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Heavy Equipment Needs Stainless Steel Castings to Combat Heat and Corrosion

Heavy Equipment Needs Stainless Steel Castings to Combat Heat and Corrosion | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

 

 

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Mining Companies See Underground Mining Cars a Feasible Investment

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Overcoming Challenges in Maintenance of Mine Skips and Other Equipment

Overcoming Challenges in Maintenance of Mine Skips and Other Equipment | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

 

 

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Inspect Mine Shaft Cages to Comply with Health and Safety Legislation

Inspect Mine Shaft Cages to Comply with Health and Safety Legislation | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

Mining regulations stipulate that new mine cages have to meet the updated elevator standards under the Occupational Health and Safety Act that is geared towards keeping mine workers as safe as possible. Mining companies and employers need to source top quality, dependable conveyance elevators that are durable enough to withstand the harshest conditions, yet keep the safety of workers ensured as a top priority.

It's possible to arrange for conveyance inspection at mines to be conducted by experts in the field of cage design who can inspect for worker safety issues as well as operational load needs. Ultimately, a mine shaft performs dual operations within the mining industry – conveying workers down into the mine and up to the surface, and hauling materials between locations.

 

 

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What Enables Manufacturers to Produce the Toughest Steel Castings?

What Enables Manufacturers to Produce the Toughest Steel Castings? | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

Metal casting involves the creation of alloys through the melting and molding of different types of metal. This process plays a vital role in the production of high-quality metals used in mining equipment manufacturing, construction, and various other industries.

Steel is among the most extensively cast metals. It is an alloy of iron and other elements, primarily carbon. Different mixtures produce different types and properties of steel; with the right mixture, extremely tough and corrosion-resistant materials can be produced. Steel is one of the very few metals that serve a wide variety of uses because of its versatility when combined with other materials.

 

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Need for Custom-Made Mining Cars and Other Equipment in the Industry

Need for Custom-Made Mining Cars and Other Equipment in the Industry | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

The mining business is a vast industry that it is divided into five segments: metal ore mining, non-metal mineral mining, coal mining, supporting activities, and gas and oil extracting. The requirements can differ greatly within each segment which emphasizes the need for custom-made equipment. For example, precious metal mining cars need to operate in different environments versus those used for mining nickel ore. Choosing equipment that would be compatible to a certain application and specific tasks can be a challenge especially when each mine is different. Fortunately, through modern technology and advances in engineering, custom-made mining cars and other equipment can be crafted to fit each mine’s needs.

Materials

Using the right materials for building mining cars is important to ensure efficient rail haulage workflow in a mine. If a mining car is not constructed properly to carry required loads, it could slow down the entire operation.

 

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The Components of a Mine Shaft: Mine Skips and Cages

The Components of a Mine Shaft: Mine Skips and Cages | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

Before a mining project commences, the site in question is thoroughly explored, entailing a series of lengthy and complex analyses and appraisals to determine the feasibility of the project and the most efficient process to implement. If the minerals are found to be deposited deep in the earth, the only viable option is developing an underground mining operation that involves the creation of a mine shaft.

What is a mine shaft?

A mine shaft is a is a vertical access hole that is several meters in diameter and stretches down to the location of the ore. It is where miners, supplies, equipment, water and air are conveyed to gain access to the ore. Ore is conveyed to the surface through mine skips that move up and down the shaft.

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Mining Cars, Cages, and Skips: Ontario Salt Mining Industry is Booming

Mining Cars, Cages, and Skips: Ontario Salt Mining Industry is Booming | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

Underground mining is the second oldest method of producing salt, next to the solar evaporation technique. Like most mines, salt mines employ large machines to travel through vast cave-like passageways performing various functions. Unlike most mines, however, salt mines are comfortable to work in (average temperature stays around 70° F all year round) and offer a safer work environment than usual.

Salt mine in Goderich, Ontario

Deep under Lake Huron lies the largest salt mine in the world. Some 500 miners work in the mine, often cited as a massive and almost pure deposit that experts predict will be able to supply 100 years of mining. Compass Minerals is the company in charge of the mine, and if predictions are on point, the company is set for profit for many years to come.

