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New system from Tenova represents a shift in overland conveying

By: Schalk Burger Mining engineering company Tenova Takraf’s modular overland conveyor system can be moved once its purpose is fulfilled. It can easily be transported in assembled state by truck and placed by a small crane. This significantly reduces the labour and time required to build a conveyor system. It can... 

First installation of new coal screen imminent

By: Bruce Montiea Custom-built vibrating screens manufacturer and supplier Joest is working on various projects that could result in the first installation of its new 4.3-m-wide banana screen that was introduced to the market in September last year. Joest MD Kim Schoepflin tells Mining Weekly that the screen is... 

First installation of new coal screen imminent
EASE OF MAINTENANCE The availability of original-equipment manufacturer spares for screens is a critical success factor for Joest

CP strike called off in favour of voluntary arbitration after threat by fed

By: Henry Lazenby Rail-transport-dependent industries served by Canadian Pacific (CP) Railway Company  on Monday sighed relief after labour union Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) called off strike action that started Sunday in favour of voluntary arbitration. Four collective agreements covering about 3 800... 

Dragline hoist and drag ropes trial concluded

By: Ilan Solomons Extensive trials of US-headquartered wire rope manufacturer WireCo WorldGroup’s PowerMax-branded dragline hoist and drag ropes, concluded last month, have “conclusively demonstrated” that the company’s system offers openpit mining entities a safer operational environment, WireCo Africa regional... 

Dragline hoist and drag ropes trial concluded
INCREASED MINE SAFETY WireCo WorldGroup’s PowerMax dragline hoist and drag ropes offer openpit mining entities a safer operational environment

Logistics group expands offering and footprint in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons Tanzania-headquartered integrated logistics solutions provider Alistair Group will launch a new integrated supply service at the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba. Alistair Group business development director Clementine James tells Mining Weekly that, in the first quarter of this year, it... 

Logistics group expands offering and footprint  in Africa
LOGISTICAL SUPPORT Newly established offices will support Alistair Group’s operations in Tanzania and Mozambique

Networking key to indaba success

By: Dylan Slater With a focus on encouraging equipment sales this year, online equipment marketplace Clear Asset is hoping to secure several high-value pre-arranged meetings at the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba. 

Networking key to  indaba success
DRIVING INDUSTRY Clear Asset will, this year, investigate additional areas where its online auction solutions could add value

Bell Equipment to restructure, improve efficiency

By: Creamer Media Reporter The share price of JSE-listed Bell Equipment fell by 5.65% on Wednesday morning after the heavy equipment manufacturer announced that it was planning to restructure the business to improve operating efficiencies and ensure the group’s long-term competitiveness and sustainability. In a statement... 

Bell Equipment to restructure, improve efficiency

Local company completes heaviest lift to date

South Africa-based heavy-lift specialist Vanguard completed its heaviest strand-jacking lift, in May, the heaviest lift of its type ever done in the region. Two prefabricated conveyor trusses in excess of 1 200 t each, have been lifted from their assembly position at ground level to their working... 

Local company completes heaviest lift to date
TRUSS LIFT Vanguard successfully lifted two prefabricated conveyor trusses in excess of 1 200 t each

Bell Equipment

Established in 1954, Bell Equipment is a proudly South African company, which this year celebrates 60 years in the design, manufacture, distribution and support of materials handling equipment. With 75% of what the company sells in South Africa manufactured in-country, Bell is focused on... 

Bell Equipment

Barloworld Handling

Metso’s mobile crushing and screening solutions footprint in southern Africa has been given new traction with the launch on October 1 of a dedicated Metso mobile business unit within the Handling division of the Barloworld group. The transfer of Barloworld’s Metso business, previously part of... 

Barloworld Handling

SA group delivering components of 1 100 t headgear to Zambian mine

By: Chantelle Kotze Heavy engineering group of companies Steel Services & Allied Industries (SS&AI) is delivering the components to site for a 1 100 t steel headgear manufacturing project, which is expected to be erected at the end of the year at the Mopani copper mine, in Zambia. 

SA group delivering components of 1 100 t headgear to Zambian mine
LARGE UNDERTAKING The longest abnormal piece of steelwork used in the headgear project was more than 13-m-long and weighed about 30 t

Truck dealer expands vehicle, equipment offering to mining sector

By: Chantelle Kotze Ever Star Industries, which has been trading as PowerStar South Africa, the local distributor of Chinese trucks manufactured by PowerStar Group, officially announced its restructuring at a press conference held last month at the Electra Mining Africa Exhibition, in Johannesburg. 

