Product News

  • Komatsu releases first mining dozer with intelligent Machine Control

    Komatsu has released the D375Ai-8 “intelligent” dozer, the company’s first mining dozer incorporating its fully integrated intelligent Machine Control system, which delivers proven productivity, efficienc... more
  • Serious about safety: The case for collision avoidance 

    Collisions involving equipment concern all mining operations. Usually, these incidents result in damage and downtime for repairs. However, severe incidents can involve injuries and even loss of life. The fin... more
  • RPMGlobal announces planned release of new intelligent design product

    RPMGlobal Holdings Limited has today announced to the market that it plans on releasing an innovative enterprise Intelligent mine Design (ID) solution, which will be fully integrated within RPM’s Intelligent ... more
  • Optimising processes through strong partnerships

    The mining industry is facing a number of challenges including declining ore grades, environmental pressures, and water scarcity.  To deal with these challenges, and continue to strengthen operations, mine sit... more

5 Problems Electronic Blasting Experts Can Solve

Written by Martin Vasilescu Davey Bickford Enaex   In a new landscape where efficiency is the gold standard, mining leaders across the world are looking to decrease inputs, increase outputs, and raise the level on safety. Questions are also swirling around social license and the environment. Taken together, these challenges can seem overwhelming – but there’s no need to go it alone. As with any great task, the key is to break things down into manageable steps. Electronic blasting experts occupy a unique position in their ability to do this. Why? Because the application of electronic blasting doesn’t rely on experimental or theoretical measures. It uses proven technology and expertise to unlock reliable pathways to greater efficiency. We’ve known for a long time that every shot has an effect on downstream performance, but only in recent history have we seen how pr... more

Increasing Pattison Sand’s Productivity

Pattison Sand is a family owned sand and aggregates company based in Iowa, the United States. Producing a diverse range of products, they service several industries including infrastructure and construction. After successfully using a number of Weir Minerals products at their site, Pattison Sand wanted a custom designed plant capable of producing more than seven materials: concrete stone, road rock and base material, asphalt stone, asphalt chips, railroad ballast and manufactured sand. This was a challenging demand considering most aggregates sites in the region typically focus on producing only a few products. “We are very close to Pattison Sand, and spend a lot of time with them on-site brainstorming ideas and working together. When they have a problem we work tirelessly to find a solution that fits their needs and enables them to service their end market efficiently. When Patt... more

Mining Investment Asia, latest global speakers unveiled

Latest line-up of global speakers for the 5th Mining Investment Asia 2019 in Singapore unveiled Mining Investment Asia (https://www.mininginvestmentasia.com/), South East Asia’s largest mining conference and exhibition connecting miners, investors and service providers proudly welcomes its first batch of speakers to the event. This annual event, whose raison d'être is to showcase South East Asia’s mining sector to an international audience, is scheduled to return to Singapore from 26-28 March. Latest speakers Speakers who have come onboard to be a part of Mining Investment Asia 2019 include: Brian Leni, Founder, Junior Stock Review (Canada) (First time speaker at this event) Daniel Ornatowski, Board of Directors, Chief Investment Officer, IMP Minerals (Indonesia) (First time speaker at this event) Deborah McCombe, President and CEO, Principal Geologist, RPA Inc ... more

RCT system assists with safety improvements at Hail Creek Coal Mine

Industrial equipment supplier, RCT, has installed an AusProTec™ LED numbering system to a fleet of seven surface mine water trucks at Glencore’s Hail Creek Coal Mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. Hail Creek is a large scale, long-life open cut operation and is located approximately 120 kilometres south-west of Mackay. Glencore commenced operational management of the Hail Creek mine from 1 August 2018 after acquiring Rio Tinto’s 82 per cent interest in the mine and adjacent coal resources, as well as its 71.2 per cent interest in the Valeria coal resource. The AusProTec™ LED numbering system was implemented on site to improve the positive identification of fleet numbering from the rear of the water truck and was put in place when key site personnel visited Glencore’s Clermont coal mine and saw RCT’s LED numbering system in operation first-hand. Each fleet number ... more

Reducing pump bearing failures with lubricators

When pumping slurry, gland seals can be prone to leakage. This is often caused by inadequate maintenance, incorrect lubrication application, poor quality gland water, or a combination of all three. Plant operators should be vigilant against gland seal leakage as it can cause premature bearing assembly failures, leading to downtime. Gland Maintenance Inadequate gland maintenance can cause leakage, spraying slurry or water directly onto the pump’s bearing assembly. If this penetrates the bearings, there is a high risk of failure. In some instances, incorrect gland seal adjustment causes unwanted leakage. This can be resolved by regularly adjusting the seal and ensuring seal water supply is high quality and free of abrasive particles.  Bearing assembly lubrication In addition to contamination ingress from leaking gland seals, Incorrect bearing assembly lubrication volume is an... more

Austin releases two-piece excavator bucket

Extensive computer modelling and site testing have been key inputs into the development of a new two-piece excavator bucket. Designed and manufactured in Australia by Austin Engineering, the bucket assembly features well-defined reusable upper and consumable lower structures, designed for quick and safe bucket change-outs during scheduled maintenance intervals. Structurally verified for the nominated fatigue life utilising ANSYS FEA software and EDEM simulation verifies that the new bucket assembly will achieve the theoretical target payload at the nominated fill factor, the upper and lower sections of the new bucket are fabricated with combinations of high-strength steel for maximum fatigue resistance and durability. The design is focused on safety with extensive consideration given to the potential for “stored energy” safety hazards to exist and these have been eliminated ... more

Weir Minerals enhances pump maintenance with adjustment technology

With a longstanding reputation for engineering expertise, Weir Minerals continually develops solutions and technology to better serve the mining industry. Recognising that throatbush wear rate has a major impact in the overall efficiency of slurry pumps, Weir Minerals has developed superior rotating and axial adjustment technology. In many applications, the pump’s throatbush is the component that has the shortest life compared to the impeller and liners, with considerable variability. Adjusting the gap between the throatbush and the impeller front shroud reduces hydraulic recirculation in the pump. This prevents localised wear on the throatbush, improves hydraulic efficiency and lowers the total ownership cost for the operator. To avoid impacting the plant’s production, these adjustments are often performed while the pump is operating. However, this can have safety implications... more