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Materials Handling News

Gearboxes drive coal terminal

     5th October 2001 About 400 Hansen gearboxes drive the conveyors on Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s (RBCT’s) conveyor systems, shiploaders and stacker reclaimers. 

Range of opencast machines

     5th October 2001 German manufacturer of open-pit mining equipment for continuous operation, MAN Takraf, has developed a new series of surface miners with capacities ranging from 300 m3/h to 2 000 m3/h and cutting depths of up to 1,2 m. 

Mining orders from Chile, Kazakhstan

     5th October 2001 International mining equipment supplier Sandvik’s Mining and Construction business area has received several large orders for advanced equipment to underground mines in Chile and Kazakhstan for mining of copper. 

Screens for Botswana mine

     5th October 2001 The reliability, low operating cost and high screening efficiency achieved over the last 20 years by Humboldt Wedag screens at Debswana’s Jwaneng diamond-mine in Botswana has resulted in the installation of two new screens. 

Redesigned conveyor drive frame

     5th October 2001 International materials-handling firm Halbach & Braun has redesigned and created a new generation of conveyor drive frames for use anywhere. 

New distributorship for local firm

     5th October 2001 Motor vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler South Africa has appointed Liebherr Africa as the distributor for the Western Star range of off-road haul trucks for the mining and heavy-duty haul application markets. 

Company makes platinum debut

     5th October 2001 Following the acquisition by DBT of Germany of the US mining equipment supplier Long-Airdox earlier this year, local subsidiary DBT South Africa has acquired the local operations of the US firm. 

Improved backhoe loader available

     5th October 2001 The pace of development in backhoe-loader (BHL) technology is constantly driven by the need to provide greater performance while, at the same time, offering lower operating costs for the owner. 

New excavator for fluorspar-mine

     5th October 2001 The Okorusu fluorspar-mine, 60 km north of Otjiwarongo in Namibia, has taken delivery of a Caterpillar 365B excavator from Barloworld Equipment Namibia. The mined fluorspar ore is blasted, excavated, crushed, milled and finally concentrated to 97% purity. 

New tooth gives excavator more bite

     5th October 2001 The fitting of a specially-designed ripper tooth to a Liebherr R984C excavator has dramatically improved mining productivity at Trans Hex’s Saxendrift diamond-mine, the supplier reports. 

Truck helps find diamonds

     5th October 2001 Materials-handling equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment has announced the first local sale of a Caterpillar 730 articulated truck to HC van Wyk Diamante in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. 

Chrome operation gets new machines

     5th October 2001 The reputation of Volvo equipment and the support provided Babcock Equipment has lead a Pretoria plant-hire company to purchase three materials-handling machines for its new opencast operations. 

Million tons of waste rock screened a month

By: Zonika Botha     28th September 2001 Formerly known as Saldanha Plant Hire, the SPH group is focused on providing comprehensive materials-handling solutions to the mining industry. 

Bulldozer performs around the clock

     28th September 2001 A Liebherr PR 751 Litronic bulldozer, purchased by Hanwill Truck and Plant for use on the hire contract at the Anglo Platinum mine in Potgietersrus, is performing superbly in a demanding 24-hour application, owner Willa van Niekerk tells Mining Weekly. 

Conveyor project nears end

     14th September 2001 West Rand firm Nepean Conveyors is in the process of wrapping up a design, manufacture and installation contract which entailed the construction of eight conveyor systems at Matla Colliery, an Eyesizwe operation. 

Safer coal-tipping investigated

     14th September 2001 As coal-mine safety legislation develops and transforms, operators will be investigating methods of product transport that offer an increased amount of safety and payload to be delivered quicker. 

Coal terminal expansion supported

     14th September 2001 Transnet has announced its support of the proposal by Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) and South Dunes Coal Terminal to increase the capacity of the RBCT terminal in Kwazulu-Natal by some ten million tons of coal exports a year. 

New loader cleans up colliery

     14th September 2001 Part of the Kangra group, Taaiboschspruit Colliery, has acquired a Bobcat 753 skid-steer loader from distributors, Bobcat South Africa, a division of Consolidated Rock Machinery (CRM), for clean-up operations in the washing plant. 

