Equipment Gallery - August 2017

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Autonomous Trucks Up Production 30%

Sandvik unveiled the TH551i and TH6631i autonomous hauling trucks. When paired with the company’s AutoMine Trucking software package, the trucks can increase haulage production at a mine by as much as 30%, the company reported. Multi-machine control and improved operating discipline can reduce operating costs by as much as 50%.

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Programs Digest Drillhole Data

Hexagon Mining unveiled Sigma, a comprehensive package of statistical and geostatistical programs to analyze and evaluate drillhole, blasthole, and model data. The package is fully integrated with MineSight Torque and MineSight 3D to produce sophisticated and customizable reports, charts and graphs.

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Cone Crushers Get Adjustable Stroke

All thyssenkrupp Kubria cone crushers now come standard with an adjustable stroke. Previously, the adjustable stroke feature was offered on only the Kubria 150 and 210 models. This will allow operators to change the stroke of the crusher shaft without needing to replace parts of the eccentric drive unit. An adjustment can be executed concurrently while replacing the crushing tools.

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Hydraulic Rippers are Low Maintenance

Xcentric Ripper International (XRI) offers XR82, XR52 and XR42 hydraulic rippers. These models are part of the company’s mining series, featuring a patented system that increases production by 80% over the competition, the company reported. Machines in the series are claimed to be virtually maintenance free, water resistant and less noisy than other digging tools. Although the mining series uses the same basic technology as the standard series, the mining models have been designed to provide greater impact force at lower frequency. The XR42 features a hydraulic working pressure of 24 megapascals (MPa); the XR52 is rated at 28 MPa; the XR82 is rated at 30 MPa.

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Tank Switch Detects Level

Hawk Measurement introduced the Gladiator Smart Admittance Level Switch, which detects the level of liquids, slurries, powders or solids in a tank or vessel. Able to operate at temperatures up to 450°C, the unit measures the capacitance or admittance between a probe and the wall of the container. As the level of the product rises to the level of the probe, or drops below that level, the capacitance measured at the probe changes. The Gladiator detects this change and produces an output.

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Haulage Software Facilitates Optimization

RPMGlobal released HAULSIM 2.5, a digital mine management software suite that allows users to conduct virtual tests. The new version features the Fleet Planner and Cornering Speed functionalities. Fleet Planner analyzes the haul cycle against productivity requirements. With it, the user can virtual-trial different fleet sizes and configurations. Cornering Speed analyses every path to estimate the radius of the corners for determining optimal speed limits.

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Gateways Increase IoT Data Flow

Emerson announced its dual-mode wireless gateway which, the company reported, supports both IEC 62951 WirelessHART and ISA100.11a industrial wireless communications standards.

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3-D Scanner for Plants

ASGCO announced the Point Cloud Laser Scanner, a Focus3D X 130 HDR 3-D scanner that delivers realistic and true-to-detail scan results, the company reported. It looks at thousands of points along the clearance plane.

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Mammoth Tank for Emergency Shower

Speakman introduced the Gravityflo Emergency Tank Shower, with a 2,000-liter (528-gallon) tank to meet worker safety standards on a job site with no or poor water pressure, the company reported. The tank is designed for older facilities or sites where the pipes cannot produce the 20 gallons per minute flow requirement.

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CPBPC Spray Coating Prevents Corrosion

SPI Performance Coatings announced EonCoat, a spray-applied inorganic coating engineered to prevent corrosion. When applied to carbon steel, an alloy of stable oxides forms that will not react with the environment, the company reported. It resists corrosion, water, abrasion, impact, chemicals, fire, and temperatures up to 930°C with a topcoat. EonCoat also manufactures a high temperature version that provides protection up to 550°C.

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Handrail Prevents Entanglement

Superior released the Safety Handrail, which mounts to all idler frames and helps prevent entanglement in belting. Depending on local standards, operators can use the Safety Handrail in place of an e-stop cable, the company reported.

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Padlock Can Enhance Safety Interlock Effectiveness

Kirk launched a new padlock that can be combined with the company’s other heavy-duty series interlocks to create a comprehensive safety system for extreme industrial environments.

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Caulk Resists Common High-pH Chemicals

Pelseal Technologies, a manufacturer of high-performance liquid fluoroelastomer coatings, adhesives, sealants and caulks, has introduced Pelseal A1104, an AFLAS fluoroelastomer caulk that is designed to resist alkalis, aminos and other high pH chemicals. The company stated the new Pelseal caulk is not only resistant to strong bases, but also has excellent oil and fuel resistance and can withstand a broad temperature range beyond 400°F. Common applications for the caulk include joint and crack sealant for concrete secondary containment areas, pipe, and flange sealant in chemical processing areas and maintenance and repair of equipment where high pH chemicals are present. Pelseal A1104 is a one-part product and is supplied in a standard-size caulk tube (325 ml). Each caulk tube is also resealable with a screw-in cap.

