Sudbury group to build the ‘mine of the future’ – by Staff (Sudbury Star – August 28, 2015)

The Sudbury Star is the City of Greater Sudbury’s daily newspaper.

NORCAT has announced new strategic partnerships with four local companies to help expedite the agency’s vision of building the “mine of the future” in Northern Ontario.

Equipment World, Fuller Industrial, Spectrum Group and K4 Integration will provide the NORCAT Underground Centre with state-of-the-art technology to not only advance the facility, but also to demonstrate leading innovation available to the global mining industry.

“The NORCAT Underground Centre is a unique facility,” Don Duval, the CEO of NORCAT, said in a release. “We’re the only non-profit organization in the world that has an operating mine that provides both start-up tech ventures and multi-national companies the resources, expertise and equipment to enable them to design, test and ultimately showcase new and innovative products in an operating mine environment.”

Fuller Industrial, which delivers and maintains process piping systems and corrosion, and abrasion resistance, will provide the Underground Centre with best-in-class engineered piping for high compression air and water.

“Fuller Industrial has a long-standing and very positive relationship with NORCAT,” said Jeff Fuller, CEO Fuller Industrial.

“We are thrilled to be supplying these resources to not only demonstrate our capabilities in the mining industry, but also to support an organization that provides others with the ability to design, test, and showcase new products.”

A wireless solutions company, Spectrum Group, will be providing NORCAT with state-of-the-art hand-held digital communications technology for the underground environment.

“Spectrum Group is excited to have our technology actively used within the NORCAT Underground Centre. Having the continuous feedback from the users will enable us to make incremental improvements more often to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers both now and in the future,” said Geoffrey Hatton, company president and CEO.

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