Dust generation can be a significant issue in both civil and mining applications; to nearby infrastructure, environmentally sensitive areas and personnel working in or around the area.
Following a number of years of early development trials, successive iteration and significant investment, GCM have developed and produced a completely in-house, tailored, machine-mounted dust collection system that virtually eliminates all dust produced during operation. The compact system is fitted within the machine’s existing footprint, and runs from onboard power, collecting and filtering dust directly at the cutting head.
Paired with the inherently low-impact nature of Surface Mining, GCM’s Surface Miners that are fitted with this system can operate without impact near existing infrastructure and residential areas, in space-restricted and weather-constrained situations, and near sensitive areas without risk of disturbance.
No water, no extra machines, no dust.
To ensure absolute precision, GCM utilise Topcon and Trimble GPS units on its surface mining machinery, for highly accurate milling at variable depth and slope. It is a cutting-edge earthmoving grade-control system that puts design surfaces, grades and alignments inside the cab.
In collaboration with the OEM, GCM have certified the Topcon control systems for automatic levelling control integration. For suitable projects this allows automatic control corrections to ensure absolute precision in excavation without operator intervention.
The system uses GPS and a radio correction signal to accurately position the milling drum in real time, significantly reducing material overages and dramatically improving productivity and profitability. Variations of the system allow for use of Laser or Total Station technology, to allow use in tunnels or other, restricted situations where GPS is unavailable or undesirable.
With operations in Iron Ore, Limestone, Coal, Bauxite, Granite and even Uranium Carnotite, GCM have invested significant time and resources over the past decades to develop and trial GET tailored to our machines and applications.
In partnership with tool manufacturers worldwide, we continually iterate and validate new designs, pushing the limits of GET life and productivity – ensuring we always have the most effective, and cost efficient, tool for the job.