The Asia Miner

JUL-SEP 2017

The ASIA Miner - Reporting Important Issues to Mining Companies in the Asia Pacific Region

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Volume 14 • Issue 3 | 2017 | ASIA Miner | 53 Product News MINING companies increasingly expect drilling contractors to keep pace with their commitment for healthier and safer work sites for all employees. Manual rod handling hazards increase the risk of severe hand and back injuries within the drilling industry, and innovation that removes the driller from hazards associated with those risks is prov- en to make a difference in safety. To meet major mining's increased safety requirements, Boart Longyear has engi- neered a fully hands-free drilling solution with its most popular surface coring rig – the LF90D – in mining markets in North Amer- ica, Africa and Asia. The in-house engi- neering teams in these markets have been collaborating for the last several years and a number of rigs have been retrofitted with this hands-free solution. The LF90D utilises a hollow spindle drill head, making it challenging for rod han- dling. By retrofitting the rig with a tilting head mechanism and a customised FL262 FREEDOM Loader, Boart Longyear now of- fers a completely hands-free rod handling solution for the fleet of LF90D rigs. The FREEDOM Loader also works with the LF160 and the LF350 surface coring rigs – additional surface coring rigs that offer completely hands-free rod handling. "This is a significant safety enhancement for our clients and our drillers, as it removes the driller from multiple hazards associated with suspended loads and manually han- dling drilling rods," said Boart Longyear's Environment, Health, Safety and Training vice president James Chalmers. "The new hands-free solution prevents back injuries, strains, pulls and hand injuries. This is another example of our commitment to provide healthier and safer work sites for both our clients and our employees." Established in 1890, Boart Longyear is the world's leading provider of drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling for mining and drilling companies. It also has a substantial presence in aftermarket parts and service, energy, mine dewatering, oil sands exploration, production drilling, and down-hole instrumentation. VOLVO'S new 95-ton EC950E excavator is helping an Indonesian mining customer boost productivity by up to 30% at a gold mine in North Sulawesi. PT Samudera Mulia Abadi (SMA) chose Volvo as exclusive construction equipment supplier to the operation and says this has made a significant impact on productivity. Since winning a tender in 2015 to handle operations at Toka Tind- ung mine, SMA has experienced that Volvo equipment not only de- livers but surpasses productivity requirements. Inspired by the success, SMA this year brought the first two units of the EC950E excavator to Indonesia and Volvo's new heavyweight soon proved extremely competitive, capable of delivering extraordi- nary productivity improvements. "Since we introduced the EC950E, our fleet productivity has gone up by 25 to 30%," said PT Meares Soputan Mining (MSM) mine planning and production manager Ozgur Zor. "We have been quite excited by the EC950E's performance onsite." MSM is part of PT Archi Indonesia, which owns the Toka Tindung project. Today, SMA has over 60 Volvo machines working for MSM on the site, and the EC950E units are not the only big machines. There are also six 75-ton rated EC750D excavators plus more than 50 large articulated haulers – a mix of A40F and A45G units. Due to hard surfaces and undulating terrain, gold mining at Toka Tindung places extreme demands on machinery. As the conces- sion owner, MSM expects premium levels of sustainable produc- tivity and uptime. As such, SMA opted for Gold Customer Support Agreement (CSA) for its Volvo machines, guaranteeing pre-eminent maintenance and parts availability. With the Gold CSA service agreement, technicians not only pro- vide regular, scheduled maintenance and inspections, but are also on standby to provide immediate onsite support if needed. PT Intraco Penta Prima Servis (IPPS), Volvo CE's Indonesian dis- tribution partner for the Sulawesi region, provides much of the local support. Ozgur Zor said having highly productive machines with excellent reliability and aftermarket support was a successful formula. "Vol- vo's aftermarket is very responsive. The significant number of spare parts onsite helps us reduce downtime. After we changed the entire fleet exclusively to Volvo, efficiency has increased and fuel con- sumption and costs have gone down significantly." Boart Longyear now offers a fully hands-free drill- ing solution with its popular LF90D. Hands-free drilling from Boart Longyear Volvo equipment operating at the Toka Tindung Gold Project in Indonesia. Volvo boosts Toka Tindung productivity

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