’re locked into using one supplier. One of the ways people intend to combat this is by including open-source requirements in their tenders; do you think this is going to help to shift the barriers around this industry?  Or do you still expect it to be awhile off before anything changes?”

Reply by Mark Whiteley:  “The speed at which the ‘protectionist’ behaviors of the OEM’s are changed, is by industry pressure. There needs to be a forum where OEM’s can discuss this issue with the industry and perhaps decide what data should be ‘published’ in a standard format – perhaps XML or CSV files.  Also the industry must recognise that some data will be proprietary and thus not for public consumption. So your suggestion regarding providing open source data as part of a tender process, will only work in a highly competitive market. If none of the vendor OEM’s want to comply with this tender request then there is not much the client can do. The OEM’s will not drive this process, because there are too few manufacturers in a worldwide industry, and so an industry forum is needed where a bi-partisan agreement can be reached that provides the industry with the data it needs in a standard format, while protecting OEM’s intellectual property.”

Reply by Group Member Peter Cunningham: “There is a relatively new organization forming that has a mandate to address this called the “Global Mining Standards and Guidelines Group”. http://www.globalminingstandards.org/”. This group works with AusIMM, CIM, SME. Membership consists of a number of mining companies, OEMs and OTMs.”

Reply by Group Member Sean McClary:  “Francesca, this is what 3D-P (www.3d-p.com) has been saying for years.  We are supplying to the largest mining organization across the globe. The ability to have, run and manage multiple applications on to a single platform is critical as well as crucial in today’s mining environment. The 3D-P Intelligent Endpoint is just that. A ruggedized, full open computing and networking platform that can integrate any application on board any mobile machine.”

Additional resources: Mining IQ Full Article,  3D-P’s Global Sales & Marketing VP, Sean McClary’s Blog Post: Taking a Lesson from Corporate IT,  3D-P’s VP of Technology, Ron White’s Presentation: Reducing Onboard Technology Clutter through Open, Ruggedized, Onboard Computing and Networking Appliances 

Please comment on the #1 issue you are facing in your mine.

 

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3D-P Recognized as Communication Expert in the Mining Industry

3D-P is Exclusive Automation & Communication Partner at Austmine Conference in Perth AU in May

Calgary, Alberta, Canada – April 8, 2013:  3D-P is widely recognized as the leading resource for technologically-advanced open networking and computing platforms in the mining industry. This recognition by industry leaders such as the International Quality and Productivity Center was the impetus for selecting 3D-P as the exclusive Automation & Communication Partner.

“We are honored to be selected to host this important segment of Austmine,” said Mal Jones, VP and General Manager of 3D-P Australia.  “Our involvement will include a presentation as well as facilitating discussions involving critical communication issues in the mining industry. ”

In addition to the Austmine conference in May, 3D-P has presented mining technology solutions at thought leader conferences in Tucson AZ, Perth, AU and Brisbane AU, and will be hosting a wireless solution luncheon at Mining Americas in Denver CO in June.

Solutions to wireless communication in rough terrain and severe environmental conditions is a critical concern to mining operators worldwide.  3D-P’s ruggedized products and solutions are best-of-breed, stand up to harsh environments and provide the unique ability to manage and deliver all mining applications,  no matter the hardware or application vendor. Recognized for their reliability, 3D-P products decrease downtime and are proven virtually indestructible.

As a precursor to 3D-P’s involvement in Austmine, Mining IQ, the recognized leader in mining industry news, interviewed Mal Jones to gain his insights into mission critical technical solutions involving bundling and transmitting data in the mining environment. Click here to listen.

About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is the innovator of customer-driven, technology-advanced solutions for the mining industry. The company provides middleware, which connects mines with operations and people. The Intelligent Endpoint™ products are vendor agnostic and work with any hardware, applications and wireless networks. This allows mines to take advantage of the best applications and wireless technologies without having to do entire forklift upgrades to equipment and networks. With global offices staffed with engineering experts, 3D-P’s field-proven solutions are deployed at the largest mining companies on every continent in the world. Customers have proven that 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoint ™ products increase production while decreasing costs. 3D-P is Technology :: Connected.  Visit http://www.3D-P.com.

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3D-P Opens New Australian Headquarters in Perth

3D-P AustraliaAs Business Skyrockets in Perth and Western Australia, 3D-P Reconfirms Their Commitment to Australian Customers.

