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Nov 24, 2020
Avatel brings step change in development charging

Avatel brings step change in development charging

Orica and Epiroc Rock Drills AB have co-developed a prototype of the world’s first semi-automated explosives delivery system. The firms say customers in the underground mining industry can look forward to safer, efficient and more productive development blasting as early as the end of 2021, as they commence commissioning on Avatel. Epiroc underground division president Sami Niiranen said ...

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Nov 21, 2020
Jumbo drill and bolter a groundbreaking double act

Jumbo drill and bolter a groundbreaking double act

Komatsu’s new jumbo drill and bolter boast a common platform that allows operators to convert their machine from a jumbo to a bolter, or vice versa. The company says its groundbreaking common carrier and control system for underground hard rock mining is designed to meet the industry’s needs for greater productivity and versatility while helping lower capital costs. The new small-cl...

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Nov 07, 2020
‘Future-ready’ tech in latest Cat mining truck update

‘Future-ready’ tech in latest Cat mining truck update

Caterpillar has taken an ‘old faithful’ of its fleet and added a ‘future-ready’ technology platform with its Next Generation Cat 785 mining truck. The manufacturer says the new model enhances operator safety and performance, provides more intuitive and predictable operation, delivers faster and easier access to data, and streamlines maintenance. “The 785 was Cater...

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Oct 22, 2020
Glencore signed up for $249m Sandvik deal

Glencore signed up for $249m Sandvik deal

Sandvik has revealed details of a $249 million deal to supply machinery including drills, loaders and trucks for Glencore Queensland Metals operations over six years. A Sandvik DD421 development drill supplied last month was the first piece of equipment under the deal, which covers Glencore’s underground mobile mining equipment and aftermarket parts. Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology glo...

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Oct 22, 2020
Cannington adds AD63 truck to underground fleet

Cannington adds AD63 truck to underground fleet

South32 Cannington is set to put the largest underground truck in the Cat product line to work. The North West Queensland operation took delivery last month of the world’s first AD63 to site, according to dealer Hastings Deering. With a 63-tonne payload, the AD63 boasts a Euro Stage V engine and tilt cab for easier maintenance. South32 Cannington vice-president operations Joe Russ...

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Oct 20, 2020
Hitachi adds grunt for Ravenswood ramp-up

Hitachi adds grunt for Ravenswood ramp-up

Ravenswood Gold has taken delivery of a new Hitachi EX3600 excavator as it ramps up preparations for the return to large-scale open-pit mining at Ravenswood. Ravenswood Gold chief executive officer Brett Fletcher said the machine was part of an initial $100 million mining fleet to be purchased for the Ravenswood Expansion Plan (REP). The excavator, the biggest machine ever to be used at the...

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Oct 12, 2020
Drillman to acquire Sandvik exploration business

Drillman to acquire Sandvik exploration business

Sandvik has signed an agreement to divest its exploration business to Australian company Drillman. Drillman – a subsidiary of the M Group of Companies – provides equipment and technical support to the geotechnical, mineral exploration, horizontal, directional and upstream gas drilling sectors, among others. The deal includes exploration rigs, consumables and production stock, al...

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Sep 25, 2020
Sandvik updates drill simulator training range

Sandvik updates drill simulator training range

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is introducing a new version of its operator training simulator for underground drill operators and maintenance teams. The Digital Driller family – which now includes the DS422i – provides advanced simulator training to improve operator and drilling performance. Sandvik says the new version features the latest developments in underground drill...

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Aug 28, 2020
New loaders in George Fisher automation drive

New loaders in George Fisher automation drive

Six Sandvik LH517i’s are being introduced at George Fisher Mine in Mount Isa as part of an automation project. The Glencore-owned mine welcomed the first three new underground loaders in June, according to the company’s Resourceful news bulletin. The company says the transformative automation project is designed to improve safety, and increase efficiency and productivity. Pri...

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