By Steve Fiscor and Gina Tverdak-Slattery

Every four years, the U.S. National Mining Association (NMA) holds MINExpo INTERNATIONAL, the world’s largest exposition for the mining and mineral processing sectors. The event will take place September 24-26, 2012, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As far as exhibit space, the show is currently sold out. More than 1,800 companies will display equipment and discuss services on more than 850,000 sq ft of exhibition space; in 2008, 1,224 exhibitors occupied 600,000 sq ft.

To accommodate all of the new companies pursuing the mining business, the NMA contracted for more space in the South Hall. “This is the first time we have used the South Hall,” said Moya Phelleps, senior vice president for membership services, NMA. “Traditionally, MINExpo took place in the North and Central Halls, along with some outdoor space. Now we have South Halls Nos. 3 and 4.” Readers might recall the Silver Lot in the front of the convention center was off-limits because of construction in 2008. All of that space will be used this year.

For people who decide to begin their MINExpo 2012 experience at the South Hall, full service registration will be available, Phelleps explained. “We also will have a business center for the South Hall with meeting rooms that can be reserved in 30 minute increments,” Phelleps said. “We are excited that a large number of universities have decided to exhibit at MINExpo, and we have grouped them together in an area just outside the South Hall. The North Hall will remain the same, with full registration there. The International Business Center will be located on the second floor of the North Hall.”

The NMA will provide a shuttle service from the MINExpo hotels to the North and South Halls. An intra-exposition shuttle service will also operate at the convention center. Delegates staying at the Las Vegas Hotel Hilton, the closest hotel to the convention center, will depart from the east tower and arrive at the North Hall first and then the South Hall. Delegates at the North Hall will take the same shuttle from the North Hall to the South Hall.

The NMA will be using new digital tools to help delegates plan and navigate MINExpo 2012. MINExpo has a Facebook page and is tweeting on Twitter. An online show directory is currently being developed, Phelleps explained, which will go live at the end of July. The directory is searchable by name and equipment, and will remain active for a year after the show. “During 2008, we had a similar online directory, but it was fairly basic,” Phelleps said. “The 2012 online directory will be much more extensive.”

A MINExpo 2012 app will be available in mid-August. The app will include the online directory along with the schedule for the technical program. One of the unique features of the app will be its “way-finding capability” from one hall to another.

Delegates are encouraged to register in advance on the website ( The pre-registration process has been designed to assist attendees in making the most of their MINExpo experience.

For example, during the registration process, attendees will be asked to participate in the new MatchMaker program. Those that do will be prompted to select the equipment and services that interests them the most. About a week before MINExpo 2012 begins, they will receive an email listing all of those exhibitors.  

The NMA was selected to be one of the shows in the Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program for 2012, and currently 21 different foreign delegations are being formed for MINExpo 2012. The contact information is available on the MINExpo website. “We will be working with those delegations to provide short briefings on the mining activities that take place in their countries to make a needs assessment,” Phelleps said. “Members of each delegation will be available at the show, and the delegation leader information is on the MINExpo website.” The International Buyers Center (IBC) will have a formal printed export directory. The IBC will have meeting rooms available, and U.S. commercial services will be available for business counseling.

The MINExpo 2012 technical program takes place during the mornings of Tuesday and Wednesday (September 25 and 26). Experts will deliver 20 presentations on various subjects related to mining and mineral processing. One session will focus on automation, and two sessions will discuss mine safety. The NMA will present the industry’s CORESafety initiative in the technical sessions and at the association’s booth. The technical program in 2008 was a huge success, and 2012 is shaping up to be even better.

In an effort to give Coal Age readers an inside advantage, Mining Media contacted several vendors to find out what they are planning for MINExpo 2012. Some of the companies were not prepared to talk about plans in advance, while others are purposely withholding information to make special announcements at the exposition. But, many equipment manufacturers and service providers did share their plans and the following MINExpo Preview compiles the information gathered as of early July.

Cat Presents Broadest Range of Mining Equipment in the Largest Exhibit
No matter what their interests—surface or underground, hard rock or soft rock—MINExpo visitors will find the machines and technology at the Caterpillar (Cat) exhibit to help them mine and move minerals safely and productively. In the center of Central Hall, Booth 6229, the largest exhibit space at MINExpo, Cat will showcase the broadest line of mining and materials handling equipment available—and backed by the most extensive and capable product support team in the worldwide mining industry.

