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Top 10 Issues Shaping Mining In 2018 As commodity prices enjoy another bull run, how is the mining industry reacting to change? Professional services firm Deloitte Global identified 10 key trends facing the industry in their recent Tracking the Trends report. Here Deloitte’s Global Leader of Mining Phil Hopwood explains more. The last decade has been a rollercoaster of historic highs and historic lows in the mining sector. While the industry currently enjoys strong commodity prices, the next decade is likely to see more vigorous change. But have mining companies learned the lessons of the past – and how do they need to react to succeed in this new environment? 1. Bringing Digital To Life Once measured by how well a company extracted resources, the industry’s value proposition may be
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Teamwork Is Everything To The Cannington Group From The Types Of Equipment Used To The Partnership With Strongco And Volvo, The Ontario Remediation Contractor Is All About Working Together … And Smartly. When equipment manufacturers started promoting the use of excavators and articulated haulers together as earthmoving teams, they found a firm believer in David McCrossan. President of The Cannington Group, a familyowned contracting firm in the Greater Toronto Area, McCrossan says the combination of Volvo crawler excavators and articulated “rock” trucks sourced from Strongco is the only way to do it here. Here, is a 75-acre parcel of prime land on the shore of Lake Ontario in the resurgent Port Credit area of Mississauga. The long-time former home of a bulk oil storage facility, the property will eventually be developed as one of the region’s prime residential communities. As a specialist in soil
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good package.” The Volvo excavators and articulated haulers have not only earned a collective thumbs-up from his operators for their ergonomics and ease of operation, but also McCrossan’s own top grade for meeting their fuel efficiency and cost of operation claims. Some pieces in The Cannington Group’s Volvo fleet were procured specifically for the Mississauga job, “but we’ve also had longterm and multiple leases,” says McCrossan. “It’s a long-term relationship that we’re in with Strongco, and it’s going to continue.” TLC with TMR Through the relationship with Strongco, The Cannington Group was an early adopter of Volvo’s Total Maintenance & Repair (TMR) program. This, says Hili, has provided “a 3-way win” particularly when teamed with the contractor’s equipment leasing package. With the confidence of knowing his fixed costs, the customer is highly productive. He has new equipment that is fully supported by the dealership in combination with a modern service team keeps that
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Supply Post Central/Eastern Canada Edition · Our Readers Are Your Buyers job, and they were actually cheaper than us,” says McCrossan, “but the client went with us because of our experience with remediation and what is basically a surgical excavation. It’s slow, it’s methodical, and there is a lot of direction in field from the consultants. “You can’t just haul away clean materials as impacted. It’s just too expensive.” The remediation contractor is continually dealing with different contaminants, different depths of contamination and different types of soil, along with the seasonal factors of rain, snow and frost that left the Mississauga site almost bog-like in the spring. Despite the muddy and even flooded conditions, the Volvo A25E articulated haulers were able to bear down and work their way around the site, and keep the project moving. “The job changes by the day, sometimes by the minute, and if we’re waiting for samples and we’re waiting for results and the consultant hasn’t gotten back to us, we need to be able to go from one area to the next and keep
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joined properties and the Cannington Group actually worked on preparing the other two properties for their respective next lives. “It turns out, I knew more about this site than the current owners did,” he says. “I used to come in here on the knee of my dad in his dump truck.” As the land itself passes from one generation to the next, it seems only fitting The Cannington Group is the one doing the careful nurturing. b Source: MS&S
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5 Tech Trends Poised To Disrupt Manufacturing Here are five key tech trends that will change manufacturing for good. Some of these trends are already affecting how business is done, while others are expected to become more prominent in the years ahead. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) explores emerging trends and technologies through several thoughtleadership initiatives, including CONEXPO-CON/ AGG 365 online. What are the five trends? AEM provides a snapshot. 1. Industry 4.0: Taking technology to the next level It’s the consensus opinion of both economists and technology experts that the world is entering a fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), with the growing digitization of processes and the interconnectivity of the goods they produce. When Industry 4.0 solutions are properly implemented, manufacturers can offer new value, including: • Improved resource productivity and efficiency • Increased speed to market • Agility and customization to meet changing and individual customer needs • Value opportunities through the development of new services Companies that best position themselves to capture the value of Industry 4.0 can expect to see growing success. 2. Internet of Things (IoT): Welcome to the data-driven world The Internet of Things (IoT) is ever evolving and more manufacturers are incorporating smart devices or embedded intelligence into their production (and
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New Mack Mag-Grab Features Long-Life Durability At the recent ISRI conference and exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mack Manufacturing, a leading supplier of premium grade industrial grapples and buckets, introduced a new mag-grab as the latest addition to its product line for the scrap-handling industry. The combination 4-tine grapple and lifting magnet are offered in 1-yard, 1.5-yard and 2-yard models. The 2-yard grab is fitted with a 44-inch lifting magnet, while the smaller models feature 40-inch magnets. Mag-grabs typically are used to improve load retention when lifting fine material or to let operators “sweep” the work area clear of ferrous debris during loading operations. To develop the new product, Mack worked closely with the magnet manufacturer to optimize the attachment. Like all Mack products, the maggrabs are 100% American engineered and manufactured. According to Matt Davidson of Mack Manufacturing, there was a great deal of interest in this product at the show. “We feel that this combination will prove to be a very valuable addition to many of our customers and effectively increase their productivity in certain operating situations.”
