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SCADA System Lets Users Leverage Cloud-based Benefits Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) recently launched Experion Elevate, a real-time process supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)...

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State of the Mining Market Q1 2017 Activity in the mining industry reflects the global economy generally and industrial production in particular. After encouraging price increases last year, there was...
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Mining Operations & Strategies

Trial, Error and Success — Finding the Right Blasting Technology Pays Off Blasting specialist Dyno Nobel recently reported on an interesting and effective blasting-optimization project at an...

Suppliers Report

Canadian Phosphate Project Contracts German Supplier Arianne Phosphate signed FLSmidth to provide all production equipment and engineering for their future plant, Lac à Paul in...
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Mining Equipment Gallery

Variable Horsepower Graders Now Available in Regional Markets Global construction equipment brand Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. (SDLG) has launched variable horsepower versions of...

New Motor Management System Brings Higher Functionality


Siemens’ Industry Automation Division has expanded its Simocode Pro motor management system to include a basic unit with Profinet interface. 

Linking up Simocode Pro via Ethernet to higher-level automation systems allows new functions to be provided for motor diagnostics, control and protection. The additional integration of PROFIenergy also improves energy management. The new Simocode Pro motor management system includes a Simocode Pro V Profinet basic unit with two RJ45 interfaces, allowing the system to connect to higher-level controllers such as Simatic S7 or to control systems such as Simatic PCS 7. Profinet can be used to provide media redundancy functions that ensure a connection is maintained within a network with ring topology, even if one communication channel fails. This helps to increase availability, with the benefit of better productivity for an entire plant. With Profinet compatibility, the new basic unit also offers more far-reaching diagnostic and control functions, in addition to simple communication between higher-level plant control and drive systems, according to the company.
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From the Editor

Steve Fiscor, Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief A Mining Crisis Looms in South Africa The world these days seems highly polarized, where evenly divided groups of people are taking extreme positions. This can be seen in several recent elections and referendums, and it has shaken the status quo. This is also having a knock-on effect on mining. Some...
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Exploration Roundup

Marathon Gold Plans 60,000-m Drill Program at Valentine Lake Marathon Gold has announced exploration and development plans for its Valentine Lake Gold Camp property in central Newfoundland that...

This Month in Coal Mining

Rio Tinto Agrees to Sell C&A to Yancoal After receiving a competitive bid from Glencore and a counter offer from Yancoal, Rio Tinto has ultimately decided to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary Coal...