We have developed solid strategic alliances with the top vendor firms who are interested in showcasing their new technologies even before they are released to the market. Among the companies that have provided their specialized hardware, software licenses and time for technical support and implementation are Jigsaw, Modular Mining Systems, OSIsoft Pi. Companies like Micromine Pitram mobile and APS are currently working with MIRG to provide software that is relevant to the research studies that are being conducted in the lab. The research environment becomes a perfect place for testing new technologies and for obtaining performance findings that will benefit potential users and technology developers as well. We are conveniently located so that people from the industry are visiting our premises the whole year around, becoming a unique opportunity for presenting the technologies and explore their potential.