Sunday, 30 November 2014

Of Mine Skips and Cages: Risk Management Tips for Mining Managers

The best way to start a risk management discussion is with questions that identify the particular tasks of an employee. Follow this up with more questions to discover people’s habits and what they’ve done with regards to hazards and safety. Answering questions—such as what hazards has the employee identified in his job, or what precautions should be taken when in proximity to equipment such as mine skips and cages—can be quite beneficial.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Mine Personnel Cages: Engineered for Safe and Reliable Underground Operations

All miners who work underground depend on the high quality of their equipment to keep them from harm while on the job. Safe transportation equipment, such as well-designed steel mine cages, can be obtained through trusted equipment manufacturers like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. Utilizing such reliable equipment is even more imperative in light of a recent article that reports a increase in U.S. mining deaths in 2013.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Well-designed Mine Rail Cars Help Improve Safety in Underground Mines

Prominent suppliers of underground rail cars, such as Wabi Iron & Steel Corp, are certified through ISO 9001, CBW (fusion welding), and APEO, which ensures that the mine cars they build for their clients are of the highest quality. Obtaining equipment that has been manufactured to meet or exceed industry standards is crucial to maintaining safety in today’s mine operations.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Indonesia a Prime Market for Wear Resistant Castings with Smelter Boom

The large-scale development of industrial smelters on the mineral-rich archipelago has put Indonesia in the spotlight for more than just metals producers wanting to take advantage of the country’s rich ore deposits. With smelters being built in quick succession on the islands, wear resistant castings manufacturers are keeping an eye on the archipelago as well. Due to the incredible amount of maintenance required to keep smelters producing at peak capacity, manufacturers of heat resistant casting solutions are positioning themselves to support Indonesia’s young smelting industry. Given what’s at stake, being able to offer durable, long-lasting, high-performance wear parts for industrial smelters is the name of the game.

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Prospect Looks Golden for Mine Rail Cars Due to Rail Advantages

Rail cars have long held a close association with mining. In fact, when looking back at movies or cartoons where mining is represented, there’s likely a bunch of open-top mine rail cars somewhere in the picture. With the development of trackless machinery, however, a decline in rail use for mining has created a small disconnect between the popular image of labyrinthine mines lined with rail cars and how mines are evolving in reality. Rail took a backseat as low, stubby, purpose-built mine utility vehicles became more commonplace.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Mine Rail Cars Improve Hauling Efficiency in Mines

Underground rail haulage systems can definitely improve productivity and reduce maintenance costs. Besides eliminating the need to constantly clean and repair haul roads, mine ore cars are not at risk of breakdown because the terrain is too rugged. To ensure material-moving efficiency in underground operations, it’s crucial for mining companies to purchase mining equipment from leading suppliers such as Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. As well as providing heavy-duty mine cars in a variety of configurations, these companies also ensure that their products are manufactured to the highest of quality standards.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Modern Mine Cages Improve Industry Safety and Efficiency

Twenty-two years old and a native of Thunder Bay, Dani Drewek is a cage tender at Goldcorp’s Red Lake Mine in northwestern Ontario. She faces the same challenges as her fellow miners do each day when they go to work. However, Dani and workers in mines across the country travel underground in modern, reliable mine cages that are a testament to the level of workplace safety that dominates the equipment and conveyance systems operating in Canada today. Contributing to the technological advances in the mining industry are companies like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp, which continue to provide state-of-the-art underground equipment such as mine man cages designed to increase productivity and to provide for the safe transport of workers.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Better Mine Cages Enable the Development of Deeper Mines

The article doesn’t list Mponeng’s exact depth; however, according to Wikipedia, it extends over 3.8 kilometers below the surface. With so much dirt between its bottom and the outside world, many wonder just how the legions of miners that work its depths disappear and emerge into and out of its abysmal depths. The answer is, of course, dependable mine cages. The mine cage has been around for quite some time, having evolved from simple human-powered, pulley-driven wooden boxes used to ferry miners in mine shafts of the days of old. With each evolution, the development of superior mine personnel cages has increased the depths at which man can safely mine.

