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Autonomous Trucks Up Production 30%

Sandvik unveiled the TH551i and TH6631i autonomous hauling trucks. When paired with the company’s AutoMine Trucking software package, the trucks can increase haulage production at a mine by as much as 30%, the company reported. Multi-machine control and improved operating discipline can reduce operating costs by as much as 50%.

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Programs Digest Drillhole Data

Hexagon Mining unveiled Sigma, a comprehensive package of statistical and geostatistical programs to analyze and evaluate drillhole, blasthole, and model data. The package is fully integrated with MineSight Torque and MineSight 3D to produce sophisticated and customizable reports, charts and graphs.

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Cone Crushers Get Adjustable Stroke

All thyssenkrupp Kubria cone crushers now come standard with an adjustable stroke. Previously, the adjustable stroke feature was offered on only the Kubria 150 and 210 models. This will allow operators to change the stroke of the crusher shaft without needing to replace parts of the eccentric drive unit. An adjustment can be executed concurrently while replacing the crushing tools.

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Hydraulic Rippers are Low Maintenance

Xcentric Ripper International (XRI) offers XR82, XR52 and XR42 hydraulic rippers. These models are part of the company’s mining series, featuring a patented system that increases production by 80% over the competition, the company reported. Machines in the series are claimed to be virtually maintenance free, water resistant and less noisy than other digging tools. Although the mining series uses the same basic technology as the standard series, the mining models have been designed to provide greater impact force at lower frequency. The XR42 features a hydraulic working pressure of 24 megapascals (MPa); the XR52 is rated at 28 MPa; the XR82 is rated at 30 MPa.


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Tank Switch Detects Level

Hawk Measurement introduced the Gladiator Smart Admittance Level Switch, which detects the level of liquids, slurries, powders or solids in a tank or vessel. Able to operate at temperatures up to 450°C, the unit measures the capacitance or admittance between a probe and the wall of the container. As the level of the product rises to the level of the probe, or drops below that level, the capacitance measured at the probe changes. The Gladiator detects this change and produces an output.

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Haulage Software Facilitates Optimization

RPMGlobal released HAULSIM 2.5, a digital mine management software suite that allows users to conduct virtual tests. The new version features the Fleet Planner and Cornering Speed functionalities. Fleet Planner analyzes the haul cycle against productivity requirements. With it, the user can virtual-trial different fleet sizes and configurations. Cornering Speed analyses every path to estimate the radius of the corners for determining optimal speed limits.

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Gateways Increase IoT Data Flow

Emerson announced its dual-mode wireless gateway which, the company reported, supports both IEC 62951 WirelessHART and ISA100.11a industrial wireless communications standards.

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3-D Scanner for Plants

ASGCO announced the Point Cloud Laser Scanner, a Focus3D X 130 HDR 3-D scanner that delivers realistic and true-to-detail scan results, the company reported. It looks at thousands of points along the clearance plane.

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Mammoth Tank for Emergency Shower

Speakman introduced the Gravityflo Emergency Tank Shower, with a 2,000-liter (528-gallon) tank to meet worker safety standards on a job site with no or poor water pressure, the company reported. The tank is designed for older facilities or sites where the pipes cannot produce the 20 gallons per minute flow requirement.

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CPBPC Spray Coating Prevents Corrosion

SPI Performance Coatings announced EonCoat, a spray-applied inorganic coating engineered to prevent corrosion. When applied to carbon steel, an alloy of stable oxides forms that will not react with the environment, the company reported. It resists corrosion, water, abrasion, impact, chemicals, fire, and temperatures up to 930°C with a topcoat. EonCoat also manufactures a high temperature version that provides protection up to 550°C.

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Handrail Prevents Entanglement

Superior released the Safety Handrail, which mounts to all idler frames and helps prevent entanglement in belting. Depending on local standards, operators can use the Safety Handrail in place of an e-stop cable, the company reported.

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Padlock Can Enhance Safety Interlock Effectiveness

Kirk launched a new padlock that can be combined with the company’s other heavy-duty series interlocks to create a comprehensive safety system for extreme industrial environments.

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Caulk Resists Common High-pH Chemicals

Pelseal Technologies, a manufacturer of high-performance liquid fluoroelastomer coatings, adhesives, sealants and caulks, has introduced Pelseal A1104, an AFLAS fluoroelastomer caulk that is designed to resist alkalis, aminos and other high pH chemicals. The company stated the new Pelseal caulk is not only resistant to strong bases, but also has excellent oil and fuel resistance and can withstand a broad temperature range beyond 400°F. Common applications for the caulk include joint and crack sealant for concrete secondary containment areas, pipe, and flange sealant in chemical processing areas and maintenance and repair of equipment where high pH chemicals are present. Pelseal A1104 is a one-part product and is supplied in a standard-size caulk tube (325 ml). Each caulk tube is also resealable with a screw-in cap.


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