The new headquarters, located at 207 Bank Street Unit 1, East Victoria Park, Perth will service the majority of Australian customers and provide quicker response time. “Our main objective has always been to not only meet but exceed customer expectations,” said Sean McClary, 3D-P’s Global VP of Sales and Marketing. “We have shown over the past year how seriously we are committed to providing excellence in product and service by tripling our Australian sales/support staff and now we are renewing our commitment to our Australian customers with a newly acquired office building.”

 With the tremendous growth in mining operations throughout Australia, 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoints have been successfully included in the technical advances planned for existing mines as well as expanded and new mines. “We have been on the cutting edge of customer-driven technology from the beginning,” said Mal Jones, VP and General Manager of 3D-P Australia. “When mine operators are looking for a networking and computing platform, they want technology that will grow with their mines while at the same time enable greater production, reliability and safety within their operating budget.” Jones continued, “Our Intelligent Endpoints meet and actually exceed their expectations. That is why we have been so successful.  The fact is we have continued to double our business year-after-year.  The new headquarters will allow us to better service existing as well as new customers throughout Australia.

About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is the innovator of customer-driven, technology-advanced solutions for the mining industry. The company provides middleware, which connects mines with operations and people. The Intelligent Endpoint™ products are vendor agnostic and work with any hardware, applications and wireless networks. This allows mines to take advantage of the best applications and wireless technologies without having to do entire forklift upgrades to equipment and networks. With global offices staffed with engineering experts, 3D-P’s field-proven solutions are deployed at the largest mining companies on every continent in the world. Customers have proven that 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoint ™ products increase production while decreasing costs. 3D-P is Technology :: Connected.  Visit http://www.3D-P.com.

By Categories: 3D-P Expansion, Mining News

3D-P Announces Resell Agreement with Three Wire Systems

IT Business in Virginia to resell 3D-P product to U.S. Federal Government

 Calgary, Alberta, Canada – March 13, 20133D-P, the leading resource for technologically-advanced, ruggedized networking and computing platforms has signed a resell agreement with Three Wire Systems, LLC (Three Wire).  3D-P products are proven in tough mining environments, and now through Three Wire will be sold to connect military vehicles traveling through tough and rugged terrain.

“Three Wire Systems’ knowledge of technology, integrations and infrastructure within the U.S. Federal Government provided easy to recognize synergies with 3D-P’s offerings” commented Sean Wilson, Director of Global Business Development with 3D-P. “This is a great opportunity for both organizations. It expands Three Wire’s solution offering and 3D-P’s footprint by adding a new industry in need of a rugged computing platform.”

Federal Government initiatives such as the Common Hardware Systems-4 (CHS-4) opened the door for partnership opportunities between IT Solution providers and Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) manufacturers.  “By combining Three Wire’s innovative IT solutions with 3D-P’s ruggedized computing platform, we are providing a future-proof solution that meets the demands of any military or Federal Government deployment,” said Wilson.

Three Wire Systems’ Federal solution set includes reduced telecommunication spend, effective IT asset management, identification of un-deployed/underutilized software assets, and reduced power consumption. Three Wire works directly with the Department of Defense, including Army and Air Force, Homeland Security, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Senate and Congress, to name a few.

“We’re thrilled to offer 3D-P’s product to the Federal marketplace,” states Three Wire CEO Dan Frank. “Three Wire is the leader in eliminating wasteful spend by deploying disruptive technologies, and 3D-P’s solutions enhance our offerings.”

About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is the innovator of customer-driven, technology-advanced solutions for the mining industry. The company provides middleware, which connects mines with operations and people. The Intelligent Endpoint™ products are vendor agnostic and work with any hardware, applications and wireless networks. This allows mines to take advantage of the best applications and wireless technologies without having to do entire forklift upgrades to equipment and networks. With global offices staffed with engineering experts, 3D-P’s field-proven solutions are deployed at the largest mining companies on every continent in the world. Customers have proven that 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoint ™ products increase production while decreasing costs. 3D-P is Technology :: Connected.  Visit http://www.3D-P.com.

About Three Wire Solutions

Three Wire Systems LLC – a service-disabled, veteran owned small business – is a dynamic and multi-faceted IT consulting and solutions firm founded in 2006. We eliminate wasteful spend in Federal Enterprise environments through the introduction of disruptive technologies. Particular areas of focus include reduced telecommunication spend, effective IT asset management, identification of un-deployed/underutilized software assets, and reduced power consumption. Professional services capabilities include project and program management, enterprise server and active directory support, and web application development. Our engineering expertise is centered on the IT infrastructure – compute, storage, networking, and cyber security. For more information, visit www.threewiresys.com.

