PDAC 2018 and MacLean mining innovation: virtual reality bolter training tool showcase

Collingwood, ON, March 2, 2018 – MacLean Engineering has been providing innovative mobile equipment solutions to the underground mining industry for almost half a century, and much has changed in mining practices and technology over that time period, including the rapid evolution of simulation training technology to support safer, lower cost and more productive operations. With this in mind, the MacLean booth (South Building #216) at PDAC 2018 will feature the company’s first-ever virtual reality version of its flagship product, the 975 Omnia Bolter. The training tool demonstration will give booth visitors an opportunity to operate the MacLean bolter in a virtual environment that simulates underground mining conditions.

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MacLean booth – #TSO216 South Building
Sunday, March 4 through Tuesday, March 6 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7 – 9 a.m. to noon
Metro Toronto Convention Centre


“The introduction of increasing amounts of technology into underground mining isn’t just about equipment and infrastructure, it’s  also about people,” notes Stuart Lister, MacLean’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “This means that providing mining companies and their employees with the right mix of training tools that support safer, more productive operations is our focus, just as the options for new training technology are increasing by the day. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our PDAC booth to try out the MacLean virtual reality 975 Omnia Bolter experience.”

With a battery electric fleet already at work underground in Ontario, the introduction of face bolting as a feature on the MacLean Bolter successfully completed, and the commissioning of the high reach/heavy load LR3 Boom Lift continuing around the hard rock globe (including the Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia), MacLean will continue focusing on product development innovation in 2018 and beyond, including full fleet battery electrification and digitalization, and progressive automation.

For more information:

Stuart Lister
Director of Marketing & Communications

705-241-3247 (c)

Maclean EV Series to support development of world’s first 100% diesel-free hard rock mine

MacLean battery powered units commissioned by Goldcorp for Borden Gold Project

The battery powered MacLean 975 Omnia Scaler-Bolter in action.

Collingwood, Ontario, September 20, 2016 – MacLean Engineering is honoured to have been chosen to supply a fleet of battery powered mobile underground mining equipment to begin development and eventual production at Goldcorp’s Borden Project. The Borden Gold Project, near Chapleau, Ontario, is expected to be the world’s first 100% diesel-free hard rock mine to proceed to development, with portal and ramp construction expected to begin in early 2017.

MacLean has been innovating for mobile equipment safety and productivity in the underground hard rock environment since 1973 and battery power, engineered for life underground, is the latest chapter in the company’s mining R&D focus. The MacLean EV Series (electric vehicle) battery propulsion system leverages high power, high efficiency, and long cycle life battery chemistry, sophisticated battery management and vehicle monitoring capabilities, as well as onboard charging that ensures compatibility with existing mine infrastructure.

MacLean’s Fleet Electrification program was initiated in 2015 and by 2017 will be able to offer customers a battery tramming/battery operating option on all units across the company’s Ground Support product line (bolters, shotcrete sprayers, and transmixers), Ore Flow product line (water cannons, secondary reduction drills, and mobile rockbreakers), and Utility Vehicle product line (boom trucks, scissor lifts, ANFO/emulsion loaders, cassette carriers, personnel carriers, water sprayers, and fuel/lube trucks).

Of note, the engineered integration of the various battery power and drive train components that make up the MacLean EV Series propulsion system was supported by a research and development collaboration with the Collingwood-based specialized engineering firm MEDATech.

“Goldcorp is a longstanding customer and so a fitting inaugural home for our battery power fleet. What’s more, this is a world-class project that is setting the bar in the mining industry: improving the working conditions of miners, making the extraction of certain ore bodies economically viable, and driving technology investment by OEMs like MacLean,” noted President Kevin MacLean. “It’s a win/win for everyone involved, so on behalf of the team at MacLean Engineering I want to salute Goldcorp for their initiative, and thank them for their continued faith in the innovation, safety, and underground performance focus at the heart of our engineering and manufacturing efforts.”

“I came up from working underground in Sudbury, Ontario in the early 1960s just as battery powered units on rail were being replaced by diesel engine, rubber tire mobile fleets, so the arc of my mining career over the past 50+ years has come full circle,” added Founder and Chairman Don MacLean. “The next generation of battery propulsion technology, provided it is engineered to perform in the hard rock mining environment, opens up a whole new range of possibilities for mining companies looking for diesel-free options to reduce ventilation and surface infrastructure costs, and protect workers’ health.”

The MacLean booth at the upcoming MINExpo 2016 from September 26th through the 28th in Las Vegas, Nevada will mark the formal unveiling of the battery powered version of the next generation of the company’s signature ground support offering, the 975 Omnia Scaler-Bolter (#5201 Central Hall). In addition, the MacLean booth will feature a stand-alone display of the EV propulsion system components at the heart of the company’s battery power value proposition. MINExpo attendees at the MacLean booth will be able to get an ‘inside look’ at underground electrification, welcomed by the inter-disciplinary MacLean delegation on-hand, representing expertise from across the company’s engineering, product management, account management and marketing functions.

