Mine-Scheduling Software

Runge has released the latest version of its short-term scheduling solution, Xact 1.4, in North America. The product, according to the company, provides tools to create more detailed and accurate operations schedules for both underground and opencut mines in less time. Xact is designed to address the dynamic nature of short-term scheduling, allowing operational staff to monitor and report on progress of mining operations. The program is designed to be used for all types of mines and mineral deposits, providing users a tool that provides a central repository for scheduling data and logic. This allows mining engineers to construct, analyze and update short-term mining schedules on a regular basis using databases, Gantt charts, plots and reports. The program’s presentation and reporting tools allow inventory and quality reports to be created, updated and run using any time scale. Xact also provides input into other Runge products including XPAC medium- to long-term planning software; the XERAS financial modeling and re-forecasting application; and Mining Dynamics, an enterprise management application for mining. www.runge.com

Truck Scale Built for Mining Applications

Built specifically for mining and off-road vehicle weighing, Cardinal’s new Yukon low-profile truck scale is built for extremely heavy-duty use, with gross capacity of up to 150 tons. The Yukon features a high 70-ton Concentrated Load Capacity, or CLC (a term defining a scale’s ability to weigh loads concentrated in a relatively small area to replicate loads applied by a truck’s axles). Each individual Yukon scale deck features eight massive 16-in. I-beams for superior strength; 3/8-in.-thick deck plate, with an optional 8-in. concrete deck available; and stainless steel 100,000-lb compression load cells. The unit is available in impervious hydraulic or electronic scale versions and offers extra-wide scale platforms to easily accommodate off-road vehicles. Its baked-on, anti-corrosion powder paint provides a long-lasting finish for environmental protection. www.cardet.com

Enhanced Cab for Rotary Blasthole Drill Line

Bucyrus is offering an enhanced operator’s cab for the its 49HR line of rotary blasthole drills. The cab enhancements, according to the company, are predicated upon the premise that drill operators work more efficiently when they are comfortable and alert, so a major aspect of Bucyrus’s reconfiguration of the 49HR controls and console centered on improved ergonomics and comfort for operators. Bucyrus has incorporated a six-way adjustable seat with a mechanical swing suspension into the cab design. In addition, in-seat controls are included, allowing operators to work in an ergonomically correct position. All primary controls for drill operation are included on the in-seat control panels, while secondary controls are on a separate control panel also within reach of the seated operator. The operator’s on-board monitor is programmed for enhanced visibility in all conditions, including direct sunlight and night conditions. Likewise, operator screens are positioned to facilitate easy viewing without associated head and neck movement by drill operators. Bucyrus also has addressed cognitive ergonomic hurdles with improved programming—for example, “Active Logic Screens” for all major drill functions. These screens allow drill operators to view and follow permissives to facilitate proper functioning of a given drill operation. In addition, the preset programs for “Program Drill Control” (auto-drilling) have been increased from five programs to 20, covering more operating parameters than its predecessor. Both the Active Logic Screens and Program Drill Control enhancements incorporated universally recognized symbols which further contribute to their intuitive usability. www.bucyrus.com

Electric Belt Cutter Speeds Installation and Repair

Flexco has introduced an electric conveyor belt cutter, designed to provide quick and easy cuts on all types of belting from the softest of natural rubbers to the hardest constructed solid woven PVC and fabric plied belts, according to the company.

The belt cutter is available in two sizes: the EBC1 is capable of cutting a rubber belt up to 1-in. (25 mm) thick and up to a maximum 360 P.I.W. (630 N/m) on PVC belts while the EBC2 cuts rubber belts up to 2-in. (50 mm) thick and up to a maximum 1,140 P.I.W. (2,000 N/m) on PVC belts. The units’ high-speed, steel blade is dual angled for a smooth, accurate cut and is protected by a spring-loaded blade guard for enhanced worker safety. The cutters allow for longitudinal cuts as well as angled cuts. Flexco says the sealed ball bearings that support the belt during cutting provide nearly friction-free feeding of the cutter on the cutting surface, requiring minimal effort by the operator. The cutter can be easily adapted for either right or left hand operation. www.flexco.com

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