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Mining skills not keeping up with technology
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Mining education is not keeping up with technology, says professor Fred Cawood, director of the Wits School of Mining Engineering. He was responding to Moneyweb questions relating to Gold Fields’ CEO Nick Holland’s suggestion that in the mine of the future mechanisation was not only necessary for the industry’s survival, but inevitable. read more »
Technology gives new life to old mines
Monday, October 26, 2015
Sibanye Gold is driving new mining technology hard to unlock more than a million ounces of sterilised gold it could not otherwise mine, extend the lives of its mines and roll out into the platinum mines it is buying. read more »
Two Aussie mines start moving all their iron ore with driverless trucks
Monday, October 19, 2015
Mining technology slipped into a higher gear this week with the announcement that the first two mines to start moving all their iron ore using remote-control technology just went online in the Pilbara iron ore belt of Western Australia. read more »
South Africa’s Gold Miners Turn to Machines to Stay Afloat
Thursday, October 1, 2015
South Africa’s gold-mining companies are facing a question of life or death—and the answer is likely robots. read more »
CSIRO collaboration to launch drilling analysis technology to slash exploration costs
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Technology spearheaded by the CSIRO that will slash the costs of exploration for new mines will soon hit the market. Called 'Lab-At-Rig' technology, it's literally that: a mini laboratory that analyses the mineral composition of drilling core-samples as soon as soon as they are collected at the drilling rig. read more »
The role of digitisation in propelling mining firms into a new era
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Mining firms today are facing a barrage of challenges that only a concerted focus on digitisation can address. Across the broad range of ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals, commodity prices remain subdued and are unlikely to enter any new growth cycles in the near future. read more »
New technology on mine sites could reduce the number of deaths from collisions
Monday, September 14, 2015
New technology, some of it borrowed from the aviation industry, could make mines safer. That includes GPS systems, radars, eye scanners, and electromagnetic fields. read more »
RPM launches new mining simulation software
Friday, September 11, 2015
RungePincockMinarco (RPM) announces the release of its latest equipment simulation software for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). read more »
Mining automation: The be all and end all?
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
The fully automated mine has long since passed the days of concept and evolved into a reality. If the industry is to survive and grow, on this planet and elsewhere, total automation of many of the processes is the way forward. read more »
Drones take flight at mining sites across Western Australia to improve safety and efficiency
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
The mining industry in Western Australia is enlisting the help of drone technology to drive efficiency and safety in their operations. The use of the technology started with driverless trucks, trains and drills, and is now focussed on the benefits of unmanned flying objects. read more »
A Mining Technology That Saves Miners’ Lives
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
To better protect US coal mines from being crushed or pinned in confined underground spaces where large equipment is constantly in motion, MSHA will publish a proposed rule that calls for proximity detection systems on mobile machinery. read more »
Atlas Copco named top industrial company in 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Atlas Copco, world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, was listed as the top industrial company in this year’s Newsweek Green Rankings. The rankings look at corporate sustainability and environmental impact. read more »
New industry program offered free of charge to capitalise on energy productivity opportunity
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Productivity is the current catch phrase for the mining industry, and energy productivity has a large role to play. A declared policy priority for leading governments, improving energy productivity is about increasing the economic value added per unit of energy used and dollar of energy purchased. read more »
Nevermind the machines how about paying attention to the minerals?
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
MineSense is carving out a niche by providing richer, real-time data looking at ore and waste that flows through a mine's operations. Andrew Bamber, CEO of the Vancouver-based mining supplier that was founded in 2008, says his company is unique in getting companies to more closely monitor minerals. read more »
Australian workers are starting to have their brains monitored in the workplace
Friday, July 03, 2015
Data from caps worn by workers is used to alert them when they are likely to fall asleep. Workers at several Australian mining companies are already using the technology read more »
New drill research collaboration aims to unlock mineral resources in South Australia
Thursday, June 25, 2015
n a world-first collaboration of mineral explorers, drillers, government and research institutes, the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC), the Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA), mineral explorers Minotaur Exploration and Kingston Resources and drilling company Boart Longyear have signed agreements to collaborate on a mineral systems drilling programme (MSDP). read more »
GroundProbe releases new pit monitoring radar
Thursday, June 18, 2015
GroundProbe has released its new slope stability monitoring radar for pit mining, to increase safety by identifying slope instability, which will also boost mining productivity. read more »
EasyM2M to launch underground wireless technology and iWristPhone for miners
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
In order to facilitate two-way communications between miners and officials of the control rooms at the surface, EasyM2M Technologies will introduce underground WiFi facility inside mines and wrist phones for miners to enable real time tracking. read more »
Why Western Australia became the center of mine automation
Monday, June 08, 2015
Labour costs were the key driver that led to major investments in mine automation in Western Australia, says Greg Lilleyman, Rio Tinto's technology and innovation executive. read more »
Using satellites to move millimetres of earth
Friday, June 05, 2015
Tools that automate the grade are gaining wider acceptance, says Alex Docherty, director of technology at Finning. Using graders out-fitted with SITECH's positioning software, precise road construction is possible. The results are jobs that require less hours and have higher quality standards. read more »
Sudbury tech firm employs 3D mapping in underground mines
Friday, May 15, 2015
A new Sudbury company hopes to make it easier for mines to use drones and autonomous vehicles underground thanks to 3D mapping technology. read more »
Robotic technology promises to improve mining safety
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
A new piece of mining technology developed by Joshua Marshall (Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining) and his Mining Systems Laboratory has positioned the Queen's researchers as leaders in the field of mining robotics. read more »
Codelco to send robots inspect equipment at Gabriela Mistral mine
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Chile’s Codelco, the world's largest copper miner, will start using robotic machinery to inspect equipment and improve safety records at its Gabriela Mistral division, in the country’s copper-rich northern region of Antofagasta. read more »
The growing importance of communication technology in mining
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Connectivity, real-time data delivery, collaboration and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications are critical technological pillars for the global mining industry. read more »
Monarques Gold set to test new mining technology in Quebec
Monday, March 09, 2015
