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Canadian innovators challenged to modernize mining processes
The legacy of the Cat large dozer began a little more than 40 years ago with a revolutionary elevated drive sprocket and new undercarriage design that looked unlike any dozer of its day. The groundbreaking suspended undercarriage with high drive design conformed to the ground better than standard oval tracks, helping to improve machine traction, extend undercarriage life and enhance operator comfort.
Cat Tricone Drill Bits are designed for the most severe rotary blasthole applications, yet are cost effective for a wide range of drilling needs. The new bit line includes six diameters ranging from 171 mm (6 ¾ in.) to 311 mm (12 ¼ in.). Their carbide shapes and cutting face arrangements are optimized for high wear resistance and improved rock fragmentation, and the aggressive, long-lasting cutting structure delivers a superior rate of penetration.
Across Canada, companies on the leading edge of innovation and job creation are advancing clean technologies in all sectors of the economy and finding new ways to solve the world's environmental challenges. That's good for everyone as clean technologies not only lead to well-paying jobs that support the Canadian economy but also help Canada meet its climate change goals.
The new Cat MD6200 Rotary Blasthole Drill is designed as a production drill with the flexibility to do pre-split drilling—all in a package that is Caterpillar's most transportable rotary drill yet. The versatile MD6200 is designed to perform rotary or DTH drilling in single-pass or multi-pass modes and can drill holes of 127 to 200 mm (5.0 to 7.87 inches) in diameter.
Aecon Group Inc. has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with North American Construction Group Inc. under which Aecon has agreed to sell to NACG substantially all of the assets related to Aecon's Contract Mining business for $199.1 million in cash.
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. has announced the expansion of its off-the-road (OTR) product portfolio to include a new size of the Bridgestone VSMS2 tire. The tire is now available in size 29.5R25 in the U.S. and Canada. Designed for underground mining, landfill and salvage environments, the Bridgestone VSMS2 tire delivers a 30 percent decrease in the frequency of sidewall cuts, improving the tire's overall life cycle performance by five percent.
The recently inaugurated Control Tower located in Epiroc facilities in Örebro, Sweden, is designed to be an innovation arena to collaborate around, and to explore and develop automation and information management solutions. The Control Tower is much more than a showroom - it is a part of the Epiroc strategy to support customers to take the right steps towards safety, productivity and improved operations.
Hexagon AB has announced the acquisition of Guardvant, a recognized leader in operator safety solutions for the mining industry. Guardvant's flagship solution, OpGuard, is used to detect and respond to driver fatigue and distraction - the most common underlying cause of accidents.
In this time-lapse video, Liebherr shows the transport and assembly of an R 9400 mining excavator for BGC Contracting to Idemitsu Boggabri Coal Mine in New South Wales, Australia.
Caterpillar and Newmont Mining, with the support of Cashman Equipment Co., the Cat dealer in Nevada, have entered a collaboration agreement to validate and improve underground hard rock mining vehicle automation technology. The initial focus of the collaborative effort is Command for underground, the Cat system for semi-autonomous and remote operation of underground loaders. Command for underground is a technology within Cat MineStar.
Michelin North America, Inc. is launching its most aggressive answer for underground mining (UGM) tires, specifically made for loaders and transport machines operating in extreme conditions.
The mine of the future is carbon-dioxide-free, digitalized and autonomous. To set a new world standard for sustainable mining at great depth, LKAB, Epiroc, ABB, Combitech and AB Volvo have joined forces in a partnership and are starting a unique testbed in the orefields of northern Sweden.
Mine rescue teams from throughout British Columbia came together this past weekend to test their mettle in the 63rd-annual Provincial Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition.
Xcentric Ripper Mining Series for high-volume excavation and demolition is designed for operator comfort and continuous work
Xcentric Ripper International has taken the Xcentric Ripper range to a whole new level with the release of the all new Mining Series.
