Hilliard Now Makes its Own Brakes

For more than 30 years, the Hilliard Corp. has supplied braking systems for draglines, electric shovels, conveyors, mine hoists and mills. Now, the New York, USA-based company is set to unveil new caliper brake systems it has developed, tested and certified on its own. These new products, according Rick Kallenborn, regional sales manager for Hilliard, will replace existing systems with a standardized product that is more user-friendly and will allow mine operators to reduce parts inventories.

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Software Survey: Alliances, Acquisitions and Advances Driving Growth

For an industry that mostly measures its success in terms of the volume of rock blasted, hauled, processed into product and shipped, a growing dependency on an often-arcane tool such as software is both fascinating to observe and encouraging to vendors in an otherwise generally grim procurement picture. More than ever, mineral producers need to “get it right”—whether it’s optimum drill/blast designs or the implementation of a company-wide asset management system.

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Metso Wins Services and Equipment Contracts for 2 Tata Operations

Metso announced on May 3 it has entered into a five-year, long-term strategic services partnership agreement with Tata Chemicals (Soda Ash) Partners to repair, rebuild, and service existing pyro-processing equipment and systems in its Green River, Wyoming, USA, operation. The total contract value is approximately 27 million.

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Bauma Attracts Record Numbers

In round figures, 580,000 visitors from 200 countries arrived in Munich in April for bauma, the world’s largest equipment fair. That’s an increase of more than 9%. After Germany, the top 10 countries of origin among the visitors were Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, U.K., Sweden, the Russian Federation, Poland and the Czech Republic. A total of 3,423 exhibitors—1,263 from Germany and 2,160 from abroad—from 58 countries presented their products, developments and innovations on a record 605,000 m2 of exhibition space. Exhibitors from outside Germany accounted for 63% of the total—higher than ever before.

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