Thursday, 9 April 2015
De Beers Canada operates two diamond mines in Canada. One of these is the Victor Mine, an open pit facility that produces approximately 600,000 carats yearly. Through reverse engineering, Wabi’s specialists will be able to determine the correct dimensions, materials needed, and production operations required to build the needed castings. The process of reverse engineering enables a customer who initially does not have an associated drawing of a specific casting to subsequently acquire a drawing which enables them to access product supply directly from a castings manufacturer. The Vincent Mine is in need of two castings: the Sizer Top-Cap and the Breaker Block. The Sizer Top-Cap weighs at least 190 pounds and is considered as the initial wear portion of a continuous mining machine; in cases of extreme wear, the tip or the entire top-cap might require replacement.
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
Mining products account for over 20 percent of Canada’s total exports. It’s no wonder, then, that Canada has become one of the largest mining nations in the world, producing over 60 minerals and metals with an estimated annual value of US$ 42 billion. These figures reflect not just the healthy mining market but also the abundance of ores underneath Canadian soil. Thanks to continuous exploration, new mine sites are being established and more minerals and metals are being mined. Current exploration results however, present a formidable two-fold challenge for mining companies: location and accessibility. According to the National Research Council Canada, easy-to-access mining locations are slowly disappearing, leaving remote sites the only option for mining firms looking to establish or expand their operations.
Monday, 6 April 2015
The mining industry faces multiple issues ranging from productivity concerns to supply-demand imbalances. There’s also a growing difficulty in recruiting young workers, while the current workforce continues to age. One crucial factor influencing the youth’s decision to pursue a career in the mines is safety in the workplace. In Canada, however, mining safety isn’t much of a problem. In fact, according to an article in MiningNL.com, the Canadian mining industry’s record on lost time accidents is among the lowest worldwide. Usually thought of as one of the most dangerous occupations, mining is actually one of the safest heavy industries in Canada.