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Materials Handling News

Association applying changes to expand representation

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 Owing to it being approached by various other opencast mining and quarrying companies and bodies, private-sector producers’ association Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) will from now on only be known as Aspasa as it has dropped the ‘aggregate and sand’ from its... 

Loaders drive down cost

     23rd June 2017 An investment in three Bell wheel loaders to drive down the rand-per-ton cost of aggregate production, is paying off handsomely for the owners of Flanders Quarry, in Mount Edgecombe, Durban, enthuses South African mining machinery and equipment manufacturing company Bell Equipment. 

Loaders drive down cost
BIGGER AND BETTER The first Bell Loader supplied to Flanders Quarry improved its productivity substantially because it was a bigger machine, quicker and more robust

Multidisciplinary mining company says market is challenging

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2017 With the general depletion of natural sand reserves around South Africa, especially within large cities, multidisciplinary materials openpit mining company Afrimat has invested in sand producing plants – especially in Gauteng – to produce high-quality concrete sands to ensure higher concrete... 

Multidisciplinary mining company says market  is challenging
CHALLENGING CONDITIONS Overall, the construction materials sector remains relatively flat

New technologies, mechanisation require adapted mining maintenance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 There are numerous developments globally that combine analytics with advanced technologies to enhance the effectiveness of maintenance solutions, complementing the broader trend of mines moving away from one-off cost reductions and employing sustainable cost-management programmes that improve... 

New technologies, mechanisation  require adapted mining maintenance
OVER TO YOU Earlier this year, Takraf Africa signed a contract with junior coal miner Black Wattle to maintain its semimobile Bradford Breaker

Standard approach needed to maintenance, downtime on mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 If the mining industry could standardise maintenance and downtime procedures, it would help “tremendously” to facilitate more efficient, cost-effective, faster maintenance, says capital plant equipment manufacturer Halley & Mellowes group of companies (HMA).  

Standard approach needed to maintenance, downtime on mines
LONG LIFE Improving and maintaining cyclone performance for a longer period is critical to overall plant performance and downstream processes

Busiest project bidding period ever – ELB

By: Martin Creamer     20th June 2017 Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed ELB Group is having its busiest project bidding period ever, and is seeing a strengthening in base metals and great opportunities in gold. “In the last six months, we’ve experienced our busiest bidding period ever,” ELB Group CE Dr Stephen Meijers told Mining... 

Busiest project bidding period ever – ELB
Photo by Duane Daws
ELB Group CE Dr Stephen Meijers

JV contract secured to desilt acid ponds

     16th June 2017 Industrial pump rental service provider Integrated Pump Rental, in a joint venture (JV) with supplier and service provider of equipment to mining and allied industries EC Mining, has secured a contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This... 

JV contract secured  to desilt acid ponds
CAUSE AND EFFECT Acid ponds and dams that have become silted have serious repercussions for a mining operation

Pretoria company to service, supply new pumps range

     16th June 2017 Mechanical seals, rotating and engineering protection, and sealing equipment supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS), situated in Pretoria, has been appointed as a service and product supplier of global pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps & Valves.    KSB boasts an annual sales revenue of almost... 

Pretoria company to service, supply new pumps range
PRODUCT ACCESS Mechanical Rotating Solutions will be granted access to the full range of original-equipment manufactured in Germany by KSB Pumps & Valves

Pump tackles acidic liquids containing solids

     16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has introduced a high-volume, high-head, medium- and/or high-voltage range of Hippo submersible slurry pumps manufactured from specialised material capable of pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads. The company says the success of... 

Pump tackles acidic  liquids containing solids
PUMP INSPIRATION The design of the high-volume, high-head, medium- and/or high-voltage Hippo pump follows the success of the submersible slurry pump developed for export to the oil sands mines at Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada

Vortex slurry sump pumps range expanded

     16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has expanded its range of Hippo vortex slurry sump pumps that address blockages at coal processing plants. The company points to continuous enquiries from customers for sump pumps capable of handling larger solids as well as pumping at higher... 

