MINExpo 2016 schedule

By and |  August 31, 2016

MINExpo2016_logoThe National Mining Association (NMA) hosts MINExpo International 2016, Sept. 26-28, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 1,900 companies will be exhibiting at the quadrennial trade show, showing off equipment for stone, sand and gravel producers, and for operators in other mining sectors.

Moya Phelleps, senior vice president for member services at NMA, suggests attendees do their homework before attending. “It’s a big show, and there are tools and things we put out there to assist [attendees]. There will be a print directory on site to help,” she says.
“Look online at our list of exhibitors because you can customize a list of what you want to see to maximize your time. Also, look at the educational sessions we’re offering to see if you want to attend any of them ahead of time.”

NMA will have an online directory that will be available during the show and when attendees return home so people can look back after the show if they forgot to see an exhibitor and follow up with them, Phelleps says.

“We will also offer the free MINExpo International app,” she adds. “We had that last [time], but it was our first time using one. This one will be more robust and be available for all smartphones.”

Opening session

On Monday, Sept. 26 at 10:00 a.m., mining’s leaders will take the stage during MINExpo’s opening session. Panel members include:

  • Phillips S. Baker Jr., president and CEO, Hecla Mining Co.
  • Harry M. “Red” Conger, president and COO – Americas and Africa Mining, Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
  • Kevin S. Crutchfield, chairman and CEO, Contura Energy Inc.
  • Ted Doheny, president and CEO, Joy Global Inc.
  • Gary J. Goldberg, president and CEO, Newmont Mining Corp.
  • Denise C. Johnson, group president for resource industries, Caterpillar Inc., and chair, MINExpo International 2016
  • Nina Easton, Fox News analyst and chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit, will moderate.

Education sessions

In addition to an opening session, MINExpo offers a variety of educational opportunities that provide information, case studies and best practices for mine operators, including aggregate producers. Get updated on the latest trends, what’s on the horizon, and learn about new applications for equipment, products and services that are delivering results for others. All education sessions take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center (North Hall, Upper Concourse). The following are some of the sessions of interest to aggregate producers.


8:00 – 10:00 a. m.

Room N255

Automating Maintenance to Lower TCO
Speaker: Rudie Boshoff, global director, service and underground, Joy Global Inc.
Increasing Safety & Production While Lowering Costs
Speaker: Philip Mooren, product line director, L&H Industrial Inc.
The Value of Maintenance Cloud Computing for Contract Miners
Speaker: Simon Van Wegan, product manager, maintenance systems, Modular Mining Systems Inc.

Room N259

Automated SAG Mill Speed & Feed Control on Using On-Contact Vibration Sensors
Speaker: Karl S. Gugel, professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Florida and director, Digital Control Lab LLC
Optimization of Crushing and Grinding Circuits for Improved Recovery and Production
Speaker: Aashay Jain, senior simulation engineer, Andritz Automation Ltd.
Improving Advanced Grinding Control to Maximize Mineral Throughput and Better Size Classification
Speaker: Daniel Silva, advanced control senior engineer, Scapie, Antofagasta Minerals S.A.

Room N261

Research-to-Practice: Power of University-Based Research to Improve Profitability and Sustainability
Speakers: Jeffery L. Kohler, Penn State University; Rick Honaker, University of Kentucky; Michael Nelson, University of Utah; Mary Poulton, University of Arizona; and Erik Westman, Virginia Tech

Room N253

CoreSafety – Driving Continuous Improvement in U.S. Mine Safety Performance
Speakers: Phillips S. Baker Jr., president and CEO, Hecla Mining Co.; James Mattern, president and general manager, Trapper Mining Inc.; Bruce Watzman, senior vice president, regulatory affairs, National Mining Association
Current and Future Trends in Training for the Mining Industry
Speaker: Michelle Lutz, president, Custos Fratris L3c
Case Study: Calculating the Cost of Fatigue in a Mining Environment
Speaker: Marcus Wichmann, operations manager, SRP Inc.

Room N257

How Sonic Drilling Can Increase Your Rate of Return
Speaker: Shayne Drivdahl, vice president, engineering, Boart Longyear
Improving Mining Efficiency and Environmental Impact
Speaker: Dave Hunsaker, bulk technology manager, Dyno Nobel Inc.
How Big Data is Driving Efficiency and Productivity on Mining Truck Haulage Systems
Speaker: William Halli, executive product manager, GE Mining

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Room N253

How the Industrial Internet Will Drive an Increasingly Efficient Mining Operation
Speakers: Rahul Shaw, general manager, digital mine and mining solutions, GE Mining; and Ken Scholey, global product manager, process optimization, GE Mining


8:00 – 10 a.m.

Room N255

Surface Mining Advancements: Enabling Blasthole Drill Automation
Speakers: Tyler Berens, product line manager, automation, Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions; and Adrian Boeing, product manager, automation, Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Australia
The Journey Toward Automation
Speaker: Michael Murphy, mining technology chief engineer, Caterpillar

Room N253

Higher Level Training – Translating Safety Training to Competency
Speaker: Mary Poulton, director, Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, University of Arizona
Productivity and Safety: Hearing Protection Can Enhance Both
Speaker: Ted Madison, technical service specialist, 3M Personal Safety Division
Fatigue Risk Assessment Case Study
Speaker: David Edward, technology solutions manager, Caterpillar Safety Services

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Room N257

Improving Mine Performance Through Reliable Solid Flows
Speaker: David Craig, director of engineering, Jenike & Johanson Inc.
Recent Conveyor Transfer Point Improvement Projects in Hard Rock Mines
Speakers: Richard Shields, conveyor technology manager, Martin Engineering; and Rob Stepper, general manager, Rochester Mine, Coeur Mining Inc.

Room N253

Massive Advantage in Mining – Using Scrapers for Efficient Material Transportation
Speaker: Kelly Goossen, senior vice president, K-Tec Earthmovers Inc.
Using Case Studies to Understand How Simulation Delivers Operational Improvement and Reduces Capital Expenditures
Speaker: Adam Price, product manager, RungePincockMinarco

Room N255

Novel Use and Treatment of Waste Streams in Mining – Three Case Studies
Speaker: Mick McCaslin, international sales manager, WesTech Engineering

About the Author:

Darren Constantino is an editor of Pit & Quarry magazine. He can be reached at dconstantino@northcoastmedia.net.

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