At MINExpo, Cat will reveal a number of innovative mining systems and machines. One such machine, never before presented to the mining public, will offer an unprecedented, efficient means to step up production loading of ultra-class haulers. Making best use of size and energy storage technology, the new loading tool promises to lower cost per ton in world class mining operations.   

For underground coal, the next generation EL3000 longwall shearer features a state-of-the-art communication system for advanced automation and monitoring. The Cat longwall system includes personnel proximity detection and underground cameras that can be linked to a surface monitoring center.

Surface miners will be pleased to see a Cat engine powering the MD6240 rotary blasthole drill. They also will get to kick the tires of the latest edition of the workhorse 777 truck, the 777G, which meets North American Tier 4 emission standards. The 777G also has adjustable fuel saving strategies, performance improvements and enhanced safety features for sustainable, low cost production. The next generation D11T track-type tractor also features Tier 4 emissions compliance as well as the Enhanced Auto Shift system, designed to conserve fuel by automatically selecting the optimal reverse gear and engine speed, based on load and desired ground speed.

The three largest trucks in the Cat line—797F, 795F AC, 793F—will share space with loading tools, the 994H Extended High Lift designed to efficiently load 250-short-ton size class trucks and the 6030B FS hydraulic front shovel representing the extensive line of Cat shovels. The 6030B is the first of the Cat B Series hydraulic shovels and features a state-of-the-art new cab and operator environment with productivity enhancing on-board electronics.

Support equipment on display will include the new Cat CT660 vocational truck equipped as a service truck. The CT660, available only in North America, is the first Cat branded on-highway truck and can be fitted with many different bodies to serve the needs at hand. Additional support equipment includes the recently introduced C175-20 generator set, which produces the greatest output, as much as 4 mw, of any single high-speed diesel generator set available on the market.

In addition to the main exhibit in Central Hall, Caterpillar OEM Solutions will exhibit in the Silver Lot at booth 18162. The new 777G WTR is one of the specialized Off-Highway Truck chassis that the group offers in a configuration designed specifically for water truck applications. OEM Solutions also will offer information about the new Cat water delivery/control system being field tested now and will be available on the 777G WTR.

Hitachi to Showcase New AC-drive Technology Advancements
Hitachi will unveil (at Booth 8527) new AC-drive technology for haul trucks. The advancements include Hitachi’s next-generation IGBT propulsion technology, which will showcase a next-generation rigid-frame hauler.

The truck features advanced propulsion technology that delivers a whole new level of efficiency, vastly enhancing machine operations for mining professionals everywhere. In addition, the new technology, which also powers Japan’s famous bullet trains, outperforms previous and competitive systems through its improved efficiency and enhanced dependability.

“By specializing only on shovels and haulers, Hitachi is able to focus, without compromise, on producing highly-efficient and productive machinery,” said Ryan Blades, division manager, Hitachi Mining. “The new AC-drive technology advancements are a perfect example of the superior quality and performance of this approach. It’s something every mining company will want to see and learn about.”

In addition to its AC-drive technology for rigid-frame trucks, Hitachi will also showcase updates to its line of mining-class excavators.

Joy Global Showcases
Its Market Breadth
At Joy Global (Booth 6211), P&H and Joy are combining resources to better serve their customers. As a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and field support of equipment for surface and underground mining, Joy Global will demonstrate its singular focus on mining with innovative products and systems along with life cycle services that make mining operations safer and more productive.

Surface and underground mine operations worldwide obtain exceptional productivity, availability and reliability from their investment in Joy Global equipment and systems with the help of Joy Global Smart Services remote health monitoring technology. Visitors to the Joy Global exhibit will be able to see real examples demonstrating the power of technology that transforms data into valuable knowledge, helping optimize machine and system performances.

Joy Global will promote the value of its broad range of productivity-boosting equipment and services for surface and underground mining. Attractions will include a Smart Services real-time equipment health and performance-management module, a P&H LeTourneau-series L-2350 wheel loader, a Joy 14CM15 continuous miner, an innovative new operator cab for P&H drills, a Joy armored face conveyor for a longwall system, and operator training simulators for both P&H and Joy equipment. Joy will introduce several new product developments that represent the company’s application of innovation and technology to continually drive down the owner’s Total Cost of Operation in both surface and underground mining operations.

In addition to the products and systems on display, a central stage will feature Joy Global’s leadership and direct service support, and will serve to introduce new surface and underground mining systems—including a first-of-its-kind generation of loading equipment.

Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions—Booth 2121  
The Atlas Copco PV-235 is a crawler mounted, hydraulic tophead drive, multi-pass rotary drilling rig that can be configured in many different ways to compliment a wide variety of rotary and DTH drilling operations. It provides blasthole drilling to depths of 240 ft (73.2 m) with a 40 ft tower, and 210 ft (64 m) with the 35 ft tower. There is also a wide choice of low and high pressure compressors, matching electric or diesel engines, and either a single or two-speed rotary head.

Boart Longyear—Booth 23018
Boart Longyear will display the recently released LS600 sonic rig. With advanced sonic drill technology featuring innovative and patented designs, the LS600 delivers continuous-undisturbed core samples. Product experts will be on-site to highlight the latest releases in drilling equipment and tools, including the new 10UMX—a high-performance diamond coring bit with the freest-cutting matrix available. The 10UMX is part of the award winning Ultramatrix (UMX) diamond coring bit family, which includes the SSUMX, O7UMX and 09UMX. Boart Longyear also offers water exploration, environmental sampling, energy and oil sands exploration services.

Brookville Equipment Corp.—Booth 4025
Brookville Equipment celebrates 94 years of continuous operation in the U.S. During its tenure, the company has tripled in size and its expanding product line includes some of the most technologically advanced equipment used in the rail haulage industry. Brookville custom manufactures rail-mounted and rubber-tired haulage equipment for underground coal mining, hard rock and precious metal mining, tunnel construction, industrial switching, and mass transit applications worldwide. The company produces a diversified product line consisting of underground personnel carriers, scoops, maintenance vehicles, and haulage tractors, freight and passenger locomotives, and heritage and modern streetcars.

Columbia Steel—Booth 6075
Columbia Steel will feature innovative dragline wear parts, including a full-scale model of the new Bantam Dump Block. The Bantam combines the benefits of less weight with tough, long lasting design. Columbia Steel will also exhibit its updated TwistLink chain, a weight saving dragline product. Columbia Steel is a full service facility for design, pattern making and casting, as well as alloy selection—like the abrasion and impact resistant H-alloys, and high carbide overlays. Stop by the booth and meet Columbia’s engineers and field representatives and find out more about the company’s mining wear part solutions, including complete dragline packages. All Columbia parts are guaranteed for proper fit, performance and customer satisfaction.

Elgin Equipment Group—Booth 2637
Elgin Equipment Group (EEG) companies serve a wide spectrum of industries. Its products and services include new and rebuilt centrifuges; cyclones; vacuum pumps and blowers; mine electrical products and lighting systems;substations and transformers; electric heaters; rotary breakers; vibrating screens and feeders; profile wire screens; urethane screens; water intake screens; specialized metal fabrication; electrical system analysis; repair services; and replacement parts. Visit CMI, CSI, Tabor Machine, Norris Screen and MCI.

Fenner Dunlop—Booth 1213
Fenner Dunlop Engineered Conveyor Solutions, a long-time global leader in conveyor belting for mining and other industrial markets, has expanded its offering to become a single source solutions provider of conveyor system design, system install, conveyor system products, and conveyor services. Fenner Dunlop will feature a working conveyor system that includes Fenner Dunlop’s belt cleaners, idlers, pulleys, diagnostic rip detection and belt monitoring systems, drive systems and premium conveyor belting. Fenner Dunlop offers worldwide global capabilities in steel cord and fabric belting, diagnostic services and customized value-added programs.

Godwin Pumps—Booth 3105
The Godwin Dri-Prime 10-inch HL260M automatic priming centrifugal pump is designed for large, high-head, high-flow jobs. It provides maximum flows to 3,600 gpm, total dynamic head to 500 ft, and solids-handling capabilities to 2 inches in diameter. Like all Godwin Dri-Prime pump models, the HL260M offers fully automatic priming from dry to 28 ft of suction lift. Depending on location and requirements, it can be customized with a diesel engine or electric motor. It offers extensive application flexibility, including handling water, slurries, and liquids with solids to 2 inches in diameter. This reliability makes the HL260M Dri-Prime pump ideal for mining applications.

Grindex Pumps—Booth 6042
Grindex Pumps offers a complete line of highly efficient and reliable submersible pumps designed for heavy-duty drainage, sludge and slurry applications. On construction sites, in mines and various industrial applications, Grindex submersible pumps are constantly being put to the test in some of the most demanding applications. Unique features: Air cooling valves permit pumps to run dry without damage. With SMART motor protection, Grindex Pumps will not run backward, will not single phase, will not overheat. Grindex calls it “trouble free dewatering.” MSHA-approved pumps also available for use in gassy mines or tunnels and offered in dewatering and sludge configurations. Pump designs range between 0.6 and 140 hp and deliver up to 5,000 gpm with pressures of up to 750 ft.

