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At the Annual Silver Industry Dinner hosted by the Silver Institute in mid-November, Johann Wiebe, senior analyst in the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters, presented the GFMS/Silver Institute Interim...
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Electric LHD Offers an Alternative to Diesel


The latest addition to Atlas Copco’s range of Scooptram underground loaders—the Scooptram EST1030—is designed to offer an attractive alternative to diesel-powered equipment in underground mining.

According to the company, the all-electric LHD consumes less energy, requires less ventilation, produces less heat and has a lower noise level than an equivalent diesel machine—in fact, using about 40% less energy and producing 40% less heat during routine operations than its diesel version. Although cable-powered electric loaders are not new in concept, cable safety, handling and control have always been troublesome areas. However, the EST1030 introduces a new, patented cable control system that minimizes cable tension and wear problems. And, said Atlas Copco, the loader can be operated by anyone familiar with its well-known ST1030 diesel model; controls are similar to the diesel version and the electric machine requires only a minimum amount of training to allow the operator to work effectively. Safety features include spring-applied, hydraulically released (SAHR) brakes, and the loader’s ISO and ROPS/FOPS approved cabin features a foot box that provides increased leg room and ergonomic control placements. The cabin is cushioned on rubber mounts, reducing vibration for the operator. The electric Scooptram shares 90% of its components with the diesel Scooptram ST1030.
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From the Editor

Happy New Year! The big news this month is Sibanye Gold acquiring the Stillwater Mining Co., an iconic U.S. platinum group metals (PGMs) miner based in Montana. In a little less than four years, Sibanye, which was spun out of Gold Fields in February 2013, has grown from a South African gold miner to a South African precious metals miner to a...
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