Truck dealer expands vehicle, equipment offering to mining sector
NHL TR100 DUMP TRUCK The dump truck has a 91 t payload capacity

Manitou unveils ‘the world’s largest telehandler’

By: Chantelle Kotze Rough-terrain machinery and material handling equipment supplier Manitou Southern Africa launched the world’s largest telehandler, the MHT-X 14350, as well as three new flameproof mining machines, a scaler, roof bolter and tow tractor at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, held last... 

Manitou unveils ‘the world’s largest telehandler’
MANITOU MHT-X 14350 TELEHANDLER The telehandler was launched at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition last month and is currently the world’s largest telehandler available on the market

Auto guided vehicle benefits SA mines

By: Bruce Montiea South African mining companies can now benefit from drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive’s automatic guided vehicle (AGV), which has built-in safety features that make it possible to prevent accidents, helping mineworkers to safely conduct their materials handling processes, says SEW-Eurodrive... 

Auto guided vehicle  benefits SA mines
FOLLOW THE TRACK SEW-Eurodrive's automatic guided vehicle has built-in safety features that prevent accidents

Bigger trucks with better manoeuvrability for mining operations

By: Bruce Montiea Local forklift distributor and services provider Toyota Forklift added bigger trucks, with a capacity of up to 8 t, to its 8-series range of counterbalanced trucks this year, making it easier for mining operations to meet their materials handling requirements. “The trucks are suitable for mining... 

Bigger trucks with better  manoeuvrability for  mining operations
USEFUL MANOEUVRABILITY Toyota Forklift’s new counterbalance trucks are suitable for mining because of their compact size and ability to move in tight spaces

Coal rail car topping system commissioned in Moz

By: Mia Breytenbach Water treatment and process services company Nalco Africa, an Ecolab company, has completed the first installation of its rail car topping system at a coal mine in Mozambique’s Tete province. “The rail car topping system, which was completed and commissioned in August, comprises a spraying system... 

Coal rail car topping system commissioned in Moz
RAPID DEWATERING The OreBind process technology releases water from tailings to produce a high-solids cake-like material for easier handling and disposal

Company provides on-site mine shelters

By: Bruce Montiea Specialised multidisciplinary engineering, lifting and materials handling company Akhanani Electromechanical Engineering this year launched a portable workshop structure – the Dome Shelter – providing South African mining companies with a flexible and user-friendly way of constructing on-site... 

Company provides  on-site mine shelters
UNDER SHELTER The Dome Shelters work as shelter and protection for plant and equipment

Conveyor-belt training deals with industry needs

By: Bruce Montiea Conveyor systems are continuing to get larger, longer and faster, which is why safety training is becoming increasingly important, as it reduces the occurrence of events resulting from unwise actions around a conveyor that could have catastrophic consequences, says bulk materials handling... 

Conveyor-belt training  deals with industry needs
SAFETY FIRST Martin Engineering emphasises the importance of safety training

Iron-ore miner gets new apron feeder

Diversified engineering and mining group Metso has delivered a second D9 apron feeder to iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape, to aid the miner in its raw materials conveying processes. The apron feeder was delivered to Sishen mine last month, after the miner... 

Logistics industry can benefit from new fleet management technology

By: Bruce Montiea The African logistics industry can benefit from using new logistics information technology (IT), as this will enable companies to make business decisions based on facts and not assumptions, says supply chain industry specialised software solutions provider Dovetail. “Logistics IT enables... 

Logistics industry can  benefit from new fleet management technology
Photo by Bloomberg
CONTAINER WORLD Logistics companies need to use track-and-trace technologies to monitor the goods in their supply chain

Magnetically susceptible density tracers for beneficiation plants

Beneficiation plants in South Africa can now make use of magnetically-susceptible density tracers provided by technology solutions provider Tenova Mining and Minerals South Africa to help them improve their mineral processing. Density tracers are a standard and inexpensive aid to determine... 

