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Therese Dunphy has been covering the aggregates industry since 1991 and helped launch Aggregates Manager in 1996.

Under development: autonomous trucks

Aug 23, 2015

Under development: autonomous trucks

More than one equipment manufacturer has been working on autonomous trucks for years. Typically, these large trucks operate as part of a fleet management and optimization program at large mines. While intriguing, the technology has not yet been scaled for ...

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Supply Lines: Meet the workhorses among wheel loaders

Aug 19, 2015

Supply Lines: Meet the workhorses among wheel loaders

Production loader Caterpillar’s 990K wheel loader offers more power and increased payload for improved productivity and fuel efficiency. It features a redesigned cab that delivers a sleek operator interface and quiet environment, as well as several features to promote operator and ...

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Ready for a tougher workplace exam?

Aug 12, 2015

Ready for a tougher workplace exam?

For those operators responsible for tracking their site’s regulatory requirements and recordkeeping, be forewarned: you may be about to get a significant increase in workload. During a July 22 stakeholder call, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) introduced a ...

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State and Province News – August 2015

Aug 03, 2015

State and Province News – August 2015

California Despite a request from Syar Industries, the Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency declined to write a letter of support for the operator’s expansion. According to the Napa Valley Register, Syar Industries would like to enlarge its 497-acre quarry by ...

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MSHA highlights second quarter metal/non-metal accidents

Jul 27, 2015

MSHA highlights second quarter metal/non-metal accidents

During its July 23 quarterly training call, representatives of the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) reviewed fatalities and serious accidents in both the coal and metal/non-metal sectors. In the metal/non-metal sector, three accidents took place in sand and gravel ...

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MSHA rolls out new Part 50 training program

Jul 26, 2015

MSHA rolls out new Part 50 training program

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) introduced a new Part 50 Training Program during a quarterly training call on July 23. Developed by the agency’s Education, Policy and Development staff, it is a new tool to aid operators and ...

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Reclamation stories worth sharing

Jul 09, 2015

Reclamation stories worth sharing

Earlier this year, I announced Aggregates Manager’s reclamation photo contest on this very page. The contest, which was also promoted on our website, drew more than a dozen entries from operators across North America and created stiff competition for those ...

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Portable plant options

Jul 06, 2015

Portable plant options

Diesel-powered sidewinder IROCK Crushers says customer demand led to its introduction of a diesel option for its line of Sidewinder crushers. It offers the Sidewinder-15 with a 350-horsepower Caterpillar C-9 diesel engine, which powers a 134-horsepower generator for full on-board power. ...

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Operations Illustrated July 2015

Jul 02, 2015

Operations Illustrated  July 2015

By Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief Rethinking Reclamation Many of the most successful reclamation projects are ones that enhance the community surrounding the site, as well as ties between the operator and the community. An end use that suits the needs of the community ...

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State and Province News: July 2015

Jul 01, 2015

Indiana In early June, Judge Randy Williams ruled against Rogers Group Inc. in a case it brought against Tippecanoe County. The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports that the lawsuit involved the county commissioners, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Area Plan ...

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PHOTOS: Reclamation photo contest entries showcase post-mining opportunities

Jun 30, 2015

PHOTOS: Reclamation photo contest entries showcase post-mining opportunities

This spring, Aggregates Manager put out the call for entries into our second annual photo contest. While reclamation posed a bit of a challenge because fewer operators had projects that would allow them to enter, this year's entries did not disappoint. Our top ...

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Equipment acquisition trends

Jun 15, 2015

Equipment acquisition trends

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