LAS VEGAS (Sept. 27, 2012) – It was my pleasure to attend my first MINExpo and represent Pumps & Systems and Upstream Pumping Solutions, the leading pump magazines for the industrial and upstream oil and gas sectors. MINExpo only happens every three years and is widely recognized as the premier exposition of mining equipment and services in the world, featuring a wide range of new-product introductions and exhibits of some of the largest mining equipment. It also is attended by many of the leading executives and professionals in the world mining industry.
Despite plunging commodity prices and decreasing mining budgets, there was positive energy about the mining industry on the showroom floor among its more than 50,000 attendees, with many new technologies introduced. Here are some of the highlights.
SKF boasted its capabilities and solutions with bearings, seals, lubrication and condition monitoring. Among the many products displayed were elements of the SKF 360˚ Solution, which allows customers to lower maintenance costs and increase productivity. The SKF Idler Sound Monitor Kit enhances worker safety and contributes to conveyor belt savings.
Xylem Inc., a global water technology company announced expansions of it dewatering business in Brazil, Australia, Vietnam and Panama to serve customers in the growing mining sector and presented its latest mine dewatering solutions from its Flygt and Godwin brands.
Cummins displayed a 49- to 4200-hp (37-3132 kW) engine lineup, representing an extensive “smallest to largest” range—from the 2.8-liter 4-cylinder QSF2.8 (ideally suited for compact underground loaders) to the 95-liter, 16-cylinder QSK95, designed for ultra-high-class haul trucks and excavators. This was the North American debut for both of the new engines. Cummins also featured the QSK60 and QSK78, known throughout the industry for their reliability and dependability in mine sites around the world. Cummins engines for underground mining equipment from the mid-range QSL9 up to the 23-liter QSK23 were also at the show.
GE Transportation unveiled its newest business unit, GE Mining, which showcased its innovative solutions in critical areas such as productivity, power and water. GE’s Proficy MaxxMine software solution enables mine operators to achieve greater process consistency and repeatability and provides the ability to detect, diagnose and prioritize impending equipment problems for immediate corrective action. GE’s Durathon battery offers best-in-class energy density and enables its Invertex underground propulsion systems to reduce heat, diesel particulates and emissions as well as ventilation costs at underground mine sites.
GE offers a line of drives, motors, excavators and hoists that help mine operators increase capacity while improving operational efficiency. GE’s Quadramatic Drive System has the highest efficiency for dual-pinion, fixed speed mill applications in the industry and provides the benefits of a single pinion, air-clutch connected, low-speed synchronous motor drive for today’s maximum mill ratings.
Water management is a key issue that all mining companies must tackle. GE’s AquaSelTM system is a breakthrough non-thermal desalination technology with extremely high water recovery rates.
Weir Minerals debuted a variety of products, highlighting the new Linatex Wear Indicator System, which is an early warning system for mine operators that sends and receives important wear data. Weir’s line includes Warman Centrifugal Pumps to Cavex Cyclones, Multiflo Dewatering Solutions to Isogate Slurry Valves, Vulco Mill Lining Solutions and KHD High Pressure Grinding Rolls.
Eaton Corporation exhibited new solutions in overland vehicles, hydraulics and electrical technologies designed to improve mining operations. Eaton demonstrated its unique approach to managing power systems as a strategic, integrated asset to provide enhanced safety for workers and a power system that is more reliable, efficient and safe, to maximize the productivity of minerals processing, material handling and extraction projects.
Magnetek, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of variable frequency drives and radio remote controls, exhibited its line of M-FORCE® AC drives, as well as wireless remote controls for mining applications.
Magnetek’s M-FORCE line of Severe Duty AC Traction Drives includes the SD500™ AC drive for a variety of mining applications including battery-operated mobile vehicles, locomotives, muckers, loaders and haulage equipment.
CRANE ChemPharm Flow Solutions, a provider of highly engineered products for fluid handling applications worldwide, showcased its comprehensive product portfolio for the mining sector.
Thompson Pump, a full-service provider of high-quality pumps, pumping equipment and engineering expertise, launched the Gator Giveaway Sweepstakes in which booth visitors entered to win a John Deere Gator ATV, a brand new all-terrain vehicle worth $13,500. Thompson Pump also displayed solutions for quick and cost-effective dewatering, featuring: The 8JSCW pump with heads over 600-feet, the 6JSCEN multi-purpose trash pump and the Hydraulically Driven – Solids Handling – HST Submersible Series.
Pioneer Pump provides self-priming, centrifugal, engine-driven or electric pumps and pump sets for dewatering applications. Dry prime and wet prime self-primers are also available. Pioneer Pump exhibited pump models PP108C24 (a clear liquid pump set that is powered by a Caterpillar C27 engine) and PP86S17 (a solids-handling pump set with a Caterpillar C9 engine).
Sulzer Pumps provides a full line of pumps, equipment and related technologies to a range of industries, including the mining industry. Sulzer Pumps launched a tougher, smarter dewatering pump line with features and options that it says will change the expectations of a submersible pump. The company also exhibited its range of pumping solutions and services for the mining industry.
Chevron Lubricants, maker of technologically advanced engine oils, lubricants and coolants, introduced three new premium hydraulic oils. Clarity Synthetic Hydraulic Oil AW, Rando HDZ and Rando HD Premium Oil MV offer multi-viscosity or high viscosity index (VI) formulations that deliver fuel cost savings and increases in productivity when compared to conventional monogrades. The new premium hydraulic oils feature improved oxidation and shear stability—versus conventional monogrades—which deliver robust protection to hydraulic pumps.