Innovation - The Path to Higher Productivity

CIM MEMO 2008
Maxime Denis, Ryan Siggelkow, Walter Siggelkow,
Abstract Today, consistently high production at a low cost is necessary to the prosperity of any mine. This will ensure good jobs for the surrounding community and more importantly, will please investors. As a manufacturer of cutting edge technology, HARD-LINE has continuously demonstrated innovation in the mining industry, - finding solutions to improve performance and reliability in this field. The company has always believed that production, maintenance, and research should be seen as a close loop for continuous innovations and would like to take this opportunity to relate how HARD-LINE's radio remote controls, as well as other products, have provided mines with the ability to improve productivity and reduce costs.
Keywords: Innovation, Radio Remote Controls, Cost reduction, solutions, Reliability, Productivity, Maintenance
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Keywords: restauration minière, Drainage Minier Acide, Goldex tailings, acid tailings, Manitou site, rehabilitation mine site
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Keywords: non-destructif, micro-sismique, Résistance mécanique, résistivité, Remblai cimenté en pâte
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Author(s): Pierre Marcotte, Sylvain Ouellette, Jérôme Boutin, Gilles LeBlanc, Paul-Émile Boileau
Keywords: Syndrome de Raynaud, Main blanche, poignée anti-vibratile, foreuse pneumatique, vibrations
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Summary: The Goldex Mine will start production in the first quarter of 2008. In order to achieve a production of 7000tpd, ITH drilling at 400 psi was selected. ITH drilling at this pressure will be one of the first underground application. This paper will discuss the anticipated gains and show some preliminary results.
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Author(s): Patrick Frenette
Keywords: ITH drilling
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Summary: This presentation will explain a new mining method developed at the Sleeping Giant Mine with Camroc division and Canmet. The Long Wall method is use when you have a narrow vein with dip between 40 to 60 degrees. The presentation will talk about the positives and the negatives aspects.
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Keywords: Long Wall adapted, narrow vein, Platform, new mining method
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Summary: A basic example based comparison of scheduling development for initial access and ongoing mining.
A first-principals based schedule effort will be shown using MS (Microsoft) Excel, Project, MineSched (Surpac) and Mine24D.

A summary of the results will be contrast as a finale with pros and cons for each methodology/software.
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Author(s): Dave Raymond Kenwell
Keywords: MS Excel, MineSched, Mine24D, schedule, MS Project
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Summary: -Improve reliability of your equipment
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-Minimize downtime

Use coating to provide wear prevention, impact and corrosion/erosion resistance and extend your equipment life.

This training provides the knowledge of product selection, proper application and surface preparation, application tips and real application case histories.
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Keywords: Extend equipment life, Protect new components, Wear prevention, Abrasion resistance, Coatings
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Summary: Kidd Mine, an Xstrata Copper operation in Timmins, Ontario, operates a 400 t/h pastefill plant that provides paste backfill to stopes at the depth of 9000 ft. This paper will cover the operating practices of the pastefill plant both on surface and underground, highlighting tailings excavation, paste mix design and the pipe maintenance program.
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Author(s): Maureen McGuinness, Christian Bruneau
Keywords: Pastefill, Backfill, Mix design, Pipe Wear, Operation, Tailings Excavation
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Summary: This presentation will explain the use of a hybrid method using shrinkage and long hole methods in narrow vein mining with low dilution.
Comparison with calculations of dilution using the old method and the hybrid method will be shown.

