MACLEAN MARKS PRODUCTION MILESTONE FOR A PARADIGM CHANGER IN UNDERGROUND MINING

500TH 900 SERIES SCISSOR BOLTER SHIPS TO AGNICO EAGLE’S GOLDEX MINE

Collingwood, Ontario [8 September 2021] – The MacLean 900 Series scissor bolter design turned thirty years old in 2021 and the manufacturer recently shipped out production unit #500 to a longstanding customer – Agnico Eagle’s Goldex mine in Val d’Or, Quebec. A ceremony will be held underground at the mine later this month, to mark the milestone.

The first commercialized 900 Series unit was introduced in the early 1990s in Ontario. Three decades later, the safety, versatility, productivity, and quality of installation that this mining vehicle provides has helped change the way ground support installation is done in hard rock mines across Canada.

“This manufacturing milestone, representing the collective efforts of so many people at the company over the years, is something that I’m proud to celebrate and deeply grateful for,” notes MacLean President, Kevin MacLean. “It also underscores the importance of longstanding customer relationships, so it’s fitting that the 500th unit is going to Agnico Eagle in the Abitibi, where the MacLean mining story started and where the company’s future will be written in support of Agnico Eagle operations in Quebec, Nunavut, and Mexico.”

“At Agnico Eagle, we are very pleased to be a part of Maclean’s success and celebrate with them this important milestone. We have had a long-lasting business relationship with Maclean and, throughout our operations, our people greatly appreciate the products and support they provide. We hope to continue building on this relationship in the future,” adds Dominic Caron – Agnico Eagle Strategic procurement superintendent.

“Relentless, customer-focused product development is how we built a sustainable business over the years,” adds Don MacLean, founder of MacLean Engineering in 1973 and active as Chairman of the company to this day. “Of course, without customers to innovate for, none of what achieved would have been possible, so I want to personally thank Agnico Eagle for believing in our products and our people as we grew alongside them over the decades. The respect is definitely mutual.”

Stay tuned in the coming months for information releases about the next generation of MacLean bolter, which will include leading-edge robotics and remote control.

“If you want to talk paradigm change, this is it,” states Steve Denomme, Product Line Manager for Bolting. “The next thirty years of influence could be even greater that than the first thirty, so I’m honoured to be part of the MacLean team working in close engagement with our customer base, to transform bolting ideas into working solutions for the mines of the 21st century. We’re using advanced vehicle technologies to their greatest benefit in the underground environment, always in the name of safety and productivity.”

For more information:
Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
Collingwood, ON

slister@macleanengineering.com
705.241.3247 (c)

MacLean designs, manufactures, and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, and waste management sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment in the ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean remains based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario with service and support branches across Canada as well as a global network of manufacturing facilities and branches in the United States, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and Australia. 
www.macleanengineering.com

Propelling bolter product development in the underground environment

MACLEAN WALKS THE TALK FOR ROCK BOLTER INNOVATION,
IN ITS OWN (UNDERGROUND) BACKYARD.

Innovation is a word that you hear all the time in the mining industry, where the quest to get safer and more productive is never ending. In pursuit of this goal, MacLean has ramped up its innovation efforts over the past number of years. A major milestone in this effort was acquiring an underground R&D facility in Sudbury in late 2018.

