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Taking the Heat…Seriously
- Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 16:59
Cintas Corp., a provider of first-aid and safety personal protective equipment (PPE), offers suggestions for limiting heat stress in the workplace. When the body is unable to cool itself by sweating, heat stress can occur. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), five to 10 million workers are exposed to heat-related illnesses each year.
Minera El Tesoro Starts Up Solar Energy Pilot Plant
- Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 16:56
Minera El Tesoro (MET), part of one of the largest mining groups in Chile, has built the first pilot plant in South America using Soitec Solar technology, installing four concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems at a site in Chile’s Sierra Gorda district to provide renewable energy for the remote copper-mining operation. According to system vendor Soitec, its CPV systems feature robust technology and don’t require water for cooling, making them well suited for this installation within the driest desert in the world.
Mine Development Record at Dugald River
- Created on Friday, 14 June 2013 16:55
Mine development for MMG Limited’s Dugald River project continues to progress ahead of schedule, bolstered by what is believed to be a new world record for mine development.
Barminco, a specialist underground hard rock mining contractor engaged by MMG to conduct the Dugald River mine development, said it used a single twin boom jumbo and in-cycle shotcrete to advance mine development 700.4 m during April.
Logistical Solutions for Remote Sites: Meeting the Need for Access, Comfort and Convenience
- Created on Monday, 08 April 2013 21:53
As winter loosens its grip on the more temperate regions of the globe, it’s sometimes hard to remember that cold and harsh weather conditions persist in the upper reaches of the Northern Hemisphere—and are just over the horizon for some high-elevation areas of the Southern.
New Drill Rig Models Roll to Market
- Created on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 22:36
Over the past six months or so, several well-known drill-rig manufacturers have released new or upgraded models to fill gaps in their product lines, comply with applicable safety codes or tailor model configurations and capabilities to specific markets.
New Production Rigs
- Created on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 22:32
At bauma China 2012, Sandvik introduced the DH350 down-the-hole (DTH) surface rig, described as “the right choice” for those seeking an economical, simplified-to-use and reliable drill. The DH350 is diesel-powered and track-mounted, designed to use 3-, 4- and 5-in. (75-, 100- and 125-mm) DTH hammers for hole diameters ranging from 89–152 mm (3.5–6-in.).
- Created on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 22:30
Last month, Atlas Copco also announced that installation and testing had been completed at its factory in Örebro, Sweden, for the first system integration of Carlson Machine Control’s CBx5 control box console running Carlson DrillGrade software on a FlexiROC HEC3 C65 drilling system.
Leica Partners with Locata to Bring GPS Down to Earth
- Created on Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:26
It’s ironic that as modern surface mining burrows further into the ground, whether at new projects that exploit deeper, more complex deposits or at mature mines that are simply digging deeper in place, production efficiency depends more and more upon a clear view of the sky. Mines are increasingly relying on GPS-based machine location and high-precision surveying applications, and because these applications require accurate Real-time Kinematic (RTK) GPS position data, their reliable operation hinges largely on the ability to ‘see’ and track at least four GPS satellites at any given time—a situation that isn’t always possible when working at certain locations in deep open-pit mines.
Getting Fuel Flow Under Control with an Integrated Management System
- Created on Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00
By Paul Nelson
The British Columbia town of Tumbler Ridge, located in the far northeastern corner of the province on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, about 1,100 km (685 miles) from Vancouver and 640 km (400 miles) from Edmonton, may have an idyllic name, but Jim Cardno knows better.
Common Mining Cables are High-tech to the Core
- Created on Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00
Synthetic cable assembly supplier Applied Fiber, based in Florida, USA, says its new haul truck tieback cable is a purpose-built, high-strength, synthetic-fiber cable used to keep a haul truck body safely in raised position during maintenance.
Protecting Soft and Hard Assets
- Created on Monday, 13 August 2012 00:00
In almost any form of mining, abrasion is an ongoing asset-protection issue. Abrasion can rapidly destroy loading and haulage equipment tires, for example, leading to premature and costly replacement, not to mention the potential for vehicle accidents. The same applies to the steel plating on haul truck bodies; if not protected, abrasive material often can rapidly wear down the plating to a point where rebuilding or replacement is necessary long before expected.
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