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Mining Is Starting To Dig Technology

Mining Is Starting To Dig Technology

Over the last 100 years, the world has seen an explosion of technological innovation and growth that has made our lives more convenient and has given us a better quality of life. Initially, people resisted new technology and looked upon it with suspicion. Here are some fun facts:

  • Less than 10% of families owned a refrigerator in 1930
  • In 1960, less than 10% of families owned dishwashers and color TVs
  • Less than 10% of families owned a cell phone or had access to the internet in 1990

Fast forward to today, and you realize how quickly we have grown and embraced our technology. I think few of us can imagine a world without a refrigerator, dishwasher, color TV, cell phone, or access to the internet!  

Technology In The Mining Industry

The mining industry, pivotal in making those inventions possible, provides the raw materials that human beings have become reliant upon. However, it is one industry that has seemingly stood still in time. Although railcars and conveyors replaced Donkeys, mining has not readily embraced new technology and has traditionally preferred to stay with “the tried and true” methods and equipment. But times, they-are-a-changing! Here are some technological breakthroughs in the industry that have taken mining to the next level:

  • Geographic information system, or GIS as it is now known, was brought into the spotlight in 1968 by Roger Tomlison in his published scientific paper “A Geographic Information System for Regional Planning”  GIS has been lifesaving technology for monitoring and emergency planning in evacuating mines.
  • Drones burst into the mining industry in 2015, when BHP started trialing drones fitted with military-grade cameras to provide 3D maps and real-time images for their sites.
  • Autonomous Vehicles first came on to the scene in the 1990’s when Mining Engineers started to experiment with them. This technology took some time to be accepted. However, it now proves to be a valuable and lifesaving technology for the industry. These vehicles can go into areas that would be considered dangerous for the miners. The vehicles are not only helping production; they are saving lives.

Just as companies are exploring changing technology, Johnson Search Group stays on top of the most current hiring trends. Whether you are a company looking for assistance with a search, or a candidate who is looking for a new opportunity, Johnson Search Group has you covered. 

Give us a call, and let’s have a conversation and see how we can help!

What Would Happen If The World Stopped Mining?

What Would Happen If The World Stopped Mining?

No matter what side of the fence you are on, one must agree that mining is a necessity in our modern world. Without it, we would not be capable of new technologies that allow us to advance; nor would we be able to maintain our current standard of living. So, what would happen if the world suddenly stopped mining tomorrow?

  • Automobiles, both gas and electric would disappear.
  • 27 States would lose 25% of their electricity output.
  • No nails to hammer projects home.
  • No more high rises, bridges, airplanes, trains, or space exploration.
  • Granite, marble, and anything steel in homes would be gone. Formica would make a huge comeback! Oops… it uses a white crystalline compound (borax). No Formica, either!
  • Anything plastic; molded or otherwise.
  • Nuclear energy?
  • Renewables? Well, that can’t happen without mining!
  • Like that Fitbit?
  • No more Televisions.
  • No more smartphones – or phones – period.
  • Computers, unfortunately, also gone
  • Not my Alexa??!!!??
  • No more going to the gym… phew! (at least one good thing would come of it)
  • Some medicines would disappear, and the medical advancements over hundreds of years would disappear. Need a knee replacement? Pacemaker? Dialysis? Surgery? Sorry.
  • Gold and Silver used in pretty much all technology out there – poof! A historical form of money throughout millennium – gone.

The World Cannot Do Away With Mining

We are too far advanced and too accustomed to our lifestyles for that to happen. The recruiting team here at JSG is privileged to work with some of the best clients and candidates out there. These companies and men and women of mining are responsible for the comfort in your life and the advancements in our technology. Instead of complaining about how destructive mining is; think about how deconstructed your world would be.

Is there a story out there in there in mining that you would like to see in my next blog? Please reach out to me and let’s talk! I love to hear personal stories and mining history from the mining family out there!

10 Interesting Facts About The Steel Industry

10 Interesting Facts About The Steel Industry

10 Interesting Facts About The Steel Industry

The NFL season is in full swing, leaving us thinking about the steel industry. While you may be thinking that’s a stretch (see fact #!1), we work to place experienced candidates with historically significant steel clients every day. Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon and sometimes includes other elements. According to Wikipedia, because of it’s high tensile strength and low cost, steel is a major component used in buildings, infrastructure, tools, ships, automobiles, machines, appliances, and weapons.

