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Materials Handling News

Researcher forecasts a consistent price for iron-ore

7th December 2018 Macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – formerly known as BMi Research – has maintained its average iron-ore price forecast for 2018 at $6.0/t. However, despite the recent August rally – which stemmed from a combination of stocking up of ore by Chinese steel producers as low-grade polluting... 

Manufacturer ensures top quality screens for iron-ore sector

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th December 2018 Vibrating and original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) and supplier Kwatani has successfully custom-engineered and manufactured about 1 000 of its robust vibrating screens and feeders in the iron-ore sector in South Africa to date, while more than 15 000 units have been shipped into 35 countries... 

Manufacturer ensures top quality screens for iron-ore sector
Photo by Kwatani
PARTNERSHIP Kwatani can design and manufacture solutions to suit the precise requirements of an iron-ore mine as well as scientifically monitor and measure its performance

Energy efficient drive for underground cooling solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd November 2018 Drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive South Africa offers ventilation and cooling solutions for mining industry applications with its LTP-B Eco heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) drive. The drive is available in two three-phase variants, a 440 V unit from 0.75 kW to 160 kW,... 

Second phase of cooling solution completed

23rd November 2018 Global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader Johnson Controls installed two additional York YK centrifugal chillers at platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) for the planned second phase expansion of cooling capacity for its Impala 16 Shaft as it heads toward a depth of 1... 

Second phase of cooling solution completed
COOLED The New York YK centrifugal chillers add an additional 14 MWR of cooling

Distribution company expands services with air compressors

23rd November 2018 Premium batteries and rotating electrics importer and distributor Probe Corporation added to its distributing services air compressors that provide optimal air compression solutions for local mining and industrial markets. Probe CEO Frank Rovelli says mining is a tough environment, with harsh... 

Distribution company  expands services with  air compressors
VALUABLE Air compressors are an ideal compression solution that offer optimal air for underground mines

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd November 2018 Hire compressors can play a cardinal role in keeping some local mines operational, especially amid ageing surface compressors that feed air underground, says portable air compressors and generator rental Rand-Air long-term rental business development manager Henry Fourie. Rand-Air provides... 

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions
HENRY FOURIE There are many benefits to mines hiring equipment on a long-term basis from Rand-Air

Adequate ventilation flow pivotal to safety at mines

23rd November 2018 Safely operating a mine is a fundamental principle, where all procedures and code of practices (COPs) should be carefully adhered to, with ventilation flow and the positioning of refuge bays and early detection and monitoring systems being carefully considered, says deaths elimination product... 

Adequate ventilation flow pivotal to safety at mines
SAFETY MEASURE Underground miner evaluates safety strategy to ensure safety

Hydraulics container one-stop shop for remote mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 With African mines often based in remote and desolate locations, it is beneficial to have on-site products and services, especially since mines have a high consumption rate of consumables.  

Hydraulics container one-stop shop for remote mines
COME FITTED Container start-up stock includes hose fittings and adaptors, crimping and cut-off machines, as well as a manual engraver, hose rack, hose-cleaning projectile kit and projectile stock, necessary tooling and a 2 m x 6 m bolt-on side canopy

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     2nd November 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe
Photo by Duane Daws
ADVANCING UNKI SMELTER Thos Begbie has completed several parts of the Unki platinum smelter being constructed in Zimbabwe

Digital solutions improve mining industry

2nd November 2018 Last month, digital mining implementation of information technologies developer Vist Group presented its digital solution for the global market at the eleventh Mining Show, which is the largest mining & quarrying conference and expo for the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and South Asia. “The... 

Digital solutions improve  mining industry
UNDERGROUND Technology increases level of industrial safety and transportation efficiency of mining industry.

Portable workshop solution usable for new mines

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 The CXT Explorer is a mobile field workshop that can be used when prospecting in the mining industry, says crane manufacturer Konecranes South Africa service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald. The Finland-developed CXT Explorer – a combination of a 6.3 t mobile overhead crane,... 

Portable workshop solution  usable for new mines
BULKY The CXT Explorer is used as an outside field workshop set-up

Upgrades to mine increase plant efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 Mining electrical equipment manufacturer Emis Sales 2002 has completed upgrade projects comprising the design and installation of communication, automation and protection systems at South African anthracite producer and exporter Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), in KwaZulu-Natal, to improve... 

Upgrades to mine  increase plant efficiency
INDOOR The upgraded SBV vacuum circuit breaker switchboard offers higher continuously rated currents

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries
Volvo R100E 95 t rigid hauler

Sasol Lake Charles – a picture worth $11.13-billion

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol has invested billions of dollars in the Lake Charles Chemical Projects, in the US, which entails a steam cracking plant, and ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol storage and piping facilities for the product and its derivatives. Specialized storage... 

