Engineering & Mining Journal

OCT 2018

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ELECTRA MINING OCTOBER 2018 • E&MJ 73 www.e-mj.com Blasting System (CBS) for underground applications. The system allows miners to initiate a blast from a safe location. The system also allows real-time location mon- itoring with remote-access capabilities. Sandvik also used Electra to showcase its newest innovations, including its move toward autonomous and remote-piloted vehicles, under its Automine brand label. "Automation is the thing that will allow us to bridge the skills gap in the mining industry," said Niel McCoy, business de- velopment key account manager. Machines controlled by teleremote will reduce the costs of fly-in, fly-out that many mines now employ to keep skilled staff on site. For instance, the Swedish firm will provide a full fleet of Sandvik TH663 trucks and Sandvik LH514E elec- trical loaders to Resolute's Syama gold mine in Mali. The mine is scheduled to begin operations later this year, and will be fully automated, via a control room in Australia. "The operator can sit with a cup of coffee in an air-conditioned office, in front of a screen," said McCoy. "And if he commands a machine to pick up 800 tons, it will do it." Speaking at breakfast held during day two of Electra Mining 2018, Jan de Beer, executive manager of Reutech Mining, ex- plained it is possible to increase both pro- ductivity and profitability, while creating a zero-harm environment. He added that the increased implementation of modern tech- nology can contribute to this drive. South African-based Reutech Min- ing has been helping address the safety risks relating to falls of ground in open pit mines for 14 years. In 2006, the company launched the first-generation Movement and Surveying Radar (MSR). Today, they deliver products for fall of ground in both underground and surface applications. The Sub-Surface Profiler (SSP) is a frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) ground penetrating radar system. The SSP weighs a mere 4.5 kg, can scan up to 10 m into the rock face and has no cables, with information being transmit- ted to a tablet or laptop in real time. This enables clients to analyze data and make informed decisions while underground. Reutech Mining also displayed the third generation of the MSR. According to the company, it's the fastest-scanning real aperture radar capable of detecting sub-millimeter movement up to 4,000 m away from the rock face. "Working hand in hand with the mining industry, Reu- tech Mining plans to expand its product range in 2019 to offer the mining indus- try more options to ensure that it keeps moving closer to the ideal of zero harm," De Beer said. We are better together Norwest is now part of Stantec. Together we oer expanded geoscience, mine planning, geotechnical, water and tailings management services to the mining community. Visit stantec.com/mining-norwest to learn more. Kal Tire's gravity assist system renders the torque gun weightless.

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