Engineering & Mining Journal

OCT 2018

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82 E&MJ • OCTOBER 2018 EQUIPMENT GALLERY BHP Billiton adopted multiple Kone- cranes solutions, including safety in- spection services, cranes and hoists, for the Olympic Dam mine. The exist- ing cranes were 25 years old and were reportedly breaking down frequently. Konecranes announced supplying the miner with fi ve new cranes, ranging from 1-metric-ton (mt) to 3.5-mt lifting capacity, and which will feature CLX chain hoists and CXT wire rope hoists. BHP leadership reported Konecranes provided several good options with quick turnaround times, Konecranes re- ported. "The new cranes have a range of advanced features to increase pro- ductivity, effi ciency and safety, which will help us further reduce downtime and keep operations running smooth- ly," said Scott Montgomerie, supervisor, fl oats maintenance execution, Olympic Dam, BHP Billiton. Data Monitoring for Better Haulage Sandvik released its Integrated Weigh- ing System (IWS), which captures re- al-time payload data for load and haul equipment. Additionally, the loader operator is informed of free capacity. These features help to achieve a full truck load every cycle. At the other end, the IWS helps to ensure the box is empty. The resulting log fi les can be transferred through My Sandvik Digital Services Knowledge BoxTM for further analyses or extracted into a USB stick. Separately, Sandvik reported that, in a trial, one of its automated 11-m-long LH514s self-navigated a glass maze. The loader leveraged the company's AutoMine system, which, the company reported, can learn the safest and most effi cient route on the fi rst trip through a tunnel. Guided by a set of lasers, the system maps out and records a path. The footage was uploaded to YouTube. Tire Offered in New Size Bridgestone Americas Inc. unveiled a new size of the Bridgestone VSMS2 tire, which is described as ideal for operating in under- ground mining envi- ronments. The tire is now available in size 29.5R25 in the U.S. and Canada. The tire delivers a 30% de- crease in the frequen- cy of sidewall cuts, improving the tire's overall lifecycle performance 5%, Bridge- stone reported. Key features include a deeper tread pattern to provide longer wear and protection in severe operating environments; heavy-duty durable radial casing design for extended tire life; and a tread-wear indicator allowing for easy visual recognition of the depth of wear. The tire is also available in 17.5R25, 26.5R25 and 29.5R29. Axles Available for Use With CTIS Meritor Inc. announced its award-win- ning P600 planetary axles are available with optional 5-planet wheel-ends and can now be confi gured for use with central tire infl ation systems (CTIS). Olympic Dam Taps Konecranes for Cranes, More

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