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.
Tools of the Trade Winter 2022
EATON’S MINING SPECIFIC ASSEMBLIES
Eaton meets the harsh and demanding environments of the mining and minerals processing industry with reliable products and safe solutions designed to operate in these challenging applications. For over 20 years, Eaton has been building mining panels for severe environments for both surface and underground. These panels include the Dewatering Pump Panels Ventilation Panels, and the Power Take-off Panels.
All of the panels are cCSAus certified, available in NEMA 12 or NEMA 4/4X construction, and include a main breaker or fusible switch. Both the Dewatering Pump and the Power Take-off Panels include Ground-Fault and Ground-Check monitoring to provide protection for trailing cable applications. The ventilation panels are available as across the line or reduce voltage starters. The Dewatering Pump Panels are also available with the Power Xpert C445 advanced motor management relay. This option provides the user with a macro that can quickly and easily be configured during start-up to enable the auto-pumping feature.
The assemblies combine door mounted viewing windows along with Eaton’s family of Visa breakers to provide advanced visibility features for safety and confidence.
PROTERRA AND KOMATSU ANNOUNCE COLLABORATION TO ELECTRIFY UNDERGROUND MINING MACHINES
Proterra Inc, a leading innovator in commercial vehicle electrification technology, and Komatsu, a global leader in construction and mining equipment, have announced a new collaboration to electrify next-generation underground mining machines using Proterra’s battery technology. Under the collaboration, Proterra will supply its H Series battery system technology to Komatsu for the development of battery-electric LHDs, drills, and bolters for underground hard rock mining. Komatsu plans to utilize Proterra’s high-performance battery systems for the development of prototype machines with expected commencement of commercial production in 2022.
Komatsu has helped advance customer options to mitigate environmental impact through product development for many years, through initiatives such as its hybrid hydraulic excavators kickoff in 2008, which marked the world’s first hybrid construction equipment on the market. In 2021, Komatsu also announced its new Greenhouse Gas (GHG) alliance with customers to actively collaborate on product planning, development, testing and deployment of the next generation of zero-emission mining equipment and infrastructure.
BROKK INTRODUCES PEDESTAL BOOM: PLUG-AND-PLAY FOR EFFICIENT BREAKING
Brokk, the world’s leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition robots, recently introduced the Brokk Pedestal Boom, a compact, stationary breaker boom system for the mining and aggregates industry. The new machine range allows producers to apply the power and precision of Brokk’s demolition robots to primary breaking tasks that feed mobile crushers, jaw crushers, gyratory crushers, and grizzlies.
The boom offers an unrivaled range of motion, pairing Brokk’s revolutionary three-part arm system with 360-degree slewing for maximum versatility in underground applications. The unit can be operated with either the tethered remote or from a control room. Depending on network configuration, the machine can be maneuvered from 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) away or longer, using video monitoring and operation to increase safety and efficiency. At the same time, the Brokk Pedestal Booms feature a rugged design and compact footprint, continuing Brokk’s tradition of powerful solutions for confined spaces.
BRIDGESTONE MASTERCORE IS THE FOUNDATION OF THE BRIDGESTONE MINING SOLUTIONS PORTFOLIO
The new Bridgestone MasterCore surface mining tires can be optimized for a variety of performance attributes such as faster speeds, increased payload, or improved durability for maximized uptime. Offered in various sizes and patterns to provide customized solutions based on surface and traction conditions, fleets receive greater utilization of their haulage assets to help improve mine performance and achieve a lower cost-per-ton.
Bridgestone MasterCore tires use advanced materials and a proprietary manufacturing process to deliver superior durability with proven resistance to rust and damaged belts from cuts and moisture exposure compared to conventional tires. In addition, MasterCore tires utilize a proprietary process to apply an anti-rust steel coating developed and manufactured by Bridgestone for added moisture resistance and a new rubber compound that reduces crack propagation by 20 per cent for improved belt and casing life.
ROSENBAUER AND VOLVO PENTA HIGHLIGHT UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACH TO FIRE SUPPRESSION AT MINE SITES
The Volvo Penta-powered Rosenbauer PANTHER is gaining attention in the mining industry for its speed, agility, acceleration, dependability, and overall performance. A case in point is the recent collaboration with Vale’s Base Metals business, the world’s largest producer of iron ore and pellets, on a new PANTHER fire apparatus for Vale’s Voisey’s Bay mining operation.
While most mining companies rely on standard structural fire trucks to protect their facilities and equipment, Vale will utilize Rosenbauer’s 6×6 PANTHER to safeguard their mining operations in the remote, northern Canadian location. “Our Voisey’s Bay Mine site in Labrador is a remote fly-in/ fly-out mine site. Being a remote site in Northern Labrador, we experience inclement weather, travel on dirt roads, and have limited water supply in certain areas of site, so we need a fire truck that can respond to any emergency in a challenging environment,” said Patrick Boitumelo, head of mining and milling with Vale’s North Atlantic Operations.
The PANTHER is built for off-road use, disperses 9,000 liters of water/foam per minute, and has the ability to extinguish a fire considerably faster than standard over the road structural trucks used at most mining operations.
HITACHI ANNOUNCES EFFICIENT EX2000-7
Hitachi Construction & Mining Division, an operating division of John Deere Construction & Forestry Company (“Hitachi”) recently announced its latest EX-7 Series mining excavator that provides enhanced efficiency, reliability, and durability.
“With reduced fuel consumption and several hydraulic system improvements, the EX2000-7 provides productivity and efficiency,” said Kendall Mattson, Hitachi mining production system specialist, Hitachi Construction & Mining Division. “Its cutting-edge features also help minimize operating costs while going greener without sacrificing performance.”
With the new Cummins QST30-C, the EX2000-7 features less fuel consumption for significant cost savings and lower environmental impact. Main pump electronic regulators, high hydraulic efficiency regeneration, and a cooling package work together as sustainability technologies that help reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 percent (compared to the previous EX1900-6 model with Cummins configuration).
Additionally, the EX2000-7 simplifies maintenance for increased uptime. A new auto-lubrication system comes with a 200L large capacity grease tank, a new grease pump, an in-line grease filter with breather, a grease level indicator in the cab, and a provision for fitment of a second grease pump in the lubrication tank. These features provide a more reliable system with increased uptime.
CATERPILLAR’S NEW CONNECTED WORKER SYSTEM PROTECTS, MANAGES, AND COMMUNICATES WITH WORKERS TO INCREASE SAFETY
The Connected Worker system combines smart wearable technology with the power of analytics to deliver an added layer of protection against a variety of safety risks at the site. Scalable to accommodate both small and large operations, Connected Worker improves safety by alerting all connected workers of hazardous situations in real-time, delivering up to a 50 per cent reduction in lost-time reportable incidents. The system’s ability to track worker location plus enhanced communications through audio, video, and image transmission also help to increase mine site productivity. A range of safety, productivity, and benchmarking reports, customizable to fit the site’s needs, boosts operational efficiency. The worker safety system consists of three major components: the wearable hardware; software that captures and reports data; and the Internet of Things (IoT) platform that receives reports from the field and pushes out potential safety risks to workers.