A Demand for Batteries has Sparked a Cobalt Frenzy. What Will Happen Next?

Mar 16, 2018 11:48:00 AM


Cobalt, a blue-gray metallic element, atomic number 27 on the periodic table of elements, is utilized in a variety of everyday applications such as producing alloys used manufacturing jet engines. It's used in making magnetic steel, in electroplating, and in manufacturing certain types of stainless steel. Radioactive cobalt-60 is used in medicine for treating some cancers.

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Topics: Mining, Artificial Intelligence, Lithium, Exploration, Cobalt

Apple Planning to Buy Cobalt Directly from Miners

Mar 6, 2018 1:36:51 PM

Until recently, cobalt has been somewhat of a sleeper on the commodities market. It was much less in the news than other metals such as gold, silver, and copper, but that's changing. Cobalt is a prime ingredient in the making of lithium-ion batteries, used in the manufacture of mobile phones, with Apple Inc., a leader in the mobile phone industry, being one of the world's largest end users.

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Topics: Mining, Lithium, Cobalt

Mining the Moon: The Next Gold Rush

Feb 21, 2018 11:00:00 AM


January 2018 saw three unique Moon phenomena occurring all in one day - a Blue Moon (second full moon within a single calendar month), a Super Moon, which is when the Moon comes closest to the Earth while traveling in its elliptical orbit, and a total lunar eclipse. All three happened on the last day of the month.

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Topics: Mining

As the World is Increasingly Explored, New Mineral Mining Opportunities Go Far Afield

Feb 3, 2018 12:40:19 PM


Exploration is the lifeblood of the mining industry. While difficult, labor-intensive and expensive, exploration is absolutely necessary to the advancement of the industry. Exploration is to mining what research and development are to pharmaceutical companies -- without these processes, progress would come to a halt.

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Topics: Mining, Exploration

Electric Car Boom Drives Lithium Demand to Mining's $90 Billion Hub

Jan 24, 2018 12:16:39 PM


There's no escaping the fact that electric vehicles ( EVs), are garnering tremendous attention in the transportation industry. Tesla, Elon Musk's pioneering company and leading manufacturer of electrically-powered cars, has just recently come out with their most affordable car yet, the Model 3 sedan, with a sales price of about $35,000. Tesla plans to manufacture 20,000 Model 3 vehicles per month starting in 2018.

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Topics: Mining, news, Lithium

Metal Streaming: Transforming Canada into a Global Financial Hub for the Mining Industry

Jan 18, 2018 11:45:06 AM


It may come as no surprise to you that Canada is currently the leading global financial hub for the mining industry. Canada consists of a huge amount of land -- the second largest country in the world in terms of land mass -- and under this land there lies an abundance of mineral resources. That being said, there's no way that Canadian land holds as much as three-quarters of the world's mineral deposits, and yet approximately 75% of the world's mining companies are based in Canada.

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Topics: Mining, news

Robots and Artificial Intelligence Will Transform the Mining Industry

Jan 10, 2018 11:10:12 AM


There is no question that automation is seriously changing the mining industry, affecting everything from time and labor savings to worker safety and increased productivity. Some other benefits brought to bear through the implementation of mine automation, including things like the use of drone aircraft, remote drilling, and driverless robotic vehicles include:

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Topics: Capital Equipment, Artificial Intelligence, GEO HSI

The World is Running Out of Sand

Jan 3, 2018 2:35:22 PM


All around the world, the demand for sand is more intense than most would ever suspect. The importance of sand in our lives is not known by the general public, although it's a common misconception that there's plenty of sand and always will be. It wasn't too long ago that it was thought there were enough fish in the world's oceans to feed us forever, but ask any commercial fisherman how stocks are holding up and you'll no doubt receive a dismal report. For sand, the problem of depletion is even worse and doesn't look to get better anytime soon.

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Topics: rock crushing, Sand Production, Rocky Crusher

New Emerging Technologies are Helping to Remove Diesel Particulate Matter from Underground Mines

Dec 15, 2017 11:52:38 AM

The use of diesel-powered machinery has been a great asset to the mining industry for the past several decades, as a result of its ability to significantly improve productivity and its history of being economical, rugged and reliable. When used in conjunction with underground mining, however, it's evident that diesel-powered equipment has some serious shortcomings that need to be addressed. 

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Topics: Mining, news

How to Choose the Right Blow Bar for your Crusher

Nov 9, 2017 4:21:33 PM


1. Choose Machined Blow Bars

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An image of well-machined blow bars from AMCAST.

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Topics: Wear Parts, Tips, Blow Bars