3D-P Wins Major Contract With New MMG Project in Peru

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3D-P has been awarded the contract for the deployment of the wireless network at the Las Bambas Copper project near Cusco, Peru. When operational, Las Bambas is expected to become one of the top three copper producing mines in the world and shipment of the first concentrate is expected in the first quarter of 2016.

3D-P will commence installation of the wireless network in August 2015. The newest 3D-P technology in the form of the e200 Intelligent EndPoint TM with integrated Rajant kinetic mesh wireless network technology (802.11n radio) will be used for the on-board computing and integration of the various applications. The wireless infrastructure solution includes Rajant InstaMeshTM networking protocol, which enables wireless access for all of the mobile fleet as well as a redundant mesh backhaul. The wireless network is also complemented by Cambium backhaul technology to provide the resiliency and high speed deterministic throughputs required to support the scope of applications anticipated for the life of the network.

When completed, the network will provide mine-wide wireless coverage for communication of data and video from the mobile equipment. The highly efficient Rajant InstaMesh TM technology will allow each radio to participate in the mesh, helping maximize wireless performance throughout the mine.

“We are very pleased with the confidence that MMG, the mine operator, has shown in 3D-P. We look forward to partnering with them for the installation of the Las Bambas mine wireless network to provide critical communications with the production fleet. Deployment of the 3D-P Intelligent EndPointsTM and Rajant technology is expected to meet Las Bambas needs well into the future” said Evan Hansen, CEO of 3D-P.

3D-P Leader in Wireless Mining Communications

This new contract confirms 3D-P’s position as the leader in Wireless Mining Communications.

Focusing on mining since 1996, 3D-P offers a unique solution in the market place by filling the gap between the third party applications, enabling their sharing across the wireless network as well as offering reliable wireless network design, installation, optimization and support. 3D-P technology solutions are easy to use, vendor agnostic, allow the customer direct access to their valuable data, and are designed around an open architecture that allows the sharing of onboard resources, minimizing technology clutter.  The Intelligent Endpoint TM product line, along with its enabling features such as the integration solutions of the iep-suite of interfacing tools, application hosting capability and ongoing network performance monitoring, provide the mining customer the onboard application capability they desire.

Whether the speed of 802.11n, the security of private LTE cellular, or the flexibility of infrastructure and client meshing is required, 3D-P has the solution.

Its reliability, flexibility and custom solutions explain why over 80 surface mines worldwide have adopted the 3D-P solution.

A Successful Partnership

In November 2014, 3D-P became a Rajant Kinetic Mesh Solution Partner for mining, allowing the company to apply its extensive knowledge of outdoor wireless mesh networking to the deployment of Rajant technology globally.

Rajant Corporation is the exclusive provider of private wireless networks powered by patented Kinetic Mesh technology, BreadCrumb TM network nodes, and InstaMeshTM networking software. With Rajant, customers can rapidly deploy a highly adaptable and scalable network that leverages the power of real-time data to deliver on-demand, critical business intelligence from the field. Rajant BreadCrumbs can seamlessly integrate with any Wi-Fi or Ethernet-connected device to deliver low-latency, high-throughput data, voice and video applications across the meshed, self-healing network. With the ability to take private network applications and data everywhere, Rajant networks are used across a broad array of industries, including military, industrial, transportation, utilities, telecommunications, and all levels of governments. For more information, visit www.rajant.com.

If you would like more information on the 3D-P range of solutions, please call +1.403.203.3018 (Americas), 1800 210 655 (Australia) or visit http://www.3d-p.com.

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3D-P Supports Nevada Mining Association Convention’14 in Reno, NV

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3D-P will be attending the upcoming Nevada Mining Association Convention at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on September 4th. Both Bill Wright (VP Sales & Marketing) and Jennifer Mann (Account Executive) are available to answer any questions you may have of 3D-P while visiting the convention.

Nevada Mining Association Convention’14

Join the Nevada Mining Association at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Enjoy three days of networking as well as recreational and educational opportunities including our annual golf tournament at the famed Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Discussion panels will be available with top industry experts along with fun mixers with professionals from all aspects of the industry’s supply chain.

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3D-P to Attend Mine Site Automation and Communication in Australia

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3D-P will be presenting and exhibiting at both Mine Site Automation and Communication events in Australia.  

March 11 – 13:  Mine Site Automation and Communication WA 2014; Perth, WA, Australia

Mal Jones will be presenting “The Introduction of Next Generation 4G Technologies to the Mining Industry,” on March 11 at 11:40am.  Click here for event info

April 1 – 3 :  Mine Site Automation and Communication QLD 2014; Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Mal Jones will be presenting “The Introduction of Next Generation 4G Technologies to the Mining Industry,” on April 2 at 10:30am Click here for event info

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Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 and Firmware Updates Released

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3D‐P, a leading provider of technology products for the mining industry, is pleased to announce the release of Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 along with the latest firmware releases for the Intelligent Endpoint line.

