Electronic spark tester available for testing

Since a high profile incident in 1998, where two widely deployed IS certified power supplies failed an intrinsic safety retest (Bell & Hookham, 1999), the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) has funded numerous research projects investigating options for improving IS certification and testing procedures – especially with a view to replacing or supplementing the […]

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How tired is too tired?

Fatigue is a natural condition that impacts every one of us. Whether it’s a mid-afternoon energy slump or a more severe case precipitated by a sleepless night or extended periods of physical or mental exertion, most of us experience some degree of fatigue every day. When it comes to drowsiness, we all share something else […]

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Sandvik intelligent trucks automate haulage with AutoMine®

Sandvik is introducing new intelligent mining trucks for automated haulage, delivering tangible benefits in safety, productivity and profitability. Paired with AutoMine® Trucking, mines can increase haulage production by as much as 30 percent. The new Sandvik TH551i and Sandvik TH663i trucks are designed for intelligent mine production. The high-capacity trucks are safer, efficient and easy […]

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Securing the future of deep underground mining

As underground mines get ever deeper in search of supplementary orebodies, the earth’s gravitational and tectonic pressures become a significant issue in the stabilisation of tunnels. Existing tunnel support methods become less effectual at greater depth, and the need for additional reinforcement rises considerably. Are we adapting our mining methods to mitigate the increased risk […]

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Radial drilling company secures $1 million commercialisation grant

Queensland radial drilling technology group V2H International has secured $1 million as part of the Federal Government scheme to accelerate commercialisation of new products for Australian and international markets. V2H International is a technology development company that partners with oil and gas producers, service companies, governments, private equity groups and other organisations in the oil […]

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In Place Mining – A transformational shift in metal extraction

Moving and processing vast amounts of rock to extract a small percentage of valuable metal is not only environmentally disruptive, but represents over 80% of the total production costs in mining. The industry then sets their cut-off grades according to this cost structure, and are forced into looking for economies of scale. In underground mining, […]

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CSIRO roadmap to drive growth for Australian METS

CSIRO has released a technology roadmap to underpin growth in Australia’s $90 billion mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, urging companies to take action to unlock five key opportunities. The Mining Equipment, Technology and Services Roadmap highlights the vital role that the METS sector will play in the nation’s innovation ecosystem in order to […]

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Major investment to aid SmartCap’s global expansion

Mining3’s spin-off company, SmartCap’s ground-breaking product, Life, is the world’s most effective fatigue monitoring solution that provides real-time feedback, helping drivers manage their own alertness, anywhere, anytime. The technology also allows supervisors access to data that enables them to make fact-based decisions that keep their workforce safe. Yesterday, the company announced it had secured funding […]

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Australian technology designed to help solve gas crisis

A new Australian-developed technology could make an important contribution to solving the country’s gas crisis by improving production rates and removing many of the environmental impacts associated with traditional fracking, according to the technology’s licensee, V2H Australia. The technology, developed over 20 years under a joint initiative between the industry-backed Mining3 research hub and private […]

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Conveyor condition monitoring with fibre optic acoustics

For several decades, the conveyor has been the workhorse of the mining industry and other bulk materials handling industries. This is increasingly so as trucking operations are replaced by overland conveyors. Just like its namesake, the heavy horse, conveyors require a great amount of care and attention. On many mine sites, conveyors experience faults roughly […]

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