…pay courtesy call on First Lady First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, yesterday, received a courtesy call from two overseas-based Guyanese students; Ms. Kelly Hyles, a Pre-Medical Course student of the Harvard University, who made headlines last year when she was accepted by 21 colleges across the United States of America, including eight Ivy League universities and Ms. Avanelle Thomas, a student at Loma Linda University, California. Hyles was born in Guyana while Thomas was born in the United States to Guyanese parents. They have returned home to complete their six-week Public Health System Rotation, a government release stated.The rotation is geared at giving them an in-depth look at the health care system in Guyana by placing them at hospitals, to shadow doctors and nurses in the Accident and Emergency Unit, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, General Medicine and other departments.According to the Ministry of the Presidency, Mrs. Granger told the two students that it is heartening to see them returning to Guyana to serve in and learn from the local health sector. “I said to myself that I have to see these two young ladies, who are in Guyana learning about how the medical system operates. I am happy to see that you girls are doing well but I am even more pleased that you have returned to serve. It shows that you are taking your professional pursuits seriously,” she said.Ms. Hyles, who was posted at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), finished her Rotation last week, while Ms. Thomas is placed at the Davis Memorial Hospital and will complete her rotation in September.In an invited comment, Ms. Hyles said that it is great opportunity to gain clinical exposure in her home country.Meanwhile, Ms. Thomas said that while she is a United States citizen, she has always set her sights on returning to Guyana.“I am working at one of the local hospitals to help with the nutrition programmes and to educate persons on diabetes. It’s been my goal to come to Guyana and experience my heritage and give back in a way in which I can use my profession,” the MoTP quoted the scholar as saying. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese scholar pays courtesy call on U.S. AmbassadorMay 25, 2016In “latest news”President urges Guyanese students studying overseas to return home and serve their countryDecember 30, 2015In “latest news”President meets Guyanese girl who was accepted into 21 top colleges across U.S.May 23, 2016In “latest news”
A 39-year-old motorcyclist is now in police custody after he was involved in an accident in the wee hours of Diwali morning (Wednesday October 18 2017) resulting in the death of a member of the Guyana Defence Force.The dead man has been identified as Devin Fraser, 28, of Buxton, East Coast Demerara.Dead: Devin FraserAccording to Police, the accident occurred at around 02:20hrs on the Lethem Public Road.Investigations revealed that Fraser, in the company of another person, was walking on the eastern side of the public road, heading south when a motorcycle proceeding allegedly at a fast rate and heading in the same direction collided with the Lance Corporal from behind.As a result of the impact, the now dead man and the cyclist received injuries about their body.They were both taken to the Lethem Regional Hospital where 28-year-old Fraser was pronounced dead on arrival and the cyclist was admitted.Fraser’s body is presently at the said Hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.A breathalyzer test was conducted on the rider and he was found to be above the legal limit of alcohol consumption. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMotorcyclist charged for soldier’s death, claims police brutalityOctober 25, 2017In “Court”Two killed in Coverden accident – two others criticalApril 17, 2016In “latest news”Mason dies after crashing into utility pole at AtlanticvilleFebruary 2, 2018In “Crime”
International Mining’s October issue, currently in final production, includes a focus on the mining industry of Kazakhstan. Paus reports that since 2007 it has delivered a total of 34 personnel transporters to one major metallic ore mining company. In these underground mines, the Minca 18 carries miners quickly, safely and comfortably through the mine to their workplaces. For more than 40 years, German company Paus has been successful with solutions for underground mining. For example Universa vehicles, trucks, dump trucks and LHDs are all part of the substantial product range of this family-owned company in northern Germany. One of the most successful products in the mining range is the Paus Minca (Mining Car) – a 4WD transportation vehicle, available in two models: Minca 5 with a total length of 4.6 m and Minca 18 (5.7 m). The basic