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OCT 2018

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76 E&MJ • OCTOBER 2018 SUPPLIERS REPORT Metso announced its 150 th anniversary. Launched in 1868, the company evolved through a series of mergers, acquisitions and divestments. Bruno Nordberg, a Finnish migrant who settled in Michigan in the U.S., produced some of the first crushing equipment for mines. In 1928, Nordberg acquired the Symons cone crusher technology, an innovation that revolutionized crushing practices in the mines and quarries. The amalgamation of Svedala Industri AB into Metso in 2001, brought all of this DNA under one roof and allowed the introduction of several new crushing and grinding solutions. In related news, Metso recently won an order to deliver a pellet plant, includ- ing grinding, filtration and a pyro-pro- cessing pellet plant to a major JSW Steel Ltd. operation in India. The order will be Metso's largest global pellet plant deliv- ery, and the single-largest installation for Metso 2040-60 Vertical Plate Pressure Filters VPA, which are used in heavy-duty dewatering applications. Metso also reported plans to acquire Mega Cast, a privately owned foundry project, for approximately $29 million and calendared to close by 2020. The purchase will contribute to the devel- opment of Metso's foundry capacity in Vadodara, India, the company reported. Metso established operations in India in 1992. Freeport Adopts Loader Training Simulators Freeport McMoRan uses training sim- ulators from Immersive Technologies to train operators on Cat Command for Underground, which enables the remote control of loaders, Immersive Tech- nologies reported. Select trainees first receive 10 hours of classroom training and 20 hours in a Cat loader simulator. Next, they receive 20 hours in a Com- mand for Underground simulator. The regime provides training considered equivalent to the desired actual work experience on a Cat R1600G loader, Immersive Technologies reported. Command for Underground auto- mates the tramming and dumping component of an underground loader's cycle. With it, the operator can control one or more machines from an office or remote location. Epiroc Wins Order to Supply Drill Rigs to South Africa Epiroc won mining equipment orders val- ued at $11 million from Murray & Roberts Cementation (Pty) Ltd. in South Africa. The latter ordered multiple drill rigs for the underground production build-up of the Kalagadi manganese mine in South Africa's Northern Cape Province. The or- ders include Boomer 282 face drilling rigs, Boltec 235 bolting machines, rock drilling tools, spare parts and on-site ser- vice support. The machines will ensure that the mine is operated with enhanced productivity, safety and cost efficiency, Epiroc reported. TAKRAF Lands, Completes Contracts TAKRAF USA reported it fulfilled a con- tract to design and supply a Roto-Louvre Dryer to process sodium metabisulfite material for a client in Texas, USA. The dryer and ancillary equipment arrived in January. During February, the customer self-performed the installation and com- missioning of the unit with technical support from TAKRAF USA. It has been operational for more than three months and the customer is extremely satisfied, TAKRAF reported. It is the first dryer unit designed and supplied by TAKRAF since it acquired FMC Technologies' Material Handling Systems in 2016. Separately, TAKRAF reported receiving a contract for two High-Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) for a cement plant in Turkey. Each HPGR incorporates rolls with a diam- eter of 1,800 mm, a width of 1,600 mm and a weight of more than 50 short tons (st). Two variable frequency drives, with a combined power output of around 3,000 kilowatts, will enable the processing of more than 1,000 st per hour, TAKRAF re- ported. The machines will be engineered and manufactured in Lauchhammer, with delivery scheduled in H1 2019. Fluor Works With IBM to Deploy Watson Fluor Corp. announced collaboration with IBM in the deployment of two iterations of the latter's Watson AI-based solutions to monitor and measure the status of en- gineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPC) megaprojects from inception to completion. Fluor is adopt- ing IBM's EPC Project Health Diagnostics and Market Dynamics/Spend Analytics to help predict critical project outcomes and provide early insights into the health of projects, Fluor reported. The two systems will help identify dependencies and pro- vide actionable insights by fusing thou- sands of data points across the entire life cycle of capital projects, Fluor reported. Watson made history and headlines in 2016 and 2017 after it trounced two Metso Celebrates 150 Years High-pressure grinding technology (above) is one example of the company's major achievements in mineral processing. (Photo: Metso) TAKRAF received a contract for two High Pressure Grinding Rolls for a cement plant in Turkey. (Photo: TAKRAF)

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