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New Underground Gold Mines Call for Quality Mine Skips to Meet Productivity Demands

New Underground Gold Mines Call for Quality Mine Skips to Meet Productivity Demands | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

According to a report from Mining.com, a well-known Canadian mining company has received special permission from the Irish government to expand their gold mining operations underground. This bodes well for both the mining company and the Irish government as the mine’s production crawled to a halt in 2013. The mine in Omagh, Ireland is the only gold mine in the country.

Many people still think of the abandoned, crumbling cave-style mines from old Western movies and cartoons whenever mining becomes the topic of conversation. Although such operations were common in the past, underground mines now make use of long vertical shafts to enable ore extraction at greater depths.

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Mining Cars and More: Improved Safety for the Canadian Mining Industry

Mining Cars and More: Improved Safety for the Canadian Mining Industry | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

The Canadian government recently put into force the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which requires companies involved in the mining industry to publicly disclose payments that they make to foreign and domestic government entities. According to Pierre Gratton, president and CEO of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC), the Act “places Canada at the forefront of international efforts to eliminate corruption and promote transparency.” He adds that MAC is “proud to have played an active role in collaboration with the government of Canada and civil society in the promotion and design of this important legislation.”

 

 

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Mine Skips Made of Top-Grade Materials are Crucial to Ore Conveyance Success

Mine Skips Made of Top-Grade Materials are Crucial to Ore Conveyance Success | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it
Mining is a multibillion dollar industry obviously because of its colossal role in industrialization. It can be done in two ways—creating an open pit or an underground operation. Open-pit mining is ideal when ground inspection suggests that there’s a huge volume of ore deposit under the mining site. Underground mining can be done if the ore deposit is concentrated in deeper areas. The latter is a more popular option, especially if the mine site is surrounded by structures or close to a community. In underground mining, shafts are developed to provide workers and machines with access to the ore underneath. Once a shaft is built, mine skips and cages will be installed for the transportation of extracted ore, equipment and employees. The ore will be drilled and crushed to be easily conveyed through the skips. After extracting all ore deposits, the shaft will be closed by filling with the overburden produced during excavation.
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Australian Mine Illustrates the Importance of Mine Skips and Shaft Hoisting

Australian Mine Illustrates the Importance of Mine Skips and Shaft Hoisting | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

 

 

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Factors Affecting the Efficient Operation of Mining Cars in Underground Operations

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Daily Inspection and Maintenance of Mine Cages a Must for Mining Sites

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Methods in Achieving Wear and Corrosion Resistance for Steel Castings

Methods in Achieving Wear and Corrosion Resistance for Steel Castings | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

 

 

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Head Frames and Mine Skips: Saying Farewell to the C-Shaft

Head Frames and Mine Skips: Saying Farewell to the C-Shaft | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

The C-Shaft headframe in Yellowknife, originally constructed in 1948, has been one of the most iconic images in the region. The headframe has been there for the entire lives of many local residents. It is a landmark that is displayed on t-shirts, stamps and in history books. However, the headframe is currently being dismantled as part of the Giant Mine remediation project that started in 2013. People have mixed feelings about the structure’s demise. Some feel it is like erasing part of their history while others believe that it’s time to move on.

Yellowknife’s C-Shaft headframe was used by workers for over 50 years for transportation up and down the mine shaft, which is about 640 meters deep. Safety concerns led to the decision to eliminate the C-Shaft headframe to enable early site stabilization for the remediation project.

 

 

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Today’s Mines have Plenty of Options when it comes to Mining Cars

Today’s Mines have Plenty of Options when it comes to Mining Cars | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

Mining is a vital industrial activity that has been taking place for many years in North America and around the world. Life without mining would simply be impossible because many of the items that people use in their everyday lives are manufactured using the raw materials that come out of the earth. As well, mining is a major economic driver in most of the countries where mine operations are located. The benefits that mining has provided to society have cemented its significance. As mining has grown, so has the supply-side of the industry. This means that mining companies have a greater choice when it comes to obtaining equipment such as quality mining cars.

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Quality Mine Skips Increase Mining Productivity and Reduce Risks

Quality Mine Skips Increase Mining Productivity and Reduce Risks | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

Mining is one of Canada’s richest sources of income and employment. Over 380,000 people benefit from this industry. Mining has long fueled the economy by providing the building blocks of industrialization, which in turn has created more businesses and job opportunities.
    