Gold-focused Monarques Gold Corp. will be testing new technology that it hopes will “revolutionize” the underground mining of narrow ore bodies at shallow angles. read more »
Rio Tinto launches big data Analytics Excellence Centre to drive productivity improvements
Tuesday, March 03, 2015
Rio Tinto will begin mining big data at its world-first Analytics Excellence Centre to significantly enhance equipment productivity across its global operations. The Centre will assess massive volumes of data captured by the array of sensors attached to Rio Tinto’s fixed and mobile equipment read more »
Evaporative Solutions - Managing Mine Waters
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Walked around the exhibit hall at the Denver SME convention. The booth at the SME that caught my attention today was that of Evaporative Solutions. read more »
Mining Sensor Data to Run a Better Gold Mine
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
In 2009, near the height of the financial crisis, mining company Dundee Precious Metals Inc. was faced with the prospect of falling metal prices—and $150 million of capital investments in Bulgaria. Rick Howes had to find a more efficient way to operate the Chelopech mine. read more »
Sky’s the limit
Monday, February 02, 2015
The market for drones in the mining industry is relatively small today. Few mine operators own or use them. But the potential for this nascent technology in surveying and planning is enormous, and drone manufacturers are confident that demand will soon explode for their cost-effective eyes in the sky. read more »
Program to 'unearth' technology and innovation in mining looks to recruit young tech start-up companies
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
The Australian mining industry is facing a $1 billion loss over the next decade if it doesn't invest more in technology and innovation. That's the impetus behind a tech start-up program called Unearthed read more »
The use of mobile technology for maintenance, safety and environmental inspections
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
The scenario is well known…on a regular basis, maintenance, environmental and safety people walk the mine areas (facilities, processing, tailings, water streams) for inspections or rounds. read more »
REPORT: Hitachi to Employ Nissan's Situation Awareness Technology in Mining Trucks
Monday, January 05, 2015
In a new era of mining equipment, Hitachi is set to employ Nissan Motor’s around view monitor (AVM) and moving object detection (MOD) technology to its haul trucks and hydraulic excavators working at large open-pit mines. read more »
GE Mining: Battery-Powered Technology of the Future
Monday, November 24, 2014
GE, which operates through a variety of segments such as Energy, Technology Infrastructure, and Capital Finance, has been leading the mining industry into a safer, cleaner and quieter future. read more »
GE Mining: Battery-Powered Technology of the Future
Monday, November 24, 2014
GE, which operates through a variety of segments such as Energy, Technology Infrastructure, and Capital Finance, has been leading the mining industry into a safer, cleaner and quieter future. read more »
Metso introduces the world's largest cone crusher, MP2500, to respond to the mining industry's efficiency challenge
Thursday, November 06, 2014
The global mining industry is striving to develop more energy and cost efficient technologies for minerals processing. As ore grades decline, more and more ore needs to be processed to obtain the same amount of the valuable mineral and to meet production targets. read more »
TOP 10: Mining Innovations to Look Forward To
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Automated tunnel borers, revitalized excavators, X-ray diffraction equipment, alternative energy, autonomous mine site infrastructure, and more read more »
Heavy equipment simulator trains miners to avoid accidents
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Efforts are underway in Sudbury to address the reality that an increasing number of miners are being killed in transportation-related accidents in Ontario. read more »
Sudbury group funded for mining canopy
Thursday, October 02, 2014
The Centre of Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) has received provincial funding toward the development of a canopy that will protect underground miners from falling rock. read more »
Canadian researchers modernize solar power with nano gold technology
Friday, September 26, 2014
Scientists at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, have found a new way to improve solar cell performance by more than 10% by using a small molecule created with just 144 atoms of gold. read more »
Orica to split mining and chemicals divisions
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Australia-based Orica (ASX:ORI) announced Wednesday it will demerge or sell its chemicals business in a deal worth up to $1 billion, carrying out a long-term transition away from chemicals to become a mining services provider. read more »
Vale chooses Immersive Technologies for operator training center solutions
Thursday, July 17, 2014
After a thorough evaluation of operator training solutions, Vale Ferrous Business has chosen to implement a training center utilizing solutions from Immersive Technologies. The training center, located in Brazil, will be developed in several phases and includes multiple high fidelity training simulators. read more »
Make way for more driverless trucks: BHP
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
In an attempt to boost productivity and cut costs, Australia-based BHP Billiton (ASX: BHP) is expanding the use of the driverless trucks from its Pilbara iron ore mines to New South Wales and Queensland coal mines. read more »
Benefits of Fabric Buildings in Mining Applications
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Fabric structures on a rigid steel frame are ideal for a variety of surface mining applications. Fabric buildings are flexible and sturdy enough to be used in all phases of the mining process. read more »
Robots set to work the mines of the future
Friday, April 11, 2014
Mines without miners? Not quite. Still, a technology boom in robots, drones, driverless trucks and unmanned trains is beginning to reshape one of the world's most labour-intensive industries read more »
Cat® dealers delivering safety technology to reduce operator fatigue and distraction
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
In May of 2013, Caterpillar and Seeing Machines entered into a global alliance to promote and distribute the Driver Safety System (DSS) through Caterpillar’s global dealer network. read more »
Geosynthetics in Mining and Geomembrane Durability
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Kerry Rowe, Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering at Queen’s University, gave a talk about the dura read more »
New Equipments and Technologies for Open Pit Mines Surveys
Monday, March 03, 2014
CAM2 (group of FARO Technologies, Inc.) & Gexcel present the Italian event “New equipments and technologies for open pit mines survey” in order to show the benefits coming from the new hardware and software technologies and from the integration between laser scanner and GNSS/Total station data. read more »
Proud Australian company thinks and acts globally
Monday, February 24, 2014
CEEC’s Executive Officer Sarah Boucaut announced today Multotec has joined the global leaders sponsoring CEEC’s work. Multotec joins other Australian companies such as Russell Mineral Equipment and Gekko Systems, Ausenco and JKTech in supporting CEEC’s mission read more »
Narrow-reef precious metals mining at a crossroads
Friday, February 21, 2014
Mechanical engineer Rod Pickering spent 20 years at the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (Comro) running the stoping technology laboratory, the part of the now-defunct Comro that focused on hard rock, narrow-reef mining. read more »
Wearable Technology to Enter the Mining Industry
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Vandrico Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been engaged by Motion Metrics International Corp. to integrate their MetricsManager™ system into heads up display technology, such as Google Glass. This project is unique and aims at improving operational efficiency and safety. read more »
Smart helmet detects gas, sends text messages and self-generates SOS alerts… What?
