A lot of the power provision that has to be made for mines beyond grid connection relates to bridging power, that is providing enough power as a mine ramps up to a full grid connection or to a more permanent solution; and where the grid connection is in place but for various reasons cannot be relied upon for 100% of the mines’[…]
With an ever increasing focus on safety, new approaches to develop safer mechanised machines to replace manual work in deep mines should be welcomed in the industry. In a paper presented at the 2015 SME entitled Improved safety for ground support installation in narrow vein mine conditions with a mechanised bolter, Bill Kendall, Manager of Research & Development at JH Fletcher & Co outlined[…]
Robert Pell looks at how fleet management systems are increasing efficiency and productivity at mining operations, and what the companies are offering Recording, reporting and optimising mining fleets is an important task for any mine operation. Maintaining equipment and having an active awareness of machine condition in real-time is now moving forward and companies now offer a range of solutions. The mining industry as a[…]
The need for innovation in exploration is greater than ever in these difficult economic times. John Chadwick examines the quest for ever deeper deposits and diverse targets in challenging environments. For early-stage exploration, Gedex says its high definition airborne gravity gradiometry data (HD-AGG™) “is the most significant new technology capable of transforming resource discovery to be developed in over 20 years. The HD-AGG[…]
New ways to raise productivity and provide safer operations in open pits, including fleet management and slope stability. Large open pit mines comes with unique challenges with regard to slope stability monitoring, slope strengthening, mine planning and even dealing with obstructions, reports Paul Moore.
Multi machine automation for LHDs, new tele-remote projects in China and new guidelines on automation implementation in Western Australia – progress with mine automation continues apace, reports Paul Moore Automation is no longer just represented by a handful of isolated and idealised test areas of mainly conventional mines. It is becoming a full production reality[…]
The steel specialists, foundries and other companies that supply steel plate, castings and forgings are absolutely crucial to the success of the mining industry, with consolidation ongoing and new products appearing, reports Paul Moore
With the engine manufacturers having met current regulations in the US and Europe, but continuing to offer a range of options for unregulated mining countries, Paul Moore looks at ongoing developments The strategies to meet ongoing regulation relating to engines used in mining vary depending on the circumstances – whether the engine is to be[…]
Paul Moore explores the new developments in surface drilling technology, from rotary rigs to drill tools and bits
In this month’s Spotlight Feature Article, from the pages of the March 2014 issue of International Mining magazine, Publisher John Chadwick looks at ideas and technologies to best manage water on mines and issuing from mines.