By Categories: 3D-P Expansion, Military Technology Solutions

One Minute Video That Could Change Your Mine

Ron White, 3D-P VP of Technology Presents Mining Technology Solutions at Mine Site Automation Conference in Tucson. Watch this short video and if you’d like to hear his full, 17-minute video, click below.

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Click here to watch the 17 minute video

Reducing Onboard Technology Clutter through Open, Ruggedized, Onboard Computing and Networking Appliances.

New applications for mining equipment are continually becoming available, and many are seen as critical to the safe operation and productivity of the equipment shortly after their release.  These new applications drive additional hardware installations on the equipment. This hardware, described as  “technology clutter” has the effect of reducing operator comfort, and potentially creating safety issues such as reduced visibility and ergonomics.   At the same time, many technology products are moving towards “open source” methodologies.  This session will illustrate:

  • How to utilize these advances to reduce technology clutter in cabs to streamline operations
  • Ensuring operators have full access to many critical applications
By Categories: Executive Forum, Mining Technology Solutions

3D-P Demonstrates Mining Technology Around the Globe in 2013

3D-P will be presenting, sponsoring and exhibiting at the following conferences and expos:

February 24-27:  SME Annual Conference, Denver, CO, USA

Mining guys, Sean Wilson and Bill Wright along with Sean McClary, Ron White and Ben Greenwood will be attending

February 25-26: Mine Automation, Perth, WA  AU

Mal Jones will be addressing standardizing the tools for integration and management of disparate automation systems and networks as well as implementing an open platform for the mobile mining environment. For more information go to: http://bit.ly/YbILNO

 March 12-13: Mine Site Automation & Communication, Brisbane, QLD AU

Mal Jones will be speaking on managing the integration of multiple applications and hardware through one intelligent end-point. To register go to: http://bit.ly/Y5D3qo

March 20-22: Mining Australia Expo, Perth, WA, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at booth #11. To register go to: http://bit.ly/14ON81d

April 18-29: Newcastle Mining & OH&S Expo, Newcastle, NSW, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at booth #32. To register go to: http://bit.ly/YSJFvj

May 5-8: Toronto, Ontario, CA

Vivien Hui attending

May 14-16: Mackay-Bowen Mining & Resource Expo, Mackay, Queensland, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at booth #34. To register go to: http://bit.ly/WFATCc

May 20-23: Austmine, Perth, WA, AU

3D-P is the exclusive Platinum Sponsor of “Automation & Communication.”

Mal Jones will be presenting and 3D-P will be exhibiting. Mining IQ is recording an exclusive Podcast interview with Mal that will be available in May. To register go to: http://bit.ly/157xAqe

June 5-7: Singleton Mining & OH&S Expo, Singleton, NSW AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at booth #172. To register go to: http://bit.ly/c6HhJL

June 10-11: Mining Americas Summit, Denver CO, USA

Demonstrating Operational Best Practices and Technical Solutions to Allow Mine Operators to Boost Productivity and Control Costs in a Volatile Marketplace

3D-P is the exclusive Wireless Network Sponsor and is hosting a themed luncheon that includes an opportunity for round-the-table discussion. To register go to: http://bit.ly/gPKySH

June 11-13:  Gas & Oil Expo, Calgary, AB Canada

Visit the 3D-P Staff at Booth 1689. To register go to:  http://bit.ly/11mR1Xy

July 18-20: Gladstone Resource & Industry Expo, Gladstone, Queensland, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at Booth #55. To register go to: http://bit.ly/XHEvBp

July 23-24: Mine Site Automation & Communication,  Johannesburg South Africa

3D-P is the “network solution provider” – Booth details to come.

August 11-15: CIM23rd World Mining Congress, Montreal, Quebec, CA

Vivien Hui will be attending

September 10-11: Oil Sand Trade Show, Fort McMurray, AB, CA

Vivien Hui and Sean Wilson attending

September 11-13, Pilbara Mining & Resource Expo, Pilbara WA, AU

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at Booth #136. To register go to: http://bit.ly/pLMjd8

September 16-20: Extemin Technology Exhibition Fair, Lima Peru

Visit Hugo Untiveros and Oscar Ramos at Booth #996 in the US Pavilion. To register go to: http://bit.ly/159T3ir

We look forward to seeing you around the globe in 2013!

