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Barkerville, British-Columbia, is the main town of the former Cariboo Gold Rush which occurred in 1861 following gold discoveries in the area that date back to 1858-1859. This town is another example of a historic site which, at one point in time, was a mining hub that exploded in size by way of word-of-mouth. The town is soaked with a rich mining history which serves as a reference point that helps outline the evolution of the mining industry.
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This article profiles the company GMT Rubber-Metal-Technic Ltd (GMT). This company has become a leader in supplying anti-vibration devices and rubber to metal compounds for many industries (Mining-Technology.com, 2011). Anti-vibration components are commonly used on many different types of machinery to reduce wear and tear. Furthermore, rubber compounds and anti-vibration devices protect machine operators by providing a dampening effect.
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Kearns Waste Sciences Group (KWSG) is a private municipal waste management corporation. They have designed an innovative garbage disintegration system, known as the Kearns Disintegration Unit. This unit disintegrates garbage by way of an auto-thermic process. This means that a Kearns Disintegration Unit requires no additional fuel or power. Furthermore, these units produce little or no emissions and offer a wealth of other advantages that will be described later on. These advantages, of course, are when compared to current landfill systems or conventional incinerators. Evidently, these units are designed for large scale municipal usage.
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The health effects of diesel particulates in underground mines are well documented. Prolonged exposure to high levels of diesel particulates can cause a variety of lung cancers and chronic health problems. This has prompted a continued commitment to researching and implementing new technologies in an effort to reduce diesel particulate exposures in underground mines. An example of such an initiative is the DEEP program (Diesel Emissions Evaluation Program) that was launched by Vale and many other mining companies and government agencies in 2001 (Sudbury Mining Solutions journal, 2010). This initiative aimed at implementing various diesel particulate filter (DPF) systems on their light to medium sized diesel equipment.
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A great deal of mining companies are turning to 3-dimensional laser scanners to improve their operations. These units provide fast 3-dimensional models of mine workings and can greatly increase the productivity of a mine survey team. Traditionally, these units represented a high capital investment that was not feasible for many operations. Today, modern 3-D laser scanners have become increasingly efficient and easy to use such that more and more operations are using them. A perfect example of this is the new Leica ScanStation C10 offered by Northern Survey Supply.
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Geobrugg Protections Systems is a global company which manufactures protection systems that guard against rockfalls, unstable and loose rock walls and avalanches. They are part of the Brugg Group which is headquartered in Brugg, Switzerland. They have over 60 years of experience since they began manufacturing avalanche protection systems in 1951.
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Newtrax Technologies Inc. (NewTrax) manufactures a communication system which services underground mines. This system, called MinsTrax, is a wireless network that is battery powered. MineTrax is a state-of-the-art system that is easy to incorporate into pre-existing operations and is extremely accurate and reliable. Overall, this system allows texting, tracking and telemetry. These services greatly aid in improving a mining operation’s efficiency and safety.
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Dynamic Blast Solutions is a blasting company that is currently manufacturing and distributing CoreDeck. This is a product that has been designed to reduce the cost of drilling and blasting in mining operations. Specifically, CoreDeck is an axial air capsule that is designed to be embedded into a solid and continuous column of blasting agent (Dynamic Blast Solution Main, 2011).
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Minvent Solutions is a unique company that is headquartered in Bayswater, Australia. They have become a leader in supplying the mining industry with inflatable ventilation control products and overhead protection systems. These systems have become commonly used in the mining industry as they can be installed rapidly and with little cost. Some of these products are outlined in this article. Minvent Solutions also provides after market services which include supervision, training, integrity testing and repair work (Minvent Solutions, 2011).
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Recently, DebTech announced that they had developed a diamond recovery machine that is more cost effective than standard dry MagRoll machines. These dry machines have proven to be effective throughout the years and are capable of achieving high rates of diamond recovery. That being said, dry MagRoll machines are susceptible to agglomeration. This occurs when particles are wet and stick together which results in a poorer recovery. In order to avoid having this problems, materials that are being fed into dry MagRolls (which typically come from a wet-dense media separation plant) are dried with large dryers.
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Tire protection and maintenance is an important aspect with regards to operating mine equipment. The tires that are used to run mine equipment, particularly the larger units available today, are extremely expensive to replace. This has prompted mining companies to do whatever they can to reduce tire wear. This includes increased road maintenance and increased driver training. One option that is available to mining companies today is to purchase tire chains. Tire chains have often been used in harsh weather conditions to increase traction between rubber tires and the road.
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Slips and Trips are easily one of the most common workplace types of injuries or accidents. In order to offset these types of injuries, many mining companies implement a series of safety procedures to help miners and mine staff work safely. These could include wearing an approved harness when working above a certain height (from the ground below) for instance, by maintain three points of contact at all times when climbing a ladder or by using a stair rail when climbing a set of stairs.
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