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Newtrax to Present at the SME 2018 Annual Conference

Newtrax will be presenting at the SME 2018 Annual Conference

SME annual conference

Newtrax will be highlighted at this year’s edition of the SME Annual Conference on February 27 at 9:25 a.m. Room 101D

Today’s underground mining operations must optimize every step of the mineral extraction process in order to remain profitable in all market conditions.

At this year’s Annual SME Conference, Newtrax is excited to be presenting “Improving Overall Equipment Effectiveness: Mobile
Equipment Telemetry in Underground Mining
” to showcase to our peers how the Newtrax Mobile Equipment Telemetry (MET) solution enabled an underground mine to quickly identify that their trucks were hauling average payloads which were significantly below the nominal capacity of their trucks.

Please join us on February 27th, at 9:25 a.m. Room 101D as we present the many ways that MET systems can make a direct impact on a mine operation’s bottom line by delivering near real-time data to managers about the overall effectiveness of their fleets.

Our VP of Canada & USA, Craig Banks,  will be presenting at the Conference. Please don’t hesitate to contact him to book a meeting or for any questions on how we can help increase productivity and safety in your mine.

Cbanks@newtrax.com

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Join us at the 2017 PDAC International Convention March 5-8!

Join us at the 2017 PDAC International Convention March 5-8!

PDAC 2017

Join us for a chat in Toronto next week at PDAC, the world’s leading convention for people, companies and organizations in, or connected with, mineral exploration and finance.

PDAC 2017: March 5 – 8

 

We’re excited to be meeting with our friends and industry peers next week at the PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange.

Our two North American sales representatives, Craig Banks and Joe Heit, will be present at the Conference. Please don’t hesitate to contact them to book a meeting or for any questions on how we can help increase safety and productivity in your mine.

Cbanks@newtrax.com

Jheit@newtrax.com

St Barbara Leonora Operations Selects Newtrax as its Mine Control and Resource Tracking Provider

St Barbara Leonora Operations Selects Newtrax as its Mine Control and Resource Tracking Provider

St Barbara Leonora

Brisbane, Australia – February, 2017 —  Newtrax Technologies Inc. (‘Newtrax’) – the leading provider of safety and productivity management systems for underground hard rock mines announced it has been selected by St Barbara Leonora Operations to supply and install a Mine Control and Resource Tracking System.

After conducting an extensive tender evaluation of several vendors, St Barbara will roll out Newtrax’s MineHop™ MineTrax™ and MineProx™ solutions as their latest Mine Control and Resource Tracking System.

MineHop, Newtrax’s flagship solution, is unique in its ability to provide wireless connectivity to the most critical part of the mining process: the face. This enables mine operators to identify in real-time the bottlenecks that could be preventing them from getting the face utilization they need to achieve maximum productivity.

MineTrax is an application that uses the RF signals from the MineHop network infrastructure and mobile terminals to determine the position of all people on foot (via the monitoring of cap lamps) as well as vehicles (through the monitoring of vehicle devices).

MineProx, Newtrax’s cutting-edge Proximity Warning System utilizes sub-GHz RF technology to create a peer-to-peer network of vehicles and miners. Not only will it give out proximity warnings, the system can also be used to alert bogger (LHD) operators that a truck is on its way even before it appears in its line of sight, enabling operators to prepare for the truck and improve mine production.

 

Find out more about us here.

Newtrax to Present at the SME 2017 Annual Conference

Newtrax will be presenting at the SME 2017 Annual Conference

SME annual conference

Newtrax will be highlighted at this year’s edition of the SME Annual Conference on February 21 at 3:25 p.m. Room 610

The ultimate safety goal for every mining company is achieving a zero-incident work environment. One issue that consistently ranks as a major risk by the mining industry is the potential for collisions between underground mobile equipment and pedestrians.

At this year’s Annual SME Conference, Newtrax is excited to be presenting “Proximity Detection with Reduced Nuisance Alarms, Purpose-Built for Underground Hard Rock Mines” to showcase to our peers the best-adapted Proximity Warning solution for underground hard mines and the ways that this system can save lives and help reduce unnecessary costs.

