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Mine supply innovation in North Bay gets provincial support

Three companies will share in $750,575 to increase production, develop new product
SafeSight Exploration is one of three North Bay mine supply companies to benefit from provincial development funding.

A trio of innovative North Bay mine suppliers is getting a boost from the province.

On April 29, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund announced it had allocated $750,575 to three companies to help increase production and innovate new products.

Advanced Carbon Engineered Solutions Inc. is receiving $600,350 to expand and diversify the business by moving to a larger facility and purchasing additional equipment and technology to increase its production capabilities.

The company designs and fabricates graphite components for the mining industry, as well as steel manufacturing, aerospace, electrical and more.

Drillers Edge Inc. is receiving $85,084 to purchase new equipment, renovate and add security and monitoring systems to its facility.

A division of Di-Corp, the company produces rods, casings, bits, reaming shells and core retrieval equipment used in the field of mineral exploration.

SafeSight Exploration Inc. is receiving $65,171 to build two prototypes of a mine rescue drone for underground mining operations, allowing mining companies to assess gas/air quality and thermal conditions quickly.

The company is known for its LiDAR-equipped drones, which can fly underground to survey or inspect hazardous areas.

In partnership with Redpath Canada, SafeSight recently received the 2020 Safety Innovation Award from the Ontario Mine Contractors Safety Association for developing the MRC Rail Runner, a robotic device that inspects mine raises autonomously.