Making the link: mining chains

What makes a reliable mining chain and chain supplier? They may not be questions you often think about. But choose wrong and the implications can be severe. North American Mining spoke to two mining chain manufacturers about chain selection, operation, and maintenance. By Jonathan Rowland Chains are a crucial part of various underground mining equipment, with each application requiring chains…

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State of the (autonomous) haul

North American Mining investigates the world of mine haulage automation, asking where we are and where we are heading next. By Jonathan Rowland The mining industry has “increasingly adopted automated haulage solutions as the technology is beginning to be more commercialized,” Masayoshi Ota, vice president of Mining Sales at Hitachi Construction Machinery Americas (HCMA) told North American Mining. “Numerous autonomous…

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Driving electrification

What challenges does electrification pose to vehicle drive systems? North American Mining spoke to experts at drivetrain specialists, Dana Inc., and mining OEM, Liebherr Mining, to find out. By Jonathan Rowland Electrification of mining vehicles is gathering momentum and represents a “significant shift in the industry,” according to Richard Kraemer, Trolley/Battery Sales Support Manager at Liebherr Mining. “Even as diesel-electric…

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Let’s talk about
 slurry pump wear

Handling slurry inevitably exposes equipment to wear. The question is thus how to manage 
and minimize that wear. North American Mining spoke to four experts about issues in slurry 
pump wear protection. By Jonathan Rowland Introduction: the three types of wear There are three main categories of wear to which a slurry pump may be exposed: abrasion, corrosion and erosion.…

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What’s the deal with Efficiency?

North American Mining speaks to two experts on the importance of energy audits and debottlenecking studies for achieving efficient and sustainable mining operations. By Jonathan Rowland Efficiency. Optimization. Debottlenecking. These are buzzwords that get thrown around a lot in conversations about almost any heavy industry. Mining is no exception. They are also often connected to more buzzwords – like digitalization,…

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More bang for your buck

Mining flowsheets can take many different routes, but more often than not they begin with drill and blast. Optimizing blasting outcomes can thus play a critical role in determining overall mine efficiency. North American Mining discussed current and future blasting best practices with experts from explosives providers and technology suppliers. By Jonathan Rowland Drilling and blasting are “key functions in…

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WHAT NEXT FOR RAISE BORING?

North American Mining spoke to two raise borer OEMs and three drilling contractors about the current state and future direction of the raise boring sector.  by Jonathan Rowland When you think of raise boring in underground mining, you probably think about the construction of ventilation and access shafts. But they are not the only application. With more advanced and increasingly…

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INTO A BIO-BASED FUTURE FOR DUST CONTROL?

From its headquarters near Munich, Germany, Bind-X is a company focused on disrupting the world of dust control through sustainable biotechnology. North American Mining spoke with the CEO to find out more.  by Jonathan Rowland Think sustainable mining and what comes to mind? Chances are it is not dust control. The generation of dust is, however, an inevitable consequence of…

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Teaching in VR

The NEXGEN SIMS research project is pioneering the use of virtual reality in mining education. North American Mining spoke to its Education Focus leader, Dr. Andreas Eitzenberger, for the details. by Jonathan Rowland Thanks to growing public awareness around the transition to a more sustainable, net-zero world, interest in mining is also rising. Politicians, companies, and others are realizing that…

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Challenges and opportunities in mining education

North American Mining discusses the current state and future development of mining education in North America with experts from some of the region’s leading mining engineering schools, the National Mining Association, and the Mining Industry Human Resources Council.  by Jonathan Rowland  Workforce and talent gaps are nothing new to anyone who has spent time around the mining industry. The Society…

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