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Equipment Gallery - July 2017

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Variable Horsepower Graders Now Available in Regional Markets

Global construction equipment brand Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. (SDLG) has launched variable horsepower versions of two of its biggest selling motor graders for Middle Eastern and African markets. The new G9190 and G9220 VHP (automatic variable horsepower) motor graders provide an automatic mode for transmission, allowing operators to shift seamlessly between manual to automatic transmission.

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Pre-engineered Customizable Motors

ABB launched its N-series customizable general-purpose motors in the 50-kilowatt (kW) to 8,000-kW power range. N-series motors currently include three product families: the high-voltage rib cooled and modular induction motors, and a new range of slip-ring motors. Pre-engineered option packages include, for example, vertically mounted motors fitted with thrust bearings, which are widely used in pumping applications.

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Tough Military Trucks Now Serve the Mining Industry

Acela, a producer of extreme-duty 4 x 4 and 6 x 6 trucks, recently debuted its Monterra truck line. The company said it offers a proprietary process of resetting U.S. military Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) to a near zero-mile condition, then selling them into commercial markets such as mining and other resource industries for use as operational support vehicles. Acela said versions of the Monterra have proven themselves in mines for more than seven years with a 96% documented uptime.

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Quiet Rock Splitter

Brokk introduced the C20 Rock Splitter. Manufactured by Darda, it is a safe and quiet alternative to explosives and hydraulic breakers, the company reported. The C20 Rock Splitter quickly breaks large boulders and solid rock in mining and shaft sinking applications as well as cross passage work in tunneling. Users drill a 3-in.-diameter hole into the rock with a separate attachment before inserting the splitter. The attachment expands with as much as 1,800 tons of force, splitting the rock.

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Vehicle Intervention System Takes Control When Necessary

Hexagon AB launched HxGN Mine VIS, a vehicle intervention system that detects and prevents collisions by automatically slowing down or stopping a haul truck if an imminent collision is detected. According to the company, Mine VIS is an additional layer of safety on top of the Collision Avoidance System (CAS), helping to avoid incidents, injuries and fatalities. Mine VIS manages traffic in the pit and, by reacting when and if operators do not, is intended to ensure that safety rules are followed.

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Impact Cradle Absorbs Shock

Superior Industries released the Impact Cradle, which is designed to eliminate the space between the conveyor belt and bed, the company reported. Designed to fit into an existing idler mounting footprint, the Impact Cradle is built to receive the blunt force of material flow at transition points in conveying systems, lessening the wear on the conveyor belt. The Impact Cradle’s thick urethane segments absorb shock and dissipate contact energy, reducing conveyor belt wear and tear.

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New FMS Offers Additional Functionality

MICROMINE released Pitram 4.8, the latest version of its fleet management and mine control solution. According to the developer, Pitram 4.8 delivers major new functionalities, including Pitram Connect, while also addressing several key client issues. Pitram Connect is MICROMINE’s new mobile application that offers third-party integration on mobile devices via Pitram’s REST Integration Services (PRIS). Pitram Connect provides insight into site operations without requiring users to directly contact mine control personnel or be at a workstation.

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Engine Starters Engineered for Big Diesels

New Leece-Neville PowerPro and PowerPro Extreme series high-torque starters for medium- or heavy-duty and extreme-use applications are available now from Prestolite Electric. PowerPro and PowerPro Extreme 12 V and 24 V starters — engineered to provide starting power for 12-L to 40-L engines — include features to help reduce operating and maintenance costs and increase vehicle uptime, including high-torque, high-power designs, planetary gear reduction, rotatable flanges, soft start relays and more. The new PowerPro and PowerPro Extreme product line features four models — PowerPro 5, PowerPro 7, PowerPro 7.5 and PowerPro Extreme 10 — that offer coverage of heavy-duty engines from the world’s top manufacturers, including Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit Diesel, International, John Deere and Perkins, to name just a few.

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Automated Vehicle for Plants

Comau commercialized the automated guided vehicle (AGV) platform along with its AGV, the Agile1500. Modular, scalable and configurable, the Agile1500 can carry up to 1,500 kg with a maximum speed of 1.7 meters per second (m/s)

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Platform for IoT Data, E-commerce, Analytics

Rexnord released DiRXN, a digital productivity platform based on the integration of innovative Internet of Things (IoT) and e-commerce technologies with its portfolio of tools, products and services. It directly connects customers to data and information that allows them to optimize productivity across all stages of their lifecycles, the company reported.

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Pump Switch Tracks Temperature, Flow Level

Fluid Components International announced the FlexSwitch FLT93 Flow Switch, which detects dry-running conditions in pumps and pipes. It reliably monitors the flow and temperature of liquids, gases, slurries and more. The switch is ideal for pump wet/dry detection, where sudden, unexpected reductions in media flow rates may leave pumps vulnerable to over-heating conditions, the company reported.

