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RTCA Commissions Clermont

Clermont’s IPCC represents a first for the company and Australia

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Clermont Gets the Greennlight

The IPCC system is a new method of mining for Australia in general and Rio Tinto in particular. Implementing new technology, according to the company, brings many new challenges, especially during the construction and start-up phases. “The IPCC is relatively new technology in this application, and as with the rest of the Clermont Operation, we are focusing on a steady ramp up to full operational capability. For the IPCC, we expect this to be by the end of 2010,” said Andrew Cole, general manager operations, Clermont. “In 2011, there will be a major operational reconfiguration of the machine, followed by another ramp-up to full production by 2012.”

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Improved Rigging System for Draglines

With significant market share in the regions that operate the most draglines, the Columbia Steel Casting Co. knows a thing or two about dragline rigging systems. The company has recently brought two new devices to the market, Mechanically Attached Anchor Brackets and the Armor Block, and the mining business has quickly embraced both. In addition to these products, Columbia Steel is also looking at new ways to improve dragline uptime for mine operators.

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New System Allows Operators to Effectively Track MSHA Citations

He has not quit his day job as a mine safety compliance attorney. In his spare time, however, Mark Savit with the help of his son Josh, he has developed an interactive Web-based software system, Predictive Compliance, that allows mine operator to effectively track citations from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

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Mine Drainage: An Alternative Source of Water for Power Producers

The use of mine pool water can provide significant advantages for new or expanded steam electric power plants that need to turn to non-traditional, alternative sources of water. New water treatment technology can now produce water that meets these strict specifications at significantly less chemical cost and sludge production than conventional treatment approaches.

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