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Load & Haul
A holistic view of network connected quarry improvements

Under pressure to juggle productivity and improvements with cost-effectiveness and profitability, quarrying operators and managers are increasingly reliant on digital data capture and analytics tools via network-connected devices and web-based reporting to smoothly run their operations. Read more »
Benedict Industries’ Geoff Johnston (left) and Rob Loiterton with the new Komatsu D475A-5EO bulldozer.

Case Studies
Bigger dozer's workload offsets operational costs

A homegrown operator has substantially increased productivity with the purchase of a larger dozer. Read more »
CJD personnel with members of family-owned Ravensthorpe Heavy Haulage during handover of the L260H.

Case Studies
Wheel loader boosts lithium production at WA mine

An earthmoving and haulage company is using a 35-tonne Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) wheel loader to assist with lithium production at Galaxy Resources mine in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. Read more »

News
Trial at 'emission-free quarry' declared an outstanding success

Having recorded encouraging results from a joint research project at Vikan Kross Quarry, near Gothenburg in Sweden, Volvo Construction Equipment has subsequently announced that all of its compact earthmoving machines produced from 2020 will feature electric engines. Read more »
With an operating weight of 90 tonnes, the R 976s are developed and produced at Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar, France.

Case Studies
Excavators prove their mettle in harsh African conditions

A pair of crawler excavators have demonstrated their reliability and economy in a South African coal mine. Read more »
The HD325-7 is equipped with an auto-braking system that allows the operator to set the downhill speed and travel at a constant pace.

Case Studies
Auto-braking system makes work easier, safer on steep downhill

The automatic engine braking system on Komatsu HD325-7 dump trucks is helping a New Zealand quarry safely and efficiently handle some of the steepest downhill haul roads in the business – even when fully loaded. Read more »
China’s Great Wall still stands intact today, thanks to a mortar mixture of sticky rice flour and slaked lime.

HR
An ode to the ordinary

To achieve something today, it’s believed you have to think big and out of the ordinary. However, as Cecilia van der Merwe argues, innovations and solutions can be found in the tiniest and most mundane objects – and no thing can ever be considered “small” if it contributes to a greater whole. Read more »
While he spent a lot of time wearing black, Peter’s fashion sense could also be quite colourful!

News
Peter Barro: An enduring legacy

In late 2018 the extractive industry lost one of its stalwarts and advocates at a relatively young age. John Mitas reflects on the life, work and passion of Peter Barro. Read more »
Boral’s Giovanna Romeo (left) and Seertech Solutions’ Dylan Rowe receive awards from the Brandon Hall Group for their collaboration on the iLearning Plus suite for Boral employees across more than 430 sites nationally.

News
Boral learning tool receives commendation

Boral has received an award for its use of specialist learning technology designed to improve capability and compliance and, ultimately, make workplaces safer. Read more »
The Ranger DX900i drill rig is equipped with a revolving upper structure that offers a 290-degree drilling reach and 55m2 coverage.

Case Studies
Contractor breaks ground with "intelligent" rig

The latest rendition of an all-encompassing crawler rig is kicking goals for a drilling contractor at a Boral quarry. Tim Robertson reports. Read more »

Drill & Blast
To the power of six: Promoting a team-oriented approach to drilling, blasting

Anthony Konya discusses a steady management approach to drill and blast that encourages employee buy-in and a dedication to improved techniques and efficiency. This can assist operators with reducing expenses and achieving better fragmentation. Read more »
Donnelly Blasting Services’ Epiroc SmartROC T40 smart rig, fitted with silenced kit boom, at Fulton Hogan’s Blue Rock Quarry.

Case Studies
Complete package rig exceeds expectations

A drill rig has set a new in-house record for the manufacturer with the number of metres drilled and litres consumed in one shift. Damian Christie spoke to Daniel Kirwan, of Epiroc, and father and son Jason and Dan Donnelly, of Donnelly Blasting Services, about their SmartROC T40 smart rig. Read more »

Drill & Blast
How fragmentation analysis can assist in blasting

Predicative models, photogrammetric techniques are proving vital to the optimisation of extractive operations. Read more »

Case Studies
Modern crawler rig trialled abroad

Global explosives producer MAXAM has optimised its drill and blast works in the Polish market through the acquisition of SmartROC T40 drill rigs, equipped with the COP 2560 rock drill, Hole Navigation System (HNS) and remote control function. Read more »
The Combo X150 is a lerger version of CDE's Combo x70 model.

Case Studies
Integrated mobile washing plant for improved manufactured sand

CDE’s Combo X150 can clean, grade and recycle up to 95 per cent of water in one machine, and can produce concrete and plaster sand simultaneously. Read more »

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