vehicle is designed to carry different attachments: personnel cabin, loading platform with crane, fire fighting cassette as well as an ambulance are only some superstructures which make the Minca very suitable for underground operation.Paus says that “in many mines around the world customers are impressed by the high qualitiy of the Minca.” The Minca 18 embraces very sturdy design and high reliability. High quality components, made in Germany, help the machines to offer “outstanding economy and availability,” Paus reports.Powered by a water-cooled 2012 series 93 KW DEUTZ engine, the Minca features a monitoring device that shuts down the engine automatically in case of any failures such as engine or converter oil temperature or pressure. The first units have now already undergone more than 6,000 operating hours within two years without any major failures.The conditions in the mines are pretty tough: The environment is very wet, besides humidity the water is very acidic and therefore corrosive. Additionally, the roads are subject to frequent changes of horizontal transversal gradients, potholes and slippery surfaces. In some areas the water is knee-high, but has to be driven through. “The Minca was built for these conditions: with its four-wheel drive, integrated differential and powerful engine slopes up to 40 % can be managed,” Paus says.Another feature that was particularly used for this application is the hydrostatic drive, that gives constant traction without any gear shifting on the numerous inclines. Engine power is used optimally, which reduces fuel consumption. Also braking is much easier since the drive is a closed circuit. This reduces wear and maintenance and increases safety. The maximum speed is 35 km/h. Powershift transmission is also available.Both front and rear axle are suspended by spiral springs and shock absorbers, the front axle is oscillating. Special attention was paid to a high ground clearance to deal with tough conditions.When the Minca was designed, Paus also paid great attention to the passengers. The drivers’ and the passengers cabins are comfortable; roof and sidewalls are covered with insulation material. “In addition, the dashboard and instruments as well as the adjustable steering wheel make it a preferred unit to use,” Paus says. A closed cabin with heating and air conditioning is available as option. For use in extremely cold environments, the installation of a winter-start-package is possible.The German-Kazakh service company OOO “Eurotechservice” (ETS) is responsible for service and maintenance on the mine sites. ETS has a central workshop on the client’s premises, which is quickly accessible from the mines. Well trained service engineers and technicians maintain the units. With up-to-date tools and equipment, failures can be addressed directly without delays; oil samples are regularly taken and analysed in the laboratory.All maintenance and service jobs can easily be performed since at the Minca design stage a large number of flaps and openings were included to enable quick access especially for frequent maintenance spots like filters and filling points.Paus concludes: “The successful operation of the Minca 18 units in the Kazakh mines shows that these machines can run successfully even under tough underground conditions: this is what they were designed for.”
Volvo Construction Equipment plans to build a design and technology centre that will concentrate on the development of products and components targeted at the needs of customers in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries, as well as devising appropriate areas for co-operation between Volvo’s SDLG and Volvo brands. The approximately $40 million investment will see the centre built in Jinan, the capital city of Shangdong Province. A city of six million, it is home to a talent pool of engineers drawn from its universities and engineering focused industries. A temporary design centre is to be established in rented premises in Jinan during the construction phase, with the new centre becoming fully operational in 2012. Recruitment of engineers will begin during the third quarter of 2010, with 20 people in place by year end, rising rapidly to 60 by the end of 2011, 120 engineers by the end of 2012 and ultimately reaching its full complement of 180 people during 2013.“This investment builds on our existing strength in product design, and is a significant vote of confidence in the competence of Chinese designers,” says Anders P. Larsson, head of Technology for Volvo Construction Equipment. “It also creates a closer bond between the Volvo and Lingong organisations, leveraging synergies as well as reinforcing the company’s strategic commitment to producing products tailored to the needs of customers in the BRIC countries.”
