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Materials Handling News

Sibanye testing alternative to explosives-based rock breaking

By: Ilan Solomons     9th December 2016 The South African mining industry requires a paradigm shift in its fundamental approach to mining processes to ensure that it can move away from the use of explosives, says diversified miner Sibanye Resources safe technology and innovation project engineer Alex Fenn. He argues that explosives are... 

Logistics firm records 50% growth, driven by SA, South American mining sectors

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th November 2016 Logistics provider Dachser South Africa (SA) has, over the past three years seen a 50% increase in growth driven by the South African mining industry, as well as by growth in the South American mining industry, says MD Detlev Duve. “As there remain tremendous growth opportunities for logistics in... 

Logistics firm records 50% growth,  driven by SA, South American mining sectors
INTEGRATED LOGISTICS Dachser believes that digitalisation, integrated with logistics, will increase efficiency in the mining industry and shape it for the future

Introducing change could yield financial value

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Introducing a proactive blast design approach and new technology can be intimidating for mining companies, as it requires change, but they should keep an open mind as downstream improvements are a catalyst for financial value, says international blast engineering and consulting firm RA McClure... 

Introducing change could yield financial value
Photo by Bloomberg
EXCAVATION EFFICIENCY Overcoming blasting inaccuracies improves all the downstream processes

Mobile technology helps eliminate blasting obstacles

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Explosives firm BME explored how mobile technology and centralised data could provide mine managers with an edge to comprehensively eliminate potential blast problems, through among others management of blast inputs, thereby improving blast results, at its annual Drilling and Blasting Conference.... 

Cone crusher equipped with fail-safe hydraulics

     11th November 2016 The high-performance cone crusher from US bulk materials processing and handling systems manufacturer and supplier Superior Industries, is the manufacturer’s first entry into crushing technologies for bulk processing applications. The company highlights that besides a strong commitment to service... 

Cone crusher equipped with fail-safe hydraulics
RUGGED PATRIOT The cone crusher is equipped with fail-safe hydraulics to defend the unit against damaging mechanical overload

Metso raising awareness about advantages of its offerings

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th November 2016 By focusing on reducing costs and downtime for the mining industry, mining and industrial solutions provider Metso aims to raise awareness about the advantages of several of its offerings. This includes the newly developed protective Poly-Cer ceramic liner for its HP / MP range of crushers, the... 

Metso raising awareness about advantages of its offerings
POLY-CER CERAMIC LINER Comprises a wear ceramic that has been vulcanised into rubber, providing high resistance against abrasion

Coltan processing technology developed for Africa advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 Mining and metals company AB Minerals is introducing a new disruptive processing technology, which has been developed to assist African columbite–tantalite (coltan) mining countries with the low-cost production of metallurgical-grade tantalum powder and niobium oxide using an industrial-scale... 

Coltan processing technology  developed for Africa advances
FOCUS ON AFRICA The Great Lakes region is the world’s largest producer of coltan and a key location for AB Minerals' first processing plant

Focused on processing in Africa’s artisanal mining sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 While many large mining companies in Africa are processing sizeable mineral deposits, there is also a vast smaller scale and artisanal mining sector, requiring solutions tailored to their processing needs, such as those supplied by mining equipment supplier Appropriate Process Technology (APT). 

Focused on  processing in Africa’s artisanal mining sector
SHORT BUILD TIMES APT’s larger TT500 TriTank model was operational within eight weeks of delivery to site in Tanzania

Partnerships lower cost of ownership

By: Robyn Wilkinson     4th November 2016 In response to the mining industry’s focus on lowering capital and operating costs, filtration and separations solutions provider Roytec Global, whose R240-million order book is predominantly filled by large African mining projects, has concentrated its manufacturing capacity in China, enabling... 

Partnerships lower cost of ownership
MAXIMUM RECOVERY The stainless steel thickeners in Roytec’s counter-current decantation circuit are designed to ensure the maximum recovery of copper and cobalt after each acid leaching step

Durban company expands trommel, apron feeder range

     28th October 2016 Durban-based materials handling equipment supplier Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has launched the MDS M412 trommel,  which offers cost-effective solutions for smaller production requirements in minerals processing and recycling applications. BLT Africa and Indian Ocean Islands MD Ken Mouritzen says the... 

