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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.

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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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Tips & Advice
Assessing the “value at risk” of a quarry operation

When it comes to determining the net present value of a quarrying operation, it is recommended that valuers use an appropriate risk analysis tool. Shaun Berry and Darren Herdman explain why the Monte Carlo simulation model is highly recommended. Subscription required. Read more >>
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Cyber liability is extremely important for providing business interruption cover when businesses are attacked by ransomware. Without it, how long would it take your business to run again at 100 per cent efficiency?

Other Products
The risks hidden in plain sight

In society today, the need to use insurance is increasing, and the risks involved in quarrying exceed what’s happening in the foreground. Dale Mackney discusses the insurance policies of which we are less aware, but that are vital to the smooth running of any operation. 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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Sixty per cent of NZ quarry supervisors have not updated their certificates of competence.

News
Supervisors fail verbal safety exam

According to industry groups, 60 per cent of New Zealand quarry supervisors are failing an exam that certifies them to safely run a site. Read more >>
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Australian Standard AS 5062-2016 applies to the excavators, bulldozers, loaders and trucks used on quarry sites.

News
Personnel urged to familiarise with changes to fire safety standards

Australian Standard AS 5062-2016 Fire protection for mobile and transportable equipment has recently been revised to promote improved fire safety. 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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More than 700 industry professionals attended CMIC16 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

News
Melbourne the focal point for innovation

CMIC16 – the sixth joint CCAA/IQA conference – could not have been more relevant at a time of political upheaval globally. As Damian Christie reports, while many of the innovations forecast could transform the construction materials industry, they also posed questions about their impact on the present and future extractive workforce. 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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The Industry Innovation Day was developed in direct response to CMIC14 feedback.

News
Busy schedule for innovation day

Innovation will be under the spotlight as one of the two main themes of the CMIC16. Read more >>
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