The Chief Executive Officer said on behalf of the board that they appreciated the patience and continued support of the shareholders, employees and suppliers as they have been working diligently to bring the Bucko Lake Mine back into production. He added that with the new mining equipment and mining crews in place Grinding Equipment for Hydropower Plant, they believed that they could achieve full production at Bucko Lake Mine in three month's time.
An essential area of this shop's expertise is micromachining. Precise machining centers, including two microscope-equipped Bostomatic machines, mill and drill small instrument components to produce features that are often just barely visible to the unassisted eye. Another CNC milling machine Crusher Machine Equipment, custom-built for the shop by DAC International, handles work that is even finer-using a 110,000-rpm spindle and positioning resolution of 10 microinches. Typical of the parts the shop produces are microwave blocks with milled waveguide channels that are generally smaller than 0.010 inch wide and often nearly as small as 0.001 inch wide (see photo on the next page).
Peter Bruneau is one of the machining specialists engaged in this work. He says another area of the shop's expertise-an area he sees growing in significance-is machining of exotic materials. In fact, he sees this area growing in importance specifically as it relates to micromachining. The shop recently expanded its capabilities with the addition of a Sauer 'ultrasonic' five-axis machining center from DMG/Mori Seiki. With the ability to produce precise electronics-related components from previously unmachinable ceramics, the machine will add to the design possibilities available to NASA's engineers.
The Agreement covers the complete equipment package for the processing plant, including two primary gyratory crushers, two autogenous grinding mills, seven vertical grinding mills magnetic separators and seven VPA press filters. The Agreement also includes engineering, electrical and automation and the construction of the process plant. Given the long lead times for the first primary gyratory crusher, an autogenous grinding mill and three vertical grinding mills, they have already been ordered. The Agreement does not include the buildings and related civil works.
The deliveries for the Tapuli and Sahavaara process lines are scheduled for mid-2012 and for first and second quarters of 2014, respectively. In a move to reduce the impact of inflation on the project, the price levels on the equipment have been fixed.