Right from the mine

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The Rig MacLean Omnia 975 EV Bolter 
The MineMacLean Research and Demonstration Centre, Sudbury, OntarioThe MacLean Research and Demonstration Centre allows the company to develop and test new underground mining technologies completely in-house. The underground space/test mine consists of a one-kilometre decline (at an average grade of 15%) that branches into multiple headings and testing areas. The facility comes with additional shop and office space that combine to give MacLean engineers and operator trainers the ideal setting for putting mining innovation theory into practice.
The IssueThe need to safely and efficiently test out new features
on flagship MacLean mining vehicle – the 975 Omnia EV Bolter
One of the first times the Research and Demonstration Centre was put to use was for bolter testing on the EV bolter. This unit featured all the latest technology from MacLean, as well as some features that were still in development. The goals of the testing were threefold: Try out the new features underground in an authentic operational setting (i.e. bolting a round); identify screen handling process improvements for an international customer; and, internal and external training of MacLean personnel and MacLean customers, partly by capturing various parts of the bolting process on video.
The SolutionWhile trying out the various new and in-development features on this bolter, the value of doing so in a real-life underground mine setting was evident. MacLean engineers could see first-hand and in real time how their designs interact with the operation of the bolter, and several small fixes were identified much easier than they would have been in an above-ground shop. Being able to verify new features in a controlled underground environment while operating the machine makes the innovation and design process much smoother.The second goal was to find and document an improved method of handling rolled screen used by an international customer. With the participation of a team from one of the company’s international branches, MacLean was able to identify, verify, and document a safe and productive method within hours.The third goal was training for both internal personnel and external end-users of the bolter. Internally, there was a group of MacLean operator trainers who were learning about the new features on the bolter. They were able to get on the machine and try out these features while bolting a heading, allowing them to achieve a level of familiarity that would have taken much longer to develop without a test mine. For external training purposes, there was a videographer filming various processes while MacLean operators were bolting. These videos will help MacLean demonstrate features of the machine to customers, as well as show proper operating procedure to trainees before they physically get on the machine.“The first large-scale equipment testing done in the MacLean test mine was a success that showed us just how valuable and versatile the facility can be. We achieved multiple goals – testing, process improvement, and training – that would have been much more difficult and time consuming to solve without the facility. But the best part is, this is just the tip of the iceberg. We have an R&D pipeline that is filled with everything from remote operating technologies and automation, to entirely new vehicles, and we’re excited to develop and refine it all in this new facility.”—Kevin O’Halloran, Bolting Product Line Manager. 

For further information, please feel free to contact –

Kevin O’Halloran, Product Manager, Bolting
MacLean Engineering, Collingwood, ON, Canada

E-mail:  kohalloran@macleanengineering.com

BEV introduction partnership approach ‘paves the ramp’ for New Afton’s first, important step towards broader fleet electrification

In July of 2020, New Gold’s New Afton copper and gold mine near Kamloops, BC introduced their first battery electric mining vehicle (BEV) to their mobile fleet. A MacLean BEV BT3 Boom Truck was delivered from MacLean headquarters in Ontario to take part in a trial that stretched throughout the summer and fall, directly comparing its performance to its diesel counterpart. The unit logged over 300 hours over the course of three months and was subsequently purchased by New Gold.

Image of the MacLean BEV BT3 Boom Truck on the surface at Afton Copper, lifting a skid of mining material.Key to the successful introduction of this new technology was both the length of the trial combined with the amount of commissioning and customization work done in close partnership between New Afton and MacLean. Ensuring the BEV unit was customized to meet its specific duty cycle for material haulage ramp runs at this block caving operation, as well as ensuring the New Afton operators and mechanics were properly trained to use and repair the mining vehicle, were critical to the successful adoption of this technology underground. While BEVs contribute to a working environment with reduced emissions, less noise, and lower vibration, their successful implementation at a mine can depend on a number of factors unique to the site.

Image of the MacLean BEV BT3 Boom Truck parked on the surface at Afton Copper.The New Afton example of carefully and methodically approaching the introduction of their first BEV unit underground, in direct comparison to the performance and operator experience on an existing diesel version of the same model, is a good example for other mine sites looking to incrementally and successfully grow their zero emissions mining fleets to support cleaner, safer, more efficient, and lower cost operations.

“We’re excited to have taken this first step toward electrifying our entire C-Zone production fleet. In addition to the speed improvements tramming uphill, this BEV Boom Truck helps us reduce GHG emissions and health and safety hazards related to the exhaust produced by this unit’s diesel counterpart.” – Peter Prochotsky, Mine Manager, New Afton January 2021


EV Series Fast Facts – New Afton BT3 BEV trial (July – September 2020)

Productivity improvement:  One (1) MacLean BT3 BEV Boom Truck material haulage trip was able to replace five (5) IT (Integrated Tool Carrier) trips

