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MM Jun 2014

Join the club

Carly Leonida asks Kevin Greenwood, chief operating officer, what sets Aussie powerhouse CRCMining apart from other mine research organisations?

Whittling away the waste

Ailbhe Goodbody attended Whittle Consulting’s Money Mining seminar in London in March, and learned about a fresh approach to optimising mining enterprises

Bolting in the deep

Ground support is important in underground mining and tunnelling to control ground movement and deformation, and it becomes more critical as mines get deeper. Ailbhe Goodbody investigates

Catch 22

Burning coal more cleanly and storing the CO2 is technologically feasible, but very expensive. However, the alternatives are even more costly. Lee Buchsbaum investigates

End of the big freeze?

Mining consulting firms are stockpiling CVs again as they think about better times after a disastrous 2013

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Should more be done to promote women in mining? This is the title of a discussion that was posed on Aspermont’s Mining News & Networking LinkedIn group in early April, and which is still running now having solicited a high number of responses, some quite controversial. Many of the respondents lamented the fact that, once again, we were debating a topic that really shouldn’t be an issue in this day and age
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Panorama

Phoenix gets Gekko cyanide detox system

Gekko Systems is supplying a complete turnkey cyanide detox system to Rubicon Mineral Corp’s Phoenix gold project

SNC-Lavalin completes order for Russian diamond mine

SNC-Lavalin’s South African office has fulfilled an order for a 60t/h dense medium separation (DMS) plant for a diamond-mining company in Russia

Magnetek gets certified

Magnetek has announced the availability of wireless controls certified for use in potentially hazardous locations

Winmate rugged tablet

Winmate has released the Class 1 Division 2 M101B computer, its newest tablet for the hazardous location market

Rajant unveils node

Rajant Corp unveiled its BreadCrumb LX5 Portable Wireless Mesh Network Node at the CIM 2014 Convention in Vancouver

Magni sends to Zambia

Magni delivered four telescopic handlers to a First Quantum Minerals mine in Zambia in April

Escondida awards work to Boart Longyear

Boart Longyear has won a contract for exploration drilling services at BHP Billiton's Escondida copper mine in northern Chile

RPM offers software package for oil sands

RungePincockMinarco launched its new Oil Sands XPAC Solution (OSS) at the annual CIM Convention in Vancouver, Canada

TNT bags Morenci contract

TNT has secured a contract for Freeport-McMoRan’s Morenci operations in southeast Arizona

BHP Billiton shakes up Nickel West unit

BHP Billiton is reviewing its Western Australian Nickel West business, which encompasses the Mt Keith, Cliffs and Leinster mines and associated concentrators

Rio Tinto hits expansion target early

Rio Tinto’s Pilbara iron-ore system of mines, railways and ports has reached a run rate of 290Mt/y two months ahead of schedule

Weir rolls out WEMCO across European market

Weir Minerals has launched its WEMCO range of extra-heavy-duty vortex pumps across Europe

ME Elecmetal opens its latest plant in China

ME Elecmetal opened a new mill-liner plant in the city of Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, China, on May 8

Cat upgrades available for 785 and 789 trucks

Caterpillar and Cat dealers now offer Cat Certified Rebuild Upgrade (CCRU) services for older 785 and 789 large mining trucks

Ridgidrain pipes installed at Namoya

Polypipe’s Ridgidrain solution for sub-soil drainage is now in operation at the tailings-management facility of the Namoya gold project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Wharf cuts blinding with Flex-Mat 3

Major Wire’s Flex-Mat 3 Tensioned Series S screen media has been successfully used at Wharf Resources’ gold mine in South Dakota, US

The month in numbers

40: The number of staff employed at the Orange High Productivity Centre, a new Sandvik repair, rebuild and support centre in Orange, New South Wales, Australia

Ventyx joins the cloud

Ventyx’s asset-management software is now available via the cloud

Booyco launches metering technology

Mining companies can monitor a variety of operational parameters relating to their underground machinery with an on-board metering technology developed by Booyco Electronics

