Mining Companies See Underground Mining Cars a Feasible Investment

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While numerous mining companies still conduct surface mining in their sites, the costs that come along with it may become prohibitively expensive on the long run. One particular indicator is the strip ratio, or the number of waste materials in units that a mine site must remove in extracting one unit of ore. Mining companies seeing a larger strip ratio can then turn to underground mining as a more cost-efficient and land-friendly investment.

The Objective of Underground Mining

What underground mining does is to extract the ore from the earth in a safe and economical way without producing too much waste. Underground mining is particularly feasible for mining companies specialising in the extraction of minerals, rocks, and precious stones that are found far beneath the ground. This is also an effective option for companies mining rocks or minerals on the side of a mountain.
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Steel Castings and Other Machinery Parts: Importance in Mining Safety

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Abrasion, heat, impact, friction, chemical exposure, mechanical stress, and daily wear-and-tear eventually take their toll on equipment, which is why parts need to be maintained regularly and replaced as needed to minimize downtime. In this light, it’s important to choose parts, such as steel castings, that are of optimal quality and able to meet their intended functions. For this reason, manufacturers such as Wabi Iron & Steel Corp. focus on custom manufacturing so that parts can be built to satisfy unique operating requirements.

Watch for Signs of Wear and Tear

Being aware of the signs of deterioration is crucial to the maintenance of mining equipment. Spotting the subtlest signs informs the operators of significant issues, such as when it’s time to replace mining wear parts, when the machines need more lubricant, and other similarly important factors.
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The Essential Role of Heavy-Duty Mine Skips in Underground Mining

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Lifting large volumes of materials from the depths of underground mines is a struggle against gravity. It involves carrying dense rock in massive quantities, which equates to immense levels of strain on any equipment used. As such, mining skips must have extraordinarily rugged specifications to maintain efficiency and safety in the excavation process.

The skip must be able to carry large loads without being too heavy itself. Through the years, the mining industry has seen various developments in how skips are constructed, from the materials used to the design of the units. The use of aluminum alloys is pretty common because of the metal’s exceptional strength-to-weight ratio. The material’s downside is low-wear resistance, which is addressed by lining skips with abrasion-resistant steel, mild steel, or rubber.
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Quality Mine Cages and Other Equipment Support Mine Safety

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No safety program will be enough to mitigate risks associated with poorly designed mining equipment. Incorporating quality mining equipment, from mine cages to mining cars, goes a long way in reducing accidents in the mining workplace. If you plan to use the technology of the future in your mining operations, you stand to enhance their effectiveness if you have proven mining equipment in place.

Quality Mining Equipment in Canada

Leading manufacturers, such as Wabi Iron & Steel Corp., produce the most trusted equipment in the mining industry. From mine shaft cages to rail cars, Wabi designs and manufactures loading and conveyance systems that meet the strictest of quality and safety standards.
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Mining Cars and Beyond: Extending the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit is Good for Canada’s Mining Industry

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Whether the 15 percent tax credit is an effective policy or not, the idea to encourage more mining exploration is a sound one. When mineral deposits that exhibit great potential are discovered, mine development soon follows. In turn, new mines require underground equipment such as, skips, cages, loading systems, rail haulage cars, mine car wheels, etc. which is good for the mining supply and services sector.

Quality Mining Equipment in Canada

Top mining equipment manufacturers, like Wabi Iron & Steel Corp., can supply superior conveyance systems for your mining operation. Companies such as Wabi have the engineering capabilities and fabrication facilities that enable them to produce quality equipment, from wheels for mining cars to loading and dumping systems, skips and cages.
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What Enables Manufacturers to Produce the Toughest Steel Castings?

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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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Quality Mine Skips Increase Mining Productivity and Reduce Risks

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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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Underground Mining: The Role and Characteristics of Mine Cages

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Mining is an industry that pushes the envelope in engineering, and things get even more extreme when it comes to underground mining. The use of underground mines is necessary for excavating at depths greater than 60 metres (the point where surface mining turns inefficient). How Stuff Works highlighted the wide range of depths that underground mines can reach, from 750 metres for coal mines and over 2 kilometres for uranium mines.

The Mine Cage

Every underground mine has mine shafts, and each has an indispensable function. Ventilation shafts clear the toxic fumes that are by-products of blasting and drilling. Recovery shafts carry the ores from the bottom of the mine to the surface. Access shafts carry personnel and equipment to and from the surface. All shafts have crucial components, one of the most notable are mine cages.
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Need for Custom-Made Mining Cars and Other Equipment in the Industry

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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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Wear Parts Made from Steel Castings and Other Mining Wear Solutions

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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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