News (April 01, 2002)
Free Maintenance Audit Available
Get a free evaluation of your maintenance program and see how your maintenance operation stacks up against competitors and world class practices. It’s as simple as completing the World Class Comparative Maintenance Audit available via the banner link on the CMJ home page, compliments of USC Consulting Group. Clicking on the link will take you to USCCG’s site or you can go directly via www.usccg.com. You can choose to either download the audit or request that it be e-mailed to you. Simply answer the questions and return the audit to USCCG to receive a report showing how your operation ranks. Any information you provide will be kept completely confidential.
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Tunneling Jumbos Ordered for Hydro Power Project in Quebec
Sandvik Tamrock Canada Inc. has been chosen as sole supplier of tunneling jumbos for a large hydropower project, Toulnustouc, in Quebec. The contractor EBC inc. (Entreprises Bon Conseil), has purchased three Axera T12 DATA jumbos. This includes the purchase of all spare parts and rock drilling tools as well as a service and maintenance package for the duration of the project. The units will be delivered throughout April and May 2002. The value of this deal exceeds $5 million.
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New Accreditation for Labcor
Labcor Inc. is now accredited to CAN-P-4D (ISO/IEC 17025), for specific temperature calibrations, by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) Calibration Laboratory Assessment Service (CLAS).
Labcor’s calibration laboratory has been assessed by NRC, through CLAS, under the authority of the SCC. The CLAS certification is a formal recognition of Labcor’s technical competency to perform specific test and calibrations in the field of temperature measurements.
Many Canadian organizations in the environmental, governmental, automotive, pharmaceutical and other fields have been requesting calibration services from an accredited laboratory to meet their own quality control system. The complete list of Labcor’s scope of accreditation is listed on the NRC web site at: www.nrc.ca/inms/clas/sccacle. html and the letter of accreditation is available at the SCC web site at www.scc.ca/palcan/laboratories_e.html
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New Articulated Truck Delivered to Birchtree Mine
DUX Machinery Corp. recently delivered its most powerful and biggest articulated teledump truck ever built to Inco Ltd.’s Birchtree mine near Thompson, Man. Measuring only 3.1 m wide, the TD45 brings high capacity back-filling, hauling and dumping capabilities to narrow drifts with low headings.
DUX’s new model TD45 is equipped with a 429-kW Detroit Diesel engine and heavy-duty Clark-Hurth power train. Its most unique feature includes a field-proven two-section telescopic dump box with a 41-tonne payload capacity that allows for a 3.8 m dumping height and efficient rear-loading by scoop or conveyor system. Other features include a sealing arrangement for transport of wet backfill, an automatic tailgate for greater capacity, an on-board weighing system with a cab-display for monitoring payloads, and joystick controls for steering and operating the telescopic dump box.
Upon arrival at the mine, the truck was lowered through a 1.67-m x 3.20-m vertical mine shaft opening, and then reassembled underground by DUX technicians.
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Global Mining PR Group Launched
NATIONAL Public Relations, Canada’s largest public relations firm, has launched a new international practice group in partnership with Burson-Marsteller, to serve the specialized needs of Canadian-based global mining companies.
From its Toronto office, NATIONAL’s Global Mining Group (GMG) provides an international network of communications professionals with mining expertise in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Services include issues and crisis management, investor relations, domestic and international government relations, and organizational communication. Through the international network of Burson-Marsteller, GMG provides on-the-ground support to mining companies in the countries where they operate and face the greatest risks.
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Quadrem and Elemica Create Hub-to-Hub Connection
Elemica, the chemical industry-created technology infrastructure provider, and Quadrem, the global eMarketplace for mining, minerals and metals industries, have created a hub-to-hub connection. This connection will facilitate more efficient commerce between the mining, minerals and metals companies and their chemical suppliers, and lead to greater collaboration in supply chain optimization and inventory savings.
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Breakthrough in Closed Belt Conveyor Technology
Dunlop-Enerka of The Netherlands has introduced the Enerka-Becker System, revolutionizing conveyor technology. The company adds unprecedented flexibility and compact construction to the other favourable characteristics of the closed belt system. Long distances are possible, making the system suitable for several applications.
Crucial to the system is the innovative rubber belt. The Enerka-Becker system uses a pouch form closed conveyor belt according to a completely new concept. The fibre-reinforced rubber belt has a triangular suspension profile on both edges that also serves as a traction surface. The profiles have been vulcanized together with the belt; this forms a solid whole unit. The result is an extremely light and flexible conveyor belt: a simple principle with a small amount of moving parts that require little maintenance.
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