A Beginner’s Guide to Popular Equipment in the Mining Industry

Nov 23, 2017

The mining industry could prove to be a dangerous workplace if you do not have the appropriate training or knowledge in handling the equipment and machinery involved. Each type of mining equipment comes with a set of mining activities that it specializes in. The type of mining equipment used varies depending on whether the work being carried out is above or below the ground level, or if the mining is done for gold, metals, coal, or crude oil. Curious to know more about the types of mining equipment and how they can be successfully employed in mining? Here are a few common types of equipment used in the mining industry and their applications:

Mining Drills

Mining drills are one of the most commonly used mining equipment for underground mining operations. Underground mining is carried out when the minerals or rocks are located at a fair distance below the ground level. Drilling helps to separate the minerals from the overburden material; these are then brought to the surface using underground specialized mining equipment like trucks, loaders, diggers, etc.

Blasting Tools

Blasting tools are an essential part of the mining industry. They are used to break down and fracture materials by deploying a calculated amount of explosive to separate the required product and minerals from the waste material. Once the blasting is done, an excavator is used to extract the blasted rocks and other debris.

Earth Movers

Earth movers are one of the common equipment used in the mining industry for above the ground mining. They are specifically designed to work on large earth moving and mining projects to make the process faster and more practical. Earth movers are commonly used for digging, pushing, and transporting the earth using the specialized skills of an operator.

Crushing Equipment

Crushing equipment is used in the mining industry to crush the rocks and the stone. They are designed to achieve maximum productivity and high reduction rate. Crushing equipment are designed to perform a variety of jobs and hence come in different types. Crushing equipment is configured to break down the hard rock matter or gravel to a manageable size to facilitate transportation or conveying.

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