Information Library


January 1, 2013

Educational materials for aggregates professionals


by Kerry Clines, Senior Editor



Operator training


A complete and scalable solution for development of mining equipment operators blends eLearning, instructor-led training, medium- and high-fidelity simulators, and customized content and curriculum. The new tools and technologies include the following:

• SimCloud — allows operations to maintain complete visibility over local or global simulation training programs via a secure website;

• Global Operator Benchmarking — allows operations to benchmark equipment operators against global norms based on data captured from more than 23,000 operators;

• Trainer Productivity Station — alleviates the industry shortage of experienced trainers;

• SimDesktop — allows trainers and managers to take advantage of simulator data analysis and scenario configuration tools; and

• SimMentor — facilitates briefing before and debriefing after simulation training sessions.

Immersive Technologies |



Underground equipment report


The Underground-Mining Mobile Equipment Report, researched and written jointly by Raw Materials Group (RMG) and The Parker Bay Co., identifies approximately one-third of the mobile equipment being used in the world’s underground hard-rock mines. Supporting data on mineral production is taken from the RMG database that covers global metal output.

IntierraRMG |



Industry resource


The Rock Book is packed with the newest technologies, definitions, general screening information, and specification tables related to aggregate production. The 236-page manual will help users in mining, mineral processing, and quarrying improve efficiency and uncover hidden profits.

W.S. Tyler |



Machine guarding resource


A new compliance-assistance resource, Guarding Machinery at Metal & Nonmetal Mines, is a sequel to the conveyor belt guarding guide published in 2010. The new guide provides examples of good guarding practices and compliance information relating to all types of mining equipment, including drive and power transmission components, crushers and screens, rotating equipment, power tools, and auxiliary equipment.

Mine Safety and Health Administration |



Electronic excavator safety manual


AEM’s first safety manual e-book, the Hydraulic Excavator Safety Manual, enables equipment operators to access safety information wherever they carry mobile devices. The e-book features user-friendly options such as variable type, bookmarks, the ability to embed and e-mail notes, content search, and a low-light reading format. It also allows AEM to more easily distribute safety information globally and extend the reach of its safety messaging.

Association of Equipment Manufacturers |



Dust control handbook


A new handbook, Best Practices for Dust Control in Metal/Nonmetal Mining, was developed to identify available engineering controls that can assist underground and surface metal/nonmetal mining operations in reducing worker exposure to respirable silica dust. The controls range from long-used controls, which have developed into industry standards, to newer controls, which are still being optimized.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health |



Drilling reference book


The third edition of the ongoing reference book, Blasthole Drilling in Open Pit Mining, was written to provide comprehensive reference on the use of rotary drills in surface mining applications. The book includes 21 technical articles, 25 case studies, and an overview of the current products offered by Atlas Copco.

Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions |



Magnet strength comparisons


A new brochure, Test Methods Differ, Outcomes Don’t…Xtreme Rare Earth Magnets are the Strongest, explains that most equipment manufacturers offer similar tools to measure a permanent magnet’s pull test strength, yet each test kit yields different results. The brochure goes on to explain that when using the same test kit, Eriez Xtreme Rare Earth Magnets consistently score higher than other magnetic assemblies.

Eriez |





Martin Engineering launched its new website which features the progressive history of the organization and its many design innovations, as well as intensified focus on custom-tailored solutions for specific customer issues.

Martin Engineering |



ITT Goulds Pumps’ newly designed website features a searchable product information section, a pump selection system, new tools and resources sections, and a list of recent and upcoming events.

ITT Goulds Pumps |



All-Flo Pump Co. unveiled its new mobile website to meet customer demand for on-the-go information with such features as a chemical compatibility tool that eliminates the need for printed tables.

All-Flo Pump Co. |








Vulcan Materials Co launched a free iPhone app that calculates the amount of asphalt, ready mix, or aggregate needed for construction jobs. The calculator is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Martin Engineering |




Atlas Copco’s underground app is now available for smartphone devices. By downloading the free app at, users gain extensive access to the company’s wide range of underground face drilling rigs, loaders, trucks, and other equipment.

Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique |



Blue Sky Network launched its new SkyRouter mobile app, a fleet management portal designed to support connectivity with remotely dispersed mobile assets.

Blue Sky Network |






Rice Lake’s Load Cell Wiring Guide mobile app helps scale technicians decipher the wiring colors of almost any load cell. A user simply selects the brand and model of their load cell and the app does the rest, showing which wires represent excitation, signal, and sense lines.

Rice Lake Weighing Systems |




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