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Mining People Magazine

www.miningpeople.org

by Debra McCown Thomas

Mining Tech Is Being

Shared

Across

the

Globe

Field staff from U.S.-based Matrix Design Group and South Africa-based

Monitech work together on a large rollout of IntelliZone at one of Sasol Coal’s

underground mines in South Africa.

(left to right): Zach Parrigin (Matrix) Frans Kruger (Monitech), Brad Coats

(Matrix), Nick Black (Matrix), Riaan Du Preez (Monitech)

T

his technological transition has been compared to the

Industrial Revolution in terms of its potential to change the

future: the application of computerized, data-based tech that

makes industry safer and more efficient. And it’s making its

way into mining.

On the front lines of the effort are companies like Matrix Design

Group. You might not have heard of them, but they’re working with

partners on other continents to share ideas abroad – and bring ideas

home to drive new innovation here.

Matrix, an Indiana-based subsidiary of Alliance Coal, was a ground-

floor innovator on proximity detection systems and, in the decade

since, they’ve made a noticeable impact on the proliferation of high-

tech solutions in mining.