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Operations Illustrated – December 2015: The benefits of overland conveyors

Dec 23, 2015

Operations Illustrated – December 2015: The benefits of overland conveyors

By Mary Foster, Contributing Editor Benefits of Overland Conveyors Conveyors cover a lot of ground…no pun intended. There are many different types of conveyors that perform different tasks in a quarry, but they all move material from one place to another. Conveyors ...

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Cemex helps Boy Scouts earn mining merit badge

Dec 20, 2015

Cemex helps Boy Scouts earn mining merit badge

The launch of the Boy Scouts Mining in Society merit badge in February 2014 spurred discussion among Cemex officials about hosting a summer camp that would enable scouts to earn the badge. Earlier this year, we made it happen. On Aug. ...

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Tips to keep trucks moving throughout the operation

Dec 18, 2015

Tips to keep trucks moving throughout the operation

By Kerry Clines, Contributing Editor Keep Trucks Moving Moving customer trucks in and out of aggregate plants can sometimes seem like herding cats, but with some pre-planning, a bit of technology, and the right equipment, the process can be streamlined into a ...

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IMI’s McCordsville Quarry approaches its final chapter

Dec 17, 2015

IMI’s McCordsville Quarry approaches its final chapter

Every good business plan starts with a vision, and that was what Irving Materials, Inc. (IMI) had when it opened its aggregate mining operations in McCordsville, Ind. in 1955. But this vision evolved into something beyond traditional business planning, turning ...

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With a focus on a tight, clean, and well-run site, Lambcon Ready Mix shows its Tennessee pride

Dec 01, 2015

With a focus on a tight, clean, and well-run site, Lambcon Ready Mix shows its Tennessee pride

It’s all in the family when it comes to Bradley Concrete and sister company Lambcon Ready-Mix. The Lambert family has been in the construction materials business for more than 50 years, with its roots in the aggregates industry. The concrete businesses ...

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Close the new backdoor to task training enforcement

Nov 26, 2015

Close the new backdoor to task training enforcement

It is no secret that the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has recently increased its workplace examination enforcement efforts. As our colleague Patrick W. Dennison wrote in September, MSHA issued Program Policy Letter No. P15-IV-01 (PPL) effective July 9, ...

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MSHA reaches out to improve safety

Nov 24, 2015

MSHA reaches out to improve safety

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has taken a two-pronged approach to reversing an upswing in fatalities in the metal/non-metal (N/NM) sector of mining and is reaching out to aggregate trade associations for help with the initiative. “I think those ...

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Operations Illustrated – November 2015

Nov 20, 2015

Operations Illustrated – November 2015

By Mary Foster, Contributing Editor Understanding the Root Causes of Flyrock The issue of flyrock in aggregates blasting is diminishing. “Our practices, the products we use, and our understanding of the process are all getting better,” notes Frank Sames, corporate manager of ...

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GET the right equipment for your excavator bucket

Nov 14, 2015

GET the right equipment for your excavator bucket

Large hydraulic excavators are often used for production loading at the quarry face. As primary production tools, these machines set the pace for the entire mining operation. The bucket and teeth at the end of the excavator stick can affect ...

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Lehigh Hanson’s Romeoville Quarry demonstrates how energy efficiency pays off

Nov 11, 2015

Lehigh Hanson’s Romeoville Quarry demonstrates how energy efficiency pays off

Romeoville Quarry, a Lehigh Hanson crushed stone operation located in a suburb southwest of Chicago, opened as a Material Service quarry in the 1930s. It was originally owned by the Crown family of Chicago, and was sold to Lehigh Hanson ...

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The women of Barre, Vt., earned a living as boardinghouse keepers as the men toiled away at the quarry

Nov 10, 2015

The women of Barre, Vt., earned a living as boardinghouse keepers as the men toiled away at the quarry

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, hard-working men developed a booming granite industry in Barre, Vt., but we should not overlook the hard-working women who also contributed to the livelihood of the Barre stone industry families. While some ...

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Frac sand 101: What does it take to enter the high-value frac sand market and what does it mean for aggregate producers?

Oct 13, 2015

Frac sand 101: What does it take to enter the high-value frac sand market and what does it mean for aggregate producers?

Frac sand is a type of proppant, a material consisting of uniform, specialized grains used in hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” is a technique where fluids and proppants are forced under pressure down a hole to stimulate, or crack ...

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