Mining suppliers and service providers plan to showcase the latest in mining and mineral processing equipment and technology
By Steve Fiscor, Editor-in-Chief; Carly Leonida, European Editor; Jennifer Jensen, Associate Editor and
Jesse Morton, Technical Writer
A little more than a year ago, the National Mining Association (NMA) announced that it was postponing MINExpo INTERNATIONAL, the world’s largest mining trade show, for a year due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. A lot has taken place since then. At the time, many essential businesses, which included mining and the companies that supply the mines, were learning to adapt operational practices to continue with business while at the same time supporting local communities. Borders were closed and some regions were locked down to slow the spread.
Social distancing and mass vaccination efforts eventually slowed the spread as the pandemic started to recede. Business travel in the U.S. has restarted with conditions and the NMA’s decision and timing now appear prudent. Las Vegas re-opened with its first major trade show, World of Concrete, in June. Likewise, the largest in-person mining event in 15 months, Elko Mining Expo, took place during June and it was also well-attended. All signs from that event indicate that people are looking forward to meeting again face-to-face.
MINExpo 2021, which takes place September 13-15, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convetion Center, may be the mining industry’s opportunity to shake off the COVID-19 blues and get back to business. In addition to rekindling acquaintances, it will be a prime opportunity for mining professionals to learn about new equipment and different methods of improving safety and efficiency.
More than 1,100 exhibitors are planning to participate in MINExpo 2021. The question is: Will three days be enough to cover more than 660,000 ft2 of exhibit space? In an effort to optimize the experience, E&MJ reached out to roughly 100 exhibitors to get a sneak peek of what they have planned. What follows is a compendium of those efforts.
Those that have attended past MINExpo’s know that Caterpillar occupies the largest space in the Central Hall. The theme of Caterpillar’s MINExpo 2021 experience, “Together, we’re mining better,” celebrates the company’s partnership with mines and the ways it assists customers to mine more efficiently, effectively, safely and sustainably. This year the company’s 5,124-m2 (55,000-ft2) exhibit will feature a broad range of product displays, new equipment introductions, previews of what the future holds and remote operating stations.
The exhibit will be grouped under three specific core areas: environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) and sustainability; technology and automation; and equipment lifecycle management solutions.
“After waiting an extra year, the mining industry is ready to reconnect at MINExpo. We are excited to show our customers and the industry the advancements Caterpillar has made not only in equipment, technology and services but also in how we are helping customers mine more sustainably,” said Cat Resource Industries (CRI) Group President Denise Johnson.
Vital to the vision of the all-electric underground mine of the future, Cat will showcase the R1700 XE LHD with 100% battery electric propulsion that generates significantly less heat and noise. It offers a 15-metric-ton (mt) (16.5-ton) payload, 24,190-kg (53,330-lb) lift and tilt breakout force, and 18 km/h (11.2 mph) top speed. To optimize runtime and improve safety, batteries stay on the machine for charging.
Cat said it will also unveil the world’s largest, most powerful and efficient electric drive dozer with high drive. The new Cat D11 XE dozer will be the most advanced, lowest emission-per-ton dozer in the industry, built to deliver the lowest cost of bank cubic meters (BCM) ever. Exhibited alongside the D11 XE, the new Cat D10 dozer offers up to 4% less fuel consumption than the previous model, up to 3% more productivity with high-horsepower reverse and up to 6% more efficiency with combined load-sensing hydraulics and stator clutch torque divider.
Cat will also introduce a new 992 wheel loader that delivers up to a 32% increase in productivity. It reduces maintenance costs by up to 10% and has demonstrated in field testing up to 48% greater payload-per-fuel efficiency in applications where a four-pass match to 90.7-mt (100-ton) trucks was achieved versus five passes with the 992K.
MINExpo will be the first opportunity for many attendees to learn more about Cat’s recently introduced MineStar Edge. It brings visibility to the entire mining operation to show how activities early in the process impact those further down the value chain. MineStar Edge makes it possible to measure, manage, analyze and improve the entire mining operation.
Equipped with MineStar Command for hauling, the new Cat 777G Water Truck provides a glimpse into the future for autonomously lowering dust levels at the mine site while maintaining haul road safety. Featuring the market’s first autonomous water delivery system, the machine integrates truck, tank and sprayer and knows where and when to water haul roads.
Representing the Caterpillar fleet of autonomous trucks, the displayed Cat 794 AC electric drive will be factory-installed with Cat MineStar Command for hauling. Recently, autonomous trucks using Command for hauling surpassed 3 billion mt of material hauled.
Accurate to the centimeter, the exhibited Cat MD6310 rotary blasthole drill offers technology, efficiency, safety and productivity improvements. Fully integrating Caterpillar’s proven components and systems, including technology and automation, the drill is capable of up to 42,149 kg (92,922 lb) of bit load and targets 203- to 311-mm (8- to 12.5-in.) hole diameters.
Exhibiting how technology can improve safety at the mine site, the Cat MineStar Detect Driver Safety System (DSS) display details how the system monitors eye-closure and head pose to alert the driver via seat vibration and/or audio alarm the moment fatigue or distraction is identified. DSS has been shown to reduce 97% of the most significant fatigue events, 80% of average fatigue events and 91% of distraction events.
From individual offerings to comprehensive solutions, Caterpillar and Cat dealers offer dozens of equipment management services designed to improve overall machine performance and mine site productivity. Component rebuilds, retrofits, aftermarket solutions and service agreements help customers get the most out of their investments. Dealer-provided Customer Value Agreements (CVAs) allow customers to focus on their core competency — mining.
Highlighting Caterpillar’s rebuild services capability, the rebuilt Cat C175-16 engine, which produces up to 2 550 kW (3,420 hp), on display reduces overall owning and operating costs.
Team members will also be available to explain to attendees how MineStar Health maximizes equipment availability and reliability by connecting the machine to the office. The service assists with proactive maintenance services and predictive equipment analysis by collecting equipment data, monitoring critical machine parameters, obtaining real-time alerts, analyzing operational trends and patterns, predicting failures and receiving repair recommendations.
Shell & Whitmore (C-8505)
Shell & Whitmore Reliability Solutions was formed in April 2021 as a 50:50 joint venture between Whitmore Manufacturing and Shell. The company combines the strengths of Shell and Whitmore to offer multi-sector expertise; advanced equipment and services; and an integrated product portfolio of proprietary lubricants, greases, coolants, and reliability products that meets the unique needs of companies engaged in U.S. mining and North American rail.
Mining equipment is expected to perform efficiently and survive in adverse conditions and demanding environments. That’s why Shell and Whitmore have combined forces in the mining sector to offer a complete line of products designed to help protect investments, maximize uptime and lower operating costs.
The Shell & Whitmore Reliability Solutions team will be available to answer any questions and discuss the development of tailored solutions for any mine site.
Precision Pulley & Idler (C-5433)
Conveyor experts from Precision Pulley & Idler (PPI) will demonstrate how they can help miners save time and money by selecting the right product tailored to a mine’s specific needs.
New products from PPI include ContinuWing Technology for standard and Herringbone Wing pulleys as well as PPI Idlers with Vayeron Smart-Idler Technology. Downtime is not an option and both of these products help miners get the most life out of their conveyor components.
Extending pulley life in abrasive applications has been a challenge in the conveying industry. The new ContinuWing technology incorporates unmatched wear resistance by using chromium carbide instead of traditional mild steel or AR alloys generally used on the face of a wing. This product will dramatically extend the life expectancy of pulleys reducing costly maintenance and downtime.
A generational shift is taking place in the conveying component industry. PPI Idler rolls can be equipped with Vayeron Smart-Idler technology, offering the ability to predict and report idler failure, increasing productivity and reducing downtime. PPI is a Global Premium Partner of Vayeron, selected due to the quality of products as well as expertise in the industry.