Dangers in the Mine

Miners face various kinds of risk every time they venture deep into the earth. Accidents due to human, mechanical or natural causes sometime happen. An underground rock fall, for instance, can delay operations and entail lengthy and costly repairs. Equipment malfunction or inefficiency can also have negative effects on production. These situations not only put miner safety at risk but they also curtail a mine’s overall productivity which, in turn, impacts profitability.

 

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Wear Parts Made from Steel Castings and Other Mining Wear Solutions

Wear Parts Made from Steel Castings and Other Mining Wear Solutions | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

The equipment used by miners in Ontario are subject to constant friction, tension and compression, which means wear and tear on exposed parts. Continuous use of production equipment regardless of the condition of worn parts can have a huge impact on productivity. Besides failing to extract sufficient amounts of ore, they may eventually break down, resulting in costly downtime.

Mining companies use different techniques to keep their equipment and machines in top condition amidst the pressure they are exposed to throughout each operation. Some of these are the same practices that help prolong the life of more common equipment such as automobiles.

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Mine Cages, Skips, and Cars: Advancing Children’s Rights in Mining

Mine Cages, Skips, and Cars: Advancing Children’s Rights in Mining | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

According to a recent article from The Guardian, Canada is currently the headquarters of more than half of the world’s publicly-traded mining companies. These companies have a far-reaching supply chain, having more than 8,000 mining projects across six continents that involve practically every aspect of mining (exploration, construction, production, and closure) and employ almost every piece of heavy equipment available (excavators, dump trucks, drills, mine cages, skips, and rail cars).

One huge potential risk for these businesses is having projects that are located in developing countries where minors account for almost half of the local population—children below 18 who are prone to the negative effects of living so close to mines. To stave off these ill effects, a handful of Canadian mining companies are taking the initiative to study how to improve operations in a way that can benefit children in mining industries, and then implement the necessary changes.

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True as Steel: A Guide to Assessing the Quality of Steel Castings

True as Steel: A Guide to Assessing the Quality of Steel Castings | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

Steel plays a major role in everyday life in North America and around the world. After all, steel comprises 75 percent of all major home appliances and 63 percent of the average car. Even those who mine the materials used to create steel require steel parts for their mining equipment.

Steel components used to build parts for mining equipment need to meet the highest of standards. The quality of steel castings in Ontario directly impact the safety, durability and efficiency of the mining equipment where they are installed.

 

 

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Bearings in Mine Cages, Skips, and Cars—Understanding Superior Quality

Bearings in Mine Cages, Skips, and Cars—Understanding Superior Quality | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it

Modern mining projects are becoming more advanced each year. As the mining industry experiences increased innovation, the role of onsite machinery and equipment becomes even more vital in achieving better efficiency and productivity. Selecting the right equipment has always been an important factor in the success of any mining project.

Innovation in Rolling Bearings

A wide range of mining equipment incorporates rolling bearings—mine cages, cars, skips and many others. Rolling bearings play an important role in the industry as the safe and efficient transport of people and mined ore heavily depend upon them. Great strides in rolling bearing design, sealing, heat treatment and lubrication have been made in their manufacture, resulting in a more durable and more reliable end product.

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Mine Rail Cars and More: Better Safety in Underground Mining Industry

Mine Rail Cars and More: Better Safety in Underground Mining Industry | Wabi Iron & Steel Corp | Scoop.it
Modern mines have rigorous safety procedures. Mines in Canada, in particular, are veritable havens when it comes to safe work conditions compared to those in China, Africa and South America—places notorious for their blatant disregard for miner safety. Despite the high standards, though, Canada’s mining industry still faces some safety issues that must be addressed on a constant basis. Mining Health, Safety, and Prevention Review Ontario recently concluded a year-long mining health and safety review led by the province’s Chief Prevention Officer, George Gritziotis. The review’s results, which involved input from an advisory group comprised of mining, labour, health, and safety representatives, were released in Sudbury on April 15, 2015, and detailed several recommendations on how to make the underground mining sector safer overall.
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