Sandvik, Byrnecut make diesel-electric collab

Contract miner Byrnecut has confirmed it will collaborate with Sandvik to develop new diesel-electric mining equipment with the aim to boost sustainability, efficiency and productivity underground. Under an agreement signed in May, the two will work together to develop underground loaders and trucks featuring electric drivetrains. The overall goal is to create equipment that matches Byrnecut’s specific capability requirements and…

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WV Governor Justice declares week of sold-out WV Coal Show, Symposium ‘Coal Days’

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has issued a Proclamation declaring the week of March 25-29, 2024 as “Coal Days of West Virginia” to honor and recognize coal mining, which has been a foundational industry in West Virginia, providing countless high-paying industrial jobs and contributing immensely to West Virginia’s overall economic health. It further acknowledges the West Virginia Coal Association, which…

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Komatsu to acquire American Battery Solutions

Komatsu, through its wholly owned subsidiary in the United States, Komatsu America Corp., has agreed to acquire American Battery Solutions Inc. (ABS), a battery manufacturer headquartered in Detroit.  U.S. Komatsu is planning to close the acquisition on Dec. 1, 2023, on the condition that all necessary procedures for the closing are completed. The immediate impact on Komatsu’s consolidated business results…

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Epiroc, SSAB to explore sustainable options for manufacturing spare parts

Earlier this year, Epiroc and SSAB announced a further expansion of their partnership to secure fossil-free steel for use in the production of Epiroc’s mining equipment. Since then, the two companies have expanded their collaboration into also exploring the possibilities to use fossil-free steel when manufacturing spare parts and components with additive technology. The initial step in the process has…

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Ripple effect: How vibrations testing can save millions

When looking at pit-to-port successes at mines, particularly from a cost perspective, the seemingly small changes can make the biggest impact. NAM recently talked to Dialight CEO Fariyal Khanbabi about how vibrations – or lack thereof – can impact other systems, specifically safety through proper lighting. NAM: Why is vibration such an important consideration when looking at upgrading lighting in…

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Sandvik launches AutoMine Flexible Safety

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions is introducing AutoMine Flexible Safety Zone, a new feature for its AutoMine underground system for autonomous mining operations. The new capability is designed to improve productivity and increase flexibility by enabling alternating safety zone states between autonomous and manual operation. With the AutoMine Flexible Safety Zone, autonomous mining equipment can operate continuously in the automated…

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Friends for small places: tackling narrow-vein mining

Changing – and shrinking – underground environments have created an unprecedented demand for narrow-vein mining equipment and technology. J.H. Fletcher tells North American Mining magazine more about the options for these tightening spaces. Drilling and bolting play such crucial roles in underground mining, and while narrow-vein extraction is not a new idea, its application is growing as the prevalence of…

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Komatsu goes underground with GHH acquisition

Komatsu has entered into an agreement to acquire German manufacturer GHH Group, which it said will expand its underground mining equipment offerings.  Founded in the 1960s and currently part of the Schmidt Kranz Group, GHH offers a wide range of equipment focused on loaders and articulated dump trucks in the mid-seam mass mining, narrow vein and low-profile market segments. The…

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Building Mining Equipment Out of Lego Bricks

By Mark S. Kuhar  Unveiling new machinery and equipment for the mining industry is never a simple task due to their enormous size, let alone with today’s travel restrictions around the world. Recognizing this, Finnish machinery manufacturer Sleipner Finland Oy decided to launch its latest DB-series model in a completely new and unprecedented way: Sleipner asked Jesse Pyykkönen, 18, and…

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