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Atlas Copco light towers illuminate JRC’s open-pit mining opportunities

Atlas Copco says Peru-based mining development, construction and infrastructure services business, JRC, has recently purchased six HiLight V5+ light towers to ensure continuous and efficient operations at the Iscaycruz zinc-lead mine in Oyón province.

Iscaycruz, owned by Empresa Minera Los Quenuales SA (majority owned by Glencore), is a polymetallic deposit with four mines in production: Limpe, Chupa, Tinyag 1 and Tinyag 2. Due to its altitude of 4,700-5,000 m above sea level, the mine is situated in one of the most challenging areas of Peru.

“The survival in this area is very hard, both for people and equipment: we worked with light towers from another manufacturer for a while and they did not work out,” Julio Tello, JRC Equipment Manager, said. “The three-cylinder engines shut down after two hours working and the lamps broke easily.”

The tough working conditions and the lack of having the right light tower for this project led to heavy losses for JRC, due to the impossibility of starting the night shift, according to Atlas Copco. To solve this issue, the company tested on site a HiLight V5+ light tower from Atlas Copco to ensure the unit was the right equipment for the project. After carrying out the test, JRC purchased six HiLight V5+ light towers to be used at Iscaycruz.

Atlas Copco’s HiLight V5+ light tower has been designed for the most demanding conditions, according to the company.

Featuring a HardHat® canopy as standard, which ensures maximum protection of internal parts, the design includes directional optic lenses that maximise practical light coverage while minimising dark spots. A single light tower has four LED floodlights each projecting 350 W of light and the HiLight H5+ can illuminate an area of up to 5,000 sq.m, providing an average brightness of 20 lux. The LED lamps offer users higher durability without any deterioration in lux level and have a life expectancy of more than 50,000 hours, according to Atlas Copco.

Additionally, the HiLight H5+ light tower offers low fuel consumption, offering a run time between refuelling of 260 hours and consumption of less than 0.5 litres/h of fuel.

“The acquisition of Atlas Copco’s HiLight V5+ light towers with two-cylinder engines changed the whole picture for us. It’s a solution that has been radical,” Tello said. “Until now, JRC’s expertise has been mainly in underground mining projects, however the operations at Iscaycruz is showing that we are the right fit for open-pit operations; that is why we are preparing seven mining projects in Peru and one in Mexico. The HiLight V5+ light towers are helping us to operate this type of project perfectly.”

Nelson Batistucci, Atlas Copco Business Line Manager for the Andean region, explains: “In order to deliver the right solution for our customers, we need to understand their needs well. In this case, considering the challenges of working at extreme altitude, as it is common for many of our mining customers in Peru, helped us choose the right light tower for JRC. At Atlas Copco, we are strongly committed to technological innovation and have a highly skilled team to analyse the challenges and provide the best solution for our customers.”

Trime looks to light up the mining industry with new tower

The Trime Group has launched a new lighting tower that, it says, will provide safe lighting in very difficult to access areas of mines.

Aimed specifically at the mining industry, The Trime X-Mine Monster is a lighting tower fitted to a wide crawler undercarriage.

This unique arrangement, the company says, ensures the unit remains secure and stable in all terrain, enabling it to deliver bright, safe lighting levels irrespective of the ground conditions.

Should the X-Mine Monster encounter a short climb or descent, the dynamic levelling system of the X-Mine Monster will automatically tilt the mast, Trime Group says. This ensures the unit remains vertical at all times and that the lamps are steady, providing correctly targeted lighting.

The X-Mine Monster is fitted with 30 multi-directional and adjustable 150 W, energy-saving LED lamps. This equates to 5.7 kW of light fitted onto a 10 m hydraulic and foldable mast, with 240° rotation, delivering up to 24,500 sq.m of illumination, the company claims.

“The X-Mine Monster is easy to operate and simple to manoeuvre,” Trime Group says. “It has a maximum driving speed of 2.2 km/h, and is remotely controlled via a Wi-Fi-enabled joystick operated console.”

Ground level headlamps are fitted so all base operations are carried out safely. It has a high capacity 150 litre fuel tank, enabling the X-Mine Monster to run continuously for up 94 hours, according to the company. An additional 9 kVA of auxiliary power is also available at a safe 48 V DC.

Trime, an Italian manufacturer of environmentally sensitive machinery that typically serves the construction, rail, highway and events markets, designed and manufactured the X-Mine Monster in response to a request from an Australian open-pit mining contractor who was working 24 h/d. Traditional wheeled lighting towers were unsteady and not providing sufficient lighting, and were also proving difficult to transport around the site, the company said.

The contractor explained their requirements to Trime engineers who immediately set about developing the X-Mine Monster, Trime said.

Trime believes the X-Mine Monster is the only lighting tower with a 10 m articulated fully hydraulic telescopic mast able to provide safe lighting in very difficult areas to access with just a traditional vertical tower.

For example, if an excavator is operating in close proximity to a work area, the X-Mine Monster is the only lighting tower equipped to light up above and below the excavator’s digging arm, the company says.

