Cummins powers lowest cost of production

Hidden in the frame of a massive mining machine, a 60-litre V16 diesel engine rated at 2500hp may not appear significant in a physical sense. Yet its contribution to lower cost of production – and reduced carbon footprint – is critical. Read more

Webinar: How to reduce downtime with digital twins and predictive maintenance in industrial gear units

Plant operators are constantly being challenged to minimise costly system downtime by being able to accurately predict the future performance of their operating equipment. This is made possible with a comprehensive predictive maintenance solution from SEW–EURODRIVE. Read more


Flexco Washbox says goodbye to carryback, spillage and downtime

Located in one of the biggest iron ore hubs in the world, a mine site with belts running 24/7 was experiencing severe maintenance clean-up costs and associated labour time.

After discussions between the site’s construction engineer and Flexco, it was decided that the best way to combat the excessive carryback was to install a wash box that was custom-engineered for the site by Flexco’s in-house engineering team.

Read this whitepaper to learn more about Flexco’s Washbox solution

Clean-ups without shutdowns through a synthesis of technology

Shutting down bulk handling machinery like conveyor belt systems to clean up spilled processed ore and other debris and carry out other maintenance works is a costly and complex business.

Work schedules, logistics of maintenance planning and timing, lost revenue in both spilled content and the loss of production means progressive mine sites are looking for innovative solutions.

An after shot of the site once the Dugless 903 had been implemented.

This white paper discusses the benefits, reclaimed revenue, safety and good old-fashioned, hard-core labour robotics can offer through ingenious designs: A case study of the Dugless 900/903® remote controlled Mini Loader.

Reduce occupational exposure in operator enclosures

The Sy-Klone RESPA fresh and recirculated cab air quality systems, RadialSHIELD high-efficiency HEPA filters, and the RESPA Advisor+ Monitor, combined with a well-sealed cab, provide the engineering controls needed to prepare a cab to meet ISO 23875 performance requirements.

Download the whitepaper below to learn how you can meet ISO 23875 requirements on new and existing equipment.


Severe tonnages no match for heavy-duty impact beds

SIMEC Mining Inner Harbour in Whyalla, South Australia SIMEC Mining’s Inner Harbour operation is located at Whyalla Port, on the western shores of the upper Spencer Gulf in South Australia.

Whyalla has a rich history in steel with the first discovery of Iron Ore occurring in the region in the mid-1800s. By the end of 1901, Whyalla (then known as Hummock Hill) was born, as the construction of a jetty to load the ore onto barges started, and the population of the town began to grow.

Today, Whyalla Port deals with much higher tonnages, exporting iron ore to customers around the world.

At SIMEC Mining’s Inner Harbour operation at Whyalla port, product spillage generally occurs due to inadequate material containment, coupled with high tonnages.

Read this whitepaper on how SIMEC eradicated the need for a 12-hour shutdown every single week by installing an impact bed.

Improving convergence monitoring at Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine

Rio Tinto engaged LiDAR specialist MINELiDAR to demonstrate an improved method for convergence monitoring.

SLAM-based LiDAR data, captured by Emesent’s Hovermap mobile mapping system, was compared to traditional tape extensometer measurements.

Designed for GPS-denied, harsh underground environments, Hovermap is able to rapidly scan and process accurate, high resolution point cloud data of drives and other excavations.

Historically, displacement in drives is measured wall-to-wall, using tape extensometers.

This method is time consuming and only measures at fixed, coarsely spaced locations 0.8 m to 1.5 m above the ground; thus creating spatial bias.

The method is also sensitive to damage and replacement of wall pins and can expose personnel to significant underground hazards.

Emesent’s mobile SLAM-based LiDAR mapping system, Hovermap, offers a variety of data capture methods to suit the environment (vehicle, drone, backpack and tether) and can scan a wide area rapidly.

It can be operated remotely, with personnel remaining safe under supported ground, while providing a full understanding of displacement around the target, at an acceptable level of accuracy.


Download the whitepaper below to find out more:

Understanding your long-term vision for tailings management

Tailings are unavoidable in the mining industry, but that does not mean they have to be a hassle.

Thickeners and filter presses offer producers the ability to manage their tailings storage facility (TSF) size and environmental impact easier with the potential to create a saleable product, as well as generate clean, recyclable process water.

