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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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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Moving tons through the Iron Ore Range

A look at the design and maintenance of mechanical conveyors for this vital 
American mining region. By Dan Baxter Several factors play into the safety, reliability, and maintenance requirements of mechanical conveying systems. And while all mining and mineral processing operations are more demanding of their mechanical conveying equipment, handling iron ore and taconite in the Iron Range requires special…

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Canada to streamline permitting process: Energy Minister

Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson told Reuters that the country plans to boost its energy security by slashing the time it takes to develop new critical mineral mines. “(We’re) looking at how do we optimize the regulatory and permanent processes so you can take what is a 12- to 15-year process and bring it down to…

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Rhosonics releases SDM ECO Slurry Density Meter

Rhosonics has unveiled its third-generation product, the SDM ECO. The new release is a significant advancement in slurry density measurement technology, according to the company; it offers improved accuracy, reliability, and user-friendliness. Also, according to Rhosonics, the product preludes a new era of slurry density measurements. The SDM ECO uses ultrasonic technology to measure the density of slurries in real…

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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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Critical Minerals Expertise Makes Missouri S&T a Top Tech Hub

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s expertise in critical minerals and materials research has led to its selection as one of 31 Regional Innovation and Technology Hubs (Tech Hubs) funded through the CHIPS and Science Act. The 31 hubs were announced Oct. 23. The Tech Hub Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), focuses on…

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TEACHING AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS

Hydrocyclones have been workhorses of mineral processing for over a century.But how is this venerable technology adapting to the needs of 21st century mining? By Jonathan Rowland Digital solutions, such as CycloneSense from Metso (pictured), help detect disturbances and optimize separation performance. Hydrocyclones have been around for a while; invented in the late 1800s, they were further developed and introduced for…

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Solvay wraps up Tennessee facility expansion

Greater support for copper mining and meeting growing demand were both behind Solvay’s expansion of its Mount Pleasant, Tenn., facility, a project that has now been completed. The project, first announced in December 2021, included a 20% boost in its line capacity for its ACORGA copper solvent extraction products. ACORGA, ACORGA NR and ACORGA OPT have all seen increasing demand…

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Missouri S&T hosts national discussion on critical minerals crisis

For more than 150 years, Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T) has been a leader in the field of mineral recovery, and that continued to be the case last week when the university hosted the third annual Resilient Supply of Critical Minerals national workshop. The workshop, which was held Aug. 9-10 and funded by the National Science Foundation, brought…

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