Bucyrus, Fenner Dunlop Americas, QMASTOR

SEE what original equipment manufacturer Bucyrus, conveyor belt producer Fenner Dunlop Americas and information management systems company QMASTOR have to offer at MINExpo.

Angie Tomlinson

Bucyrus

Visitors to MINExpo 2008 will see a new Bucyrus, featuring products for surface as well as the full range of underground mining equipment, with many pieces actually on display.

Used by some of the highest producing longwall operations in the US and Australia, the EL3000 shearer with unique mainframe and advanced automation mines seams up to 5.5m (216in). With 2 x 850kW (1140hp) of cutting power and haulage motors up to 2 x 150kW (201hp), the shearer mines more than 5000 tonnes (5511 tons) per hour.

The Gleithobel GH 1600 plow is the system of choice for seams with an average height below 1.8m (3.28ft). The cutting machine offers more installed power than any other plow on the market – up to 1600kW (2146hp).

Other longwall equipment includes the latest line pans, which separate wear parts from structural parts, roof supports from the Bucyrus range covering mining heights from 550-7500mm (1.8-24.6ft) with widths up to 2m, and supporting more than 1750 tonnes (1929 tons).

Plus automation products from the PMC family will be on show. A CST drive system with condition monitoring and an innovative conveyor chain (Power Chain) round out the longwall exhibits.

Rated at 1200kW (1950hp) per gearbox, the CST 65 drive offers no-load motor start-up and soft start of the face conveyor to minimize stress on the drive train. Synchronized start-up and the use of motor kinetic energy ensure maximum torque for overfilled conveyors.

The 30M3-L Continuous Miner – with total power in excess of 671kW (900hp) – is also on display.

Another record-breaking product on display is the Vers-A-Trac VT650 battery-powered shield hauler offering 45.4 tonnes (50 tons) of lift and tilt capacity 1.6m (62in) from the fork face.

A model of the LHD vehicle Compact Loader for the US market also debuts at MINExpo. This diesel-driven multipurpose vehicle for low and narrow roadways sets the bar in size and carrying capacity in the sub-10-tonne (11.2 ton) market.

Powerful belt drives, steel rolls, engineered class pulleys and the proprietary EXALON high density PE rolls will also be shown.

The belt conveyor solutions on display will be 4 x 447kW (600hp) belt drive with tailored drive output to the conveyor.

The new Bucyrus steel roll design is the result of over two years of design and engineering effort, and represents new technology in idler design. A unique retrofit adaptor allows Bucyrus rolls to operate in virtually any competitor’s frame.

EXALON is a high molecular weight polyethylene conveyor roll of proprietary formulation, which is fully conductive and MSHA-approved for flame resistance.

Surface mining machines – including the 49 HD blasthole drill, a walking dragline and an electric shovel – can be seen on display as models.

Fenner Dunlop Americas

Conveyor belt producer Fenner Dunlop Americas has much to talk about – especially since its recent takeover of Conveyor Services and King Energy – and will expand upon its business plans as well as its products with guests at MINExpo.

The company will formally introduce its new division, Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Services, to an industry crowd. It will also have its mining support team onsite to discuss its role in belt selection, installation, maintenance and monitoring, and will demonstrate what it calls the most advanced combined rip detection and continuous belt monitoring system in the world, the EyeQ belt monitoring system.

Also on show by Fenner will be a broad range of below-ground and above-ground mining belting. These include MINEFLEX, which features high flexibility and rip/tear and impact resistance; MINEHAUL, with its multi-ply rubber belt designed specifically for mining; and its custom-manufactured DYNAFLIGHT steel cord.

The company will also be introducing its newest product for surface operations, its LONGHAUL conveyor belting.

Across the floor at another booth at the convention center, Fenner Dunlop Conveyor Services will share a booth with Classic Conveyor, which will also have a diverse collection of products available for review at the show.

Classic will feature a belt cleaner display, its full line of idlers, and its heavy-duty impact troughing idler and frame. In addition, the two companies will demonstrate a conveyor system running with the EyeQ monitoring system.

QMASTOR

Rapid and successful international expansion will see Australian-listed QMASTOR showing off its specialist software systems at this year’s MINExpo.

QMASTOR’s aggressive growth plan has seen the company expand into mining sectors in Australia and internationally since it first floated on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2001. It now has office locations and distribution partners throughout Australia, North America, Europe, South Africa and Asia.

The company produces software systems and services to the global mining, port, smelter, power generation and bulk commodity industries.

Currently its systems are contracted to manage over 500 million tonnes of bulk commodity movements per annum in coal, iron ore, nickel and bauxite for clients including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Xstrata, Peabody Energy, Assmang and OneSteel.

QMASTOR’s products, often categorized as Manufacturing Executing Systems, are built to provide operational managers with real-time decision support tools to manage and optimize all supply chain processes from the pit to the customer.

The systems perform bulk material tracking, mine logistics management, mine planning and scheduling, stockpile management, stockpile modeling, grade control, blend management, mine reconciliation, process plant management, commodity marketing, contract management and systems integration.

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