Automated Monitoring Increases Life Safety, Data Availability, Productivity and Environmental Wellbeing

Real-time data delivers site conditions to stakeholders while reducing staff’s time in the mine  By Riley Smith, Trimble Monitoring, Mine Survey and Tunneling Many industries learned to do more with people working remotely, and be more productive with on-site staff, as the world endured a pandemic – keeping people safe, while still operating efficiently. Other industries, such as mining, began the…

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Bold, modern and dynamic Woman in Mining: Resa Furey

This issue’s Woman in Mining profile is an example in strength mentorship and constant learning. NAM learns more about her mission to educate, elevate and empower. Resa Furey has said she has a mission to make a positive difference for women in the industry. As an active member of groups like Women in Mining, SME, CIM and PDAC, along with…

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Sustainability On Track

Wabtec flexing its muscles – and horsepower – for the future of emission reduction with battery locomotives. By Donna Schmidt The year 2022 is barely three months old, and already it’s been a big year for transport group Wabtec. The company has sealed not just one, but two major orders from global operators for its newest technology – the FLXdrive…

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Diesel-less future?

The mining industry has long relied on diesel. Cleaner alternatives are however needed if the industry is to successfully decarbonize its mine sites. By Jonathan Rowland The phrase “net zero mining” is fast taking its place in the dictionary of 21st century mining buzzwords, just after the “digital mine” and slotting in ahead of the related term, “sustainable mining.” But…

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Remote Conveyor Monitoring Improves Efficiency and Safety

Remote monitoring is not new, but it is constantly changing. How is it changing safety and efficiency for mines? By Andrew Timmerman, P.E.  From their conception, conveyors were designed to automate bulk handling and make production faster, less labor intensive and safer. The scale of modern operations can involve dozens of conveyors transporting millions of tons of cargo through a…

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Advanced process control for ore processing improves throughput, efficiency, and sustainability

Optimizing all the variables related to comminution and separation requires sophisticated control strategies.  By Devin Marshman, Spartan Controls and David Harrach, Emerson Ore processing operations connected with mining sites are a critical but costly step in the larger effort to produce refined metals. Regardless of the final purification process, ore must be prepared to meet refiner composition specifications, create optimal…

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History to today: CoalProTec 2022

CoalProTec returns to Lexington, Ky., with an in-person exhibition and conference. Read about its history and its plans for the 2022 event. By Donna Schmidt and Peter Johnson It’s a true meeting place for the coal preparation community that has been almost 40 years in the making.  As we struggle to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it…

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A look within: Clintwood JOD No. 2

What’s old is new again, even in coal preparation, and this Kentucky facility is outlining its own legacy.  By Donna Schmidt The heart of the eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia coalfields are dotted with coal operations large and small, as well as their respective coal preparation plants. With that comes competition, of course, but also results in many miners seeking…

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AI: Sci-fi becomes reality

Artificial intelligence has long appeared in science fiction. But it’s now coming to a mine near you (if it’s not already there).  By Jonathan Rowland In the early years of the 20th century, American author L. Frank Baum created the Land of Oz – and with it, two contrasting examples of living, intelligent machines. The first and most famous of…

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North American Mining Universities

Mining Schools Play A Vital Role In Equipping The Industry With The Next Generation Of Talent. Here’s Our Overview Of North American Institutions – And How They Compare To Their International Counterparts.

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