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Mining Equipment Simulations & Solutions

Measuring dust can limit exposure in mines

18th November 2021 Dust is recognised as a serious health hazard in mines where metals and metalloids are carried in atmospheric dust, exposing workers to toxic contaminants. Dust from minerals such as coal, silica and other finely powdered materials can damage the lungs and air passages and smaller particles of... 

Free software for mine ventilation solutions

14th October 2021 A newly updated interactive mine ventilation network simulation tool is now available free to the industry. Mine ventilation, refrigeration and cooling engineering consultants, BBE Group, highlights that its VUMA-network software has been upgraded to 64-bit computing with a supercharged graphics... 

A graphic visualisation of ventilation networks from VUMA network
A graphic visualisation of ventilation networks from VUMA network

Optimising technology enhances mine safety and productivity

9th September 2021 Technologies such as collision prevention system (CPS) or proximity detection system (PDS) are now seen as integral to the improvement of safety and productivity in the mining sector. South Africa-based Booyco Electronics is now in a strategic collaboration with technology systems integrator... 

Image of collision prevention systems
Booyco Electronics is playing a leading role in testing collision prevention systems to meet compliance requirements

Measuring chute performance

3rd September 2021 Measuring performance improvements for newly installed chutes helps provide mining customers with the assurance that the new product will reduce total cost of ownership. Weba Chute Systems highlights that it provides a scientific approach to measuring the performance of its chutes, to ensure that... 

Image of the Weba Chute Systems measuring model that allows accurate planning of proactive maintenance.
Using the Weba Chute Systems measuring model allows accurate planning of proactive maintenance.

Geospatial mapping offers range of underground mining solutions

10th August 2021 New three-dimensional (3D) scanning and geospatial mapping technologies aim to provide innovative solutions  to help mine owners and workers overcome everyday hurdles faced in the mining industry, including improving accessibility to ensure worker safety, speeding up operations and giving... 

Image of GeoSlam Connect mapping a mining shaft
GeoSlam provides geospatial mapping solutions for the mining industry

Free e-book to help improve mines’ supervisory performance

4th August 2021 A free e-book aims to help mining organisations boost operational efficiency and lift production by coaching supervisors and improving performance. OIM Consulting, which specialises in increasing profitability through building front-line leader capability within the mining sector, recently... 

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OIM Consulting’s free e-book: Understanding the drivers of supervisory performance

Technology centre boosts mines’ digital journey

4th August 2021 Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions has launched a Technology Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, that aims to assist the region’s mining industry on its journey into the digital future. According to the centre’s manager Hosea Molife the facility’s key aim is to use digital technology to make mines safer... 

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The Technology Centre can make use of various Sandvik solutions to render data useful to the customer

Hard wall rubber hose reduces downtime and operating costs

2nd July 2021 A hard wall mining hose built for suction and discharge applications was recently installed at a treatment plant in Namibia, helping to reduce downtime and operating costs. The existing rubber hoses had to be replaced every four weeks due to excessively high wear rates, leading to ongoing... 

The Weir Minerals wear indicator system connected to the Linatex hose
The Weir Minerals wear indicator system connected to the Linatex hose

Geo-imagery search engine for the mining sector

15th April 2021 An advanced geo-imagery search engine that intelligently extracts imagery and surrounding data from unstructured documents and then uses machine learning to classify them into geologically relevant categories, is now available for use in the mining sector. Australia-based service provider of... 

A mining edition of the GeoClerk interface is now available
A mining edition of the GeoClerk interface is now available

Digital dashboards help to minimise risk of hoist failure

15th April 2021 A new digital service designed to improve uptime, availability, performance and productivity of mine hoists has recently been launched. Global technology company ABB introduced a new version of its Ability Performance Optimization for hoists, hosted on the company’s Ability Edgenius Dashboard... 

ABB Ability Performance Optimization for hoists aims to  provide agile and secure remote support worldwide
ABB Ability Performance Optimization for hoists aims to provide agile and secure remote support worldwide

Locally manufactured composite liners for large SAG mills

1st April 2021 The greater use of larger semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mills to improve productivity in the mining industry is widely recognised and the move has necessitated the development of new liner designs to improve mill efficiency and liner wear life. The traditional use of steel liners in large SAG... 

Multotec is developing and applying new liner designs for large-scale mills
Multotec is developing and applying new liner designs for large-scale mills

Proximity detection systems help to make mines safer and more productive

1st December 2020 Using proximity detection system (PDS) hardware and monitoring devices to centralise information, can help mines to become safer and more productive, asserts PDS solutions company Booyco Electronics. The company explains that a single source of information on a mine’s assets enables the... 

The Booyco Electronics Asset Management System allows data to be analysed for patterns which indicate unsafe behaviour
The Booyco Electronics Asset Management System allows data to be analysed for patterns which indicate unsafe behaviour

Future of mining revealed

9th October 2020 The next generation of intelligent technologies was demonstrated at the Innovation in Mining Virtual Event, hosted by Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology in September. The fully working and autonomous AutoMine Concept vehicle is based on the latest technologies and is equipped with new sensing... 

