Mining operations require a diverse range of machines to perform various tasks efficiently and accurately. Whether you’re new to mining or an experienced professional, understanding the different types of mining equipment and their functions is crucial. From drilling and blasting tools to earthmovers each plays a vital role in the mining process. Let’s explore some of the most important types of mining equipment and why they are used.
Mining drills are indispensable tools in any mining operation, particularly in underground mining. These drills are used to extract rocks or minerals located below the surface. Underground mining equipment such as trucks, diggers, and loaders help extract the raw materials, which are then transferred to the surface using lifts. Drilling is also essential to remove overburden and place explosive charges on mined minerals. Furthermore, mining drills create holes for entry and exit points in underground mining, ensuring sufficient space for workers to pass through.
The mining industry heavily relies on blasting tools to break up large materials using explosives. These tools are crucial for separating the desired product from waste materials and removing obstacles that impede access to the desired seams. Unmanned drill rigs are employed to drill precise holes on blast faces, minimizing material handling costs. After the blasting process, excavators are used to recover the material, which is then transported via a central conveyancing system. Proper handling of blasting tools is essential to prevent structural damage and unwanted caving.
Earth movers are primarily used for surface mining operations. These machines facilitate the movement of loose soil between locations, making them crucial for large earth-moving and mining projects. Earth movers help push, remove, and scoop loose soil, playing a significant role in efficient earthwork operations. Bulldozers and earth movers work together closely, with bulldozers clearing overburden to create space for excavators, haul trucks, and other equipment necessary for mining operations.
This post was written by Justin Tidd, Director at Becker Mining Systems! For nearly a half a century, Becker Mining has been at the forefront of industry safety. Becker/SMC is the industry’s leader in increasingly more sophisticated electrical control systems. Most of the major innovations, design features and specialized electrical components have been developed by Becker/SMC.