Category: Best of Germany

Smart Options for Open-pit Mining

The mindset that relied on economies of scale has now shifted to mining smarter Most mined commodities are recovered using open-pit mining methods. Oftentimes, these activities take place in remote locations in extreme...

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The Future of Mining is Smart

Aarti Sörensen and Elisabeth Clausen of RWTH Aachen unravel the meaning of the term ‘smart mining’ and explain its potential impact on the industry’s future Digital technologies have the potential to deliver significant...

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German Mining Suppliers in Transition

2020 was a challenging year, and 2021 will not be much easier, writes Klaus Stöckmann, VDMA Mining’s deputy managing director With regard to geopolitical developments, in terms of both trade and environmental policies, we didn’t...

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Mining Education Meets Industry 4.0

A Q&A session with leading German academic for mining technology sheds light on education and training initiatives In November 2019, the Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT) at RWTH Aachen University, together...

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Embracing Industry 4.0

From cloud computing to digital twins and smart glasses, Tenova TAKRAF is harnessing IIoT-enabled technologies to provide solutions for 21st century mines. Gunnar Zergiebel, head of electrical and instrumentation — Material...

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Innovation Underground, at Home and Abroad

New tools help underground mines operate more safely and efficiently Germany may have closed its last hard coal mine, the 150-year-old Prosper Haniel operation, in 2018. However, this has not hindered the country’s equipment...

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Smart, Sustainable Surface Mines

Digital technologies offer opportunities for optimization Across the mining industry, two trends are clear at present: first, the renewed focus on greener, more sustainable mining operations and, second, the drive for...

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Top 10 Coal Producing States & Regions

Week Ending (6/12/2021)
(in Thousand Short Tons)
 YTD '21YTD '20% Change
West Virginia34,96330,11416.1
North Dakota14,31512,11118.2
Appalachian Total70,90762,94712.6
Interior Total44,93341,0519.5
Western Total145,701136,6316.6
U.S. Total261,541240,6298.7

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