The Open Group has published the Exploration and Mining Business Reference Model (EM Model), the first deliverable developed by the Exploration, Mining, Metals and Minerals Vertical (EMMMvTM) forum. Member organisations from Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom created the standard to be an industry business process model that defines the common activities for organisations in the exploration and mining sectors. The EM Model establishes an operational blueprint for organisations that impacts the definition of business activities across the industry and provides standard operating practices and support for vendors in their delivery of technical and business solutions to the industry. “The EM Model is the result of a truly global, collaborative effort to provide the exploration and mining industries with a common language and a common definition of business activities so organisations are confident their operations are understood. This will enable them to focus their ongoing efforts on differentiating activities that will provide competitive advantage,” said Sarina Viljoen, EMMMv forum director, Real IRM. “We’re confident that the model caters to business activities of exploration and mining organisations focused on all types of metals and minerals and believe the model is the first step towards aligning the conversations around topics such as shared services, health, safety and the environment. As the first vertical industry standard produced by The Open Group, the EM model defines the business processes that span both business and technology in a way that we like to call from the boardroom to the rock face.”The EM Model, as the first deliverable of a proposed set of reference models for EMMMv, is focused on the business processes of the industry. Although the model spans all of the processes within the scope of exploration and mining, organisations that focus on a subset of the processes will still find the model useful. These types of organisations will concentrate only on the activities defined in the standard that are applicable to their core business.By classifying and defining the business activities applicable to exploration and mining for metals and minerals, organisations and their suppliers and partners using the EM model are able to speak a common language when discussing business activities, solutions and services. The standard and the subsequent associated reference models facilitate an improved information exchange within organisations, giving different organisational stakeholders a shared understanding of the information required to execute business activities and the roles required to support them.The EMMMv forum is a global collaborative that was formed in 2008 under the auspices of The Open Group to set enterprise architecture standards for the exploration, mining, metals and minerals industries. As the first initiative of its kind worldwide it oversees the creation of reference models specific to the industry. Founding members include Real IRM, the official representative of The Open Group in South Africa, Datamine, Lonmin, Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration and The Open Group itself. Today, nine organisations have joined EMMMV.To download the new EM Model, and for further information on the EMMMv, please visit http://www.opengroup.org/emmmv/
ABB has won an order worth $38 million to design, engineer and supply an integrated automation and electrification system for Anglo American’s new Grosvenor coal mine in Queensland. Grosvenor is expected to produce 5 Mt/y of metallurgical coal for export markets over its projected life of 26 years. The new mine will feature a standard longwall design and will target the same coal seam as Anglo American’s existing Moranbah North mine. The new mine is expected to start production in 2013 with commissioning of the longwall in 2016.“Our presence in the Australian market is growing as customers continue to embrace ABB’s integrated automation and power solutions to improve the efficiency and productivity of their operations,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, Head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “Our industry expertise and innovative technology offering ensures an optimised solution to support Anglo American’s future mine.” ABB’s solution for the project will help the new mine operate at peak energy and production efficiency, while providing a reliable electrical supply with less space required for the main substation.ABB’s delivery includes ABB’s Unigear ZS1 switchgear and space saving water-cooled multi-drive equipment for a smaller substation footprint that will result in a lower capital cost for the project. The customised solution will also use ABB’s System 800xA automation system to integrate and control all processes and power systems to enhance productivity. ABB states that System 800xA is well-suited for composite mining projects that realise engineering and operational cost savings with the integration of plant-wide process control and electrical power systems.ABB’s scope of supply also includes a 66 kV substation, power and distribution transformers, 15 modular pre-fabricated switchrooms equipped with medium-voltage switchgear along with intelligent low-voltage motor control centers, power quality systems and multi-drive variable speed drives. ABB will provide design, engineering, testing and project commissioning as well as other site services. Equipment delivery is scheduled to commence in mid-2013.
Flowrox, a global leader in heavy-duty industrial valve and pump manufacturing and services, says it is “bringing the new industrial revolution” to various industries the company currently serves. Flowrox Smart products and services will be dedicated to increasing productivity with Optimisation and Online Predictivity through automation and connectivity to help its clients to garner the full potential of Flowrox products as well as those from other manufacturers.Flowrox Smart Series products will be equipped with intelligent solutions, a transformation currently underway that will ensure connectivity via the Internet, allowing the consistent monitoring of Flowrox products and systems to maximise its customer’s uptime, reduce unplanned downtime and help guarantee spare part availability exactly when the customer needs them.Currently, the Flowrox scaling watch already incorporates connectivity to the Internet, including both intelligence and the ability to be connected to the Industrial Internet of Things – a term coined to communicate how the interconnectivity of devices to an Internet network can bring added versatility and performance. Flowrox Smart Series “builds on Flowrox’s ultimate total cost of ownership and reliability, which are trademarks of its leadership in industries such as oil and gas, metallurgy, mining and minerals, among others.”The embedding of Flowrox products with electronics, software, sensors and network connectivity enables the customer to collect and exchange data with the users and in some cases directly with Flowrox. Initially, Flowrox will begin marketing its Smart Series of valves that incorporate a new series of smart sleeves and intelligent positioners with enhanced reporting and wear analysis, which will signal the customer that a valve may be heading toward failure – long before it actually fails.Smart pumps will be available later on 2016 with similar features and innovative add-ons. The Smart Series will also feature the Flowrox Malibu Platform, which will provide its customers with a visual user interface so they can track valve, pump or instrument operational parameters—including the early warning of upset conditions and product failures or reports on a product experiencing deterioration from normal wear and tear.Through a unique Internet-based interface that allows users to view process performance, flow rates, pressures and a variety of variables through an Internet connection, Flowrox says it will meet the demand for better data for decision-making, as well as giving customers more control over its products.“The future and capabilities to equip industrial products with smart technology and connectivity is here and available—and Flowrox plans to be at the forefront industrial Internet automation, leading the way,” said Todd Loudin President of Flowrox Inc USA. Flowrox says it is committed to continuous improvement and infusing the industries it serves with innovation that can help its customers become leaders in their respective industries. “Not all of our customers are going to be ready for our advancements, but we will be ready when they are,” added Loudin. “The rate of automation is going to explode with all types of products over the coming decade.”The entire organisation “will be working to ensure they meet growth and profitability targets and Flowrox believes in the implementation of technology to enhance the way Flowrox employees deliver value to customers around the globe. Flowrox’s influence will grow using new communication channels, since connecting in the digital environment has become paramount in industrial marketing and business development efforts.”