Durban company expands trommel, apron feeder range
SMALLER PRODUCTION SOLUTION The M412 trommel screen can produce four products concurrently at an output rate of 150 t/h

Electric hauler prototype on cards for January

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 The prototype of the 25 t electric hauler vehicle, with applications in soft- and hard-rock mining, from Johannesburg-headquartered underground trackless mining machinery manufacturer Fermel, is expected to be trialed from January 2017 to June 2017. “The prototype is 85% complete and undergoing... 

Electric hauler prototype on cards for January
GREEN BREAKTHROUGH The development of the electric traction system on the Fermel battery-driven electric hauler has led to improved battery management, but, more importantly, zero-emissions mining technology

Enhanced drivetrain solutions a response to mining industry needs

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 Drivetrain, sealing and thermal-management technologies supplier Dana expects to start preproduction tests in the first quarter of 2017 for its Spicer 20D rigid nonsteering axle designed for underground mining applications in harsh, rugged environments. The company is concluding verification... 

Enhanced drivetrain solutions a response to mining industry needs
SPICER 20D The axle offers up to 35% more brake power to ensure reliability under full load conditions on all operating grades

SA-manufactured electric drive haulier prototype to enter service at PGM mine in 2017

By: David Oliveira     28th October 2016 Progress on integrated mining solutions provider Fermel’s 25 t direct electric drive hauler prototype is 85% complete and scheduled to be deployed with locally developed high-speed charging infrastructure at a major South African platinum producer in the first quarter of next year.... 

Amplats targeting 80% mechanised production but timeline extended to 2027 as price slumps

By: Ilan Solomons     28th October 2016 Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is developing a range of mechanised technologies and is aiming to produce 80% of its platinum using mechanised mining methods by 2027. Amplats mining services head Frik Fourie says the company started implementing this strategy in 2011 when the... 

Amplats targeting 80% mechanised production but timeline extended to 2027 as price slumps

Rapid Armor - Liner Management System

     28th October 2016 The revolutionary liner maintenance system from developer Rapid Armor is designed to change the way in which maintenance is performed on liner systems in mining and quarrying plants.  This system raises the bar for maintenance efficiency, plant utilisation, cost reduction and, most importantly,... 

Rapid Armor - Liner Management System

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 For the local mining industry to ensure its sustainability, the industry needs to accelerate the rate at which it is adopting new technology, mechanical engineering consultant CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. “The transitioning of mines to greater mechanisation and... 

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa
DANIE BURGER The transition of mines to include greater mechanisation and automation is way too slow

High-performance chain range extended

     28th October 2016 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Tsubaki high-performance chain range, which offers enhanced strength and reliability, an extended operating life and a better environmental footprint now includes a “robust” Workhorse elevator series. BMG GM Carlos Beukes says the... 

High-performance chain  range extended
RUGGED COMPONENT Workhorse elevator chains are designed to resist the abrasive and demanding forces of aggregate elevators

South Africa’s chrome industry well placed to ‘grow and prosper’

By: Nadine James     21st October 2016 South Africa’s relatively easy to mine chromium reserves, combined with the current deficit in the chromium market as well as the expected increase in global stainless steel consumption, has ensured that the country’s chrome sector has every opportunity to grow and prosper, says the International... 

Dispatch technology reduces time of scheduled delays

     21st October 2016 Activity Dispatch, the latest advancement in dispatching technology from mining systems manufacturer Wenco Mining Systems can help mines reduce wasted time by eliminating the unnecessary time spent on shift change, meal breaks and other short pauses in production. The technology loads these... 

Dispatch technology  reduces time of  scheduled delays
VEHICLE PARKING The Active Dispatch system ensures that trucks arrive at the right time to be used by operators

Houndé progressing on time, within budget

     21st October 2016 Construction at West Africa-focused gold producer Endeavour Mining’s Houndé gold project, in Burkina Faso, which began in April, is progressing on schedule and within budget, with the first gold pour expected during the fourth quarter of 2017. The Houndé project is an openpit mine with a... 

