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Coal Prep 2016 Overview

Despite the market, the show’s outlook is positive as its readies to welcome attendees to new Louisville home

By Donna Schmidt, Field Editor

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BKT Aims to Change the Game in Giant OTR Tire Market

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After past years of increasingly severe supply and demand problems, culminating in 2012’s mind-boggling price and availability gyrations, the giant over-the-road (OTR) tire market has settled down and today offers mine operators a stable platform for meeting their surface and underground tire needs. In fact, at last year’s OTR Tire Conference sponsored by the U.S. Tire Industry Association, every member of an OTR tire manufacturers’ panel responded — almost in unison — with “No!” when presented with the question, “Do you foresee shortages in any specific size or type of tire during the next year?”

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Achieving World-class Mining Maintenance: Step 4 — Effective Use of Information

In the fourth segment of this six-part series, the author explains how improving the quality of key information can lead to more effective decision-making and better overall control

By Paul Tomlingson

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Power Placement

A long-time solution for high-power installation gets a modern makeover

By Donna Schmidt, Field Editor

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Australian Coal Operator Detonates World’s Biggest Blast

The Daunia open-cut coal mine in the northeastern state of Queensland, Australia, has broken the world record for the largest electronic detonator blast ever — firing 5,665 detonators in 2,683 blastholes using the AXXIS digital detonation system from BME. Last year, the mine had set a previous record for the largest AXXIS-controlled blast, when it successfully initiated 4,303 detonators in a single blast to break 2.8 million cubic meters (m3) of overburden.

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Waiting for Ignition

Natural gas offers a tankful of potential benefits for mine fleet operators, but plummeting oil prices will likely keep diesel fuel top choice at the pump for the near future

By Russ Carter, Western Field Editor

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