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JUN 2018

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94 E&MJ • JUNE 2018 www.e-mj.com SUPPLIERS REPORT Caterpillar announced the assembly of the 5,000th Cat 793 Mining Truck, which is destined for a mine in Australia. The company reported the milestone produc- tion figure far exceeds the manufacture of any other brand of 227-metric-ton (mt)-size-class truck. The truck was first released in 1991 and the most recent model represents its fifth generation. The 793 has a reputation for durability, Cat reported. One of the longest-running 793s was built in 1992 and has accumu- lated 173,000 operating hours — nearly 20 years — and operates in a U.S. mine, the company reported. Further, more than 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command, the Cat autonomous truck op- erations system, which is a part of Cat Min- eStar, the company reported. Most of the autonomous trucks are operating in iron ore mines in Western Australia, though Cat autonomous truck fleets are growing in South America and North America. Cat autonomous trucks have hauled more than 700 million mt since the first trucks start- ed working about four years ago, the com- pany reported. KAZ Minerals' Selects ABB to Boost Capacity ABB won an order to deliver a compre- hensive process and power solution that will double the capacity of KAZ Minerals' sulphide ore processing plant in Aktogay, Kazakhstan. The project is the third major order from this customer and will reuse the engineering and solution configura- tion from the company's two other pro- duction lines in the area. ABB will provide its ABB Ability Mi- neOptimize integrated process and power control solution, which includes all pro- cess control and electrification equipment and infrastructure for the plant. ABB will supply its digital automation system, ABB Ability System 800xA, three gearless mill- drive systems, and a high-pressure grinding roll to grind the increased amount of ore. ABB will provide project engineering, in- stallation and commissioning services, and ongoing remote monitoring and diagnostic services. The delivery, part of a $1.2 billion expansion at the mine, also includes distri- bution transformers and substations, motor control centers, medium- and low-voltage drives, mineral processing specific applica- tions, and other automation and electrical equipment. The upgraded plant is sched- uled for first production in late 2021. The processing facilities in Aktogay produce copper in concentrate from a nearby open-pit mine. KAZ Minerals is the largest copper producer in Kazakhstan. Chilean Copper Mine Taps Motorola for Comms Chile's Collahuasi Mine contracted Motorola Solutions to control the mine's mission-crit- ical communications system, the latter reported. The former selected a Motorola Solutions Premier communications system control and management service package, which includes local technical support, network monitoring from the Motorola Solu- tions Network Operations Center in Illinois (United States), ongoing radio hardware maintenance, cyber security monitoring, and prevention and diagnosis. System management will include 24/7 monitoring and predictive analyses of potential issues using statistical studies on traffic, failure occurrence and patch installation control. The service will allow for installed radio and hardware repairs to ensure stable commu- nications as well as safer and enhanced mining operations. Jointly owned by Anglo American, Glencore and Japan Collahuasi Resources B.V., Collahuasi is one of the largest copper operations in the world. FLSmidth Realigns Organization Starting in July, FLSmidth will realign its organization from four divisions into two industries, Cement and Mining. It will also move from a national setup into a regional structure. Sales and service will be decen- tralized in seven regions. The two industries will cover seven regions: North America; South America; Europe, Russia and North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East; Asia; Subcontinental India; and Australia. DSI Underground to Acquire Fero DSI Underground Australia agreed to acquire Fero Group Pty Ltd. Employing 300 people, DSI Underground Australia supplies strata reinforcement and ground support products for the underground mining, infrastructure and construction sectors. Fero Group is a steel manufac- turing and anti-corrosion service com- pany. It has manufacturing operations in 5,000 th Cat 793 Truck Assembled Above, a Cat 793F is loaded by a Cat wheel loader. (Photo: Caterpillar) Fero Group employees tasked with hot dip galvanization. (Photo: DSI)]

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