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Gearbox Stocking Program Gets Barge Conveyor Up and Running

Baldor launched the Dodge MagnaGear in-stock program, designed to help coal operators quickly replace units. By stocking the most common sizes and ratios of this power-dense, heavy-duty large gearbox, mine and plant managers would no longer have to wait weeks and weeks to get a replacement unit.

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The Growing Popularity of Sustainable Mine Reclamation

The concept of sustainability continues to gain traction in every industry, including mining. Even though mining typically brings up ideas that conflict with the tenets of sustainability, specifically extracting non-renewable resources from the earth, it is becoming more and more possible to reconcile the two.

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Fiber Optics Report Pendant Line Conditions

Pendant lines are used to support the boom on draglines and electric shovels. Due to the type of work, which is highly repetitive, these pendant lines are submitted to a large number of tension/load cycles that influence service life. Traditionally the pendant lines are made of steel wire rope. Steel wire rope has a limited service life when submitted to repetitive tension-tension fatigue cycles. Oftentimes, the pendant lines are replaced too soon. Conversely frequent inspections cause unnecessary maintenance downtime. The hourly loss of revenue resulting from pendant life failure or unplanned maintenance are considerable.

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Managing Environmental Compliance

Before a mine can break ground, it has to demonstrate that it can restore the land. As concerns grow over permitting and surety bonding, reclamation has become an integral part of a modern mine plan.

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NARM’s Geo-database

Located in Campbell County, Wyo., Peabody Energy’s North Antelope Rochelle mine (NARM) covers 46,000 permitted acres and produces more than 100 million tons per year. The mine consists of more than 400 compliance features, including pond structures, topsoil stockpiles, culverts, alternate sediment control measures, ground water monitoring wells and surface monitoring stations. Approximately 6,000 acres have been reclaimed, of which 4,800 acres have been approved for Phase I bond release under Wyoming’s regulatory program.

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