Gundlach Equipment Corp.—Booth 7985
Gundlach is a global manufacturer of size reduction equipment with a full line of roll crushers and breakers for primary and secondary crushing, impact crushing cage mills, fine grinding roll mills and small tonnage ash/sampling crushers all engineered with performance and maintainability built in. The company’s exclusive Nitroil System allows adjustment of the roll gap while the crusher is running, as well as enabling one roll to ‘kick-back’ when tramp metal or some other uncrushable item enters the crusher. The company’s crushers are specifically designed for precise product sizing with fewer fines and maximized yield. From mine to electric power plant, Gundlach has been serving the coal industry since 1923.

Inpro/Seal—Booth 28201
Since inventing the original bearing isolator in 1977, Inpro/Seal has become an industry-leader in permanent bearing protection for rotating equipment. The company’s products include the latest generation bearing isolator, the VBXX-D, the Air-Mizer non-contacting shaftseal and CDR/MGS shaft grounding technologies. Inpro/Seal’s product lines are installed on a variety of rotating equipment across the mining industry. Its technology increases the reliability of applications and delivers real cost savings by improving mean time between repair (MTBR) and mean time between failure (MTBF). Inpro/Seal understands the high cost of downtime, so it has built a reputation on customer service and same-day shipments of most of its products—even new designs.

Iowa Mold Tooling Co.—Booth 8571
Iowa Mold Tooling will introduce a new lineup of TireHandler tire manipulators. These units are designed to safely and efficiently install and rotate the massive tires found on mining and construction equipment. Available with familiar mounting options for a front-end loader or forklift truck, the revamped TireHandler lineup will offer increased capacity, enhanced fallback protection and optimized design.

ITT Goulds Pumps—Booth 3375
Introduced in December 2011, the ITT Goulds Pumps XHD Extra Heavy Duty Lined Slurry Pump sets a new standard for reliability in slurry pumping. The XHD can replace existing slurry pumps without expensive retrofitting and be maintained while running. The XHD is designed for maximum uptime and for quick, easy and safe maintenance when required. Suited specifically for use in Class III (heavy) and Class IV (very heavy) slurries as defined by the Hydraulic Institute, the XHD is ideal for applications such as heavy-media cyclones, raw coal feed and thickener underflow. Features include: Adjustable suction seal ring; split stuffing box; replaceable wet end cartridge; and i-Alert condition monitor. The XHD took home top honors for product innovation at the 2012 Pump Industry Awards, presented by the British Pump Manufacturers’ Association.

Jennmar—Booth 4237
Stop by Jennmar’s booth to learn about its latest product developments including the injectable cable bolt, non-corrosive products, hydraulic prop and yielding rock bolt, to mention just a few. The company is also excited about its affiliate Jennchem’s innovative product line including J-CRIB, J-SEAL and J-CRETE. Jennmar is continuing to grow and expand globally with acquisitions in Poland and the Czech Republic.

J.H. Fletcher & Co.—Booth 2615
J.H. Fletcher will feature two machines for MinExpo geared toward coal. The majority of our coal customers today are installing more ground control material than ever before. Much of this is in the form of rib and brow support.  J.H. Fletcher has had a constant effort to provide and enhance a safe and productive work environment and these two machines (models CHDDR and CDDR) meet that bill. The CHDDR will have material handling and rib access booms.  This machine will aid in overcoming the supply burdens of additional ground control material required today, as well as improve operator station ergonomics by incorporating the rib access boom and mesh/mat handling system with clamps on the TRS. The CDDR will showcase our low profile rib access booms and air curtain technology.  Fletcher has always been at the forefront of walk thru technology, and these features will enhance operator ergonomics and environment.

Konecranes—Booth 27093
Konecranes will demonstrate its RailQ Runway Survey technology, designed for overhead lifting equipment runways. It combines laser survey techniques with Konecranes-specific software to accurately measure straightness, elevation, rail-to-rail elevation and rail span. Konecranes engineers will be on hand to demonstrate how the RailQ system uses visualization technology and a remote controlled robot trolley which runs along the rail to collect data via Bluetooth technology. The system transfers the data to a total station, and then generates 3-D and 2-D graphs of the runway rails to identify misalignment and tracking issues. It conveys information on the runway alignment in an accurate, safe and efficient manner and offers optimal recommendations for corrective action.