Along with these new offerings, PPI will also showcase existing industry-leading solutions such as the Static Shaft Pulley (SSP), conveyor covers, Pro Duty pulley, and more.
Tema Isenmann (C-5601)
Tema Isenmann will be giving away its new magnetically backed stroke gauge at MINExpo in September. “The first thing our secretary said when she saw it was neat refrigerator magnet,” said Anthony Yell, mining division manager for Tema Isenmann. “Yes, it is that as well but this simple analog device, which does not require a battery, chip or a re-boot, is actually very useful.”
It’s used to measure the stroke on a vibrating screen. This is the displacement of the vibrating screen upwards and downwards when in motion, Yell explained. “The size of stroke tells you whether your vibrating screen is operating correctly for the screening application,” he said. “Generally, the size of the stroke is related to the screen’s aperture — the larger the aperture, the larger the stroke required.
However, this is only part of the story. By knowing the stroke and the drive speed, the gravitational force (G-Force) can also be calculated. This is the centrifugal force generated by the excitor or vibrator motor drive applied directly to the vibrating screen. If plant engineers know the G-Force, they can check to see if the vibrating screen is operating to specification. “This is especially relevant when you pick up screening problems,” Yell said. “Often when we come across screening problems such as poor drainage, pegging or blinding etc., it is related to the G-Force being too low for the application. You can then contact your vibrating screen manufacturer and they will be able to offer advice on how to resolve the problem.
The stroke gauge can also determine if the vibrating screen is mechanically sound. “If you measure the stroke on the feed end of the vibrating screen on both sides, in a similar position, it should be the same or within around 0.02-in.,” Yell said.
“If the difference is greater than that, there is a good chance there is something mechanically wrong with the vibrating screen, such as a cracked or broken cross member, runner or maybe an isolation spring, or a failed rubber buffer. A stroke difference between the feed and discharge ends of the screen greater than 0.05- to 0.08-in. is quite acceptable. Anything larger than that could indicate a mechanical problem worthy of investigation.” Using this simple check daily will ensure many years of trouble-free operation.
Hexagon Mining (C-4057)
Hexagon Mining will reveal its newest technology for mining’s autonomous future. “Continued convergence and integration will mean more autonomy and eventually fully autonomous solutions from Hexagon,” said Hexagon Mining President Nick Hare. “That means one smart device ecosystem for the next generation of operator experience, enhancing operator awareness, improving reliability and addressing personal safety issues that cannot be solved by traditional independent approaches.
Miners can expect reduced complexity in ownership costs and smart data analytics to visualize data patterns above and below ground, Hare explained. “For drill and blast, it means a complete solution tailored to minimize ore loss and dilution by delivering accuracy and precision to every step of the process,” Hare said.
Hexagon will discuss its cloud-based visualization and collaboration platform, HxDR, which will deliver on the promise of a digital twin for the mine, leveraging reality capture capabilities to push the bounds of what is possible from a dynamic terrain model. The company will also be offering 15-minute tech talks at its stand.
“The ability and agility in responding quickly to adversity are a testament to Hexagon’s global reach and the depth of its multi-faceted expertise,” said Hexagon Mining’s Chief Technology Officer Rob Daw. “As the last 12 months have shown, when ingenuity is applied to resourcefulness, adversity can be managed and overcome. It’s why we’re excited for MINExpo and the rest of 2021.”
Weir Minerals (C-4329)
The Weir Minerals display will feature market-leading products showcasing its whole-of-mine capabilities, from extraction to comminution and mill circuits.
Delegates will be able to see the Cavex 2 hydrocyclone, which marks a new era in separation technology. Its LIG+ laminar and chamber design reduces turbulence and allows the hydrocyclone to classify up to 30% more feed slurry, while occupying the same footprint as Cavex 1 and competitor cyclones. This enhanced performance is unmatched by any known hydrocyclone in operation today.
Cavex hydrocyclones can also be customized to suit almost any application, with a variety of spigots, vortex finders and liners. Weir Minerals’ expert team can tailor the Cavex 2 hydrocyclone to suit each operation’s unique application, as well as being able to retrofit Cavex 2 into the site’s existing footprint to maximize production. The positive trials of Cavex 2 hydrocyclone in various mining applications provide us with the upmost confidence that this is the most powerful hydrocyclone on the market.
The booth will also feature a hologram of the Enduron high pressure grinding rolls (HPGR). It reduces particles by compressing and crushing the feed between two counter rotating, parallel rollers with a small gap between them. Where HPGR technology has replaced traditional methods of crushing and grinding, such as SAG or ball mills, customers have seen energy savings of up to 40% and substantially improved mineral liberation.
The Enduron HPGR ensures optimal product quality through its controlled roll skewing and self-adjusting lateral walls. Skewing is a vital feature for high pressure grinding rolls as feed variance, segregation and the presence of tramp materials are inevitable in real world grinding circuits and will lead to uneven grinding and selective wear of the tires.
Delegates will also be able to view Weir Minerals’ Synertrex Intelligence Platform, which is paving the way for the future ‘connected’ mine. The key to the success of ‘connected’ mines rests on gaining access to multiple sources of information, an emphasis on smart data and a commitment to holistic intelligent platforms. Driven by advanced digital technologies, Synertrex improves equipment performance, abates emissions and reduces component wearing, eliminating unexpected breakdowns and maximizes productivity.
The Warman mill circuit (MC) duty slurry pump will also be on display. Combining hydraulic and wear experience with advanced material technology, the Warman MC pumps easily manage large size particles in highly abrasive slurries and are specifically designed for the most severe slurry applications, such as ball and SAG mill cyclone feed plus water-flush crushing in mineral processing plants.
The booth will also feature Trio cone crushers with ESCO wear liners. Trio TC and TP series cone crushers operate in some of the most challenging environments in the industry, while ESCO wear parts are the result of decades of experience casting the highest quality manganese steel. ESCO cone liners have been designed specifically to maximize wear life, minimize downtime and optimize the overall performance of each site.
Kal Tire (C-8609)
Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group will unveil not just one but two first-of-the-kind tire management tools to advance safety for technicians working around the wheel. They will also be showcasing their new thermal conversion OTR tire recycling facility as well as their Maple Program that provides customers with actual accredited data on fuel and carbon emissions saved when they retread tires or repair with Ultra Repair compared to buying new.
“We’re in a time when mines are acting on new and forward-thinking commitments to the environment, people and the communities touched by mining operations,” said Dan Allan, senior vice president, Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group. “The focus on ESG is exciting in many ways because we’ve been developing several big and bold solutions that align with this future-minded focus.”
The launch of these solutions is part of a larger theme at the exhibition: how Kal Tire’s approach to innovation and sustainability solutions deliver positive change for customers.
Kal Tire’s latest innovation tools, Magnet Clamp and Wheel Inspection, aim to mitigate risk and improve safety for tire technicians. The Magnet Clamp is a remote-controlled clamp that secures and releases the last two-wheel bolts during dismounting, allowing technicians to stand at a distance rather than below the OTR tire and wheel assembly and manipulator. Kal Tire’s new Wheel Inspection tool is a mobile scope that scans for cracks along weld lines and ring grooves to determine instantly if a wheel is safe for use or if it’s at risk of fractures, saving mines from sending wheels great distances to manufacturers for testing.
The largest and most recent innovation is Kal Tire’s new OTR tire thermal conversion recycling facility in northern Chile. The process uses heat and friction to induce a reaction that converts tires into their base elements. Each day, one of two reactors can convert five 63-in. tires weighing nearly 20,000 kg into 6,500 liters of alternative fuel, 4,000 kg of steel and 8,000 kg of carbon black as well as enough synthetic gas to fuel the plant itself for seven hours.
