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July 2019

The July/August issue of World Coal features a regional report on how Australian coal has coped in the face of internal and external pressure, as well as features on: Health & Safety; Longwall Mining; Lubrication & Wear Protection; Drill & Blast; Washing & Dewatering; Storage; and more!

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Business And Politics Heat Up Australia’s Coal Sector
Anthony Fensom discusses how Australian coal has fared in the face of internal and external pressures, and an unexpected election result this year.

Serious About Safety
Justin Fisher (USA) and Marcos Bayuelo (Switzerland), Hexagon Mining, discuss the importance of balancing safety and productivity in mining operations, and outline how technology can be used to tackle the daily hazards faced by coal miners.

Learn The Error Of Your Ways
Mary-Jane Vince, Safety Wise Solutions Pty. Ltd, Canada, describes the role of errors in incidents, and notes the advantages of looking beyond individual mistakes to the root cause of the error, in order to make organisations more resistant to similar incidents in the future.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Lee Shek, Hallite China, examines the role of hydraulic seals in longwall mining operations.

Is This The Real Life? Is This Just Virtual Reality?
Rudolf Galster, Caterpillar Underground Mining, Germany, explains how virtual reality has boosted longwall training.

Protect At All Costs
Sarp Degirmenci, ExxonMobil, EAME, comments on pitting high performance lubricants against coal mining productivity.

Lubrication Solutions To Move Forward
High performance lubricants, cleaners and hardware are important to reduce the maintenance, energy costs and downtime of coal mining equipment, explains Vladislav Milovanov, Interflon Russia.

At Close Range
Cody Schaefer, Dyno Nobel Americas, describes how the company’s software has been implemented at an opencast coal mine in the Midwest to reduce mining costs while ensuring compliance in close proximity drill and blast operations.

Optimising A Coal Mine Cast Blast
Anthony Konya and Dr. Calvin J. Konya, Precision Blasting Services, USA, discuss an optimisation technique of cast blasting to determine the parameters to maximise the site-specific cast percentage.

Paying Attention To Pumps
Bill Noakes, Atlantic Pumps, UK, reviews pumps for coal washing plants.

The Importance Of A Proper Design
Joe Marinelli and Scott Miller, Solids Handling Technologies, Inc., USA, are concerned with the storage and feeding of coal.

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