Industries such as mining, forestry and construction require the use of heavy-duty machines that are often subject to intense working conditions resulting in extreme wear and tear. In many cases, equipment wear parts made with steel castings are responsible for extending machine operating life and reducing downtime. These types of castings, for example, provide mining wear parts for a wide range of equipment including crushers, chute liners, mine car wheels and pumps. When resistance to heat or corrosion is needed, wear parts produced with stainless steel provide the solution. Read more
Located in Queensland, Australia, Ernest Henry Mining is a Glencore company that first began operating in 1998 as an open pit mine. As the open pit’s economic life span was due to end in 2011, plans in 2009 were confirmed to invest $589 million and transform the mine to underground shaft mining. By early 2012, a 5 km decline had been established to enable the trucking of ore from underground to the surface. Rates of production with this method were approximately three million tonnes annually resulting in about 25,000 tonnes of copper concentrate and 35,000 ounces of gold concentrate per year. By moving to shaft hoisting, 2015 production was forecast to double to six million tonnes of ore. That rate is projected to be achieved on an annual basis over the extended lifespan of the mine to 2026. Read more
Underground mining requires a number of different transportation systems. To effectively move miners and their equipment, for example, a dependable mine shaft cage is necessary. A mine’s success relies on the efficient operation of this component. If a serious problem occurs with the cage, conveyance activities must be suspended to ensure the safety of the miners and, when that happens, production is impeded. Read more
Mining operations greatly rely on machinery and conveyances. The right equipment has to be in place so that extracting and transporting of ore can be accomplished as efficiently as possible. Mining cars are one type of underground conveyance equipment that greatly influences the activities at a mine site. They make it possible to move ore towards hoisting areas for transport to the surface. Mine cars also serve as a transport for tools, equipment, and even workers. Read more
The mining process is tough on the production equipment used in today’s modern mines. The stress, heat and corrosion that components such as crusher linings, cutting heads and buckets are subject to can take its toll on even the most durable mining wear parts. Given the hazardous conditions under which miners work, it is imperative that every piece of mining equipment functions safely, efficiently and smoothly under the harshest of conditions. Read more
Mining regulations stipulate that new mine cages have to meet the updated elevator standards under the Occupational Health and Safety Act that is geared towards keeping mine workers as safe as possible. Mining companies and employers need to source top quality, dependable conveyance elevators that are durable enough to withstand the harshest conditions, yet keep the safety of workers ensured as a top priority. Read more
Mining is a vital industrial activity that has been taking place for many years in North America and around the world. Life without mining would simply be impossible because many of the items that people use in their everyday lives are manufactured using the raw materials that come out of the earth. As well, mining is a major economic driver in most of the countries where mine operations are located. The benefits that mining has provided to society have cemented its significance. As mining has grown, so has the supply-side of the industry. This means that mining companies have a greater choice when it comes to obtaining equipment such as quality mining cars. Read more
The C-Shaft headframe in Yellowknife, originally constructed in 1948, has been one of the most iconic images in the region. The headframe has been there for the entire lives of many local residents. It is a landmark that is displayed on t-shirts, stamps and in history books. However, the headframe is currently being dismantled as part of the Giant Mine remediation project that started in 2013. People have mixed feelings about the structure’s demise. Some feel it is like erasing part of their history while others believe that it’s time to move on. Read more
Due to excessive heat and friction involved in mining, corrosion and wear is one of the most prevalent problems in the industry. Millions of dollars are lost due to halted production, worker injuries and unscheduled repairs as a result of wear and corrosion on equipment. Although replacement and repairs are an inevitable part of maintaining mining equipment, there are ways to minimize losses due to continuous usage under harsh conditions. There are a number of methods that can slow down the effects of wear and corrosion, particularly for crucial parts such as heat-resistant steel castings.
Mining is a millennia-old industry that has experienced many advancements. Throughout the years, new equipment has been designed to make mining more efficient and safer for workers. Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of the industry lies in maintenance of loading, dumping and haulage equipment. Due to the harsh nature of the work and the environment, equipment such as aluminum mine skips, cages and loading stations experience considerable wear and tear. If one essential piece of equipment is compromised, the entire mining process could be crippled.