Sasol Lake Charles  – a picture worth $11.13-billion
ETHYLENE OXIDE & GLYCOL Units being installed on site

Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Integrated technological solutions provider Siemens – in partnership with its subsidiary Flender and engineering solutions provider Tech Edge – unveiled a complete electromechanical cable belt conveyor drivetrain solution during a demonstration last month. Siemens, Flender and Tech Edge announced... 

Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled
ELECTROMECHANICAL DRIVETRAIN Siemens and its project partners have announced the first end-to-end integrated electromechanical drivetrain system to be implemented at a mine in South Africa

Manufacturer focuses on developing larger vibrating screening equipment

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Screening machines are becoming larger and heavier because the ongoing trend in the mining industry globally is to increase tonnage output while maintaining efficiency, said original-equipment supplier and manufacturer of custom-designed vibrating equipment Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin at Electra... 

Manufacturer focuses on developing larger vibrating screening equipment
BEAST Kwatani chose South African national rugby player Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira as its brand ambassador for these larger screen machines

Metso Megaliner improves safety, reduces downtime

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Global industrial equipment and services offering company Metso has proven that its Megaliner mill lining system can result in a drastic reduction in downtime and improved safety in mining operations. The Megaliner was developed by Metso in 2012, and expanded in 2013 to include a liner... 

Metso Megaliner improves  safety, reduces downtime
FAST AND EFFECTIVE Megaliner uses fewer and larger parts improving safety, with faster installations

Contact-free skirting for conveyors on offer

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has added the contact-free AirScrape conveyor belt skirting system – introduced to the South African market in the second quarter of this year – to its bulk handling systems catalogue. The system has been designed and manufactured by materials... 

Contact-free skirting for conveyors on offer
DO NOT TOUCH The AirScrape is a floating system which reduces contact on the belt

Conveyor fire prevention system rolling out

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Fire protection systems provider Advanced Automated Systems (AAS) is focusing on improving the fire prevention system of conveyors as opposed to most fire-prevention companies that try to prevent the spreading of fires already active on conveyor systems. AAS has, therefore, finalised the initial... 

Conveyor fire prevention system rolling out
TELL NO LIOS The new LIOS Technology allows for fire hazard dangers to be tended to immediately

Sensor detects energy use, idler wear

5th October 2018 German mechanical engineering company Voith’s BeltGenius Alignment Expert (ALEX) – which analyses the alignment of carrying idlers in conveyor systems – boosts production efficiency and energy reduction for mining houses. The sensor system detects imprecise belt conveyor alignment and provides... 

Sensor detects energy use,  idler wear
CLEVER CLOGS BeltGenius ALEX is a sensor system that detects the imprecise alignment of belt conveyors

New fastener for conveyor industry launched

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa introduced its new Hilti X-BT-MR structural steel fastener to the South African conveyor market earlier this month. Hilti’s in-house engineers and staff will initially be trained on the fastener and its capabilities, after... 

New fastener  for conveyor  industry launched
UP TO THE HILT Hilti has launched the new Hilti X-BT-MR fastener for conveyor systems

Company opens new office to increase its footprint

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has opened a new office near eMalahleni to significantly extend its presence in the Mpumalanga coalfields region. Aury Africa has subsequently entered into supply contracts with significant players in the area. 

Company opens  new office to increase its footprint
EXPANSION Aury Africa has opened a new office near eMalahleni in Mpumalanga

Conveyor diagnostics system to aid coal conveyor monitoring

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG will supply six rEscan diagnostics systems of industrial belting supplier Fenner to a coal-fired power station, in Mpumalanga, before the end of the year. Fenner’s rEscan diagnostics system is a belt diagnostic device used for the early detection of cord breaks,... 

Conveyor diagnostics system to aid coal conveyor monitoring
RETHINKING SCANNING The rEscan conveyor belt diagnostic system allows for early detection of cord breaks, corrosion and splice failure

Equipment fatigue monitoring pre-empting unnecessary downtime

By: Halima Frost     28th September 2018 After a successful four-year data analysis period at an iron-ore mine, in the Northern Cape, mining consulting services provider Isithelo Technical Solutions has helped the mine pre-empt and prevent unnecessary shutdowns of its reclaimer. Isithelo provides monitoring and analysis of data related... 

Equipment fatigue  monitoring pre-empting unnecessary downtime
PERFECT PARTNERSHIP The pre-emptive capabilities of Isithelo’s technology cut maintenance costs

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho

By: Halima Frost     28th September 2018 Contractor Basil Read’s mining division has added four new excavators from construction equipment manufacturer Hyundai to its fleet of mobile mining equipment. The excavators – a Hyundai R520LC-9S hydraulic crawler excavator, a Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavator, and two 22 T Hyundai R220LC-9S... 