Kal Tire’s unique Maple Program is another solution that aims to help customers reduce their environmental footprint. The program leverages data from the company’s independently accredited carbon calculator to determine the actual carbon and fuel emissions saved by retreading as an alternative to buying new OTR tires. Customers receive a Maple Program certificate indicating actual data that can be used in reporting. New in 2021 is the Maple Program’s addition of Ultra Repair: Mines that use Kal Tire’s exclusive process for repairing large injuries to tires that would otherwise be scrapped can now quantify and report on the environmental benefits of using Ultra Repair vs buying new tires.
Being able to make informed decisions and take a strategy-driven approach to tire management is a key benefit of TOMS, Kal Tire’s proprietary Tire Operations Management System, also being showcased at MINExpo and now in use at more than 120 sites. TOMS could also be described as a productivity tool as it enables planned maintenance and turns tire inspections into action. TOMS focuses on identifying tire work before it’s required and integrates with a site’s maintenance plan so tire work can be performed when a vehicle is already down for maintenance, saving mines dozens of downtime hours every month.
ESCO, a Weir Group division, develops, manufactures and provides high-quality components for mining applications, which includes its Nemisys lip and ground engaging tool (GET) systems that are now available for all mining buckets. ESCO will have a dedicated area in its stand to provide insights into the full range of the Nemisys offering. The Nemisys tooth system is a field-proven performer with installations on more than 750 machines worldwide. The system features an integrated single-side lock for easier and faster removal to minimize machine downtime during maintenance cycles. The hammerless lock provides improved engagement with the nose to significantly reduce the chance of point loss and unplanned downtime.
An ESCO cable shovel cast lip with the Nemisys N3 lip system will be featured at MINExpo 2021. ESCO’s dipper lips are engineered and manufactured for maximum durability, service life and lower maintenance. They are seamless, single-piece castings, poured in a proprietary ESCO alloy formulated to provide excellent toughness and weldability. The wide range of lip profiles can match customer requirements and optimize dipper performance. ESCO lips are produced to fit either Whisler Plus or Nemisys lip systems.
An ESCO bucket for a Caterpillar 993 wheel loader with Nemisys N65 tooth system will also be on display. ESCO produces reliable, performance-driven wheel loader buckets built for the world’s most demanding mine sites. ESCO buckets are compatible with most 5 m3 (6.5 yd3) class and larger loaders.
Also on display will be one of ESCO’s newest innovations — the ToolTek system — a collaborative effort with key mining customers to provide enhanced safety for maintenance personnel during replacement of worn Nemisys points and adapters. The ToolTek system is a hydraulic crane mounted tool that is remotely operated, well out of harm’s way during replacement of worn components. New parts are pre-staged on racks conveniently positioned on the flatbed truck outfitted with the hydraulic crane. The ToolTek system is capable of locking and unlocking Nemisys GET, making installation and removal truly touchless.
ESCO will have a team of product experts on hand at MINExpo to answer questions regarding ESCO’s products and services.
At its 20,200 ft2 exhibit, Sandvik will demonstrate its commitment to ‘Innovation in mining — make the shift,’ a theme that underscores its focus on helping customers to mine more sustainably through technology.
“Sustainability and productivity go hand in hand, and our latest solutions will help the industry make the shift to more sustainable mining,” Henrik Ager, President of Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions, said.
Several new products will be on display for the first time including the AutoMine Concept vehicle. The first fully autonomous battery-electric vehicle (BEV) for underground mining is equipped with new sensing capabilities and artificial intelligence to help the cabinless machine ‘perceive’ its surroundings and environment in 3D and react in real time. This enables it to adapt and plan its own route around a mine, even in continuously changing environments.
Sandvik will also unveil its latest battery-electric underground truck and the DS412iE, its first battery-powered rock bolter, which completes the company’s first full zero-emissions offering for all underground drilling applications.
“We were proud to launch the industry’s first battery-driven underground jumbo five years ago at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2016, and we’re proud of our ongoing progress in electric equipment innovation since then,” added Ager. “We continue to expand our offering, and our latest battery-electric equipment contributes to a cleaner and quieter environment without compromising safety, productivity or efficiency.”
For surface drilling, Sandvik will display the Sandvik DR410i rotary blasthole drill rig, Leopard DI650i down-the-hole drill rig and Pantera DP1600i top hammer drill rig, part of the Top Hammer XL system. Booth visitors can learn more about AutoMine Surface Drilling, an automation system for fully autonomous and tele-remote operation of a wide range of intelligent Sandvik surface drill rigs. The AutoMine system’s new AutoCycle functionality enables a fully autonomous drilling cycle with hole-to-hole tramming for automatic rig relocation according to the drill plan.
In addition to displaying its latest rock tools including the recently launched Sandvik LT90 top hammer tool, Sandvik will launch a new DTH hammer, a new rotary bit, heavy-duty drill bits, a new drill bit for autonomous drilling and its latest digital rock tools solutions. The new RD212 and RD315 rock drills will also make their debut.
The company will soon launch a dedicated microsite that will include an interactive virtual booth, live chat functionality and videos from the show to enable those who cannot travel to MINExpo to engage with its team.
Strata Worldwide (C-4413)
Strata Worlwide will showcase a selection of new technologies that complement its existing high-tech portfolio. Some of the company’s newest products that will be on center stage are Aura IQ Conveyor Health Monitoring, Private LTE cellular networks and StrataHub-Machine Digitization.
Aura IQ uses fiber optic cable to monitor the health of conveyor belt idlers to ensure that they are in stable condition. If wear and tear and potential failure are detected, the technology preemptively alerts operators and directs them to the problematic area. This predictive maintenance helps prevent part failure and belt damage which in turn reduces downtime.
Strata has secured agreements to be the preferred provider for Private LTE coverage in both above and below ground operations. This dedicated network provides open bandwidth, fast data speeds and uninterrupted service.
StrataHub — Machine Digitization with Nerospec SK uses smart sensors to collect machine data during operations to provide fresh machine health information and enable optimized maintenance based on the machine’s current condition. Check the machine’s per formance and utilization by streaming data directly at the machine or remotely from the cloud.
Along with these new product introductions, Strata will have a full-size emergency refuge chamber, fully equipped with DigitalBRIDGE Power-over-Ethernet for communication, monitoring, remote control and video.
Xylem, a global water technology company, will showcase its extensive Mining Solutions portfolio at MINExpo. Working in partnership with mine operators to develop efficient water management solutions, Xylem’s mining expertise boosts the productivity, safety, reliability and sustainability of mine sites across North America and internationally.
Ken Albaugh, Director of Xylem Sales, Rental and Equipment said “Optimal water management in mine operations has never been more critical. We know from extensive experience to achieve this it is essential to take a holistic view of how mining operations use water — from sourcing to dewatering to treatment and reuse. By reviewing the efficiency of each aspect of an operation’s water process the system as a whole will be optimized; a system is only as efficient as each individual element. Every step from intake to reuse is part of a process that can increase productivity, lower costs and ultimately, turn mining water management from an expense to a strategic advantage.”
Albaugh, continued, “We have experienced mine water challenges firsthand — our team members are Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) trained and certified miners — so we have the know-how and portfolio to help customers solve their toughest tasks. Every mine has a distinct set of operating conditions and challenges — a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Customized water management solutions deliver better results by minimizing production downtime, lowering operating costs, enhancing performance and safety, and minimizing environmental impact — all while supporting long-term prosperity.”
“As the manufacturer, Xylem is well positioned to tailor our products to fit the customer’s specific needs. One way we identify those needs is to carry out an audit of the mine’s total water management system as a first step in boosting efficiency and safety, while reducing costs,” explained Albaugh.
Xtreme Manufacturing (C-8409)
Made for mining, the Xtreme XR4030-E has become one of the most versatile machines in its class. Originally developed to meet a customer request for a telehandler with a 40,000-lb lifting capacity and a 30-ft lifting height, the robust roller boom was designed to meet the demand.
