Modular Mining Systems Receives Follow-Up Order to Replace a Competitive Fleet Management System at Vale’s Abóboras Mine

Tucson, Arizona – December 15, 2016:

Modular Mining Systems announced today that it has received a follow up order to replace a competitive fleet management system (FMS) with Modular’s DISPATCH® FMS, at Vale’s Abóboras Mine. Located 50 km from downtown Belo Horizonte in Nova Lima City, Abóboras comprises one-third of the Vargem Grande Complex, which also includes Vale’s Tamandua and Capitão do Mato operations.

The DISPATCH system will supersede Vale’s current FMS on 46 pieces of equipment. Modular’s Speed Management, Prestart Checklist, Fuel Service Management, and Auxiliary Equipment add-on modules will enhance the DISPATCH system’s operator safety, cost control, and equipment utilization, capabilities. In addition, Modular’s MineCare® Maintenance Management and MasterLink® Wireless solutions will provide proactive equipment health monitoring and network communications, respectively.

“Vale is very progressive, and is committed to investing in technology that can help increase the efficiency, safety, and productivity of their operations,” said Airton de Sena, General Manager, Modular Brazil. “Modular provides the forward-thinking, innovative solutions that Vale is looking for to help solve their challenges,” he added.

The successful implementation of the DISPATCH system at Vale’s Capitão Xavier Mine was a key motivator in their decision to install the FMS at Abóboras. Because of the DISPATCH system’s optimization capabilities, the Capitão Xavier Mine realized excellent productivity gains. The mine was also able to maximize its fleet utilization and meet planned production targets with two fewer trucks in operation.

About Vale

Vale is a global mining company, transforming natural resources into prosperity. Headquartered in Brazil and present in 27 countries, Vale employs approximately 110,000 people between direct employees and permanent contractors. To learn more about Vale, visit:

About Modular Mining Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1979, Modular Mining Systems, Inc. is the market-leading provider of powerful information management solutions that meet the needs of both surface and underground mining operations worldwide. Modular is committed to delivering state-of-the-art mine management technologies in the areas of production, machine guidance, equipment health, and operator safety. Modular employs close to 700 employees in 10 globally-distributed offices, with systems deployed at 250 client sites, including 18 of the 20 largest mines in the world.

Media contact:

Patricia Browne
Manager, Marketing
Modular Mining Systems

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