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JUN 2019

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100 E&MJ • JUNE 2019 www.e-mj.com SUPPLIERS REPORT Titanium Op Gets New Trommel Tronox's Namakwa Sands mineral sands operation in Brand se Baai, West Coast Region, South Africa, selected Multotec to replace a trommel at the Primary Con- centration Plant East (PCPE). The scope of supply included the trommel screen, screen panels and ancillary equipment. The new trommel was to perfectly re- place the old unit and "provide the same level of operational performance and reli- ability as the old screen had for the past 12 years," Greta Mantell, technical sales representative, Multotec Manufactur- ing, said. At PCPE, the trommel screen is used to classify by size and route the oversize to tailings. The undersize is pro- cessed as normal. The PCPE uses sea water for its pro- cesses. The Multotec trommel screen is fitted with Spalto polyurethane panels to ensure optimum throughput and wear life. The new trommel is 7.2 m long, has a diameter of 2.5 m and a total mass of 12.5 mt. According to Multotec, it was delivered on time, installed by the mine, commissioned by Multotec, and within two days operated at a rate of 1,000 tons per hour. i-IoT to Sell sensemetrics Solution sensemetrics Inc. and i-IoT Solutions entered a partnership under the former's Global Strategic Alliance Member Pro- gram that will enable the latter to sell for- mer's plug-and-play end-to-end IoT solu- tion to mines in Brazil, Mexico and Peru. i-IoT Solutions leadership described the solution as a much-needed, real-time data automation solution, deployable in a matter of hours. "Adopting sensemetrics' technology will increase mining, dam and infrastructure compliance and safety needs immediately while also attaining a fast ROI," said Hélio Samora, managing director, i-IoT Solutions. Booyco Signs Mernok for R&D Booyco Electronics partnered with Mernok Elektronik and Selectronic on next-gener- ation proximity detection system (PDS) technology research and development. Booyco Electronics has roughly 5,000 PDS units in the field for a combined to- tal of more than a million hours of ser- vice. Mernok Elektronik was tapped for its in-house design and engineering capa- bility, according to its managing director. The collaboration reportedly speaks to the need to source supplies and services locally, per the Mining Charter in South Africa, according to Booyco. Ambra to Sell Ericsson 5G, IoT Solution Ambra Solutions selected Ericsson as part of a global cooperation agreement to provide 5G-ready network solutions to au- tomate ventilation systems, real-time per- sonnel and vehicle tracking, and remote controlling of machinery like diggers, haulers, drills and other equipment. The 5G-ready Ericsson Radio Sys- tem portfolio enables Ambra, a turnkey engineering services systems integrator, to simplify network deployments and re- place up to 60 Wi-Fi access points with a single Ericsson solution, the partners reported. The software solution, which will be sold by Ambra, is pitched by Ericsson leadership as capable of providing "mas- sive IoT capabilities for sensor-based ap- plications" and helping customers resolve age-old challenges. "The global mining industry has been vulnerable to challeng- es of energy consumption, equipment loss, and human safety," Shannon Lucus, head of the emerging business unit at Ericsson North America, said. "We have designed an easy-to-use cellular connec- tivity solution to address these issues and deliver efficiency through digital transfor- mation, while creating a path to 5G." Ambra leadership described the Er- icsson Radio System as optimal. "The reliability of Ericsson products enables more predictable, secure and lower-cost connectivity, and mining companies want to use a reliable product that is available worldwide," Eric L'Heureux, CEO, Ambra Solutions, said. Ericsson and Ambra partnered last year to deliver the world's deepest under- ground LTE network for the Agnico Eagle mining complex, LaRonde, in Abitibi, Quebec, Canada, Ericsson reported. Lo- cated 3.5 kilometers below the surface, the mission-critical private network pro- vides data and voice services across the LaRonde mine site. Cementation Americas Acquires Terra Nova Cementation Americas, part of Murray & Roberts Holdings Ltd., announced the completion of its acquisition of Ter- ra Nova Technologies (TNT). The latter provides design, supply and commission- ing services for crushing and screening plants, overland conveyors, heap-leach systems and mobile-stacking systems for waste and dry tailings. Cementation Americas is a mining- and minerals-fo- cused group of companies, delivering both underground and surface solutions for mines and downstream minerals pro- cessing facilities worldwide. Above, the new Multotec trommel. The old trommel is visible in the background. (Photo: Multotec) Ambra Solutions will sell an Ericsson 5G solution that offers greater connectivity anywhere on the work site. (Photo: Ericsson)

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