L-3 Communications—Booth 736
L-3 Communications will exhibit an enhanced version of its industry-leading wireless communications and tracking product for underground mines, the Accolade Mine Safety System. This enhanced version  includes new location/position equipment and leaky feeder and POTS integration capabilities. The customizable  system provides a self-healing, redundant and survivable voice and data network, allowing for both communication underground (miner-to-miner) and between surface and sub-surface personnel, and a real-time tracking capability for all personnel. Approved for use by MSHA, the state of West Virginia and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, L-3 has installed Accolade in mines throughout the United States.

Legacy Building Solutions—Booth 8989
Legacy Building Solutions introduces the industry’s first line of fabric buildings to incorporate structural steel beams instead of open web trusses. This new engineering concept provides a high level of flexibility for portable or stationary facilities. Unlike hollow tube steel, the solid structural steel beams are not vulnerable to unseen corrosion originating inside a tube. Additionally, the structural steel has multiple coating options, including hot dip galvanizing, red oxide primer and powder coat paint. The strength of the structural steel frame provides several engineering advantages, including the ability to relocate buildings by towing or crane. The straight sidewall design allows for the inclusion of a variety of overhead doors, exit doors and dormers along the sides. Structures can be modified to provide desired eave extensions and interior columns. They also can be engineered to carry ancillary systems that need to be suspended, including overhead cranes, fire suppression systems, ventilation and lighting.

Major Wire—Booth 554
Major Wire Industries Ltd. will display  Flex-Mat 3 High-Performance, Self-Cleaning Screen Media. It is now available in both modular and tensioned versions to help mining and industrial minerals operations significantly increase screen capacity and material throughput. It employs independently vibrating wires that increase product throughput by up to 40% over polyurethane and rubber panels or traditional woven wire by increasing open area and eliminating blinding, pegging and clogging. The most commonly used version for mining and industrial mineral applications, Flex-Mat 3 Modular 1- x 1-ft (305- x 305-mm) and 1- x 2-ft (305- x 610-mm) panels have more open area and provide up to 50% more screen capacity than polyurethane and rubber panels. Flex-Mat 3 Modular also allows for precise spec material passing for up to 50% of the wire’s life. Traditional polyurethane and rubber panels tend to begin passing out-of-spec material as soon as the top surface wears and the openings enlarge. The modular panels install easily, using the same frames and installation types as traditional polyurethane and rubber panels.

For tensioned screen decks, Flex-Mat 3 Tensioned’s signature lime-green polyurethane strips align to the screen box’s crown bars and hold individual wires in place as they run from hook to hook. Wear life exceeds that of woven wire up to three times because there are no cross wires with high wear spots like woven wire. Flex-Mat 3 Tensioned is available in the industry’s broadest range of opening sizes—30 mesh to 4 inches (102 mm)—and with the widest range of application-specific wire diameters.

Martin Engineering—Booth 10320 and Booth 4039
Martin Engineering is a leading international developer, manufacturer and supplier of innovations to make the handling of bulk materials cleaner, safer and more productive. Martin offers technologies that boost flow, reduce dust and spillage, extend component life and reduce downtime, resulting in improved operating environments and increased profitability. Martin has established a network of subsidiaries, licensees and representatives across the globe. Martin business locations include Mexico, Brazil, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom, South Africa, Turkey, Indonesia, India, Canada, Australia, Japan, Chile and Colombia.

McLanahan Corp.—Booth 4245 and Booth 7626
McLanahan will feature its equipment and services at two different locations. The larger of the two locations is Booth 4245. At this exhibit, the company will feature full-scale equipment including a DDC-Sizer, De-watering Screen and Separator combination, Sampling System, Universal Impact Crusher, Recessed Plate and Frame Pilot Press, a display of polymer wear parts and the newly designed LabMill Crusher and Rocker Tooth Crusher. Additional lines of McLanahan equipment will be represented with a large display of 3-D models showcasing McLanahan’s capabilities in crushing, feed preparation, washing and water management. The second space, Booth 7626, will feature 3-D models from the Universal equipment line and its capabilities in crushing, feeding and screening.

Metso—Booth 2839
With more than 70 locations around the world, Metso is a local service partner for life cycle services, spare and wear parts replacement, field services, preventive maintenance, advanced performance materials, automation solutions, plant diagnostics, equipment refurbishment and a broad range of training courses. Metso’s comprehensive service offering is backed by ever-expanding global resources, plus an industry-leading OEM parts inventory. The company offers engineered-to-order equipment and custom rebuilds and retrofits—all based on OEM specifications and developed with advanced knowledge of process technology. Metso’s team of more than 1,700 field service technicians is expertly trained to diagnose, maintain and repair its equipment.