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Equipment Gallery - June 2017

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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. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Air Resources Board (ARB) Tier 4 Final standards. The integration of Cummins’ latest aftertreatment system, the Single Module, with leading combustion and air-handling technology, allows the 2019 F3.8, B4.5, B6.7 and L9 engines to be exhaust gas recirculation-free. The Single Module system combines a diesel particulate filter, selective catalytic reduction and urea-dosing technologies in one unit, providing up to a 50% reduction in envelope size and a 30% reduction in weight compared with earlier products.

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Open-gear Lube for Mining Machines

Lubricant manufacturer Bel-Ray released its latest mining product, Molylube Open Gear and Rope Lubricant. According to the company, Molylube Open Gear and Rope Lubricant has been specifically formulated for open gears, girth gears, and rack and pinions. The product is a highly tenacious lubricant that ensures adherence to the gear teeth, creating excellent resistance to throw-off and slinging. A unique formulation provides lubrication under extreme pressure conditions. In addition, the new aerosol lubricant provides the anti-wear, water resistance, and rust and corrosion protection associated with demanding mining and heavy-industry equipment applications.

Core Software for OEM Machine Control

Hemisphere GNSS introduced Grade-Metrix, core software designed to empower heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own branded machine control and guidance solutions. The company describes the software as the world’s first full-system OEM positioning solution toolkit for building powerful, easy-to-use, complete machine control and guidance systems. Compatible GNSS hardware components include IronOne Rugged Display and Computer; C321 RTK Base and Rover with SiteMetrix Site Management Software; A326 Rugged GNSS Smart Antenna; Vector VR500 Rugged All-in-One Smart Antenna; and Vector VR1000 Rugged GNSS Receiver.


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Continuously Monitor OTR Tire Pressure

The Doran 360OTR tire pressure monitoring system continuously monitors air pressure in OTR tires with valve stem-mounted tire pressure sensors. These large bore tire pressure sensors transmit RF signals to a digital monitor/display located in the cab. Wheel positions are programmed into the display with a customizable baseline pressure setting for each tire. The LCD in-cab display features a “Green Means Good” LED indicator light and an interactive screen to display tire status and real-time pressures in the tires. The in-cab monitor/display can operate as a stand-alone system for the equipment operator or it can be integrated with telematics devices to provide off-vehicle communication of tire pressure and temperature data. For telematics integrations and additional off-equipment communication capabilities, a black box monitor is available with pre-wired data harnesses for RS232 or J1939 data outputs. Maintain Mine Network Performance KNS Communications has designed a service solution, called WirelessOptix, for cluttered mine networks, interference, poor capacity and poor channel planning. With WirelessOptix, KNS can monitor core network KPIs such as latency, throughput and coverage. KNS can analyze the network, make recommendations for changes, then review the results — all without a trip to the site.

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New Axle Offers Top GAWR

Meritor Inc. announced its new P600 Series Tridem Heavy-Haul Planetary Axle for heavy-duty mining applications. Built to operate in extreme conditions, the P600 Tridem is compatible with industry-leading suspension options and offers a best-in-class gross axle weight rating (GAWR) of 126,000 lb and gross combination weight of 560,000 lb, the company reported. Meritor’s new proportioning inter-axle differential delivers even torque split between the three axles for improved traction, maximum load capacity and increased longevity of the drivetrain. The P600 Tridem’s wide ratio coverage and standard anti-lock brakes deliver optimum safety and performance in the most extreme conditions, the company reported. The release is part of the company’s M2019 growth initiative. Full production began in June.

Software for Big Data, IoT

Skkynet Cloud Systems subsidiary Cogent Real-Time Systems released Cogent DataHub, Version 8, which supports OPC UA and streaming video. The cloud-based software package can connect and integrate data for virtually any industrial system, ranging from legacy equipment to state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) systems, Skkynet reported.

The Key enhancements of Version 8 include support for OPC UA, support for networking of OPC data through proxy servers, and secure access to USB camera images. Capable of handling more than 50,000 data changes per second, the DataHub is also seamlessly integrated with Skkynet’s SkkyHub and ETK for secure, end-to-end Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 connectivity.

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Bearing Isolator Stops Ingress

Inpro/Seal released the VB45-S Bearing Isolator, which protects against contamination ingress and lubrication loss. It utilizes Inpro/Seal’s patented XX Interface coupled with an enlarged contamination chamber to achieve an IP66 rating, the standard for premium ingress protection against both harmful dust particulates and powerful water jets from all directions, the company reported. The VB45-S utilizes an enlarged D-Groove to capture oil and return it back to the bearing housing or a grease band to block grease from traveling down the shaft.