Finland-based ALLU, Inc. is set to show the company's latest technological and product innovations at the upcoming Hillhead UK 2018 event, held from the 26th to 28th of June in Buxton, Derbyshire, England. The company recently introduced a new Mobile App, and will showcase their range of Transformer Series mounted buckets, which screen, crush, pulverize, aerate, blend, mix, separate, feed and load materials, in applications including quarrying, mining, contruction, soil, C&D, waste and organics recycling.
As commodity prices enjoy another bull run, how is the mining industry reacting to change? Professional services firm Deloitte Global identified 10 key trends facing the industry in their recent Tracking the Trends report. Here Deloitte's Global Leader of Mining Phil Hopwood explains more.
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has been involved in a Swedish research project that demonstrated that by applying the latest technology within communication and automation, underground mines could become more efficient and safer. In the Pilot for Industrial Mobile Communication in Mining (PIMM) project, Volvo CE developed and tested its remotely controlled wheel loader 400 metres underground – while the operator commanded the machine from a comfortable office on the surface. This was made possible with the help of other companies and organizations – including Boliden, Ericsson, Telia, ABB, RISE SICS and LTU – which joined forces on the project to explore what the next generation of mobile communication technology, 5G, could mean for business models and communications in a mine.
When it comes to the mining industry, the phrase ‘Everything is bigger in Texas' is most certainly true according to B-C Equipment Sales. With plentiful mineral resources, it is one of the main producers of cement, crushed stone, lime, salt, sand and gravel in America. It is also the leading crude oil and natural gas-producing state in the country. It is thereby no great surprise that construction equipment dealers do so well there. B-C Equipment Sales has been dominating the local market for the past 32 years, ever since Bill Lathrop and his wife Cathy decided to go into business together. With a reputation built on tradition and integrity, the family-run company has a customer network covering four major areas in South Texas: Corpus Christi, San Antonio, LaFeria and Laredo.
Spectacular machines in dramatic working environments, and entertaining and informative demonstrations of power and precision; the "Mighty Jobs" series will take viewers to several fascinating locations where Volvo Penta's industrial engine and machinery range is making a vast difference to the lives of customers and ultimately to daily life.
Maclean invests in technology & people to deliver innovative products & services for the mines of the future, today
MacLean Engineering a global leader in underground mining mobile equipment innovation, improving safety and productivity and reducing costs for mining companies and contractors. MacLean recently made notable acquisitions in remote control technology as well as shotcrete expertise that will allow the company to remain at the forefront of change in a rapidly evolving industry.
The newest machine to be added to Epiroc's fleet of electric-powered equipment is the Minetruck MT2010 Battery, now ready to roll in mining operations throughout North America. The Minetruck MT2010 Battery is a sleek and sturdy truck, specially built to transport heavy loads of up to 20 metric tons through narrow underground passages. The electric Minetruck shares all the merits of its internationally popular Minetruck MT2010 diesel counterpart, including a compact design, hard-wearing components, fast incline speeds and easy maneuverability. However, the Minetruck MT2010 Battery extends its own list of honors by driving away from fossil fuels towards a zero-emission future.
Caterpillar recently completed assembly of the 5000th Cat 793 Mining Truck. Caterpillar data show that the milestone production figure far exceeds the manufacture of any other brand of 250-ton (227-tonne) size class truck. In production since 1991, truck number 5,000 represents the fifth generation of the 793.
One year after acquiring the underground mining expertise of Tyre Corporation, and combining it with the surface mining expertise, tyre management innovation and culture of Kal Tire—Kal Tire's Mining Tire Group has become a respected force in Southern Africa.
The first 700-ton hydraulic excavator from XCMG has rolled off the company's assembly line in Xuzhou, China, heralding a new era for Chinese heavy equipment manufacturing. The successful development and production of the new XE7000E makes China the fourth country in the world to have the capability of producing 700-ton excavators after Germany, Japan and the U.S.
