MacLean technology to be featured at CIM 2019: Battery electric vehicle trial results, actionable-data vehicle monitoring, virtual training bolter

Collingwood, Ontario [April 26, 2019] – MacLean Engineering is showcasing its technology development efforts at this year’s CIM Convention in Montreal, from April 28th through May 1st at the Palais des congrès.  The newly developed MacLean virtual reality (VR) bolter training tool will be front and centre at the company’s booth [1005] on the trade show floor, providing visitors with a hands-on experience of the immersive training world of virtual ground support installation. 

Two other MacLean technology initiatives will also be highlighted in convention presentations – Battery electric vehicle (BEV) material haulage trial results; and, real-time vehicle monitoring that delivers a shortlist of actionable data to support operator safety, machine life and predictive maintenance practices.

Image of an employee using MacLean's virtual reality (VR) bolter training tool.

MacLean’s Vehicle Monitoring System (VMS) technology package will be the focus Innovation Stage presentation on the trade show floor on the Monday afternoon of the convention (3:20 p.m. start time), while MacLean’s battery electric vehicle (BEV) material haulage ramp trial results from 2018 will be the focus of a technical session on the Wednesday afternoon of the convention (3:40 p.m. start time in meeting room 514B).

“This past year we made significant investments in our in-house technology development capabilities,” notes MacLean President, Kevin MacLean.  “This means we now have our own teams of vehicle monitoring programmers and remote-control mechatronics experts – a whole new generation of MacLean employee, one that will help propel the company’s product development along the path from remote to semi-autonomous to fully autonomous fleet operations.”

Image of MacLean virtual reality (VR) bolter training tool equipment - headset and hand controls.

“Our 2018 purchase of an underground test facility in Sudbury gives these new teams a world-class underground mining lab for technology prototyping and product testing, all at the service of delivering safer, more productive, less costly fleet operations to our global customer base,” adds MacLean Founder and Chairman, Don MacLean.

“MacLean’s technology push is closely linked to the imperative of training to ensure safe and sustainable adoption of new technology in the underground environment,” states Patrick Marshall, Director of Mining Technology. “As mining companies go deeper and to more remote locations to chase economic ore bodies, they are necessarily going to be operating in jurisdictions without longstanding, experienced mining labour forces. So, the focus needs to be on training and that means providing the whole range of tools and expert trainers, required to build knowledge to be passed along at site level on an ongoing basis.  Our VR Bolter is one of those tools – a highly transportable, accessible and engaging learning environment developed expressly for the next generation of miner who has grown up in a digital age, just as mining itself is joining the digital age in a significant way.”

For more information:
Stuart Lister
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
705-241-3247 (c)

MacLean Engineering designs, manufactures, markets and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, environmental and industrial goods sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment for full-range mining cycle support across all underground mining methods in ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean is based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with branch offices across Canada as well as in Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Australia, providing service and support to a global client base.