Suppliers Report - August 2017

Atlas Copco’s 6thSense Offers a Digital Path to Systems Integration

According to Atlas Copco, automation and digitalization are the future of the mining industry, but automation is not just about remotely controlled machines. The Swedish-based equipment supplier said it offers smart connected products, and its new 6thSense concept is a major advance in getting all these systems connected. “We are now taking a big step on the digital path for systems integration in mining, quarrying and tunneling. With 6thSense you are able to improve your operation in a completely new way,” said Olav Kvist, vice president–mining technology.

“6thSense is all about interoperability, advanced data analytics and a work process where we help our customers take the right steps toward improved operations,” Kvist continued. “Every little step results in the clear benefits of 6thSense: increased safety, increased predictability and increased productivity.”

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New Cyanide Plant to Serve Mexican Mining Market

The Chemours Co., regarded as the world’s largest supplier of sodium cyanide, held a “placing of the first stone” event on June 24 to mark the start of construction of a new Chemours Mining Solutions manufacturing facility in the state of Durango, Mexico. This project represents an estimated $150 million investment, according to the company.

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Medusa Installs New Service Hoist

Thuthukani Engineering designed a full-service shaft hoisting infrastructure for a Medusa Mining-owned gold mine located in the Philippines and operated by Philsaga Mining Corp. The former was tasked with the design and drafting of the headgear, shaft collar and winder house for a new service shaft.

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Siemens Changes Mechanical Drives Unit Name to Flender

Siemens recently announced that, as of October 1, its Mechanical Drives unit (MD) will be known in the market as Flender GmbH, a Siemens company. Branches will also take on the new name worldwide.

Earlier this year, Siemens reported that it would be running the unit as a stand-alone company under the Siemens umbrella, to expand its leeway for action and provide a sharper, business-specific focus. The new setup is to be completed worldwide by mid-2018.

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Sandvik Exits From Project Part of Mining Systems

Sandvik signed an agreement to sell parts of its Mining Systems division to FLSmidth. Mining Systems is a supplier of design and engineering of material handling systems. In 2016, the operations had annual sales of 2.9 billion SEK ($347 million).

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Fluor Signs Agreement With Saudi Miner

Fluor Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabian mining company Ma’aden to support future projects located within and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Under the agreement, Fluor would be considered for conceptual, pre-front-end engineering and design, engineering, procurement and construction management, and program management contracting services for future projects.

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Partnership to Sell Aftermarket Parts, Services

CMS Cepcor Ltd. partnered with Requip Supplies Ltd. to better serve the global aftermarket demand for premium quality jaw, cone and impact crusher spare parts, along with replacement screen and asphalt plant spares. As part of the partnership, CMS Cepcor, a supplier of cone and jaw crusher spacers and services, will manage and distribute the entire Requip stock inventory from its global headquarters based in Coalville, (Leicestershire,) U.K. Requip, based in Newark, (Nottinghamshire, U.K.) will focus on product support and development of their impact crusher ranges.

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Honeywell and SKF Launch IIoT Pilot Project

Honeywell Process Solutions and SKF have initiated a joint pilot project aimed at developing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. The project, at a copper mine in Latin America, aims to create a digital standard for improved machine efficiency, reliability and competitiveness for industrial customers, according to the project partners.

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Komatsu, Trimble to Enhance Software Compatibility

Komatsu is collaborating with Trimble to develop an Application Program Interface (API) to enable compatibility between their software platforms. Trimble Connect software, a cloud-based collaboration ecosystem, will support Komatsu’s KomConnect platform for sharing digital data that can significantly benefit contractors and project managers.

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Engineers Recommend Standardized Cost Code

Independent Project Analysis (IPA) Inc. announced AACE International endorsement of its Mining and Mineral Processing Uniform-Cost Coding Structure. The latter stated at an annual meeting that the cost coding structure is recommended for use by technical professionals supporting mining industry companies and contractors.

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Suppliers Report - July 2017

Canadian Phosphate Project Contracts German Supplier

Arianne Phosphate signed FLSmidth to provide all production equipment and engineering for their future plant, Lac à Paul in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. The phosphate processing plant will be designed for a capacity of 55,000 metric tons per day (mt/d), to produce 3 million mt/year (mt/y) of phosphate rock concentrate, grading 38.6% P2O5, with concentrate P2O5 recovery of 90%.

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College Turns to Simulators for Training

The Canadian Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) tapped ThoroughTec Simulation to equip its new Mine Training Center with the latest high-fidelity operator training simulators. The college will be receiving six CYBERMINE simulators to facilitate the training of both surface and underground heavy equipment operators.