Friday, February 14, 2014
The dream of any Health and Safety manager and probable every mine worker is about to hit the market. A Spanish company is introducing in Chile a mining helmet that incorporates advanced systems of sensors and communication tools guarantee to locate missing miners and save lives. read more »
Fast-fill refuelling slashes mines’enviro impact, fuel use
Friday, February 14, 2014
Installing Hydrau-Flo valves onto a fast-fill fuelling system for heavy-duty equipment across mining operations in South Africa can reduce the mine’s environmental impact, while ensuring substantial savings on diesel, says environmental management expert Procon. read more »
ABB commissions Clarabelle mill upgrade for Vale
Thursday, February 06, 2014
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has commissioned an upgrade to Vale's existing Clarabelle dual pinion semi-autogenous (SAG) mill. read more »
Five key ways technology can help mining companies survive and prosper
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
With the mining industry facing more challenging conditions, companies are looking very closely at their operations and working out how they can improve them to boost productivity. read more »
First Solar unveils diesel-replacement strategy for African mines
Friday, January 24, 2014
Thin-film solar company First Solar is aggressively pursuing build operate and own (BOO) fuel-replacement projects in the global resources sector and is offering miners the prospect of displacing diesel through the use of increasingly cost-competitive solar energy. read more »
Atlas Copco acquires geotechnical drilling company
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Atlas Copco has acquired Geawelltech, a Swedish manufacturer of geotechnical drilling equipment. The move makes sense for Atlas, as Geawelltech has been a distributor of Atlas well and geotechnical drilling equipment for a number of years. read more »
Satellite for Tracking West Africa’s Mining Vehicles
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
With little or no cellular coverage in remote regions, mining companies have limited options for tracking and monitoring their fleets of vehicles. read more »
How a Canadian mining company put a Wi-Fi network underground
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
It took industrial-strength protection to get a wireless network into cold, dirty environment. That didn’t deter Toronto’s Dundee Precious Metals from building an underground Wi-Fi network at its Chelopech copper and gold mine in Bulgaria to better monitor personnel, vehicles and ore. read more »
High-tech mining jacket a wearable warning system
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
A team of university graduates in Chile has developed a potentially life-saving jacket to be worn by miners deep underground. Inspired by the rescue of more than 30 Chilean miners in 2010, the jacket is equipped with technology that transmits a miner's vital signs in real time and sends out warnings when conditions become dangerous. read more »
Canada’s finest recognize CEEC Medal winners
Monday, October 28, 2013
A paper presented at the 45th Annual Canadian Mineral Processors Operators Conference in Ottawa, Canada this year has received the 2013 CEEC Medal. read more »
Belaz launches world's largest mining dump truck
Friday, October 04, 2013
Step aside CAT, Komatsu and Liebherr. Belarusian mining equipment manufacturer Belaz is ready to wow the industry and set a Guinness Record with its latest creation, a dump truck called the 75710, which the company claims to be the world’s largest. read more »
Technology Improvements to Boost Demand for Mining Machinery, finds Frost & Sullivan
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
The demand for enhanced safety standards and energy-efficiency, together with technological improvements in monitoring and process control, will support growth in the European mining machinery market. read more »
ABB wins $32 million contract to power Africa’s biggest copper mine
Thursday, August 08, 2013
ABB has won an order worth around $32 million from Kansanshi Mining PLC, a subsidiary of Canadian mining and metals company First Quantum Minerals Ltd. read more »
MICROMINE Completes Stage One of Pitram Automated Data Collection Project at Diavik Diamond Mine
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Leading provider of intuitive software solutions and services to the global exploration and mining industry, MICROMINE, is pleased to announce the completion of Stage One of the Pitram Automated Data Collection Project at the Diavik Diamond Mine. read more »
AMIRA International responds to industry call for energy efficiency benchmark
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Escalating energy prices, lower ore grades and higher labour costs are taking a heavy toll on the mining industry particularly copper and gold producers. Innovation in mining is the common theme of all industry conferences over the past 18 months, reflecting the need to improve operational efficiency. read more »
Mining Equipment Makers Rise to Efficiency Challenge
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Mining equipment manufacturers are making improvements to machinery that they hope will deliver productivity gains for customers and counter falling orders. read more »
Adopting New Mining Technology: Finding a Balance Between Leading and Bleeding
Friday, May 24, 2013
The mine of the future is coming. It will be digital, more constrained, and it will require a greater investment in leading edge technology. read more »
Bombardier Implements Train Control Technology at Swedish Iron-ore Mine
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Sweden-based international iron-ore mining, processing and trading group Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB) on Tuesday reported that it had inaugurated the deepest new production level, the seventh main level, at the world's largest underground iron-ore mine, in northern Sweden. read more »
Technology: Changing the Mining Industry and Others Too
Monday, April 15, 2013
As newer, more advanced technology surfaces, the more it has an impact on the world around us. The mining industry is an area where the technological advancements are surging. read more »
Going Autonomous: More Companies are Switching to Self-Driven Vehicles
Friday, April 12, 2013
The use of robotics in industries is ever growing, replacing the working human in some cases! Recently more and more mining companies are now using autonomous haul trucks to transport their mined resources safely out of the areas. read more »
Shell Taps into the Australian Mining Truck Market with LNG Technology
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Energy giant Shell is looking to introduce liquefied natural gas fuel (LNG) mining truck at Australian mines as part of a push to increase natural gas use beyond the export of LNG. read more »
Air Supply on Demand: New ventilation technology provides airflow when and where it is needed
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Many existing mine ventilation systems are often based on a “set and forget” mentality – a mine will set its systems for maximum airflow and keep them that way throughout the day. It is assumed that if air needs to be provided somewhere, it needs to be there all the time. But why provide air to areas that are not being actively used? read more »
Industry Leaders Join CEEC Board
Thursday, February 14, 2013
CEEC’s Board of Directors welcomed two new members in late 2012. Joe Pease, Chief Executive of Xstrata Technology Ltd and Michael Battersby, Managing Director, Maelgwyn Mineral Services bring their global commercial experience and insight to the CEEC Board. read more »
Video: Caterpillar's Universal Dominance
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Bloomberg produced an animated video showing off the size and dominance of the resource and construction firm. Here are some of the highlights and key facts read more »
Metso strengthens plant optimization services by acquiring U.S. software company ExperTune Inc.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Metso has acquired U.S. software company ExperTune Inc. ExperTune's products are widely used as software tools to analyze and monitor the performance of industrial processes and to identify associated maintenance and improvement opportunities. read more »