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Mining The Future Adoption of Autonomous Haulage Systems in mining operations gains momentum. By Graham Chandler
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he future of mining is upon us. BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto deploy driverless ore trucks; semiautonomous dozer systems operate in Wyoming; semiautonomous LHDs trundle around a Newmont mine in Nevada. Records are being set: Komatsu early this year celebrated the 10th anniversary of its first autonomous truck deployment at a Codelco copper mine in Chile; Rio Tinto’s autonomous haul trucks have moved a total of one billion tonnes of material
with zero injury accidents. More than 100 Komatsu autonomous trucks operate around the world, and that number is rapidly climbing. Now Suncor’s North Steepbank mine in Alberta will soon be the first oil sands operation to employ driverless haul trucks— and the first to pilot Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) technology in openpit mines in Canada. Komatsu pioneered commercialization of AHS in the mining industry.
Within its FrontRunner system, each autonomous dump truck is equipped with controllers, a high precision GPS system, an obstacle detection system, and a wireless network system. They work in sync, enabling the truck to operate safely though a complex load, haul and dump cycle and to integrate with the dozers, loaders and shovels that are more commonly becoming part of the system. The trucks also transmit health and status information to cen-
tral control. Operations can be truly remote, for example Rio Tinto’s trucks are controlled remotely from its operations centre in Perth—about 1,500 kilometres from the mines. Concern for safety in such systems is paramount. “Komatsu thoroughly tests and qualifies all of its FrontRunner products, including operational safety layers, at its proving grounds and test labs in Tucson, Arizona,” explains Scott Schellenberg, Senior Manager Autono-
mous Haulage Systems, at SMS Equipment Inc., the Komatsu Equipment dealer in Canada. “By the time FrontRunner was brought to the oil sands there were many years of safe operation behind it in both Chile and Australia.” Schellenberg adds that mine sites are highly controlled operating venues and so offer a good area to deploy and evaluate autonomous systems. “It ensures we can very early deliver the significant benefits in a much lower risk environment as compared to cars on our streets,” he says. Field trials in the oil sands began in 2013, when Komatsu partnered with Suncor. Initially one truck operated through spring break up, cold winter conditions, and the soft underfoot conditions of summer. Completed at Suncor’s base mine the following year, positive results supported the decision to expand to a six-truck commercial scale evaluation in the company’s North Steepbank Extension mine. That ran from 2014 to mid-2017 and verified the operational parameters needed for broader implementation of AHS technology in oil sands mining operations. The trials pointed up some conditions unique to oil sands mining not encountered with hard rock mining. “There are obvious differences with the ground conditions between hard rock mining and Suncor’s operations,” says Suncor spokesperson Erin Rees. “As an example, in the early engineering tests, in our softer ground conditions the trucks’ same precise route on every trip would create deep ruts in
Page 15 the road. An update to the system was developed to eliminate this problem by allowing the trucks’ route to precisely offset each trip, reducing the deep ruts and road maintenance required.” It was patented as ‘multi-trajectory functionality’. Upon finalization of project reviews and approvals, Suncor’s AHS technology will be phased in over a three-to-five-year period starting in its North Steepbank Extension. The company plans to first replace trucks that have reached the end of their useful life with new Komatsu trucks, which reportedly cost about $5 million each, not including detection systems and new computer gear. But the autonomous trucks operate 24/7 and stop only for fuel, so the company should need fewer trucks in the future than it employs now. As more and more mines adopt AHS technology new savings soon become apparent. In addition to the enhanced safety margins, “as operators learn to structure their production environment around the capabilities of the system, they begin to realize some substantial production gains over staffed operations,” says Schellenberg. “This means our customers can do the same amount of work with less equipment. The other is maintenance costs: Komatsu customers are reporting on average 10 per cent reduction in costs. One area of note is tires—each haul truck has six tires so reports of 40 per cent increase in tire life add up to some big savings.” AHS is very much the wave of mining’s future. “The implementation of autonomous machinery will fundamentally change mining and will have a profound impact on the industry as a whole,” says Dave Goddard, of the Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG), a facilitator of global mining collaboration on common industry issues. “Although there are a lot of mining companies currently evaluating autonomous operations, the reality is that automation will be hugely disruptive in mining and will come whether they want it or not. And it’s more likely to come in a sooner and shorter time horizon than anyone is expecting.” b
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