Tools of the trade Winter 2018

BluMetric Environmental

BluMetric Environmental solves ammonia removal challenge with MARS System

Ammonia removal from impacted mine water has typically been accomplished through chemical oxidation or mineral adsorption. The generation of harmful byproducts, the laborious replacement of media and non-compliance with effluent limits are known to plague conventional systems. 

BluMetric Environmental has developed MARS to solve the mine water ammonia challenge. MARS begins with enhanced pre-treatment and optional, scenario-specific membrane filtration to sequester ammonia from a variety of other constituents in the water. The system then employs an application-specific ion-selective media for the efficient removal of ammonia to very low levels previously unattainable. The final stage of the MARS system is the CR3 process, which regenerates the media and recycles the regenerant for reuse.

New inserts for automated cleaning of tool holders

Whether it is drilling, milling or turning, residues from the machining are not only left on the part surface but also in the tools and fixtures. Cleaning of the latter is usually still done manually, even though cleaning of the manufactured parts is carried out in a cleaning machine. Specifically, for tool holders (e.g. HSK) and tool fixtures, Metallform has developed inserts, which can be easily placed in standard cleaning baskets. They enable the fast, process reliable and economical automated cleaning as well as transport of the assembled tool holder.

Special inserts enable easy automated cleaning In order to be able to clean the equipped tool holders also in the cleaning machine, Metallform has developed specific inserts for standard cleaning baskets such as the MEFO-BOX. The inserts are available for different tool fixtures, e.g. HSK, Conus, VDI and SBA and can be adapted to the type and size of the holders. Fixation of the holder in the insert only takes place at uncritical areas.


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PowerPro™ series of heavy duty starter motors expands

Prestolite Electric has launched the PowerPro™ 7.5, an all-new 24V, 7.5kW starter motor as part of the premium PowerPro family of replacement starters from Leece-Neville® Heavy Duty Systems. Designed for use in diesel engines up to 16L, the new in-line, gear reduction starter offers industry-leading starting performance at a favorable price.

PowerPro 7.5 high-torque, high-power starters are engineered to meet the needs of demanding heavy duty, medium duty, off-highway, agricultural and bus applications. An ideal replacement for use in AGCO Power, Caterpillar, Cummins, Detroit, John Deere, Mercedes-Benz, Perkins, Volvo and other popular engine models, each starter offers consistent, high-output power in a small, lightweight package.

Micromine, designed with mining engineers in mind

Today, more than ever before, mining engineers and mine managers rely on digital data and processing to accomplish their day-to-day tasks. Targeting improved usability, the Micromine 2016 Mining module has been designed specifically for mining engineers, providing powerful and intuitive tools for planning and designing surface and underground mines. 

Surface Operations

Surface mine engineers benefit from Micromine Mining’s intuitive tools for designing an open pit using variable geotechnical parameters; converting between overall slope angle and batter angles/berm widths; and designing haul roads, slot ramps, switchbacks and cutbacks.

Underground Operations

Underground mine engineers benefit from Micromine Mining’s integrated suite of CAD tools for carrying out mine layout design; drafting underground drives, rises, shafts, declines and inclines; and stope design and ring design, including drill fans, charging, stemming and volume calculations.

Micromine Technical Product Manager Frank Bilki said a lot of work had gone into the development of the latest version of the Mining module. “We are really excited about these latest enhancements to the mining module, it will provide users with a toolkit to plan and design their mine with confidence. We feel that our clients will benefit greatly from these upgrades.”



Philippi-Hagenbuch is transforming articulated haulers for the mining industry

Philippi-Hagenbuch was founded in 1969 with one purpose—to make haul trucks better. Their first product was the Autogate® Tailgate, which was the first commercially available tailgate for off-highway trucks. Forty-eight years later, PHIL has become the worldwide leader in customized truck boxes, water tanks and trailers.

The PHIL Rear Eject Body is transforming the way articulated haulers are utilized in mining and construction. From the oil sands of Alberta and the Iron Ore projects in Quebec, to the Gold Mines in Ontario, PHIL has ejector bodies thriving. With the ability to dump while driving, an increase in safety over tipper trucks that can turn over and the svelteness to be able to get into areas that have low overhead height limitations, PHIL Rear Eject Bodies have become a standard at mines today. And, with the addition of PHIL’s new Material Spreader Attachment or our Stemming Attachment, a PHIL Rear Eject Body can be tailored to a purpose-specific job to increase efficiency in adding grit to haul roads during winter weather or stemming blasting holes more quickly and efficiently. 

MOSS system provides major advantage

MOSS, the Miner Operated Survey System, is an underground surveying software which supports a wide range of Leica robotic total stations, including the latest. MOSS integrates mine design specifications and drawings when completing mark-ups, providing real-time information to miners, engineers and geologists, reducing overbreak to under 10 per cent, as well as providing very accurate line and grade markups for every round. 

Using the MOSS software installed on a tablet the miner is able ensure an accurate face mark-up, which is now performed by a single operator who can perform all the survey work previously done by multiple surveyors. This major advantage can greatly decrease the time required to cycle a round. The surveyor is alleviated from performing layouts and month-end pickup tasks leaving more time to focus on quality assurance of the control points being used for production drilling and blasting.