Excavators moving mountains in Lesotho
UNEARTHING POTENTIAL Basil Read is using Hyundai R850LC-9S tracked excavators for a diamond operation in Lesotho

Lifting-equipment orders from Zambia’s Mopani Copper Mines exceed R100m – Condra Cranes

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Condra Cranes shipment of lifting equipment despatched in late August to Zambia-based copper mine Mopani Copper Mines has raised Condra’s order intake from Mopani to more than R100-million. Comprising one electric travelling overhead crane, 38 hoists, two large, and seven smaller, jib cranes, the... 

Mitak liners improve overall performance

By: Nadine James     28th September 2018 Johannesburg-based high chrome white irons (HCWI) foundry Mitak produces hard-wearing, abrasion resistant mill and ore-chute linings that can improve the life and grinding-performance of mills, and assist in meeting Mining Charter III local procurement obligations, says Mitak business development... 

Mitak liners improve overall performance
Photo by Creamer Media
GRAHAM ANDERSON & KEVIN KEELING Mitak has the ability to reverse engineer existing liners using laser and optical technology

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

Dry separator could arrive in Africa in early 2019

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st September 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa aims to bring the first dry separator to Africa for trial at a coal mine next year, says Aury Africa business development manager George Sturgeon. Aury Africa, a subsidiary of design and construction coal group Dadi... 

Dry separator could arrive in Africa in early 2019
CONFIGURATION FLEXIBILITY The Telligent Dry Separator can be retrofitted to an existing coal processing plant in various configurations

Zambia’s operational investment spikes

By: Paige Müller     14th September 2018 A positive shift in Zambia’s copper and cobalt mining industries has resulted in an increase in much-needed operational investments by major mining houses, says mining, bulk materials handling and minerals processing equipment and systems supplier TAKRAF Africa. TAKRAF Africa regional sales... 

Zambia’s operational   investment spikes
INCREASED DEMAND Tenova TAKRAF Africa has noted an increase in Zambian mining houses expenditure on operational investments

Bell reports strong H1 results, remains bullish on South African market

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 JSE-listed Bell Equipment achieved a 6% year-on-year increase in revenue to R3.7-billion for the six months to June 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 10% to 131c and an interim dividend of 20c was declared. 

Grindrod reports strong recovery in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 Freight and financial services group Grindrod has achieved a strong year-on-year recovery in the six months to June 30, with its earnings a share having increased to 317c, compared with a loss a share of 11.5c in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share were 3.8c, compared with a... 

Amplats acquires WSA tech for reduced sulphur emissions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has signed a contract to acquire catalysis and process technology company Haldor Topsoe’s Wet Gas Sulfuric Acid (WSA) sulphur emissions control technology for its platinum smelter facility, in Polokwane, Limpopo. The WSA technology ensures compliance with... 

Company awarded R100m in projects

24th August 2018 Engineering consultancy company WorleyParsons’ South African operations have recently experienced a surge in the Southern African platinum market, with a number of significant platinum projects to the combined value of almost R100-million currently under way in sub-Saharan Africa. “A renewed... 

Company awarded R100m in projects
MINING SERVICES WorleyParsons has extensive experience in process plant and shaft sinking projects in the platinum sector

IDC facilitates empowerment initiative in valves sector

By: Halima Frost     10th August 2018 Through an initiative funded by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), valve manufacturer Ainsworth Engineering and its sister company United Valve Company (UVC) will, under new ownership, be upgraded to Level 1 broad-based black economic-empowerment status. The initiative, in its final... 

IDC facilitates empowerment  initiative in valves sector
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Ainsworth Engineering and United Valve Company will continue to support each other under new ownership

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has assisted in supplying four materials handling specialist SAMSON Eco-Hoppers to the Kenyan Port of Mombasa, in June this year. Acquiring the hoppers is part of the Mombasa Resilient Infrastructure Programme (MRIP) initiative by the Kenya Ports... 

S African company supplies four hoppers to Kenyan port
OUT OF THE QUAY The SAMSON hoppers can be moved to free up space where needed

Iron-ore processing requires stronger equipment

By: Paige Müller     27th July 2018 Materials handling wear solutions company Rio-Carb’s turnkey liner solutions are “ideal” for reducing the regular and costly maintenance required by iron-ore processing facilities, says Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd. He tells Mining Weekly that iron-ore is particularly demanding on processing... 

Iron-ore processing requires stronger equipment
ABRASIVE MATERIALS Rio-Carb’s range of Chromium Carbide liners is suited to handle abrasive materials such as iron-ore

Company meets stringent fire and explosives safety requirements

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 The increasing demand for strict fire and explosion protection in the hazardous areas of mining has led specialist manufacturer and designer of flameproof diesel engine systems Elgin Flameproofing to introduce the new Elgin 112TR tow tractor model for underground coal mining applications. The... 

Company meets stringent fire and explosives  safety requirements
MODIFIED The newly modified Elgin 112TR flameproofed tractor was officially launched in May
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