Total electrical energy used:  8.2 MWh
Electricity taken from grid:  6.1 MWh
Electricity regenerated:  2.1 MWh (25%)
Estimated saved diesel:  4,800 – 5,000L

Estimated carbon for electricity: 0.18 tCO2e
Estimated saved diesel carbon: 13 tCO2e
~98% Carbon savings, excluding possible ventilation savings

Bolting the Face – The Newest Capability of the MacLean Bolter

​As mines go deeper in pursuit of increasingly scarce ore, higher ground stress is unavoidable. To combat the safety risks that these high ground stresses bring, an increasing number of mines are adding the step of bolting the face to their development cycle. Face bolting is just what it sounds like – in addition to scaling and installing rock bolts and screen in the back and the walls of a drift, the working face is scaled, screened and bolted to provide better protection to the workers exposed to it.

While the safety benefits of face bolting are clear, they do not come without a cost. Traditionally, the extra time and effort required to bolt the face has been a major deterrent. The process of moving equipment in and out of the heading to bolt the walls and back (bolter), then wash and scale the face (scissor lift or MacLean bolter), and finally to bolt and screen the face (jumbo), meant a lot of equipment was tied up to work on one heading, and the logistical difficulties of having the equipment and manpower available in a timely manner made face bolting a headache. This challenge is one that we at MacLean Engineering decided to tackle.

The MacLean solution

At MacLean Engineering, our face bolting solution follows the MacLean philosophy that has been vital to the success of our bolters and other support equipment: provide a way for miners to do their jobs with first-rate safety and productivity. With this objective in mind and knowing that the most significant issue with face bolting is the movement of equipment in and out of the heading, a key part of our solution is the ability to carry out the entire process with one machine. This means no more time wasted waiting for equipment to become available, and no more tying up equipment that could be productively used elsewhere. Equipped with the face bolting option, the MacLean 975 Scissor Bolter can scale, bolt and screen the walls and back; wash and scale the face; and, bolt and screen the face.

Accomplishing this took some outside-the-box thinking. One of the main challenges in designing the face bolting feature was the space available on the bolting platform. Because face bolting requires the boom to be oriented straight out from the deck, the back end of the boom hangs over the rear of the deck and reduces the available space. The solution to this was to shorten the bolting control console and bolt racks, and implement an adjustable handrail system that allows for full deck space in regular bolting mode, and reduced deck space in face bolting mode to accommodate the forward-facing boom. Redesigned wings that fold down flat onto the deck to allow clearance for the forward-facing boom were also incorporated, and additional, moveable drilling lights were added to allow operators to properly illuminate the face.

Putting it to the test

After trialing the face bolting feature at a number of Canadian mines, we can now say that this is a fully commercialized option for the 975 Scissor Bolter. In the most recent trial, which involved putting split set bolts into 5x5m faces, the bolter was consistently scaling, bolting, and screening faces in less than two hours. At faces that didn’t require a lot of scaling, the time to do all this was an hour and a half or less. The efficiency of this method was obvious, with the change from regular bolting mode to face bolting mode taking less than 5 minutes and eliminating the much lengthier process of moving equipment in and out of the heading. Customer feedback indicated that there is a lot of value in being able to do it all with one machine, and the results were tangible – they were gaining extra rounds. The trials confirmed success in applying the productivity and safety of the MacLean bolter to the face.

Looking aheadAt MacLean Engineering we strive to continuously adapt our products to the evolving needs of the underground hard-rock mining industry. The face bolting feature for the 975 bolter is one result of this mission and answers the call for a more efficient way to provide a safer environment for miners working at the face. The goal in designing the face bolting feature was to integrate the additional capability of bolting the face without compromising what the bolter already does so well. Accomplishing this took some creativity, but the result is a MacLean bolter that is even more versatile than its predecessors. With this lower-cost and highly productive method, and as more mines expand deeper or into higher ground-stress environments, we are excited to see our machines bolting more faces in the future.

For more information:

Stuart Lister
slister@macleanengineering.com
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
705-241-3247 (c)

VR training – try it on

I’ve just returned from two mining conventions in Latin America, the Perumin show in Arequipa in September and the Expo Minera show in Acapulco last week, and one of the takeaways is that virtual reality technology (VR) in mining is now commonplace.

