Apr 17, 2019
Attachment brings cement soil innovation

Attachment brings cement soil innovation

The Schökem process showcased at the Bauma trade fair this month promises a new way to economically produce soil cement. Developed by Kemroc Spezialmaschinen GmbH of Germany, its main element is a 5m-long front-end attachment for medium-sized excavators. This can simultaneously inject and mix a binder suspension with the soil to create a soil cement structure. Kemroc says treated soil ...

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Apr 17, 2019
Attachment brings cement soil innovation

Attachment brings cement soil innovation

The Schökem process showcased at the Bauma trade fair this month offers a new way to economically produce soil cement. Developed by Kemroc Spezialmaschinen GmbH of Germany, its main element is a 5m-long front-end attachment for medium-sized excavators. This can simultaneously inject and mix a binder suspension with the soil to create a soil cement structure. Kemroc says treated soil tu...

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Apr 09, 2019
CDE offers up Combo value for processing industry

CDE offers up Combo value for processing industry

CDE has launched an all-in-one wet processing plant at the Bauma trade fair in Munich. The Combo encompasses five processes – feeding, sizing, sand washing, stockpiling and complete integrated water management. CDE describe the development as a first for the industry and an important innovation to address a challenge faced by all customers of wet processing systems. “The Combo is...

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Apr 02, 2019
Komatsu adds might to ‘intelligent’ dozer line-up

Komatsu adds might to ‘intelligent’ dozer line-up

Komatsu has released its first mining machine fitted with integrated Machine Control – the D375Ai-8 “intelligent” dozer. The D375Ai-8 also has applications in quarrying and heavy construction projects. The 72.9 tonne dozer is powered by a US EPA Tier 4 Final emission certified Komatsu SAA6D170E-7 diesel rated at 455 kW in forward gears, and 558 kW in reverse. Komatsu Australi...

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Mar 26, 2019
Wolff’s mighty push into emerging technology

Wolff’s mighty push into emerging technology

Semi-autonomous dozers present an avenue for one of the next great step changes in mining production, according to Wolff Mining’s Andrew Miller. “My vision is a level of productivity that the world has never seen before – with a dragline or truck/shovel operation combined with at least half a dozen semi-autonomous dozers,” Mr Miller said. These machines would be able to safely w...

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Mar 05, 2019
Great breaking news for waste reduction

Great breaking news for waste reduction

A new machine that acts as a crusher and industrial shredder is being hailed as a game changer for waste reduction. The Hammbreaker has been available in Australia for 12 months, with 10 in operation here and 30 more on order according to distributor Craig Wills, the general manager of Jaws Crushers. He said the powerful machine could handle nearly 90 per cent of the waste stream including ...

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Feb 06, 2019
Boral’s game-changer for road surfacing

Boral’s game-changer for road surfacing

Boral has unveiled a new road surfacing truck promising to revolutionise the method of spray seal road construction in Australia. The new Boral FMAS, a Forward Moving Aggregate Spreader, disperses aggregate from the front of the truck via a conveyor belt and spreader box. Usually this process involved road crews working with reversing trucks that applied the aggregate through an elev...

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Jan 29, 2019
Liebherr launches new crane for civil industries

Liebherr launches new crane for civil industries

Liebherr will use the Bauma 2019 trade fair in April to present a new fast-erecting crane, the 125 K. The new machine has been specially developed for civil engineering requirements such as road traffic bridges and commercial as well as industrial building construction. With a radius of 55m and a maximum hook height of 65.5m, the manufacturer says it is the largest fast-erecting crane on ...

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Jan 20, 2019
Electric future for Volvo compact equipment range

Electric future for Volvo compact equipment range

Volvo CE has announced plans to shift its compact equipment range from diesel to electric. The company said that by mid-2020 it would begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and wheel loaders (L20 to L28), stopping new diesel engine-based development of these models. The first machines will be unveiled at the Bauma exhibition in April 2019, followed by a staged...

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Nov 11, 2018
Top line in pit slope monitoring

Top line in pit slope monitoring

GroundProbe has released new slope stability monitoring technology described as the highest spec radar on the market. The SSR-Omni has a 360 degree angle for complete coverage from inside a mine pit, and can see rock move 0.1mm from as much as 5.6km away. “It also features the highest definition of 0.08 degree pixels, meaning smaller rocks can be detected through millions of measurements recor...

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Nov 06, 2018
Deep and meaningful drone breakthrough

Deep and meaningful drone breakthrough

Drone technology to gather data in underground mining operations is at the centre of a venture that has raised $3.5 million to commercialise its first product, Hovermap. Queensland-based Emesent is a spin-out from CSIRO and its Hovermap technology automates the collection of valuable data in underground areas too dangerous or difficult for people to survey or navigate, such as stopes or ore passe...

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Nov 06, 2018
New approach to arsenic attracts collaboration award

New approach to arsenic attracts collaboration award

Core Resources and Mineral Technologies’ partnership in the development and commercialisation phase of the Toowong Process has been recognised with a METS Ignited Collaboration Award for 2018. The Toowong Process is a novel leaching technology that removes arsenic at the mine-site, and then “fixes” it in an environmentally safe and stable form that enables final disposal at the mine-...

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Nov 03, 2018
Excavators headed down electric avenue

Excavators headed down electric avenue

Cummins and Hyundai Construction Equipment have jointly developed an electric powered mini excavator. “As electric vehicles continue to expand their share in the automotive market, we are simultaneously seeing the electrification of commercial power systems being pursued by many as both an environmentally friendly and economically sustainable solution for construction equipment,” HCE...

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Oct 23, 2018
Semi-autonomous drilling milestone for Anglo American

Semi-autonomous drilling milestone for Anglo American

Anglo American has announced a milestone in its FutureSmart Mining program, with drilling conducted at its Dawson coal mine in central Queensland using a machine operated by a controller situated 4km away. The overburden (OD14) semi-autonomous drill is the first in the company’s metallurgical coal fleet to be fitted with this capability. “This is a significant step towards FutureSmart Mini...

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Oct 09, 2018
Software to lift crane safety on construction sites

Software to lift crane safety on construction sites

A team from Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering is using game engine software to improve crane safety. Dr Yihai Fang, who is leading the research, said current practices in lift planning and crane operation were ineffective and severely out of date in terms of recognising and mitigating potential safety risks. They could not respond to rapid changes and the increasing complexity...

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Sep 01, 2018
Winning project in water pipe analysis

Winning project in water pipe analysis

A CSIRO project to help predict which water pipes need maintenance before they burst has won the Excellence in Data Science category at this years’ Eureka Prizes. Scientists from CSIRO’s Date61 Smart Infrastructure Team developed an analytical tool that can make intelligent predictions about water pipe failures. This gives the ability to better prioritise pipes for maintenance and in ...

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Jul 13, 2018
Autonomous iron ore delivery milestone

Autonomous iron ore delivery milestone

Rio Tinto has achieved the first delivery of iron ore by autonomous train in the Pilbara, Western Australia. The autonomous train, consisting of three locomotives and carrying around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore, travelled over 280km from Tom Price mining operations to the port of Cape Lambert on July 10. It was monitored remotely by operators from Rio Tinto’s Operations Centre in Perth more tha...

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May 21, 2018
Innovative Mackay start-up venture is on a roll

Innovative Mackay start-up venture is on a roll

Trudging many kilometres alongside underground mine conveyors for maintenance checks was the spur that got engineer Ryan Norris thinking about a better way of doing things. Years of work have transformed his idea into Smart-Idler technology, with his company – Vayeron – entering commercial trading this year. The company’s outstanding innovation and ability to navigate the start-up scene...

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