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th June 2017 Independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath is cautiously optimistic about the future of the South African mining pumps industry. “There is no definitive direction for this sector, with companies following a wait-and-see approach while keeping costs to a minimum.” 

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies
GROWTH POTENTIAL While the stability, progress and growth of the mining pumps industry lies predominantly in maintaining its existing installed base, potential does exist for growth in other areas

Contract underpins ‘ongoing commitment’ to developing services

     9th June 2017 Integrated logistical solutions provider Grindrod Mauritius believes it is well positioned to assist with logistics services for the Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, owing to its long operational history in the country with regard to land transport coordination, agency services and port... 

Contract underpins  ‘ongoing commitment’  to developing services
Photo by Bloomberg
IN IT FOR LONG HAUL Integrated logistical solutions provider Grindrod will truck graphite concentrate product the 490 km from the Balama mine site to the Port of Nacala, in Mozambique

New mine design focused on realising business excellence

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th June 2017 Johannesburg-based project management and engineering company Paradigm Project Management (PPM) will apply its “three halves” philosophy to design and develop diamond producer Stellar Diamonds’ Tongo-Tonguma project, in Sierra Leone. 

New mine design focused on realising business excellence
Photo by Duane Daws
RADICAL REVIEW NECESSARY With a diamond supply shortfall looming, exploration companies must employ innovative planning to obtain funding for new projects

Demand up for conveyor belt fire protection solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT is seeing an uptick in demand for its fire-protection systems as global mining houses increasingly recognise that effective firefighting technologies at their operations are a primary component of mining safety. The Pretoria-based company’s T-Rotor... 

Demand up for  conveyor belt fire  protection solution
Photo by Duane Daws
ANDRO GIBHARD Effective fire protection solutions are imperative for high fire-risk elements on mining conveyor belts

Dozer designed to ramp up productivity

     2nd June 2017 The new Cat D8R dozer from construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar features increased horsepower and a larger standard blade for greater productivity in mines of all types, together with a range of optional technologies to help operators get more work done in less time. 

Dozer designed to  ramp up productivity
BIGGER BLADE Equipped with the largest standard blade in its class at 10.3 m3, the D8R dozer can move up to 13% more material per pass than previous models

Festoon systems ‘life blood’ of bulk materials handling

     2nd June 2017 As mining companies continue to look for ways to make their operations more efficient and cost effective and remain competitive as the global market emerges from a protracted period of low commodity prices, effective supporting equipment, such as festoon systems, have become increasingly... 

Festoon systems ‘life blood’  of bulk materials handling
Photo by Duane Daws
KEEPING MACHINERY MOVING Powermite’s I-Beam cable carrier is suited for heavy-duty applications, including bulk container handling by cranes typically found at ports

First flameproof skid steer for underground use supplied to Matla

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The first flameproof skid steer, the JCB 155, developed by explosion protection and industrial equipment provider Exis Engineering, together with equipment manufacturer JCB, has been supplied to mining company Exxaro’s Matla coal mine, in Mpumalanga. 

First flameproof skid steer for underground use supplied to Matla
SAFETY AT THE FORE The JCB 155 is the first skid steer in the world capable of safely operating in hazardous underground environments

Greater demand expected for larger capacity hoists

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Lifting equipment supplier CMCO Material Handling is preparing for increased demand for its Yale ERGO 360 ratchet lever hoist when the full range of the equipment arrives in South Africa this month, meeting the evolving needs of the mining industry. 

Greater demand expected for larger capacity hoists
ERGONOMIC DESIGN The lever and crank design of the Yale ERGO 360 ratchet lever hoists enable the operator to control the unit safely and effectively

Hard-wearing materials handling solution key to energy savings

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Energy-saving solutions employed in materials handling processes that allow for the strategic redirection of energy use in mining operations are crucial for securing the future of the South African mining industry, says long-life wear solutions provider Rio-Carb director Martin Maine. 

