Grab the popcorn

By Donna Schmidt There’s a meme in the social media universe that depicts someone consuming a theater bucket of popcorn and looking on, with the words, “I’m just here for the comments.”  Well, grab that real-life bucket and consider this: AMC, the American chain of movie theaters that, in recent years and thanks to pay-per-views, streaming services and the pandemic…

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Is industry technology finally gaining world attention?

By Donna Schmidt Mining technology has taken enormous steps forward, particularly over the last several years. Consider this, for example: how many mines had collision avoidance or proximity detection systems at the turn of the 21st century? How about refuge chambers, smart meters, or flexible ventilation systems? If that doesn’t put the speed of our technological evolution into perspective, I…

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Don’t call it a comeback

By Donna Schmidt News of the obvious: mining is a cyclical business. Some more than others, but one commodity nearly always atop the volatility list is coal. Much of this year has been good to coal; in fact, according to the Energy Information Administration, that is to continue, at least for now. In its Short-Term Energy Outlook, the agency said…

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Adapting to the future

By Donna Schmidt Say what you want about the mining industry, it is nothing if not adaptable – be it to the market, the waves of technology and pressures of the future, cost changes, regulatory expectations and any other number of elements that play a role in the success or failure of any operation. This is also true – and…

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