Cat and Immersive extend partnership

Caterpillar Global Mining and Immersive Technologies have extended their decade-long partnership for another five years

Metso to service ball mills at Chuquicamata

Metso has signed an 18-month services contract for Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine, which covers changing the components of 33 ball mills operating in the mine’s A0 and A1 plants

The bigger picture

Martin Engineering is helping conveyor users to cut operating costs and improve safety with inspection and maintenance programmes

LiuGong supplies Cummins-powered wheel loaders

LiuGong Machinery has begun to deliver wheel loaders equipped with the brand new Guangxi Cummins L9.3 engine to the international market

FLSmidth wins Mongolian work, expands in India

FLSmidth has received orders worth US$43 million from Mongolian company Mongolyn Alt Group to supply services for the Tsagaan Suvarga copper-molybdenum concentrator project
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Equipment

Footloose

Mincon Group discusses its new MQ range of standard DTH hammers and explains the benefit of removing the foot valves from the design

Protecting pump integrity

Jacques Visser of Morgan Advanced Materials examines the technologies available for ensuring pump safety and looks at how modern materials and designs are bringing new dimensions of performance to these applications

Reporting for severe duty

BJM’s KZNR slurry pump is helping a coal mine in Illinois deal with the extreme conditions that have hampered competitors’ models. Here the company details the challenges involved

Pumping iron

KSB Australia is currently working on one of the most expansive pump projects in its history: supplying process pumps to a new iron-ore mine in northwestern Australia

Knight at the museum

ECS Engineering Services is helping to keep England’s National Coal Mining Museum above water

Enhanced and expanded

Caterpillar continues to develop the drill lines acquired as part of its Bucyrus purchase in 2011. The company’s manufacturing facility in Denison, Texas, has also been upgraded recently with the addition of the Caterpillar Production System. MM looks at three key new products

Hard rock calling

Eric Wilkinson, drills product manager at Joy Global Surface Mining, talks us through key design features on the new P&H 285XPC rotary blasthole drill rig

Coming soon…

Sandvik Mining is about to launch its next generation of rotary drills. Ken Stapylton, vice president of surface drilling, talks MM through features of the new DR461i

Opening up minds and pits worldwide

Atlas Copco’s Pit Viper automation system is extending productivity and increasing safety through functions such as teleremote operation. Here, the company provides details of its progress

Optimising the blast process: getting it right from the start

Leica Geosystems Mining looks at how high-precision drill guidance systems can help mining operations to improve their drill and blast activities, benefiting every step of the mining process
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Management in Action

Join the club

Carly Leonida asks Kevin Greenwood, chief operating officer, what sets Aussie powerhouse CRCMining apart from other mine research organisations?

Cleaning Kensington’s water

When Coeur Alaska’s Kensington mine needed to double its mine-water treatment capacity, it turned to high-rate ballasted clarification technology. Chris Howell and Paul Hoeferlin report

Whittling away the waste

Ailbhe Goodbody attended Whittle Consulting’s Money Mining seminar in London in March, and learned about a fresh approach to optimising mining enterprises

The case for hybrid power plants

Power generation is a key concern for mining operations in remote locations. James Macnaghten, CEO of Isentropic, discusses the economic benefit of using solar PV and electricity storage alongside diesel power plants

Bolting in the deep

Ground support is important in underground mining and tunnelling to control ground movement and deformation, and it becomes more critical as mines get deeper. Ailbhe Goodbody investigates

Catch 22

Burning coal more cleanly and storing the CO2 is technologically feasible, but very expensive. However, the alternatives are even more costly. Lee Buchsbaum investigates

Expert advice

Bill Krasnozon, Boart Longyear’s Western Canada territory manager, offers the following tips to ensure success when drilling in difficult conditions and remote areas

End of the big freeze?

Mining consulting firms are stockpiling CVs again as they think about better times after a disastrous 2013
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