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Conveyor belt covers can minimise belt mistracking problems and reduce instances of injury to workers.

Conveying
Cover up: Dust covers, guards protect people, environment

In an age when quarries are being closely monitored for their dust and noise emissions, and attention to safety, Neil Kinder argues it is only logical that operations should consider dust covers for their conveyors. Read more »

Education
Assessing operational risk for market value purposes

Assessing a quarry’s operational risk is a key aspect of determining the market value of the operating business or its geological resource as an asset. Chartered surveyors Shaun Barry and Darren Herdman explain. Read more »

Education
The NEG: is it a viable energy policy?

It’s the policy that figuratively ended the career of another Prime Minister. But what was the National Energy Guarantee? Dr Kerry Schott spoke to Damian Christie about what the NEG could mean for the extractive industry. Read more »
Expert screening performance assessments are designed to partially address the regular problem of pegging in screen media.

Maintenance
Improving screening performance, productivity

On-site screening performance assessments are designed to help producers increase plant uptime, screening performance and productivity. Read more »
An Austroads study has recommended non-standard materials be used for rural roads.

News
Alternative materials for rural road construction

Road traffic peak body Austroads has published a report on the use of non-standard materials for rural roads. These alternative materials could lower pressures on the supply of virgin aggregate.
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According to the The Mining Matrix, the image of mining is one of the four core trends that can help restore pride in the industry.

News
Report urges mining to ditch its ‘dirty’ image

A think tank has called for the overhauling of the ‘dirty image’ in mining – and by extension quarrying – as a way out of the social impasse that is stifling growth and productivity. Read more »

Case Studies
The Digital Quarry: An integrated technical approach

Is a 20 per cent overall productivity improvement possible in a quarry, and if so how could it be brought about? Steve Franklin outlines how a Queensland quarry operation successfully implemented a series of technological advances that dramatically raised its productivity. Read more »
Natasha Reifschneider (left) in the field.

Case Studies
Pre-empting the challenges of the dual approvals process

In Victoria, and other jurisdictions around Australia, there is a dual approvals process that quarries must satisfy before they can begin works. Natasha Reifschneider explains how operators can pre-empt delays and mitigate the unnecessary duplication that can arise in council consent conditions. Read more »

Screens & Feeders
Optimising screening performance through screen media design

The efficiency of screening processes is influenced by the choice of suitable screen media. The key to optimisation is the individual, process-orientated set-up of the screen media. Suppliers can offer this advice through a screen performance assessment and technical support. Read more »

Screens & Feeders
Checking the amplitude of a vibrating screen

Why checking the shape of your screen's vibratory motion can affect its longevity. Read more »
Even once a quarry is active after planning and environmental approvals, mining lease compliance presents a new lot of challenges.

Geology
A broader view of compliance obligations

Compliance never stops in the quarrying industry. As Simon Ball explains, even when operators have satisfied their planning and environmental approvals, there are numerous, ongoing compliance issues that require attention. Read more »

Screens & Feeders
Managing underperforming vibrating screens

Opinions and emphasis placed on vibrating screens varies from person to person and from site to site. However, given they are the last machines to process material, their importance is clear. What is not clear is how to get a screen running well and keeping it that way. Darren Toth reports. Read more »


 

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