Mincon West Africa are proud to be Bronze sponsors of the 2013 Journées Minières et Pétrolières du Mali. This promises to be an interesting event with 3 days of conference sessions, workshops and trade exhibitions.

The exhibition will take place from 12th – 14th November 2013. The event is organised by theMinistry of Mines, Republic of Mali in association with AME Trade Ltd & DMC Africa.

To learn more please visit http://jmpmali.com
Mincon Southern Africa have just supplied a new customer, FUGRO MARINE SERVICES with 120 tons of Baroid Bentonite.Mincon Southern Africa Supply Fugro Marine Services picture 1Fugro, a company based out of the Netherland’s, is primarily an off-shore drilling company, servicing the oil and gas industry, and is currently operating off the Namibian coast where they are doing core sampling for their customer.

Mincon Southern Africa as the local BAROID IDP agent, was contacted due to the fact that they could supply direct into the ship, when it berthed in Walvis Bay, Namibia. Usually, the ship, the M.S BAVENIT, gets its drilling muds from Europe, but due to the fact that they are in the Atlantic Ocean, thousands of miles from their home base, Mincon were able to supply their needs.

Mincon new facility shannonMincon is involved in the design and manufacture of rock drilling equipment for almost 40 years.  The company’s range of DTH hammers and bits is supplied into many different drilling applications.

The increased scope of the Mincon range of products and the market demand for the company’s range of products has generated significant production challenges which the company has met and over the past twelve months has embarked on an ambitious expansion and refurbishment programme.

Due to this continuous success of its products and expansion into new markets the company has added an additional 2,322 Square Metres (25,000 Square Feet) to its manufaMincon Shannon Plant Expandscturing facility at its headquarters in Shannon.

drilling consumablesThe following appeared in an article in the April Edition of Mining Magazine which looked at various drilling consumables manufacturers and got their feedback on how the current economic climate and volatile commodity prices are affecting their business.

Mincon manufactures ranges of standard DTH and RC hammers and bits for the global mining industry. The standard range is available to suit most common industry bit shanks, and are designed to run on: surface DTH rigs, such as the Atlas

“We use only premium grades of steel for the manufacture of our DTH hammers and bits”

A range of some of Mincon’s hammers and bits

mincon hammer - supplied to EPC-UK Blasting Services by Rock Drill Engineering LtdFrom left to Right – Clive Roberts (Rock Drill Engineering Ltd), Barry Carson (EPC-UK Blasting Services), Jo Yates (Rock Drill Engineering Ltd).

A Mincon 4HDS DTH hammer has achieved a service life of almost 100,000 metres.

Most hammers will achieve a life expectancy of between 20,000 and 40,000 metres, dependent upon ground conditions and good drilling and maintenance practices.
The Mincon hammer supplied and serviced by Rock Drill Engineering, and used by EPC UK Blasting Services, managed a total of 96,500 metres over its lifetime, drilling in challenging conditions in North Wales (UK) and maintaining top performance throughout. Just the outer casing of the hammer was rebuilt 3 times, all of the main components were original.

The following article featured in GeoDrilling International magazine in March 2013:

Mincon a global manufacturer of premium quality drilling tools has had a strong focus on the market in the USA since the company’s founding in the late 1970’s.

HDD Add.124 300x163The USA has remained a key part of the Mincon group strategy for growth with its strong and diverse economy. This growth has been accomplished by developing a strong network of distribution controlled by Mincon, Inc. Mincon, Inc., located . in Roanoke, Virginia, was established in 1991 and is the sales and distribution arm of the Mincon group for North America. By importing and stocking products from Mincon’s Shannon Irish and Australian manufacturing plants and further distributing these through a network of approved dealers, allows Mincon to remain close to the end users of our products and react quickly to their needs.

In addition to the sales arm of Mincon’s USA operations the group also has a state of the art manufacturing plant in Benton, Illinois, Mincon Rockdrills USA, Inc. This company joined the Mincon group in 2003. With over 27500 square feet of manufacturing space this plant focuses on the manufacture of the Mincon range of standard DTH drill bits from 3 ½” (89mm) to 22” (559mm) diameter. The plant also makes the Mincon range of Horizontal Directional drill bits and a range of casing crowns for the civil construction industry. These products are distributed globally through Mincon’s distribution network.

At present a large horizontal directional drilling and trenching project is taking place that extends over three states and encompasses over thirty plus miles of new and replacement natural gas infrastructure. The project will provide gas service to thousands of residents and also ensures continued work for hundreds over the next year or so. The following describes one of the many directional drilling jobs required on this project along with some issues they encountered. The bore hole is predominantly in rock and required specialized tooling to complete it within the required time frame.

The proposed supply line that would feed into the multiple distribution lines route would take it through a pristine part of Seneca, Missouri’s landscape that was owned by a local rancher. The supply line would have to cross a county road that could not be disrupted by normal open cut methods. Where open cut methods could be used, the contractors were utilizing a Vermeer 755 heavy trencher with rock teeth. On completion of the site investigation it was determined that the majority of the bore hole consisted of solid flint rock which is a hard, sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz. The proposed bore path cover a distance of over 400 feet, crossing the road and proceeding up-hill to a pre-determined exit point. To carry out the job with conventional directional mud drilling tooling would be extremely difficult. The contractor decided to complete the job with Vermeer D24x40 horizontal directional drilling equipment using a Mincon HDD50 hard rock pneumatic hammer drilling system.

In 2006 Mincon commenced development of a range of premium performance Reverse Circulation Hammers. The strategy from the outset was to have a separate manufacturing facility focused primarily on RC products located in Perth, Australia. This plant was then equipped with state of the art machinery. Bringing our considerable experience to RC hammer design the MX line of RC Hammers produced a design that has become recognized globally for its performance, reliability and sample quality.

Mincon Perth PlantSince 2006, Mincon has enjoyed strong growth in RC business resulting in the need to move to a larger manufacturing facility at 8 Fargo Way in Welshpool, on the outskirts of Perth. The strategy when selecting a new facility was to find a location that was going to allow for all of our current manufacturing needs with room for further expansion as necessary. The move has now been completed with minimal disruption to the manufacturing operations thanks to all the hard work of all the staff Mincon Rockdrills Pty., Ltd.

More state of the art machinery has been sourced adding significantly to the capacity of the plant. In addition there is more room for storage, assembly and order filling.