TX Mining Monthly
April 2020
These are strange times indeed! In the last thirty or forty days we’ve added new words and phrases like Coronavirus, COVID-19, self-quarantine, and social distance to our daily vocabularies. The country deemed our industry to be essential, thankfully, and, as we were certain we knew, we saw that our partners in this industry would also be there during times of great need.
Our April Theme for this eNewsletter is "Technology & Innovation," and our Industries and Support Members head the list on development and usage in both areas! With the very real challenges from COVID-19 to our families, communities and businesses, our ability to use technology and innovation to help weather this terrible storm comes even more into focus. Our TMRA Members know the importance of our industries and services to our economy and, importantly, never lose site of the human element to our policies and decisions.
Bamert Seed has unveiled its new state-of-the-art seed cleaner. Bamert Seed has been a leader in the native seed industry, since its inception in 1951. Carl Bamert, founder of Bamert Seed, engineered and crafted Bamert’s first seed cleaner in the 1960s. Recently, his grandson and president of Bamert Seed, Brett Bamert, undertook the next iteration of technology.
ROMCO Equipment Company
Waukesha-Pearce Industries, LLC
Industry News
MSHA has received a high volume of questions regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and both mine operator actions and MSHA actions in response. This information sheet provides practices for operators and miners to minimize the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19 and actions MSHA is taking to do the same.
America is awakening to the danger of its heavy dependence on foreign sources of minerals and metals. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently warned that China and Russia are the primary suppliers of strategically important minerals for national defense and a wide variety of commercial products and said the problem is "absolutely critical."
As you continue to provide the vital mining materials that sustain the nation’s electricity and infrastructure demand during this unprecedented time, YOU are one of America’s silent heroes. Designated as an essential industry, Texas mining underpins the efficient operation of our homes and businesses. The integrity of the industry’s broad supply chain – which includes construction, transportation, manufacturing and utilities – is absolutely critical during this uncertain chapter in our lives. Our industry is one of a very few that helps to guarantee that the comforts of everyday life remain intact during these unpredictable times.
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Komatsu Mining
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Safety Alert - Electro-Hydraulic Lifts
Damaged or defective welds on aerial lifts have caused several fatalities in the mining industry. A mechanic died while being lowered in an electro-hydraulic aerial lift. A weld splice fractured on a recently repaired arm of the lift, causing the arm to strike the victim in the head. The weld failed because of poor weld quality from an improper repair. A welder died while being lowered in an electro-hydraulic aerial lift when the lift arm catastrophically fractured at a critical weld connecting the arm support to its lift cylinder. Undetected cracks existed in the weld and the surrounding metal prior to failure.
A miner was operating a front-end loader when the front-end loader’s bucket contacted the ground, causing an abrupt stop that propelled the miner—who was not wearing a seat belt—into the windshield. He was transported to the hospital with head trauma injuries and developed complications while undergoing treatment. He died on January 8, 2020.
In Part 1 of this series, published in the March 2020 issue, POWER explored how existing reactors may leverage advances in nuclear fuel to boost power generation safety and economics. This installment surveys nuclear fuel developments that may support the emerging fleet of advanced nuclear reactors, including small modular reactors and microreactors.
The Railroad Commission of Texas has launched the Case Administration Service Electronic System (RRC CASES) public portal, reaching another milestone in increasing transparency of the agency’s functions.
HYTORC introduces the LITHIUM SERIES® II Tool, the next generation in portable electric torque tools for bolting operations worldwide. Redesigned from the ground up, this revolutionary and industry premier tool provides significant impact across a broad spectrum of industries delivering greater functionalities, enhanced durability, and intuitive usability.
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May 2020
May 27-28, 2020
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Tyler, Texas
Oct 2020
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DATE: Oct. 18-20, 2020
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