Is the marriage of mining and technology inevitable?

Is the marriage of mining and technology inevitable?

A recent TEDx talk discussed the current mining situation and limitations, and looked at how technological developments could help the mining industry. Here at National Plant & Equipment, the video really caught our attention, because the speaker brought up some really insightful points about the industry's past, present and future.

Mining and technology

JCB has developed a remote-operated excavator

JCB has developed a remote-operated excavator

JCB specialises in creating innovative machineryfor a wide range of industries, specialising in mining, earthmoving and construction. The company's new remote-controlled excavator for sale has many industry leading advancements incorporated in the design, allowing projects to be undertaken in restricted or confined areas safely.

Remote-operated excavator

The future of Australian mining minerals: diamonds

The future of Australian mining minerals: diamonds

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then ladies across the world will be celebrating the news that the industry in Australia is forecast to become one of the fastest growing in the country. According to a 2014 report from IBISWorld, diamond mining is predicted to enjoy growth of almost 25% in revenue on an annual basis, rising from AU$663 million in 2013 to AU$821 million last year alone.

Diamonds

Are mining companies the Arctic's best hope?

Iron Ore Mine Factory Plant in Norway

The economic development of the Arctic is becoming an increasingly hot topic for those in the mining industry, but there are dangers of being too quick to invest. The Australian mining industry is among those keen to invest in this region, and key members have to date played an important role in ensuring responsible industry in the Arctic, looking set to lead the way in terms of sustainable and innovative practices.

Mning and the Artic

CIVENEX: the state's leading infrastructure expo

CIVENEX: the state's leading infrastructure expo

Celebrating six decades as the state's leading infrastructure expo, CIVENEX will feature a variety of new initiatives including product showcases, live earthmoving demonstrations and a wide range of networking opportunities. This year's expo has been designed based on the changing needs of consumers, and a family-friendly atmosphere ensures it is the hallmark event of 2015.

Infrastructure expo

Featured equipment: Hitachi EX1200 Excavator for sale

Featured equipment: Hitachi EX1200 Excavator for sale

The Hitachi EX1200 Excavator is the new-generation of Hitachi large excavators. This giant hydraulic excavator is designed specifically for large-scale mines, quarries and civil-engineering projects.  This cutting-edge, technological powerhouse comes complete with a high-power engine that you have come to expect from a Hitachi excavator. The water-cooled, 4-cycle, 6-cylinder in line, turbo-charged direct injection diesel engine puts out an impressive 567 kW (760 HP) at 1 800 min-1 (rpm). 

Hitachi EX1200 Excavator

Largest Jenga game played with CAT excavators

Largest Jenga game played with CAT excavators

If you grew up playing the brilliantly tense strategy game Jenga, you may have dreamed of playing it on a huge scale, with real life-size building blocks. But that has not been possible… until now!

Largest Jenga game

Caterpillar’s 740 Ejector Articulated Truck

Cat 740 Ejector on a dirt ramp.

Caterpillar's articulated truck, the 740 Ejector, promises extra muscle with higher productivity. Combining innovation with comfort, it is well equipped to handle the roughest terrain and is suited to a wide range of industries.

Articulated Truck

Why the future of smartwatches might be a real goldmine

Why the future of smartwatches might be a real goldmine

A few years ago, smartwatches were introduced to the world with a slightly less favourable response than tech giants, such as Samsung and Apple, may have liked. While the product, which straps onto your wrist like a normal watch but comes with a selection of new technology, was undoubtedly interesting to audiences, it lacked the real ‘wow’ factor that usually spawns new must-have products.

Future of smartwatches

Huge ancient goldmine discovered in Spain

Old gold Roman coin

Towards the end of last year, remote sensing technology (LiDAR) and aerial mapping discovered a forgotten Roman goldmine in Spain.

Ancient goldmine discovered