Hard-wearing materials handling solution key  to energy savings
Photo by Duane Daws
PRECISE FINISHES Plasma cutting ensures clean surface finishes on Rio-Carb’s liner plates, which reduces friction between the plates and material moving through a discharge chute

Hoists to improve pump installation, maintenance at Limpopo mine

     2nd June 2017 Mining system solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa has secured an order for two 10 t electric chain hoists with motorised trolleys from equipment supplier Klevan Mining – Becker Mining’s distributor in Limpopo. 

Hoists to improve pump installation, maintenance at Limpopo mine
SMOOTH OPERATOR Motorised trolleys on the Kito ER2 hoist will ensure smooth and precise traversing and positioning of the equipment

Intermodal terminals benefit emerging smaller players

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Market response to the newly established intermodal terminals in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, and Musina, Limpopo has been positive; however, industry still perceives the use of rail as a challenge. 

Intermodal terminals benefit emerging smaller players
Photo by Bloomberg
INSTRUMENTAL SUPPORT Demonstrating its support for road-to-rail migration, State-owned enterprise Transnet Freight Rail has ensured that rail services are well managed and fairly priced

Lift trucks and support services boost warehouse efficiency

     2nd June 2017 Forklift and warehouse specialist Goscor Lift Truck has supplied 38 machines to mining and industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals’ Alrode facility, in Gauteng. 

Lift trucks and  support services boost  warehouse efficiency
BILLY DOOLING Doosan forklifts will facilitate the lifting of a range of items at Weir Minerals’ Alrode warehouse

Manufacturer expands to meet screening media module size demand

     2nd June 2017 Industrial machinery provider Metso is expanding its global manufacturing capacity for rubber screening media used in minerals processing by investing €1.7-million in three new injection presses. 

Mines can use their vast amounts of data to lower costs – Rockwell Automation

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2017 The connected mine concept helps mines to lower costs by providing detailed, real-time control at all levels of operations, says industrial automation multinational Rockwell Automation sub-Saharan Africa MD Barry Elliot. The concept can be implemented in areas where mines have optimisation... 

Mines can use their vast amounts of data to lower costs – Rockwell Automation
BARRY ELLIOT The ability of personnel to leverage data is key to enabling a connected mine

New crane tailored to small, medium-sized businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The South African market’s response to lifting group Konecranes’ CXT UNO wire rope hoist crane has been encouraging since its global launch in January, with Konecranes Southern Africa service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald attributing this to the combined reliability and... 

New crane tailored to small, medium-sized businesses
MAKING TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBLE The CXT UNO was developed as an economical solution for small and medium-sized businesses

New loco developed to bolster mining logistics in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     2nd June 2017 A new locomotive – the Trans Africa Locomotive 2001 (TAL 2001) – which is designed and developed by South African railway engineering company Transnet Engineering (TE), a division of State-owned logistics company Transnet – is being punted as an attractive pit-to-port logistics solution for... 

New loco developed to bolster mining logistics in Africa
Photo by Dylan Slater
MINING APPLICABLE The Trans Africa Locomotive is ideally suited for mined material logistics in Africa

OLI South Africa

     2nd June 2017 As the world’s top-selling electric and pneumatic vibrators manufacturer, OLI guarantees a high level of customer service through its 19 OLI trading subsidiaries, 36 local warehouses and five manufacturing plants worldwide. With a complete range of electric and pneumatic internal and external... 

OLI South Africa

S Africa to be updated on global trends

     2nd June 2017 The nineteenth Beltcon Conference will provide the South African materials handling and mining sector with an update on practical and theoretical developments in the international industry, bringing “all that is noteworthy and new in conveying techniques” to the local market, says the organising... 

S Africa to be updated on global trends
SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT Innovative conveyor belt designs, such as Australian conveyor supplier Nepean Conveyors’ wet transfer conveyor, will be discussed at this year’s Beltcon

Tensioning system extends conveyor belt life

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The new automatic pneumatic tensioning system for conveyor belt cleaners from Neponset-headquartered bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering will be available in South Africa through its office in Mpumalanga in the second half of this year. 

