Category: Operating Ideas

Detecting Leaks in Aboveground HDPE Pipes

by mathew cook No matter the mining and processing operation, waste disposal will always be a significant aspect of the operation. The tailings byproduct of mineral or coal processing is part and parcel of the refinement...

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Controlling Compressor Vibration and Surge

Controlling vibration and surge is one of the most critical aspects of keeping centrifugal and reciprocating compressors up and running. If improperly monitored and maintained, these types of compressors can experience frequent...

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Operating Ideas – December 2017

Performance Improvements for Continuous Miners For underground coal operators, the continuous miner is an indispensable piece of equipment. Room-and-pillar mines rely on them for production and longwalls depend on them for...

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Operating Ideas – October/November 2017

Modeling Solves Coal Flow Problems The James H. Miller Jr. plant in Alabama is one of the top 10 largest coal-fired power plants in the United States, responsible for 46% of the power generation in Alabama. The plant converted...

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Operating Ideas – September 2017

Connecting the Connected Mine How do you connect operations that cover vast stretches of land in some of the world’s most rugged and remote locations? That’s the question many mining companies are asking today as they look to...

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Operating Ideas – July-August 2017

A Better and Safer Way to Clean Coal Ash Silos MPW Industrial Services borrowed concepts from the oil field, window-washing and confined space rescue trades to develop a better and safer way to clean coal ash silos, which...

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Operating Ideas – June 2017

Dewatering Considerations for ExplosionProof Submersible Slurry Pumps Explosion prevention is a primary safety concern for many industries that depend on electrically driven pumps. In the case of chemical plants, refineries and...

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Operating Ideas – May 2017

Off line Filtration Can Cut Oil Consumption and Reduce Maintenance It’s difficult to name any type of primary mine production and comminution equipment that doesn’t require lubrication in some form. Trucks, shovels, crushers,...

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Breaking Boulders

 

Stemming is widely used to ensure that a loaded borehole achieves optimum blast results, but the practice can leave large boulders unbroken in the upper layer of burden. The authors explore several proven methods for boulder-busting using explosives.

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New Software Releases Help Bring Crucial Elements into Better Focus for Mines

Looking at the plethora of technology available to mining today, it doesn’t seem fathomable that everyday work in the not-so-distant past was done with any kind of real accuracy and efficiency. The Information Age changed society, for better or worse, and the industry ­­— particularly in the areas of safety, planning and production — has never looked back.
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Pay Attention to Proper Filtration — and Profit From It

Mining is an industry that deals in, and appreciates, large numbers. Big mines, for example, routinely rack up hefty equipment purchase, operating and maintenance costs, and hopefully, sizable payoffs in productivity from those investments and expenses. But small numbers can work in a mine operator’s favor as well, particularly when it comes to filtration of vital engine fluids such as fuel and oil, where the objective is to have the lowest possible level of dirt particles and other contaminants circulating in high-tech engine fuel and oil delivery systems.

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Top 10 Coal Producing States

Week Ending 3/31/2018
(in Thousand Short Tons)
  YTD '18 YTD '17 % Change
Wyoming 50,523 50,732 -0.4
West Virgina 23,610 23,684 -0.3
Pennsylvania 12,527 12,595 -0.5
Illinois 12,446 12,683 -1.9
Kentucky 10,754 11,443 -6.0
Indiana 7,816 8,386 -6.8
Texas 7,760 8,737 -11.2
Montana 7,758 7,243 7.1
North Dakota 6,655 7,234 -8.0
Colorado 4,421 3,784 16.8
U.S. Total 191,097 197,033 -3.0

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