For mining companies to increase the metallurgical efficiency of the leachingheaps, it is necessary to monitor and manage these operational variables in a timely manner to maximize copper extraction.

Therefore, in 2010, Aplik began development of the Leaching Pad Irrigation Monitoring System, that allows monitoring the surface of the leaching heap and determining the quality and distribution of irrigation automatically and in real time, thereby detecting ponds and dry zones, channels, zones with low-pressure irrigation, leaks, pipe breaks, fallen sprinklers, or failures in the irrigation system. As such, it contributes to the reduction of variability in the quality of irrigation in the leaching process.