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Netafim boosts Mining Efficiency with Groundbreaking Automation Technology for Leach Pads

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016

Netafim USA, the leading manufacturer of dripline solutions for the mining industry, has unveiled an innovative new monitoring and control solution designed to dramatically improve operational productivity and optimize the leaching methods employed by today’s progressive mines.

As a complete package of software, hardware and support equipment, Netafim’s innovative system utilizes proven radio and cell-based technology to provide real-time control and monitoring of the leaching process from a single location. The comprehensive system provides mine operators the capacity to remotely monitor solution flow onto the pad, and immediately respond to any issues that may compromise the integrity of the leaching process.

“Automation and data logging technologies have been incorporated into nearly every facet of modern mining operations, but when it comes to the leaching process, arguably one of the most important components of the mining process, most mines still employ the very inefficient process of manual monitoring and troubleshooting,” said Karen McHale, North American Sales & Engineering Manager for Netafim USA’s Mining Division. “Not only does Netafim offer dripline that outperforms anything else on the market, as well as control valves, air valves and meters, but now we are also able to give mines precision control technology that eliminates the need for teams of workers to manually walk miles and miles of leach pads on a daily basis in search of a potential problem.”

Currently being used by the world’s most respected mining companies, the automated system incorporates unique moveable skids that contain radio or cellular controls, control and air valves, meters, gauges and other components designed to collect and store crucial data that mine operators can use to improve operations and maintenance, as well as to identify problems such as line plugging that can wreak havoc on a leaching system.

“Infusing automation into the leaching process means mines can work with smaller teams that are being supported by a real-time assessment of the leaching process without leaving the office. By ‘turning on the leach pad’, mines are able to benefit from increased efficiency and reallocate manpower needs to other areas of the mining operation,” said McHale.

“Netafim is a customer centric company and technology is a great tool to create customer intimacy. By developing this solution with input from the customer, we’ve created the most comprehensive solution for flow control onto the heap leaching pad. Using technologies to make customers profitable and successful, is part of our brand promise,” said Avri Saragosti, Netafim’s Product Manager for Management Technologies.

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Netafim USA, based in Fresno, Calif., develops and manufactures drip irrigation systems for agriculture, landscape & turf, greenhouse & nursery, mining and wastewater. Netafim offers an extensive range of irrigation solutions including driplines, filters, sprinklers, valves, water meters and automation equipment for complete dripline system installations. For more information go to


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