Suppliers News - December 2017

GE Helps Modernize Indian Power Plant

In an effort to improve the efficiency and reduce emissions of India’s installed fleet of coal-fired power plants, GE’s Power Services business, working with NGSL (a 50/50 joint venture of NTPC and GE) and Gujarat State Electricity Corp. Ltd., recently announced the results of a steam turbine modernization project at the Ukai power station. The project used GE’s latest modernization solutions, including its Advanced Steam Path (ASP) technology — part of the company’s Fleet 360 portfolio.
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Suppliers News - October/November 2017

Mining Equipment Market Continues to Recover

The amount of large surface mining equipment shipped worldwide, the latest deliveries to mines during July-September 2017, increased by more than 10%. Those gains come on top of very strong increases in the previous quarter and bring these equipment markets to nearly double that of the cyclical bottom reached in the second quarter of 2016. As measured by Parker Bay’s Surface Mining Equipment Index, the dollar-weighted shipments reached 62.3 (Q1 2007 = 100). While a very substantial rebound from the depths of the last cyclical contraction, the value of deliveries worldwide remains more than 60% below the peak level achieved in the first quarter of 2012.

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CCTI Parnters With UW to Further Develop Cleaner Burning Coal Processes

Clean Coal Technologies Inc. (CCTI), a company that converts run of mine coal into a cleaner burning and more efficient fuel, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the School of Energy Resources at the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie. The focus of the agreement is to further develop the performance and commercial potential of CCTI’s coal-beneficiation technology.

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Matrix to Distribute NLT’s N-Connex System

Matrix Design Group, LLC (Matrix) signed a distribution partnership agreement with Northern Light Technologies (NLT) for distribution and service of the N-Connex system throughout the United States and Africa. N-Connex is an award-winning networking system designed specifically for harsh environments, integrating voice and high-speed data communications, asset and personnel tracking, control and automation, video surveillance, condition monitoring and other solutions into a single modular, Wi-Fi and Ethernet-based platform.

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 MSHA Issues Equipment Alert for Kidde

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued an alert for Kidde fire extinguishers in concert with an alert from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Kidde has recalled 134 models of plastic-handled fire extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and present day. Some extinguishers have been known not to work when needed, others to come apart under pressure — one death has been reported. Some were sold under Kidde’s brand, some under the name of other retailers. Kidde will replace all defective models.

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Suppliers News - September 2017

Jennmar, MEC Ink LCM Approach

Jennmar and Murray Energy Corp. (MEC) sat down for what was going to be a simple pricing review nine months ago. The proposed one-hour meeting lasted nearly three hours as Andy Mistak, executive director of procurement for Murray Energy, offered his idea of how a new partnership between the two companies could work. Mistak wanted MEC owner Robert E. Murray’s principles of cost efficient mining and safety to be predominant in the deal.

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Suppliers News - July-August 2017


CPSA Launches CoalProTec

The Coal Preparation Society of America (CPSA) plans to host its first conference, Coal Processing Technology (CoalProTec), during April 23-25, 2018, in Lexington, Kentucky. The association has taken the action to fill a continuing education void created by Penton, when it decided to discontinue Coal Prep. For those involved in coal processing, 2017 was the first year in more than 30 years without a Coal Preparation Conference & Exhibition, more widely known as the Coal Prep show. Penton canceled the 2017 event, compounding the negative impact of the unwise decision to move the event to Louisville from Lexington in 2016.

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Strata Acquires Precision Mine Repair Assets

Strata Mine Services has acquired Precision Mine Repair Inc. (PMR) of Ridgway, Illinois. Established in 1995, PMR became a market leader in underground ventilation control structures and mining construction services. Included in the acquisition is an EVG 3D EPS panel machine, which is used to fabricate the 3-D panels of the patented PMR ventilation seals and overcasts.

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GE Modernizes Turkish Power Plants

As part of its Powering Efficiency Center of Excellence (CoE) capabilities, GE’s Power Services business will provide its Fleet360 total plant solutions to modernize two Turkish lignite-fired coal power plants for Yeniköy Kemerköy Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret. The upgrade of the two facilities will help increase total capacity by 197.5 megawatts (MW), while also significantly decreasing plant emissions. The upgrades will also improve plant efficiency from 34% to up to 40%.

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TMT Software Saves Time and More Accurately Tracks Labor Costs

When Summit Materials found itself faced with an “asset maintenance challenge,” it turned to TMW Systems for a solution. Operating from 57 maintenance facilities across North America, the aggregate producer implemented the TMT Fleet Maintenance management solution to centralize and streamline in-house maintenance and repair operations. For the past year, the company also has used the TMT mobility app, Mobile Mechanic Workstation, at 35 of those locations to enable real-time management of remote service activity.

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Suppliers News - June 2017

Intertractor Opens Wyoming Service Center

Intertractor America Corp. opened a new 6,000-ft2 service center in Gillette, Wyoming, which will provide a centralized location for regional miners in need of undercarriage service for excavators, dozers and other tracked machines.

As a supplier of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket undercarriage components, Intertractor America said its experienced staff can repair Cat and Komatsu products, in addition to its own ITM brand. Undercarriage condition can be appraised using ITM’s web-based Track Advise ultrasonic measuring system, which generates reports derived from inspection measurements, visual observations and photographs.

“The new facility will allow us to provide faster turnaround times for service,” said Tim Hansen, general manager for Intertractor America. “Additionally, our knowledge of parts that cross between brands allows us to provide more cost-effective solutions to our customers. We also consider the varying wear characteristics at different mining sites and regions across the country, and can make recommendations based on abrasion, grade and other expected surface conditions.”

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