Mining companies embracing big data processes such as daily operations scheduling and increased mechanisation can reap a potential $500 billion by 2025, according to a new McKinsey report.
Indonesia has began investigating claims that senior officials demanded to be granted a 20% stake in Freeport-McMoRan Indonesia in return for an extension of the parent company’s rights to operate in the country.
The Bucket-Wheel Excavator is used for continuous coal mining, a process that the machine’s creators say is much more cost and energy efficient than traditional, one-bucket truck mining. The machine is 310 feet tall and weighs 31 million pounds.
PT Bruder Utama Nusantara (BUN) is pleased to announce the sale of one Apollo Jaw Crusher, one Destroyer 1113 Impact Crusher and one Explorer 1800 3D Mobile Screening Unit to their client in Java. These represent the first Keestrack products to operate in Indonesia.
Being fit for duty is mandatory at all Thiess sites. This includes factors such as physical and mental health, fatigue management and the use of drugs and alcohol. To reduce the number of ‘Fit For Work’ incidents, Thiess Indonesia has introduced Kerja Bugar (Fit For Work), a program where employees are assessed at the start of the shift. This ensures that their ability to work safely is not compromised by lack of sleep, medication or illness.
Clockwork’s work for aviation and energy clients has not gone unnoticed. In 2011 Clockwork was invited by leading gold mining company, Newmont Mining, to develop a fatigue training programme for their workforce of c.40,000 employees and contractors. Clockwork developed a bespoke training program, tailored to reflect the particular demands and risks associated with a global underground and surface mining operations. This training has now been rolled out across the Newmont operation and translated into Spanish and Bahasa Indonesian.
Are your miners “fit for work”? Have you asked them how they feel lately? Are they sick-and-tried and dangerous due to fatigue? Fatigue is a significant contributor to incidents, accidents, and deaths in mining workplaces around the world. It is difficult to observe fatigue because the very nature of “being observed” can tend to “wake” us up, thus masking the signs. Just because it is hard to observe the signs, fatigue is a safety topic that should not be avoided and should be discussed with safety teams and training provided all workers to detect and guard against fatigue. The causes and consequences of fatigue are very real in the Mining, Gas and Oil Industries. The consequences of fatigue can be catastrophic.
A new confidence report issued by the North American Council for Freight Efficiency (NACFE) this week indicates that downspeeding – the practice of using fast gear ratios that lower the speed of the engine – can cut commercial truck fuel consumption by 2% to 3% because it allows the engine to operate at the most fuel-efficient RPM when generating only the minimal horsepower required under cruise conditions.
Canberra tech company Seeing Machines is set to introduce hands-free cruise control for regular cars, after gaining global recognition for vastly improving operations for mining truck drivers.
Mining companies such as BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto began employing automated drills and driverless trucks to assist with production and preserve profit margins against a volatile market.