Keys of attraction

Check out this (magnetic) conversation suspended magnets with Eriez Director of Minerals and Materials Processing Jose Martin. It will stick with you. Edited by Donna Schmidt Thanks for talking to North American Mining magazine exclusively about this topic, Jose. Can you explain, for those not in the know: What are the different types of suspended magnets? What are the uses,…

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Lithium is having a day

As mining news headlines go, just as in life, you should always look for the positive. Markets will wane, production numbers will drop, but a higher tide is always around the bend in this uber-cyclical industry. Right now, amid an issue that highlights critical minerals, there is a trend of encouraging news for lithium projects. In early April, Surge Battery…

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America’s newest longwall:  Allegheny Metallurgical’s Longview

The biggest surprises come when you least expect it, and that’s part of the glean of the newest underground longwall mine in the U.S. After years of planning and development, 
Longview is ready for her close-up. NAM recently got an exclusive tour. By Donna Schmidt Deceivingly close to the paved roads and traffic of small-town Bridgeport, W.Va., just south of…

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Motor and drive trends: 
A conversation

North American Mining talked with Bosch Rexroth-Hägglunds Large Hydraulic Drives Sales and Operations Manager Brian Howell for his take on the factors that are moving the needle for the motors and drive market, including sustainability. Edited by Donna Schmidt Sustainability: it is a magic word of sorts in mining when we begin to talk about what’s important for the future.…

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Bringing the mine to the city

It feels like other mining-rich regions in the world are sprinting past U.S. operations in terms of automation in the world of load and haul, and it’s not our imagination. In this North American Mining magazine exclusive, Komatsu Autonomous Systems Vice President Anthony “Cookie” Cook talks more about progress, obstacles to advancement and Komatsu’s position in it all. Edited by…

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Kicking the tires

Load and haul means more than just hardware, capacities and cycles. NAM recently talked to the team at BKT about the tires that make the entire load and haul fleet move – and how to keep them moving. Edited by Donna Schmidt Making the most of your load and haul fleet, and keeping haul roads they operate on optimally designed…

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A warm welcome, fueled by coal

This editor is known for her collection of T-shirts emblazoned with sayings, my favorite being, “I am silently correcting your grammar.” Fitting, amiright? I have another, though, given to me some time ago from a coal company that has their name on the front, and the back reading, “My blood runs black.” I’ve often used that in my personal and…

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Looking forward 

It’s said that one should look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror; the latter is smaller for a reason. It seems apropos to offer that point as we look out over the coming year in mining since it is a new opportunity to work safely and productively as new benchmarks are set for success. In December, a…

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Link between mine permitting reform, national security 

The following is an op-ed from Minerals Make Life and has been edited only for space and style. Lithium. Copper. Nickel. What do you think of when you hear those minerals? Most people hear “lithium” and immediately think of electric vehicles – in particular, the batteries that power them. However, well-known minerals often have uses beyond what most people expect.…

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