Mining Mayhem: Photos of Mining Mishaps & Accidents
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Not sure how I missed the blog Mining Mayhem for so long. It is well worth your time to go take a look. A glorious collection of photographs of mining accidents and mishaps, mostly of trucks and other mining equipment. read more »
An Expanded Role for Cap Lamps
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Cap lamps can now play a critical role in improving the way that mines communicate, collaborate and operate. The new Genesis cap lamp from Northern Light Technologies (NLT) is the first purpose built cordless lamp to house a tracking tag read more »
Miners take "rail-veyors" and robots to automated future
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
In an office trailer parked outside a mine shaft in northern Ontario, operator Carolyn St-Jean leans back in her chair and monitors a machine loading nickel-rich ore into rail cars deep underground. read more »
Autonomous Haulage System - Komatsu's Pioneering Technology Deployed at Rio Tinto Mine in Australia
Monday, November 05, 2012
Komatsu's Autonomous Haulage System, FrontRunner, is being deployed at Rio Tinto's West Angelas Mine, East Pilbara operation, in Western Australia. This is the second deployment of the proprietary system following delivery of the first fleet to Codelco's copper mines in Chile. read more »
Walking a Tight-wire Rope: Jobs and Profit in Australian Mining
Monday, September 17, 2012
I ment an Australian from Newcastle who told me that he was on a round-the-world trip to promote his product. He explained that his company makes the wire ropes used on the big shovels so common in open-pit mining.  read more »
Satellite Communications - After Lightning Strikes
Monday, September 10, 2012
Our mining clients demand constant reliable communication. Typically a manufacturer offers a minimum 12 month warranty, but in spite of this, we still harangue our clients to buy two of everything. read more »
Diamond Services to market GemBox RFID in China and India
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Diamond Services Ltd., a Hong Kong-based firm that markets advanced technological products to the diamond, gem and jewellery industries, announced it will be marketing GemBox RFID, the most efficient and 100 percent accurate stocktaking technology, in Hong Kong, China, India, Antwerp and Israel. read more »
Application of Colour Based Ore Sorting through Image Processing
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
In the InfoMine Library there is an interesting technical paper that explains how ore can be separated from waste material by using image processing techniques. read more »
Vale Puts a Breakthrough in Mining to the Test in Sudbury
Monday, August 13, 2012
The electrically powered Rail-Veyor could change what it means to be an underground miner. By the beginning of 2013, Vale's Copper Cliff Mine 114 Orebody Demonstration Plant in Sudbury will be complete. read more »
Robots to Ensure High Safety Standards in Latin American Mines
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Scientists around the world, including in Canada, are currently developing robots that can anticipate and prevent mining accidents, such as the dramatic entrapment of 33 Chilean miners in the Atacama Desert in 2010. read more »
Military drones for Mines and Tailings
Monday, May 28, 2012
I can hardly wait to get my first project involving the use of a drone to monitor the performance of a mine tailings facility. These days some are so big that it is impossible to see them all in one glance. read more »
Simulation of an Open Pit Mine to Study Autonomous Haulage Trucks
Friday, May 25, 2012
Here's a paper by Juliana Parreira and John Meech from the University of British Columbia that was presented at the recent CIM conference in Edmonton. It describes a simulation model that compares an Autonomous Haulage Truck system to a
manual one
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Photographs of a Russian coal mine
Thursday, May 10, 2012
"Presenting another awesome series of photographs by Vadim Mahorovym, of a coal mine in Kiselevsk – a small mining town near Novokuznetsk which is operational since 1917." read more »
Innovation in Mining: A New Book from PDAC and the Mining Assocation of Canada
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
At this link you will find a fascinating book put out by the Mining Association of Canada and the PDAC. It is called 100 Innovations in the Mining Industry. read more »
Argon Robotic Mining Specialists
Friday, May 04, 2012
If you’re looking to automate your minerals lab or your processing plant, Argon may be the solution for you. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Western Australia. read more »
Axion International Secures First Order from One of Brazil’s Biggest Railroad Lines
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Axion International Holdings, Inc., a leader in recycled plastic and plastic composite technologies used to produce ECOTRAX™ rail ties and STRUXURE™ building products, today announced the company’s first purchase order being shipped to Brazil. read more »
Fatigue Management Science & Technology Update
Friday, February 24, 2012
One of the current hottest topic within mining technologies is fatigue management and how to implement it on the haul trucks at a mine site. read more »
BCGS New Publications
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Use of Portable XRF in evaluation of Rare Earth Element-bearing Phosphate Deposits; A KML file to Display Producing Mines in British Columbia at Any Range or Point of Time in the Last 160 Years; Using Regionated KML Files to Display the Status of a Large Number of Mineral Occurrences in British Columbia; Using Regionated KML Files to Speed up the Display of a Large Number of Regional Geochemical Survey Sites in British Columbia read more »
Hyperspectral core mapper
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Fast data acquisition, results displayed in minutes, output in various formats including 3D. I'd say good for large drilling programs like porphyry deposits. read more »
Rio Tinto's VK1 Technology Sees Visit from Royals
Friday, October 28, 2011
Rio Tinto's Mine of the Future technology saw a visit from the Duke of Edinburgh prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth. read more »
Raise boring machines
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Raise boring, as a technique or system of driving raises (vertical or near vertical holes) continues to gain in popularity due to its many important advantages over conventional methods. read more »
EROS Image Gallery
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Tri-Decadal Global Landsat Orthorectified States ... read more »
Esri and DOI Introduce Landsat Data for the World
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Working in close collaboration with the US Department of the Interior (DOI), Esri is pleased to announce the release of Landsat image services. These provide access to almost four decades' worth of Global Land Survey (GLS) Landsat data developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and DOI's US Geological Survey. read more »
Underhand Cut and Fill Mining in the U.S.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Underhand cut and fill mining methods are used at the Lucky Friday, Stillwater, and Galena mines in the western US in an effort to safely mine in difficult ground conditions and as a primary mining method where access below the ore is limited. read more »
Hand-held, Portable XRF in Exploration for Carbonate-hosted Sulphide and Nonsulphide Pb-Zn Deposits
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Carbonate-hosted nonsulphide base metal mineralization is derived from sulphide deposits by supergene processes. In the field such occurrences can be described as ‘red ores’ or ‘white ores’... read more »
A History of Coal in Europe
Thursday, February 03, 2011
The Timber Crisis; The Fuel of Last Resort; Medieval Coal and Coal Mining; The Prejudice against Coal; Renaissance Coal Mines; Coke; Wagon ways, Steam Engines, Canal Building and Coal ...