Magnetically susceptible density tracers for beneficiation plants
Photo by Bloomberg
SEPARATING TABLES Beneficiation plants in South Africa can now make use of magnetically susceptible density tracers to help them improve their mineral processing

More bulk for mines using new conveyor

Mines can save time and money by moving larger volumes of their mined materials using the Helix 800 – the new flexible screw conveyor by global bulk materials handling equipment manufacturer Hapman, says product manager Mike Zeluff. “Launched in July, the Helix 800 is one of the largest flexible... 

More bulk for mines using new conveyor
MOVING BULK The Helix 800 enables mines to move large volumes of mined materials

New Zambian mine shafts to receive BMR winders

By: Bruce Montiea Engineering group FLSmidth will next year deliver two Blair Multi-Rope (BMR) winders for raising and lowering conveyances during mining operations to new mine shafts, owned by diversfied mining major Glencore, in Zambia. FLSmidth sales manager for mine shaft systems in South Africa Wendy Norman... 

New Zambian mine shafts  to receive BMR winders
HEAVY DUTY Blair Multi-Rope winders are used for raising and lowering conveyances during mining operations

Replacement drag chain assemblies reduce downtime

Replacement drag chain assemblies, provided by heavy-duty conveying systems manufacturer CDM Systems for all types of en-masse and chain drag-type conveyors, are built to be robust, ensuring that mines limit maintenance downtime on conveyors, says company VP Andrew Parker. CDM Systems, which has... 

Replacement drag  chain assemblies  reduce downtime
REPLACEMENT CHAIN The en-masse drag chain conveyors are built for the demands of the mining and minerals processing industries

Systems approach helps design effective conveyors

A systems approach to bulk solids handling design is necessary to prevent some of the most recurrent problems on transfer chutes, which include spills, blockages, wear and tear and degradation of the material being transferred,  says transfer chute designer Weba Chute Systems. “It is essential to... 

Transportation simplified with versatile telescopic boom

By: Bruce Montiea Work-at-height equipment and allied services supplier Goscor Hi-Reach has introduced a new telescopic boom, Africa’s tallest self-propelled ‘super boom’, to the local market last month, making lifting and transporting heavy loads to high locations easier for mining and construction companies and... 

Transportation simplified with versatile telescopic boom
REACHING HIGH The Genie SX-180 makes lifting and transporting heavy loads to high locations easier

Osborn to supply R11m modular plant to Russian iron-ore facility

By: Leandi Kolver Johannesburg-based equipment manufacturer Osborn has been awarded an R11-million export order to supply a full modular plant to the Al Rosa iron-ore facility, in Russia, the company announced on Thursday. In addition to the full modular plant, which offered primary and secondary crushing and... 

Osborn to supply R11m modular plant to Russian iron-ore facility
Osborn modular plant

ELB attributes growing revenue to risk spread across industries

By: Natalie Greve Materials handling group ELB has attributed its solid full-year showing to its diversification across several industries and numerous commodities, which has resulted in the spread of risk rather than a reliance on the health of a single market. “If you specialise in [materials handling] for one... 

ELB attributes growing revenue to risk spread across industries

New SEW-Eurodrive business unit to offer solutions based on customer requirements

By: Schalk Burger A holistic solution for drives and materials handling systems in the mining industry will provide customised systems and maintenance services specifically suited to the requirements of each mine and plant, says industrial drives and gear major SEW-Eurodrive South Africa MD Ute Schoeman.... 

New SEW-Eurodrive business unit to offer solutions  based on customer requirements
UTE SCHOEMAN New technologies are promising, but end-users require customisation and extensive experience regarding implementation to improve their confidence adopting and implementing new technologies

KWG subsidiary to appeal court order waiving its consent for land easement

By: Henry Lazenby Ontario-focused explorer KWG Resources on Wednesday announced that subsidiary Canada Chrome Corp (CCC) would seek permission from the Ontario Court of Appeal to overturn the July 30 ruling of the Divisional Court of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice that ruled that CCC's consent should be... 

KWG subsidiary to appeal court order waiving its consent for land easement
Photo by KWG Resources
Staked land for railway.

Tahltan Band demands transport permits for mining-related movements

By: Henry Lazenby The Tahltan Band Council last week introduced new rules for permission to use the only road into the Tahltan community of Telegraph Creek, in British Columbia, after a series of close calls and mishaps on the road. The Band reported that at the end of July, a low-bed truck slipped off the road at... 

Tahltan Band demands transport permits for mining-related movements
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