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New generation of low-weight composite rollers launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated 5 hours ago Tooling, materials technology, mining and construction engineering group Sandvik Group has launched its latest generation all-composite roller, the Sandvik HR185, which is a low‐weight, low‐noise innovation for conveyor systems. The rollers feature a composite tube and moulded composite end caps... 

Despite some commodity price spillover, Caterpillar lowers 2016 midpoint outlook

By: Henry Lazenby US earthmoving machinery manufacturer Caterpillar on Friday lowered the midpoint of the outlook for 2016 sales and revenues by about 2% on Friday, despite reporting some signs of improvement. The profit outlook at the midpoint of the sales and revenues range was now $3 a share, or $3.70 a share... 

Despite some commodity price spillover, Caterpillar lowers 2016 midpoint outlook

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Efficiency drive includes underground articulated dump truck range

South African manufacturer and  articulated dump truck (ADT) specialist Bell Equipment’s efforts to improve and lower total cost of ownership, targets underground mining operations in the market for underground ADTs. Bell Equipment ADTs marketing manager Tristan du Pisanie says the company has... 

Efficiency drive includes underground articulated dump truck range
RUGGED TERRAIN Bell's articulated dump trucks are specifically designed for underground mining

New dewatering screens primed for cost reductions

Strategically matching solutions to specific customer needs and applications along with emphasis on the overall improved durability of traditional coal dewatering screens, remains key within the coal processing industry, as it lowers operating costs. This is according to mining machinery producer... 

New dewatering screens primed for cost reductions
MATCHING SOLUTIONS Weir Minerals’ latest developments in coal screen machine technology are focused on increasing the size and mechanical durability of its coal duty vibrating screen line

Sampling can provide early indication of the final coal grade

Accurate sampling in coal mining operations provides coal producers with a distinct advantage within the industry, says minerals processing company Multotec. The company believes that by creating a clear understanding of what raw material quality is being supplied, process managers can achieve... 

Sampling can provide early indication of the final coal grade
PRECISE SCREENING A clear understanding of what raw material quality is being supplied will enable process managers to achieve an early indication of the final grade and yields of a product

Large pinch valves supplied to Namibian uranium mine

By: Dylan Slater Pinch valves from Benoni-based valves and pumps company Flowrox South Africa (SA) are being used at Namibia-based uranium producer Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine.  

Large pinch valves supplied to Namibian uranium mine
HUSAB SHIPMENT Flowrox delivered 550-mm-diameter pinch valves to the Husab uranium mine, in Namibia

Battling sector must note maintenance pitfalls

By: Lynne Jackson The biggest potential for growth in the struggling gold mining industry lies in mechanised operations, and smart systems that detect which parts have to be replaced during shutdowns, instead of replacing whole units. “This leads to the mine saving money and time, which, in turn, leads to more... 

Battling sector must note maintenance pitfalls
Photo by Bloomberg
COST-CUTTING STRATEGY The gold mining industry is leaning towards implementing longer maintenance intervals at plants, installing more sophisticated mining systems and refurbishing capital equipment

New ultralow-profile mining machine operated successfully for 500 hours at SA mines

By: Ilan Solomons Local ultralow-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting’s MT100 ultralow-profile mining machine has successfully operated for more than 500 hours at several gold and platinum mines throughout South Africa, CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. The MT100,... 

New ultralow-profile mining machine operated successfully for 500 hours at SA mines
MT100 MINING MACHINE The locally manufactured MT100, with a sweeper and a dozer attached, is a battery-driven platform with a maximum height of 420 mm and a battery life of seven hours

Sinvac Mining & Engineering

Original-equipment manufacturer Sinvac Mining & Engineering is capable of supplying its South African Bureau of Standards-approved Sinvac Piping Systems not only across South Africa but into other areas of Africa. Piping systems are manufactured, supplied, fabricated and installed by Sinvac... 