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Autonomous vs Manual Haulage Trucks
Monday, October 18, 2010
Automation of an open-pit mine haulage system is receiving attention as a beneficial option since it provides more consistent and efficient operation of mining equipment. This new paper  read more »
Pre-mechanized longwall mining of coal
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Miners were able to remove almost all the coal from a section, either by leaving small remnant pillars or building packs to hold the roof in place, while that coal was removed. By retreating the face back towards the shafts, the overlying roof rock was then allowed to collapse into the void left by the coal removal.  read more »
Wireless Underground Communication Networks (WUCNs)
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wireless underground sensor networks (WUSNs) create many interesting possibilities for new topologies. By their nature, most WUSN deployments will be three-dimensional topologies since underground communication will take place at a variety of depths. Creative topology design in these networks can promote power savings in the underground, inaccessible, power-limited devices comprising a WUSN.  read more »
Goce satellite views Earth's gravity in high definition
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
It is one of the most exquisite views we have ever had of the Earth. This colourful new map traces the subtle but all pervasive influence the pull of gravity has across the globe. Known as a geoid, it essentially defines where the level surface is on our planet; it tells us which way is "up" and which way is "down".  read more »
Sandvik and Gemcom Announce Collaboration Agreement on Technology for Underground Mining
Monday, June 14, 2010
Gemcom Software International Inc. today announced that they have signed a Collaboration Agreement with Sandvik Mining and Construction to develop a system and interface for monitoring underground mobile mining equipment.  read more »
Only Fools Pay for Wind Power
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
It is unfortunate for the U.S., or any country, that the wind industry and politicians are unwilling to reveal the truth and the folly of wind power. Claims by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA.org) appear so grand, so let’s look deeper. read more »
Boldly Going Where No Man (or Woman) Goes: USGS Unmanned Aircraft
Friday, January 08, 2010
"In dangerous and remote areas, such as polar regions, volcanic islands, and expansive deserts, remote-controlled unmanned aircraft can provide more detailed, more timely data about the status of natural resources and environmental conditions than would be feasible by any other means ..."  read more »
Euro copper
Monday, December 07, 2009
In the Lubin area of southwest Poland,KGHM Polska Miedz comprises three underground mines (Lubin, Rudna and Polkowice-Sierszowice), in the Legnica-Glogow sedimentary copper basin of southwest Poland, an Ore Enrichment Division (OED) and two copper smelter/refinery complexes.KGHM’s resource base, covering an area of some 468 km2, is the largest known copper deposit in Europe and one of the largest in the world.  read more »
Mine optimization
Monday, December 07, 2009
Big savings can be made on the bottom line. As companies get back to basics after the global financial crisis, mine and project planning return to the fore.  read more »
Northern Highlights
Monday, December 07, 2009
Since this focus last year, mining and processing suppliers the world over have gone through the wringer. Thousands of jobs have been shed from some of the major players and hopefully they have come through stronger and better. Going forward, the recovery in mining appears to have come sooner than many feared. read more »
Mapping the way
Monday, December 07, 2009
Surveying is a vital discipline throughout the mining process – embracing exploration, mining and closure. GPS has been a boon to surveying but has many other related uses in making operations more productive and safer. read more »
Belt tightening
Monday, December 07, 2009
Considerable effort is being put into conveyor improvements. John Chadwick found new technologies in,among other areas, belt cleaning, better transfer systems, new idler ideas and better energy management. read more »
Deeper open pits
Monday, December 07, 2009
Surface mines are always seeking to extract more from their existing ore bodies by going deeper, or steeper, or both. Doug Minchin, Director, Rock Australia notes that as well as open pit mines getting larger and deeper, slope design is becoming more aggressive with concomitant high risk in size of failures and consequences. "Slope Failure, even a small rock fall threatens the safety of personnel, plant and equipment, productivity and potentially overall mine viability." read more »
China technology: Sino support
Monday, December 07, 2009
China’s economy during the last quarter century has changed from a centrally planned system that was largely closed to international trade to a more market oriented economy that has a rapidly growing private sector and is a major player in the global economy. read more »
Ivanhoe uses Zeus IP technology to expand information on Oyu Tolgoi
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
John Macken, President and CEO of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., and Govind Friedland, President and CEO of GoviEx Gold Inc., announced today that the first comprehensive field test of the breakthrough ZeusTM geophysical exploration technology has significantly increased the potential for additional resources to be discovered at Ivanhoe's Oyu Tolgoi Project in southern Mongolia. read more »
Chemical optimisation and sustainability in flotation
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The depletion of mineral resources associated with the cost and limited availability of water and energy is putting pressure on the industry to optimise its processes, especially concentration by flotation, Ricardo Capanema reports. read more »
Managing Costs - Core Drilling
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sometimes the smallest products can make the biggest impact. While they don't carry $1 million price tags like some of the high technology capital equipment available on the market, coring consumables represent incremental cost over the life of a project that can save or lose a drilling contractor hundreds of thousands of dollars in ... read more »
Supporting a remote mining fleet
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The importance of the Sandvik operation headquartered in the city of Timika on the south coast of Papua (Irian Jaya),Indonesia, is such that it is an incorporated company, PT Sandvik SMC. This company was established purely for the Freeport business,which roughly splits 50/50 between underground and surface equipment. read more »
Cost breaking
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Fragmentation within the mine is often overlooked as a critical element in the process and can be used to provide essential process control information. SPLIT digital fragmentation technology has been available for some time, with applications from the mine with post-blast analysis at the muck pile face through to the mechanical comminution circuit with ... read more »
Viva Las Cruces
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
After an almost year-long suspension Las Cruces in southern Spain made the final leap into production in June. Daniel Gleeson examines a mine reporting contained copper of some 2,425 MIb, an estimated 15-year mine life and some exciting copper processing advances. read more »
The road to Grasberg
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Until Bechtel built the first road in the early 1970s, and Freeport Indonesia subsequently developed the area, subrivers were the only access inland to the foothills of the Jayawijaya mountain range on Irian Jaya that hosts what is arguably the greatest ore complex discovered in the world to date, the Grasberg and Ertsberg copper gold deposits. read more »
Where to BGAN?