Houndé progressing on time, within budget
Photo by Duane Daws
GOLD PRODUCTION Endeavour hopes to start producing gold in the fourth quarter of 2017

Canadian company expands further into Africa

     21st October 2016 Canada-headquartered tyre management and supply company Kal Tire has acquired tyre manufacturer Tredcor Zambia, strengthening the company’s footprint within the Zambian earthmoving market. Kal Tire states that its Mining Tire Group continues to expand and focus on the latest developments in tyre... 

Canadian company  expands further  into Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
CUSTOMER CENTRIC Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group continues to expand and focus on the latest developments in tyre services driven by its customers’ growing needs

New collision awareness system eliminates nuisance alerts

     21st October 2016 US-headquartered mine management solutions provider Modular Mining Systems has launched its fourth-generation collision awareness system (CAS), which is available as a standalone system or can be integrated with Modular’s Dispatch fleet management system. 

New collision awareness system eliminates nuisance alerts
Photo by Bloomberg
COLLISION WARNING The collision awareness system from Modular aims to improve awareness of potential vehicle interactions

Equipment supplier adapts to meet industry needs

By: Victor Moolman     21st October 2016 Mining equipment supplier Tenova Takraf Africa is offering junior miners in the surface mining industry a tailor-made package that will help new mining operations produce State-owned power utility Eskom-grade coal. 

Equipment supplier adapts to meet  industry needs
BRADFORD BREAKER The coal breaker has and its support structure have been designed for easy relocation to a new mining area

Simplicity of design hooks miner to Terex trucks since mid-1980s

By: Dylan Slater     21st October 2016 Heavy equipment manufacturer Terex Trucks claims its simplicity of design and “unwavering customer service and support” has kept South African miner Atlantis Mining loyal to the equipment brand.  

Simplicity of design hooks miner to Terex trucks since mid-1980s
WORKHORSE The Terex trucks used by Atlantis Mining each run two 9.5-hour shifts in a 24-hour period, five days a week, as well as two Saturday shifts of eight hours

Benefits of spin filters emphasised

By: Sascha Solomons     14th October 2016 With the South African mining industry facing the prevailing costs and uncertainties in the labour market that it does, industrial technology and solutions specialist RTS Africa Engineering says its spin filters offer an ideal solution by reducing dependence on maintenance personnel. “Not only... 

Benefits of spin  filters emphasised
IAN FRASER Dust can be a major problem in the mining sector, notably in working spaces and control rooms

RamPiping Systems

     14th October 2016 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping fabricator, supplier and installation specialist RamPiping Systems has expanded its focus to include piping solutions from US-based supplier NOV Fiber Glass Systems (NOV FGS). Since being established in 2006, RamPiping’s main focus has been on HDPE, but... 

RamPiping Systems

Focus on plant maintenance presents new design opportunities

     7th October 2016 With challenging economic conditions causing many South African chrome producers to ramp down their furnace operations and shift their focus to maintaining their plants and equipment as best as possible within their financial constraints, high-capacity furnace specialist Tenova Pyromet has seen... 

Focus on plant maintenance presents new design opportunities
INCREASED EFFICIENCY, DECREASED COSTS The multiple preheater reduces electrical power consumption and increases the carbon content of the furnace gas in the smelting process

Thickener upgrade under way in Tanzania, demand growing in Africa

     7th October 2016 Mineral processing equipment specialist Tenova Takraf Africa is currently upgrading a thickener at a gold mine in Tanzania, with the scope covering the complete under solution, which includes new rakes, torque tube, centre cage and thickener drive.  

Thickener upgrade under way in Tanzania, demand growing in Africa
TANZANIAN ACTIVITY Three Tenova Delkor thickeners are installed at a gold mine in Tanzania

Video tracking system affords hauliers enhanced real-time monitoring of their fleets

By: Ilan Solomons     7th October 2016 Local video tracking company Inkwazi currently provides tracking, real time and historical video streaming services to Mpumalanga-based coal hauliers, such as Sathala and FTX. Inkwazi MD Nicolette Bailey tells Mining Weekly that these companies have informed Inkwazi that the use of the company’s... 

