Alpha Coal West Works with Cat to Develop a Better Dipper

The Coal Dipper in action last fall after many hours of work between Alpha Coal West, Wyoming Machinery Co. and Cat.By Donna Schmidt, Field Editor

It’s a mission by every mine: mine coal faster, more efficiently, with less effort. Thanks to a meeting of minds between Alpha Coal West, Wyoming Machinery Co. and Caterpillar Global Mining, one of the nation’s largest coal complexes found that mix in the development of the Performance Series Dipper.

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Peabody Miner Invents a New Method to Rescue Distressed Operators

The JB1 Extrication Slide mounted on a machine at Bear Run.By Donna Schmidt, Field Editor

The height of most surface equipment leaves a big stumbling block when an operator needs help during a medical emergency. An Illinois Basin miner has brought years of design ideas and work in his garage workshop to fruition with a new device that will help change the future of surface mine rescue.

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Reducing Arc Flash Hazards in Coal Mines

The arc flash photo sensor is visible at right.The risk of arc flash is real, but there are affordable and easily installed devices that can provide the needed protection

By Jeff Glenney, P.Eng.

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Russians Test Massive Magnet in Processing Plant Application

Radex recently installed six massive magnets for its 9,000-mtph coal processing plant in Russia.Magnetic Separation is a key stage of any screening, crushing and sorting plant, and MK Vega-Po LLC (Radex) of St. Petersburg, Russia, recently purchased six Electro Overband Magnets for its coastal coal processing complex in Nakhodka on the Trudny Peninsula, approximately 85 km east of Vladivostok.

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Belt Plows Extend Tail Pulley Life

Plows remove debris from the top of bottom belts before reaching the tail pulley.To fight the damaging effects of fugitive material on single-direction belts, the Torsion VPlow is engineered with a unique spring-loaded suspension system that allows the plow to rise and fall with fluctuations in belt tension and travel.

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