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
For remote professionals in the mining industry, the need is growing rapidly for real-time information and remote-office connectivity. Personnel in the field require fast,dependable communications with operation centres in order to meet operating requirements and maximise efficiencies, Donnan explains. read more »
Using Insects to Model Equipment Dispatching Systems
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Here's a novel approach to model an equipment dispatching system: use the swarming behaviour of insects! The dispatch of trucks and shovels is an important part of the success of an open pit mine. The following paper by Bissiri et al. introduces a new technique that uses insect swarming to model and simulate a dispatching system. read more »
The Arid Device
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Industry and governmental agencies have known for years that the water quality in the Powder River Basin coals is quite good. In fact, CBM produced water has greatly enhanced livestock operations, through the development of watering areas in previously unused or under-used pastures.  read more »
Guide to Mobile Equipment Life Cycle Costing
Monday, June 29, 2009
If you need to know how to apply Life Cycle Costing methods to mobile equipment, this guide is for you.  read more »
Online moisture analyser (for bulks such as iron ore or coal) easy to commission, calibrate and service
Friday, June 26, 2009
Callidan Instruments, the manufacturer of MoistScan®, has recently added remote access functionality to its range of online microwave moisture analysers. The MoistScan is now equipped with internet-based wireless connectivity making remote calibration and service easy and cost effective. read more »
Agitators and Mixers
Friday, April 24, 2009
According to InfoMine’s Dictionary, an agitator is a tank in which very finely crushed ore is agitated with leaching solution... read more »
Passive Magnetic Resonance Subsurface Exploration Technology
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Here is some information sent to us by Mr. Mykola Novik, a Ukrainian scientist, about an 'innovative technology of non-invasive subsurface investigations'. read more »
Thursday, February 19, 2009
According to Wikipedia, a transformer is a device that transfers electrical energy from one circuit to another through inductively coupled electrical conductors. read more »
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
According to Joliet Technologies, L.L.C, “a variable frequency drive (VFD) refers to AC drives only and a variable speed drive (VSD) refers to either AC Drives or DC Drives. read more »
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
According to Ron Magill, the author of the EduMine course The Mill Operating Resource – 2: Mineral Recovery, the thickener is a very basic piece of machinery. It simply provides a holding area large enough to allow the concentrate time to settle to the bottom. read more »
Lab Preparation Crushers
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Sample testing is required through every stage of mining, ranging from the first grab sample of an exploration survey right through to the smelter. Lab crushers are the first step in the sample preparation procedure and prepare the sample for pulverizing. read more »
Lab Preparation Pulverizers
Monday, November 03, 2008
The key to a successful mine includes accurate sample collection and lab analysis. Accuracy of the assay result improves the selection of ore and waste. read more »
Vacuum Belt Filters
Thursday, October 09, 2008
A belt filter consists of a “continuously moving cloth located in the profiled tray supported by an open grid running the length of the filter. read more »
Rotary Vacuum Drum Filters
Friday, September 19, 2008
The process of the rotary drum filter is continuous. Each revolution of the drum consists of cake formation, cake washing (if needed), dewatering or drying, and cake discharge. read more »
Disc Filters
Thursday, September 04, 2008
According to InfoMine’s EduMine course The Mill Operating Resource - 2: Mineral Recovery, "the purpose of a filter is to separate one substance from another. read more »
Drill Bits
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
The type of drill bit used in the mining industry is dependent on the type of drilling being done. There are three types of drilling read more »
Uptime Maintenance Management
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Uptime: Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management by John D. Campbell and James V. Reyes-Picknell tells how to do for mine and other industrial equipment what Toyota does as so eloquently extolled by Churchill. read more »
Blasthole Drills
Friday, July 18, 2008
A blasthole drill is a special type of track mounted rotary drill used in open pit mining and construction to drill holes in rock requiring blasting with explosives in order to be broken up for removal. read more »
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
In mining, locomotives are typically battery powered where diesel fumes or smoke would endanger crews, and where external electricity supplies cannot be used due to the danger of sparks igniting flammable gas. read more »
Roadheaders and Continuous Miners
Thursday, June 05, 2008
A roadheader is a piece of excavating equipment consisting of a boom-mounted cutting head, a loading device usually involving a conveyor, and a crawler travelling track to move the entire machine forward into the rock face. read more »
World Mining Congress & Expo 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The World Mining Congress & Expo 2008 will take place in Poland, September 9-12. Here are more details on this important mining exhibition read more »
Portable Rock Drills
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Rock Drills are used for quarry, mining in ores, trenching & general excavation involving short holes. It is the everyday tool for the small job. read more »
Suncor Oil Sands Mining
Friday, April 4, 2008
At the SME meeting in Salt Lake City in late February 2008, I chanced into one of those presentations that justify conference attendance. This one was by Erik Jones talking about mine productivity initiatives at Suncor Energy’s Alberta operations.  read more »
Mobile Crushing Plants
Monday, March 17, 2008
Mobile crushing plants are usually tracked, skid or trailer mounted units designed for quarrying and in-pit applications. read more »
ATC Improves Colorado 57" Tires
Monday, March 03, 2008
American Tire Corporation (ATC) is pleased to announce that ATC will start delivery of its newly improved Colorado brand 40.00-57 E4 60PR and 37.00-57 E4 60PR tires for global users from March 2008. read more »
Potential New Technology for Canadian Lake Based Mining
Monday, February 25, 2008
A South African based firm of marine engineers, Marine and Mineral Projects, is investigating the possibility of adapting their existing underwater crawler technology for lake based applications in Canada. read more »
Safety/Rescue Chambers
Monday, February 18, 2008
A safety/rescue chamber is an airtight, reinforced box stocked with food, water and oxygen supplies to protect miners who become trapped underground. read more »
SCHOTT Lighting Used at Bisbee Mining Museum
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
SCHOTT’s fiber optic products are helping illuminate the award winning Digging In exhibition at the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum in Bisbee, Arizona. read more »
Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA)
Friday, February 01, 2008
Wikipedia defines a self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBA as “a device worn by rescue workers, firefighters, and others to provide breathable air in a hostile environment.” read more »
Surface Mining Association for Research & Technology
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
SMART is an association of mining companies that coordinate the technology development needed by the mining industry. read more »
There's Technology in Those Tires
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Unless you were stranded on a desert island over the last few years, everyone involved in mining operations has been scrambling around looking for OTR tires read more »
Modular Buildings
Friday, December 14, 2007
In response to the initial posting of a Technology review on modular and mobile buildings, I received a number of e-mails, comments, and additional information from other manufacturers and suppliers of such structures. read more »
Communications Systems for Coal Mines
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
In the interests of mine safety and productivity, it is vital that operators are continuously aware of underground conditions and risk profiles, particularly in light of the recent mine collapse at Crandall Canyon Mine in August 2007. read more »
South African Technology for Deep Sea Oil & Gas
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
The world’s oceans have become prime territory in the booming offshore oil and gas and mining industries, as new deposits are discovered and improvements in technology make the ocean depths more accessible. read more »
HPGR Trade-Off Studies
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
TechnoMine has previously posted an article from Wardrop on High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) in the mining industry. read more »
Rod Mills
Monday, November 26, 2007
As with other types of mills, a rod mill is used to grind material into fine powder, but differs from a ball mill in that it employs long steel rods instead of balls as the grinding medium. read more »
Ball Mills
Friday, November 23, 2007
A ball mill is a type of grinder used to grind materials into extremely fine powder. A ball mill rotates around a horizontal axis in a cylindrical device, which is partially filled with grinding medium and the material to be ground. read more »
SAG Mills
Monday, November 05, 2007
SAG is an acronym for Semi-Autogenous Grinding, which means that it utilizes steel balls in addition to large rocks for grinding. The SAG mills use a minimal ball charge of 6 to 15%. read more »
EF Electromagnetic Vibrating Feeder
Monday, November 05, 2007
InfoMine’s Dictionary defines a feeder as a conveyor or bunker structure for delivering coal or other broken material at a controllable rate. read more »
Agora Tire Provides First Spot Market Price Index for OTR Tires
Monday, October 22, 2007
Agora Tire, Inc. recently announced the addition to their website
(www.agoratire.com) of the first ever spot market price index for OTR tires.