Weighing 63,000 lb, the XR4030-E is 118 in. wide with a height of 9 ft. 10 in. and a turning radius of 21 ft. 11 in. The telehandler offers a forward reach of 16 ft. 4 in. and a 21 ft. 8 in. length to fork face.
Due to its size and machine weight, the XR4030-E was the first Xtreme telehandler designed with a 6-speed transmission. Equipped with a Dana T32000 powershift transmission, the roller boom offers three high and three low drive speeds to easily handle all terrains.
Specifically designed to operate on unimproved surfaces, the heavy-duty XR4030-E is able to support larger forklifts and telehandlers on rough terrain. Narrow dimensions, no outriggers and an 18 in. ground clearance allows the machine to easily maneuver around crowded job sites.
Several innovative features come standard on the XR4030-E, such as 360° operator visibility from the cab and intuitive controls that permit one hand on the steering wheel at all times.
Steel-plated boom rollers provide smooth operation, reduce maintenance and offer long life durability. An integrated machine-rated boom lift point provides safe handling of suspended loads.
A range of attachments customize and maximize its use on the jobsite, such as the pipe and pole grapple attachment with a 96 in. shoe that can lift pipes and poles measuring up to 7 ft. in diameter.
The XR4030-E’s functional design is well-suited for mining applications.
General Kinematics (C-8671)
General Kinematics (GK) will be showcasing its STM-Series Two-Mass Vibratory Screen, which utilizes GK’s proven Two-Mass, natural frequency drive design. This screen will be running in the booth for visitors to witness the screen in action. Compared to traditional brute-force screens, General Kinematics said the STM-Series can increase capacity by up to 40% and improve throughput by 30% while achieving a five times longer service life.
The STM-Series that will be featured at MINExpo is a pre-sold screen and will leave the show and go to the Copper Mountain Mine in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is the second screen the mine has purchased from GK, according to GK’s marketing specialist, Heather Schuler.
The company published a case study in June that proves the increased efficiency and capacity along with a dramatic reduction in maintenance costs the mine has experienced by replacing their brute-force screen with the STM-Series.
Visitors at MINExpo can also meet industry experts to discuss their processing challenges and discuss GK’s solutions.
General Kinematics creates energy-efficient, high-quality vibratory mining equipment to solve the toughest of process problems. It has a vibratory installation base of more than 40,000 units in 35 countries. GK provides after-sales service and support throughout its global network.
Martin Engineering (C-4615)
Martin Engineering will be featuring a number of innovative technologies in its booth, including the company’s new N2 Belt Cleaner Position Indicator and Automated Belt Cleaner Tensioner. The firm will also be showcasing conveyor belt cleaners, belt cradles, conveyor sealing products, belt trackers and settling components to control bulk material loads.
In addition, visitors will find solutions such as industrial vibration and replacement motors for screening equipment, as well as the Martin Roll Gen system for generating power from a moving conveyor belt. The wide array of products are all developed for cleaner, safer and more productive bulk material handling, according to the company.
Martin Engineering is a global innovator in the bulk material handling industry, developing new solutions to common problems and participating in industry organizations to improve safety and productivity. Founded in 1944, the company’s series of Foundations books is a resource for safety, maintenance and operations training. Martin Engineering products, sales, service and training are available from 19 factory-owned facilities worldwide, with wholly-owned business units in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, the USA and U.K.
Dyno Nobel (C-6027)
Dyno Nobel will be debuting its new underground wireless detonator, CyberDet I, which the company said takes mining digitalization to the next level with remote autonomous charging and blasting. The detonator allows operators to work in a safer environment during the blast loading process, according to Lauren Gorrell, marketing and branding manager. The technology also facilitates a shorter blast cycle, providing the potential to increase the number of tons mined, she added.
It will also be featuring Differential GPS, which it described as the first-ever Tagging and Hole Identification method using Differential Global Position System (DGPS). This groundbreaking technology is bringing the mining industry a step closer to autonomous blasthole identification and loading, according to Gorrell.
The company will also be featuring BlastWeb4G. Designed to reduce costs by decreasing time spent on production and development blasting in underground mining operations, BlastWeb4G is the most sophisticated centralized underground networking system on the market, Gorrell said.
Unrivaled bulk Differential Energy Bulk Emulsion allows customization of the explosive energy profile to the geology in the blasthole to provide customers with safe, efficient, and effective blasting results.
DynoConsult will also be featured, which brings world-class drill and blast consultants to customers to help them meet their goals with unmatched expertise, on-site service and innovation.
Dyno Nobel provides a full range of reliable explosives products from manufacturing plants worldwide and blasting services from a distribution network.
FLSmidth will be presenting solutions and flowsheets for future mining operations. These will hinge around its core themes of MissionZero — zero emissions in cement and mining by 2030 — and complete mine optimization, encompassing digital technologies
and aftermarket services as well as OEM solutions.
William Leahy, Senior Marketing Manager for Group Content at FLSmidth, told E&MJ: “Our on-booth talks will focus on flotation innovations; advances in tailings and filtration; comminution technology (including LoadIQ and mill liners); efficiency through lab sampling and analysis; and pump optimization.
“We will have 3D models of the Mark V Gyratory Crusher and a Cone Crusher on display at the booth as well as the LoadIQ solution and a mill liner.”
FLSmidth will also be officially launching its innovative REFLUX Flotation Cell (RFC) and presenting the next-generation WEMCO flotation cell too.
PAUS North America (C-5210)
PAUS North America Inc. can be found in the German Pavilion. The company’s theme for MINExpo 2021 is ‘Custom-engineered solutions for underground mining in tight spaces and narrow-veins.’
“Our selection of UG vehicles is ideal for low and narrow stopes and, with the maneuverability of the compact ANFO-loaders, LHDs and haul trucks, they become a perfect combination for working at the face in these tight areas,” Helmut Jaspersen, Marketing Specialist at parent company, Hermann Paus Maschinenfabrik GmbH, told E&MJ.
“In addition, our robust line-up of support equipment including graders, scalers, and shotcrete trucks are a complete solution to maintain stopes and keep operators and mines safe. Our PG10 grader will also be on display at the show.”
The Paus team is excited to talk to customers about its electric vehicle solutions to help meet increasing emissions standards.
“Paus is listening to its customers… with our new PausConnect feature, companies can be in constant contact with our service and engineering team,” Jaspersen added. “With the ability to monitor the operation of our machines in real-time, we provide geofencing, theft protection, statistical data collection, vibration monitoring, two-way communication, and user administration to keep life-cycle costs under control. This technology can be retrofitted most machines.”
Paus will be launching its new PMKM 8030 UG haul truck at the event. This combines a compact design with high tonnage capacity and enough power to increase productivity.
“Along with this new truck, we have continued to develop scaling production with the introduction of the new PSCALE 8-T,” said Jaspersen. “This features a tiltable cab design for increased operator visibility. The addition of Cat diesel engine provides more power to combat high altitudes. This is packaged with radio control to handle dangerous backs or to pinpoint scaling in hard to see areas.”
Red Valve Co. (C-6090)
Since its inception in 1953, Red Valve Co. has been a world-leading manufacturer of pinch valves for the mining industry. Today, Red Valve’s products are used in every type of mining operation worldwide. Its cost-effective flow control products and solutions are ideal for flotation cells, dewatering, cyclone separators and tailing applications.
Red Valve will showcase various products under the banner of ‘The professional’s choice for the toughest mine applications.’ These include its Manual and Control Pinch Valves which are designed to outlast traditional ball, plug, and gate valves used in mine slurry applications.
Red Valve’s Pinch Valves feature state-of-the-art, fabric-reinforced specialty elastomer sleeves for extremely durable structural support. These are similar in construction to a heavy-duty truck tire and are much tougher than metal. Unlike the flow patterns of conventional valves which create deflection that causes wear, the flow pattern of a Red Valve Pinch Valve is streamlined. The valve lining, flange gaskets and seating surface are combined into one unit, and expensive metal alloys are eliminated because the sleeve is the only wetted part of the valve.