Philippi-Hagenbuch’s Material Spreader body provides a safe and efficient solution for mine haul road maintenance. It improves the safety and traction of icy haul roads in winter by applying road grit. During spring thaw, the Material Spreader easily tackles deteriorating road areas by spreading repair material and building up areas.“We receive multiple requests every year for a sanding body that can apply grit to haul roads,” said Josh Swank, Philippi-Hagenbuch Vice President of Sales. “When we started designing the material spreading system, we wanted to ensure that it met the same criteria as all of our products. This spreader, like all PHIL products, is robustly built to withstand the harshest worksite conditions, simple to operate, and designed to maximize efficiency and achieve the truck’s true hauling capacity.”The heart of the system is a patented PHIL rear-eject body coupled with the new Material Spreader attachment. The Material Spreader easily spreads road grit, sand or other material ranging in size from very fine to more than 50mm (2 in). Operators can easily adjust the material spreading width from about 4.6 m (15 ft) to more than 18 m (60 ft). The haul truck operator controls the material spreading rate and width from the truck’s cab. An optional top-loading Grizzly Screen controls the maximum size of the material being spread. The ejector blade on the proven PHIL rear-eject body moves material to the rear of the body and into a cross auger channel. The auger gathers material to the centre of the spreader and then discharges it onto a set of material spinners for spreading.The PHIL Material Spreader body can provide companies with a fast return on investment since it eliminates the need to purchase a dedicated piece of sanding equipment. It adapts to year-round use as the spreader, adds traction to icy roads during the winter and builds up and maintains haul roads in the spring and fall. During summer, the rear-eject body hauls and spreads material. A crew can easily install or remove the Material Spreader attachment from that body within about two hours.PHIL builds the Material Spreader, like all its products, to be efficient, easy to operate and withstand the test of time. The system is made with Hardox 450 steel and designed for maximum productivity. “We are always looking for ways to make our customers’ lives and jobs safer, more productive and more efficient,” Swank said. “This is the first in a series of PHIL Ejector Body attachments that will help us expand the flexibility of our Rear-Eject Body technology while achieving our goal of making mines more productive, profitable and safe.”
