MINExpo preview: Bridgestone, Eaton

TWO industrial business forces will be taking on Vegas this week at MINExpo International 2008, the first to talk tyre safety and applications, and the second to look specifically at its mining-focused solutions.
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Donna Schmidt

Bridgestone Firestone

Off-road tyre supplier Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire has several things planned for the three-day industry gathering, all of which are intended to entertain guests while educating them on the basics of tyres and the industry.

Every morning beginning at 9.40am, the company will hold a series of seven 10-minute “mini-seminars” on safety, including topics such as the mounting and demounting of OTR tyres and run-flat reinflation.

“Our theme this year – ‘Our Tires Come with Their Own Support System’ – emphasises our commitment to providing innovative tyre solutions to our customers,” said BFNT Off-Road Tires vice-president Shawn Rasey.

“These solutions bring together leading edge technologies and world-class customer service.”

Bridgestone will display a full range of its products including off-the-road tyres, Continuum pre-cured retreads and Firestone specialty products.

“Besides tyres, retreads and specialty products, the booth will also feature numerous other technological advancements including the Treadstat Tire and Rim Management Software system and the Bridgestone G-Hawk System, a GPS and force measurement system,” officials noted.

Guests are also invited to try their luck at its Big Wheel Game Show featuring rapid questions on the company’s products.


Manufacturer Eaton Corporation will look to its electrical solutions as the highlight of its appearance at MINExpo this year.

Looking specifically at the requirements of the mining industry, Eaton will promote the skills of its Mining Component Authorized Service Centers in Skelton, West Virginia and Evansville, Indiana, and their support for the non-warranty service needs of Cutler-Hammer Industrial Molded Case Breakers (600 amperes and above) and all frames of its mining duty breakers and vacuum contactors and starters.

It will also talk to guests and potential customers about the Cutler-Hammer mining service circuit breakers for various industry applications. The breakers are available in six frames, with trip units interchangeable between 600 Vac E2 and 1000 Vac E2M.

“With the patented SuRE chip microprocessor in each electronic trip unit, E2 K- through R-Frame Brakes provides the mining industry with true rms sensing,” officials said.

“The E2 Mining Service Breakers incorporate the demanding specifications and testing procedures requested by engineers from several large coal companies and Eaton design engineers. Their performance was demonstrated during hundreds of hours of field testing in harsh mine environments.”

Also available for viewing at the booth will be Eaton’s LCX9000 liquid-cooled drive. Offering a compactness that gives 70% in total space savings, the unit was developed so that all components needing cooling would be mounted on at least one aluminium cooling element.

“The cooling liquid, which can be drinking water, removes about 95 per cent of the heat generated,” officials pointed out, adding that no special dielectric requirements exist on its deionisation because it does not come into contact with the drive’s high potential.

“It is Eaton’s mission to provide the mining industry with innovative, high quality products, services and solutions that increase safety,” said company representative Zari Talebi.

“Eaton offers a complete line of mining circuit breakers and vacuum contactors and has invested in the product development, technology and services to create a safer work environment.”

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