Puritan Magnetics Offers Suspended Belt Magnets

Puritan Magnetics’ Suspended Belt Magnets are designed for suspension above a belt conveyor and are engineered to remove ferrous contaminants from high-volume deep burdens.  As product passes under the magnet, metal contaminants are drawn out of the material to the face of the magnet. This style of magnet should be installed at the discharge of the head pulley if possible. …

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Montana House Bill Creates Controversy

Aug. 31, 2022 – In Montana, House Bill 599 was pitched by Rep. Steve Gunderson (R-Libby,) as one that would cut the red-tape of environmental laws and reviews to allow for “high and dry” open-cut gravel and mining operations. However, a closer reading of the law shows that it substantially changed how the state regulates sand and gravel pits, including…

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Just …. No!

If I had any hair to tear out, this month I would be tearing my hair out while yelling, “Just … No!” First, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has launched a new enforcement initiative to “better protect the nation’s miners from health hazards resulting from repeated overexposure to respirable crystalline silica.” MSHA said that…

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BME’s New AXXIS Silver Aims at Small Mines, Quarries

Ensuring that quarries and smaller mines can leverage the latest generation of its renowned AXXIS digital initiation system, Omnia company BME has recently launched AXXIS Silver. According to Tinus Brits, BME’s global product manager – AXXIS, the AXXIS Silver offering is a powerful but slimmed-down version of the cutting-edge AXXIS Titanium product.  “AXXIS Silver embodies the key technological advancements of…

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A Rock Products Special Report: Silicosis, Asthma, COPD and Michigan’s Sand, Gravel and Stone Miners

By Joe McGuire This Rock Products special report, authored by safety consultant Joseph McGuire, was written to refute the findings in a recently released study, “Evaluation of Silicosis, Asthma and COPD Among Sand and Gravel, and Stone Surface Mine Workers.” – Ed.

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Gerke Excavating Digs Deeper

The Company’s Success Is Measurable By More Than Just A High-Quality Dredge. By Mark S. Kuhar Dredging, by definition, is the process of removing the sediment from a water body (reservoir or channel), transporting and depositing it at another location far away. For some, dredging is undertaken for a variety of reasons including mining, navigation, environmental remediation, flood control and…

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ASGCO Super-Skalper HD Belt Cleaner Provides Carry-Back Removal

The patented Super-Skalper blade from ASGCO provides carry-back removal for high-speed belts and large-head pulleys typically found in above- and below-ground mining operations. The E-Z Torque HD Tensioner is patented, made of 304 stainless steel, torsion springs that allow the blades to self-adjust throughout the entire life of the blade. Features and benefits include: Durability – The large one-piece or…

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MSHA: No Mining Operation Meets Pattern of Violations Criteria

For the seventh year in a row, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) found none of the nation’s 12,000 mining operations met the criteria for one of the agency’s toughest enforcement tools, its pattern of violations (POV) screening. In MSHA’s annual screening of operations from Aug. 1, 2020 to July 31, 2021, the agency found…

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California Quarry Earns Extension

The San Rafael Rock Quarry will be allowed to continue its mining operations through 2044, according to the Marin Independent Journal. The Marin County board of supervisors approved a plan that extends the reclamation plan for another 20 years, despite opposition from some in the community. The Dutra Group, the operator of the quarry, has a vested right to continue…

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Victaulic Offers Series 725T 4-Way Diverter Valve

Victaulic has introduced a four-way diverter valve specifically designed to optimize backfill efficiency in mining operations. “The 725T is a game changer for mine operators that demand safety, reliability, and productivity enhancements across their sites,” said Aidan Niggel, director of product management for mining at Victaulic. “At Victaulic, we have a rich history of improving mine backfill operations, and the…

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