E&MJ Buyers Guide 2018

The Engineering & Mining Journal (E&MJ) Buyers Guide lists the 250 companies that actively market equipment and services to the mining and mineral processing sector on a worldwide basis. These companies have placed advertising with E&MJ in the last two years. The companies are listed alphabetically by product category and then again alphabetically by company (See. p. 55). Anticipating that readers would prefer a web search as opposed to a phone number, a URL is provided for each vendor. For a more complete list of all companies serving the mining and mineral processing business, please visit Mining Media International’s interactive website, World Mining Equipment (www.wme.com).

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Bit Players

The pace of digital technology implementation and innovation is quickening throughout the industry. Here’s a quick scan of what leading producers, suppliers and service providers are doing.

The speed, volume, quality, and nature of information collected and distributed over mine data networks is evolving at a rate that more closely resembles speed-of-light rather than speed-of-business — which in itself is a fast-lane traveler on the technological highway. At one end of the data spectrum, it’s now routine for a major mining operation to receive as much as five terabytes of equipment health and performance data daily from each of its large mining trucks. At the other end, it’s also technically possible for mine management to quickly determine the physical status of workers in remote or extreme environments from real-time sweat-analysis data collected by a wearable sensor.

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Excavation Options

While rope shovels and hydraulic excavators still form the mainstream when it comes to primary earthmovers, other options continue to nibble away at the market

In many ways, excavating concepts have changed little since the introduction of the first steam shovels into mining in the late 1800s. And, while that was revolutionary in terms of how mines were designed, and the types of orebody that could be mined profitably, developments that have come since have essentially been focused on the technology used rather than the concepts.

Rope shovels and draglines, the key mining machines up to the 1970s, were then joined by the first generation of large hydraulic excavators — some of which worked, while others did not. Bucket-wheel excavators also came into their own in the right conditions, and again, it sometimes took a lot of rather expensive experimentation to discover whether a machine was indeed suitable for the task it had been set. In addition, technology advances have often overtaken tradition, such as the replacement of the initial bucket-wheels in the Canadian oil sands by conventional excavators once the operating cost balance tipped in their favor.

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