“WHERE there’s smoke, there’s fire”, was the popular refrain around MINExpo when recycled rumours about GE interest in Joy Global became more than a whisper on day two of the Las Vegas show. But if the smell of smoke was evident at the GE Mining press conference, there was also the sight of executives with fire extinguishers.
MINERS, meet Bernard Charles; Mr Charles, miners. And so the charismatic Frenchman and head of Dassault Systemes, one of the world’s leading software companies, began his maiden public address to the mining industry. Those in attendance would no doubt have walked away with a similar first impression to the man who made the introduction.
OCTOBER 3: Tucson twosome Mintec and Modular Mining Systems flicked another ‘connect’ switch in the increasingly coupled worlds of mine planning and mining machine control, at MINExpo International 2012, and suggested there would be more collaboration in future between the technology stalwarts.
“THE revolutionary VIBROCONE crusher is the first step towards a more energy and water efficient comminution circuit,” Sandvik Mining president Gary Hughes declared at the MINExpo International 2012 show in Las Vegas about the machine one greenfield mine study in South America has shown can save 20% of the energy of a SAG mill and cost less.
INFRARED thermal imaging specialist FLIR Systems was claiming a world first at last week’s MINExpo International show in the US: a commercially-available, wearable monitor designed to protect miners and other at-risk workers from overexposure to diesel exhaust fumes.
OCTOBER 3: While the premise of a news statement was generally elusive for the Komatsu America press team during MINExpo International 2012, there was some measure of redemption with the 730E AC – it was new!
OCTOBER 3: THE truck-n-excavator people at Hitachi say the new EH5000AC-3 rigid-frame hauler, introduced at last week’s MINExpo International 2012 in Las Vegas, is one of the most technologically-advanced mining trucks on the market today.
OCTOBER 3: A patented, “activated” cutting head could revolutionise hard-rock mine development and selective mining of ore, according to Caterpillar.
CATERPILLAR may have been upstaged – hard to imagine if you saw its MINExpo 2012 display – in launching its new 60-tonne-payload underground truck as Atlas Copco unveiled a category-killing 85-tonner down the hall, but it’s got the loader for all occasions in the form of the new R3000H.
OCTOBER 3: SANDVIK and Outotec will work more closely together in the area of comminution under a new memorandum of understanding signed last month.
OCTOBER 3: Sandvik used MINExpo International 2012 to change the packaging on its AutoMine technology suite. The Swedish company said the “new Sandvik AutoMine” product family offered reliable fleet automation technology for drilling, loading and hauling, single loader automation, block cave draw control and process/information management systems.
OCTOBER 3: SkyAngle, developed by mining machine maker Hitachi in partnership with Clarion Co, gave mine truck operators a superior “bird’s-eye view” of their surroundings, a spokesman for the former company said at a MINExpo International 2012 launch.
OUTSIDER. That word summed up BelAZ both literally and figuratively at the huge MINExpo show in Las Vegas. Actually make that highly ambitious outsider.
SEPTEMBER 26: ATLAS Copco has launched an 85-tonne-payload underground mine that will work in the same decline envelope as its immensely popular 60t MT6020 truck, at the world’s biggest mining expo – news that was apparently greeted very warmly by the many Australian miners and contractors at the show.
OCTOBER 1: MINING equipment giant Caterpillar is testing a new 290-tonne-payload electric-drive dump truck at its proving grounds near Tucson, Arizona – the first of the former Bucyrus-Unit Rig super-haulers to feature an integrated Caterpillar C175-16 engine and the manufacturer’s 360T AC electric drive system.
SEPTEMBER 27: Emerson Process Management has struck a formal global agreement with US-based P&H Mining Equipment to integrate its state-of-the-art machine vibration monitoring devices with the remote diagnostic sensors on the equipment manufacturer’s new rope shovels.
SEPTEMBER 27: Deals were going down left, right and centre at the MINExpo show in Las Vegas, with Danish-based FLSmidth executives among those putting pens to paper.
SEPTEMBER 26: THE first commercial rollout of Caterpillar’s surface mine truck fleet automation technology in Australia could take another 18 months, group president resource industries Steve Wunning said at the MINExpo International 2012 show in Las Vegas.
SEPTEMBER 26: LEICA Geosystems has rebadged and rebooted its mining technology suite and, with no small contribution from a rising Australian star of the international ground-based GPS guidance technology industry, has set its sights on capturing a very large slice of the mining fleet management and autonomy market.
SEPTEMBER 27: Jim Butler and Phil Edmiston of Minemax weren’t the only ones impressed with the calibre and volume of visitors at this year’s MINExpo in Las Vegas, but they were particularly rapt with the response to the official launch of Minemax Scheduler 6.