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MM July/Aug 2014

A steel constitution

Carly Leonida explores the benefits that specialty steels can offer in wear parts for mining equipment

A long and winding road

Carly Leonida looks at the history of longwall mining systems and the companies which make them, as well as new features under development

Narrowing down

Ailbhe Goodbody looks at the latest technologies for narrow-vein mining, and provides an update on the new reef-boring technique

New horizons

Nadav Shemer visited Nord Gold’s Bissa mine in Burkina Faso 18 months after its first gold pour to find out how the operation is progressing and about its role within the local community

Remote possibilities

Ailbhe Goodbody investigates the benefits of using remote and integrated operations centres to run mining operations

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Chain reaction

The end has come to the longest and most costly wage dispute in South African history
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Panorama

The deck is stacked against miners and power generators

Lee Buchsbaum reports on the introduction of new EPA legislation and its effects on the US coal sector

Turkish longwall deliveries for Cat

In July Caterpillar delivered the first of two complete longwall mining systems to Demir Export and Fernas Insaat JV for the Eynez East mine in Turkey

KTI chills out at Phakisa gold mine

KTI has installed an ice-cooling system at Harmony Gold’s Phakisa mine in South Africa

LiuGong exchange

LiuGong Dressta of China and Rzeszów University of Technology, Poland, have signed a co-operation agreement to establish a technical exchange programme

Fugro expands in Africa

Fugro has acquired South Africa-based Earth Resources, a contractor carries out mining-exploration drilling

MTG expands

MTG plans to expand its plant in Monzón, Spain, which produces wear parts for mining and construction

GE and Suncor sign oil-sands deals

GE and Suncor Energy have signed two agreements that provide the opportunity for an investment of up to US16.9 million

Scooptram gains side-dump option

Atlas Copco has added an optional side-dump bucket for its Scooptram ST7, ST1030 and ST14 loaders, enabling them to be used in a wider range of applications including narrow drifts and rapid tunnel development in mining

eBee generates buzz with RTK

Swiss mini-drone manufacturer senseFly has announced the eBee real-time kinematic (RTK) mapping drone, available in the September quarter, which will offer surveying and engineering professionals a highly accurate and flexible mapping solution

Komatsu launches iPhone app

Komatsu has a new KOMTRAX app for Apple’s iOS iPhones. Available free of charge online, the app gives instant access to vital information on every KOMTRAX-equipped Komatsu machine in a user’s fleet

A breath of fresh air

City Technology, a Honeywell company, has unveiled the 4OxLL long-life oxygen sensor

SMD begins assembly of seafloor cutter for Nautilus Minerals

Nautilus Minerals’ third and final seafloor production tool (SPT), the auxiliary cutter (AC), began assembly in June at the Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) facility at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

ABB at Mt Milligan

ABB has commissioned three variable-speed mill-drive systems at Thompson Creek Metals’ Mount Milligan mine

Micromine 2014 gets release

MICROMINE has issued Micromine 2014, the latest version of its exploration and mine-design solution

Maptek improves I-Site

Maptek has added new features to its I-Site Studio 5.0 laser-scan technology. 5.0 has a new Level of Detail tool, allowing a manageable amount of data to be loaded and viewed at once

Taking First Quantum to the next level

Level 3 Communications is providing First Quantum Minerals with a global communications network for its key mining sites

Mine Location Intelligence finds its way onto market

ABB has launched Mine Location Intelligence (MLI), powered by Mobilaris, a global provider of software solutions for mobile location-based services

Blasting through barriers to change

The 2014 CEEC Medal has been awarded to a paper on ultra high-intensity blasting by Geoff Brent, Peter Dare-Bryan, Stuart Hawke and Michael Rothery

GEMEX builds tension for Weir

Weir Minerals has incorporated its GEMEX belt-tensioning system into updated versions of its WARMAN WBH centrifugal slurry pump and medium-duty WARMAN MU pump
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Mine of the Month

New horizons

Nadav Shemer visited Nord Gold’s Bissa mine in Burkina Faso 18 months after its first gold pour to find out how the operation is progressing and about its role within the local community
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Equipment

Stirring up excitement

CITIC Heavy Industries is venturing into the stirred-media mill market

A very fine grind indeed

Outotec has made significant progress with its HIGmill technology in the past 12 months. Here the company outlines some of the benefits and options now available

A fresh approach to cone crushing

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions has developed a new style of crusher to offer more flexibility and better control over product size in open-circuit mineral applications

On trend

Kurt O’Bryan, global product manager for screens, screen media and rock crushers at Weir Minerals, talks to MM about current industry trends and how they are influencing customer choices

Vertical Xtra Performance

FLSmidth explains how its VXPmill differs from standard vertical stirred mills for ultra-fine grinding and looks at new applications for the technology

The value of holistic design

Metso’s product experts explain how the company’s integrated approach to design is driving improvement across its comminution product range

A steel constitution

Carly Leonida explores the benefits that specialty steels can offer in wear parts for mining equipment

A long and winding road

Carly Leonida looks at the history of longwall mining systems and the companies which make them, as well as new features under development

Narrowing down

Ailbhe Goodbody looks at the latest technologies for narrow-vein mining, and provides an update on the new reef-boring technique

Finding a new voice

Brent Williams, solutions specialist at Tait Communications, makes the case for digital mobile radio (DMR) as the platform of choice for mining organisations seeking a multi-use SCADA investment

Hexagon reshapes tech landscape

Richard Roberts, of Mining Journal, attended the HxGN Live 2014 event in Las Vegas in June. Here he reports on the event and the launch of new company Hexagon Mining
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Management in Action

Santa Rita ramps up efficiency

Sanjeeva Latchireddi presents the operational and optimisation findings from his study at Mirabela’s Brazilian operation

A true measure of efficiency

GMSG is developing a business tool to aid mining professionals gauge energy efficiency. MM reports

Properly tightened

Mill liner manufacturer ME Elecmetal and bolt provider Valley Forge & Bolt Manufacturing Co have joined forces to provide a best practice guide for bolt tightening in mill-lining applications

At your service

TEC Systems Group explains how it has helped to improve efficiency and production at a salt mine in Kansas, US

A complex migration

Matrix Technologies outlines how it was able to upgrade PLCs and minimise downtime at an underground mine in the US

Making a difference with maintenance

Glencore’s Nickel Rim South mine became the first Caterpillar Certified 5-Star Contamination Control underground maintenance facility last year. Ailbhe Goodbody reports on the project

Stay alert, stay alive

It is vital that mine managers review and update their fire-protection provisions on a regular basis. The experts at fire-protection specialist Wormald give their top tips for keeping your workforce and equipment safe

Living life to the full

A team of researchers from Monash University in Melbourne has recently completed a project to extend the life of diesel exhaust particulate filters in Australian underground coal mines

Remote possibilities

Ailbhe Goodbody investigates the benefits of using remote and integrated operations centres to run mining operations
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Russian precious-metals company Polymetal International plc has made significant progress at the Semcha platinum-group metals (PGM) property in the past year as it moves the project towards a preliminary economic assessment
The Republic of Guinea intends to launch, pursuant to the mining Code, a competitive and transparent invitation to tender for three bauxite mining blocks located in the prefectures of Boffa, Boké and Télimélé.
Indochine Mining Limited is developing a high-grade gold project at Mt Kare in PNG by rapidly developing wide, high-grade gold zones
Sarama Resources is a West Africa-focused gold explorer with substantial landholdings in Burkina Faso, Liberia and Mali.
Midway Gold is an emerging, near-term gold producer on track to bring its first million-ounce project, the Pan mine, to production in 2014
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