The presentation will also discuss about the high grade pillars recovery using long hole method. This method helped the mine recover the high grade pillar that were left in the mine on the past producing level.
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Keywords: Narrow vein mining, shrinkage, long hole method, Ore recovery, Pillar recovery, Dilution, Cost
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Summary: In the paper we will review the basics for the protection of electrical motors and the benefits that the latest relay technologies bring to the relay engineer. The paper will discuss:
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Ground Current protection,
Voltage and frequency protection,
Mechanical jam protection,
Phase Reversal/ Unbalance protection,
Motor Monitoring features in new relays,
Communications protocols: bringing the information to the desk of the engineer.
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Keywords: Equipment Monitoring, Protective Relays, Electrical Motors
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Summary: Les bonnes pratiques d’entretien sont de plus en plus populaires auprès des entreprises qui veulent se démarquer. A l’automne 2005, l’équipe de l’usine de la Mine Laronde propriété d’Agnico-Eagle, entrepris de changer ses méthodes de travail. Voici une présentation sur un changement de culture d’entretien et les bienfaits qui ont suivi.
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Author(s): Yan Cabot, Jean Cayouette
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Summary: Brunswick Mine employs an ore and waste pass system for material transfer. This paper reviews the evolution and performance ore pass systems over the years at the mine. In particular it addresses the influence of structure, stress and materials handling on the longevity of the employed ore passes. This is made possible by a comprehensive back analysis of several case studies. Finally, the practice at Brunswick is compared with other mining operations.
Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
Author(s): Kamran Esmaieli, Richard Harrisson
Keywords: Performance, Case studies, Ore pass systems, Underground mine
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Summary: Throughout the years, Brunswick Mine (BMS) has developed an expertise in order to maximize the ore reserves recovery to access unattainable ore lenses cut by mining activities during the mine’s life. To allow recovery of more than 5 million tonnes of ore, close to one kilometre of development through paste fill and rockfill has been excavated. This was done safely and in a timely manner. The technical aspect and operational approach taken to realise this important project for the...
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Author(s): Robert White
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Summary: Today, consistently high production at a low cost is necessary to the prosperity of any mine. This will ensure good jobs for the surrounding community and more importantly, will please investors. As a manufacturer of cutting edge technology, HARD-LINE has continuously demonstrated innovation in the mining industry, - finding solutions to improve performance and reliability in this field. The company has always believed that production, maintenance, and research should be seen as a close loop...
Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
Author(s): Maxime Denis, Ryan Siggelkow, Walter Siggelkow
Keywords: Innovation, Radio Remote Controls, Cost reduction, solutions, Reliability, Productivity, Maintenance
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Summary: This presentation will highlight the First Phase of this initiative. Phase 1 will be used to develop a toolbox of non-explosive rock breaking technologies that would be available for underground development at significantly higher advance rates than, but at cost of the same order of magnitude as, drill-and-blast. Ultimately, a matrix of technologies versus best applications will also be produced. In particular, the initiative will evaluate the field performance of selected technologies,...
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Author(s): Marc C. Bétournay, Sylvie Poirier
Keywords: Non-explosive, Development work, Rock fragmentation, continuous mining
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Author(s): Éric Côté, Dale Petrie, Martin Verreault
Keywords: SO2, Paste fill, Ventilation, U/G mining
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Summary: Améliorer les conditions d’opération, ainsi que l’environnement des équipements pour augmenter leur fiabilité et leur disponibilité.
Ceci par une démarche commune entre la production et la maintenance, le Soins de Équipements.
Apprenez la méthodologie, les outils et la démarche pour s'assurer d'un succès et ceci dans un climat favorable au changement. Par le soin des équipements débutera une synergie entre la production et la maintenance en plus de mettre en place un des 8 piliers de la TPM...
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Summary: Fraser Mine production hoist has been in operation for over fifty years, beginning life as Strathcona No. 1 hoist. As a result of development of the Fraser Morgan zones, the hoist will soon be asked to produce more than it has ever produced.

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Summary: The use of new technologies and control systems aimed at energy savings in a mining operation could lead to believe that it is enough to simply add the potential energy savings of each of these technologies to evaluate the total savings. A simplistic addition of the savings percentages could, in some cases, exceed 100%, which is obviously completely illogical. Hydro-Quebec mandated CANMET-MMSL to conduct a study and its results will be used to develop a simulation model in order to evaluate...
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Ventilation on Demand (VOD) Projects – CVRD Inco Ltd.

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Cheryl Allen, Senior Ventilation Engineer
CVRD Inco Ltd., Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

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CVRD Inco is undertaking a Ventilation on Demand (VOD) Project in an effort to minimize costs, increase efficiency of the ventilation system and continue to mine at depth. The increasing energy costs associated with mining have become an issue that needs to be addressed for future sustainable production. The purpose of a VOD system...
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Keywords: VOD, Ventilation, Energy
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Summary: Intellectual property assets (inventions, designs, trademarks, and copyright) are often very valuable. All companies have intellectual property assets, although they are frequently not recognized as such. Cost-effective protection of intellectual property assets should be a key part of any company's strategy, and this is especially true where the company is involved in research and development. However, the opportunity to apply for patent protection is time-limited, and owners of invention...
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Author(s): Valentine Adam Cottrill
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Summary: The Doyon Mine’s Zone 1 (Altered Zone) is found along the southern boundary of the mine and consists of a series of steeply dipping narrow veins, which are contained in an extremely weak host rock: a sericitic schist with RQD values ranging from 0 to 20. The ore zone RQD values range from 20 to 40. The ore zone is approximately 300 m in length and 900 m in depth with widths of 2 to 15 m. Longhole mining methods are used, with either longitudinal or transverse approaches depending on the...
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Summary: Blue Note Mining a procédé en 2007 à la réouverture de la mine de zinc et cuivre Restigouche, située à environ 80 km à l’ouest de Bathurst, au Nouveau Brunswick. Cette mine à ciel ouvert était noyée depuis la fin des années 90. Avec l’aide de GENIVAR, Blue Note a procédé au dénoyage des 265 000 m³ d’eau contaminée et au traitement avant le rejet final à l’environnement. Trois procédés innovateurs ont été utilisés : Le traitement en lot (batch treatment), l’utilisation de Géotubes pour le...
Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
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Summary: The use of thermal imaging camera systems to enhance mobile safety is not a new concept as it relates to their use in both transportation and heavy equipment operation. In the mining environment, the use of thermal imaging cameras that will detect the heat signature of both personnel and equipment allows for the realization of parallel goals; A higher level of safety for mining personnel and equipment through visible recognition of their existence regardless of lighting or environmental...
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Summary: The long term capacity of support systems can be adversely influenced by corrosion. There are inherent benefits to be gained by a better understanding of the main corrosion agents and how they interact with installed support systems in underground mines. Previous work at Université Laval has focused on reviewing ground failures in metal mines and investigating the loss of support capacity attributed to corrosion.
This paper reports on the results of recent field investigations on the...
Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
Author(s): Jean François Dorion
Keywords: Corrosion, Underground mining, Field trials, Support systems
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Summary: The São Bento Mineração Gold Mine is located in the eastern portion of the Iron Quadrangle Mining District in Minas Gerais, Brazil. The mine is located approximately 100 km East of Belo Horizonte, in the municipality of Santa Bárbara, Minas Gerais.

