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Future-proofing Potash Mining: The Need for Intelligent Operations Ten billion tons of potash reserves. Put another way, reserves that exceed global annual production by more than 300 times. And...

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Palladium Overtakes PlatinumWith the exception of lead and zinc, which posted month-on-month gains of $146 per metric ton (mt) and $77.50/mt, respectively, most metals gave up some of the August...
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Calculating Mine-site Volumes From Space Satellite imaging provides a safe, fast and cost-effective alternative to ground-based open-pit mining surveys In today’s competitive commodities...

Suppliers Report

Belzona Repairs Barrick Slurry Tank Belzona repaired a slurry tank damaged by corrosion at Barrick Gold Corp.’s Dominican Republic mine, Pueblo Viejo. The tank was used to neutralize acidic sludge to a...
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New Rotary Blasthole Drill Caterpillar announced its new MD6310 rotary blasthole drill enables efficiency and productivity improvements. Cat electronics deliver advanced troubleshooting for...

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

Western Australia Seeks Gold Royalty Increase The last few years have been difficult for gold miners and really tough for gold explorers. This holds true for the miners in gold districts near Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie in Western Australia. And, just as they say they are beginning to feel the effects of recently implemented optimization programs and a...
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Exploration Roundup

Osisko Drilling 400,000 m at Windfall Lake Osisko Mining has reported numerous favorable results from an ongoing, 400,000-meter (m) drill program at its Windfall Lake gold project in Urban Township,...

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Whitehaven Posts Impressive Results Whitehaven Coal, Australia’s leading independent coal company with five operating mines in northwest New South Wales, has reported a net profit after tax of...