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Materials Handling News

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation

By: Dylan Slater     Updated 6 hours ago The accreditation of University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) School of Mining Engineering has been renewed for another five-year cycle by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).  

South Africa spending less than its peers on mining research and development

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated 6 hours ago While South Africa had increased its investment in mining research and development (R&D) since 2014, the country’s investment was still below that of its peers, delegates heard during a panel discussion on ‘Technological Innovation and Advancements in the Mining Industry’ at the Joburg Indaba... 

Materials handling software enhanced

By: Dylan Slater     Updated 6 hours ago New haulage functionality for underground mine operators will be built into the upcoming version of Australia-headquartered consulting and technology company Deswik’s software – Deswik.Suite.  

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated 6 hours ago Amid low levels of capital project activities in South Africa, the $400-million Gamsberg zinc and lead project, in the Northern Cape, has become the largest mining project under execution in the country. “Commentators have noted that this significant investment in the South African mining... 

Gamsberg zinc project a thumbs up for South Africa amid investment slowdown

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 One of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry with regard to its motors, gear drives and belt drives is protection from adverse weather conditions and the resulting ingress of dust and moisture, says pumps manufacturer Australian Pumps, commonly known as Aussie Pumps. “In the Pilbara,... 

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity
COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTION Envelop covers protect key assets from dust, corrosion, heat and ultraviolet light, reducing the cost of maintenance

Changes bring about new product lines, enhanced solutions

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Power transmission components supplier Altra Industrial Motion South Africa (SA) has undergone numerous changes in the past couple of years, incorporating new brands and aligning its product and service offering with that of its parent company of the same name, says Altra Industrial Motion SA GM... 

Changes bring about new product lines, enhanced solutions
EFFECTIVE SOLUTION One of the company's more distinctive solutions includes a braking system supplied for a chairlift at a platinum mine in 2013

Company highlights cost benefit of brand

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) – a member of Hudaco Group – highlights the cost benefits of its KML bearings offering amid local economic conditions. The current economic climate, characterised particularly by the suppressed mining sector, has... 

Company highlights cost benefit of brand
KML BALL BEARING UNITS The KML brand caters for an array of applications, including automotive, materials handling and processing equipment

High-quality, regular maintenance enables multiple engine overhauls

     13th October 2017 Users of plant equipment driven by diesel engines can look forward to many more years of economical operation if they understand that modern engines are designed for two, three or more ‘new lives’ between overhauls, says specialist diesel engine component remanufacturer Metric Automotive... 

High-quality, regular maintenance  enables multiple engine overhauls
NEW LEASE ON LIFE Beyond their first overhaul at about 15 000 hours, most diesel engines are designed to be overhauled several times

Shaft alignment tool benefits discussed

     13th October 2017 All rotating machinery is susceptible to misalignment and the conventional methods of measuring alignment, such as rulers and dial indicators, are outdated and inaccurate, says industrial equipment supplier Comtest Group. The company points out that these methods could result in inadequate... 

Shaft alignment tool  benefits discussed
LASER PECISION Unlike the straight-edge method or dial indicators, Fluke’s 830 performs complicated alignment calculations automatically

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SEW SA) supplied multiple units of its DRN motors to an Mpumalanga chrome producer in August. The energy efficient motors form part of a trial project for a materials handling solution, says SEW SA Mbombela branch manager Jonathan Mckey. He... 

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system
CONVEYING CHROME The IE3-compliant DRN electric motors will propel a chrome producer's main incline conveyors, which carry mined ore to the surface for handling and stockpiling

Vacuum technology for secure conveyance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 It is often more beneficial to use vacuum technology for material conveyance in mineral and metal processing plants, compared with traditional conveyors, as material is sealed inside an enclosed pipe, preventing potential spillages.  

Vacuum technology  for secure conveyance
VACUUM SECURITY There is scope for using vacuum conveyor technology in specialised applications, such as diamond conveyance, for greater efficiency and security

Local mineral processing mired in upkeep, development languishing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 While South Africa’s crushing, milling and screening sector is in maintenance and operation mode, projects in countries such as Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique are experiencing capital growth, owing to greenfield developments which are contributing directly to the gross... 

Local mineral processing mired in upkeep, development languishing
SANTOSH GUNPATH The mining sector cannot function without the essential part of the process flow sheet – crushers, screens and mills

Capital-saving solutions for crushing and screening

     6th October 2017 Rising commodity prices reinvigorate the potential of new mining projects, but raising enough finance still remains a challenge; however, crushing and screening plants specialist B&E International has a toll model that reduces capital demands on mining entrepreneurs. “This concept appeals to the... 

Latest products showcased in real-life working environment

     6th October 2017 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik demonstrated its expertise as a supplier to the aggregates and construction industries at the tenth Steinexpo demonstration exhibition in Germany, exhibiting products for various applications in the raw materials industry. Steinexpo, held from August... 

