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June 2017

The June issue of World Coal includes a regional report detailing recent developments in South Africa’s new energy plan. Technical features include Longwall Mining Systems, Drilling & Blasting, Handling Maintenance, Lubrication & Fuel Analysis, Laser Scanning & Mapping, as well as Coal Inspection, Testing & Analysis.

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Coal News

Industry View: UK Governments’ Coal Phase-Out Needs Reviewing
Nigel Yaxley, CoalImp, UK.

Chain Reaction
Barry Baxter, describes how a nuclear row is dominating the South African government’s new energy plan.

Technology Drives Longwall Gains
Dr Sebastian Mundry and Marco Ahler, Longwall Mining Division, Caterpillar Global Mining, Germany, discuss how evolving and new technologies are promising greater production, enhanced safety and reduced costs.

Developing Over Time
Jacek Korski, FAMUR Group, Poland, explains why hydraulic haulage shearers are still a firm favourite in the mining industry.

Cutting To The Chase
Grzegorz Dewicki, Kennametal, USA, explains why wear package selection is critical for longwall shearer drum longevity.

Put To The Test
Andy Hudson, Greg Smith and Stuart Brashear, Dyno Nobel, USA, discuss the company’s software analysis system being put to the test to help reduce vibrations during cast blasting.

Knowing The Drill
Turkka Kulmala, Finland, on behalf of Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology, illustrates how compressor management can boost rotary blasthole drilling in coal mines.

The Battle Against Blocked Chutes
Jason Corben, Hawk Measurement Systems (HAWK), Australia, outlines the potential of blocked chutes during automated processes and how microwave technology is helping combat these.

Slashing Servicing Downtime
Murray Clifford, Cummins Australia, demonstrates how new technology filters are achieving major cost savings.

Embracing An Efficient Future
Matthew Bester, 3D Laser Mapping, Africa, explains how autonomous vehicles are benefiting from the latest laser scanning technology.

Turn Up The Pressure
Kai-Oliver Linde, IKA-Werke, Germany, explains how to determine net calorific value under constant pressure.

Knowledge Is Power
Stephan Nel, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Australia, outlines the importance of implementing analyser technology to improve blending and maximise the use of a variety of coals types.

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