Engineering & Mining Journal

AUG 2018

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AUGUST 2018 • E&MJ 93 SUPPLIERS REPORT but Sandvik has been installing these en- gines on its LHDs. Operating a Tier 4 Fi- nal engine, however, improves the overall health and safety for the miners working in a confined environment with that en- gine and it eases ventilation requirements, which in turn reduces the electrical costs for the mine and helps them comply with various regulations related to ventilation. "The use of these engines underground proves they are robust and they perform well," Tasker said. "Yes, we can get die- sel-exhaust fluid to remote locations and its use underground is not an issue." Volvo Penta has a comprehensive line of Tier 4 Final industrial engines. The five engines range from a 5-liter (l), 140-horsepower (hp) unit to a 16-l, 690- hp unit. "We try to keep the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to a minimum and that's important," Tasker said. "Mas- sive EGR systems require large cooling systems and radiators take up a lot of space. Our customers want to keep their machines compact and they want the en- gines to be easily installed. They also want a dependable aftermarket network for ser- vice and support." Volvo Penta is working with its customers to build that network. Gradall Industries is an equipment sup- plier that now uses Volvo Penta engines. "In the past, when our customers had a prob- lem with their equipment, they would have to talk to our dealer about the machine and another dealer for the engine," said Mike Norman, director, sales and market- ing for Gradall Industries. "Volvo Penta has brought the Gradall dealers on as service centers and they are now a one-stop shop." Echoing those sentiments, Dan Vita, vice president of the power division for Southwest Products (SWP), said they were also working with Volvo Penta to establish a dealer network, which also supports its line of pumps and gen-sets. "Volvo Penta has made this easy," Vita said. "You're working with a great group of people who are very knowledgeable about the industrial mar- ket. They are passionate about the indus- try and we never get the feeling that Volvo Construction Equipment takes priority over our dealer network." SWP does distribute other diesel engines, but Vita said the com- pany's entire Tier 4 Final line of gen-sets has been transferred to Volvo Penta. Sandvik to Automate Underground Mining Systems Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology signed a strategic framework agreement with Reso- lute Mining Ltd. to fully automate the latter's Syama gold mine in Mali, Africa. Sandvik will deliver the AutoMine and OptiMine sys- tems for analysis, process optimization and automation, as well as a full fleet of TH663 trucks and LH514E electrical loaders. The system will be commissioned in late 2018. The underground mine, co-designed with Sandvik, extends the operation, commis- sioned in 2009, to beyond 2028. Separately, Sandvik opened a bat- tery-powered electric vehicle and elec- trification research center devoted to the development of battery, hybrid and elec- trification technologies for loaders and trucks, and located in Turku, Finland. Fin- ish Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lin- tilä, Sandvik Turku leaders, and city offi- cials joined employees to open the facility. The center, with its close proximity to Sandvik's major mining product areas in Finland, gives the company's developers the opportunity to collaborate on projects, the company reported. It will work with universities, technology institutes and other key players, and will inject millions of euros in direct investment in the region annually, Sandvik reported. At roughly the same time, Sandvik reported it will install its mining auto- mation system, Automine, which directly integrates and leverages an underground long-term evolution (LTE) communica- tion network, at Agnico Eagle's LaRonde mine. Agnico Eagle chose AutoMine be- cause it offers increased fleet utilization, improved working conditions, operator safety and productivity, Sandvik reported. The system will be deployed to LaR- onde Zone 5, which is currently in the development stage. In the first phase, an LH517 and TH551i will be delivered. In the second phase, the fleet and automa- tion system will be expanded. The setup will allow auto-assisted loading in the open stoping application and dumping to the dump truck, which will automatically haul through the ramp to the surface. AutoMine is a flexible modular sys- tem that can successfully be adapted to small-scale operations, as well as mas- sive block-caving applications, Sandvik reported. The system can interface with third-party IT systems at the mine site. LTE is a 4G wireless communica- tions standard, designed to provide up to 10 times the speeds of 3G networks. Ag- nico Eagle's flagship mine, LaRonde, is located in northwestern Quebec. Separately, Sandvik acquired Inrock, a leading supplier of rock drilling tools and services for Horizontal Directional Drilling in North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, Inrock supplies pilot hole bits, reamers, guidance sys- tems, accessories and services. In 2017, Inrock reported revenues of $46 million and employed 70. Parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. With the transaction closed, in Q3 2018, Inrock will be under the Rock Tools product area at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. Barrick Mine Upgrades to Autonomous Haulers Autonomous Solutions Inc. (ASI) report- ed it started working with Barrick Gold Corp. to deploy the former's Mobius Haul- age A.I. system to a fleet of haulers at the latter's Arturo operation in Nevada, United States. During the initial phase of the project, ASI will retrofit five Komatsu 930-E Ultra Class haul trucks with the requisite components. The haulers move waste. Latter phases will retrofit produc- tion haulers. Mobius Haulage A.I. leverages ad - vanced multi-vehicle command and control software to set up and manage a coordinated system of haul trucks. The Mobius platform manages autonomous traffic, coordinates manned or unmanned vehicles, and regulates the haul cycle. By employing the platform at the Arturo mine, Barrick anticipates enhancements across a range of critical performance measurements, ASI reported. A state-of-the-art diesel-engine test cell enables Volvo Penta's Lexington facility to perform on-site testing and specification certification.

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