By Categories: Mining News, Trade Events

3D-P Mining Solutions Begins Banner Year

By Sean McClary, 3D-P’s VP Global Sales and Marketing

When you lay the foundation and build upon a solid plan, you expect good things to happen. But while you are waiting for all the thought-out strategies to bring results  it’s human nature to second guess decisions and to lose sleep over what-if scenarios. That’s where I have been. But somewhere over the past few months, all the pieces have aligned perfectly and the future is clearly on target.  2013 is shaping up to  be quite a year for 3D-P and a banner year for the mining industry.

2012 3D-P Strategies:

Product Expansion & Training:  1) The one box, one tablet concept for cabs was unveiled at MINExpo.  Listening to the needs of our customers, our engineers went to work on a product that would declutter cabs while integrating and delivering all their applications. 2) Our product training kicked-off in December with full classrooms.  On-going sessions are planned for Solo Mesh and 802.lln training and certification.

Unparalleled Customer Service: 1) We consolidated our operations under one “best in class” facility to better serve our global customer base.  2) We expanded our support staff by 50% in Canada and Australia.

Increased Sales Presence: 1) We signed Communications International to represent us in Brazil, Africa and Asia. 2) Mining technology veterans Bill Wright and Sean Wilson were brought on board to help direct and manage business development 3) A building was purchased in Perth to serve as home to 3D-P operations in Australia.

Results of our strategies in 2012: 1) 3D-P product innovations landed us top exposure, and  “One of the companies to watch” at MINExpo in September. 2) 3D-P made sales history by shipping mega pallets of product to one of the largest mining companies in the world. 3) We met and far exceeded our sales goals for 2012..

But to me, the best of all is that we met our number one goal to meet and exceed our customers’ expectation. Our products do what we said they would do, and our service is personal and unequaled. 

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3D-P Welcomes Bill Wright as Regional Manager of US Sales

Calgary, Alberta, Canada – February 4, 2013:  3D-P announces and welcomes Bill Wright as the company’s newest addition to their global sales management team. Wright will be responsible for managing all existing US customers as well as securing new customers in the region.

 Bill Wright brings over 20 years experience in the Information Technology industry with positions in sales, marketing and management. Previously, Mr. Wright was with Bentley Systems (formerly IVARA) where he served as Strategic Account Manager over mining software solutions. Prior mining sales experience includes positions at Mincom and NRX.

“Bill Wright has a proven ability to communicate complex processes and technology,” said Sean McClary, 3D-P’s Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. “When you combine this with his discovery-based sales methodology and consultative style, Bill’s contribution to 3D-P’s presence in the US is sure to be substantial.”

Wright will be headquartered in Denver, Colorado and will work with the Calgary customer support staff as well as support staff in the US.

“I have always recognized connectivity throughout the mine site as a critical component,” explained Bill Wright. “Connectivity is not only critical in retrieving data from the mobile fleet but also in extending the reach of the advanced systems that the mining industry uses today.  I am excited to be working with the professionals at 3D-P, and based on my years of mining technology experience I know that I can help my customers use real time data to increase production, lower costs and improve training.”

 About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is the innovator of customer-driven, technology-advanced solutions for the mining industry. The company provides middleware, which connects mines with operations and people. The Intelligent Endpoint™ products are vendor agnostic and work with any hardware, applications and wireless networks. This allows mines to take advantage of the best applications and wireless technologies without having to do entire forklift upgrades to equipment and networks. With global offices staffed with engineering experts, 3D-P’s field-proven solutions are deployed at the largest mining companies on every continent in the world. Customers have proven that 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoint ™ products increase production while decreasing costs. 3D-P is Technology :: Connected.  Visit http://www.3D-P.com.

By Categories: 3D-P Expansion

Mal Jones to Present at Thought-Leader Conferences in Australia

Mal Jones, VP and General Manager of 3D-P Australia, will be presenting on February 25 at Mine Automation in Perth and March 12th in Brisbane. These thought-leader conferences will be attended by mining decision-makers from Australia and Asia. As a sought-after sponsor of these events, 3D-P is recognized globally as the innovator of customer-driven solutions.

The topic for both conferences is: Managing the integration of multiple applications and hardware through one intelligent end-point

• Standardising the tools for integration and management of disparate automation systems and networks

• Implementing an open platform for the mobile mining environment

• Assessing current operational needs and standardising future requirement

• Reduction of infrastructure costs and improved performance

To register for Mine Automation in Perth

To register for Mine Site in Brisbane

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