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Optimizing Process-plant Assets Weir Minerals, the Australia-based process equipment business of the Weir Group, pointed out that with declining ore grade and low commodity prices, the mining...

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Parlaying the Positives of PGMs On May 17, Chis Griffith, CEO, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) addressed London Platinum and Palladium Markets during Platinum Week in London. He is passionate...
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Survey: Miners Plan to Spend More on Digital Technologies Four out of five mining and metals companies expect to increase their spending on digital technologies over the next three years, with more...

Suppliers Report

Wisconsin Welcomes Komatsu Mining Executives from Japan’s Komatsu Ltd., Milwaukee’s mayor and Wisconsin’s governor formally cut the ribbon in a ceremony in May that launched the subsidiary Komatsu Mining...
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Mining Equipment Gallery

Mining Tier 4 Final Engines to Be Certified Cummins unveiled ultra-clean mining engines designed to meet European Union (EU) Stage V emissions regulations. The engines will be certified to U.S....

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

Committed to the Mining Business You may not have noticed it, but a change has taken place. There was a slight change to the masthead (that column of fine print to the right) and the title below my signature is now different. Late last year, I formed a new company, Mining Media International Inc. based in Jacksonville, Florida, and purchased...
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Exploration Roundup

Kirkland Lake Intersects More High-grade Gold at Fosterville Kirkland Lake Gold has reported additional high-grade drill results from ongoing underground drilling at its Fosterville gold mine in...

This Month in Coal Mining

Warrior Met Coal Ramping Up to Historical Levels In its first quarter earnings reports, Alabama-based metallurgical coal producer Warrior Met Coal defines its strength and position in the market....