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.