INDIA 2018

Best of Germany 2014 - Mining Equipment and Mining Technology

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VDMA 17 2018 • VDMA MINING SUPPLEMENT mine wide software solution MineView is available to the markets and will be updated with further features. When complete, it will be able to process any incoming data from a mine operation and to dis- play the information in a comprehensible program surface. Existing installations will be authorized online updates. Excavating Evolution Within Komatsu Ltd., Komatsu Germany GmbH's mining division is responsible for the development, production and marketing of super large excavators from its factory in Düsseldorf, Germany. The company traces its history to the early 20 th century. In 1907, Carlshütte AG built the first electrical driven rope shovels for an open-pit mine in Lizenz controlled by DEMAG (Deutsche Maschinen- bau AG). In 1925, Carlshütte AG was taken over by DEMAG, which relocated the company to Duisburg. The plant in Düsseldorf where production continues today was built in 1939. Over the years, DEMAG has continually set new milestones in the global mining branch. In 1949, the rope shovel BL 335 was the biggest rope shovel in the world, and during the 1954 industrial fair in Han- nover, DEMAG sensationally introduced the world's first fully hy- draulic diesel driven excavator. Moreover, in 1972, DEMAG devel- oped the first hydraulic excavator with a total machine weight of more than 100 tons. In 1978, DEMAG was integrated into the Mannesmann trust and was renamed Mannesmann Baumaschinen GmbH. With the introduction and inauguration of the world's biggest hydraulic ex- cavator, weighing more than 500 tons, it continued to maintain a pioneering role in the global mining market. In 1999, Komatsu acquired Mannesmann Baumaschinen GmbH and renamed the company Komatsu Mining Germany GmbH. The mining-class ex- cavators were paired with Komatsu's existing line of haul trucks. More recently, Komatsu Düsseldorf and Komatsu Hanomag in Han- nover merged to form Komatsu Germany GmbH with the mining and construction divisions. At the 110,000-m 2 production plant, located to the south of Düsseldorf, Komatsu Germany's mining division produces five different types of mining-class excavators with machinery weights of 250 metric tons up to 760 metric tons. Depending on each model, the size of the bucket varies from 16 m 3 to 42 m 3 on the PC 8000. Mine Rescue For centuries, the only protection miners had against carbon di- oxide was a cloth mask soaked in vinegar. Those days have long passed, yet they gave profound impetus to a new era in safe min- ing technology. At the start of the 20 th century, Dräger's founder, Johann Heinrich Dräger, was motivated to develop an oxygen-compatible pressure reducer. He knew that "carbon dioxide causes death, and oxygen causes life." Along with his son, Bernhard Dräger, the company was the first to envision using this technology in un- derground operations. Their vision and innovation gave birth to the first closed-circuit oxygen rebreather. At that time, this was breakthrough technology. In 1906, tragedy hit the French town of Courrières, when more than 1,000 miners lost their lives as a result of a fire-damp ex- plosion. In the memoires of Elfriede Dräger, Bernhard's wife, she recollected, "There he [Bernhard] saw our equipment being used by the Pompiers [firefighters]. Never was the fellowship between people that arises from rescue work demonstrated to me so clearly as it was during those days in Courrières." This heroism and fellowship under dire circumstances took a life of its own. At the 1911, the National Mining Contest in Pennsylvania, most rescue miners wore Dräger rebreathers — to support, protect and rescue miners underground. They called themselves "Drägermen," heroes to underground miners. It is in- teresting to note that even Superman needed Drägerman's help in a 1938 comic. After five generations, this name runs deep into the heart of the Dräger family. For more than 110 years, Dräger has been a permanent and trustworthy partner in the mining industry. Dräger mine rescue equipment, such as the BG 174 Model introduced in 1966, became an industrial standard used by miners worldwide. The company's commitment to innovative technologies in mining is largely due to its close collaboration with its customers — the miners them- selves. This spirit of working together has resulted in safe and practical solutions for mine rescue teams around the world facing today's challenges. Pump Engineering In 1947, Wilhelm Abel founded a mining engineering company in Düsseldorf, specializing in the manufacturing of pumps for the coal mining industry. Today, ABEL GmbH, a subsidiary of Hillenbrand Inc., is headquartered in Büchen, Germany, and it designs and manufac- tures a wide range of pump products including membrane, solids handling, high-pressure and marine pumps. ABEL pumps are still used in mining, as well as wastewater management, the energy in- dustry and other sectors. ABEL GmbH is considered a specialist for abrasive media and they sell their pumps worldwide. "It is, for me, a particularly exciting task to make, over the next years, a successful made in Germa- ny company become more successful in the emerging economies worldwide," said Jaak Palisaar, managing director, ABEL GmbH. When it comes to transferring difficult copper excavation mate- rial in Chile or highly concentrated fly ash in India, the HMQ series represents the ideal pump for the reliable transfer of large volumes of abrasive and aggressive slurries under high pressure. The ABEL staff worked very hard to make the success story of this HMQ pump hit a new milestone. In fact, just in time for the company's 70 th anniversary, the 100 th pump of this product series was shipped to India. These few examples demonstrate the wealth of expertise that can be found within VDMA Mining. For more than 125 years, the group has been exporting and promoting German engineering and craftsmanship. For more than 100 years, the Draegermen has rescued miners.

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