From the Gobi Desert in Central Asia, to Bingham Canyon in the southwestern United States, to diamond-rich mines in South Africa, the mining industry is one of the largest in the world. Every day – 24 hours a day – mining operations work to extract the Earth’s most precious minerals and natural resources. Gold, diamonds, platinum, titanium, coal, chrome and zinc are only some of the sought-after minerals and resources.
Working in both surface-level and underground mines – many of which can stretch for miles – presents harsh and unforgiving environments. When working to extract these precious minerals and natural resources, as well as maintain safety for work crews, mining companies rely on durable, energy-efficient and safe mining equipment. Compressed air is an important source of power in nearly all mining operations. Mining companies often rely on industrial compressed air systems or portable air compressors for electric and pneumatic tools.
From exploration and ore processing to smelting and refining, the entire mining process requires some form of compressed air. Typical mining applications requiring compressed air include:
Most mines utilize more than one compressor. Some compressed air systems consist of more than one compressor station, otherwise known as a compressor house. The compressed air generated is distributed across the mine via an extensive piping network – some of these pipe sections span up to 40 km (25 miles). The surface piping network is also sometimes referred to as a compressed air ring.
The heavy-duty use and harsh environments of the mining industry require compressed air equipment capable of withstanding such use. The Sullair oil-flooded rotary screw air compressors and portable air compressors are recommended to the mining industry to provide a reliable air flow to power tools, equipment and ventilation systems critical to mining operations around the world.