SKF to Manage Lube Services at Las Bambas

SKF has secured a contract with the operator of the Las Bambas mine in Peru to provide lubrication management services for all electric motors in the mine’s concentrator plant. Engineered specifically for Las Bambas, SKF said the lubrication solutions will contribute to increased equipment reliability and cost effectiveness.

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FLSmidth, GE to Collaborate on Productivity Solutions

FLSmidth, a leading supplier of equipment and services to the global minerals industries, and GE have joined to create digital solutions for increasing productivity in the minerals sector. New solutions developed on GE’s cloud-based Predix platform will use FLSmidth’s experience in minerals processing and GE’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities to maximize the potential of connected equipment units.

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Research Project Looks at Economical Extraction of REEs From Coal

Prospects for increased production of metals from conventional rare-earth element (RRE) deposits in the United States suffered a setback last year when Colorado-based Molycorp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after changes in China’s RRE trade policies pulled the rug out from under the company’s optimistic effort to elevate its Mountain Pass, California, rare-earth mine to world-class producer status. After racking up more than $1.7 billion in debt, Molycorp shuttered the money-losing mine and processing operation, and although the company won court approval to exit bankruptcy earlier this year, the future of Mountain Pass is unclear—particularly after Molycorp recently referred to the high “scrap value” of the mine in response to public concern that the terms of the court’s bankruptcy release might free the company from responsibility for certain site-remediation costs and liabilities.

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