An engineer’s tale

In this month’s executive Q&A, NAM spoke exclusively to Van der Graaf (VDG) owner and president Alex Kanaris. Learn more about what brought this electrical engineer to the world of industrial drum motors and his view for the mines of tomorrow. Edited by Donna Schmidt Thanks for your time, Alex. Please share a little about your background. What brought you…

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Seeking future mining engineers

Virginia Tech explains how higher education can expand the mining talent pool to meet critical mineral demand. Edited by Josephine Patterson The mining industry is booming to meet the demand for critical minerals necessary for the green tech revolution; however, it is left digging deep to find highly trained mining engineers to keep up. “If we’re going to achieve all…

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Ground control to the mining industry

Hosted by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), the annual International Conference on Ground Control in Mining is the biggest event dedicated to advances and research in ground control mining. Industry professionals and experts come together in a forum setting to expedite practical solutions to problems within the sector. Attendees will have the chance to participate in several…

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Hitting peak screen productivity

Haver & Boecker Niagara’s Thiago Henrique Buoso explains how preventative maintenance – specifically condition monitoring systems – can minimize downtime while maximizing ROI. Edited by Josephine Patterson As the saying goes, a watched pot never boils. Rather than idling by the stove, gathering the meal’s ingredients first can yield a bubbling pot upon your return, enhancing efficiency. While the idea…

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Getting the green light

As the western United States continues to advance a number of new projects, streamlined mine permitting has once again become a hot topic. North American Mining magazine talked to Stantec Project Manager Sierra Marke about smoothing the path on these projects’ journey to operation. Edited by Donna Schmidt The western U.S. states are stuffed with mining opportunities, and with quickly…

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Knowledge systems and the mine of the future

Can the mining industry achieve its data-driven goals? By Rudy Moctezuma Superior productivity, efficiency, safety and ESG excellence: these are what today’s mines strive for. To realize these goals, they recognize their data plays a crucial role and that their improvements are limited by the extent of their capability to extract knowledge from their data. To tackle this difficult task,…

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The future of SAG mills

SAG mills are well established in the mining industry with several possible flowsheets featuring them. But these circuits consume significant amounts of energy and water. With alternative grinding options providing a means to decrease energy and water use, North American Mining asked a group of leading experts for their opinion of the future of these workhorses of the mineral processing…

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On the surface

Maintenance: is there a secret to success? NAM wanted to know, and opened up the floor to three companies from the core sectors of surface mining infrastructure – trucks and conveyors – to try to get the answers. By Donna Schmidt It seems like the ever-elusive answer to a key question: how can surface mining be more efficient? There are…

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To IPCC or not to IPCC?

We live in a mining industry of ever deepening pits, rising waste-to-ore ratios, and increasing pressure to reduce carbon emissions and other environmental impacts. Although by no means suitable for every mine, in-pit crushing and conveying offers a solution to all of these issues and, where it makes sense, the economic and environmental benefits can be significant. By Jonathan Rowland…

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