The VB45-S employs a compact design, at 0.625 in. (15.88 millimeters) overall (axial) length, the company reported. That length allows for easy installation, often without the need for equipment modifications

Chains Resist Corrosion

Tsubaki Power Transmission launched Neptune corrosion-resistant roller chains. The chains deliver exceptional corrosion resistance in applications exposed to water, saltwater, chemicals and high-humidity conditions, the company reported.

The chains are offered in a variety of options including single and multi-strand drive, single and double pitch, attachment, British Standard and customized chain.


Equipment Gallery - May 2017


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 array of attachments. Available configurations include a bare chassis, flatbed, water tank, fuel tank, dump bed, service and lube station, utility bed, personnel carrier, pipe trailer, drill, and custom solutions.

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Best-in-class 4-axle Crane Goes Green

Liebherr released the 90-metric ton (mt) LTM 1090-4.2. It is the most powerful 4-axle crane on the market, the company reported. The crane can travel with an axle load of 10 mt, 12 mt and 16 mt. It features a 60-meter (m) telescopic boom, and carries 8.8 mt of ballast with a 12-mt axle load.

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Motors for Extremes

Nidec Motor Corp. unveiled TITAN Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled (TEFC) motors for pumps, compressors, fans, blowers and conveyors. U.S. Motors brand TEFC motors are designed to operate in 40°C and at a maximum altitude of 3,300 ft above sea level. They are rated Class B rise at 1.0 service factor and Class F rise at 1.15 service factor with full Class F or better insulating materials. Nidec conducts a short commercial test on each TITAN TEFC motor consisting of no-load current tests, and a check on locked rotor current, winding resistance, high potential and vibrations. TEFC motors are offered in 150 hp through 600 hp. Inventory is available and ready to ship on 150 hp through 400 hp motors.

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Non-Nuclear Density Meters

Red Meters unveiled the RM Series, non-nuclear density meters. Coated with an abrasion-resistant liner to withstand rough and finely ground slurries, the RM3 is easily installed into the slurry pipeline. A Class 2 industrial laser reads passing materials continuously, which is then interpreted by the system’s algorithm and displayed on the monitoring interface.

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Crusher Feeder Improves Efficiency

Deister Machine Co. introduced the EMCO 360 Crusher Optimizer Feeder. Featuring a 360° discharge opening, the unit distributes a homogeneous feed to cone crushers, keeping cones choke-fed for optimum efficiency, product consistency, and improved production rates, the company reported.

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Analyzers Lower Detection Limits

Spectro Scientific introduced Version 8 of its SpectrOil Series analyzers. New capabilities are included in both the SpectrOil 100 Series and SpectrOil M Series, which use a rotating disc electrode technique for determining the elemental analysis of oil, fuel, coolant and water, the company reported.

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Control Size Fractions

ALLU announced the ALLU TS drum assembly, which allows users to reposition the standard screening blades. Manufactured for the ALLU D-Series material processor bucket frames, the TS technology features screening blades that spin between the screening combs. The end product size is defined by the space between the combs, and different fragment sizes are achieved by repositioning the combs.

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Pneumatic Wiper Blade Tensioner

Martin Engineering unveiled an automated pneumatic tensioning system for belt cleaners. The system delivers precise monitoring and tensioning throughout all stages of blade life. It reportedly reduces the labor typically required to maintain optimum blade pressure and extends the service life of both the belt and the cleaner. Equipped with sensors to confirm that the belt is loaded and running, the system automatically backs the blade away during stoppages or when the conveyor is running empty. This minimizes unnecessary wear to both the belt and cleaner.

Ceramic Lagging Sheds Dirt

ASGCO added Semi-Ceramic Pulley Lagging, featuring 40% coverage, to their pulley lagging product line. Ceramic tiles are embedded in rubber on all sides and separated by a horizontal groove for shedding water and dirt. The pre-chemical backing provides an exceptional bond for rubber-to-metal applications. The lagging provides the solution when conventional rubber lagging fails to correct belt slippage and wears prematurely, the company reported. It is supplied in 15-in.-wide by 32.81-ft rolls.


High-Speed Camera

Fastec Imaging unveiled the TS5 handheld high-speed camera for recording mining and blasting operations. Using slow motion replay, a user can analyze and troubleshoot events otherwise missed by normal-speed video. High-speed imaging is used to determine the effects of blasts or the actual firing times of blast holes and the nature of the rock movement.

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Compact Engine Fans

Horton Holding Company announced High-Efficiency Hybrid Flow (HEHF) compact fans, featuring axial-, mixed- and radial-flow technology. Designed to engage more of the radiator core through direct and focused airflow, the fans move air more effectively around an engine and through the under-hood compartment, the company reported.

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Tracking Tag Gets Approval

Strata Worldwide reported the StrataConnect Tracking Tag, enabling location-tracking for personnel and equipment, has received permissible approval from the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

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