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Continuous Improvement: Heavy Mobile Equipment Training Simulators

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Equipment, Favorites | 0 comments

Continuous Improvement: Heavy Mobile Equipment Training Simulators

If you ask around these days, almost every mid-level or bigger mining company has their own internal group for driving improvement projects (i.e. Operational Excellence, Continuous Improvement, Six Sigma, LEAN, Business Improvement, Business Process Framework, etc.). These groups are constantly evaluating new technologies or new processes in order to drive the trifecta: mine cheaper, mine more, and mine safer. Since a large emphasis of this blog is also to identify where these opportunities are, it is always motivating to see not only mining companies but also OEM/OTMs form their own continuous improvement group, as a value proposition to assist clients with using their product(s) effectively & efficiently.

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6 Basic Steps to Extend Tire Life at Your Mine: Part 2 of 3

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Equipment | 0 comments

6 Basic Steps to Extend Tire Life at Your Mine: Part 2 of 3

I want to thank everyone for their comments, LinkedIn messages and e-mails on my last blogpost, the first of this three part series on how to extend tire life at your mine. Through this blog, I have met lots of friends around the globe and appreciate everyone’s support. I want to remind everyone again to participate in two of my industry involvements, the first being the CIM (Canadian Institute of Mining) Mining Standards and Guidelines Committee (MSGC) which has open membership; and the NWMA Mining conference where I am chairing the high technology session.

I also want to give a special thank you to Adam Gosling from TyreSafe Australia for proof-reading my blogpost. You can check out their website here.

With that, I will continue onto the Part 2 of this 3 part series, which is the third and fourth step to improve tire life at your mine operations:

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6 Basic Steps to Extend Tire Life at Your Mine: Part 1 of 3

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in Equipment | 15 comments

6 Basic Steps to Extend Tire Life at Your Mine: Part 1 of 3

The topic of tires comes up regularly when it comes to the topic of improving the life of mine operations. Just 5 years ago, many mines were parking trucks because they didn’t have the rubber to replace blow-outs or accommodate new trucks coming in, largely due to the high metal prices and large demand of tires globally. Tires are the platform to any piece of non-track-type mobile equipment, which supports the load of the equipment, controls the direction of travel, absorbs road shocks and provides traction when needed. It is no surprise then that it has a direct correlation to the productivity of the machine, and thus the productivity of your mine. This blogpost is Part 1 of a 3 part series which will discuss the six basic steps to formulizing a program at your mine to extend tire life.

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Introducing: CIM Mining Standards & Guidelines Committee (for Information & Technology)

Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Equipment, Technology | 3 comments

Introducing: CIM Mining Standards & Guidelines Committee (for Information & Technology)

I just got back from the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) Conference & Exhibition in Edmonton and want to share with everyone the launch of the CIM Mining Standards & Guidelines Committee, with an initial focus on Surface Mining, and Information & Technology. With this blogpost, I will endeavor to provide some background information, and what this group is all about.

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The Technologies & Benefits to Improving Haul Road Condition & Payload Distribution

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in Equipment, Technology | 23 comments

The Technologies & Benefits to Improving Haul Road Condition & Payload Distribution

The production and cost benefits associated with having a correct load balance on a haul truck and improving haul road conditions are difficult to quantify on paper and therefore a lot of mines do not make it a part of their standard operating procedure/best practice. But it is a relatively easy change to make to yield lower cycle time, higher production and lower costs. The premise is to create an environment where the truck is operating as close to design parameters as possible; in this blog entry, we will only focus on the design parameters of road conditions and load balance and how to utilize technology to monitor, analyze & improve these parameters.

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Mining Engineer: Career Choice Options…Narrow or Broad?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Equipment, Favorites | 7 comments

Mining Engineer: Career Choice Options…Narrow or Broad?

When I was doing some research on whether I should study Mining Engineering or not, almost everyone who wasn’t in the industry told me that my career choices would be narrow and I would pigeon-hole myself into a career field that would limit my options after I graduate. Recently, I went to PDAC in Toronto and there was record-breaking numbers of just under 30,000 people from all over the world who came together under the umbrella of mining/exploration.  Both of these events got me thinking about career choices are available to those coming out of school with a Mine Engineering degree and this is what I’ve come up with:

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