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Peeling back the layers on defence-in-depth security

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A fully connected enterprise requires a comprehensive approach to industrial security. Defence-in-depth security is a multilayered security approach that establishes multiple tiers of defence for increased industrial security. ... Read full article

Researchers identify serious Wi-Fi security flaw

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2017 has been the year of the cyberattack, with the WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks making global headlines. Now, serious weaknesses have been discovered in the WPA2 Wi-Fi security protocol.... Read full article

BME’s blast blows up world record at Zambian mine

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Blasting and explosives company BME, in conjunction with its client Kansanshi Mining, has broken the world record for the most electronic detonators fired in a single blast at the Kansanshi copper mine in North-Western Zambia... Read full article

Cat, dti launch SA’s largest equity investment programme

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On 4 October, US-based original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Caterpillar and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) officially launched South Africa’s largest ever Equity Equivalent Investment Program (EEIP) at a ceremony... Read full article

Rio Tinto behind world’s first fully-autonomous train

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The world’s first autonomous train has completed its first fully unmanned mission. Australian-British multinational mining corporation Rio Tinto is behind this feat, which represents the first step in its plan to develop a fully-autonomous train netw... Read full article

Leviathan loaders: the world’s largest wheel loader

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The P&H 2350 (previously the LeTourneau L-2350), available through Komatsu Mining (previously Joy Global) is the world’s largest wheel loader. ... Read full article

Loading up on the past: a history of wheel loaders (Part 3)

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While manufacturers began producing larger model wheel loaders in the 1950s, it was only in the next decade that the trend towards ‘bigger is better’ really took off. In 1963, following Caterpillar’s introduction of its 4.5m3 Model 988, the need for ... Read full article

Giant mechanical ‘miner’ to appear at Hillhead 2018

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In 2016, the Man Engine, the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain steamed the length of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. Now it is on its way to 2018 edition of the Hillhead Quarry Exhibition.... Read full article

The genesis of generators (part 3)

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A genset, or engine generator, is a combination electric motor-generator used where a continuous flow of electricity is needed. Generators have had a huge impact on the construction industry in particular, allowing work on projects to continue at nig... Read full article

The genesis of generators (part 2)

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The foundation for building electric motors was laid with the invention of the battery by Allessandro Volta in 1800, the generation of a magnetic field from an electric current by Hans Christian Oersted in 1820, and the invention of the electromagnet... Read full article

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