Engineering & Mining Journal

DEC 2018

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108 E&MJ • DECEMBER 2018 EQUIPMENT GALLERY fatigue monitoring, to system and data- base usage, to enterprise reporting and more, the company reported. Scheduling Software Upgrade Released Maptek Pty Ltd. released Maptek Evolu- tion 5.1, scheduling optimization soft- ware. The new version features updates to the Strategy and Origin modules to en- hance medium-term, long-term and stra- tegic-life-of-mine scheduling, reducing operating costs and maximizing deposit value, the company reported. Origin's multi-objective optimization algorithm was expanded to handle sched- uling with solids. Users can now optimize with solids on NPV and blending, com- paring multiple confl icting objectives to defi ne a range of practical solutions for consideration, the company reported. Strategy was upgraded with a seeding function previously featured in Origin. The simple and intuitive interface allows users to select previous results, replicate the sequence of some periods and optimize further periods, providing greater fl exibility and control, the company reported. Mul- tiple solutions can be compared in pivot tables, providing an easy way to assess the outcomes. Other features include improved reporting capabilities and streamlined inte- gration with the company's Vulcan system. Separately, Maptek launched Point- Studio 8 with a new platform and ribbon interface. The 3D platform for modeling, analysis and reporting is delivered on the Maptek Workbench, which unlocks data sharing with other Maptek applications. One of the benefi ts of moving to the Work- bench is access to the Workfl ow Editor for building interactive command sequences, Maptek reported. PointStudio users can link workfl ow components to data and eas- ily run automations in context. Operations will be able to easily iden- tify overbreak and underbreak with the new underground reporting tools, the company reported. Benefi ts include re- ducing grade dilution and revealing un- necessary development and pre-blast is- sues by highlighting unstable areas. Drone Platform Offers Single-source Info Kespry reported its inventory and drone data management platform enables mon- itoring and assimilation of data across sites, product lines and divisions. Users can reconcile data from their drone surveys with data from ERP and other systems of record for production and sales data, the company reported. This data can then be used to make better production decisions, inform sales teams of available product, and reduce write-downs by fi nance teams. By centralizing data on one platform, min- ers can save time wasted on manual Excel work and identify discrepancies in inven- tory data faster to avoid costly issues such as overproduction, the company reported. Filtration Monitoring System Alerts Users Donaldson Co. Inc. unveiled a Web-con- nected fi ltration monitoring system that captures data from dust, fume and mist collectors, and notifi es users of poten- tially needed maintenance. The system leverages sensors and a controller to gath- er real-time data from a collector, apply analytics in the cloud, and relay insights back to the operator through a Web-based dashboard and email or text alerts. It can be installed on existing or new dust and fume equipment, the company reported. Benefi ts include cost and time savings. Mining Contractors and Engineers AFRICA | ASIA | AUSTRALIA | EUROPE NORTH AMERICA | SOUTH AMERICA • Shaft Sinking • Mine Development • Contract Mining • Raiseboring • Raise Mining • Underground Construction • Engineering & Technical Services • Specialty Services Consider it done. EXPERIENCE Providing full service mining solutions and innovation around the world for over 55 years.

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