Red Valve offers a worldwide, world-class custom service network through corporate offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, manufacturing facilities in Gastonia, North Carolina, and 114 sales representatives in 61 countries. Its sales engineering team will be available at the event to help mines select the best choice of valves and related products for their applications.
Vermeer Corp. (C-5307)
The Vermeer booth will focus on spreading information on surface excavation machines. “We also plan to highlight how Vermeer and a global network of Vermeer dealers are supporting the mining industry,” said John Milligan, sales director, specialty excavation, Vermeer.
“We will have members of our engineering and field support team in attendance and will highlight the Vermeer Rock Lab, a free service to analyze rock samples from a mine or quarry and determine the viability of using a continuous surface miner in each specific application,” he said.
The booth will focus heavily on the Terrain Leveler. “Many mines around the globe now are using continuous surface excavation machines to replace or complement drill-and-blast mining methods,” Milligan said. “In the booth, we will highlight different ways mines are using Vermeer Terrain Levelers and why.”
Subject matter experts in the booth will be available to discuss the benefits of precision surface miners, the capabilities of the Vermeer support team, and historical incidences of surface miners adding value to operations, he said. “We will have some interactive ways for attendees to learn about and engage with precision mining methods.”
Schurco Slurry (N-1513)
Schurco Slurry designs and manufactures heavy duty slurry pumps for the global mining industry. From humble beginnings over 40 years ago, the company’s founder Frederick Schur had a vision to offer higher quality pump products and support to an industry he saw underserved by large multinational firms. Today, his son, Nicholas Schur, is the president and owner of the company, and has continued to deliver on his father’s vision. Schurco Slurry has operations in the United States, Mexico, Africa and Australia with headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, and has grown to be a leading supplier of heavy-duty slurry pumps the world over.
Schurco Slurry said its pumps and replacement parts are the industry’s best source for heavy duty centrifugal slurry pumps. The company’s goal is to have the lowest total cost of ownership of any slurry pump manufacturer on the market today by offering the greatest value on capital equipment, the highest quality spare and replacement slurry pump parts and providing unmatched engineering excellence from a company that only focuses on one product: slurry pumps!
Miners can have confidence when buying from an American manufacturer such as Schurco with the quality and service expectations that go hand in hand with doing business with a family-owned, customer service oriented company. Schurco proudly manufactures parts which are fully compatible with the most popular Warman slurry pump models. With its wide range of wear materials offered for both horizontal and vertical slurry pumps, we have the right solution for your application.
While other manufacturers send jobs and quality control overseas, Schurco maintains strict product and quality control in the USA. Their all-American workforce includes master mechanics and machinists, engineers from diverse backgrounds, and a solid commitment to excellence at every level of the company. Schurco confirms their products through a variety of assessments including spectrographic testing of metallurgies, hardness testing, dimensional analysis, and fully-qualified hydraulic and fit testing.
Core to Schurco Slurry’s guiding principles are a belief that the customer should be served above all else, and any endeavor at Schurco begins and ends with a customer focus. To that end we strive to maintain readily available spare parts on all our fielded equipment, and by maintaining private family ownership have been able to keep costs down in a turbulent marketplace. Schurco Slurry pumps offer the lowest life cycle cost amongst all peers through competitively priced capital pump equipment, reasonable spare parts pricing, and material options which provide lasting wear life in all operating environments.
Derrick Corp. (N-1937)
Derrick Corp.’s theme for MINExpo 2021 is: Make More Gold! Derrick pioneered the development of wet and dry fine screening solutions to serve diverse industries throughout the world for more than 70 years. Its commitment to unmatched quality, combined with vertically integrated product design and a culture of continuous improvement throughout our organization, has led to the well-recognized long-term reliability and productivity of Derrick products.
Derrick first introduced the gold processing industry to abrasion-resistance and non-blinding polyurethane screens in the early 1980s. Following initial contributions to advance gold processing technology, Derrick has continued to develop new, high-capacity screening equipment. Our efforts have focused on reducing operational expenditure (OPEX), developing new patented technologies, and minimizing maintenance and footprint to reduce environmental impact. All of which contribute to a favorable return on investment (RoI).
These screen solutions provide leaching circuits with technology that leads to efficient gold recovery and demonstrate our firm commitment to advancing gold processing technology. These solutions include trash screens, urethane interstage screens, carbon sizing screens, dewatering screens, tails safety screens, and other processing stages. All equipment incorporates Derrick’s strong commitment to personal safety by minimizing touchpoints.
Derrick now offers its latest innovation — Trilogy surface technology — its most advanced screen system. Trilogy is composed of individual thermoplastic components that may be assembled into various configurations for added flexibility. This new innovation from Derrick can increase gold recovery and reduce operating cost. Derrick’s patented technologies can enhance productivity and profitability in your gold recovery operations!
In addition to Trilogy, the company will also launch the Dual Pool 800 Series Linear Motion Machine, the PRISM 3D Urethane Interstage Screen and the G-Vault Urethane Interstage Screen.
Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co. (N-1122)
Fastener experts at Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co. have more than 45 years of bolting experience in mining milling applications. A wide array of bolting solutions is making costly and time-consuming downtime in grinding mills a thing of the past, according to the company. From liner bolt sealing solutions to flange hardware, the company said it continues to dish out new innovations.
As IOT and remote condition monitoring become more mainstream, Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co. is bringing wireless bolt monitoring solutions, which include the tension over torque advantage, to the mining industry.
In its booth, visitors can explore a scaled, 3D animated ball mill rendering of the latest developments in milling bolting applications, including the introduction of the Flange Manager, which is patent pending. It will also showcase the patented SPC4 load indicating fasteners with the latest addition to the company’s RTM Remote Tension Monitoring) series of meters — the UHF Band 720R RTM Meter, a wireless bolt monitoring system that operates in 433/868/915 MHz frequencies and is fully remotely configurable.
Miners know that Dräger pioneered safety in mining. Since 1907, Dräger has earned the trust of miners worldwide with breathing apparatuses that paved the way for a lifesaving profession: mine rescue. Around the world, mine rescuers are called Drägermen — even today.
What sets Dräger apart is quality. The company manufactures all the components that go into its products — so the company has complete control over quality and engineering. It designed each technical solution to be part of an integrated safety concept focused on improving mine safety.
At MINExpo 2021, visitors can experience Dräger’s latest technologies first-hand, including refuge chambers, air purifying respirators (APRs), gas detection and emergency response/mine rescue.
Dräger’s highly customizable refuge chambers protect workers by creating a safe, breathable atmosphere within a sealed room. They are designed for prolonged stay, keeping occupants safe until help arrives. The company’s APRs range from full and half face masks to powered APRs and the X-plore 1750 respirator — manufactured at Dräger’s new APR facility in Pennsylvania.
Fixed gas detectors are the first line of defense in continuously detecting poisonous gases and Dräger’s portable gas detectors protect miners wherever they go. The MSHA-approved X-am 2500 combines reliable sensor technology with long battery life and intuitive operation to accurately detect O2, CO, NO2, SO2, CH4, and H2S.
The compact, MSHA-approved X-am 5000 detector is insensitive to electromagnetic interference. It measures O2, organic vapors, combustible gases, CO, H2S, CO2, Cl2, HCN, NH3, NO2, PH3, and SO2, as well as methane up to 100% volume.
The Polytron 8100, Dräger’s top-of-the-line XP transmitter, detects toxic gases or oxygen levels using a plug-and-play electrochemical DragerSensor to detect a specific gas. A range of protocols, as well as analog output with relays, make it compatible with most control systems.
Dräger has committed to protect the lives of miners by offering comprehensive, integrated escape and rescue solutions. The PSS BG4 plus closed-circuit breathing apparatus combines uncompromised safety with outstanding respiratory protection. Designed for long-term comfort, this popular system provides up to 4 hours of breathing air.