Latest products  showcased in real-life working environment
JAWBREAKER The new QJ341+ tracked jaw crusher is especially ideal for quarrying applications with a high fines content

New attachment system enhances screening media change-outs

     6th October 2017 Global industrial equipment company Metso is introducing a new attachment system for its Trellex screening media that offers increased productivity and makes media change-outs safer and faster than with traditional systems, the company announced in September. Downtime is costly for screens in... 

New attachment system enhances screening media change-outs
MILESTONE REACHED The 500th Lokotrack sold in Germany, an LT120 jaw plant with a folding discharge conveyor, was handed over by Metso during Steinexpo

New compact crusher range unveiled

     6th October 2017 Manufacturer of screening and crushing equipment McCloskey International’s expanding crusher line now includes a compact crusher, which made its worldwide debut in Europe’s largest basalt quarry at Steinexpo 2017, the biggest quarry exhibition in Europe held from August 31 to September 2 in... 

New compact crusher range unveiled
COMPACT CRUSHER The I34R compact crusher was on display at Steinexpo and is the first of a series of compact crushers available worldwide

Partnership now includes crushing and screening

     6th October 2017 US-based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk materials processing and handling systems Superior Industries has expanded its partnership with long-time dealer, distributor of aggregate and construction equipment General Equipment & Supplies to include crushing and screening. General Equipment... 

Partnership now includes crushing and screening
NEW SCREEN The Tandem Guardian screen plant gives operators more options for processing material and expands an application’s potential tons per hour produced

Upgraded mobile screen launched onto Southern African market  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 Mining solutions provider Wirtgen South Africa officially launched its new Kleeman Mobiscreen MS 953 EVO at its head office in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, on September 15. Wirtgen has already sold one of its new screens on September 14, taking the number of EVO line screens present in the... 

Upgraded mobile screen launched onto Southern African market
Wirtgen South Africa mineral technologies sales executive Mike Newby details the Kleeman Mobiscreen 953 EVO. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Company offers alternative to conventional splicing

     6th October 2017 A current trend in the conveyors industry with regard to splicing procedures is to avoid the use of hazardous substances wherever possible, says technical solutions provider BMG.  

Company offers alternative to conventional splicing
SUPER SPLICING The Super-Screw surface of the splice is level with the two ends of the original belt, making the splice surface as even and as thick as the belt itself

Conveyor belt manufacturer expands national footprint

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Conveyor belt manufacturer and service provider ContiTech – a subsidiary of global technology company Continental – will open two new service branches in South Africa, adding to its national service footprint.  

Conveyor belt manufacturer expands national footprint
LONG LASTING ContiTech provides a splice that can last the service life of a conveyor belt

High-quality components decrease downtime

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 The failure of mining conveyor components, such as bearings, is most often caused by improper sealing arrangements, lubrication and installation, and can cost some mines up to R1-million an hour in downtime, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International.  

High-quality components decrease downtime
MORE OPTIONS Bauer is expanding its B2000 Geared Motors range to include a few intermediate sizes per type to be more competitive in the South African market

Local conveyor OEM pursues global projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Owing to the downscaling of capital projects in South Africa’s mining industry in response to unstable economic conditions, conveyor equipment manufacturer Moret Mining is expanding more into international markets for conveyor component supply projects.  

Local conveyor OEM pursues global projects
MORET MANAGEMENT Moret Mining sales director Stuart van Blerk, MD Roelf van Blerk and financial director Anton Pretorius

Safer mining conveyance promoted by association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Improper conveyor practices in the mining industry cause 4% of overall fatalities, and result from a lack of knowledge on the equipment’s operation and an inability to identify potential hazards, says industry association Conveyor Manufacturers Association of South Africa (CMA).  

Safer mining conveyance promoted by association
DRIVING DEVELOPMENT The CMA strives to continuously develop skills and knowledge relating to belt conveyor operation excellency and safety

Vereeniging operation offers new milling, crushing solutions  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2017 In line with global industrial equipment company Metsos commitment to innovation, its Vereeniging operation is offering two solutions that are new to the African crushing and milling industries. 

Vereeniging operation offers new milling, crushing solutions
Metso Southern Africa sales and service VP Qasim Abrahams details Metso’s Megaliner, outlines operations at the company’s Vereeniging facility and expounds on the company’s international case studies. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Tracy Hancock.

First gold pour at new Mali gold mine by year-end

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 The ball mill shell has been successfully installed at emerging gold miner Hummingbird Resources’ flagship Yanfolila project, in Mali, which remains on schedule and on budget for the first gold pour by the end of this year. The installation is a significant milestone in progressing the project to... 

