Engineering & Mining Journal

MAR 2017

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MARCH 2017 • E&MJ 57 www.e-mj.com SUPPLIERS REPORT AB's shareholders will receive shares in NewCo AB in proportion to their existing shareholding. The intention is to list New- Co AB on the Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange in Stockholm, Sweden, in the second quarter of 2018. Cat Invests in Drone Data Analysis Provider Caterpillar Ventures, the Peoria, Illi- nois-based equipment company's ven- ture capital investment group, reported that it has made a strategic investment in Airware, a developer of aerial-da- ta business solutions. The investment, according to Caterpillar, will allow it to accelerate programs that enable its dealers to offer aerial-data collection and analysis products and services to its mining customers. California, USA-based Airware ac- quired Redbird, a UAV analytics company, in September 2016 to enable it to bring to market a commercial drone solution. Today, according to Airware, customers worldwide are using the solution to mon- itor day-to-day progress of their sites to improve productivity, worker safety and operational efficiency. At the time of the Redbird acqui- sition, Airware released a press state- ment indicating that with Airware and Redbird's combined solution, its min- ing customers would benefit from 100 times more data, and potentially five times faster turnaround on data analyt- ics. Customers could plan drone flights, capture high-quality aerial data, analyze it, and create detailed, survey-grade site maps of up to 1,000 acres per day, per drone, for production tracking and other tasks. "Commercial drone technology is becoming a necessity for construction, mining and quarrying organizations look- ing to increase overall productivity while cutting costs," said Jonathan Downey, founder and CEO of Airware. "Airware provides customers the combined power of an enterprise-focused workflow and industry-specific data analytics with the compliance and security features needed to scale drone operations." Caterpillar dealers will be able to offer their customers drone services and ana- lytics, including a core set of photogram- metry, mapping and volumetrics tools, and a suite of advanced analysis and re- porting modules. "This invest- ment is a continua- tion of Caterpillar's commitment to help our custom- ers be more pro- ductive and make improved business decisions," said George Taylor, Cat- erpillar chief mar- keting officer and vice president of the marketing and digital division. "In collaboration with Airware, we are better positioned to offer drone services through indus- try-leading technology that helps digitize and optimize operations." Siemens to Upgrade Mill Drives at Collahuasi Siemens has won a multimillion-dollar contract to modernize the drive systems of four copper mills at Collahuasi, one of the world's largest copper mines, located in northern Chile. New Siemens drive systems will re- place existing synchronous motors and direct converters at two 8-megawatt (MW) semi-autogenous (SAG) mills at the mine. The company will also replace the drive systems on two 1.7-MW ball mills with dual-pinion drives. The automation sys- tem will also be replaced. Both the direct converter and the new automation sys- tems are installed in "E-Houses," which were developed and pretested in the San- tiago plant. They will be connected and commissioned on-site. The new drive systems will boost the reliability and the throughput of the mills, Siemens report- ed. A different manufacturer installed the current drives. Rexnord Cuts Order Lead Times for Falk V-Class Line Power transmission equipment supplier Rexnord recently reported that it has es- tablished new, shorter standard lead times for products and accessories within the Falk V-Class gear drive portfolio, beginning at four weeks or less. Standard lead times for V-Class unit sizes 107–167 begin at four weeks, with additional sizes and accessories at six and eight weeks, with plans to broaden the offering in 2017. "We are proud to establish shorter lead times for the V-Class portfolio to help our users reduce unplanned downtime and shutdowns, and give peace of mind when orders become time-sensitive," said Ryan Schuller-Rach, gear product manager. "We have developed a process to make it as convenient as possible for our custom- ers, and plan to improve the lead times and grow the portfolio of offerings within our standard lead times even more." Examples of products that are offered with a four-week lead time, in addition to V-Class sizes 107-167, include standard TA taper bushings, single and double-end- ed shafts, shaft fans, couplings, coupling guards, and package offerings such as the alignment-free option, Falk Reliability Package, and condition monitoring. Addi- tional options are listed and offered under lead times of six, eight, 10 and 12 weeks. Amec Awarded Uranium Project Contract Amec Foster Wheeler won a Front End En- gineering Design (FEED) contract by Berke- ley Energia for its uranium processing plant at its Salamanca project in western Spain. Amec Foster Wheeler will provide engineer- ing and procurement services to determine the capital cost of the front-end crushing plant. The company will also provide blue- prints for the plant in preparation for the construction phase. The contract will be executed by subsidiary South African min- ing company MDM Engineering. Amec Foster Wheeler previously com- pleted the Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) phase for the project, during which a smart design approach was adopted to significantly reduce capital costs. Caterpillar's recent investment in Airware will allow its dealers to offer aerial-data collection and analysis products and services directly to mining customers.

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