Coal Age

OCT 2018

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42 October 2018 product news Low-capacity Reclaim Feeders for Any Mine FLSmidth announced the Buffalo range of low-capacity modular reclaim feed- ers are suitable for mines of any size. The series offers "different discharge heights and loading decks of various lengths to suit the required application." The feed- ers can be mounted on skids or wheels. The motor control center is on board and only the power supply needs to be isolated prior to relocation. It is powered by elec- tromechanical and hydraulic drives. Flow control is achieved through adjustable hy- draulics, variable speed drives and gear- box ratios. The feeders can be transported in standardized containers. Rock Data for Blast Planning DataCloud showcased RHINO, a geo- sciences logging tool that uses sensors, seismic-while-drilling techniques, and artificial intelligence to measure rock properties in near real time. The solution enables miners to develop and optimize differential blasting plans that produce significantly improved fragmentation profiles, driving greater productivity and profitability, DataCloud reported. It can be installed in minutes and runs on Data- Cloud's MinePortal platform. The sensors are deployed on drills and collect mea- surements at 1-cm increments in drilled blast holes. Once the rock information is processed on the platform, it is available for blast planning and export to browser, mobile device or API. Conveyor Digital Twin for Comparisons Voith released BeltGenius ERIC, software that allows mine operators to assess con- veyor efficiency, the company reported. The system receives relevant performance data from the conveyor, which then goes to a server at Voith. The server hosts a digital twin of the system. ERIC (Efficien- cy and Reliability Intelligent Control) de- termines a baseline value linked to the energy consumption and known as the Energy Performance Indicator. The indi- cator allows for comparisons that reveal how efficiently the conveyor is operating. The data are visualized on the client's indi- vidualized user interface, in the form of an online dashboard. The software provides a way to optimize capacity and reduce ener- gy consumption, Voith reported.

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