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New Process Technologies Help Producers Recover More Metal Rana Gruber, a Norwegian company that operates an iron ore mine and concentrator near the Arctic Circle, recently ordered two of FLSmidth’s Reflux...

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Mining Markets

Global Lithium Ion Battery Market to Explode Over the Next Decade The global lithium ion battery (LIB) market is expected to grow six fold over the next 10 years, creating unprecedented...
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Mining Operations & Strategies

Breaking Boulders in Top Burden Stemming is widely used to ensure that a loaded borehole achieves optimum blast results, but the practice can leave large boulders unbroken in the upper layer of...

Suppliers Report

Rodless Exploration Drill Rig Rolls Toward Commercialization New drill rig technology, claimed to have the potential to drastically cut exploration costs, has undergone successful field trials in...
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Mining Equipment Gallery

Basic Truck is Completely Customizable ARDCO announced its Articulating Multi-Purpose Truck (AMT), featuring a modular back-end platform that can be customized for off-road jobsites. It accepts an...

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

By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief Apple to End Its Reliance on Mining During April, Tim Cook the CEO of Apple, the 8th largest publicly held company, pledged to end its reliance on mining and make all its products only from renewable or recycled sources. It was the Thursday before Earth Day and who would expect less from a company with such a...
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Exploration Roundup

Cartier Resources Drilling 50,000-m Across Four Gold Projects in Quebec Cartier Resources has announced plans for 50,000-m in exploration drilling to be conducted at its Chimo Mine, Benoist, Wilson, and...

This Month in Coal Mining

Anglo Sells South African Coal Assets Just a few years ago South Africa’s coal industry was on the up and up, shrugging off the malaise affecting the industry elsewhere. Now, many producers face...