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Uses of minerals in everyday life

by Staff Writer

Everything society depends on is either grown, made from minerals, or relies on minerals for its production and advances in electronics, in particular, are driving the recent explosion in mineral usage. Today’s mining supports the achievements of tomorrow.

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Autoation in underground mining

Automation in mining protects workers at the face

by Glenn Roepke

Automation is becoming a larger part of the longwall mining process; operators are moving farther from the face and its associated safety concerns.

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Digitization and automation

by Staff Writer

Digitization and automation are transforming our world by enabling smarter ways of working. When combined with the “internet of things” (IoT), they provide the foundation for Industry 4.0., the 4th industrial revolution.

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Pawling & Harnischfeger: A legacy in manufacturing

by Leah Harnack

Started by Pawling and Harnischfeger’s drive to understand customer needs and apply materials and processes to provide optimum performance value, the P&H brand has come to be recognized as a symbol of quality and service.

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P&H L-1350 wheel loader

Komatsu’s new Electric Drive Innovation Center focuses expanding the capabilities of SR Technology

by Glenn Roepke

Breakthroughs do not come out of nowhere. They are born out of years of hard work and they happen in places like Komatsu’s new Electric Drive Innovation Center located in Longview, Texas, U.S.

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Copper being processed

Endangered elements: Why mining matters now more than ever

by Leah Harnack

2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and the campaign publicizes the increased scarcity of elements and the importance of mining.

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

by Leah Harnack

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is just one of the outreach programs Komatsu employees participate in to introduce students to the wide range of possibilities for women in STEM careers and give them the opportunity to interact with STEM professionals while engaging in hands-on activities.

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Komatsu mining trucks

Komatsu's massive mining haul trucks made in Peoria

by Leah Harnack

This truck is massive. It’s larger than a 3,000-square-foot, 2-story house. That’s how Jim Mathis, manufacturing operations general manager- Peoria, described the largest of the mining haul trucks being manufactured at Komatsu America Corp.’s facility in Peoria, Illinois.

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Komatsu and Consol Energy earn national mining safety innovation award

by Glenn Roepke

A partnership with customer Consol Energy Inc., enabled the development of a new technology safety innovation that supports the extraction of essential minerals. This advanced system was recently honored with an award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

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Komatsu's Awazu plant

Manufacturing facility reduces energy consumption by 90 percent

by Caley Clinton

Komatsu’s Awazu plant in Japan uses biomass to reduce its reliance on traditional energy sources, cutting its consumption by 90 percent. The facility is a great example of how Komatsu is focused on reducing its energy dependence and enhance sustainability.

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