Engineering & Mining Journal

JUL 2018

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68 E&MJ • JULY 2018 EQUIPMENT GALLERY Hexagon AB unveiled HxGN MineOperate UG Pro at HxGN LIVE 2018, the compa- ny's digital tech conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. UG Pro is a platform for managing underground fl eet equipment and broadcasting time-utiliza- tion information in near real-time in re- mote areas underground. The platform monitors task-level ac- tivities, updating miner and machine workfl ows in near real-time as the mine develops and produces ore, the company reported. Developed specifi cally for mines lacking data networks underground, UG Pro optimizes effi ciency using tablets that store and forward critical information between supervisors and workers via net- work access points, Hexagon reported. The platform integrates with other Hexagon safety, fl eet and data visualiza- tion solutions, as well as synchronizes with data from third-party vendors. It al- lows customers to use their own business intelligence analytics tools, while provid- ing a set of embedded intelligent tools for modeling different economic and produc- tion scenarios, Hexagon reported. Hexagon also announced a reorganiza- tion and rebranding of its mining product portfolio that is designed to simplify how customers evaluate solutions across the life cycle of mines. The new portfolio consoli- dates numerous products into streamlined solution packages and introduces a new naming convention, the company reported. The portfolios are now titled HxGN MinePlan for mine planning products and solutions; HxGN MineOperate for oper- ations solutions; HxGN MineProtect for safety solutions; and HxGN MineEnter- prise for enterprise solutions. Additionally, the company reported it had introduced subscription licensing, improved user interfaces, and strength- ened support and services. Roughly 3,000 representatives from an array of sectors and industries attend- ed the conference, which featured talks and demonstrations on products, solu- tions, and services leveraging Industry 4.0 and proto-5.0 technologies. Separately, Hexagon Mining introduced HxGN Mine Discover Display 9, a machine display that features an optically bonded, anti-glare 9-in. touchscreen, which allows pinch-to-zoom and gestures leveraging an Intel-based computing platform, the display is designed for use in harsh environments and extreme environmental conditions, Hexagon reported. Minnovare Launches the Production Optimizer System The Production Optimizer system for un- derground metal mining is a revolutionary new system that substantially reduces blasthole deviation, according to Minno- vare. With less deviation, the company said miners can expect less average dilu- tion and less downtime, while improving overall fragmentation. The system can be installed on any production rig. The system's hardware engages with Minnovare's new online client interface, Minnovare CORE, which utilizes digital drill plans and logs that sync seamlessly with existing mine-planning software to deliver unparalleled drill-data capture and analysis capability. The net result is a sig- nifi cant improvement in responsiveness. Having focused on exploration drilling to date, the move into production rep- resents an exciting new direction for the business — one that has the potential to reshape the industry. "We've had a lot of success in the explo- ration drilling side of the market to date — applying our technology to deliver optimum results for drilling contractors and end clients alike," said Minnovare Commercial Director Mick Beilby. "We've now extended that same core vision into the development of a new production drilling product suite that is a world fi rst for the mining sector." "The initial trials of which have seen our clients reduce their average blast hole deviation by up to 60%, which has in turn delivered an estimated reduction in dilu- tion of up to 30%," Beilby said. "At the same time, the client benefi ts from an in- crease in overall meters drilled, improved fragmentation and ore recovery." Initial on-site testing of the Produc- tion Optimizer system was conducted over a six-month period at two prominent underground gold mines in Australia. DTH Hammer With Higher Striking Power Sandvik unveiled the RH560 down-the- hole (DTH) hammer, which delivers a long service life that reduces drilling costs, the company reported. Enhanced air cycle and piston design deliver higher striking power, while fewer internal parts provide outstanding reliability, minimizing failures and downtime. In tests in varying rock con- Hexagon Launches UG Pro, Announces Rebranding at Tech Conference

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