RFID Systems for Stone Mining

Across Canada, the U.S., and the world, quarry or pit mining are large man made holes in the ground from where minerals or rocks are removed. Commercial viable pit mining is big business. Minerals found near the Earth’s surface that are excavated are known as open pit or strip mining. Quarry mines are dug deeper and deeper until the mineral resource is completely removed. After a quarry mine is used up it may be turned into a landfill site for waste disposal.

The following resources are excavated from pit mines:

Marble Limestone Cinder Chalk
Coal Coquina Aggregate (sand & gravel) Granite
Ores Phosphate Sandstone Gristone
China Clay Clay Globigerina Limestone Gypsum

 

As of 2012 Canada had 277 stone quarries. The following rocks in descending order of tonnage are the following:

  • granite
  • traprock
  • sandstone and quartzite
  • misc stone
  • marble
  • slate
  • calcareous marl
  • shell
  • volcanic cinder
  • scoria

Limestone is the most popular mined rock on the market commonly used in the construction industry. Limestone is used in everyday products and materials including, paper, steel, plastics, paint and other numerous products. Lime is used in steel manufacturing and in traditional basic oxygen furnaces as well as electric arc furnaces. Lime is the essential mineral necessary for the steel production industry.

Using GAO RFID Systems in the Stone Mining Industry

While mining for all types of stone such as granite, sandstone, marble, and slate, mining organizations in the Stone Mining face many issues that challenge the operations and safety of the business. The introduction of our RFID Systems especially designed for the Stone Mining industry immediately brings these benefits:

  • Tracking Extraction Deposits
  • Tracking Deposit Pick-up and Transport
  • Controlling Zone Access
  • Monitoring and Locating Personnel

Tracking Extraction Deposits

Specialized RFID Tags assigned to piles of mined rock that can be read with an RFID Reader is just one method of simplifying the logistics of deposit extraction using the GAO RFID Asset Tracking System. Large scale mining operations implementing this form of track and trace is the most effective use of RFID technology.

RFID interrogators placed in strategic locations on a mining site can read RFID Tags designed to survive the crushing process. All information transferred to the database allows mining supervisors to eliminate the paper based process of tracking extraction deposits and keep an accurate count.

Tracking Deposit Pick-up and Transport

All loading trucks can be outfitted with RFID Vehicle Tags that run into and out of mining sites. Vehicles transporting stone deposits can be scanned at checkpoints alerting the mining site foreman of any potential issues that may arise. By automating the authentication and access process, the RFID Asset Tracking System reduces bottlenecking, solving a pivotal element of mine logistics. Mining operators will have real-time knowledge of how many vehicles they have at their disposal. Typical mines will have thousands of runs during the lifespan of a rock quarry.

After extraction, crushing and processing the next step is transportation by rail, road or sea. Using the Asset Tracking System, railcars, tractor trailers and cargo ship containers can all be tagged with RFID Tags and be tracked using RFID Readers. Mining companies can track in real- time where and how shipments are transported once they leave the site ensuring the secure delivery of their deposits to the final destination. In addition, each RFID Tag will be recorded with specific details of the deposits including the tonnage, grade and destination points.

Controlling Zone Access

Using the RFID Access Control System, RFID Badges can record the exact times when miners enter or leave a quarry while only allowing authorized personnel to access certain zones. Each RFID Badge is unique and can be programmed with specific access rights. Every time access to a zone occurs, the details of the event are recorded into the database showing who accessed the zone and at what time. This provides a powerful, keyless way for mine managers to grant and restrict zone access to keep the environment secure and safe.

Monitoring and Locating Personnel

Using the RFID Personnel Tracking System, RFID Badges and Readers can be employed to track mining personnel. Information such as the start and end times of a miner’s shift, miner location, and the ability for workers to send distress signals via their RFID Badge help to minimize worker accidents and casualties; a primary concern for any mining company. In addition, during muster call situations, the RFID Personnel Tracking System is able to automatically count the workers on site and identify who is still missing.

Integrating our System with your Management Software

GAO RFID’s Systems can be deployed as a standalone solution or can be integrated with other software solutions, according to your needs.

At the core of our solution is GAO RFID’s AUTO-ID Engine which incorporates middleware and essential RFID functions that perform RFID data collection and information processing. Our AUTO-ID Engine seamlessly integrates with a wide variety of mining management systems so that you can access the data it collects directly via the system or systems you currently have in place.

Our team of seasoned professionals will smoothly integrate the appropriate GAO RFID Solution with your IT architecture. The result is an RFID solution that is seamlessly unified with your mining management system.

Contact us for more information on how our RFID Systems can be configured for your organization.