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Scrap Equipment Provider of the Year

Metso awarded American Metal Market's Scrap Equipment Provider of the Year

Metso Corporation's press release on June 30, 2017 at 2:00 a.m. EETAmerican Metal Market's Awards for Steel Excellence

Metso has been recognized as the best Scrap Equipment Provider of the Year by American Metal Market. The recognition was granted for the best-in-class performance and announced at the AMM Awards 2017 for Steel Excellence, in New York, United States.

American Metal Market's Awards for Steel Excellence is one of the most prestigious and recognizable awards programs for the global steel industry. Metso was honored, in part, because of special attention to helping customers improve operational efficiency and environmental stewardship with sustainable solutions.

"Metso's product offering for metal recycling is among the most comprehensive in the industry. Through our LindemannTM, Texas ShredderTM and N-SeriesTM product lines, we offer a full range of pre-shredders, automobile shredders, shears, balers, and briquetters, along with complete capability for developing custom solutions for our customers' ferrous and non-ferrous scrap processing needs," says Keith Carroll, VP, Metso Metal Recycling, Americas.

Metso strengthening US operations in metal recycling  

Recently Metso increased the number of personnel in North America to put together arguably the most experienced and knowledgeable sales staff in the region for metal recycling products and services.

"Members of Metso's recycling organization have performed and excelled in varied backgrounds, including engineering, field service, shredder operations, product development, sales, and management. They continue to be backed by an experienced product management, sourcing, distribution, and field service organization," Carroll says.  

Metso Metal Recycling offers a wide range of efficient solutions for the fragmentation, compaction and separation of virtually every type of metal scrap. Our customers range from large multinational scrap yards and leading players in the automotive industry to steelworks and local family-run scrap yards. Metso's solutions are designed with state-of-the-art technology and the highest safety standards to help drive sustainable improvements in performance and profitability within our customers' businesses.

Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.

Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 services professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.

 

Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 people in more than 50 countries. Expect results.

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For further information, please contact:

Keith Carroll, Vice President, Metso Metal Recycling, Americas, Tel. +1 210 247 7493, Email: keith.carroll@metso.com

Helena Marjaranta, Vice President, Global Communications, Metso Corporation, Tel. +358 20 484 3212, Email: helena.marjaranta@metso.com

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Increasing mine safety and productivity in China

Canadian-miner Eldorado Gold’s decision to deploy RCT’s Smart Technology at its White RCT’s Smart Technology helped Eldorado Gold’s White Mountain achieve its safety and productivity goalsMountain gold mine in north-eastern China saw the site strengthen its safety culture as well as increase mine productivity at the same time.


Prior to implementing the new technology, White Mountain utilised handheld Line-of-Sight equipment which required two workers (one to remote the machine and the other to manually control the bucket) to operate the one machine in order to adhere to regulatory requirements.
The site wanted to utilise proven technology to increase both safety and productivity on site and it was decided that installing RCT’s ControlMaster® Teleremote system onto its Caterpillar R1700 loader was the best way to do achieve these outcomes.
“White Mountain struggled to maintain optimum productivity due to the continual changing between manual and LOS remoting, said White Mountain’s General Manager, Warren Uyen.
“[In addition] LOS always had the potential for one operator to enter the remoting area if procedures weren’t strictly followed,” he said.
RCT co-created the design of the remote control station which was housed in a converted delivery truck complete with RCT station chair, dual monitors, and a laser protection barrier system. This unique solution allows operators to Teleremote from a station with climate control, high tech video equipment and a red light to protect operators’ eyes. In addition to improving operator’s comfort levels, the portable station allows operators to control the loader from a safe area, within the security of a laser barrier system ensuring no other personnel can enter the remoting area which further increases workers’ safety.
The ControlMaster® Teleremote system was not only the first system of its kind to be used in China; it was also a huge success improving productivity as well as safety at White Mountain.
“White Mountain was the first Chinese mine to embrace the available hardware and technology and integrate it into the primary ore extraction tool,” Mr Uyen said.
By utilising RCT’s ControlMaster® Teleremote system at the site, productivity increased substantially with the site achieving a record of nearly 6,300 buckets in one month, which is equivalent to more than 60,000 tonnes of ore.
“The perceived benefits in productivity were estimated between 25-30 per cent, meaning the system would pay for itself in less than six months,” he said.

