Robust FMS for the Strongest of Metals

June 3, 2011

RICHMOND, BC, CANADA (June 2011) — Steel. It's the robust material in most things we use on a daily basis. Steel is formed with iron and when a busy mine produces 2.8 million tons of fluxed iron-bearing pellets yearly, it needs an equally robust and efficient Wenco Fleet Management System (FMS) to maximize its take.

ArcelorMittal's Minorca Mine, nestled in the Mesabi Iron Ore Range in Virginia, Minnesota, has selected Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd. to outfit their 13 haul trucks, two hydraulic excavators and five loaders with Wenco's FMS.

Additionally, two Mobile Supervisor Terminal applications that allow the foremen to compare bench elevation to the mine plan will be installed. Two other crew trucks will be monitored for speed and location throughout the pit.

Looking to improve the accuracy of information within the mine site, Minorca is looking to focus on key areas using Wenco's FMS technology in automated pit reporting, improved blend control, improved material tracking, and overall pit management and productivity efficiency.

About Minorca

The 2.8 million tons of fluxed iron-ore pellets described above are harvested from about 18 million tons of ore, rock, and waste called overburden. The ore pellets are shipped into ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbour's blast furnace where they're transformed into molten iron.

ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel company with operations in more than 60 countries.

About Wenco International Mining Systems

For over 30 years, Wenco International Mining Systems has worked with mining companies to extract unrealized value. Under this mission, Wenco has developed an integrated suite of solutions to support the digital transformation of the mining industry. Fleet management, asset health, data analytics, and other technologies join together in the spirit of open interoperability and scalability to raise mine productivity and efficiency, lower routine costs, and establish a safe and smooth mining operation.

Wenco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.