Sinvac Mining & Engineering

Nautilus takes delivery of seafloor production tools

By: Creamer Media Reporter Marine-mining pioneer Nautilus Minerals on Monday announced that the Solwara 1 Joint Venture (comprising Nautilus 85% and Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited 15%) has taken delivery of the three seafloor production tools (SPTs) from British manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics’ (SMD) facility, in Newcastle... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective

By: Nadine James Two of the additional regulations pertaining to the operation of  diesel-powered trackless mobile machinery (TMM) on mines – which were published in February 2015 – remain inoperable, as the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has yet to stipulate a date when the specific obligations come into... 

Mine health, safety amendment still not effective
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AVERTING COLLISIONS Several of the new regulations regarding Trackless Mobile Machinery are meant to prevent or reduce collisions

Applied Mineral Technologies

Witbank-based Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) specialises in the fabrication and construction of materials handling systems and processing plants. “Amtec is especially proficient and experienced in brownfield and shutdown construction activities having successfully undertaken many... 

Applied Mineral Technologies

Merger enables engineering firm to weather tough market conditions

By: Nadine James Metallurgical engineering company MDM Engineering has kept its head above water and has been able to secure new contracts despite the depressed market conditions in the mining industry, MDM executive director and founder George Bennett tells Mining Weekly. He attributes the company’s... 

Merger enables engineering firm to  weather tough market conditions
GEORGE BENNETT MDM Engineering is in the process of completing three projects in South Africa

KWG and Chinese partner ink MoU for design, financing of RoF railroad

By: Henry Lazenby Ring of Fire (RoF) development company KWG Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Railway First Survey & Design Institute Group (FSDI) that establishes the terms for mutually proceeding with a feasibility study for the design and financing of a railroad that will link the... 

DTI invites local companies to participate in DRC expo pavilion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited South African manufacturers and exporters of mining equipment and related products and services to apply to participate at DRC Mining Week 2016, scheduled to take place on June 8 and 9 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The... 

Nautilus ready to wet-test seafloor production equipment

By: Henry Lazenby Seabed mining company Nautilus Minerals has signed agreements with engineering firm United Engineering Services (UES) to provide support services associated with wet testing the company’s seafloor production tools (SPTs) and storing the equipment as it gets delivered from various suppliers before... 

SA company awarded maintenance contracts on back of Moz coal projects

By: Mia Breytenbach Johannesburg-based conveyor maintenance company and supplier African Trading Group has completed the multimillion-rand installation of a conveyor belting system at Brazilian mining major Vale's Moatize 2 expansion project, in Tete province, Mozambique. African Trading Group director LeeAnn... 

SA company awarded maintenance contracts on back of Moz coal projects
TRAILING SUCCESS The project at Brazilian major mining group Vale's Moatize 2 project entailed the construction and installation of about 30 km of conveyor systems

Maintenance stressed when facing tough market

By: Bruce Montiea With the platinum sector currently battling because of low platinum prices, miners are forced to deal with tight budget constraints and are, therefore, unwilling or unable to spend money on attending to problems, such as the maintenance or replacement of transfer points, says specialist transfer... 

Maintenance  stressed when facing tough market
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VOLATILE MARKET STRUGGLES Platinum miners lucky enough to continue their operations are finding it difficult to obtain capital to maintain their projects

Manufacturer drives R&D to improve efficiencies, reduce operating costs

By: Mia Breytenbach Despite a subdued demand for mining machinery globally, Richards Bay-based heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment continues to invest in its articulated dump truck (ADT) research and development programme to drive down operating costs and improve ADT efficiencies while meeting more stringent... 

Manufacturer drives R&D to improve efficiencies,  reduce operating costs
SIMILAR DESIGN Like the E-series small trucks another key aim of the new design for the larger trucks is lowering the cost of every tonne on the truck

Proactive solutions needed to protect conveyor belts from fire

By: Ilan Solomons Currently a paradox exists between the legislative requirement and the code-based designs for the fire protection systems deployed for conveyor belt installations, says local fire detection and suppression solutions provider Advanced Automated Systems (AAS) technical director Herbert Schmitz. He... 