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Improve Safety and Productivity with RFID Tracking
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
In the mining industry, RFID is being used to improve safety and productivity by offering tracking tags for both personnel and equipment. read more »
Mining Equipment Operating Costs Increase Dramatically
Monday, September 24, 2007
Newly released CostMine data shows a continuing dramatic increase in mining equipment operating costs. read more »
Non-stick Haulers
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
In the mining industry, haul truck bodies have two major challenges, wear and tear and build-up of haulage material in the bed. read more »
Truck Training on Your Computer
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Simlog Inc. is a pioneer and leader in the development of Personal Simulators for affordable heavy equipment operator training and is the first to offer a PC-based Off-Highway Truck simulator for the mining industry. read more »
Underground Transport on Inclined Roads
Monday, September 10, 2007
Until the mid 20th century, pit ponies were one of the primary ways man and material was transported from underground coal mines. read more »
Gekko Systems Short Info Program - Part 8
Friday, September 7, 2007
This is the last of an eight week short information program that is intended to keep people in the mineral processing sector up to date with the developments at Gekko Systems. read more »
BakhtarRadar: Non-Invasive Exploration and Sub-Surface Imaging
Friday, August 31, 2007
BakhtarRadar represents a new generation in GPR. Originally developed by Dr. Khosrow Bakhtar under the U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program to detect buried ordnance read more »
Gekko Systems Short Info Program - Part 7
Friday, August 31, 2007
This is the seventh of an eight week short information program that is intended to keep people in the mineral processing sector up to date with the developments at Gekko Systems. read more »
Gekko Systems Short Info Program - Part 6
Friday, August 24, 2007
This is the sixth of an eight week short information program that is intended to keep people in the mineral processing sector up to date with the developments at Gekko Systems. read more »
Gekko Systems Short Info Program - Part 5
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
This is the fifth of an eight week short information program that is intended to keep people in the mineral processing sector up to date with the developments at Gekko Systems. read more »
Keeping Your Tires on Track
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Unless you were stranded on a desert island over the last few years, everyone involved in mining operations has been scrambling around looking for OTR tires read more »
Gekko Systems Short Info Program - Part 4
Thursday, August 09, 2007
This is the fourth of an eight week short information program that is intended to keep people in the mineral processing sector up to date with the developments at Gekko Systems. read more »
Gekko Systems Short Info Program - Part 3
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
This is the third of an eight week short information program that is intended to keep people in the mineral processing sector up to date with the developments at Gekko Systems. read more »
Gekko Systems Short Info Program - Part 2
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
This is the second of an eight week short information program that is intended to keep people in the mineral processing sector up to date with the developments at Gekko Systems. read more »
Gekko Systems Short Info Program - Part 1
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
From Gekko Systems: This is the first of an eight week short information program that is intended to keep people in the mineral processing sector up to date with the developments at Gekko Systems.
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Winkie Drill
Friday, June 29, 2007
If you’ve never heard or worked with a Winkie drill, you might easily get the name Winkie confused with the Scottish nursery rhythm Wee Willie Winkie or the Winkie Country in the fictional Land of Oz. read more »
Even Engines Need a Safety Blanket
Monday, June 18, 2007
I’ve changed oil in enough engines to know that no matter how careful you are it’s easy to burn yourself, especially around the exhaust system. Having insulation around the exhaust system sure would have saved some burnt skin.  read more »
Oil in Engine Maintenance
Friday, May 25, 2007
We lived in the Canadian prairies where weather is extreme both in the summer and winter. In these conditions, you learn early that the best way to extend the life of any vehicle is to change your engine oil often. read more »
An Engine for the Big Boys
Friday, May 11, 2007
I’ve always loved the sound of a diesel engine, and there is something about the smell of the exhaust that reassures you of the hidden power. read more »
Deilmann-Haniel Mining Systems
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Deilmann-Haniel Mining Systems specialize in the construction of machinery and equipment for mining, tunneling and civil engineering applications. read more »
Mining Has More Fans Than You Think
Friday, April 20, 2007
Anytime you have a confined workspace, ventilation is critical to not only prevent the inhalation of dust and fumes, but also to maintain a more comfortable environment and ultimately improve worker comfort and productivity.  read more »
Pumping Your Mill Discharge Slurries
Monday, April 09, 2007
This article briefly looks at the Krebs millMAX series of horizontal slurry pumps and why they are sought after for grinding mill discharge duties and other abrasive slurries. read more »
Reducing Mill Costs with Load Indicating Fasteners
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Although I’ve tightened, loosened, and in some cases twisted off a few rusty bolts in my younger years, I never worried about how tight they were. All I was told to do was “make them as tight as you can”, and that’s what I did. read more »
Monday, March 19, 2007
International Mining, January 2007 features another of those great articles from John Chadwick with a catchy title and chock-full of content. This one is called Comminution Conundrum. read more »
Application of High Pressure Grinding Rolls in the Mining Industry
Friday, March 16, 2007
The application of High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) in the mining industry, especially as a replacement for the conventional Semiautogenous (SAG) milling process read more »
Dewatering Slurries
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
According to InfoMine's Dictionary, filter cake has two definitions: the layer of concentrated solids from the drilling mud left behind on the walls of a borehole read more »
Mining Reporter
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
How do you find your way around the never-ending stream of paper magazines devoted to the mining industry? At the 2007 SME I picked up two I had never seen before read more »
Dust Calculations
Friday, March 09, 2007
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) e-publishes the definitive volume on how to calculate the quantity of dust from mine (and indeed all) unpaved roads, paved roads read more »
Thursday, February 15, 2007
The January 2007 Mining Magazine has a comprehensive article on Scaling to Shotcrete. An electronic version of the magazine is available on their site read more »
Roof Support Equipment
Thursday, February 15, 2007
If you had any doubts about the meaning of the multiplicity of terms used to hold up the roof of a mine, go no further than the Dywidag-Systems International site read more »
Corrosion Resistant Dewatering Pumps
Monday, February 12, 2007
My experience with pumps is limited, but I do know that their reliability in almost any industry is critical to keeping an operation running efficiently. read more »
Soil Grouting
Friday, February 09, 2007
Soil grouting is the topic of a comprehensive new paper from BiTech Publishers and their premier magazine Geotechnical News. The paper is Soil Grouting – There’s Only One Way to View It. read more »