For the past year, MacLean has been test driving our ‘Bolter in a Box’ virtual reality (VR) training tool at industry gatherings like these, where booth visitors can literally ‘try on’ VR bolting as an enhanced operator training tool.

As a trade show booth magnet, the VR headset is an easy and popular addition to our booth.What we’ve seen so far is that curious conference goers tend to wear it for a few minutes and that’s all they need to get a taste of the VR simulator experience turned towards underground mining vehicle training.

The next step is to build on these initial show demos and make this highly transportable technology an integral part of the classroom portion of our bolter training offer.This will be as much for introductory safety and basic configuration training as it will be for refresher training offered to experienced operators.For the latter, this is where running critical incident scenarios like a fire or major equipment breakdowns, to measure response times, can be of clear benefit.The fire scenario critical incident and response time testing is an easy example of an underground mining situation that lends itself so well to simulation, over the real thing.

Our VR development journey at MacLean has of course focused on programming and hardware…technology…but the key learning has been that nothing replaces the actual human trainer.It’s about enhancing training by complementing, not replacing, the technical and teaching expertise of the actual real-life operator trainer delivering the course.

 

​If you’re interested in getting a demo of this training tool, please reach out.We want to take this tool on the road to prove its value as a teaching tool, as well as continue to improve it.

After the MacLean ‘Bolter in a Box’, next up will be extending the VR world to pre-op walkarounds and then full simulator treatments for the MacLean Blockholer and MacLean Shotcrete Sprayer.There are many potential applications to be developed, now that the VR technology fit with mining vehicle training has been proven.

For more information:
Stuart Lister
slister@macleanengineering.com
Director of Marketing & Communications
705-241-3247 (c

The MacLean digital twin takes shape

When you participate in enough mining conferences, certain themes get lots of airtime but there’s usually a major lag between tradeshow appearances and mine site appearances. Such is the nature of the underground mining industry where the introduction of new technology invariably has to navigate some combination of a logistical, technical, cost, safety, and cultural hurdle obstacle course. 

But of course, change happens, even in underground mining. Case in point is the switch to battery electrification on mobile fleets, to eliminate diesel fine particulate matter in the underground environment and get the added benefits of reduced ventilation and lower maintenance requirements. 

Electrification of mining was the buzz at the last MINExpo in 2016 and now that we’re coming up fast on the next instalment in September 2020, EV mining seems like old news. The question is no longer ‘if’ underground mining will transition to battery electric mining vehicles, even large haul trucks and scoops, it’s just a question of how fast it will happen. With the all-electric Borden project now in production, and Glencore’s Onaping Depth in its initial construction phase, the diesel-free mine of the future is already here. 

When it comes to autonomous operations underground, open pit mines have already made significant progress in this area with haulage trucks. In the underground mining world, self-driving scoops have been introduced successfully. The current industry focus is managing overall traffic flow for the traditional fleet (operator-controlled tramming) and the next step is traffic management for an autonomously tramming fleet of mining vehicles, from different OEMs. Then going beyond tramming to extend autonomous operations to the application end of production support mining vehicles across the mining cycle – mobile equipment like bolters, sprayers, water cannons, rockbreakers and secondary reduction drills that currently require an operator working in a cab or on a deck under protected ground. 

The third pillar of mining innovation after electrification and automation that gets similar airing at shows is the promise of digitalization. On that front, the creation of a digital twin for every Maclean mining vehicle is the strategic direction we’ve set for ourselves over the past number of years. We are now at a point now in our product development evolution where we can share some real progress. On the real-time analytics front, we have a purpose-built vehicle monitoring system on our 15-unit fleet of battery electric vehicles at Borden Gold in northern Ontario. This system streams real-time performance data (both tramming and application) to the cloud for remote analysis and better decision making for maintenance and operations personnel at site. 

