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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