Category Archives: Features

Who can answer my heavy-haul questions?

Who can answer my heavy-haul questions?

by Troy Geisler, vice president of sales and marketing, Talbert Manufacturing To an outsider, hauling might seem straightforward — and some might even say easy. Operators, fleet managers, dealers and manufacturers know better. Hauling is a complicated process. Operators must consider the specifications of the intended load, road conditions in their operating area, and a […]

Conveyor service contracts reduce downtime, hazards & costs

Conveyor service contracts reduce downtime, hazards & costs

Improve efficiency, reduce risk and control operating costs In a number of industries, operators are increasingly turning to outside contractors to take advantage of consistent maintenance schedules and expert service. Conducted by experienced and well-trained technicians from specialty companies, these contracts have been found to improve safety and control costs. Specialty contracting may be a […]

Caterpillar announces MineStar Edge™ mine management technology platform

Caterpillar announces MineStar Edge™ mine management technology platform

Caterpillar is adding a new platform, MineStar Edge, to augment the Cat® MineStar™ Solutions suite of technologies and to align with the way many mining operations manage their businesses. Edge creates an operational ecosystem for mining companies. Rather than having data in individual silos, Edge brings visibility to the entire mining operation and enables managers […]

Belt conveyor danger zones

Belt conveyor danger zones

Recognizing the hazards is a key step toward preventing conveyor-related injuries. In bulk material handling applications, a conveyor is typically a massive, complex and extremely powerful system. It’s usually constructed of rubber belting, set on rolling idlers, wrapped around large steel drums at each end and driven by a high-torque motor. As such, a conveyor […]

“The sound of silence” – What mine operators should expect from MSHA during pandemic

“The sound of silence” – What mine operators should expect from MSHA during pandemic

On the front lines with Fisher Phillips by Christopher G Peterson Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most mine operators have been waiting for MSHA to release some health and safety guidance regarding the outbreak and how to safeguard the safety and health of their miners. After a protracted period of silence, on its […]

Automated monitoring and reporting system for conveyor belt cleaners

Automated monitoring and reporting system for conveyor belt cleaners

In a move to continue its leadership in the development and implementation of advanced technologies for conveyors and other bulk material handling applications, Martin Engineering has announced a belt cleaner position indicator that monitors the blade, tracking and reporting of remaining service life. The intuitive Martin N2® position indicator (PI) monitors primary belt cleaner blades, […]

Avoid tanking risks

Avoid tanking risks

Innovative water tanks minimize financial and safety risks by Vice President of Marketing, Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc. Josh Swank Successful aggregate managers know multiple factors contribute to their profitability, from minimizing their trucks’ cycle times to ensuring their crew’s safety. Even support equipment, such as water trucks, can’t escape their analysis — or at least they shouldn’t. […]

Pushing the limits

Pushing the limits

by Josh Swank, vice president of sales and marketing, Philippi-Hagenbuch Inc. The key to long-term success in any business is maximizing efficiency. For industrial operations, such as construction, aggregates and mining, achieving this might look more like a complex game of chess. The strategy involves managers carefully maneuvering employees, equipment and materials across the board […]

Effective mobile processing

Effective mobile processing

Participating for the sixth time at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, Keestrack is once again presenting its full-line program of mobile processing equipment for the recycling and aggregates industry. Still expanding its global presence with its headquarters in Belgium, four production and assembly facilities in Europe and Asia, dealers and service partners in over 50 countries worldwide, Keestrack continuously […]

After 11 years of quality crushing with R900, it’s time for a larger Rockster impactor

After 11 years of quality crushing with R900, it’s time for a larger Rockster impactor

Convinced with the ease of operation and the hydrostatic drive It was in 2008 when AGM Nemec purchased their first Rockster R900 track-mounted mobile impact crusher from the authorized Rockster Dealer Skalar d.o.o.. “After a short testing period, we were convinced that the Rockster impact crusher with a hydrostatic drive and a low transport weight […]

Safe confined space entry for chutes, silos and hoppers

Safe confined space entry for chutes, silos and hoppers

An estimated 7% of the U.S. fatalities recorded by MSHA between 1995 and 2011 occurred in a confined space. To reduce that number, conveyor operators are wise to understand exactly how a confined space is defined, and to consider what they can do to prevent serious injuries. Many factors can cause bulk materials to adhere […]

Terex haulers boast cost-effective features

Terex haulers boast cost-effective features

Terex Trucks’ TA300 hauler — more fuel efficient than ever before Simple to operate and easy to maintain, the TA300 is a proven performer that delivers low total cost of ownership and high productivity, which now incorporates a new transmission that leads to a 5% improvement in fuel efficiency. This, among other features, has seen […]

The Rock Shop – Grand Junction’s premiere landscape decorative rock supplier

The Rock Shop – Grand Junction’s premiere landscape decorative rock supplier

Commentary by Jon M. Casey Routinely, you will find an article here that highlights the “nuts and bolts” of a business operation with information that includes production details, the history of the company and an interview of one of the key people involved with the operation. In the case of Grand Junction’s “The Rock Shop,” […]

A Mexico salt mine improves production with custom equipment

A Mexico salt mine improves production with custom equipment

Waves of deep pink waters greet visitors as they arrive at Las Coloradas, located on the northern edge of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. For visitors from Cancun the trip has been about three hours to see the brightly colored salinity concentration ponds and associated solar salt production that is a growing Las Coloradas tourist destination. […]

Haul truck updates from Komatsu and Volvo

Haul truck updates from Komatsu and Volvo

New HD325-8 and HD405-8 off-highway trucks from Komatsu Komatsu has introduced its new HD325-8 and HD405-8 off highway trucks. Equipped with an EPA Tier 4 Final certified engine, these latest additions to the rigid frame truck family feature increased horsepower and a new ‘Komatsu Traction Control System’ (KTCS) to achieve improved productivity. These models have […]

Huge miners and off highway specialist from Caterpillar

Huge miners and off highway specialist from Caterpillar

The Cat® 797F large mining truck is now available in a fuel-efficient configuration that meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions standards. The 797F Tier 4 Final is equipped with an exhaust after treatment system featuring SCR, which uses diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to lower NOx emissions.  This Cat emissions platform is proven through more […]

Conveyor belt generates power for air cannons to control build-up

Conveyor belt generates power for air cannons to control build-up

Ash Grove Cement is the 5th-largest producer in the United States, shipping 8.3 million tons of Portland and masonry cements from eight plants nationwide. Founded in 1882, the firm currently operates 27 cement terminals and two deep-water import terminals, as well as extensive ready-mix operations and a major quarry operation in British Columbia.   The […]

Wash recycling as it should be

Wash recycling  as it should be

by Moira Brady / Emerald Equipment Systems Construction and demolition waste management specialists Collard have opened a new state of the art aggregate washing plant at its recycling facility.  The new washing plant, designed and supplied by Terex Washing Systems (TWS), incorporates the very latest technology to enhance the quality and efficiency of the recycling […]

Gerken Companies: Building success for over 60 years

Gerken Companies: Building success for over 60 years

by RockRoadRecycle staff writer For more than six decades the Gerken group of companies has worked successfully to build and improve infrastructure throughout the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan regions. A major reason for the group’s success has been its adaptability in using new technologies to reflect societal and industry changes as well as enhance […]

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk magnets in mining.”

Hey Prairie Dawg, “Let’s talk magnets in mining.”

Prairie Dawg Practical by Tim Holmberg Why in the world would I need a magnet in my mining or aggregate producing operation? Is this a spoof or something serious I need to look further into? What kind of magnet(s) would I be looking at to install? Where would I use such a thing and for […]