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Automation technology gains ground

Atlas Copco’s cutting-edge automation technology is gaining traction in the mining industry. Introduced in 1998, the company’s Rig Control System (RCS) was slow to gain acceptance.

Redpath completes $65 million SNOLAB expansion

Careful attention to detail and scheduling was the mandate the J.S. Redpath Group followed during its four-and-a-half year expansion of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB). Located 6,800-feet underground at Vale Inco Ltd.

Hard-Line to launch new loader at MINExpo

HLS Hard-Line Solutions Inc., a Sudbury-based supplier of radio remote control and communication systems, will be introducing a new underground loader/excavator at MINExpo 2008 in Las Vegas, September 22 to 24.

New scissor lift truck boosts productivity

MacLean Engineering and Marketing has introduced a new underground scissor lift truck featuring a remote drive system and a deck with side and forward shift capabilities.

Synchrotron sheds light on metal toxicity

Electrons racing around a synchrotron, or particle accelerator, at close to the speed of light on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan are helping Vale Inco identify the forms, or species, of nickel in soil and filter particulate samples.

Automated hoist rope inspection wins rave reviews

An automated wire rope inspection system developed as a result of an R&D project by the Sudbury-based Deep Mining Research Consortium and AMIRA has successfully replaced the decades-old practice of daily, manual hoist rope inspections at Xstrata
Jannatec teams up for ventilation solution

Jannatec teams up for ventilation solution

Jannatec Radio Technologies Inc.
RFID tags used to track ore grade for mill optimization

RFID tags used to track ore grade for mill optimization

An innovative material tracking system being piloted at Vale Inco’s Frood-Stobie Complex in Sudbury could keep millions of dollars worth of nickel and other metals from being disposed of in tailings.

Diamond drill rig info now on Internet

Atlas Copco Exploration has teamed up with North Bay-based web content management company Mindoka Innovation in Information Technology to publish manuals for diamond drill rigs and associated tools on the Internet.

Sandvik’s new underground loaders feature improved electric and hydraulic systems

Sandvik Mining and Construction claims its new LH Series of underground loaders, which replaces its Toro and EJC brands, will be easier to service, safer and more comfortable.