Volvo CE unveils new range of Volvo-branded rigid haulers to customers and dealers at Scotland facility
All eyes were on the new range of Volvo-branded rigid haulers this week when Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) officially launched the new machines in front of customers and dealers at the company's Motherwell facility in Scotland. Guests got their first glimpse of the new machines, which consist of the 45-ton R45D, 60-ton R60D, 72-ton R70D and the flagship 95-tonne R100E. The star of the show was the R100E, a completely new rigid hauler that combines a wealth of market and customer knowledge with proven components, new technologies and a striking new design – all providing a cost-effective and productive solution to fulfill the needs of today's mining and quarrying customers. The new four-model range is initially available in less regulated markets.
Liebherr has delivered the backhoe version of its R 9400 mining excavator to Trapper Mining Inc. in Colorado.
Cat 24 motor grader is application-matched for medium to large mines running trucks over 180 tonnes payload
Building on the strong heritage of the M Series motor graders, the new Cat 24 motor grader delivers high-performance construction and maintenance of mine roads to improve mining truck efficiency. The 24 Motor Grader is equipped with a 7.3-metre-wide (24-foot) moldboard and is application-matched for medium to large mines running trucks over 180 tonnes (200 tons) payload. An innovative, modular design means components can be removed and installed quicker and easier, in some cases, up to 70 percent faster when compared to the 24M. Standard Cat GRADE with Cross Slope improves operator productivity and haul road quality, which lowers truck tire wear, decreases rolling resistance and reduces premature tire failure.
As the next level of EU emissions regulations comes ever closer, manufacturer Sandvik has chosen Volvo Penta as the ideal provider of Stage V solutions for its mining equipment. With some of the toughest working conditions in confined areas, underground mining has many physical aspects to consider and more requirements than most industries for stringent rules on emissions.
Rubble Master (RM) has acquired Northern Ireland-based screen manufacturer Maximus. Founded in 2004 and employing 120 people, Maximus will complement Rubble Master's existing range of products, helping to satisfy customers and support future growth. According to Rubble Master, for customers and dealers, this acquisition means a full line of crushing, recycling and screening products are now available with the same reliable, lifetime support and complete parts and service support customers have come to expect from their company.
Epiroc, the new subsidiary of the Atlas Copco Group that is planned to be listed on the stock exchange in 2018, is exhibiting at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) Annual Conference & Expo for the first time. Operating under its own brand name and logo, Epiroc is showcasing automation and system solutions in Booth 921 at the annual event, Feb. 25-28 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Komatsu Ltd. is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the commercial deployment of its Autonomous Haulage System (AHS). Today, more than 100 AHS trucks operate in Australia, North and South America. Based on the 10-year proven record of safety, productivity, environmental resistance and system flexibility in an array of mining environments, Komatsu plans to accelerate the pace of AHS deployment.
Volvo Construction Equipment has announced that it will enter the rigid hauler market with its own Volvo brand of rigid haulers in the second quarter of 2018. The development of the new four-model range has relied heavily on the longstanding rigid hauler expertise of Volvo CE's subsidiary Terex Trucks, combined with the technological strength of the Volvo Group. The range, which will initially be launched in less regulated markets, consists of the 45-ton R45D, 60-ton R60D, 72-ton R70D and the flagship 100-ton R100E.
Similar to the Keestrack H4e introduced in 2016, the new 62-tonne fully hybrid H6e cone crusher combines Keestrack's crushing technology with an innovative diesel-electric drive concept, enabling full flexibility at maximum cost efficiency.
EvoQuip offers a comprehensive portfolio of products to address the needs of the compact crushing and screening market. The company is now launching the Bison 280 Jaw Crusher. Whether operating in Construction & Demolition, Asphalt Recycling, Quarrying or Contract Crushing, the EvoQuip Bison 280 is designed to enhance profitability.
Tsurumi Pumps' products are featured on the eighth season of Gold Rush, the popular Discovery Channel reality series that follows the exploits of 316 Mining. The Oregon, U.S.-based mining company chose Tsurumi as its exclusive provider of pumping equipment, which includes numerous pumps, variable frequency drives and custom-built pontoons. Key personnel from Tsurumi's U.S. division also offered extensive engineering consultation on the job site in Fairplay, Colorado, U.S., before shooting began.