Solution Mining Irrigation
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
A well-produced brochure is more informative than a text book, and certainly more entertaining than most paper magazines stuffed with pale replications of marketing materials turned into fake-erudite articles. read more »
Print Directories
Monday, February 05, 2007
The size of the German mining equipment industry is amazing. Two statistics: "The German mining equipment industry comprises about 120 mainly medium-sized companies read more »
Underground Loading in Tight Spots
Friday, February 02, 2007
Not all underground trucks are made equally. This is particularly true when getting into those tight spots. This is the job of an ejector truck. read more »
Highway Trucks in Mines
Monday, January 29, 2007
“Use of highway trucks underground and advances in more conventional underground haulers, for coal and hard rock; diesel, electric or new power options, and advances in battery power.” All that and more in one article read more »
Mine Winder Super Brakes
Friday, January 26, 2007
According to Wikipedia, the disc brake is “a device for slowing or stopping the rotation of a wheel. A brake disc (or rotor in U.S. English), usually made of cast iron or ceramic, is connected to the wheel or the axle. read more »
Information is Power
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Ever since I got my first computer, I’ve always been fascinated with information and how its storage and sharing between systems within an organization can significantly improve productivity and ultimately lead to better decision-making. read more »
M.G. Currie & Company
Monday, January 22, 2007
Just added to the InfoMine Consultants Database: M.G. Currie & Company. You cannot get to know someone in half an hour by chatting across a corporate conference room table, so I went to his website to read his publications. read more »
Grouting Confined Areas
Friday, January 19, 2007
The closest thing I’ve come to grout is a summer spent emptying bags of cement into a huge hopper, which was eventually transported to off shore North Sea oil rigs to be used by Halliburton on “cement jobs”. read more »
Clean Coal
Friday, January 19, 2007
The coal trains slide forever across the plains of Wyoming and Nebraska. The train seems never to end. It is an impressive sight to see the coal trains dominate the horizon as one drives along highway I80. read more »
More Efficient Dust Collection
Thursday, January 18, 2007
After learning more about the basics of dust collection from Donaldson Australasia’s website, it reminded me of a summer job where a dust collector sure would have been handy. read more »
Dura-Tuff Grouser Bars
Monday, December 18, 2006
Are you paying too much for you track repairs? It wasn’t until I was contacted by Dura-Tuff Wear Products LLC over three years ago that I found out what a grouser bar was. read more »
Keeping Belts Maintained Safely
Monday, December 11, 2006
Although I haven’t had the pleasure of being involved in any conveyor maintenance activities, I’ve done enough construction maintenance in the past to know that the less dismantling you need to do to maintain a piece of equipment, the better. read more »
Cushioning Lifting Problems
Thursday, December 07, 2006
When I first saw this product, it reminded me of a similar concept used for helping patients stand up out of a chair. In this case the whole chair lifts whereas the Pronal lifting CLP cushion resembles a big pillow and can lift over 70 tons. read more »
High Performance Flowmeter for Slurries
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Flowmeters and the movement of slurries are not the first thing that comes to mind when I think of a smooth running mine, but slurries are found throughout the mining process, including underground, in surface mines and in process plants. read more »
Skid Mounted Lube Truck
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
When I first saw SiteStar® skid-mounted lubrication module, it made me think of a summer job working on an oilfield construction crew. read more »
Keeping Underground Roads Smooth
Monday, December 04, 2006
The first thing that caught my attention about the PAUS Dinting Machine PSF 200, is the word “dinting” attached to its name. read more »
Unpaved Road Maintenance
Friday, December 01, 2006
Although the reference I describe here does not deal with mines, I consider the topic and the treatment worthy of reference by the civil and geotechnical engineer and miner read more »
Cyclones and Krebs
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The universal solution? At last computing power catches up with the need to analyze the real world. Solutions for the mining industry are not there yet, but the computer codes are standing ready read more »
US Technology
Monday, November 27, 2006
This is a tribute to US industry. It is a rare and well deserved tribute by a thoroughly British gentleman. It is to be savored at a time when the entire world seems to be denigrating the US, or at least pointing fingers at their products and way of life.  read more »
Keeping Conveyor Pulleys Operating Longer
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Back when I was in university, you took what summer jobs you could get. One summer job was with an oilfield construction crew and corrosion was always a problem when maintaining oilfield equipment read more »
Getman Tracked Trailer
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Like me, when thinking about a tracked vehicle, you think of an excavator on the local construction site, or the tanks in an old war movie. Who would have thought that a vehicle with tracks could reduce road damage, particularly underground. read more »
Hoss Equipment
Thursday, November 09, 2006
HOSS has developed a Wireless Mesh Communications/Video platform. Like me you may well ask - what is that and what good will it do me? Maybe the answer lies in their slogan: "Put It Anywhere", "Watch It Everywhere." read more »
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sometimes craft becomes art. The work of Illustech proves my point. To convince you, here are some images from their website. read more »
Immersive Technologies
Thursday, November 02, 2006
It’s free-for-all out there on the juggernaut of employment. From the President of Iowa State University, Gregory L. Geoffroy: Just this past year, more than a dozen of our most outstanding professors left us read more »
Diamond Equipment Technology
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Does equipment technology now threaten the diamond mining industry? Two news items raise this fear read more »
Mining and Mineral Processing Equipment Reports
Monday, October 23, 2006
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a report that details huge surges in mining machinery shipments for 2005. read more »
Canadian Natural Resources & Finning Trucks
Thursday, October 19, 2006
In 1989, Canadian Natural was an oil and natural gas company operating only in Alberta. They employed 9 people, produced about 1,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day and had a market capitalization of about $1 million. read more »
Are Your Parts Clean?
Monday, September 18, 2006
The only time I've had to worry about cleaning dirty parts was during a summer job as an oil service rig worker. Being the "summer" guy, I was stuck with all the worst jobs and one of these was to clean oil and dirty tools at the end of each day. read more »
Slusher Mining
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Here is a short article about an underground mining method and/or piece of equipment used to move ores. read more »
Outokumpu & Grinding
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
There is plenty of interesting material on grinding in the Outokumpu Grinding Technologies Brochure. I quote & edit from their website to give you a bit of news about their successes read more »
Wi-Fi Based Underground Tracking Technology
Monday, October 16, 2006
A joint high technology venture has resulted with the development of an advanced location tracking and communications solution for underground mines. read more »