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Aggregate operators that apply best practices and next generation technology now will experience the long-term benefits of production efficiency, machine productivity and personal safety.

Conveying
Industry 4.0: What it means to the aggregates industry

The Industrial Internet of Things is being hailed as the next ‘industrial revolution’. But what is it – and how can it help producers now and into the future? Sören Schramm discusses the exciting possibilities for aggregate operations. Subscription required. Read more >>
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The iMC antenna on the top of the cab excepted (inset), the PC210LCi-10 is largely indistinguishable in appearance from Komatsu’s standard excavator.

Load & Haul
Machine control promotes efficiency, accuracy

An international plant manufacturer has launched a new machine control system that focuses on the efficient movement of aggregates while potentially solving skills shortages in the extractive and construction industries. Damian Christie spoke to Komatsu Australia’s Aaron Marsh about the benefits of intelligent machine control. Subscription required. Read more >>
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The entire M-Series range is equipped with a lock-up clutch torque converter with lock-to-lock shifting, plus a single clutch speed shift system.

Load & Haul
Wheel loaders promise better performance, fuel efficiency

Caterpillar Australia and its Queensland and Northern Territory dealer Hastings Deering have this year introduced the new Cat M-Series wheel loaders to the extractive market. Subscription required. Read more >>
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A range of free tools and resources are available for employers at the Fair Work website: <a href="www.fairwork.gov.au" target="_blank">fairwork.gov.au</a>

News
Mining services company forced to repay more than $2 million

A Victorian-based mining services company has been required to repay more than $2 million to workers it involuntarily short-changed over four years. Subscription required. Read more >>
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Money is just another key component of business - similar to raw materials, plant and equipment, and labour.

Management
Seeking an overdraft alternative

In today’s business environment, access to cheap flexible cash is paramount. Subscription required. Read more >>
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The term "sustainable" is not normally associated with natural resources- eg minerals, construction materials- that are considered non-renewable.

News
Encouraging sustainable use of quarry resources

In an age when sustainability is a buzz word of corporations, environmentalists and governments, can the quarrying industry claim this moniker as an integral part of its operations? Geoff West argues the industry is involved in sustainability and it should be proud – and loud – about it! Subscription required. Read more >>
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Imagine life without an iPhone - or apps

Management
What is innovation capability?

Allan Ryan will present at CMIC16 on 27 October to discuss the importance of innovation capability. Ahead of his presentation, he provides some advice about how businesses can be more innovative without incurring unnecessary risk and cost. Subscription required. Read more >>
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Wholly owned items of equipment, such as earthmoving plant, can provide businesses with security for tax debt loans.

Management
Financing tax debt

With statistics saying that up to one third of small businesses are under some form of ongoing tax debt with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), and the uncertainty of these arrangements and issues they can cause when companies apply for other finance with mainstream lenders, it is encouraging to see that a number of property financiers are now assisting companies in tax debt finance. Subscription required. Read more >>
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If an imported woven wire mesh screen isn’t compatible with a crusher’s frame, will the supplier go on-site to assess the problem?

Management
The advantages of working with a local manufacturer

The idea of procuring architectural products from an Australian manufacturer may seem impractical to some companies. Subscription required. Read more >>
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Six Sigma blasting describes a team-orientated, continuous improvement process.

Drill & Blast
Six Sigma blasting: A team approach

To avoid the chaotic, ill-disciplined drilling and blasting approaches of the past, quarries have adopted a team-based, continuous improvement approach to blasting practices. Anthony Konya explains the Six Sigma process. Subscription required. Read more >>
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Dust control has been given a higher priority in materials processing over the past few decades.

Attachments
Top reasons for using dust-tight valves

Dust emissions minimisation requires a system that recognises the issue of dust control at all stages of the mining process. Without adequate control measures, fugitive dust emissions can impact on the efficiency and profitability of your plant, and employees’ health. Subscription required. Read more >>
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T-Link combines Terex Finlay machines’ in-built CANbus control system and on-board sensors and electronics with satellite positioning and telematics software.

Maintenance
Mobile plant supplier introduces telematics system

Terex Finlay has introduced a new remote monitoring and fleet management telematics system to its range of mobile crushers. All Terex Finlay crushers manufactured and shipped from 1 January, 2016, have been equipped and fitted as standard with the T-Link system, complete with a three-data subscription. Subscription required. Read more >>
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