Held every four years, MINExpo International 2016 wrapped up one of its most successful shows last week. While final numbers have not yet officially been released, the latest figures estimate there were 43,000 registered guests from over 130 countries and more than 1,900 exhibitors covering approximately 840,000 sq ft of the Las Vegas Convention Center. These numbers exceeded the 2012 record-setting attendance for this world-renowned trade fair.
Walking the MINExpo floor was extremely impressive—huge vehicles and expansive booths and displays—but have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to put it all together? The MINExpo team shared this time-lapse video to show the set up process—the transformation is incredible.
This year’s show featured an array of impressive equipment, from the very small to the unimaginably enormous. It also showcased a heavy focus on the utilization of technology in mining operations to increase efficiency and safety.
Hitachi highlighted a number of “smart iron” technology innovations designed to help mines become more efficient and productive. Examples include the company’s peripheral vision support system and its autonomous haulage and trolley assist technologies.
Liebherr displayed their giant T 284 mining truck and released the Liebherr 100T haul truck. The R 9200 mining excavator was also introduced to the American market for the first time as well as the PR 776 crawler tractor from the Earthmoving division.
Komatsu unveiled their Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle – built without an operator cab, the vehicle was exclusively developed and designed to maximize the advantages of unmanned operation in challenging conditions. On a lighter note, Komatsu also hosted a wedding during the show! This video shows the happy couple exchange their vows on the massive 930E haul truck.
Coinciding with the show’s opening, the National Mining Association (NMA) today released an economic study on the impacts of the mining industry in the U.S.
The report shows that the mining industry is comprised of more than 13,000 operations and hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. alone, providing essential resources to nearly every industry and consumer product available. Key highlights from the report include:
- U.S. mining directly and indirectly generated nearly 1.7 million full-time and part-time jobs in 2015, including employees and the self-employed.
- U.S. mines accounted for more than 565,000 direct jobs.
- U.S. labor income associated with U.S. mining exceeded $100 billion in 2015. The full report can be accessed here.
Also during the show, Nineteen American mining operations – six coal mines and 13 mineral/metal mines – were the recipients of the National Mining Association’s “Sentinels of Safety” awards in recognition of their outstanding mine safety achievements during 2015.
Sponsored annually by the NMA, the Sentinels awards recognize coal and mineral mining operations in 10 categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. A minimum of 4,000 hours are required for award consideration. The award categories reflect the safety accomplishments of both small and large mines. Congratulations to all the winners!
The highlight for PRECO at MINExpo 2106, was the unveiling the PreView Sentry™: The world’s most flexible and advanced object detection system. Built tough specifically for heavy-duty industries, Sentry is positioned to dramatically increase the efficiency of operations and to significantly reduce the incidence and severity of worksite accidents—helping our customers save time, money and most importantly, save lives. This exciting new safety technology was featured at the Joy Global booth, installed on their Blast Hole Drill.
Watch the new Sentry video and find out more here.
We sincerely enjoyed meeting with customers (present and future!), industry peers and colleagues, and look forward to seeing everyone at the 2020 MINExpo show!