The FPS 7000 full face mask sets new standards in personal safety, protection and comfort. The mask provides a large, unobstructed field of vision and a very secure fit, with little or no fogging. Designed to connect seamlessly to the FPS 7000, the FPS-COM 5000 ensures clear communication through a tactical voice amplifier or radio — even in extreme conditions.
When it comes to mine safety, equipment is only part of the solution. Equally important are experts with in-depth experience who can provide guidance and service every step of the way. Dräger mining experts will be on hand at the MINExpo booth to demonstrate technology and answer any questions.
Matrix Design (N-2803)
Over the past year as the world economy slowed, Matrix Design Group continued to seek out opportunities to expand its product lines and services for the mining market. At MINExpo, Matrix will be introducing its full suite of new product offerings as well as displaying new functionalities, applications and accessories that have been added to its existing product lines. These solutions represent trends the company said it sees evolving in the mining industry and reflect its ability to meet both the immediate and future demands related to emerging technologies.
Increased interest in the application of data and analytics into the mining industry has driven Matrix to expand its networking, sensor and software package offerings, all of which will be on display at MINExpo. Matrix has developed — and continues to expand — a holistic networking infrastructure offering to the mining market focusing on providing both functionalities to increase production efficiencies and decision-making data analytics for mine operations.
Matrix is also making strides in the areas of proximity detection and collision avoidance in both underground and surface mining operations. It will be building on its 10-plus years of experience to introduce a new vision AI-based collision avoidance system to the mining market along with new advancements in the IntelliZone proximity detection system product suite. It will be introducing the OmniPro Vision AI-based collision avoidance system, enhanced feature sets and new components for its IntelliZone proximity detection system as well as a new mining-centric software suite.
Matrix has also expanded its product offering to address the leading causes of downtime and wasted maintenance throughout the mining industry.
The company will also be launching the U.S. branch of its Matrix Analytics service, which provides mine sites with decision-making information from operational data. The analytics services will be integrated into each of these new product lines.
Matrix Design Group LLC is a safety and productivity technology leader for mining and industrial applications. Its innovative product lines include systems for proximity detection, collision avoidance, communications and tracking, atmospheric monitoring, lighting and cameras.
McLanahan Corp. (N-1921)
McLanahan Corp., provider of process solutions for a variety of industries, will focus on its tailings management, wet processing solutions and crushing and screening solutions at the show. The company offers tailored solutions with local service on the ground and a global knowledge base. The goal of all of its solutions are better uptime, reliability and productivity, according to Mark Krause, managing director of North America.
Although McLanahan has been known as a coal company, Krause said that is not all they do. The company also offers solutions for potash, cement and salt and is making inroads into gold and iron ore.
Krause said the company is using the show “to reposition who we are. To reintroduce who we are.”
A large focus at the show will be on in-person interactions with current and future customers. “We’ve all been talking to a screen,” Krause said. People are over virtual meetings and are ready for face-to-face, and now the company can come out to a customer’s site and provide a proper solution for them, he said.
The show will present an opportunity to renew relationships, but also offers “another chance to start new relationships that you didn’t have before,” he added.
McLanahan will also continue to focus on sensors that are able to provide artificial intelligence to customers. “The latest technological trend from a maintenance and performance standpoint will continue to be strong,” Krause said. He believes that evolution within the mining industry and the company will continue.
The sensors provide McLanahan with the ability to keep their eyes on a machine’s performance and “to keep the scheduled shutdowns and not have to worry about the unscheduled ones.”
Carlson Software (N-323)
Carlson Software’s renowned line of software and machine control solutions for the mining industry has expanded to include high-performing laser measurement devices. Whether the application is underground mining, surface mining, permitting, geologic mapping, reserves studies, or reclamation, miners can rely on Carlson for powerful and versatile solutions.
Originating with U.S. coal operators in the 1980s, Carlson Software’s mining solutions are today in use throughout the world and have expanded into the phosphate, trona, limestone, aggregates, granite, clay, and the hard rock markets. Carlson Software provides uniquely powerful software automation combined with our trademark ease-of-use.
Carlson Software’s laser measurement devices were acquired and integrated into Carlson’s mining portfolio in 2017. They include world-class scanners and sensors for high-performance mapping, surveying, positioning and measuring, specificity developed for the extreme environments of mines and quarries.
Carlson Software has been a leading innovator of machine control systems since 1996. Solutions include 3D positioning, site connectivity and fleet production monitoring with productivity analysis and reporting for most heavy machine types including dozers, scrapers, shovels, drills and bucketwheels, among others.
Founded in 1983, Carlson Software Inc. specializes in CAD design software, field data collection, laser measurement, and machine control products for the civil engineering, surveying, GIS, construction, and mining industries worldwide, providing one-source technology solutions for the entire project cycle.
Carlson Software is headquartered in Maysville, Kentucky., USA, with branch offices in Boston, Massachusetts; Almere, The Netherlands; Victoria, Australia; Ottawa, Canada; and York, England.
AMR Pemco (N-3081)
“We’re going bigger than we ever have,” AMR Pemco President David Graf said of the company’s presence at MINExpo. “We thought we would go big because we felt people were going to be chomping at the bit to go to a show in person.”
In their bigger-than-ever booth, the company will feature its new “most advanced, efficient, safest mobile load center in the mining industry.” Within the load center is the CB-RRS-SST, which stands for circuit breaker, Remote Racking System with Safety Stab Technology. The company just recently received the second patent for the SST. A gold mine in Nevada has been testing the units and its official public debut will take place at MINExpo. “We’re pretty excited about that,” Graf said.
The power center is designed to prevent arc flash, a type of electrical explosion or discharge, on the safety side of things, Graf said. The SST keeps the power center up and running while troubleshooting or removing a down circuit, which significantly reduces downtime, he added.
On the electronic side, the company will feature the CB-2000, which Graf called the “latest and great circuit breaker.” The SST technology is included in the CB-2000 RRS-SST Circuit Breaker.
It will also feature its latest addition to its ground check monitoring, the GM-105-XLD, “Extra Long Distance,” impedance monitor. With an advanced 125 mA loop current, the XLD allows monitoring of cable lengths of up to 6.5 kilometers (km). The higher current loop provides more tolerance to connections or inline couplers, which can cause an increase in the resistance of the pilot circuit. In addition to ground check monitoring, the GM-105-XLD includes ground-fault monitoring for resistance-grounded systems. It continuously monitors the integrity of the ground wire to protect portable equipment from hazardous voltages caused by ground faults.
They will also feature their new gas sensor. This new sensor is special because it is wireless and can monitor up to four gases, Graf said.
J.H. Fletcher (N-2603)
J.H. Fletcher reported it will showcase a dual-boom drill jumbo, two roof bolters, a scaling vehicle, and an interactive simulator.
The Model J352-LS Dual Boom Drill Jumbo displayed is “equipped with the GOAD-Automated Entry Driver System and designed for headings as large as 60 ft wide and 35 ft high,” said Katey Matney, marketing coordinator, J.H. Fletcher.
“Fletcher will showcase two roof bolter models, including a narrow, carousel roof bolter, Model N3016-AD,” she said. “The second roof bolter is a man-up, battery-electric N3112-B/E.”
The N3112-B/E “is designed for a maximum operating height of 13 ft,” she said.
The 3324-AD scaler displayed is “designed with tram and scale mode, and with a maximum boom reach of 24 ft,” Matney said. The lithium battery management system (BMS) helps ensure the cells “stay within safe operating areas under all test conditions.”
The machine is equipped with cell-to-cell propagation prevention. “Batteries are enclosed inside a flame arrestor to reduce heat vented to the outside in the unlikely event of cell thermal runaway,” Matney said. “This model is designed with on-board charging and boasts of quieter operation.”