Caterpillar has announced that B2Gold Corp, one of the fastest-growing gold producers in the world, has selected the company and Cat® dealer Barloworld to supply 7 MW of solar power at the Otjikoto mine in the Republic of Namibia. The full system, including Cat photovoltaic (PV) solar modules and the Cat microgrid master controller (MMC), will be used to reduce reliance on a heavy fuel oil (HFO) power plant currently used to power the mining facility.Barloworld is supplying engineering, procurement and construction services for the project. Installation of the system is underway, with the completion of the project expected in early 2018. “At B2Gold, we embrace environmental stewardship and social responsibility as key corporate priorities in doing business,” said Mark Dawe, Managing Director and Country Manager for B2Gold Namibia. “As one of the largest solar installations in Namibia, the facility at the Otjikoto mine will help us to leverage a plentiful, renewable resource while improving the quality of life for nearby communities.”Caterpillar’s solar PV system is powered by advanced thin-film solar modules that are setting the industry benchmark with improved performance over conventional silicon solar panels. Fully scalable and pre-engineered for quick and easy installation, the system offers reliable and predictable energy in all climates and applications with modules that are independently tested to pass accelerated life and stress tests beyond industry standards.Caterpillar’s solar PV offering is a key component of the Cat Microgrid technology suite, an innovative lineup of power systems that adds environmentally friendly solar panels, state-of-the-art energy storage, and advanced monitoring and control systems to Caterpillar’s traditional line of reliable power generation equipment, including HFO, natural gas and diesel generator sets, switchgear and automatic transfer switches. The Cat Microgrid technology suite is designed to reduce fuel expenses, lower utility bills, decrease emissions, and reduce the total cost of ownership while increasing energy efficiency in even the most challenging environments.“A key differentiator in Caterpillar’s offering is the Cat MMC, which keeps loads continuously energized with high-quality power at the lowest cost. It manages the flow of power from every source in the system, including the main grid when connected. The Cat MMC determines optimum recharge times for the energy storage systems while managing power during times when solar energy is not available.”The MMC also uses Cat Connect technology for real-time collection and communication of on-site performance data that can be monitored and analysed remotely. “The economic viability of remote mining operations depends on the cost-efficient generation of power,” said Tom Frake, Vice President of the Global Power Solutions Division for Caterpillar. “Caterpillar’s solar technologies provide a scalable, sustainable power solution that significantly reduces fuel consumption while delivering the reliable power needed to support mining sites.”B2Gold’s Otjikoto mine is located in the region of Otjozondjupa approximately 300 km north of the capital city of Windhoek. The mine reported a record year in 2016, producing 166,285 oz of gold. Caterpillar supplied the original 25 MW of power capacity to the Otjikoto Mine when it opened in 2014 through four Cat 12CM32 HFO medium-speed engines and three Cat 3516B high-speed generator sets.“For many years, B2Gold has relied on dependable, high-performing Cat equipment for both power solutions and mining operations at the company’s mining sites around the world, which is why executives again selected Caterpillar and Cat dealer Barloworld to help reduce operational costs while improving the sustainability profile at the Otjikoto Mine,” said Jean Savage, vice president of Surface Mining and Technology for Caterpillar.
Atlas Copco has signed a letter of intent with the defence and security company Saab and its subsidiary, the technology consultancy Combitech. The collaboration goes hand in hand with Atlas Copco’s aggressive investment in secure digitalised mining operations. The collaboration will be based on Atlas Copco’s strong position and years of experience in the mining industry, as well as Combitech’s broad experience from digitalisation of aeronautics, defense and telecommunications operations.Rationalising mining operations not only result in substantial savings and productivity improvements; it also ensures greater security for Atlas Copco’s customers. Atlas Copco has chosen to initiate a collaboration with Saab and Combitech as the company further advances its digital and automation solutions. A letter of intent outlining their enhanced cooperation has been signed. The new collaboration includes digitalisation efforts related to autonomous mining control tower, cyber security and ecosystem solutions. The collaboration will build upon Saab’s technical platforms and on the working methods and experience that Combitech gained in the course of digitalising the Gripen E fighter aircraft – an effort that cut development time in half while radically reducing costs.“This collaboration is fully in line with our vision of the digital mine of the future,” said Helena Hedblom, President of Atlas Copco’s Mining and Rock Excavation Technique business area. “Many of our customers have already begun the digitalisation process, and plenty of others will soon be on board. Our aim is to support our customers along the way and to meet their increased demands for cyber security and integrated solutions. To shorten the lead time, we’re choosing to team up with the best in the industry. We see great potential in combining our company’s products and experience with Combitech’s technologies,” concluded Hedblom.“The fact that a world-leading Swedish industrial company has chosen us to be its digitalisation partner feels like a real acknowledgment,” said Combitech’s Deputy CEO, Lars Ydreskog, who is in charge of digitalisation at the company. “It shows that the unique experience we gained while digitalising the Gripen E fighter, in combination with being a leader in cyber security, makes us very attractive to global industry. The collaboration with Atlas Copco is an important step toward achieving our goal of becoming a knowledge hub for the digitalisation of Swedish industry,” concluded Ydreskog.This collaboration is yet another example of Atlas Copco’s increased focus on the safe digitalisation of mining operations. Earlier this year, Atlas Copco acquired a stake in Mobilaris MCE, a business whose software solutions provide users with a comprehensive picture of the mining operations, real-time positioning, and status information about vehicles, equipment and personnel.