Video tracking system affords hauliers enhanced real-time monitoring of their fleets
ALWAYS WATCHING The Inkwazi mobile digital video recorder system is able to capture and store video footage from multiple cameras on-board a vehicle

Shaftless conveyor system repairs to be completed before year-end

By: Victor Moolman     30th September 2016 Materials handling solutions provider Spiral Tech Screw Conveyors expects to complete repairs to the triplex shaftless spiral conveyor systems at platinum miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats) Marula mine, in Rustenburg, before the end of the year. 

Shaftless conveyor system repairs to be completed before year-end
Photo by Victor Moolman
EFFORTLESS WORK Shaftless screw systems can handle aggressive materials with ease owing to the hardened materials used

Companies partner to drive uptake of screening solutions in Africa

     30th September 2016 South African mining original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani, formerly known as Joest Kwatani, and global fine screening mining manufacturer Derrick Corporation have partnered with a view to driving best screening practice throughout the African mining sector. 

Companies partner to drive uptake of screening solutions in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
JOINING FORCES DSI Africa VP Nic Barkhuysen and Kwatani MD Kim Schoepflin announce their new partnership at Electra Mining Africa 2016

S African supplier secures distributorship

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th September 2016 Mining solutions provider Harcliff Mining Services has been appointed the official South African distributor of Brazil-based crusher manufacturer Furlan’s product range, and US-based mining products manufacturer Excel Foundry & Machine’s offering, after being approached by the companies in 2015. 

S African supplier  secures distributorship
CHARMING OFFER Furlan’s cone crushers are available from 65 kW to 470 kW and offer seven crusher cavities

Liner monitoring product ‘very well received’ by S Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th September 2016 Mining solutions manufacturer Multotec is rolling out a liner profile condition-monitoring service to customers in Africa, which uses its in-house-designed, highly accurate laser scanner, MultoScan, to offer significant cost-savings by improving the grind efficiency of mill 

Liner monitoring product ‘very well received’ by S Africa
PREDICTIVE MILL MANAGEMENT MultoScan enables grinding mill operators to implement predictive liner replacement scheduling

New cone crusher has high capacity, low environmental impact

     30th September 2016 Construction equipment supplier Sandvik has introduced the CH540 cone crusher, a high-capacity, high-quality crusher with a low environmental impact that is ideally suited to quarries or aggregate plants looking to increase production capacity, eliminate bottlenecks, reduce cost per ton produced... 

Ventilated turbo pulley saves on costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th September 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Bearings International (BI) is enhancing the marketing of its ventilated turbo pulley (VTP), which has the ability to significantly reduce operating costs, to the South African crushing industry. 

Ventilated turbo pulley saves on costs
VENTILATED TURBO PULLEY The design produces significant cost savings for crushing plants by extending the wear life of the pulley’s components

Solutions provider emphasises value of offering

     30th September 2016 To be successful in the quarrying industry, customers need equipment that gives their business an edge over the competition, says mining solutions provider Metso UK distribution manager Steve Clarke. 

Solutions provider  emphasises value  of offering
RELIABLE SOLUTION The Lokotrack LT120 mobile jaw crushing plant features premium-quality Metso parts that ensure a reliable solution

Complete production line installed for South African limestone powder producer

     30th September 2016 China-based crushing, screening and milling equipment supplier Kefid completed the configuration and installation of a complete production line for a South African limestone powder production site in August. The installation included a jaw crusher, a bucket elevator, a vibrating feeder and two... 

UK equipment supplier upgrades fleet with South African loaders

     30th September 2016 Continuing its investment in its crushing and screening division, Derbyshire-based plant hire and contracting firm Woods has updated two of its L2606E loaders, supplied by South African mining equipment provider Bell Equipment, with like-for-like models. 

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