New Packaging Solution Meets Mine Meal Delivery Challenges

Some of the 1,700 workers at the Ambatovy project who are now receiving thrice-daily meals in new eco- and foodfriendly packaging.The challenge of delivering up to 5,000 meals every day for miners at a world-class nickel project has been simplified with a switch to a sustainable new meal delivery tray, according to British company Bullseye Distributors. The changeover occurred at the $5 billion Ambatovy mine in Madagascar, which is ramping up to become the largest finished nickel and cobalt operation from lateritic ore in the world. The Ambatovy project is a vertically integrated nickel and cobalt mining, processing, refining and marketing joint venture between subsidiaries of Sherritt (40% ownership), Sumitomo (27.5%), Korea Resources (27.5%), and SNC-Lavalin (5%). Sherritt is the operator of the facilities.


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Monitoring Service Keeps a 24/7 Eye on Equipment Operators

A fatigue-monitoring analyst examines incoming data at Cat’s around-the-clock monitoring center.Caterpillar has launched an around-the-clock equipment operator monitoring service offering customers the ability to monitor what it describes as the “primary variable” impacting their operations―the human factor. Through in-cab and wearable safety technologies, Caterpillar said it now can provide customers with visibility to both machine and operator information. Inside Caterpillar’s 24/7 Monitoring Center, analysts correlate data about the health and productivity of operators and equipment to reveal the level of conditions such as fatigue and distraction and their impact on operations.

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Study Points at Crisis in Mineral Exploration

A competent, comprehensive and efficient exploration program is an important element in just about any mineral producer’s business survival plan. A recently released study by a major consulting group suggests that this crucial activity has weakened throughout the industry to the point of crisis.

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Mobile Apps Provide Flexibility for Mine Reporting Tasks

In line with a growing corporate trend toward flatter, quicker intra- and intercompany communications structures and the need for on-the-spot data recording and reporting capabilities for supervisory and field workers, a number of mobile computing platforms—along with individual, industry-tailored specific apps—are popping up in the marketplace, aimed at highly regulated, data-intensive industries such as mining.

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