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MacLean Engineering & Maestro Digital Mine Network Demonstration Facility

Mining News - Published on Wed, 16 Sep 2020

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MacLean Engineering continues to advance its innovative Research and Demonstration Facility in Sudbury in Ontario in Canada. MacLean, in collaboration with Maestro Digital Mine, recently integrated the Plexus PowerNet, a gigabit network providing both data and power using coaxial cable throughout the mine to enable connectivity underground. The MacLean mobile equipment R&D lab allows the company to develop and test new mining technologies completely in-house. The underground test facility consists of a 300m decline (at an average grade of 15%) that branches into multiple headings and testing areas. The facility comes with additional shop and office space providing MacLean engineers and operator trainers the ideal setting for putting mining innovation theory into practice.

Maestro Digital Mine works with mining companies around the world to address the challenges associated with traditional communication backbone solutions (broadband and fiber). MacLean identified the value and benefits of Maestro’s backbone network solution and worked with the team at Maestro to install the system. The Plexus PowerNet quickly and simply extends the mines existing communications network to the face.

Plexus PowerNet delivers a high speed, low latency digital communication network that provides PoE+ power to Access Points (APs), cameras and other IP based devices. The system eliminates the need for costly outside fiber optic contractors and can be installed and maintained by any internal tradesperson or development miner. The Plexus PowerNet™ can be used in mines with or without a fiber optic network. It supports existing underground mine infrastructure and provide network connectivity to new IIoT devices and automation technologies for Digital Mines, such as the MacLean R&D Facility.

Plexus provides a robust, simple to deploy, one cable solution for network connectivity. Plexus makes installation simple, using a single coaxial cable that carries both power and network connectivity. This eliminates the need to run both fiber and power to new network devices. The EZ Advance Nodes provide an easy way to terminate, troubleshoot and deploy industry standard IP devices from the Plexus PowerNet embedded network switch. The Plexus has been designed for the quickest “last mile” of communication.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 16 Sep 2020
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