“However, actual data shows productivity gains of more than 35 per cent.”
Loader operator safety also increased significantly as miners now conduct bogging operations from within a custom-built cabin located about 500 metres from the potentially hazardous stope area.
“The added and most important benefit was the removal and control of personnel from the work area,” Mr Uyen said.
Fitting the loader with semi automation, further improved the operators’ working environment.
“[It] reduces operator fatigue and virtually eliminates impact damage to the machine hitting the walls,” Mr Uyen said.
“Meanwhile machine data is transmitted back to the remote control station, so if any critical faults are detected, an alarm sounds and a message appears on the operator’s screen – just as if they were in the cabin.”
Mr Uyen said the Teleremote system continues to improve as operator and maintenance skills improve.
“This successful model can be transferred to any site,” he said.
Due to the remote location of the mine White Mountain wanted to be completely self-sufficient in terms of servicing and maintaining the RCT system. As a result RCT delivered a two-week comprehensive training package for operators and technicians however; RCT still provides offsite technical and troubleshooting advice if and when required.

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Zambia mining industry wants better public understanding of Mineral Royalty Tax (MRT)

In a bid to improve public understanding of mining taxation, and promote informed comment, the miners-zambiaZambia Chamber of Mines today released a report entitled “A guide to understanding Mineral Royalty Tax (MRT)”.

The short, 15-page report is available free of charge from the Chamber of Mines’ offices, and as a downloadable PDF on its website www.mines.org.zm.

It is the first time that the industry body has proactively sought to spark public debate on an issue that is critical to its long-term survival, and heralds a more proactive and strategic approach to communication.

The release of the booklet comes barely three weeks after the government announced its intention to unveil a new, more accommodating MRT regime for the industry.

Chamber of Mines president Nathan Chishimba said: “We commended the Government for announcing a sliding scale for the determination of MRT rates, linked to the prevailing copper price. For the public to really appreciate the significance of this move, the whole subject of mining taxation, and MRT in particular, needs to be better explained.

“MRT has been a hot topic. We want to set out the cold facts, so Zambians can better understand a critical issue affecting the mining industry, and the wider context of tax and investment in which the issue is situated.”

He added: “This report signals a more proactive approach by our industry in educating the public about important strategic issues. It is a natural follow-up to the media conference we held in December last year to explain the crisis facing the global copper-mining sector. There will be more such initiatives as the industry continues to engage constructively with stakeholders and the broader public.”

A guide to understanding Mineral Royalty Tax (MRT) is designed for a lay audience, and deals with the subject broadly rather than in complex detail. It covers the present situation in Zambia, explains the motivations and mechanics of MRT, and gives an outside view of our mining-tax system by the IMF and World Bank, and ends with some thoughts on the future of the mining industry.

Among the key learning points of the report are the following:

  • MRT is used by many countries around the world, and always exists alongside a tax on profit – together, the two taxes assure a stable flow of tax revenue throughout the life cycle of a mine;
  • unlike normal company tax, MRT is levied on revenue rather than profits; therefore, it is payable even when mines are marginal or loss-making;
  • mines can take several years to become profitable and pay profit-based tax, so MRT is an effective way for governments to get upfront short-term tax revenue; and
  • unlike a profits-based tax, MRT is a cost to the business. A rate that is too high can stifle economic activity and employment, discourage further investment, and diminish the long-term tax pipeline.

The report also considers Zambia’s approach to MRT in comparison with other mining jurisdictions.

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Shaken awake

Driver fatigue is a factor in 10 to 20% of crashes worldwide. It affects driving in various waysTruck accident Sourced Fotolia including slowed reaction time and lack of concentration. If your reaction time is just half a second slower while driving only 40km per hour, it will take two car lengths longer to stop.