Tensioning system  extends conveyor belt life
AUTOMATION ACCURACY Users benefit from a consistently correct blade tension and reduced power demand on start-up when using Martin Engineering's Automated Blade System

Botswana agency to support installed base, new projects

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Key mining, materials handling and minerals processing equipment supplier Takraf Africa – part of the global Tenova Takraf group – has appointed engineering service agency Etuba Engineeringits agent in Botswana. Takraf Africa engineered technologies GM Richard Späth tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Botswana agency to support installed base, new projects
PROMOTING UPTAKE Etuba will market the full range of Takraf Africa’s mining, materials handling, dust control, comminution and Delkor solid/liquid separation equipment

Botswana business expected to ‘flourish’

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Mineral processing equipment solutions provider Multotec aims to find a balance between initiatives that drives localisation and benefits communities in Botswana, and the advantages associated with international connections, following the relaunch of the fully-fledged Botswana-registered and... 

Botswana business  expected to ‘flourish’
CUSTOMER SERVICE Multotec field service teams are based on-site at key customers in Botswana

Botswana to adopt Canadian model of sustainability

     26th May 2017 A Canadian model aimed at improving the sustainability of mining through environmental and community outreach practices is being introduced in Botswana, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

Botswana to adopt Canadian model  of sustainability
CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT TSM requires miners to continuously assess their mining practices and report them to the community

Diamond recovery projects scheduled for Q3 completion

     26th May 2017 Canadian diamond producer Lucara Diamond’s capital expenditure for 2017 is forecast at between $33-million and $35-million, and will largely fund the completion of its mega diamond recovery (MDR) and X-ray transmission (XRT) projects at the Karowe mine, in Botswana. 

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider

     26th May 2017 With a focus on safety and supporting its customers, the process of integrating diversified industrial-use products and services provider Komatsu and high-productivity mining solutions provider Joy Global has begun, following the conclusion of a $3.7-billion deal in April. On May 8, executive... 

New company aims to be ‘unrivalled’ service provider
RETAINING FOCUS Newly renamed Komatsu Mining will continue to promote and invest in the Joy Global P&H, Joy and Montabert brands

‘Attractive’ copper project advances on back of $50m loan

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Copper miner Cupric Canyon Capital has secured $50-million to develop its Khoemacau underground mine in north-west Botswana and bring the copper-silver project into production. 

‘Attractive’ copper project advances on back of $50m loan
Photo by Bloomberg
OUTPUT OUTLOOK The first shipment of the red metal to markets is expected in 2019

Volvo launches the largest dump truck and excavator

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2017 Swedish construction equipment manufacturer Volvo unveiled the world’s largest articulated dump truck (ADT) – the 60 t Volvo A60H – and the brand’s largest ever crawler excavator – the 90 t Volvo EC950E – during a launch earlier this month in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.  

Volvo launches the largest dump truck and excavator
LOCALLY AVAILABLE The Volvo A60H and EC950E are both now available for purchase in South Africa

Equipment, automotive divisions boost Barloworld’s performance in difficult interim period 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th May 2017 Fleet management and logistics solutions company Barloworld on Monday posted a 5% increase in its operating profit for the six months ended March 31, to R1.84-billion, as its automotive division achieved record results and its overall equipment division boasted strong growth amid challenging... 

Equipment, automotive divisions boost Barloworld’s performance in difficult interim period
Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela speaks on the company's results. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva 15/05/2017

Dust regulations hinder productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     12th May 2017 Regulations implemented by governmental authorities, including municipalities, and environmental bodies, are impacting significantly on productivity in the global mining industry at a time when opencast operations are running tight margins, says Johannesburg-based mining equipment manufacturer... 

Dust regulations  hinder productivity
IDEAL SOLUTION The T1255III Terrain Leveler surface excavation machine is ideal for use in surface mine applications with drill-and-blast restrictions
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