Endpoint Manager is a software utility that allows administrators to quickly and cost-effectively manage their Intelligent Endpoint™ (IEP) network from a central location.  The release of Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 enables the configuration of Intelligent Endpoint functionality in the new firmware release 110715-30, including:

  • Broadcast Proxy support for applications such as Modular’s MineCompass moving map display
  • Multicast support for applications such as the Terrain Server component of CAT® Minestar™.
  • Enhancements to our WLAN Network Interface to optimize the handoff of Intelligent Endpoints as they roam between access points as well as extended security options
  • Network Performance Monitoring tools that can provide graphical or a historical view of network performance on the Intelligent Endpoint interfaces

Endpoint Manager also includes an Advanced System Settings configuration tab for an additional “expert” level of remote customization, and tools for creating a second partition on Intelligent Endpoints for data storage.

Customers with an existing Service Level Agreement are entitled to a upgrade their firmware for all their Intelligent Endpoints along with Endpoint Manager 1.4.1 at no charge providing they have already purchased an earlier release.

All firmware loads and software mentioned will be made available to download to qualified customers via the 3D-P ftp site  Please contact our Customer Support group via email at support@3d-p.com or here.

For further details, please click here or contact your Account Manager.

Endpoint Manager and new firmware webinar:

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Bill Wright Promoted to Global VP of Sales & Marketing at 3D-P

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada – July 8, 2013:  3D-P, a global technology company specializing in mining and DOD communications, announced the promotion of Bill Wright former Regional Manager of US Sales for the international company.

“Bill Wright joined 3D-P earlier this year, and we immediately recognized his executive skills as was evidenced in his handling of 3D-P customers in the US market,” said Evan Hansen, Executive VP and COO of 3D-P global. “He brings over 20 years experience in the Information Technology industry, as well as, exceptional, senior-level sales management skills,” Mr. Hansen continued.   “Bill’s expertise will lift sales management to a new level for 3D-P.  As the company continues to grow we recognize the need to promote professionals with the experience to competently manage the revenue side of our business.”

Prior to joining 3D-P, Bill Wright served as Strategic Account Manager over mining software solutions at Bentley Systems (formerly IVARA).  In addition, his extensive mining sales experience includes management positions at Mincom and NRX. He is an excellent communicator, focused and goal-oriented, and he has a proven ability to communicate complex processes and technologies.

“I am excited about taking on this position and honored to be part of the 3D-P leadership team,” said Bill Wright. “I am a goal-oriented guy with a lot of ideas to help the company grow not only in the mining industry, but in other emerging verticals. After working with the 3D-P sales and support managers for the past few months, I have deep respect for their abilities and am anxious to assist our customers both domestically and internationally.”

Wright is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and will manage 3D-P sales and marketing efforts globally.

About 3D-P

Formed in 1996, 3D-P is the innovator of customer-driven, technologically-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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Dinner & Drinks on Us!

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If You are Attending the Calgary Gas & Oil Expo in June . . . 

We invite you to join us Tuesday, June 11 at 4 PM to tour our facilities followed by 5:30 Happy Hour and Dinner at 6:30 PM.

To reserve your spot click here. Please RSVP by May 31.

More information to follow.

Also, please visit our booth #1689 for an underwater demonstration of 3D-P’s Intelligent Endpoints.  They are virtually indestructible!

Intelligent Endpoints are in the field and on your equipment ruggedized networking and computing platforms that are vendor agnostic and will instantly aggregate and convert data to actionable information—all to help lower your cost and improve your operational objectives. Our middleware solutions are designed to withstand the harshest of environments and are successfully deployed in the gas & oil industry, mining and Department of Defense.   click here to learn more. 

To register for the Gas & Oil Expo in Calgary, AB, Canada  click here.

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3D-P In the Air & On the Road May & June

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

May 5-8: CMI Annual Conference & Convention, Toronto, Ontario, CA: Attending: Vivien Hui

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

Visit Mal Jones and Jeff Mahar at booth #34. Click here to register.

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 recorded an exclusive Podcast interview with Mal available here. Click here to register.

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. Click here to register. 

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

Visit the 3D-P Staff at Booth 1689.  Click here to register.

For additional shows and conferences after June, 2013: go to 

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Speak Out: What is Your #1 Mining Operation Issue?

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Listen to what others are saying in the Mine Site Automation and Communication Community LinkedIn Group

 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

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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

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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.

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