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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Case Study in Mining Industry: Monitoring Rollers Using Embedded LoRaWAN

Evaluating An Embedded Monitoring Solution Based On The Industrial Internet Of Things (IIoT) And LoRaWAN Technologies To Keep Track Of Rollers’ Service Life. By Ralf Luis de Moura, Alex Calegari Fracaroli, Danilo Bibancos, Eduardo Martinelli and Luiz Paulo Barreto Abstract Industry 4.0 is influencing the mining industry segment; from this influence, digital transformation projects arise by implementing new technologies to…

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Lundin’s Eagle Mine Plays Host to Guinness World Record

Nickel, Copper Mine In Michigan Is Origination Point For A New Benchmark: A Trip By An Electric Car From 1,774 Feet Below Sea Level To 14,115 Feet Above It. Lundin Mining and its Eagle underground nickel mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula recently worked alongside luxury carmaker Porsche to set a new Guinness World Record: the greatest altitude change ever achieved…

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