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April 2019 www.coalage.com 39 suppliers news continued treasures embedded inside a holistic view on operations and overall pro- cess optimization. The versatility of the 39 th APCOM 2019 technical program reflects pre- cisely these needs for digital transfor- mation by combining 90 related pa- pers in different conference streams. The plenaries on each day are present- ing the most interesting views from all streams to generate interdisciplinary discussions and to raise new ideas on digital transformation in mining. The acronym APCOM stands for Applications for Computers and Op- erations Research in the Minerals In- dustries. This series of conferences, which takes place every two years now, began in the early 1960s. As many as 500 participants are expected to join the conference, which takes place at the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology convention center and is accompanied by an exhibition. Usibelli Taps BME for Blasting Supplies Blasting specialist BME USA has been awarded a contract by Usibelli Coal in Alaska to supply explosive products and accessories. Part of the South Af- rica-based explosives leader BME, the USA business was established in Den- ver, Colorado, last year. According to Glenn Watt, BME's senior director for sales and marketing in North Ameri- ca, the supply contract with Usibelli is for one year, with an option to extend for two more years. Located 400 km north of Anchor- age, near the town of Healy in the mountains of the Alaska Range, Usi- belli has been in operation since 1943 and is the only producing coal mine in the state. With a workforce of 115 em- ployees and the most modern mining equipment, it operates year-round to supply between 1.2 million and 2 mil- lion tons of coal per year. Its coal pro- duction feeds six Alaskan power plants and has been exported to Chile, South Korea, Japan and several other Pacific Rim destinations over the years. Since its entry into the North American market, BME has also sup- plied shipments of its AXXIS detona- tors to customers in Atlanta and Tex- as, with the introduction of other BME products and services also under way. These include the company's highly stable emulsion formulations, which have been approved by U.S. author- ities. As a member of the JSE-listed Omnia Group, BME is the largest sup- plier of emulsion explosives to South Africa's open-cast mining sector. BME CEO Joe Keenan said the company's immediate plans for the U.S. market are to establish and develop a distribution network to serve customers in mining, quarry- ing and construction. Hexagon Acquires Split Engineering Hexagon's Mining division an- nounced the acquisition of Split En- gineering, a leader in coarse-rock fragmentation-size measurement systems, software and services. Split Engineering's image-processing technology delivers high-quality in- formation that enables customers to manage their processes from drill to mill and improve mine profits. Split Engineering's core solutions are based on more than 25 years of research and development that began at the University of Arizona where De- partment of Mining and Geological En- gineering staff founded Split Engineer- ing in 1997. Employing specialists in mining, metallurgical, geological, geo- physical, optical and electrical engi- neering, as well as mathematics and business, the company has contin- uously improved its software while opening offices in Chile, Peru, South Africa and Australia to service its world- wide customer base, the company said. This acquisition is good news for Hexagon customers, said Josh Weiss, mining division president. "Split Engi- neering's fragmentation analysis capa- bilities expand our life-of-mine vision from pit to plant," he said. "It closes the loop on drill and blast design by allowing sites to quantify the effective- ness of their blast, bridging the gap be- tween planning and operations." "Mining is all about efficient size reduction to liberate the mineral," said Split Engineering Co-founder Tom BoBo. "Split Engineering's technology measures that process of size reduc- tion from mine to mill, pit to plant. It's a great fit to Hexagon's digital mine with our automated digital image analysis systems: Split-ShovelCam, Split-Truck- Cam and Split-Crusher taking Hexa- gon from the mine into the processing plant, to help measure, manage and improve mining operations." Epiroc Finalizes Buyout of New Concept Mining Epiroc reported it completed the ac- quisition of New Concept Mining, registered as Innovative Mining Prod- South Africa's New Concept Mining will become part of Epiroc's Rock Drilling Tools division. (Photo: Epiroc)

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