Tools of the Trade Winter 2019
Vertical Wet Pit Cantilever Pump Handles Solids Up To 4” Diameter
Vertiflo Pump company makes a rugged, dependable Vertical Wet Pit Series 1100 Cantilever pump with a vortex and fully recessed impeller. The pump is designed for solids pumping in light to medium slurries in many mining applications, including floating retention pond pumping systems. Coal Prep Plants can rely on the durability of this pump design too. Flows to 1600 GPM and heads to 170 feet.
Pump length up to 6 feet.
Solids handling up to 4” diameter.
Shaft diameter to 5”.
Material of construction includes cast iron, 316 s.s., CD4, Alloy 20 and 28% Chrome iron for various application requirements.
Also available is the 1200 Series centrifugal Cantilever pumps with flows to 2500 GPM and heads to 140 feet. This is the perfect pump for the tough applications requiring the Cantilever design and construction, but with smaller solids pumping capability. This edition is available in the same materials of construction, except not in 28% C.I.
Extreme Low Temperature Braking Systems
Force Control Industries, Inc. can supply clutches and brakes designed for low temperature applications—as low as -40 degrees. A common use is motor brakes for winches on barges, dredges, ships and port side docks.
Extremely low temperatures can create numerous issues that need to be considered. Standard castings and certain commonly used steels are subject to fracture even under minimal shock loads. In addition, the internal fluid can become so viscus that operation is affected.
Therefore, Force Control Industries designs brakes and clutches specifically for extremely low temperatures. Special ductile housings are used and low temperature steels solve this problem. The brakes and clutches are designed with Oil Shear Technology, which means they are filled with transmission fluid. Special low temperature synthetic fluid is used in conjunction with a heater to maintain the proper temperature for consistent safe operation.
If located around fresh or salt water, or outdoors, marine duty units are available to control corrosion, and maintain a tightly sealed unit.
Oil Shear Technology provides extremely long, nearly no maintenance service, lasting five to 10 times that of dry friction systems, and no adjustments are needed—ever!
Make Every Drill Hole Count
In March 2018, Acoustic Zoom was crowned the winner of #DisruptMining 2018, the innovation accelerator designed to encourage new technologies and ideas to solve some of the biggest challenges in mining. Acoustic Zoom impressed the judges with their ultra high-frequency 3D drill hole seismic imaging and earned the opportunity to negotiate a contract or investment of up to $1 million with Goldcorp. Shown here, from left to right, is Jacques Guigné, David Garofalo (CEO of Goldcorp) and Gary Dinn, VP Marketing. Photo courtesy of Goldcorp.
Using Acoustic Zoom, you get more value from a single drill hole by applying the technology to get rich data in a radius around the drill hole, not just the drill hole core itself. This allows for better targeting of drill holes in the future to maximize the impact on exploration geology. Acoustic Zoom uses sound waves received down the drill hole to better detect patterns, map structures, rock types, and fault zones. The impact is that mining companies can drill fewer holes, spend less money and be more efficient and effective.
acQuire Releases GIM Suite 4 for Smarter, Streamlined Geoscience Data in the Mining Industry
acQuire, a global specialist in geoscience data management software solutions, has announced the latest release of its leading technology package for natural resources organizations, GIM Suite 4. The software introduces a powerful new, web-based interface designed for the future which significantly builds on the array of capabilities currently available in the established and trusted GIM Suite software used by miners and explorers globally. GIM Suite 4 now contains two software components—acQuire 4 and Arena—giving companies greater visibility of their geoscience data assets. The introduction of the new interface consolidates and builds upon capabilities previously spread across the software component, Neo Desktop and Neo Web (available in earlier versions of GIM Suite). Database managers now have the ability to configure sophisticated interfaces and work with complex geoscience data directly in a web environment creating a smarter, more streamlined user experience for database managers and end-users.
Steve Mundell, acQuire’s Director of Product explains, “We’re excited to introduce the Arena interface into GIM Suite 4. By developing new, advanced functionality in the web environment, our latest release is an important step on our technology roadmap journey to the mine of the future.”