Mining & tunnelling
Element Six supermaterials provide superior performance and productivity through increased drilling rates and longevity of performance. Image source: K+S Aktiengesellschaft.
Element Six designs and produces supermaterials for use in tooling solutions for mining and tunneling operations. Diamond mining tools are exposed to extreme wear when extracting, conveying or processing natural rock and ore.
Our drilling solutions
Utilising synthetic diamond, the hardest material known, as a grinding media to abrade through the hardest formations, synthetic diamond grits can be used as the working face in exploratory, blast hole drilling and roof bolting. PCD (polycrystalline diamond) can be used to produce large cutting or percussive/impact surfaces that can be mounted on drill heads, drill bits and mining picks to increase penetration rates and offer longevity of performance life – a valuable feature in geographically remote operations. Where properly applied, PCD will provide the ultimate performance and productivity. In drilling applications where a combination of high strength, toughness and hardness is key, our tungsten carbide products can be utilised to great effect. Learn more about synthetic diamond grits and powders, and PCD (polycrystalline diamond). Learn more about tungsten carbide products.
Hardrock mining solutions
Element Six is one of the world’s leading producers of mining picks for the hardrock mining and tunnelling industries. Our range of grades is designed to cope with hard abrasive formations, and can provide cost efficient solutions for most applications.
Softrock mining solutions
Element Six offers a comprehensive portfolio of technologies and solutions for the industry, and our range includes synthetic diamond abrasives, polycrystalline diamond (PCD) and tungsten carbide products.
We provide a comprehensive range of diamond mining tools for underground softrock mining. We offer round shank picks with inserts from 8 to 30 mm and shaft diameters from 10 to 42 mm. A full range of head designs, retainer systems and inserts is available for specific requirements, and customised picks can be manufactured upon request.
Our cutting face solutions
A tough, hard and economical material with good wear resistance, even at high temperatures, tungsten carbide is ideal for the drilling, cutting and crushing of rock and ore. Learn more about tungsten carbide products.