First gold pour at new Mali gold mine by year-end
OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHT Installation of the ball mill shell, following delivery of the ball mill are key milestones in progressing the project to production

Welding Alloys South Africa

     6th October 2017 The market leader in engineered wear protection solutions and flux-cored welding wire technology, proudly South African Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) has been servicing the sub-Saharan African market since 1976. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a... 

GMexico Transportes plans IPO on Oct 31 – filing

By: Reuters     5th October 2017 GMexico Transportes, the rail unit of miner and builder Grupo Mexico, plans to price an initial public offering on October 31, according to a prospectus posted on the Mexican stock exchange website on Wednesday. Its GMexico Transportes transportation division, previously called Infraestructura y... 

Platinum mine’s train safety system near completion

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 South Africa-based rail technology provider On Track Technology (OTT) is currently installing its Dynatrack train safety system at a South African platinum mine, in Rustenburg, where the seven-month R8.5-million project is in its final phase. The mine’s train fleet collects raw material at the... 

Platinum mine’s train safety system near completion
DYNATRACK SAFETY SYSTEM The system's parameters and algorithms are designed to intelligently limit unnecessary impact on production, while maintaining safe operating conditions

Noticeable increase in use of in-cab video surveillance

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Internet of Things solutions provider Orbcomm has seen a noticeable increase in mining companies requesting in-vehicle video solutions for their earthmoving and bulk handling equipment. Orbcomm VP of sales for Africa Henry Smith notes that, since the company launched this solution late last year,... 

Noticeable increase  in use of in-cab  video surveillance
HENRY SMITH Stringent mine health and safety requirements are driving the use of in-cab video surveillance

R250 000 training centre launched, Merseta accreditation sought

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Industrial warehousing equipment and materials handling solutions provider Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) – part of Goscor Group – launched its new R250 000 training centre, in Edenvale, Gauteng, last month. The company is also applying for Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector... 

R250 000 training centre launched, Merseta accreditation sought
CONTINUOUS LEARNING Frequent changes in technology require that technicians familiarise themselves with new or upgraded product training

Tech support, repair and maintenance service critical to 20 years

     29th September 2017 South Korean industrial equipment conglomerate Doosan celebrates its twentieth year in South Africa this year, notes Disa Equipment MD Rod Watson, adding that Doosan maintains its strong position in today’s competitive earthmoving sector through its reputation for reliable engines, a robust... 

Tech support, repair and maintenance service critical to 20 years
DX225LCA EXCAVATOR The hydraulic excavator’s 21.5 t operating weight is enhanced by new specifications that include a 0.92 m³ bucket capacity

Gigantic SA-made ore scrubber destined for Sierra Leone mineral sands mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Mechanical process equipment and solutions provider MechProTech has completed the manufacturing of one of its largest pieces of mining process equipment – the multimillion-rand, Titan 3596 mineral ore scrubber – which will be delivered to a mineral sands mine in Sierra Leone. MechProTech focuses... 

Gigantic SA-made ore scrubber destined for Sierra Leone mineral sands mine
Photo by Duane Daws
SIZABLE PROCESSING Titan 3596 mineral ore scrubber is used to wash and break up alluvial gravels, clay and sand

Mining-focused drone data service company gets Ghana licence

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 Drone data service provider Rocketmine has received the first commercial remotely piloted aircraft system operating certificate (ROC) in Ghana.  

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th September 2017 South African capital equipment manufacturers that are exporting, and which have survived the ongoing turmoil in the mining industry and domestic economic environment, have showed resilience and bear testament to the lifeline provided through exporting products and not relying solely on sales... 

Offshore capital equipment markets come in handy  amid ‘turmoil’ in domestic mining sector

Platinum-group metals producer aiming to increase fuel cell demand

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 To increase demand in the fuel cell (FC) industry, platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum (Implats) aims to take its Impala Platinum Refinery off the State-owned power utility Eskom grid and power the refinery using FC technology, with commercial operation of its first phase aimed to... 

Platinum-group metals producer aiming to increase fuel cell demand
FAHMIDA SMITH The development of the 8 MW fuel cell is an exciting development in Implats’ move towards a carbon-neutral fuel source at its refinery

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye Resources and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGM) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this... 

SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

Welding Alloys South Africa & KRAM Engineering

     22nd September 2017 As the market leader in engineered wear-protection solutions and flux-cored welding wire technology, WASA has been servicing the sub-Saharan Africa market since 1976. WASA is part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries worldwide.... 

Welding Alloys South Africa & KRAM Engineering

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     22nd September 2017 Based on substantial growth over the past 12 years, mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander’s minerals processing business intends to double its revenue within the next three to five years, says Fraser Alexander minerals processing GM Jaco Scholtz. “We are particularly proud of... 

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges
ALL ENCOMPASSING Fraser Alexander is able to service clients across the coal washing and processing value chain
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