RECENT ADVANCES IN PRECISION SURFACE MINING TECHNIQUES

World Mining Congress

*G. J. Hutchins1 and S. Oppelaar2

1Vermeer Corporation

510 Vermeer Road East

Pella, IA 50219, USA

(*Corresponding author: jhutchins@vermeer.com)

2Vermeer EMEA

Nijverheidsstraat 20

‘s-Heer Arendskerke, Zeeland

NETHERLANDS 4458AV

Precision surface mining is gaining traction in the iron ore, copper, iodine, limestone, bauxite, coal and gypsum markets. In this paper, we first address the possible improvements of a surface miner control using GPS techniques. An application in an iron ore mine in Western Australia is presented. The second item addressed is improvements of a new drum driving technique for a 100 ton surface miner. This technique involves installing a slow speed hydrostatic motor directly on the cutting drum rather than driving the drum through chain and sprockets. Details of the performance of this direct-drive versus the chain-drive are detailed. In addition to the 100 ton machine, we also present a 200 ton surface miner. This larger machine has 1600 hp (894.8 kg), and has been successfully introduced into a large iron ore mine in Western Australia. Performance of the 200 ton surface mining machine in various rock hardnesses is detailed. Some comments on the cost effectiveness of using a built-in loader versus loading with wheel loaders are included.
Keywords: Mine; Mines; iron ore; Iron ores; iron ore; Rock; Rocks; Production rates;
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