Here are a few more interesting facts you should know about steel:

1. Many people might not know that the logo on the helmet of the Pittsburgh Steelers helmet is actually the AISI (American Iron and Steel Institute) Steelmark. It was created by U.S. Steel in the 1950s and in 1962 a steel exec suggested the Pittsburgh Steelers use it. The three hypocycloids represent the materials used to make steel: Yellow for coal, orange for iron ore and blue for steel scrap.

2. More than 85% of the iron ore mined in the U.S. is mined in northeastern Minnesota. Nearly all of that passes through the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie annually, connecting Lake Superior to Lake Huron.

3. In 2017, the American Iron and Steel industry accounted for more than $520 billion in economic output. Additionally, it supported nearly 2 million jobs and industry-supported workers earned more than $130 billion in wages and benefits.

4. From national defense to the transportation of the power grid, American produced steel is essential to our national security.

5. Steelmaking using Electric Arc Furnaces accounts for two-thirds of steel production in the U.S. It was introduced in the late 19th century. This method uses electric arcs to melt scrap before the steel is sent to a refining station to finalize the chemistry. Finally, it is sent to the caster to form the final shape.

6. According to the Department of Energy, the United States is recognized as the most energy-efficient of any major steel producing country. Through revolutionary developments and technology, the industry has reduced it’s greenhouse gas emissions by 37% since 1990.

7. AISI is looking at a project to build a plant to pilot Flash Ironmaking technology. In fact, this new technology will increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.

8. Each year, more steel is recycled than paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass combined.

9. In one year, the steel industry conserves enough energy through recycling to power Los Angeles for 8 months.

10. There are more than 200 different grades of steel. Some of them are as much as 6 times stronger than the steel in 2009 and 3-4 times stronger than the latest aluminum alloys.

On the hunt for your next great steel employee?

The steel industry makes a huge impact on our everyday lives. We specialize in helping steel companies find the talent they need to run a successful operation. Reach out to me to start a conversation about how we can help your team get the edge up on your competition!

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10 More Interesting Mining Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

mining facts

After a slump in October 2016, mining is on a comeback! Just in June 2018 alone, the mining industry added 5,000 new jobs with no sign of slowing down. From the ocean floor to the recycling center, mining marches on!

Here are some quick mining facts that you may not know:

  1. The average coal miner is 45 years old and has 16 years of mining experience.
  2. Gold isn’t just found on dry land; there is enough gold on the seafloor to give every person alive nine pounds of it! Oh, yes, please!!
  3. The US debt clock currently shows the dollar to silver ratio at $641 per oz and the dollar to gold ratio at $5,034 per oz!  Stackers, rejoice!
  4. The majority of lead produced today is recycled from batteries and over 80% of Zinc available for recycling is currently in use. Sustainability at its best!
  5. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, a television requires 35 different minerals, telephones use 40 minerals, and car manufacturing uses 15 minerals!
  6. Coal ash, a by-product of coal combustion, is used in tennis rackets, golf balls, and linoleum. If coal ash was no longer used in golf balls, how would that effect Tiger’s game?!
  7. Each person in the United States uses 3 tons of coal a year! Yep!
  8. Wyoming may be the top producer of coal in the U.S., but Montana has the most coal reserves. Take that, Wyoming.
  9. In 2015, active mining operations in the U.S. consisted of sand and gravel (47.3%), stone (32.4%), coal (11.0%), non-metal (7.0%), and metal (2.4%)
  10. The word “silver” translates to “money” in more than 14 languages, with the Rupee being one of them.

Mining produces so many vital metals and minerals that we cannot live without. Where would we be without mining? Not watching our TV’s, driving our cars, and texting on our phones. The next time you run into a miner, thank them. Their job is not easy, but they make our lives much more so.

10 more mining facts

Pretty cool stuff, right? If you enjoyed these facts, check out my other blog with another 10 interesting mining facts you probably didn’t know.

Sources

https://www.thoughtco.com/lead-element-facts-608167
https://www.thoughtco.com/interesting-silver-element-facts-603365
http://teachcoal.org/fast-facts-about-coal
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/deep-sea-mining-five-facts/
https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/works/statistics/factsheets/miningfacts2015.html