For more information:

Stuart Lister
Marketing Manager
MacLean Engineering
705-241-3247 (c)

About MacLean Engineering
MacLean Engineering designs, manufactures and markets engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, environmental and industrial goods sectors. The company’s Mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment for full-range support of the mining cycle across all underground mining methods. MacLean’s product line includes platform and utility bolters, shotcrete sprayers, and transmixers in the ground support category; remote-operated drills, mobile rock breakers, water cannons, and the ability to supply grizzly breakers in the ore flow facilitation category; and, Mine-MateTM scissor lifts, boom trucks, ANFO/emulsion chargers, personnel carriers, fuel/lube trucks, cassette trucks, fan and pipe handlers, and service drills in the utility vehicles and attachments category. Founded in 1973, MacLean remains privately-owned and based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with branch offices and a dealer network across Canada and the United States as well as in Mexico, Peru, Chile, South Africa and Australia that provide service and support to our global client base. For more information, please visit www.macleanengineering.com

MacLean Ground Support Innovation Showcase at North American Mining Expo


SCISSOR BOLTER WITH RESIN PUSHING AND BOLT HANDLING TO BE FEATURED


Close-up of resin pusher, drill feed, and bolt handler on MacLean Series 900 Scissor Bolter, in action at NORCAT Training Facility, Levack, ON

Collingwood, Ontario, August 17, 2015 – Attendees at this year’s North American Mining Expo (August 19-20 in Copper Cliff, Ontario) will get a first-hand look at the latest ground support innovation from MacLean Engineering, with the unveiling of a Scissor Bolter equipped with resin pushing and bolt handling.

These new bolting application features have been purpose designed and field tested to deliver improved productivity in the underground environment, and the MacLean team on-hand at the North American Mining Expo in Copper Cliff will include an operator trainer who field tested the unit at NORCAT’s underground mine facility.

“MacLean has been on the frontlines of mobile mining equipment innovation for over four decades, and our focus remains unchanged – creating value for mining companies and the miners they employ by developing practical solutions to underground problems,” noted President Kevin MacLean. “Effective resin pushing and bolt handling on our Scissor Bolter is the latest chapter in this ongoing innovation story, one that began in the Sudbury basin and continues to evolve there to this day.”

“We never lose sight of the fact that listening to our customers is at the core of our value proposition, so we are looking forward to continuing this conversation at N.A.M.E. 2015,” added Don MacLean, Founder and Chairman of MacLean Engineering. “It takes a partnership approach to engineer and manufacture underground equipment that is safer, more ergonomic, more productive, more durable, more reliable, and easy-to-repair.”

The new MacLean Scissor Bolter with resin feed and bolt handling can be visited at North American Mining Expo outdoor booth #13.

For more information:
Stuart Lister
Marketing Manager
MacLean Engineering
705-241-3247 (c)

About MacLean Engineering
MacLean Engineering designs, manufactures and markets engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, environmental and industrial goods sectors. The company’s Mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment for full-range support of the mining cycle across all underground mining methods. MacLean’s product line includes platform and utility bolters, shotcrete sprayers, and transmixers in the ground support category; remote-operated drills, mobile rock breakers, water cannons, and the ability to supply grizzly breakers in the ore flow facilitation category; and, Mine-MateTM scissor lifts, boom trucks, ANFO/emulsion chargers, personnel carriers, fuel/lube trucks, cassette trucks, fan and pipe handlers, and service drills in the utility vehicles and attachments category. Founded in 1973, MacLean remains privately-owned and based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario, with branch offices and a dealer network across Canada and the United States as well as in Mexico, Peru, Chile, South Africa and Australia that provide service and support to our global client base. For more information, please visit www.macleanengineering.com

Maclean-Stornoway relationship shines bright


FLEET OF MACLEAN ENGINEERING MOBILE EQUIPMENT TO SUPPORT QUEBEC’S FIRST DIAMOND MINE


Collingwood, Ontario, April 28, 2015 – MacLean Engineering’s Val d’Or, Quebec office recently marked the shipment of a fleet of Scissor Bolters and Utility Vehicles to the Stornoway Diamond Corporation’s (“Stornoway”) Renard Project in northern Quebec.

“Stornoway’s ability to bring the Renard Diamond Project forward to its imminent operational phase is a remarkable achievement, made even more so by the degree of collaboration required across sectors and suppliers,” noted MacLean Engineering President, Kevin MacLean. “We are honoured to be supporting these efforts, and that we are able to play our part in making Quebec’s first diamond mine a reality.”