The mine is currently mining in unfavorable weak rockmass and at depth excess of 1,000 m below surface. The mineralisation is deposited within a faulting system hosted by poor rockmass. The deterioration of underground excavations by the poor...
Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
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Summary: Nous aimerions proposer une présentation sur le service d’analyse des lubrifiants de notre compagnie. Cette présentation peut être effectuée en français seulement.

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Summary: Charles Graham – Managing Director, CAMIRO Mining Division.
Vern Evans – Manager Special Projects, Mining Technologies International

The organization of shaft sinking operations is of great importance to mine builders, for whom the length of the construction period is a critical factor when considering the feasibility of a project. The design of the shaft can have a large impact on the speed of a mine development program. One advantage of an elliptical shaft is that it is possible to utilize...
Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
Author(s): Vern Evans
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Summary: Author: Louis Gervais,

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Proper construction and maintenance of u/g roadways leads to higher equipment availability, increase in operator comfort and an increase in mine production as a result of higher tram speeds.

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Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
Author(s): Marcel Georges Demers
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Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
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Summary: Newtrax (www.newtraxtech.com) and Simsmart (www.simsmart.com) have joined forces to develop an integrated solution for mine HVAC energy management based on leading edge technologies proven in military and industrial environments. The solution was built around one key constraint: the shortage of skilled labor.

The solution enables optimal energy management of mine HVAC through automated:
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Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
Author(s): Alexandre Cervinka, Michel Masse
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Summary: As the deposits located closer to the surface are getting depleted, more and more Canadian mines move to produce ore from considerable depths. Deep mining represents a number of serious challenges including high rock temperature. Conventional diesel powered load-haul-dump machines and trucks constitute an additional source of heat and noxious gases. Due to this, they have a substantial adverse impact on a quantity of fresh air required and cost of ventilation systems as mines have to meet the...
Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
Keywords: Deep Mining, mine truck, Ventilation, Safety, alternative drives, Feasibility, LHD, applicability, diesel engine
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Summary: The theoretical capacity of various ground support components can be misleading, especially in bursting
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Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
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Keywords: Mine design, Ground support
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Summary: Operations and Maintenance departments have long had an adversarial relationship. The widespread evolution and adoption of modern management techniques such as Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Lean Production however has driven interest in working co-operatively to optimize overall plant performance. Mining and minerals operations have long adopted RCM in maintenance, and are now adopting Lean throughout the organization. Modern management initiatives like these explicitly call for...
Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
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Summary: The bucket expected life was approximately 2000 operated hours on each Demag. To rebuild the bucket, it cost between $ 70000.00 to $ 100,000.00. It is a major cost considering the number of operated hours.

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Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
Author(s): Pierre Jacob
Keywords: Damag Bucket, Mine Life Bucket
Year: 2008
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Summary: Vale Inco’s Garson Mine currently has a plan to mine an area that is over 1000 ft below shaft bottom. A scoping study has been completed investigating material handling options to mine the Garson Deep area. The study recommended that two options to be further studied in a pre-feasibility study which include: trucking at depth and the installation of a vertical conveyor. There are currently over 60,000 vertical conveyors in operation world-wide supporting both civil and mining applications....
Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
Year: 2008
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Proceedings: CIM MEMO 2008
Author(s): Marianne Dupla
Year: 2008
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Summary: At deep and high stress mines such as LaRonde, stress levels are often high enough to cause holes to squeeze and/or back damage requiring rehabilitation following each blast. One of the most effective approaches to deal with high stresses for drilling and blasting is to minimize the number of blasts per stope by maximizing the use of available void for each blast. This mass blast principle has found success at several mining operations in Canada. Two key factors contributing to success are...
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Summary: Orebody shapes, types, composition, and origins are inseparably linked to the geological history of the region in which they occur. The same geological history dictates their stress environment. The geology of ore deposits is thus complex. Modern theories of ore deposit classification are based on genesis and environments of deposition rather than form, texture and the mineral contents. While these classification systems are important in economic geology they are not critically relevant in...
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Summary: Accountability for profit realized or lost, and responsibility for continued safe operation are the main impetus behind operator training. Efficiency in operation enables production at lower unit costs. An inefficient operation eats profitability of the operation, creating short term losses, and also affecting longer term viability particularly when commodity prices fluctuate and competition erodes market share.

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Year: 2008
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