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March 2022

Spring is on its way, but the March issue of Global Mining Review is out now! This month make sure to check out Clariant Mining Solutions’ special report and Allan Pedersen (Wood Mackenzie)’s Guest Comment, both with a focus on lithium. Also not to be missed are technical articles from Shell Naturelle, Liebherr Mining, ExxonMobil, Mine Master, Dunlop Conveyor Belting, Railveyor, and many more! This month’s front cover is provided by BEUMER Group.

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03 Guest Comment

05 World News

10 The Lure Of Lithium
M Suresh Raju, Clariant Mining Solutions, India, provides insight into the growing demand for lithium, and the most effective methods of meeting this need.

17 Taking Concrete Action On Sustainability
Emma Mallinson, Shell Naturelle, UK, explores the role of biodegradable lubricants in connecting the dots between a social license to operate, improved performance, and the wider impact of supply chains.

21 Five Steps To Get On The Right Path
Mireya Spears, Liebherr Mining Equipment, USA, describes a new way to address mining truck fleet productivity through proper equipment selection.

24 The Power Of People
Abe Mitchell, ExxonMobil, USA, outlines the process of harnessing the power of Industry 5.0, and the importance of putting people at the centre of a digital maintenance strategy.

29 Choosing The Right Tools For The Job
Patrycja Janiszewska, Mine Master, Poland, reviews how selecting the best tools and equipment for a task can help to ensure safe and efficient underground mining operations.

32 Live Long And Prosper
Rob van Oijen, Dunlop Conveyor Belting, the Netherlands, explains how belts that last up to 50% longer can dramatically reduce conveyor operating costs.

37 Getting Dust Management On Track
Lisa Youngblood and Jim Fisk, Railveyor, Canada, explore a new method of dust management.

40 The Future Is Fibre Optics
Zara Anderson, Silixa, Canada, discusses how fibre optic sensing can help enhance the safety of tailings dams.

44 Paving The Way For Automation And Autonomy
Angus Pacala, Ouster, USA, considers the development arc of automation technology and how its application has expanded from the mine to the world.

47 Unearthing Operational Excellence: Part Two
In the second part of a two-part article, Bob Hooper, Hexagon, USA, concludes how operational excellence can aid the mining industry’s long-term success.

51 Closing The Continuous Improvement Loop
Andrew Sinclair, totaliQ, Canada, addresses how AI technologies can be used to enhance continuous improvement and maximise the benefits of the PDCA cycle in mining operations.

54 Harnessing The Power Of Digital
Ken Albaugh, Xylem North America, examines how operators can build mine resilience to support productivity, reliability, and sustainability.

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