“The continuous innovation commitment we have made to Stornoway is how we have been doing business for over 40 years,” added MacLean Engineering founder and Chairman Don MacLean. “I’m thrilled that the MacLean approach to designing safe, practical, and durable equipment solutions for the hard rock environment will now be put to use supporting Stornoway’s resource development vision in the province.”

MacLean Engineering is a global provider of underground mining equipment and service solutions, with its head office and manufacturing facility in Collingwood, Ontario, and a branch office in Val d’Or, in the heart of Quebec’s Abitibi mining region.

About MacLean Engineering
MacLean Engineering is a privately-owned company specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of high quality mechanized equipment for the Underground Mining, Commercial and Municipal Sectors, through a global network of customer support locations. The mining division provides customers with practical and innovative solutions for underground tunneling and mining operations through a comprehensive line of mobile support and service vehicles, including platform and utility bolters, shotcrete sprayers and transmixers, remote operated drills, mobile rock breakers and water cannons, and a full suite of Mine-Mate™ utility vehicles and attachments. To learn more, please visit www.macleanengineering.com

A MacLean environmental solution takes flight across the pond


Close cut image of the MacLean's HazPakTM technology system.Building mechanized solutions for the underground environment is how the MacLean brand has been established over the past four decades. Now the MacLean flag of performance, innovation and quality is being flown in England, at the Grundon Hazardous Waste Transfer Station in the South Oxfordshire village of Ewelme:

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The MacLean HazPakTM technology is a complete, turn-key system for the safe and efficient disposal of aerosol cans and hazardous waste, using an inert nitrogen technology that is exclusive to MacLean and considered Best Available Technology (BAT) in the industry. Unlike the Carbon Capture process that only captures the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that gasses emit, HazPak captures gasses in their entirety, preparing them for waste-to-energy applications in a zero emissions environment.

MacLean Engineering and the environment: a match purpose-built for innovative, practical solutions.

Smooth riding in the valley of gold


John Chomyshyn, MacLean Account Manager, and Michel Chénard, Agnico Eagle Electrical Planner, in front of MacLean BT3 Boom Truck with front suspension, destined for the Goldex mine in Val d’Or, QuebecInnovation partnerships with longstanding customers are the foundation of the MacLean approach to business, so the recent sale of a front suspension-equipped Boom Truck to Agnico Eagle (along with a MacLean ANFO Charger) is a milestone worth recognizing. 

The MacLean front suspension option on its fleet of underground utility vehicles was recently unveiled in response to growing expectations in the industry around ergonomic performance (reducing whole-body vibration levels on operators), and  machine productivity in underground mines that are going increasingly deeper (where  utility vehicles are required to travel  long distances to and from working areas). The new feature performs on tandem fronts, by delivering documented improvements to driver comfort and sustained ramp speed capacity. 

Front suspension is the latest in a long line of MacLean mobile equipment innovations since the Company began mining solutions for the hard rock sector in 1973 – stay tuned for more!

Welcome to the world, Bolter #400

MACLEAN MANUFACTURING MILESTONE CELEBRATED 3,600 FEET UNDERGROUND AT VALE, MANITOBA OPERATIONS – T3/1D MINE
Image of the 400th Series 900 Scissor Bolter at its commissioning ceremony in Thompson on January 22,2015. There is a large group of miners standing in front of it. The photo was taken underground.

Collingwood, January 23, 2015 – The commissioning of MacLean Engineering’s milestone 400th Series 900 Scissor Bolter was celebrated yesterday with an underground ceremony at the Vale, Manitoba Operations – T3/1D Mine.

“We’re proud of the MacLean bolter legacy, and are constantly pushing ourselves to come up with the next game changer in our industry,” noted MacLean Engineering President Kevin MacLean. “Safety and productivity remain the operational drivers for mines around the world, so we feel we have much to offer up the global mining industry, based on our nearly half-century of manufacturing solutions for the underground environment.”

“MacLean Engineering is a company built on innovation partnerships, and there’s no better example of this kind of collaboration for underground safety and productivity than the delivery of our 400th Series 900 Scissor Bolter to the Vale, Manitoba Operations – T3/1D Mine,” noted MacLean Engineering founder and Chairman Don MacLean. “I want to thank Vale for believing in our manufacturing vision and product line over the years, and our employees for helping to build and sustain our unique approach to equipment manufacturing.”

The MacLean scissor bolter technology was originally developed in 1984. Since that time, it has evolved and gone on to become a staple in the Canadian hard rock mining industry, one that is now increasingly exported to underground mining customers around the globe. The machine’s mobile platform for single-operator bolt and wire mesh installation provides application accuracy, speed, versatility, and, most importantly, greater safety protection as operators are always under protected ground.