Tools of the Trade Fall 2021
New Battery Electric R1700XE for Underground Mining
Underground mining continues to be an early adopter of sustainable mobile equipment solutions. The new Cat® R1700XE is a key part of the energy transition and is the first battery powered, zero-emissions equipment for the Hard Rock Vehicles Load Haul Dump product line. It offers remote control operation capability, 15-ton payload and 24,190 kg lift, and tilt breakout and a battery electric design that delivers superior productivity in underground applications with no engine heat or exhaust emissions.
An auto dig function optimizes loading for both manned and remote loading applications. Auto dig helps to reduce operator fatigue and is a key building block to achieving fully automated digging cycles. The R1700XE is also equipped with a traction control function, helping to reduce tire wear and improve muck pile penetration. An on-board chiller allows liquid to cool the batteries, ensuring optimum charging and operating temperatures are maintained for maximum uptime. Using the Cat® MEC500 mobile equipment charger, it can be fully charged in less than 30 minutes or less than 20 using two in parallel.
Both the machine and charger will be showcased at MINExpo 2021 in September.
Maptek Consolidates on Field Benefits for High Accuracy Survey-grade Sensors
A new dual-window scanner that halves data capture time headlines the latest Maptek mine measurement improvements. The new Maptek XR3-D mkII laser scanner with dual window arrangement cuts scan acquisition time in half. Conventional terrestrial laser scanners capture data from one window, spinning to achieve a 360° field of view; the XR3-D captures data from both sides simultaneously, with the scanner head only needing to spin 180°.
“Survey crews can incidentally scan surrounding terrain in both directions while they’re on their way to capture highwall and stockpile data,” says Jason Richards, Global Product Strategy Manager for Maptek. “There’s no need to return to the pit later, as the haul roads, gradients, and infrastructure have already been acquired seamlessly.”
Hardware models in the new R3 mkII series include the extra long-range XR3 (standard and cold climate configurations), the SR3 for short-range underground applications, and the new XR3-D.
Maptek sensing systems are renowned for safety and ease of use for daily survey, with software tools providing integrated decision support.
Komatsu Announces Collaborative Customer Alliance to Advance Zero-emission Equipment Solutions
Working together to rapidly innovate in support of carbon reduction targets, Komatsu and several of its customers have formed the Komatsu Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Alliance. The founding members of the alliance are Rio Tinto, BHP, Codelco, and Boliden. Through the alliance framework, Komatsu’s GHG partners will work directly with Komatsu to actively collaborate on product planning, development, testing, and deployment of the next generation of zero-emission mining equipment and infrastructure. The alliance’s initial target is advancing Komatsu’s power agnostic truck concept for a haulage vehicle that can run on a variety of power sources including diesel electric, electric, trolley (wired), battery power, and even hydrogen fuel cells.
As a company, Komatsu is committed to minimizing environmental impact through its business, targeting a 50 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from use of its products and production of its equipment by 2030 (compared to 2010 levels) and a challenge target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Survey IQ on the Frontline for Drillers
Mining-tech company IMDEX™ has simplified the data deluge that flows from modern drilling, negating the need to have multiple tablets to capture the information from individual exploration tools. IMDEX™ SURVEY-IQ™ allows efficient and simultaneous quality assured survey and gamma logging that can be completed by one member of the drill crew. Survey results are immediately available for approval through the cloud-based service IMDEXHUB-IQ™.
Using one tablet and interface with multiple tools at the same time reduces hardware costs, including tablets, and chargers, while increasing functionality. Lee Webb, Global Product Manger Downhole Navigation, says the latest iteration of the SURVEY-IQ™ focuses on streamlining the use of the tool and automatically populating key fields, which reduces the risk of errors being introduced. “We are trying to introduce as much automation in the survey process as possible for the end user while also recognizing that drillers want different data from geologists.”
Mining Operations Can Count on A&B Rail Services Ltd.
A&B Rail Services has the experience, equipment, and qualified personnel to service the rail needs of the mining industry – for any size operation, anywhere in Canada.
Their team of safety-conscious rail experts have managed several successful contracts with high-profile mining operations across Canada with all services completed to Class1, Industrial, AREMA, and Transport Canada specifications.
Mining operations can count on A&B Rail Services for:
- Track construction;
- Inspection and maintenance;
- Operations support;
- Railcar maintenance;
- Signals and communications;
- Track protection and flagging;
- Materials and supplies; and
Their full suite of rail services is designed to bring you peace of mind! Contact A&B Rail Services for a quote at 1-800-661-5645 or visit their website to find out more about how they can keep your track operations in motion.
MineRP Enables Seamless Visualization of Complex Mining Data With HOOPS Visualize
Tech Soft 3D, a leading provider of engineering software development toolkits, recently announced HOOPS Visualize will serve as the graphics engine for the MineRP Platform, delivering powerful 3D visualization capabilities across MineRP’s entire mining solution, a single integrated workspace for mine planning and execution. The sophisticated platform enables mining companies to easily visualize very large and complex geological models, providing users with insights that guide better and more profitable decisions.
“The old ways of solving mining issues are not valid anymore,” says Empie Strydom, Vice President of Marketing at MineRP. “As a company, we are focused on completely novel approaches to the problems that mining companies face.”
By using HOOPS Visualize in the MineRP stack, a customer can look at their mine, quickly identify the low-grade and high-grade areas, and then decide where they want to focus their extraction efforts.
Trimble LOADRITE SmartScales for Wheel Loaders
When the pressure is on and customers are waiting, you need to load faster without compromising accuracy and precision. The Trimble LOADRITE L3180 SmartScale for loaders adjusts for rough terrain, technique, and movement so new and skilled operators can load accurately with confidence and speed. Trimble LOADRITE Smartscales work on any make or model.
The L3180 SmartScale features:
- Smarter weighing;
- Smarter data management; and
- Smarter interface.
Smart managers are leveraging onboard scale data and connectivity across each operation and the enterprise to make improvements mid-shift that quickly add up to real dollars. LOADRITE scales can connect to Trimble Insight, which provides actionable insights via real-time. View operations productivity information on clear dashboards, monitor alerts, and playback the shift. All of your operation’s data is visible in one place so you can track progress against targets and take action.