June 07, 2006
5:30 pm -
June 08, 2006
7:00 am –
8:00 am –
8:30 am –
groups to discuss Safety, New Innovations and Technology, Problems and
solutions, and Future Meeting Presentation Topics. Summary of discussion
will be presented the following morning.
9:30 am –
Ranch 2570 dragline upgrades and erection - Aaron Spielman, Jacobs
Ranch Mine, Calvin Randall, Kennecott Energy, Rob Marnell, DCS, Rick
Scherer, Flanders Electric
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12:00 pm –
1:00 pm –
2:00 pm –
2:15 pm –
3:00 pm –
3:30 pm -
3:45 pm -
5:30 pm – 7
8:00 am –
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11:00 am –
11:45 am –
12:00 am –
2 p.m. – 3:30
Morrison, Texas Westmoreland, says they’ve accomplished over 1
million hours no lost time at their site.
of the group indicated that chocking of vehicles has become a large
issue at most mine sites and strictly enforced by MSHA inspectors.
implemented an arc flash protection program. Mostly Class 1 and 2
PPE is used by employees. The prevailing question amongst members
of the group was to what extent PPE should be required since in some
cases the protective clothing actually creates new safety issues.
Coal Mine is presently using ECS as consultancy for developing an
arc flash protection program.
used Arcpro software to aid in developing arc flash protection
www.Chickenswitch.com offers a remote mechanism for switching.
Goldstrike has new 4100 shovels…these have 68 yd. buckets that will
more adequately match the capacity of their trucks, thereby
problems still an issue for all sites. Several mines have
implemented aggressive truck load guidelines, being very mindful of
truck load weights through the use of software. In addition, more
attention is being paid to road conditions and reducing truck speed
to decrease road wear. The argument that ensues is that of tire
preservation vs. productivity.
Goldstrike has worked with a local distributor, J&J Rubber
Technology, to produce trail cable support straps that are used in
place of the usual _____________. To date, this has been very
successful solution, resulting in significantly fewer strap
using new radio technology that enables them to successfully
communicate inside tunnels. The vendor is _____________.
current buzz in industry, a future topic should be the use of arc
flash protection. Ideally, the presenter would be a site that has
gone through the process of creating and executing an arc flash
protection program and is willing to give a status report on how the
program is doing, what problems they’ve dealt with, etc. In
addition, vendors who deal in arc flash PPE should be invited to
demonstrate their products, talk about how to care for them, the
Erie: AC Conventional, same
technology as 495. New motor used across entire machine that can be
mounted horizontal or vertical. Will plug directly into existing
Automation Electronics: New wireless standards. Studies in
co-existence of wireless systems.
online training program to train new/existing employees in areas
they need training. The employee will take an online assessment to
determine the areas where they need training. May cause problem
with employee taking assessment because that employee may think they
will limit their possibilities if they don’t do well on the
New fault indicators hung from powerlines to indicator the location
of faults on the 69kV line.
Lack of workers/manpower to get large amounts of work done.
Hold more job fairs (such as the fair in Michigan where a plant was
shut down and workers looking for new jobs (Art Beyersdorf, P&H).
Also, perhaps send new techs, welders, etc. to schools for training
in exchange for several years of service with the company that
sent/paid for them to go to school.
Not enough promotion of mining/bad reputation due to recent
disasters in mines back east.
Give more presentations to public/schools informing those people of
the safety measures taken in mining and an overall education of
mining in general (underground, open pit, shovels, draglines,
etc.). Overall, to try and improve the image of mining to attract
Potential employees do not want to move to remote locations to work
Correlates with solutions listed above – offer more incentives to
move to smaller towns (i.e. education, training, etc.)
MEETING PRESENTATION TOPICS
AC Conventional dragline and AC motors.
Shovels, basic shovel troubleshooting class (Danny Gojhkovich).
Carbon: Carbon brush training/school (Jay Koenitzer).
to come in to talk about methods or give ideas on how to attract
employees to the mining world.
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