There are capital and operational costs associated with ponds along with risks. Social and environmental impacts from impoundment failure are real and should weigh heavily into any risk analysis. It is our industry’s obligation to reduce these risks as much as possible.


Access McLanahan’s paper below, to understand your long-term vision for tailings management:

Webinar: Autonomous systems, from idea to operation

Join Insight for a virtual event and hear how autonomous systems are being leveraged in the mining sector, from idea to operation, on Wednesday March 24 at 12-1:15pm AEDT.

Industrial control systems form the backbone of Mining and resources businesses, but existing systems have limitations.

The Australian mining sector is going through one of the most intense periods of change we have ever seen. The ability for innovation – to evolve, adapt and improve operations – is indispensable.

Autonomous control systems adjust in real time to changes in their operational environments or inputs optimising towards multiple goals.

Hear from Microsoft, MathWorks and Insight, which will be sharing their experience in enabling autonomous systems to achieve superior operational value.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from the field, lessons learnt on how to approach Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) and using advanced simulation software and cloud-scale compute to simulate in the real world, to bring it altogether from idea to operation.

12:00pm – Welcome and Introduction
12:05pm – Opportunity of Industrial Deep Reinforcement Learning & the Microsoft Vision
12:15pm – Simulating the real world to enable Machine Teaching
12:25pm – Bringing it altogether end-to-end, from idea to operation
12:45pm – Lessons from the field in crusher optimisation
1:00pm – ‘Future is now’ Panel discussion & live Q&A
1:15pm – Webinar closes

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Private LTE now more accessible as-a-service

If anyone can tell you the cost of implementing and running an LTE network, it should be Aqura Technologies. They’ve designed, delivered or supported the lion’s share of Australia’s Private LTE networks.

In the early days, like anything that is new, the high costs of implementing Private LTE networks were associated with developing new technology architectures, adapting and integrating complex hardware and software, buying an expensive core and then installing it in highly remote and harsh locations.

Fast forward only a few short years to today, and the technology architectures are well developed and proven. The hardware has evolved considerably and is now mostly software driven. And now Aqura have completely evolved the business model.

To read more, download the link below.

Mining giant embraces cloud to secure future profitability

For one of Australia’s largest coal producers, rapid business growth coupled with ageing IT infrastructure was putting significant pressure on operational costs.

Read how this mining giant positioned itself for future growth by embracing the cloud, and the long-term impact of this on profitability and innovation in the fields of mobility, IoT, data management, and analytics.

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Commercial grade solar lighting for mining sites

Solar Lighting Designs is an Australian owned and operated commercial solar lighting manufacturer, supplier and installer offering an extensive range of solar lighting solutions to mine sites and other related enterprises where mains powered lighting is impracticable or expensive to install.

We are committed to delivering reliable, cost-effective products that offer you guaranteed performance and economical savings.

No trenching, cabling, conduiting and no power bills.

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Webinar: Reinventing mining operations for the post-COVID-19 era


The COVID-19 pandemic has strongly affected commodity markets, while restrictions imposed by governments and social distancing rules have forced mining companies to redesign staff rosters, slow down production or put their operations on hold.

Once the corona-crisis is over, mining operators will have to reinvent themselves and adopt new ways of working. In the ‘new normal’, productivity, efficiency and worker health and safety will be more important than ever.

Over the past years mining operators have started engaging in digital transformation projects, and – as part of effective response to the pandemic – we can only expect these initiatives to accelerate.

The automation of critical processes will be vital to increase operational efficiency and mine productivity. Remote controlled and autonomous vehicles and machinery will ensure business continuity. Wearable digital PPE, geo-tracking and mission-critical PTT/PTV services will help keeping people, machines and vehicles at a safe distance from each other – above and underground.

Join our virtual event on June 3 to learn how Nokia, Sandvik and ACMA are responding to the COVID-19 crisis and how digital technologies, industrial-grade private wireless networks and innovative new use cases will help the Australian mining industry to reinvent itself.

Speakers and panelists:

  • Ben Creagh, managing editor, Australian Mining
  • Gary Conway, head of mining, Nokia
  • Ville Svensberg, business line manager for digitalisation, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology
  • David Goggin, senior spectrum engineer, ACMA