International Minerals Innovation Institute

The International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) is pleased to announce the five finalists who will pitch their innovative solutions to Saskatchewan’s leading minerals producers at DEMOday 2020 on December 1st.  Participating in DEMOday 2020 gives supply chain companies the chance to present their technologies to a panel of experts from IMII member companies BHP, Cameco, K+S Potash, Mosaic and Nutrien and gain support for their further development, demonstration and, if successful, deployment.

For 2020, applications for innovations were accepted in three categories:

  • Safety innovation – applying technology or improving processes in innovative ways, above and beyond mandatory requirements, to improve mine worker safety and health
  • Technical innovation – improving productivity through advances in automation, digitalization, electrification, drones and smart sensors
  • Green innovation – technologies for increasing efficiency of assets, strengthening recovery rates, reducing releases of wastes, lessening consumption of energy and water

The selected finalists for 2020 are:

  • EECOL Electric & SafeBox – SafeBox Systems (safety innovation)
  • Noble Construction Corp. – NobleVR Safety Experience (safety innovation)
  • OXO Valve Inc. / Westlund (safety innovation)
  • RESPEC & Automodality, Inc. – Autonomous UAV (technical innovation)
  • EECOL Electric & Phoenix Contact – PLCnext Open Controller (technical innovation)

DEMOday 2020 will be hosted by IMII on the eve of the 12th Annual Saskatchewan Mining Supply Chain Forum – which is proceeding this year as a virtual event on December 2nd.

PDF version of the news release here.