Please join us on February 21st, at 3:25 p.m. Room 610 as we present the many ways that MineProx can increase safety in underground mines with no interruptions to the mining operations.

Our two North American sales representatives, Craig Banks and Joe Heit, will be present at the Conference. Please don’t hesitate to contact them to book a meeting or for any questions on how we can help increase safety in your mine.

Cbanks@newtrax.com

Jheit@newtrax.com

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New Report: Standard Production Time to measure OEE

Standard Production Time Report: Measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness

 Introducing the Newtrax Standard Production Time (SPT) Report

The Standard Production Time report (SPT report), new to the Newtrax Console, measures the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) at the production site.

OEE measurement is also commonly used as a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) in conjunction with other measures to provide an indication of success in production operations.

The SPT report uses the concept of Availability to determine the “Total Effective Equipment Performance” (TEEP), which measures OEE against calendar hours, i.e.: 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

In short, availability is the portion of the OEE metric that represents the percentage of scheduled time that the production’s operational equipment is actually available to operate.

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Room and Pillar Mining Method

Room and Pillar Mining Method

 

In Room and Pillar mining, the coal seam is mined in a checkerboard style leaving pillars of coal to support the roof which allows for instant coal access with a relatively low invest compared to long wall mining, however,  only utilizes the coal reserves between 50 and 75 percent.

Room and Pillar

Room and Pillar mining is a mining method of its own right as well as its supporting technology to develop roadways in order to prepare the coal face for long wall operation.  In Room and Pillar mining, continuity is the key to profit. From the continuous miner to the continuous flow of material. The coal is cut by a continuous miner which delivers the product to hollers. They bring the product to feed a breaker unit and prepare and deliver it onto the belt system. While feeder breakers are moved only occasionally, the other equipment is in constant motion so maneuverability cable is operational and maximum load capacities are vital.

Watch the full video here or at the bottom of the page.

Our team will be happy to explain the specifics of our patented technology, so do not hesitate to contact us at sales@newtrax.com to arrange a meeting.

Room and Pillar

 

 

Cut and Fill Mining Method 101

Cut and Fill Mining

 

Cut and FillCut and Fill mining is a favored choice for steeply dipping and sometimes irregular ore bodies and preferred by mines that require the capability of selective mining and adaptability to variations in the rock mass. Cut and Fill mining is generally referred to as a small-scale mining method. Mining is carried out in horizontal slices along the ore body, where the bottom slice is mined first. The excavated area is then backfilled and production continues upwards. Each production level is accomplished by drifting until the entire slice has been mined. The slice is then backfilled and the fill becomes the working platform from which the next level is mined.

Cut and FillBackslashing is done for providing access to the upper slices within the stope. When a stope is completed, a new access drift from the ramp is created to continue the production within the upper stope. One of the advantages of Cut and Fill mining is the possibility to reuse waste for backfill material, such as tailings sand from the processing plant, or waste rock from development. To mine the ore in one of the slices, we first need to drill blast holes. The next steps are charging and blasting the ore and then ventilate the toxic blast fumes. The ore is then mucked out and dumped into an orepass or onto a truck. Before continuing with the next round, the rocks need to be reinforced. How this is done is decided by the mine for each individual situation. The mining continues until the entire slice of the ore has been mined. Since the mining can be tailored to suit the shape of the orebody, it is possible to minimize dilution of waste rock.

To get access to more production points, a second entrance can be opened at another level in the ore body and excavated in parallel. The equipment used for mining the ore is usually the same as what is used for development. As the ore body is mined, the rock stresses increase in the pillar above the mine area. Cut and Fill mining is regarded as a low productivity mining method but the advantage is high selectivity with good ore recovery and low dilution.

Watch the full video here.

Our team will be happy to explain the specifics of our patented technology, so do not hesitate to contact us at sales@newtrax.com to arrange a meeting.

 

Cut and Fill

Block Caving Mining Method 101

Block Caving

 

Block caving is large-scale mining method that allows for huge volumes of rock to be extracted efficiently. However, the development time before production starts is longer compared to other mining methods. By drawing rock from the extraction level in the lower part of the mine, a gap is created. Absence of support for the overlying rock mass together with rock stress and gravity will cause the rock mass to cave.

