Continuing its focus on IoT solutions for the mining industry, Sandvik has signed an agreement with Nokia to further develop Sandvik solutions for private LTE (Long Term Evolution) and 5G technology. The Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (NDAC) platform offers pervasive connectivity enabling advanced applications, and will initially be implemented and tested in the Sandvik test mine in Tampere, Finland.
Sandvik’s decades-long work in automation has grown to include robust data analytics and process optimization offerings, where connectivity and local computing power are crucial. Applications requiring high capacity and low latency are becoming increasingly important.
Private LTE networks bring reliable & secure high capacity, low latency and wide coverage mobile broadband to serve mission and business critical industrial connectivity needs and offer a variety of terminals, sensors and other devices. The Nokia digital automation platform will operate both underground and in open pit mines, and offers a flexible connectivity platform for testing and developing Sandvik technology. This network enables operation of autonomous vehicles, real-time monitoring of underground and outdoor premises to keep people and equipment safe, remote diagnostics and predictive maintenance, as well as asset management, control and authentication.
“Our cooperation with Nokia is another important part of our strategy to develop open, interoperable solutions for future mining needs. Enhanced connectivity is critical for smarter and safer underground operations, and we’re proud to work with Nokia to develop these enhanced connectivity options for our test mine and mining industry going forward,” said Riku Pulli, Vice President, Automation, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology.
Stephan Litjens, general manager, Nokia Digital Automation said: ”Pairing Sandvik solutions with 5G-ready Nokia DAC architecture has proven to be an excellent match. We are truly motivated to continue collaborating to develop technology that meets the requirements of the often harsh conditions they operate in – be it moist, hot, cold, and/or dusty.”
“Sandvik is a leader in mine automation and digitalization, and Nokia offers leading technology in wireless connectivity. Together, we create innovative solutions for mining customers.” said Pulli.
Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering group offering products and services that enhance customer productivity, profitability and safety. We hold world-leading positions in selected areas – tools and tooling systems for metal cutting; equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries; products in advanced stainless steels and special alloys as well as products for industrial heating. In 2017, the Group had approximately 43,000 employees and sales of 91 billion SEK in more than 150 countries within continuing operations.
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is a business area within the Sandvik Group and a global leading supplier of equipment and tools, service and technical solutions for the mining and construction industries. Application areas include rock drilling, rock cutting, crushing and screening, loading and hauling, tunneling, quarrying and breaking and demolition. In 2017, sales were approximately 37 billion SEK with about 15,000 employees in continuing operations.
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