This MacLean IntelliOp VMS package consists of sensors and display screens installed on each unit, supported by analytics software that distills vehicle performance data based on an OEM-level of product design knowledge. IntelliOp presents actionable data and provides prompts on the in-cab screen so that it offers up immediate benefits with regard to operator performance. It also clears away the background noise of vehicle health telemetry by presenting this data in a way that enables predictive maintenance decision making, not bring about decision overwhelm. 

We’re also taking the leap to a cloud-based documentation platform for parts books and parts ordering as well as technical manuals. This is an online environment that provides a high level of offline functionality, and where almost real-time downloaded PDFs can be created easily and quickly. 

Our new ‘Documoto’ parts ordering portal will have the look and feel of a best-in-class consumer retail experience. Plus, we’re able to layer on a library of training content, for example ‘how-to’ videos that we think will be of great help to our customer base. Going forward, we’re going to build this content out with training videos shot in our test mine. 

And speaking of training, a great example of the MacLean digital twin philosophy taking shape is our development of a virtual reality (VR) bolter that offers up a digital simulation of a bolter environment within a headset. It’s easy to transport and the technology is well known and well-liked by the coming generation of underground miners who are growing up with this type of technology as part of their day-to-day. 

The MacLean digital twin is indeed taking shape and, we’re just getting started. Next up will be connecting our real-time vehicle performance data and the cloud-based parts book and technical manuals repository with each unit’s maintenance history. The scenario is a mine’s service technician showing up at a piece of mining equipment, with a tablet that can instantly get a picture of the work that has been done to that unit, along with predictive maintenance suggestions – maintenance tasks and parts. This is just one example of how the rollout of the digital twin, if done right, could make a practical difference in underground mining. That’s why we’re devoting resources to pushing forward in this area.For more information: Stuart Lister  
Vice President​ of Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering​
slister@macleanengineering.com​
705-241-3247 (c​)

On the subject of required reading (and nothing to do with your book club)

When we launched our cloud-based MacLean-Documoto platform last year, we knew our customers would be excited about the change because it offered up accessible, secure, and user-friendly access interface to fleet documentation and online parts ordering. 

Over 1,200 MacLean mining vehicles have now been added to the e-library, which is not only a research tool for parts books, operator’s guides, and maintenance manuals, it also offers up a retail-like aftermarket online shopping environment. For maintenance planners, maintenance crews, procurement staff, and site management, it’s a one-stop-shop online where connectivity exists, and for non-connected environments, it offers up the ability to rapidly export PDF documents and take them underground. 

What we didn’t realize while planning the first phase of rollout to our Canadian customer base, was the importance of the platform in terms of addressing a gap in our risk communications process. Before MacLean-Documoto, any customer communication with safety implications, be it a high priority Hazard Alert or a lower priority, but still important, Product Service Bulletin, was distributed via email with a PDF attachment. 

Of course, adding to the mountain of unread email in the work world’s collective inbox is not what we want to be doing with our risk communications. Then along comes Documoto, where online parts shopping capability was the catalyst for our change internally at MacLean, and with it came mandatory read-throughs of newly posted alerts and bulletins, upon each and every user login. So overnight we had a way to give these types of communications the prominence they deserve and, just as importantly, the ability to track readership. 

Not exactly an unintended consequence, more like an unexpectedly substantive side-benefit! One small but important example of incremental improvement in our service and support offering. 

Do you want to know more? 

If you have not been introduced to our MacLean-Documoto portal yet, or want to know more about anything mentioned in this article, please reach out to us at: info@macleanengineering.com

MACLEAN MARKS 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF PARADIGM CHANGER IN UNDERGROUND MINING

FIRST MACLEAN SCISSOR BOLTER DESIGNED 30 YEARS AGO, MODEL RAPIDLY APPROACHING 500-UNIT PRODUCTION MILESTONE, ALL 900 SERIES BOLTERS SOLD IN 2021 TO RECEIVE COMMEMORATIVE NAMEPLATE


Collingwood, Ontario [13 May 2021]
 – Safety, versatility, productivity, and quality of installation. Designed for a single operator, always working under protected ground, with a full shift’s worth of storage space for bolting consumables. The MacLean Bolter is the Ground Support Engineer’s ultimate tool, providing the flexibility to put in any type of ground support to produce the highest quality of support cost effectively. These are the defining features of the MacLean bolting philosophy that the company’s 900 Series bolter design embodies and 2021 marks the model’s 30th anniversary year of making underground mining safer and the bolting application more productive.