New heavy-duty idler rollers

     14th September 2001 One of the leading designers and manufacturers of idler rollers, conveyor structures and components for belt conveyor systems, Continental Meco, has introduced a new heavy-duty idler roller for use in bulk materials handling. 

More trucks for colliery

     14th September 2001 Another delivery of four Volvo articulated dump trucks (ADTs) from Babcock Equipment has been taken from Graspan Collieries, bringing the number of Volvos in its fleet to 18. 

More spin-offs from gem plant construction

     7th September 2001 A five-year loading and hauling contract worth R40-million a year has been awarded to Super Stone Mining, of Kimberley, Northern Cape. 

Second of three giant trucks delivered

     20th July 2001 The second 280 t AC drive Euclid rigid-frame dump truck has been delivered to Iscor’s Grootegeluk Colliery, in the Northern Province. 

Age of driverless mining machines in sight

     29th June 2001 Computers may soon operate heavy-duty load-haul dumpers (LHDs) and dump trucks used in underground mining operations. 

Zinc bringing power to Namibia

     29th June 2001 The project to supply the new Skorpion zinc-mine in Namibia with power is well under way, Mining Weekly can today report. 

Contract for transfer chutes awarded

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd June 2001 East Rand firm M&J Engineering has won a contract to supply all the transfer chutes for overland and plant applications at Maandagshoek platinum-mine, on the Northern Province-Mpumalanga border. 

Cost efficiency becomes critical on mine machines

     15th June 2001 The greatest cost to mines in real terms is not the purchase price of a mining machine, but its operating costs over time, reports equipment supplier Liebherr. 

Small diamond miners dig bigger machines

     14th June 2001 Mining and construction equipment supplier Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa reports a marked swing among independent diamond digging operations towards larger hydraulic excavators. 

Defence offsets take off, but civilian deals still grounded

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 Defence companies involved in the R37-billion (officially - some sources outside government put it at R50-billion) re-equipping programme are eager for a thorough investigation into allegations of corruption. 

South Africa to get low-sulphur diesel

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 A new diesel with a sulphur content as low as 0,3% will be launched countrywide next year by petroleum giant BP. 

Five cranes to minerals reclamation plant

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 A minerals reclamation plant under construction in Kimberly has resulted in a R2-million order for five overhead cranes from Germiston based Condra. 

Firm wins zirconium conveying contract

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 Local company Elsby Engineering, in alliance with Screw Conveyors and Materials-Handling Equipment, has been awarded the contract to supply two screw conveyors and a lump breaker for Palabora Mining in Mpumalanga. 

Second large truck supplied to coal-mine

By: Joanne Delaurentis     8th June 2001 Johannesburg company Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa (HCMSA) has received an order for a new 436 t operating weight, 280 t load capacity Euclid EH 4500 rigid-frame dump truck from Grootegeluk Colliery in the Northern Province. 

Logistics - the final frontier

     8th June 2001 There is still room in many corporations to make signficant improvements in the area of logistics. 

Innovative technology for materials-handling

     8th June 2001 Striving to be more than just another contractor, Bateman Materials-Handling has invested to develop innovative technology to supplly comprehensive solutions to its customers' handling problems and increase customer resource efficiency. 

Local firm wins zirconium conveying contract

     8th June 2001 Local company Elsby Engineering, in alliance with Screw Conveyors and Materials Handling Equipment, has been awarded the contract to supply two screw conveyors and a lump breaker for Palabora Mining in the Northern Province. 

Supply-chain firm grows mining services

     8th June 2001 Responding to the latest supply-chain management trends within the industry, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed supply-chain and logistics services firm, Supergroup, is positioning itself to best be able to repond positively to its clients' needs. 

One-stop materials-handling service

     8th June 2001 Southern African materials-handling company Barloworld Handling is focusing on providing a total solutions-based one-stop service 

R45m materials-handling contract awarded

By: System Author     1st December 2000 Platinum 

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