Block cavingThis minimizes drilling and blasting of ore but requires the ore body to be large enough and the rock condition so to be favorable for natural breakage. To draw the first pieces of rock, to create this gap, the rock mass in the lower part of the ore body needs to be broken down into smaller pieces. To achieve this, an undercut level is developed and blasted. Below, an extraction level is developed where ore will be extracted throughout the life of that production area. Drawbells are created between undercut and extraction levels and become passages for caved rock. To avoid misfires, accurate drilling is crucial. Substantial rock reinforcements such as steel arches, sprayed concrete, cable bolts, rock bolts, steel mesh and straps are usually required due to several factors associated with block caving, including extreme rock stress changes and a long production period. Rock is loaded from the draw points and can be dumped into ore passes connected to a haulage level or directly to a crusher.

Block cavingA variety of transportation methods can be employed for transporting ore to the surface. The fragmentation of the ore and the crushing requirements are key factors influencing the choice of a method. The extraction of ore will sooner or later cause the surrounding rock to cave, resulting in subsidence at the surface. Provided the rock breaks successfully and the ore can be extracted evenly at desired draw points, block caving is a high productivity method with low operating costs that allows a high degree of mechanization and capability of automation.

Watch the full video here.

Our team will be happy to explain the specifics of our patented technology, so do not hesitate to contact us at sales@newtrax.com to arrange a meeting.

block caving

Sublevel Caving Mining Method

Sublevel Caving

 

Sublevel Caving is one of many different methods for underground hard rock mining. It is a large-scale mining method suitable for large ore bodies with a steep dip and a rock mass with a host rock in the hanging wall will fracture under controlled conditions. Therefore, the infrastructure is always placed on the footwall side.

 

sublevel cavingMining starts at the top of the ore body and progresses downwards in a safe sequence. Sublevel Caving is a productive mining method where all of the ore is fragmented by blasting and the host rock in the hanging wall of the ore body caves. Once the production drifts have been excavated and reinforced, the opening rays and long hole drilling and ring patterns are completed. Minimizing hole deviation when drilling is crucial as it will affect the fragmentation of the blasted ore and therefore also affect the flow of the caving rock mass. Rock is loaded from the cave front after each blasted ring. In order to control dilution of waste rock in the cave, loading a predetermined extraction percentage of rock is done. Or, if there is a significant difference in density between ore and waste rock, bucket-weighing can be utilized for dilution control. When loading from the cave front, it is important for the productivity to keep the roads maintained in a good condition.

 

Sublevel cavingDumping the ore into ore passes connected to the haulage level is an efficient way of transporting rock from the production points to the crusher. Each sublevel features a systematic layout with drifts across the ore body. Activities in the parallel production drifts are performed simultaneously in order to maintain a good process in the mine. Due to caving of waste rock into the blasted ore, a certain degree of ore loss and waste rock dilution comes with the method. Caving will, sooner or later,  also cause subsidence on the surface. Sublevel Caving is a productive large scale mining method that enables safe and efficient use of mining equipment. With good mine planning, there are also great opportunities for automation.

Watch the full video here.

Our team will be happy to explain the specifics of our patented technology, so do not hesitate to contact us at sales@newtrax.com to arrange a meeting.

 

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Sublevel Caving Mining Method

Quebec Mines Conference 2016 and Newtrax Technologies

Newtrax Technologies is excited to be attending the Quebec Mines Conference 2016. Our team will present its groundbreaking innovations in safety mining equipment to industry experts and future customers.

Quebec Mines Conference

 

Our team in the Montreal headquarters  is thrilled to see familiar faces from the industry and is eager to meet new clients and build trustworthy, long-lasting relationships.  We will be showing how our products work and how we differentiate ourselves from other underground mining safety solutions.

 

Safety is the most important aspect of underground hard rock mining and Newtrax holds the most reliable solutions in the market. Our team is constantly improving our products and persistently looking for new products that could help mining companies increase productivity all the while keeping the workers safe.

 

During the Quebec Mines Conference, companies from all over the the country will be introducing their products and showing how their products and innovations are unique in their own way. We are proud to be a part of the conference. Find out more about the Quebec Mines Conference here.

 

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