MacLean recently shipped the first of its 30th anniversary 900 Series bolters from the company’s main manufacturing facility in Collingwood, Ontario. The unit, a 975 Omnia scissor bolter, was sold to a contractor working at an underground gold mine in northwest British Columbia.

The first commercialized 900 Series unit was sold in the early 1990s to a then INCO-owned mine in the Sudbury basin. Three decades later the mining vehicle that helped to bring about a bolting safety and productivity paradigm change in Canadian hard rock mining, will soon reach its 500-unit manufacturing milestone.  

“This piece of mobile mining equipment has propelled the shift over three decades from manual to semi-mechanized bolting, with all the accompanying safety and productivity benefits that move brought about,” notes Steve Denomme, global Product Line Manager for Bolting at MacLean. “Reaching this production milestone for the MacLean bolting system is significant in and of itself and, it also sets up the next chapter in MacLean ground support solutions – fully automated, robotics-integrated bolting.”

“The importance of this product for the company and its contribution to the industry is worthy of marking, but we’re not standing still,” adds MacLean President, Kevin MacLean. “We are now hard at work in the product development and testing phase for the next generation of Maclean bolter that will follow in the footsteps of the original Maclean paradigm-changer but also forge its own path by introducing robotics to our bolting philosophy and engineered design. Stay tuned because exciting things are on the horizon.”

“I want to take the opportunity this manufacturing milestone presents, to thank the Canadian mining in particular, whose support across the decades for this product has been deep and enduring,” remarks MacLean founder, Don MacLean. “When I designed the first MacLean scissor bolter all those years ago with my original senior engineer, we thought that the very best case was a market potential of a few hundred units. I was wrong and this production milestone is proof that the 900 Series solution was sound. I can’t wait to introduce the next generation of MacLean bolting that will be our foundation for global market growth over the next 30 years.”

For more information:

Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
Collingwood ON
705.241.3247 (c)

Maclean Launches Industry First: Battery Electric Shotcrete Sprayer and Mobile Concrete Truck, Purpose-Designed for Underground Mining

LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE MACLEAN EV SERIES MOBILE EQUIPMENT PRODUCT LINE ROUND OUT COMPANY’S OFFER FOR ZERO-EMISSIONS GROUND SUPPORT INSTALLATION
MEDIA RELEASE

Collingwood, Ontario [4 March 2021] – The commercial release of the latest additions to the MacLean EV SeriesTM fleet of diesel-free mining vehicles was marked yesterday with a live launch event from underground at the company’s Research and Training Facility in Greater Sudbury. The combination of the ss5 Shotcrete Sprayer and TM3 Transmixer now provide underground mining companies with an additional option for zero-emissions ground support installation from MacLean, either from the new battery electric sprayer and tumbler combination or from battery electric rock bolting using the 975 Omnia EV Bolter, launched in 2016. 

The ss5 product launch milestone not only marks the first-ever MacLean battery electric sprayer and industry first articulated EV sprayer specifically designed for the underground mining application, it also represents a complete re-design of the MacLean shotcrete sprayer from the wheels up. This includes a new carrier and a new, ergonomically designed operator’s cab with greatly enhanced visibility and noise attenuation to support in-cab spraying. In addition, new dosing control and real-time thickness measurement technologies have been integrated into the ss5 design to reduce the amount of process chemicals used as well as improve the quality and reduce the quantity of shotcrete applied.

The new and improved MacLean ss5 and TM3 offer the mining industry a solution tailored to the application and the underground environment. The launch of the two latest MacLean battery electric mining vehicles means the company can now offer a complete, full-fleet electrification across the ground support, secondary reduction, and utility vehicle product lines.

