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Nornickel Proceeds With Automation and Modernization of Equipment in the Russian Far North

MMC Norilsk Nickel, headed by Vladimir Potanin, is pursuing its ambitious programme aimed at the modernization and automation of production facilities. As part of that plan, the Company’s Polar Division has received a new batch of equipment to improve the efficiency of operations, and autonomous vehicle devices have reached the second stage of testing at the Severny mine at Kola MMC. 

Under the equipment renovation programme, the enterprises of the Polar Division received 25 units of mobile equipment for various purposes in 2020. The total value of the equipment delivered amounts to around $8mln (RUR 600mln). One of the main points of the programme was the purchase of new equipment for the local motor transport association.

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Orica and Epiroc unveil Prototype System for first Stages of Underground Automation

Orica and Epiroc Rock Drills AB have successfully co-developed a prototype of the world’s first semi-automated explosives delivery system.

Customers in the underground mining industry can look forward to safer, efficient and more productive development blasting as early as the end of 2021, as Orica and Epiroc commence commissioning on Avatel™, the first-of-its-kind, industry-driven explosives delivery system in coming weeks.

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Service 4.0 – on site, without being there

- BEUMER Group develops digital product for enhanced customer service: the BEUMER Smart Glasses

Machine malfunctions and standstills that are not eliminated as fast as possible may become expensive for manufacturing companies. BEUMER Group developed the BEUMER Smart Glasses as a pioneering product that supports users quickly and easily. The BEUMER Customer Support technicians use them to take a virtual look over the shoulder of the customer's service technician to solve the problem together. This digital solution reduces travel times and costs.

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Fielddata.io GmbH and Casagrande S.p.A. conclude Cooperation Contract

Fielddata.io GmbH, leading provider of construction data management platforms from Munich has found a competent partner in Casagrande S.p.A., manufacturer of equipment and tools for special foundation engineering from Fontanafredda, Italy. In the future the digitalization of construction processes in special foundation engineering will be a collaborative venture.

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39th APCOM 2019 „Mining Goes Digital“ in Wroclaw in Poland

Now, the preliminary technical program of the APCOM 2019 conference in Wroclaw (Poland) has been published and is available for download. It is a great compilation of highest quality peer reviewed papers on „digital transformation“ topics from all aspects of mining from resource estimation to mine operation and safety:

Geostatistics and Resource estimation

An entire three day conference stream provides more than 20 leading edge and peer reviewed papers by world class practicioners from leading mining companies and by world leading research institutes!

Mine Planning

About 15 papers on newest IT supported techniques in mine planning, uncertainty reduction, geomechanics, modelling, simulation and most recent software technology.

Scheduling and Dispatch

Around 15 papers address long and short term scheduling optimization, the application of neural networks and genetic algorithms as well as risk mitigation and related software systems. A keynote talk covers the impact of IoT, Big Data and gamification on fleet scheduling topics.

Mine Operation in Digital Transformation

More than 20 papers in this stream cover mining equipment related topics in the area of LHD transport, drilling and longwall operation as well as underground communications and new digital technologies in mine safety as well as product quality optimization.

Emerging Technologies and Robotics in Mining

A number of sessions with close to 10 papers cover the use of Unmanned Arial Vehicles in mining, the benefits of upcoming technology in robotics, mechatronics and communications as well as about the changes in machine design through digital transformation. Also a completely new transport system is presented in this stream.

Synergies from other Industries

A plenary speech from an active airline captain talks about the impact of human-machine interfaces on decision making of automated equipment and in control centers. Other papers are on the transferability of Building Information Modelling (BIM) from commercial construction to mining.

The conference takes place at the modern convention center of the Wroclaw University of Technology and is accompanied by an exhibition. An interesting social program, a conference dinner with world class entertainment and partner activities are available as well as interesting field trips on June 07th. A post conference hike in the Karkonosze mountains is offered from June 08-10 with overnight stays in two microbreweries on the ridge is a relaxing finish to the technical discussions of the week.

All presentations are to be held in English. Simultaneous translation to Polish is provided if requested by a sufficient number of participants.

Early Bird registration is open until April 01 2019.

More information: here

Source: Dr. Christoph Mueller

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Hochtief with strong FY 2017 results, robust order book and a solid Tender Pipeline

  • FY 2017: EUR 421 million nominal net profit (+31% year on year)
  • Sales up 14% accompanied by strong cash flow
  • EUR 30.4 billion new orders (+23%)
  • Hochtief is well positioned in attractive and growing markets
    • Strong tender pipeline in our core markets USA, Canada, Asia-Pacific and Europe of close to EUR 500 billion in project work for 2018 and beyond
  • Guidance for 2018 confirmed: Operational net profit of EUR 470–520 million (+4% to 15%)
  • Annual General Meeting in Essen to vote on 30% dividend increase to EUR 3.38 per share
  • Next transformation of the Group is focused on using digital environments
    • Innovation centers planned in North America, Australia and Europe
    • Close cooperation with leading universities
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The Mine of the Future

The mining industry is in a crisis. The failure to get the policy, legislative, administrative and operating environment right is being compounded by a recline in resource demand and resulting excess capacity, weakening prices and increasing volatility. Many also need to mine deeper to reach new deposits, which is resulting in a significant increase in the cost of extraction and these costs are forcing mining companies to make difficult decisions to sustain short-term operations, while still adhering to long term objectives. What’s more, advanced technologies are severely impacting the broader industry albeit in a seeming unrelated way. Emerging products and services require new materials which is changing the mix in the demand for minerals and metals and this is expected to continue. This of course has long term implications for the demand for primary resources. And for the foreseeable future, this state is the ‘new normal’.

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