IBM to collaborate with Nippon on the ‘Dragons’ of the future
Brossard (Quebec), September 14th, 2015 Nippon Dragon Resources Inc. (the “Corporation” or “Nippon”) (TSX-V Symbol: NIP), is pleased to announce that it has retained IBM for the development of a cloud based information acquisition system solution by way of sensors for its thermal fragmentation units, commonly referred to as ‘Dragons’. The agreement is the second phase of a project whose ultimate outcome will be to gather and process data in real-time from operating thermal units in the field. The first phase was the preparation and implementation of a cloud based storage system, which has been successfully completed.
IBM will work on selecting suitable heat sensors and their integration on the thermal units in order to quantify the in-hole temperature of the ‘thermal cushion’ with actual tests and transmit the data to the cloud based information acquisition system. Subsequent phases will be to install additional sensors that will provide real-time data on processes such as: productivity, air/water pressure, fuel consumption and overall performance of the units.
The cloud based processing of the data will allow Nippon to build a multi-experiential databank, which will enable optimization of its services and recommendations to customers and distributors. The data will allow, among other things, to provide objective ways to maximize performance and predictive equipment maintenance service information on its Dragons. IBM, in particular, has an undeniable expertise with regards to the implementation of predictive equipment maintenance within the mining industry worldwide.
These actions are part of a long-term program aimed at continuous improvements of the ‘Dragons’ and to position Nippon as a world leader in innovative mining with its exclusive and patented Thermal Fragmentation mining method.
"We are extremely pleased by the interest demonstrated by IBM in working with us to develop the concept of the "Intelligent Mine". Mines need to increase automation in order to optimize operations and significantly reduce overall mining costs, increase productivity, provide safer working conditions all while minimizing its impact on the environment and our mining method meets and even exceeds all of the above-mentioned criteria " stated Mr. André Savard, President and CEO of Nippon
Nippon is active in the exploration and the development of gold resources in Quebec. The Corporation holds a gold property with resources recognised in accordance with NI43-101, a modular treatment plant and also an exclusive license for the Thermal Fragmentation mining method.
The company’s growth strategy is based on:
• The development of its gold deposits with the objective of producing revenue from its operations;
• Increasing the value of its mining assets by prioritizing the exploration targets; and
• The commercialisation and employment of its thermal fragmentation technology.
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