Attendees can use the FletchTech virtual, an interactive mining simulator. “Featured on the system will be a Fletcher Model J251 single-boom drill jumbo and a J352 dual-boom drill jumbo,” Matney said. “The simulator will allow visitors to navigate through an entire drill plan either manually or through Fletcher’s new autonomous mode, Automated Entry Drive.”
A separate interactive display will demonstrate the functionality of new spatial recognition technology, she said. “The system uses LiDAR scanning and point-cloud technology that allows the machine to know and analyze the face topology and surroundings.”
Bosch Rexroth (N-413)
Bosch Rexroth plans to showcase its Hägglunds gearless hydraulic direct drive systems. Specifically designed for mining and material handling applications including conveyors, feeders, crushers, drums, bucket wheel reclaimers, kilns and more, these offer high torque and reliable performance, combined with maximum efficiency and uptime.
Bosch Rexroth describes the new Hägglunds Atom hydraulic drive which will be on show as “tiny in size, but big news for industries where power-to-size matters.” The CMp condition monitoring system will also be discussed. This keeps customers connected to Hägglunds service experts with updates on drive performance.
Purvis Industries (S-28515)
This will be Purvis Industries’ first MINExpo as an exhibitor. The supplier will prominently display an operating miniature conveyor system, featuring screw conveyors, a belt conveyor and a bucket elevator. It will be moving material, and will demonstrate some of the range of offerings now available.
“For us, it is very much a chance to demonstrate everything that we have, in one place, and to bring all the expertise together under one roof in one location and to meet our customers,” said Brian Radichel, vice president, marketing and business development, Purvis Industries.
That’s no small feat. The range of those products and services the supplier offers has broadened substantially since the last MINExpo.
“We’ve been a family-owned distributor for 75 years in bearing and power transmission products primarily,” he said. “We’ve expanded and diversified over the past 20 years into electrical, fluid power, conveyor belting, and we’ve expanded in the last five years into more services, such as conveyor belt installation and repair.”
Since 2016, Purvis Industries acquired three companies: a bulk material handing conveyor manufacturing firm, an independent systems integrator, and an industrial construction and mechanical maintenance contractor.
“What that really means is MINExpo is a coming-out party for us as a manufacturer that also happens to be a distributor,” Radichel said.
“We are now a manufacturer of bulk handling systems and solutions that are completely customizable,” he said. “Are you looking to replace a bucket elevator? Are you looking to replace just a simple conveyor? Or do you need a plant-wide solution?”
The booth will also have an interactive display. “We are going to showcase a lot of different solutions that you wouldn’t expect from a standard distributor,” Radichel said.
“What we will be doing is managing how new customers perceive us,” he said. “We are not really going to appear to be a distributor. Your first impression of us will likely be as a material handling OEM.”
French firm Aramine specializes in underground mining equipment which it supplies to over 80 countries. The company designs and builds innovative and eco-friendly machines for small and medium-sized section galleries, including compact loaders, drillers, and trucks. The range has 15 different models fitting galleries from 4 to 15 m2, with three different power options (diesel, electric and battery).
Aramine’s theme for the event this year is ‘innovation.’ At stand S-28031, the company will showcase its QRS Quick Replacement System which ensures a battery-powered machine can run continuously. The system was designed by the Aramine R&D department, initially for the miniLoader L140B. It allows the machine to run full-time except outside of the 15-minute battery swapping process which it completes using a crane.
Aramine will also announce the launch of a new 3.5-metric-ton-capacity battery-powered loader – the L350B. This will also utilize the QRS system for battery swapping and an optional version with autonomous battery changing without a crane is under development with a patent pending.
On its second stand, N-1779, Aramine will showcase its spare parts business. The company is a renowned manufacturer and remanufacturer and offers a wide range of genuine underground mining spare parts and components at competitive prices. Under the name ‘Smart Parts,’ Aramine has more than 150,000 manufacturers’ references computerized and 850,000 parts in stock within its different warehouses. Through its French workshop, Aramine can also remanufacture components.
Complementary to its’ own activities and services, Aramine is also an official distributor of several large brands in selected countries including Epiroc, Atlas Copco, Astec, Normet and HBM.
Voith Turbo (N-2069)
The theme for drive specialist Voith Turbo for MINExpo 2021 is ‘Empowering mining intelligence.’ The company will be showcasing its BeltGenius family of digital products for the monitoring, benchmarking and optimization of belt conveyors and conveying systems; Dtect, a real-time torque limiting coupling monitoring system that can assist in increasing overall driveline performance, while reducing maintenance costs; the TurboBelt TPXL coupling line; the SmartSet process improving coupling with controlled slip; and the SafeSet EZi torque limiting coupling with instant release which protects chain drive lines from catastrophic failure in the event of a chain break.
“Increasing production output, reducing consumables, and improving energy and resource efficiency within mining operations is our over-arching goal,” Maike Bechtel, Business Development Expert at Voith Turbo, told E&MJ. “From belt conveyors through to armored-face conveyors, we work closely with mine owners and equipment operators, ensuring they are empowered to make data-driven decisions for optimal operational performance.
“Our key start-up components are engineered to the highest standards, characterized by minimal maintenance and low wear with a mean time between failure (MTBF) that sets the benchmark in the mining industry. Also, we provide complete drive and control solutions, our broad portfolio of fluid couplings for demanding belt conveyor drives can be customized to your requirements.”
Voith Service representatives will also be present to discuss their offering. The team provides customized service packages and a high degree of know-how for a range of equipment including belt conveyors, armored-face conveyors, mills, presses, shredders, crushers, rolling mills, blowers, fans, and generators.
Eriez Magnetics (S-24439)
The Eriez Magnetics stand will demonstrate state-of-the art suspended electromagnets, wet drum separators and revolutionary flotation technology. The company is an authority on separation technologies used throughout mineral processing operations. Suspended electromagnets, available in both manual and self-cleaning models, collect tramp metal from conveyed materials. Wet drum separators feature the newest advances in magnetic circuitry design and offer continuous recovery of magnetite or ferrosilicon. The Eriez flotation product line product line encompasses flotation cells, gas spargers, slurry distributors and flotation test equipment.
The Eriez line of suspended electromagnets consists of 23 magnet sizes, 69 standard models and hundreds of special designs available for unique applications. These magnets are typically mounted or suspended over a conveyor belt to remove large pieces of tramp metal that represent a hazard to downstream crushers, mills, pulverizers and grinders.
Wet drum separators feature a stainless steel encapsulated magnetic element, one-piece stainless steel drum shell and a double-row of ball bearings easily accessible without drum disassembly. Design innovations result in maximum magnetite recovery while operating with a minimum amount of wear and maintenance.
Applications for Eriez flotation equipment and systems include metallic and non-metallic minerals, bitumen recovery, fine coal recovery, organic recovery and gold/silver cyanidation. Eriez flotation has designed, supplied and commissioned more than 1,000 flotation systems worldwide for cleaning, roughing and scavenging applications in metallic and non-metallic processing operations.
Eriez flotation has also made significant advances in fine coal recovery with flotation systems to recover classified and unclassified coal fines. The group’s flotation columns are used extensively in many major coal preparation plants in North American and internationally.
Innovative Wireless Technologies (S-25220)
In booth 25220 in the South Hall, Innovative Wireless Technologies (IWT) will showcase the Wireless Gas Monitor and SENTINEL Uniti Node. “These two devices further enhance our comprehensive SENTINEL communications and data networks as we push forward to provide the global mining industry with truly wireless solutions,” said Gary Sergent, senior director, sales and marketing, IWT.
“Visitors should ask us about the benefits of using a fully wireless underground network to reduce risk to personnel, lower maintenance costs, and increase production output,” he said. “IWT also excels in providing unique engineered solutions to challenging problems. If any mine has experienced problems they could not find a way to resolve, we invite them to speak with us about what it is they wish to accomplish.”
