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SEP 2018

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62 E&MJ • SEPTEMBER 2018 SUPPLIERS REPORT Fugro Tapped for Deep Sea Mine Exploration Seafloor mineral exploration company Nauru Ocean Resources Inc. (NORI), a subsidiary of DeepGreen Metals Inc., contracted Fugro for site characterization surveys of a potential deep-sea polymetal- lic nodule mining project in the eastern Pacific. Using a drone, Fugro will acquire high-resolution imagery, geophysical data and rock samples. It will measure geotech- nical properties, catalogue the mineral re- source and identify optimal target areas. The nodule field is sited in depths of up to 4,500 m over a 400-km 2 area between the Clarion and Clipperton fracture zones. Hexagon Acquires Guardvant Hexagon's Mining division announced the acquisition of Guardvant, a provider of integrated safety solutions for the mining industry. Based in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., Guardvant currently equips almost 5,000 mining vehicles with fatigue detection technology. The acquisition significantly strengthens the safety portfolio offered by Hexagon's Mining division, the company reported. Worldwide, more than 30,000 mining vehicles are equipped with Hexa- gon's collision avoidance system. Proximity Detection System Certified Matrix Design Group LLC announced that its IntelliZone proximity detection system received IECEx approval in Australia. Ad- ditionally, Matrix partnered with fellow tech developer Northern Lights Tech- nologies to manufacture, distribute and service the system. IntelliZone, which hit the American market in 2009, tracks personnel around machinery. Internation- al Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a global authority on electronic technol- ogy standards. IECEx is the IEC system for certification of technologies used in explosive atmospheres. The certification facilitates trade in those technologies. Metal 7 to Take Megatraction Global Metal 7 Inc. acquired Les Équipements Megatraction Inc. Headquartered in Que- bec City, Megatraction designs and man- ufactures a specialized range of lifting equipment for heavy electric shovels and hydraulic excavators. Metal 7 is a global manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of mining and smelting equipment. The acquisition, part of Metal 7's growth and consolidation plans, will ultimately bring Megatraction solutions to the global market, Metal 7 reported. Volvo Penta Trains Technicians in AK Volvo Penta ran two customized training courses for its industrial business dealers and customers in Anchorage, and at the Pogo Mine near Delta Junction in Alaska, U.S. For the first course, spanning three days, technicians from Delta Industri- al Services, Matson-Dutch Harbor, Tyler Rental and Sandvik received full compre- hensive training on Volvo Penta's industri- al heavy-duty diesels. The second training course, at the remote, sprawling under- ground Pogo Mine, about 350 miles north- east of Anchorage, Delta Industrial and Pogo technicians trained on diagnostic tools for the engines and after-treatment systems on the high-capacity loaders at the mine. Volvo Penta offers a wide selection of training courses. The company reported it trained more 1,200 technicians across all business segments in 2017 alone. BME Sells to Customers in US South Africa-based explosives leader BME announced it is supplying AXXIS electron- ic detonators to customers in the U.S. The company reported the move amount- ed to an important step in internationaliz- ing its footprint. The demand comes from existing global customers operating there. The company recently opened offices in Denver, Colorado, USA. BME's emulsion products will be toll manufactured in the U.S. to company specifications. Partnership for Stockpile Assessment System BinMaster partnered with Stockpile Reports on a stockpile volume and value assess- ment and reporting system, available by subscription. The solution will leverage lev- el sensors within silos and image process- ing software to capture and push inventory data to multiple users via a single platform. Dashboards populated with photographs, site statistics, and materials report to dis- parate users the volume, tonnage, and con- dition risks for each pile, BinMaster report- ed. The goal is to provide a single source of timely and actionable information, col- lected and processed largely automatical- ly, on stockpiles for use enterprise-wide, a capability now in high demand, Stockpile Reports reported. The subscription allows users to track pile inventory on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. Fugro's submersible drone, the Echo Surveyor VII, will collect data on the nodule field. (Photo: Fugro) The solution, offered by subscription, puts inventory data on a digital platform. (Photo: BinMaster)

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