Michelin Earthmover Tires—Booth 6971
Michelin Earthmover Tires leads the industry with the most advanced radial tires for equipment ranging from forklifts, to loaders, to giant haul earthmovers. Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel guides, maps and atlases covering Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs 22,200 and operates 18 major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.

MICO—Booth 7557
MICO will introduce the 520 Series hydraulic apply caliper disc brake for on- and off-highway service braking applications. The fixed caliper type brake uses a modulated hydraulic pressure source, such as a master cylinder, to control brake torque. Installation of the caliper disc brake is made simple due to the brake’s flexibility to be mounted in either a horizontal or vertical position. The unit can be attached directly to a threaded hanger or clamp.

Mine Site Technologies—Booth 2371
Mine Site Technologies (MST) recently developed the “ImPact – One Network” solution that provides a single network for communications, tracking, data collection, video and more. At MINExpo, MST will have operating systems up and running at the stand to provide live, hands-on demonstrations of the ImPact system. Included in the demonstration will be the MinePhone VoIP telephone handset and the ICCL (Integrated Communications Cap Lamp) that incorporates text messaging and tracking into a single cap lamp product. In addition, MST will showcase its full range of products, including several partner products.

Miller and Hobart Brothers—
Booths 5511/5513 and 4016
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. and Hobart Brothers Co. will showcase welding solutions, as well as introduce new welding equipment, accessories and filler metals. Miller and Hobart Brothers will exhibit together, while Miller will have a separate booth dedicated to work truck solutions. Live demos in booths 5511/5513 will include hard surfacing, welding and plasma cutting with the latest products from both companies. Technologies featured will include: the Trailblazer 302 Air Pak and the Big Blue Air Pak,  the Miller Big Blue 700 Duo Pro, the EnPak Mechanic Series diesel engine-driven air compressor, hydraulic pump and generator that integrates into a truck’s fuel and electrical supply, and the XMT 450 multiprocess welding inverter with SuitCase X-TREME voltage-sensing wire feeders.

Filler metals to be showcased and demonstrated by Hobart Brothers include: Hardalloy 140, a hard surfacing stick electrode; Hardalloy 155, designed for overlay on surfaces subject to extremely severe abrasion; and Tube-Alloy 240-O self-shielded flux-cored wire. and

Philippi-Hagenbuch—Booth 6210
Philippi-Hagenbuch’s line of patented HiVol Water Tanks provides a design that optimizes capacity and enhances travel safety. Built for any make or model of off-highway truck, the HiVol water tank series serves as an ideal solution for a multitude of applications.  The designers calculated the dynamic center of gravity of the fluid within the tank to engineer the HiVol series with the lowest weight and greatest carrying capacity. This capacity can range up to 60,000 gallons—more than half the capacity of a water tower. To ensure maximum safety, a patented fluid baffling system not only stops water surges from the back to front, but effectively provides a full-height/full-length/full-center Backbone structure that eliminates surging from side to side as well.

PHOENIX Process Equipment Co.—Booth 12530
PHOENIX Process Equipment will demonstrate the Diemme filter press. The trailer mounted system includes a Diemme KE500 filter press, 10 gpm membrane pump, 200 gallon mix tank, and mixer. Established in 1923, Diemme has developed innovative, rugged dewatering solutions that are designed specifically for demanding mining process dewatering applications. Through internal product development and strategic partnering relationships, PHOENIX has become an international leader in systems for minerals processing and liquid/solid separation.

Pioneer Solutions—Booth 5433
Pioneer Solutions will introduce its new Front and Rear Axle Oil Cooled Disc Brake Product Line for Off-Highway Dump Trucks. This brake represents Pioneer’s first endeavor into component supply and launches a new manufactured products business segment. The company uses its 30 plus years of off highway equipment design, manufacturing, and product support experience to provide valuable lifecycle solutions to its customers.

Pioneer’s brakes are designed to exceed industry braking standard requirements and easily interface with different OEM axle configurations. Each series is designed to be expandable within a given payload range. The brakes are manufactured with high quality materials to provide performance and reliable operation. Pioneer’s plans include a series of brakes for use on mechanical and electric drive dump trucks with 25 ton to 400 ton payloads. The business will support customers throughout new product development, prototype, testing, production and field service, including availability of aftermarket parts.