Sandvik's fully autonomous AutoMine Concept vehicle
Sandvik's fully autonomous AutoMine Concept vehicle

Mine digitalisation fast-tracked

27th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a reduction in the number of people working within a specific mining area, yet still required to achieve the same output. This has brought mine digitalisation to the fore, where it is now seen as a central efficiency mechanism that is essential for survival.... 

Sandvik’s OptiMine Control Room at the Tampere Test Mine
Sandvik’s OptiMine Control Room at the Tampere Test Mine

Increased demand for automated mine lab services

27th August 2020 Covid-19-related disruptions to the mining sector, such as restrictions on movement and requisite physical distancing, have led to a renewed demand for automated laboratory offerings. Laboratory services company, FLSmidth, states that its hands-off technology helps to keep laboratory personnel... 

View of a fully automated zinc laboratory
View of a fully automated zinc laboratory

Managing chute assets helps cut maintenance costs

17th July 2020 Under today’s demanding economic conditions, many mines could improve the impact of their maintenance expenditure by regularly monitoring and recording wear data on transfer points. This is according to a leading South Africa-based transfer point original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Monitoring... 

A Weba Chute Systems team conducting on-site inspections
A Weba Chute Systems team conducting on-site inspections

Level-9-ready PDS system installed in platinum mine

28th May 2020 The mining industry is striving to meet Level 9 proximity detection systems (PDS) compliance, in order to enhance safety levels. At this level, electronic systems are required to take mechanical control of trackless mining machinery (TMM) and automatically slow it down or bring these to a stop... 

Exsence cap lamps provided by Booyco Electronics
Exsence cap lamps provided by Booyco Electronics

Strengthening data management solutions

26th February 2020 Making an informed decision in the minerals discovery process requires access to reliable information and secure data management, with modern visualisation and workflow sequencing. These are among the key features of a new geological data management software release. Mining software solutions... 

Geobank 2020 software product
Geobank 2020 software product

Diamond screener passes test

21st November 2019 An automated small synthetic diamond screener has been evaluated by the ASSURE Program of the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) and passed all of the administered tests. This means that all stones categorised by the instrument as “diamonds” were natural diamonds, all diamond simulants were... 

Immersive Technologies

15th November 2019 As a global technology leader in the mining industry, Immersive Technologies’ mission is to increase your site's profitability by optimizing the safety & productivity of your operators. 

Advanced technology takes to the skies

7th November 2019 A remote-controlled, semi-autonomous vehicle that can detect blast movement monitor (BMM) locations post-blast has been launched, in answer to the growing demand for mining digitisation. The system is aimed at helping mining companies to maximise ore recovery and profitability, while reducing... 

Sorting solution for emeralds

31st October 2019 An X-ray fluorescence (XRF) sorting machine has been adapted to create a new application for the sorting of emeralds. The machine is aimed at improving the security and efficiency of sorting solutions for emeralds. 

Listening device could reduce mining downtime

1st October 2019 A device that uses acoustic analysis, machine learning and the Internet of Things (IoT) to detect wind turbine blade damage, has been launched in Australia. The key piece of technology is the algorithm that can rate the health of the turbine based on its acoustic signature and monitor changes... 

Another step towards fully autonomous mining

25th September 2019 A fifth generation Rig Control System (RCS) has been introduced.  The RCS is a hardware and software interface between a drill rig and the operator. Features such as machine-to-machine communication, sharing real-time drill plan updates between drills, auto tower angle and integrated camera view... 

Rig control system enhances automation of rotary blast hole rigs
Rig control system enhances automation of rotary blast hole rigs

Growing demand for representative sampling in West Africa

21st August 2019 The growth and diversification of West Africa’s mining sector has led to a growing market for mineral samplers. Sampling that complies with ISO standards and best practice as prescribed by the Theory of Sampling (TOS), confirms that a mine is supplying product that meets the end-customer’s... 

Polymeric concrete solutions for the mining industry

1st August 2019 Machinery and equipment in the mining industry are often in need of repair and maintenance. The harsh operating environment leads to problems such as abrasion, chemical damage, corrosion, impact and wear. Vibrations in the mining environment can lead to equipment wear and fatigue, resulting in... 

New software aids mine management

16th July 2019 New software has been developed to integrate data from a mining project onto one software platform. The integrated visualisation and analysis platform brings all sensor technology together to give a holistic view of a mining environment. The platform combines total station, global navigation... 

Mining automation and digital solutions highlighted

21st May 2019 Automation and digital solutions aim to create a connected worksite to make mining operations safer, more productive and more efficient. At the recent Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration annual conference and expo, Epiroc highlighted a number of scalable solutions for automation,... 

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