Proactive solutions needed to protect conveyor belts from fire
TRIAL BY FIRE Advanced Automated Systems undertook a series of tests on a mock-up conveyor to establish a test protocol to determine the effectiveness of a newly developed fire protection system

Impumelelo overland conveyor project nears completion

By: Ilan Solomons Engineered solutions provider ELB Engineering Services is nearing the completion of the 27-km-long materials handling conveyor for coal miner Sasol Mining’s Impumelelo colliery in Secunda, Mpumalanga. Speaking at the company’s technology day in Johannesburg last month, ELB business development GM... 

Impumelelo overland conveyor project  nears completion
COAL CONVEYOR The incline conveyor is designed for 3 350 t/h and will operate at 2 900 t/h, while the overland conveyor is designed for 2 400 t/h and will operate at 2 000 t/h

Laboratory solutions provider expands despite commodity price slump

By: Dylan Slater Laboratory solutions provider Tramecon is extending its service offering and warehouse capacity, in line with increased demand from the mining industry and despite the current industry slump brought on by the downturn in commodity prices.  

Laboratory solutions provider expands despite commodity price slump
NEW BLENDER Tramecon acquired a new 1 t blender enabling it to process larger amounts of reference material batches

Software developer halts implementation of mine design product in SA as industry’s woes deepen

By: Samantha Herbst The implementation in South African mines of infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems’ MineCycle Designer has been put on the back burner for now, owing to challenges currently facing the local mining sector, confirmed Bentley mining solutions executive Dave Body in an exclusive... 

Software developer halts implementation of mine design product in SA as industry’s woes deepen
MINECYCLE MATERIAL HANDLING There has been an interesting uptake of Bentley’s material handling software in the engineering, procurement and construction management world

Locally developed rail transport system to be deployed in 2016, in line for major award

By: Ilan Solomons The Futran rail transport system of local transportation technology company Milotek, an Imperial Group company, could be in commercial use on a mine in Southern Africa by January 2016. Milotek CEO Andries Louw says that over the past two years, the system has developed from concept and design to... 

Locally developed rail transport system to be deployed in 2016,  in line for major award
AERIAL EXCELLENCE The Futran system is being trialled at Milotek’s 1 km test track in Brits, in the North West

Software developer halts implementation of mine design product on local mines

By: Samantha Herbst The implementation in South African mines of infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems’ MineCycle Designer has been put on the back burner for now, owing to challenges currently facing the local mining sector, confirmed Bentley mining solutions executive Dave Body in an exclusive... 

Software developer halts implementation of mine design product on local mines

Compact articulated loaders supplied to local gold miner

By: Mia Breytenbach Following the official launch of Jet Park-based industrial equipment distributor MultiOne South Africa’s (SA’s) head office in mid-February, the company has sold more than 15 MultiOne 6 series compact articulated loaders, worth several million rand, to a local gold mining company. MultiOne SA... 

Compact articulated loaders supplied to  local gold miner
IDEAL APPLICATION The MultiOne 6 series articulated loader is being used in spillage loading and crosscut revamping at a gold mine

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online

By: Mia Breytenbach Owing to the continued global and local economic challenges that the local mining industry faces, several mining houses are shifting their focus from growth and expansion to efficiency and cost control, says online mining and construction equipment auctioneering company Clear Asset. The slowdown... 

Increased volumes of mining, construction assets auctioned online
ONLINE ATTRACTION Clear Asset’s September auction registered 29 000 unique auction views and 1 674 bids, with the Vermeer trencher sold to a buyer in the US

New range of wheel loaders increases capacity, enhances productivity

Japanese engineering company Hitachi reports that the launch of its new ZW-5 wheel loaders has significantly extended the capacity of its wheel loader range, bringing the efficiency and reliability of Hitachi wheel loaders to large quarries and the lower end of the mining market. The biggest... 