“We knew with ss5 design we had a great opportunity to build on the success of the first EV unit MacLean introduced to the mining world back in 2016, the 975 Omnia Bolter, to give customers a complete solution for diesel-free operations within the ground support portion of the mining cycle,” notes Jonathan Lavallee, global product manager for the MacLean shotcrete product line. “Having access to a test decline right in our own backyard in Greater Sudbury made the process of fine tuning the unit’s design both more rapid and more successful in terms of being able to offer the industry a zero DPM, ‘no boots on the ground’ shotcreting solution that delivers substantive improvements in safety as well as installation efficiency and quality.”

“Having an applied research lab to connect the fit-for-purpose engineered design work being undertaken by our Advanced Vehicle Technology team with our manufacturing expertise and underground mining experience, has proven to an accelerator for our ability to deliver tech-enabled mining vehicle solutions to customers around the globe,” adds Patrick Marshall, Vice President of Product Management at MacLean. “When we say, ‘we build for life underground’, this is what we mean – I can’t wait to see these battery electric units working together at mines around the globe.”

For more information:

Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
Collingwood ON

705.241.3247 (c)

Cambrian College and Maclean Establish Practical Training and Applied Research Partnership for 21st Century Mining

MACLEAN RESEARCH AND TRAINING FACILITY TO BE SITE OF INDUSTRIAL BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLE MAINTENANCE TRAINING, ON-VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT ACCELERATOR
Two workers talking beside boom truck

Collingwood, Ontario [20 January 2021] – Canada’s largest manufacturer of underground mining vehicles is partnering with Sudbury’s Cambrian College to support skills and technology development for the electric, automated, and digitalized mine of today and tomorrow. The MacLean Research and Training Facility in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, is set to host the practical component of Cambrian’s Industrial Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance Course. Cambrian’s curriculum, developed in part with MacLean technical input, is designed for Heavy Duty technicians currently working in the mining sector.

Test mine

In addition to delivering corporate training courses, Cambrian’s Centre for Smart Mining is also the only federally recognized Technology Access Centre specific to the mining technology sector, with funding to support technology development and acceleration. As such, the Cambrian-MacLean strategic skills and technology partnership will focus both on the training of heavy duty mechanics to support battery electric vehicle (BEV) fleets, as well as supporting the development of the next generation of mechatronics workers in the mining industry by providing Cambrian students with the opportunity to work directly with the MacLean Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) team based out of the company’s Research and Training Facility.

Miners walking in led lighted area

“Practical training for BEV mechanics and applied research opportunities for the next generation of mechatronics professionals to facilitate the adoption of on-vehicle technology – these are concrete examples of MacLean leveraging its test decline in Greater Sudbury to make a difference in the industry,” remarks Stella Holloway, General Manager for Northern Ontario Operations at MacLean. “This is a chance for us to walk the talk when it comes to ramping up our research and training facility to actively support long-term, positive change in mining and I’m thrilled that we’re doing this in partnership with Cambrian.”

“Successful innovation depends on great collaboration, and I think this partnership with MacLean is a perfect example,” says Stephen Gravel, Manager of Cambrian’s Centre for Smart Mining. “No single educational institution or company can drive change entirely on its own, but rather it’s a spirit of cooperation that will help us drive innovation in mining of the 21st century and that’s why I’m confident we’ll succeed.”

For more information:

For more information:
Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
Collingwood, ON

slister@macleanengineering.com
705.241.3247 (c)

Dan Lessard
Manager, Communications
Cambrian College

Daniel.lessard@cambriancollege.ca

705-929-0786



MacLean designs, manufactures, and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, and waste management sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment in the ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean remains based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario with service and support branches across Canada as well as a global network of manufacturing facilities and branches in the United States, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and Australia. 

www.macleanengineering.com

About the Cambrian Centre for Smart Mining:

Based in the international mining capital of Sudbury, Canada, The Centre for Smart Mining (CSM) de-risks and demystifies new technologies. Hundreds of companies are seeking entry to the mining sector and the CSM can be their gateway. The CSM facilitates new technology adoption in the mining sector. We focus on mining technology companies as a main client base and the mining end users. Our areas of expertise include: digital technologies, underground communications, mechatronics solutions, and battery powered and connected mining vehicles.

www.cambriancollege.ca