Friday, 26 September 2014

From Trucks to Mine Rail Cars: Mining Equipment Maintenance Needs

The role that well-maintained mining equipment plays in the overall safety of the mine is invaluable. With regular maintenance and inspections, mining companies can ensure that their equipment contributes to the establishment of a safe working environment for all employees. Equipment Quality Mining equipment that is built to the highest of quality standards goes a long way to satisfying production demands and ensuring safe working conditions. Mining companies can rely on reputable firms like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. to provide excellent products, such as durable underground rail cars, in order to meet these requirements.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Tech Requires Quality Wear Resistant Castings for Material Transport

Mining companies must invest in efficient wear resistant castings from companies like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. for their pipeline operations, especially in relation to pump casings, impellers, sideliners and other wear parts. They should ensure that the impact and corrosion resistance characteristics of such equipment can effectively meet their requirements. Coatings Many systems also involve coating the pipes in various materials that could keep the abrasiveness of minerals passing through them at bay. One such system involves coating with a lining of polyurethane with a high performance property. This also helps ease the burden of maintenance and constant repairs.

Monday, 22 September 2014

A First in Canada: Wabi Breaks New Ground Shipping 50-Tonne Mine Skips

Saskatchewan was the site of a groundbreaking shipment of three 50-tonne mine skips for a Vanscoy potash mine, a feat that has never been achieved before in Canada. Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. manufactured and transported the skips to Agrium Inc.’s potash mine as part of the latter’s $1.5 billion expansion. Gigantic in comparison to the 12- and 16-tonne skips that are normally used in Ontario’s nickel and gold mines, the 50-tonne pieces are specifically designed for the Vanscoy mine, which is estimated to produce around three percent of the global potash supply. The expansion is expected to double Agrium’s capacity, which can potentially boost the mine from 10th to 8th place among the world’s largest potash producers. Overall, these developments present a huge step forward for the Canadian mining industry in terms of mine hoisting.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Mine Skips Safely and Efficiently Transport Ore from Underground Mines

In the old days, mine skips referred exclusively to carts that ran inside mines on rails, allowing workers to easily pile minerals and debris on the vehicles for quick transfers to the face of the mine. Today, skips are found running along vertical mine shafts. These modern mechanized ore skips are more akin to elevators as they enable material to be the easy transported up and out of underground mines. Mining operators and managers are encouraged to carefully choose their skips and purchase according to current loads and projected demands. Equipment from reputable manufacturers like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. can help to ensure efficient mining operations with minimal downtime.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Mine Cages are Indispensable for Deep Mining Operations

Although mine cages are mostly used to transport mine personnel, they can also serve as lifting devices to transport supplies and equipment in and out of the mine. This versatility means that these elevators play a crucial role in ensuring that sufficient amounts of precious metals and minerals are delivered to the surface on time to meet production schedules. Both mine man cages and service-specific cages need to be of a certain type and size to suit each underground operation’s transportation needs. Generally, the larger the cage, the more personnel and materials that can be transported.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

The World’s Most Precious Metals are Moved by Mine Ore Cars

Gold – Speaking to Andrea Sella, a chemistry professor at the University College London, a BBC correspondent determined the main reason why gold is so valued: it is one of only eight elements (along with platinum, palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium, ruthenium, and silver) that barely react with all of the other elements. Also, as opposed to silver, gold doesn’t tarnish, which is another important criterion for a metal to be considered for use as valuable currency.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Increased Mining Activity Calls for Quality Wear Resistant Castings

Mining operations can be hampered when equipment fails due to the high frictions and stress caused by moving large volumes of ore to meet production requirements. Companies can benefit from the use of sturdy heat resistant castings that dependable mining equipment suppliers such as Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. develop and produce. The quality of wear resistant components primarily used in the conveyance of extracted material directly impact a mining company’s ability to improve its production capacity and meet additional demand from clients. By acquiring metal castings of the best caliber, Canadian mining firms are better able to meet their production goals.