New range of wheel loaders increases capacity, enhances productivity
KEY CONSIDERATION Operator comfort is considered in the sloped ladder with wide steps for ease of access, double-filtered air conditioning and a high level of sound insulation in the wheel loader

Company promotes cost-effective in-pit crushing solution

By: Nadine James Plant engineering company ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa (TKIS SA) says its in-pit semimobile crushing system (SMCS) can lead to significantly reduced capital and operating expenditure (capex and opex), as well as carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. According to TKIS SA’s minerals... 

Company promotes cost-effective in-pit crushing solution
SEMIMOBILE CRUSHING SYSTEM ThyssenKrupp's In-Pit crushing solutions can be implemented for most in-pit mineral mining

Survey finds room for improvement for N American mining equipment OEMs

By: Creamer Media Reporter A recent white paper from Timetric’s Mining Intelligence Centre (MIC) looked at the key trends in the North American mining equipment market, and found that three core areas including product quality/reliability, availability of parts and ability to support cost reduction/minimisation required... 

Belt scale for dry bulk materials handling applications launched

American bulk material processing and handling systems manufacturer and supplier Superior Industries last month launched a belt scale for dry bulk material handling applications. The new scale has a flush-mount design than can enable owners and operators to avoid having to cut or torch their... 

Belt scale for dry bulk materials handling applications launched
MATERIAL HANDLING APPLICATION The new belt scale is suited for dry bulk applications producing up to 3 000 t/h

Company becomes sole distributor of conveyor belt cleaning system

Belt conveyor technology company Martin Engineering has become the sole distributor of the CleanScrape Cleaner conveyor belt cleaning system – taking exclusive responsibility for its sales in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The CleanScrape Cleaner was developed by conveyor belt cleaning... 

Company becomes sole  distributor of conveyor  belt cleaning system
VERSATILE The CleanScrape Cleaner can be used in a wide range of applications including mining, coal handling, quarrying, cement and scrap

Company expands conveyor equipment service for clients

Conveyors and bulk material handling equipment company Hapman has expanded its three-dimensional (3D) configurator to include its full line of vacuum conveyors and Helix flexible screw conveyors, in addition to its bulk bag unloader, which was launched in 2014. The company’s free 3D configurator... 

Conveyor belt downtime can harm bottom line

By: Bruce Montiea Conveyor belt downtime is often taken lightly by belt experts, shift bosses and foremen, despite the potential harm it can cause to a company’s production and bottom line, says mining consultation, conveyor belts and underground machinery maintenance company Dazoforce Mining and Construction CEO... 

Conveyor belt downtime can harm bottom line
MAINTENANCE STRATEGIES Dazoforce developed a three-volume series of conveyor belt maintenance reference books

Conveyor drives suit African operations

By: Bruce Montiea A conveyor drive system functions optimally when it is designed to balance thermal and mechanical ratings with bearing life, says engineering and gearing innovation company David Brown Gear new build manager Louis van den Bergh. David Brown, whose head office is based in the UK, designs and... 

Conveyor drives suit African operations
RELIABLE A conveyor drive system must allow for easy lubrication to operate at different speeds without the need for additional lubrication systems

Drives technology increases efficiency

Technology provider Emerson Industrial Automation’s Control Techniques drives technology makes mining equipment, such as conveyors, more effective, thus assisting the extractive industry in achieving energy savings. Emerson Industrial Automation is a subsidiary of global industrial, commercial,... 

Impumelelo colliery receives new belt reeler

By: Bruce Montiea Conveyor fastening and accessory specialist Flexco manufactured and delivered a new vertical belt reeler in June to energy and chemicals group Sasol’s Impumelelo colliery in Secunda, Mpumalanga. Flexco project engineer Simon Curry says the belt reeler will be installed at the colliery once the... 

Impumelelo colliery  receives new belt reeler
SIMON CURRY The colliery will use the belt reeler to store and unspool 2 195 m of conveyor belting when the mine’s main decline shaft becomes operational
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