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ABB to Upgrade 5 Hoists at Kiruna

ABB has won another order from Nordic iron ore miner LKAB to modernize five mine hoists for the Kiruna mine in Sweden. The order includes mechanical, electrical and automation equipment for hoists B2, B4, B5, B6 and B8.

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FLANDERS Buys Canadian Repair Facility

FLANDERS acquired a Fort McMurray, Canada, repair facility previously operated by ABB. The Fort McMurray Regional Service Center is fully equipped and will immediately employ six locally. The center will service customers with motor repairs up to 2,500 hp. It expands the company’s repair network to 15 globally.

Atlas Copco Buys Stake in Digital Mine Supplier

Atlas Copco acquired a 34% stake in Mobilaris MCE, a mining intelligence business. The latter’s software solutions offers situational awareness of the mines, real-time positioning and detailed status information on vehicles, equipment and personnel.

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Siemens Taps Tata to Transform IoT Technology

Siemens partnered with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to further develop MindSphere, the former’s Internet of Things (IoT) operating system. New applications for MindSphere by TCS will enable predictive maintenance and energy monitoring.

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Kal Tire Acquires Major Dealer in South Africa

Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group, a mining tire services supplier and a global independent tire dealer, recently acquired the South African operations of Tyre Corp., which employs more than 800 people.

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Improved Aerial Imagery From Drone Cameras

Insitu announced the integration of a 50-megapixiel camera into its ScanEagle drone. The camera will enable high-accuracy photogrammetric (HAP) aerial imagery. Compared to current photogrammetric payloads, Insitu’s HAP payload dramatically decreases the aerial survey flight and processing time, allowing precise broad area survey, and the delivery of a georeferenced site digital surface model. Insitu’s HAP payload achieves this quick turnaround by taking many high-resolution images and integrating them to make a broad-area view.

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Metso Partners With Rockwell for IoT Solutions

Metso selected Rockwell Automation to deliver a global industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform that connects, monitors, and performs analytics for Metso’s equipment and services, resulting in improved efficiency and profitability for its mining customers.

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ABB, IBM Partner for AI Solution in Plants

ABB reportedly partnered with IBM to bring together ABB’s industry leading digital offering, ABB Ability and IBM Watson’s Internet of Things (IoT) cognitive capabilities.

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BMIC Contracts for Coal-grinding Plant

Building Materials Industry Co. (BMIC) signed Gebr. Pfeiffer to deliver a complete coal grinding plant on a turnkey basis to its cement operation in Assuit, Egypt. Gebr. Pfeiffer is contracted to procure, manufacture and deliver the material and equipment; engineer the plant; construct all supporting structures; install the electrical equipment; commission the plant; manage the project; and more.

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Platform Speeds EO Data Analysis

3DEO adopted FD’s Kx platform to provide rapid analysis of Earth observation (EO) data from satellites, aerial platforms and aerial drones. 3DEO collects and organizes imagery data, and provides an immersive way to visualize 3-D satellite images using virtual reality, augmented reality and proximity techniques. The agreement is advantageous to 3DEO, the company reported, due to Kx’s potential to increase the volume and velocity of data processed. The company reported it will leverage and develop Kx’s ability to work with complementary technologies, such as the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library suite.

Service Center in Wyoming for Dozers, Excavators Opens

Intertractor America Corp. opened a new 6,000-ft2 service center in Gillette, Wyoming. It will provide a centralized location for customers in North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, eastern Utah and northern Colorado in need of undercarriage service for excavators, dozers and other tracked machines.

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Center for Methane Capture Opens

The Central Mining Institute in Katowice, Polish Oil and Gas Co. (PGNiG) opened the International Center of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane in Katowice. The center will participate in the development of new technologies for and methods of capturing and utilizing methane as a valuable energy source. New solutions are to increase mining efficiency and safety of the miners as well as to reduce methane emissions and the carbon footprint of the coal mining sector.

Pipe Fittings Company to Offer Fire Protection

Anvil International acquired AFCON. Anvil manufactures pipe fittings, pipe hangers and piping support systems. AFCON provides fire protection pipe hangers and seismic bracing products. Anvil’s mining line offers a broad range of products that protect against pipe deflection and movement, including Gruvlok couplings and fittings, tools, hangers, Anvil-Strut, IPC coatings, supports and lubricants, the company reported. Specialized application-specific butterfly, ball and check valves are available.

Bearings Test Center Opens

SKF opened its $45 million Sven Wingquist Test Center in Schweinfurt, Germany. The center is the first in the world that is able to test large-size bearings under actual operating conditions, the company reported.

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Coupling Maker Acquired

The Timken Co. acquired Torsion Control Products. Timken provides bearings and mechanical power transmission products. Torsion Control Products manufactures engineered torsional couplings. It sells a line of spring couplings, torque limiters, and torque converter clutches specifically for Tier III and Tier IV engine configurations, the company reported.