In addition to the brake product, Pioneer’s manufacturing operations will focus on other highly engineered components, such as differential gearing and final drive planetary assemblies. These components require advanced manufacturing processes and a high level of quality to perform in the extreme applications of the off highway equipment industry.

Pioneer Solutions will be display a new brake, designed to be used on 320 ton electric drive dump trucks.

Sandvik Mining—Booth C-7309
Sandvik Mining will introduce newly enhanced automation concepts that open up a new era in mining. The Sandvik AutoMine product family is the most comprehensive automation offering for underground and surface mining. Increasing fleet utilization and production rates, improving working conditions and reducing maintenance costs, Sandvik AutoMine promotes preeminent safety, productivity and peace of mind for mining operations. Sandvik Mining’s Automation focuses not only on equipment autonomy, but also on mining process automation and management.  

Sandvik’s bolter miner, MB610, offers fast and easy access to maintenance points, large and ergonomic working platforms, enhanced cutting forces, and world-class performance.

Since Sandvik Mining Systems introduced its PF300 fully-mobile In-Pit Crushing and Conveying (IPCC) system in March 2009, renewed interest in mobile crushing concepts in the major mining markets has been extraordinary. The newly developed fully-mobile crushing plant makes the IPCC method a better alternative to traditional truck haulage due to lower operating and maintenance costs, higher energy efficiency, significant reduction of CO2 footprint, and radical decline in dust emission.

The PF300 uses Sandvik’s crushing technology to offer a full range of roll crushers flexible enough to suit even the most challenging mining applications. The entire system is custom-engineered by Sandvik Mining and equipped with genuine parts. With commissioning of the two first units scheduled for the mid-2012, the PF300, with its compact and stable design, has potential for future market share for IPCC applications.

Cutter picks featuring the XT grade tungsten carbide can cut materials up to 180 MPa (26,000 psi). The new RR321 rotary drill bit continues the development of a comprehensive portfolio, which includes the RR220 (standard air), RR321 (premium air) and RR440 (sealed bearing). The RH460 hammer line is Sandvik’s latest, new high-performance DTH hammer family, providing high impact energy and drill performance to maximize productivity in variable ground conditions. The RH 460 hammer family will consist of 3.5-, 4-, 5-, 6- and 8-inch hammers.

Sleipner—Booth 28116
Sleipner offers a unique system of transporting tracked excavators in open-pit mines and quarries. The system is based on axles and heavy tires with ramps. With the aid of the set of Sleipners and a haul truck the excavator is easily and quickly moved to the desired location. In addition, the system offers considerable reduction to the wear of the excavator’s undercarriage and tracks. There are currently 11 models in the manufacturing program covering the excavator weights from 30 t up to 550 t. Most models incorporate different ramp sizes to fit different excavator brands and models. The newest model, E550, is also the largest and can move excavators up to 550 t and beyond. In the early part of 2012, Sleipner sold the system to mines in Australia, South Africa, Ghana, Indonesia, Austria, Angola and Chile. Sleipner shares its stand with HSM Tire Co. with headquarters in Houston, Texas. HSM is specialized in heavy mining and OTR tires. HSM Tire is Sleipner’s agent in U.S. and Mexico.

Snap-on Industrial—Booth 27212
Mobile Tool Solutions from Snap-on Industrial is a program combining tools and asset management software with customizable, mobile tool cribs to significantly reduce tool replacement costs while increasing customer productivity. Say goodbye to the days of lost tools because at the heart of mobile tool cribs is the company’s Level 5 Tool Control System, which has the ability to provide customers with a completely controlled environment. From CAD tool control layouts and keyless entry systems to asset management software for tool tracking, Level 5 offers greater organization, visibility, security, tool tracking and accountability for customers in the power generation industry. The modular tool cribs are available in many different sizes and configurations, and can be designed to fit any power generation work site footprint.

Strata Worldwide—Booth 5407
For over two decades, Strata Worldwide has built a reputation of bringing differentiated and diverse products to market that meet and exceed industry trends and demands. Strata first introduced engineered secondary roof support systems in 1992; supports that incorporated innovative safety features. The company then went on to pioneer post-emergency safety and refuge in underground coal mines with the introduction of a powerless, inflatable mine refuge chamber to provide breathable air to miners trapped underground. Today, Strata has developed a comprehensive safety system of integrated technologies that together promote complete mine-wide awareness for a higher level of safety, efficiency and productivity. This safety platform consists of stand-alone yet compatible systems including wireless communications and tracking, proximity detection and mine atmospheric monitoring.