Matteo Tagliani, Trime’s Sales Director, said: “We always have a very open mind when we receive special requests for bespoke machinery. We will always listen carefully to individual requests and work hard to achieve a satisfactory outcome for both parties. We welcome these types of enquiries.”

The Trime Group is headquartered in Cassinetta di Lugagnano, near Milan, Italy.

HELLA lights up the mining market with newest beacon

Lighting and electronics expert HELLA says it became the first supplier to present a beacon that combines innovative design and state-of-the-art LED technology.

The design beacon, presented at the Bauma fair, in Munich, earlier this month, allows manufacturers in the construction and mining industry to give their vehicles a unique appearance, according to HELLA.

“The black, futuristic-looking beacon fits perfectly into the existing vehicle silhouette thanks to its design and compact dimensions of around 60 mm in height. For comparison: HELLA’s lowest beacon ever, the K-LED 2.0, has a height of 90 mm. Halogen beacons sometimes even have a height of up to 194 mm,” the company said.

HELLA has not only minimised the size of the beacon but also changed the lighting concept with this design.

“This once again proves our technological leadership,” Stefan Maierhofer, Product Manager at HELLA, said. The beacon doesn’t need a dome anymore. Instead, the light is visible through a circumferential, ring-shaped light band.

Despite the minimal light emission area and the compact size, the beacon achieves the best light values and an ideal warning effect that meet the legal requirements of the European ECE-R 65 directive for beacons, according to the company.

An additional advantage is the LED double flash function of the warning light, which emits a direct and remotely visible 360° signal. With this, other traffic participants get alerted at an early stage and occupational safety significantly increases, the company said.

The beacon is maintenance-free and, due to its low total current consumption and high-quality, long-life LEDs, is suitable for continuous use. In addition, the vehicle battery is conserved.

The beacon complies with IP (International Protection) classes 67 and 9K. This means it is resistant to dust and water and the electronics are protected up to a water depth of 1 m when submerged for a short time.

In addition, the warning light is resistant to stronger strains such as shocks and blows or temperature fluctuations, road salt and moisture, according to HELLA. This is ensured by the polycarbonate light band, the powder-coated aluminium housing and the absence of moving parts.

“This means that the beacon can also be used in adverse conditions. In addition, it meets the prescribed values for electromagnetic compatibility and therefore does not interfere with any other radio signals,” HELLA said.

HELLA was the first supplier to launch a beacon on the market as early as 1955, with the first LED beacon following in 2006. In addition to halogen lamps, the company currently has 14 LED beacons in its product range.

RCT identifies safety improvements at Glencore’s Hail Creek coal mine

RCT has installed an AusProTec™ LED numbering system to a fleet of seven surface mine water trucks at Glencore’s Hail Creek coal operation in the Bowen Basin of Queensland, Australia

The system will help improve positive identification of fleet numbering from the rear of the water trucks, according to RCT, and was implemented when key site personnel visited Glencore’s Clermont coal mine and saw RCT’s LED numbering system in operation first-hand.

“This initiative is just another way Glencore is safeguarding operators,” RCT said.

The AusProTec Heavy Duty LED has been specifically designed for the mining industry, according to RCT. With tough aluminium housing, rated to IP69 and 10G vibration testing, these LED lights are designed to withstand the harshest conditions.

Glencore only began operating Hail Creek in August following the acquisition of Rio Tinto’s 82% interest in the mine.

Coal is predominantly mined from two seams at Hail Creek: the Elphinstone Seam, with an average thickness of 6.4 m, and the Hynds Seam, averaging 8.3 m in thickness. Mining is undertaken by a dragline, truck and shovel method. In 2017, the mine produced around 9.4 Mt of hard coking and thermal coal (5.3 Mt HCC and 4.1 Mt TC).

Phoenix and JMC team up to expand presence in rugged lighting sector

Private equity firm JMC Capital Partners has agreed to acquire rugged lighting specialist Phoenix in a deal that should see the Milwaukee-based company further expand.

As part of the deal, George Wordingham, President and fourth generation owner of Phoenix, will retire and sell his stake in the company to JMC.

“I’m happy to be putting Phoenix in a position for long-term growth while also preserving the importance of its history in the industries we’ve served for decades,” he said.

This year, Phoenix is celebrating 75 years in the mining industry. Since 1943, it has been providing light, safety and productivity to mines worldwide. Its LED lights are used throughout the industry on earthmoving equipment, conveyors and elsewhere.

JMC will be investing in various growth opportunities for Phoenix and looking to increase its presence in the lighting industry, Phoenix said.

David Logan, Operating Partner at JMC, said: “We are pleased and excited to add Phoenix to the JMC portfolio as a new platform for rugged LED Lighting. Phoenix’s management team has done an excellent job at growing their business, and we look forward to continued success.”

Scott Fredrick, CEO of Phoenix, said the JMC deal presents great opportunities for the company’s future in this industry.

“As a 126-year-old manufacturer, we know the value of adaptability and perseverance. JMC’s strategy is a perfect fit for Phoenix and its plan for long-term growth.”

Phoenix will continue to operate out of its Milwaukee location. All employees will remain as will the commitment Phoenix has to its customers. JMC currently has 15 companies within its portfolio, according to its website.