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Materials Handling News

Project management facility designed to enhance every plant

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Technical solutions supplier BMG’s specialist solutions services for the mining sector encompass a complete project management facility, in Johannesburg, which is designed to improve operational efficiencies of every plant, states BMG contracts and projects GM André Smith. 

Technology to shift project relations from adversarial to cooperative 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 Fluctuating global commodity demand and prices, as well as escalating geopolitical risks are causing concern among asset owners and investors, and is resulting in capital projects either being postponed or cancelled in the South African mining industry, states specialist business and project... 

Technology to shift  project relations from  adversarial to cooperative
Specialist business and project management consultancy SSG Consulting strategy and business development GM Jacques Marais discusses the company’s KEY360 mobile application. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Turnkey solutions provided for gold mine in East Asia

3rd November 2017 Gauteng-based mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge Group recently supplied winches, winders and a range of ancillary products and services for a new service shaft at a gold mine in East Asia. This, the company notes, was carried out in collaboration with consultants from Australia and South... 

Turnkey solutions provided  for gold mine in East Asia
FULL TURNKEY SOLUTION Tech Edge Group offered a full turnkey solution service that included high-level design

Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although indirectly through the maintenance, logistics, spare parts transportation, fuel requirements and... 

Mechanised mining produces  indirect jobs, uptake increasing
AUTOMATED SYSTEMS Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels

First locally manufactured Joy reclaim feeder is unveiled

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 Mining equipment and service provider Komatsu has launched its first South African-manufactured Joy reclaim feeder. Joy is the high-productivity mining solutions subsidiary of Komatsu, having been acquired earlier this year in a $3.7-billion deal.  

First locally manufactured Joy reclaim feeder  is unveiled
RECLAIM FEEDER The new Joy reclaim feeder can be used for synthetic-fuel plants, power plant facilities, synthetic-gypsum plants, truck load-out facilities, port load-out facilities and coal-mining operations

Scarce funding necessitates effective project management

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2017 The South African mining industry is not a sunset industry, but will continue its decline until there is a significant change in the relationship between industry stakeholders, such as government, labour and mining companies, states Paradigm Project Management (PPM) director Jeremy Clarke. 

Scarce funding necessitates  effective project management
Photo by Duane Daws
JEREMY CLARKE A common belief is that money should not be spent on project management

Openpit mining prolific in recovery of miner’s diamonds

27th October 2017 Openpit mining is the most common method of recovering its diamonds, says international diamond company De Beers, which operates several opencast mines in Africa, namely South Africa and Botswana. De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM), formed in 1888, is South Africa’s largest rough diamond... 

Openpit mining  prolific in recovery  of miner’s diamonds
ORAPA Orapa is the oldest operating mine in Botswana and the largest openpit diamond mine in the world. The mine is expected to produce 145-million carats from 157-million tonnes of ore during its 14-year life

Supplier takes on larger equipment market

27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) has entered the large excavator market and has chosen to represent international construction and mining equipment manufacturer Sany. GEM signed an agreement with Sany on 17 May last year, to be incorporated under GEM, to operate as a... 

Supplier takes on larger equipment market
SPECIAL CONDITIONS Sany equipment has been engineered specifically for African operating conditions

Bullish Caterpillar rebounds, beats Q3 profit, revenue forecasts

By: Henry Lazenby     24th October 2017 US industrial equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has surprised investors with a significantly higher profit for the three months ended September, as higher sales volume and its focus on cost discipline resulted in improved profit margins across the three main business segments. The Deerfield,... 

Bullish Caterpillar rebounds, beats Q3 profit, revenue forecasts

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 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).  

ECSA renews Wits School of Mining accreditation
CUTHBERT MUSINGWINI Renewal of the Wits School of Mining Engineering’s ECSA accreditation illustrates the high standard of the school’s standard

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

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 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     20th October 2017 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     20th October 2017 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... 

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

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