Statistics say drivers who have not slept for 17 hours are comparable to drivers with a 0.05 blood alcohol level. Someone who has not slept for 24 hours has the same driving impairment as someone with 0.10 blood alcohol levels. This is concerning considering that fatigued driving does not receive the same attention or even legal consequences as drunken driving. 

The MD of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert, says fatigue amongst truck drivers in South Africa is a serious concern as they often drive long and monotonous routes. “Research conducted by the Interdisciplinary Accident Research Centre in South Africa, says driver fatigue is one of the main causes of truck crashes with 41% of accidents being fatigue related. Of the problems faced by truck drivers, 39% were related to fatigue.”

If you encourage your drivers to take regular breaks and do not place undue pressure on drivers to make deliveries, what else can you do to prevent fatigue related crashes? “IUM has introduced Seeing Machine technology to South Africa which uses a motor to shake the seat on which a driver is sitting if they fall asleep.

“It uses algorithms, sensors and cameras to track eye and face movement and consequently notify an alarm system if the driver appears to be falling asleep or if they are driving distracted. The sensors are not only linked to alarms within the cab but to a control centre who can alert the fleet manager to take necessary steps to assess the driver’s alertness,” says Herbert.

Driver fatigue is an issue which every driver and fleet manager needs to take seriously. This will not only save companies money but potentially prevent the often fatal fatigue related crashes.

If you would like to find out more about this interesting technology, give MasterDrive a call on 011 867 4778.

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Silica Dust in Small-Scale Gold Mining Linked to Silicosis and TB Epidemic

Silica dust hazards in large gold mines have been well documented, but the situation issilica far worse in small-scale gold mining according to a new study.

The new research in the article “Silica Exposures in Artisanal Small-Scale Gold Mining in Tanzania and Implications for Tuberculosis Prevention” shows that exposures to silica are more than two hundred times greater in small-scale artisanal mines than in larger mines. Hundreds of thousands of miners have already come down with silicosis and rates of tuberculosis (TB) among miners in Africa are approximately 5-6 times higher than in the general population.

This first ever study to measure silica exposures in small-scale gold mining operations was published online in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.

Researchers found that the average airborne crystalline silica levels in underground gold mining operations were 337 times greater than the recommended limit set by the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Even miners working above ground had exposures that are four times the limit. Silica dust is a known cause of silicosis and lung cancer, and is strongly linked to TB and other lung diseases.

An estimated 15 million artisanal miners worldwide – many times more than are employed in formal sector mines – are working without any dust control measures.

Perry Gottesfeld, Executive Director of Occupational Knowledge International and the lead author of the study said, “Silica dust hazards are being ignored while thousands of miners die each year due to silicosis and the alarmingly high rates of TB in these mining communities.”

 “A recent global treaty has emphasized reducing mercury exposures among these gold miners, while silica dust hazards are overlooked although they are likely to cause much more death and disease,” Gottesfeld added.

In sub-Saharan Africa, mining communities are experiencing an epidemic of TB due to the combination of silica exposures and higher background rates of people with HIV. These factors work together to multiply the risk.

“While we did the study in Tanzania, the risk for TB and silicosis is similar in artisanal mining around the world. Many times more people work in artisanal mining than in formal sector mines.” Gottesfeld added.

Globally, more than $3 billion a year is spent on diagnosing and treating TB.

Damian Andrew, an author of the study said “The use of low cost methods to control airborne dust could significantly reduce exposures and the risk of TB and silicosis in these communities.”

“Simple measures including water misting would be an effective method to greatly reduce silica dust exposures,” he added.

The study also pointed out that more than half of all small-scale gold mining takes place in 18 of the 22 countries with the highest rates of TB. The World Health Organization (WHO) has prioritized these 18 countries, as they account for 46% of all TB cases worldwide. 

The authors conclude that ongoing efforts by governments and international aid agencies to address mercury hazards in small-scale gold mining should incorporate silica dust controls.

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