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MAY 2019

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MAY 2019 • E&MJ 71 SUPPLIERS REPORT travel time of less than two hours. The entire operation was completed on sched- ule and with zero incidents, despite the weather, Mammoet reported. The crusher was active until just hours before the move, which significantly re- duced downtime. The quarry dates back to 1900. With the crusher moved, another 100 years of operation is expected. Quellaveco Contracts GIW for Pumps Anglo American selected GIW Indus- tries Inc. for four MDX 600 cyclone feed pumps for the Quellaveco project in Peru. The MDX pump was selected be- cause of its success in copper and gold applications around the world, GIW In- dustries reported. The pump features a remotely adjust- ed mechanical-suction liner and critical wear parts made of GIW's proprietary white-iron alloy, Endurasite. These fea- tures lower total cost of ownership, the company reported. Company leadership said the contract reflects the viability of the solution and should solidify the company's position as a leader in the South American and global mining markets. "The award is a result of GIW's drive for continuous improvements in slurry technologies," Hernan Palaveci- no, manager, South America, GIW Indus- tries, said. "We are committed to offering high-quality service while building a long- term partnership with Quellaveco." Hexagon Acquires Split Engineering Hexagon's Mining division announced it acquired Split Engineering, a supplier of coarse rock fragmentation size measure- ment systems, software and services. Split Engineering's image processing technology delivers high-quality informa- tion that enables customers to manage their processes from drill to mill and im- prove mine profits, Hexagon reported. The company was founded in 1997 by geological engineering staff at the Univer- sity of Arizona. It currently has offices in Chile, Peru, South Africa and Australia. This acquisition should benefit Hexa- gon customers, Josh Weiss, president, Hexagon Mining, said. "Split Engineer- ing's fragmentation analysis capabilities expand our life-of-mine vision from pit to plant," he said. "It closes the loop on drill and blast design by allowing sites to quantify the effectiveness of their blast, bridging the gap between plan- ning and operations." Komatsu Launches Center for AHS Komatsu announced the launch of its global Center of Excellence (COE) for Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS). The COE team, located in Tucson, Arizo- na, U.S.A., will be responsible for AHS strategy, planning, marketing, sales sup- port and training; enabling Komatsu to respond faster to customers' needs in the rapidly, the company reported. Leadership described the launch as a major step forward. "Our diversified FrontRunner AHS team is united by com- mon goals, workflows and strategies to deliver maximum value to our customers as well as our customer-facing teams and distributors," Jim Nishiura, vice presi- dent, Global Mining Business Division, Komatsu, said. Komatsu's AHS has moved more than two billion tons of surface material auton- omously, the company reported. Separately, according to wire reports, Codelco adopted a hybrid LHD made by Komatsu. Deployment could improve pro- ductivity by as much as 20%, Codelco reported. MacLean Invests in Expansion of Owen Sound Manufacturing Facility MacLean Engineering celebrated the completion of a 1,400-m 2 expansion of its Owen Sound, Ontario, manufactur- ing facility with a ribbon cutting. The expansion doubles assembly capac- ity from five assembly bays to 10, with two 10-ton cranes, a separate storage building for parts, and an external load- ing ramp for rig deliveries. The project was initiated in Q4 2018 and complet- ed in Q1 2019. The plant employs 140 people. As many as 60 hires are ex- pected, including welders, machinists, electricians, mechanics and adminis- trative personnel. Leadership said that with the expansion and the benefits it offers comes the expectation to double production. "Access to local trades is a big part of our challenge at MacLean: to keep up with the demand for specialized mining and municipal vehicles around the world," Ed Hawton, plant manager, Owen Sound, McLean Engineering, said. "This community offers up the workforce that we need for our current production and future growth, so we're strong pro- ponents of Owen Sound as a place to do business on a global scale." Structural Steel Work Done at Liebherr's US HQ Liebherr USA Co. reported structural steel work was completed at its new $45 million headquarters building in Newport News, Virginia, USA. Curtain wall instal- lation and vertical metal stud framing is under way, and the weather barrier is be- ing placed. Next, concrete floor slabs will be poured and windows will be installed, the company reported. When completed, the new buildings will add more than 251,000 ft 2 to the company's existing 560,000-ft 2 campus. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020. The facility will house personnel from nine product units. Twelve repair stations will be avail- able for the earthmoving division — an increase from the eight currently avail- able — for equipment modifications and pre-delivery inspections. Warehouse roof installation is underway and foundation work is in progress for the workshop. An artist's rendering depicts Liebherr's new U.S. facilities.

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