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DEC 2012

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suppliers news continued created a need for this more accurate, cost effective and reliable technical service," said Pope. "We believe the greatest benefit of this technology will be in areas where a general lack of infrastructure and services do not allow assessment of gas risks before underground mines are built. Our technical service is highly portable and suitable for use in remote locations with minimal infrastructure. As a result, this technology can save lives." Current methods of detecting methane and carbon dioxide characteristics require special wells to be drilled and core samples to be extracted and sent to laboratories, a difficult process that is prone to errors and often takes many months, particularly in areas with limited laboratory infrastructure and few experienced laboratory staff. Organic Analysis LECO Corp. has released a new organic analysis application note: Carbon/ Nitrogen in Coal, Coke, Carbon Black and Graphite. This application note outlines carbon/nitrogen determination using LECO's TruMac CN for quick, simultaneous analysis. This instrument employs a horizontal ceramic combustion system using pure oxygen with a maximum temperature of 1,450 ° C to ensure complete oxidation of macro samples. Left to right: Immersive Technologies Regional Vice President David Anderson; Xstrata Coal NSW Training Manager Darryl Cooper; Xstrata Coal NSW Training Coordinator Garry Roberts; and Immersive Technologies Regional Manager-Eastern Australia Phillip McBride. "Both companies have been able to work together to achieve outcomes that improve the performance of the software and hardware to improve efficiency and availability of simulation in the training arena," said Xstrata Coal NSW Training Manager Darryl Cooper. "A recent collaboration between Xstrata Coal NSW and Immersive Technologies around best-practice dust management resulted in the development of new features for a recent version of SimControl, the software at the heart of the PRO3 Advanced Equipment Simulator. Xstrata Coal has identified improvement opportunities for safety and environmental conditions that will increase standards across the industry; we have also actively participated in testing software and hardware to assist Immersive and the industry in continual improvement of operator training." Xstrata Receives Immersive Technologies' Global Sustainability Award Xstrata Coal New South Wales was awarded the inaugural 2012 Global Industry Sustainability Award for Mine Operator Training at a recent User Group Forum hosted by Immersive Technologies in Melbourne, Australia. The award recognizes achievements made in the continual improvement of safety, efficiency and environmental protection via the collaborative development and application of advanced training technologies in the global mining industry. Regional Vice President David Anderson presented the award highlighting the high level of commitment and results Xstrata Coal New South Wales has achieved in operator training. "Our customers are a driving force assisting Immersive Technologies to develop industry-leading training solutions. Among this group, Xstrata Coal NSW is a standout," said Anderson. "The effectiveness of our products is continually increased by customer participation and involvement at all stages of the product development cycle—from preliminary design through to feedback on the latest software release." December 2012 63

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