Equipment

Fatigue Management Science & Technology Update

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in Equipment, Favorites, Technology | 2 comments

Fatigue Management Science & Technology Update

One of the current hottest topic within mining technologies is fatigue management and how to implement it on the haul tucks at a mine site. Fatigue compromises safety for everyone on site and reduces the bottom line for the organization. SMART (Surface Mining Association of Research & Technology) completed a survey with over 25+ mine sites just over a year ago and in general, almost all mining companies have identified or realize operator fatigue issues as their operations are 24/7.

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Create a 2012 Mine Action Plan: Increase Production & Decrease Costs

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Equipment, Favorites, Technology | 4 comments

Create a 2012 Mine Action Plan: Increase Production & Decrease Costs

For my first post of 2012, I though it would be fitting to write about the new year’s targets and goals for each mine. Every year, many mines are tasked with increasing production and decreasing operating costs without additional capital equipment. This blog will discuss the questions a mine manager, superintendent or operations engineer should be asking and then using the information provided to ultimately build an action plan for 2012.

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Heavy Mobile Equipment: A case study on selecting the right truck for your mine [PART 2]

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Equipment | 7 comments

Heavy Mobile Equipment: A case study on selecting the right truck for your mine [PART 2]

This is Part 2 of a three part series looking at a case study of truck selection at a hard rock open pit mine site.

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The Justification for Adding Equipment Operators to Increase Productivity

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Equipment | 5 comments

The Justification for Adding Equipment Operators to Increase Productivity

Ignoring the fact the the lack of personnel in mining is one of our biggest problems right now and it’s difficult for mines to stay staffed up even if they had the budget, this blog post will discuss utilizing three quick and simple ways to calculate whether (1) you need additional manpower and (2) how to show on paper that it will yield greater productivity. I will show this through examples:

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Utilizing Technologies to QA/AC Open Pit Drilling & Blasting Plans

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Equipment, Favorites, Technology | 3 comments

Utilizing Technologies to QA/AC Open Pit Drilling & Blasting Plans
There are dozens of factors that go into the ultimate burden, spacing and charge weight design of any blast pattern. This blog post is not to describe the best practices that go into this design nor is it used to replace D&B 101. The purpose of this post is to utilize a couple of simple technologies to determine whether your d&b strategy is optimized. As some of you may know, my niche in mining is to combine my operational experience with the advancement of technologies; so we can mine smarter, not harder.
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Heavy Mobile Equipment: A case study on selecting the right truck for your mine [PART 1]

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Equipment | 1 comment

Heavy Mobile Equipment: A case study on selecting the right truck for your mine [PART 1]
This is Part 1 of a three part series looking at a case study of truck selection at a hard rock open pit mine site.
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