Superior Industries—Booth 19100
The TeleStacker Conveyor from Superior Industries is a heavy-duty telescoping radial stacking conveyor. Built for high production, the TeleStacker conveyor offers the ability to stockpile 30% more material per move than similar radial stackers, and an operating tonnage ranging from 200 to 5,000 tph. The machine is available as a specially configured Mine Duty model designed and built for the mining industry and heap leaching applications.

A key element of the TeleStacker conveyor design is the patented FB Undercarriage support system, which reducesthe deflection of the conveyor by 200%. It can stack material up to 5,000 mt/h. The unit features a longer stinger, or internal, conveyor, enabling it to pile 30% more material per move, resulting in higher capacity surge piles often required in heap leaching applications.

Holding the record for having produced the largest telescopic radial stacking conveyor in the world at 190 ft in length, Superior Industries offers custom units in larger sizes upon request. The Mine Duty model is equipped with belt widths ranging from 24 to 72 ft. Every unit incorporates mine-duty 2.0 pulleys and idlers, manufactured by Superior.

Thompson Pump Compact Series—Booth 5801
Thompson Pump will showcase the Compact pump series with all the benefits of the popular Thompson Pump JSC series with the new benefits of a smaller compact size, lighter weight, fewer parts, less maintenance, and lower price. The Thompson Compact pump is 35% smaller and 20% lighter but offers the same great performance as a standard size pump with 24-hour run time fuel tank. Available in the most common diesel-drive portable pump sizes of 4 inches and 6 inches, the Compact series offers an economical alternative to similar sized portable pumps—a significant savings compared to standard 4 inches and 6 inches compressor-assisted pumps. Thompson Pump’s Compact pump series includes the Enviroprime system, which keeps the pumpage from discharging into the environment unlike the competition. The Compact series is available with developments such as automatic start/stop and Silent Knight sound attenuation.

Victaulic—Booth 6949
Victaulic, a leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, will introduces the AGS Vic-Ring System. The system eases the installation of and provides a strong connection for large-diameter pressure piping systems up to 60 inches (1,525 mm), while extending the service life of abrasive services piping. It can extend the life of abrasive service piping systems by maintaining the full pipe-wall thickness and creating a smooth flow path.

W.S. Tyler—Booth 10250
W.S. Tyler will showcase screening machines, screen decks and washer technology. The F-Class Vibrating Screen offers a solution for scalping and classifying of ores, minerals, stones, sand and gravel. Featuring four-bearing technology, the F-Class minimizes structural vibration and delivers a consistent stroke, which two-bearing screens cannot provide, and with right media choice virtually eliminates blinding and pegging. The Pro-Deck approach implements an analysis and modification strategy in processing operations to maximize screen productivity and minimize wear by selecting the appropriate type of screen media according to three phases of screening.

The new Hydro-Clean washing unit effectively cleans deleterious material from product streams, while reducing water consumption by up to 75% over. It is available in four model sizes that produce 20 to 400 tph, depending on the application.

Weir Minerals—Booth 3143
Weir Minerals will debut a variety of products at MINExpo 2012. The Linatex Wear Indicator System transmits and receives messages, providing a revolutionary early warning system to mine operators. This system detects more than just a break in the wire; it measures a change in resistance for more accurate results. The system can save time, money and lives by notifying when a pipe needs to be replaced or fixed.  Weir will also display Warman Centrifugal Pumps to Cavex Cyclones, and Multiflo Dewatering Solutions to Isogate Slurry Valves.

Xylem—Booth 3105
Xylem, which was spun-off from ITT Corporation last year to form a leading global water technology company, will display its full range of Flygt and Godwin dewatering pumps and services. With a rental bank of 20,000 products Xylem offers a range of surface-mounted and submersible dewatering pumps including slurry pumps,  MSHA  and  CSA certified pumps and starters, portable high-head drainage pumps as well as pump system engineering, contingency planning and turn-key water management expertise. Xylem’s dewatering services offering includes open pit drainage, drill hole drainage, face and stage dewatering, shaft bottom drainage, main drainage, process water supply, storm water management and heap leaching. Xylem’s focus is to continue to develop energy-efficient and reliable solutions so that unwanted water is removed as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. This year, Xylem expanded its dewatering capabilities in France, Brazil, Australia, Vietnam and Panama and has plans for further expansion over the next two years.