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Skimping on Crusher Maintenance Costs More in the Long Run Eric Jones, global service director of comminution aftermarket for Weir Minerals, recently offered some useful guidelines and suggestions for...

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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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Blasters Realizing Value of Longer Delays Allowed by Electronics Explosives supplier BME recently called attention to an ongoing mining-industry transition from non-electric to electronic delay...

Suppliers Report

Terratec Bores Shafts for Chinese Power Project After completing several raises at copper mines located in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, the Terratec TR3000-R18 raise boring machine (RBM) was...
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Mining Equipment Gallery

Rock Breaker System Offers Range of Configurations Okada America Inc. released the Pedestal Rock Breaker Boom System. It is designed specifically for stationary primary crushing plants as well as...

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

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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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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