4 Partners to Digitize Industry in Bavaria

Siemens partnered with three others on Bavaria’s Road to Digital Production (R2D), which is aimed at developing improved technologies, interfaces and infrastructures for the implementation of digital industrial production. R2D aims to demonstrate that digitalization will not only increase efficiency but also pave the way for optimum quality assurance, Siemens reported. Since September 2016, the group sought to digitally map and integrate the process landscape of industrial mass production down to the workshop level.

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Sorting Tech Catches Big, Tiny Diamonds

TOMRA’s X-ray transmission (XRT) sorting technology reportedly recovered a 227-carat Type IIa premium-quality diamond at the Lulo mine in Angola. The diamond is not only the largest single stone to be recovered at the newly commissioned XRT large diamond recovery circuit at Lulo, but it is also Angola’s second largest recorded diamond. As part of the new coarse recovery stream at the 150-metric-ton-per-hour (mt/h) diamond plant, the XRT technology provided the Lulo partners with the capability to recover individual diamonds up to 1,100 carats.

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Caterpillar Buys Into SAAS Developer

Caterpillar announced a strategic investment in software-as-a-service (SaaS) supplier Alight Inc. The latter develops industry-specific solutions for financial forecasting and scenario analysis. Mining is one of its primary target industries.

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Contractor to Supply Grinding Equipment

Amec Foster Wheeler Civmec joint venture contracted Outotec for the delivery of process equipment to the greenfield Gruyere Gold project in Western Australia. Outotec’s scope of work includes the design and delivery of a 15-megawatt (MW) semiautogenous grinding mill. The equipment will be delivered during the first quarter of 2018. The order is valued at more than $15 million.


Suppliers Report - June 2017

Wisconsin Welcomes Komatsu Mining

Executives from Japan’s Komatsu Ltd., Milwaukee’s mayor and Wisconsin’s governor formally cut the ribbon in a ceremony in May that launched the subsidiary Komatsu Mining Corp.

The subsidiary is comprised primarily of former U.S.-based mining machinery and solutions company Joy Global. Komatsu Ltd. acquired Joy Global effective April 5 for $3.7 billion. Komatsu Mining Corp is headquartered in Milwaukee.

Executives said they were satisfied with the acquisition.

“We are happy to welcome Komatsu Mining Corp. to our global family and look forward to working together to offer our customers our full line of mining solutions,” Tetsuji Ohashi, CEO, Komatsu Ltd., said. “We are committed to creating greater value for our customers with advanced technology and innovative solutions.”

Komatsu spokeswoman Caley Clinton, formerly of Joy Global, said the buyout provided job security to the more than 10,000 former Joy employees. “It has been a tough market,” she said. “Employees are excited about this next chapter and being part of a larger organization and still based here in Milwaukee.”

Ohashi said Komatsu Ltd. is forecasting both commodities and the mining machinery sector to rebound soon. “We are expecting the mining market will bottom out in the near future,” he said.

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Suppliers Report - May 2017

Rodless Exploration Drill Rig Rolls Toward Commercialization

New drill rig technology, claimed to have the potential to drastically cut exploration costs, has undergone successful field trials in outback South Australia, according to a report published by the joint Australian government/mining industry research organization that originated the concept.

RoXplorer, a coiled tubing drill rig, was developed by the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) in South Australia and underwent its first extensive, field drilling trials in late February and early March.
According to DET CRC, the trial site, 20 kilometers (km) west of Port Augusta, was adjacent to a hole previously drilled by conventional (diamond) drilling methods and provided a typical example of the thick cover sequence of the Olympic Iron-Oxide-Copper-Gold (IOCG) Province of South Australia.

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South32 Plugs into GE Data Platform

GE and South32 recently announced the signing of a three-year strategic partnership intended to “to assist in the development of South32’s technology roadmap and activation of the company’s digital transformation.”
The partnership, which GE said is its first with an Australian mining company in the digital space, represents “a step towards playing a much bigger role in the global mining sector.” South 32 also noted that GE is “the ideal partner,” as the mining company has recently embarked upon its own digital transformation.

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TAKRAF to Install Equipment for Bauxite Plant

TAKRAF GmbH has secured a major contract for the turnkey supply and installation of a bauxite handling plant in Guinea, West Africa. Project value is approximately €100 million.

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FLSmidth Signs Equipment/Engineering MOU for Phosphate Project

Arianne Phosphate, a Canadian company currently advancing the Lac à Paul project in Quebec’s Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, has signed a memorandum of understanding agreement with FLSmidth to provide all production equipment and engineering for the future plant, in collaboration with the various key suppliers involved in the project development.

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