Engineering & Mining Journal

JUN 2019

Engineering and Mining Journal - Whether the market is copper, gold, nickel, iron ore, lead/zinc, PGM, diamonds or other commodities, E&MJ takes the lead in projecting trends, following development and reporting on the most efficient operating pr

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JUNE 2019 • E&MJ 97 SUPPLIERS REPORT used to dewater copper sludge in flota- tion. The company reported the selection of the pumps hinged on their capacity for increased uptime. The pumps also had to help the miner comply with an energy management system based on interna- tional standards. Chilean pump supplier Wellford tapped Pleuger in part because the manufacturer "has decades of experience in designing pump units for the special requirements of the mining sector," the latter reported. Collahuasi, in the Pica district of the Tarapacá region produces more than 5,000 tons of fine copper per year, mak- ing it one of the largest copper mines in the world. Ore from two mines, Rosario and Ujina, are smelted on site into copper concentrate and cathodes. El Teniente to Automate Haul Fleet Codelco's El Teniente adopted Sandvik's AutoMine Fleet solutions for under- ground trucks, the latter reported. The development is the first step in a plan to automate trucking at the second larg- est underground copper mine in the world. In 2004, El Teniente adopted AutoMine Loading. The report follows the April announce- ment that Chuquicamata would deploy AutoMine and Sandvik's OptiMine. Leadership at Sandvik described Codelco as a strategic partner. "Our tech- nology will drive even safer, smarter and more productive mining for Codelco," said Patricio Apablaza, vice president, Andean and South Cone, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology. Codelco leadership said the develop- ment furthered its mission to be a good corporate citizen. "As a state-owned mining company, it is our responsibility to implement technology and solutions that ensure the safety of our people and the sustainability of our mines," Rafael Guzman, chief engineer, automation and technology, El Teniente, said. AutoMine offers automation solutions that can be adopted incrementally. Op- tiMine is a big data, digital mine, and machine health and monitoring solution. El Teniente adopts Sandvik's AutoMine Fleet. Above, A Sandvik TH663i underground truck equipped with AutoMine Trucking. (Photo: Sandvik) Pleuger delivers six 10-in. submersible pumps to Collahuasi. (Photo: Pleuger)

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