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September 2012

This month’s very special issue of World Coal is dedicated to opencast mining, the US and, of course, MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2012. The regional report from Gordon Cope looks at the challenges the US coal sector is facing as the country’s appetite for coal diminishes, and a host of technical articles cover topics including water and dust treatment, fleet management and AC drives for draglines. The September issue also includes a preview of MINExpo 2012 with a profile of the show and its host city, Las Vegas, as well as a directory of the coal-related companies that will be in attendance. Finally, two excellent general interest articles consider the advantages and advances in mine planning and modelling software.

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Industry View: Mind The (Skills) Gap
Graeme Lingenfelder, Spencer Ogden, UK.

Digging A Hole
Gordon Cope asks whether US coal can recover from the twin threats of slowing demand and rising gas use.

Now You Se It, Now You Don’t
Tim Harrison, Tom Sandy and Jim Bays, CH2M HILL, US, explain how water treatment technology is helping coal miners to address stringent selenium standards in Appalachia.

Of Trucks And Shovels
Peter Gilewicz, The Parker Bay Co., US, analyses trends in equipment development for truck-and-shovel mining.

Rising To The Challenge
Scott Woodruff, Tognum America, US, explains how new mining engines can meet EPA Tier 4 final requirements without after-treatment.

A Powerful Retrofit
Boris Rathmann, ABB, Germany, describes how AC drive retrofits for shovels and draglines can be a cost-efficient alternative.

What If?
J.D. Wientjes, Komatsu America Corp., explains mining software that enables the user to contemplate – and therefore prepare for – varying applications.

The Green Challenge
Jeniffer Brown and Umit Turunc, GE Power & Water, US, consider the challenges of water and dust treatment at opencast mines.

Going Green
Kevin Mitchell, inthinc, US, explains how fleet management systems for opencast mines can benefit the environment by reducing fuel consumption.

An Automatic Advantage
Riccardo Sardelli, Allison Transmissions, UK, describes how automatic transmissions help dump trucks overcome the harsh, slippery conditions of opencast coal mines in Scotland.

Powered For The Future
Michael Casson, Flanders Mining Solutions Group, US, describes the first North American DC-to-AC dragline upgrade.

What Happens In Vegas...
... does not necessarily stay in Vegas. This autumn sees the global mining community descend on the entertainment capital of the world for MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2012, the quadrennial mining exhibition where leading manufacturers and companies unveil their latest equipment, technologies and services. Lauren Bryant profiles the city and the show.

The Starting Lineup
World Coal previews some of the coal-related companies that will be exhibiting at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2012.

Size Matters
Liebherr Mining Equipment looks back on four years of growth since MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2008.

A Time To Grow
Since MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2008, McLanahan Corp. has enjoyed a period of growth in its traditional markets and expansion into new ones. Bruce Daskivich, McLanahan Corp., US, looks back at the journey.

Sensing The Way Ahead
As MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2012 approaches, Trolex Ltd, UK, takes a look at the recent history of a company that has helped with mine gas sensing for over half a century.

Creating A Global Network
With strategic acquisitions and focused investment in product development, Minova has increased its global footprint and enhanced its product offering since 2008, as Steve Greer, Minova, Australia, explains.

When Change Is The Only Constant
Gemcom Software International, Canada, reviews the four years since MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2008 – years of new products, new services and a new owner.

Untapped Potential
Hamish McLauchlan, Bathurst Resources, New Zealand, explains how a different approach to modelling using unfolding techniques has allowed the company to realise the potential of forgotten land.

Welcome Back To Coal Country
The Hunter Valley in Australia is renowned for its wine and its coal. This year, Runge Ltd celebrates 30 years of service to the coal miners of the basin. In this piece, David Tealby concludes a two-part history of the company and the region that helped to make it what it is today.

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