The supplier hopes the show provides the opportunity to reconnect with friends and customers. “We have a new, larger booth and an interactive mine user experience so visitors can get a better understanding of our various product lines for both coal and hard rock mining,” Sergent said.
“We will have more staff than ever before available for group or one-on-one conversations,” he said. “We invite all attendees to visit us.”
The supplier reported it plans multiple new releases in 2022. “We remain committed to helping existing and new customers achieve their operational goals as they face increasing pressure to meet environmental, political, and global demands,” Sergent said. “The alarming increase in U.S. mining fatalities this year has motivated us to show even more mining groups the ways that we can help their operations improve.”
U.S. Tsubaki (S-24642)
U.S. Tsubaki will be displaying a plexiglass version of its BS-F External Backstop, which features non-rollover cams, labyrinth seals and grease lubrication. Tsubaki will show all of these components in action. The BS-F is within the five-year span of it being a “new product,” but it will not be new to current customers, according to Camille Angluben, with marketing communications department for the company.
The Tsubaki brand has been globally recognized for its superior power transmission and motion control products. Since 1917, the Tsubakimoto Chain Co., headquartered in Japan, has been moving the needle forward by constantly innovating new products and expanding its global operations, Angluben said.
The company produces roller chains, conveyor chains, sprockets, cable and hose carrier systems, clutches and backstops, and continuous flex cables.
Besides offering high-quality products and domestic manufacturing, U.S. Tsubaki offers a variety of service programs to identify ways of improving manufacturing processes and optimizing performance. This includes the ProService Life Cycle Support program that provides reliable and predictable performance for minimizing downtime and aiding in proper maintenance planning and scheduling. It also offers Tsubaki Advantage Total Cost of Ownership software with Scan-and-Plan tracking for monitoring and calculating cost savings and predicting product replacement.
Diemme Filtration, a business unit of Aqseptence, will display a 3D model of its massive GHT.5000.F filter press for high-volume tailings dewatering applications. The first machine is currently being assembled on the factory floor in Italy and will be delivered to a mine in Latin America later this year. The giant filter uses 141, 5- x 5-m plates to provide more than 3,000 m2 of filtration surface and will be capable of dewatering 150 metric tons per hour of tailings. As a point of reference, the plate dimensions are twice that of the company’s largest GHT-F model.
“Dry-stack tailings are attracting a lot of attention as a more responsible approach to mining,” said Andrea Pezzi, Diemme’s sales director for North America and U.K. “To better explain the GHT.5000.F, we will offer a virtual tour to customers.” He said customers interested in the tour can sign up on the website or contact their local sales reps.
SUEZ and Diemme Filtration recently announced they would partner to develop an integrated approach for tailings management, which will combine SUEZ’s capabilities in water, process, and waste management and its international experience in DBO/BOT large infrastructure projects, together with the know-how and recognized dewatering technologies of Diemme Filtration in the solid-liquid separation applications. Pezzi said they would be happy to explain how the mining industry will benefit from this alliance on large-scale new or existing tailings facilities.
Using more than 28,000 ft2 (2,600 m2), Liebherr will showcase its latest innovative equipment, technology, and services for the mining industry. The R 9150 Generation 7 (G7) 130 metric ton (mt, 143 ton) excavator, the next generation of excavator cab from the recently announced R 9600 G8, the PR 776 70 mt (77 ton) mining dozer with Liebherr Remote Control (LiReCon) teleoperation system, the newly introduced T 274 305 mt (336 ton) haul truck along with a display from Liebherr Components, and the LRT 1090-2.1 90 mt (100 ton) rough terrain crane. The company said they would also make some, exciting announcements from their new technology portfolio, including pathway forward for low- and zero-emission mining.
Attendees will be able to interact with new technologies through a virtual reality (VR) booth, and discover Liebherr’s technology at the daily masterclasses held with Liebherr experts. Fans and customers who cannot attend in person will not miss out; all exhibits, announcements, and showcases from the expo will also be delivered on Liebherr’s website and social media channels.
Liebherr will introduce three new excavators at the show: the R 9150 Generation 7 (machine showcased on the booth), the R 9200 Generation 7, and the brand-new R 9600 Generation 8 (cabin showcased on the booth). These three machines establish the new naming strategy based on technology levels for Liebherr machines. All three excavators are now equipped with the latest innovations including Liebherr Power Efficiency, Assistance Systems, and Bucket Filling Assistant (BFA).
LPE (Liebherr Power Efficiency) is a specific engine and hydraulic management system, which reduces fuel consumption by up to 20%. Assistance Systems are advanced on-board applications designed to support the operator to become more efficient through analytics and actionable insights. Assistance Systems will be presented physically in the R 9600’s cabin and on tablets displayed on the booth. Visitors can also discover the Assistance Systems through an immersive experience in the VR area. BFA is the first automation product for Liebherr’s hydraulic excavator portfolio, and allows the operator to realize the bucket filling process automatically.
The T 274 haul truck bridges the gap between the T 284 and T 264 haul trucks. Designed and adapted from years of experience in mining truck development, Liebherr said the T 274 is a true 305-mt machine that provides fast cycle times, higher production rates, low fuel consumption, and a low cost per ton. This new truck follows the same base design as the T 284, benefitting from its decades of field experience.
Liebherr components for mining applications will also be featured at MINExpo. Among the components is the D98 diesel engine series, which is available for both Liebherr and other mining equipment manufacturers, for new and repowered machines. The V-16 engine of the D98 family, the D9816, is not only on display at the booth but is also at the heart of the exhibited T 274 haul truck. This marks the beginning of the integration of the D98 series into Liebherr machines.
Liebherr will also debut its brand new Mining Technology Product portfolio at MINExpo. This will demonstrate the company’s interoperable and scalable approach to their equipment, technology, and service product offerings.
ABB Process Industries (C-8825)
ABB will be celebrating 130 years of innovation in mining technology from the advent of electricity to the data-driven industry of today. Since the commissioning of the company’s first electrical motor for a mine hoist in Sweden in 1891, ABB has led the way as a pioneer in the integration of electrification, automation and digitalization in mining.
At MINExpo, ABB will be showcasing new ground-breaking electrification technologies to support customers in their journey to the all-electric and digital mine of the future.
The ABB mining team will share what they have learned from the installation of haul truck trolley assist infrastructure and solutions. ABB collaborates with mining companies from initial feasibility studies through to full deployment with its unified, cross-functional, enterprise-wide approach ABB Ability MineOptimize that connects islands of automation to a fully integrated, digitalized, mobile and collaborative mine.
The company will demonstrate recent launch highlights including ABB Ability Condition Monitoring for belts which collects and tracks data from conveyor belts to enable mine operators to track speed, misalignment, damage, thickness and wear, slippage and temperature of conveyor belts in real time, as well as ABB Ability Safety Plus for hoists.
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Nevada requires meetings, trade show and entertainment venues to certify through the state’s Department of Business and Industry that they will follow the state’s health and safety requirements and protocols and adhere to the prevention principles that have remained consistent: maintain safe social distancing, wear face coverings and practice good hygiene and cleaning measures.
“Las Vegas has been the top convention and meetings destination for many years. We pride ourselves on providing the best facilities, the best service and now, the safest,” said Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak. “We’ve been cautious, but very focused on reopening Las Vegas in the safest way possible for you, our treasured customers, our valued employees and our entire community. With great confidence in the efforts made by our resorts, convention centers and meeting hosts, I say… welcome back! The greatest place to do business in the world is even better.”
The LVCC has a similarly safety-focused approach, having been awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation by ISSA, the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry and considered the gold standard for safe facilities. In addition to their accreditation and the convention industry’s All Secure measures, Las Vegas resort partners also continue to meet and exceed guidelines mandated by state and county leaders and health officials with a comprehensive approach to implementing stringent “Vegas Smart” health and wellness protocols throughout the destination.