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Materials Handling News

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... 

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. 

New products for crushing and screening

     30th September 2016 Crushing and screening equipment supplier Powerscreen launched three new products for the crushing and screening industry this year; the 2100 screen, the Warrior 1400XE screen and the Premiertrak 600 jaw crusher. 

Company enhances its crushing solutions

     30th September 2016 The inclusion of primary and secondary sizers in engineering consultant Tenova Takraf’s product offering enables it to integrate its own crushing machines into complete mining solutions for its clients. 

Company highlights sustainable mining at Las Vegas event

     30th September 2016 Mining machine manufacturer MMD Mineral Sizing emphasised the importance of sustainable mining when it showcased its mining equipment at MINExpo International 2016, which was held in Las Vegas, in the US, this month. 

Company highlights sustainable mining at Las Vegas event
BESPOKE SOLUTIONS MMD’s equipment can be configured for several applications, including underground mining

Finnish solutions come to Southern Africa

     30th September 2016 Mobile and semimobile materials processing equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec International has been appointed the main distributor of Finnish mining solutions provider Metso’s aggregates products and services in Southern Africa. 

Finnish solutions come to Southern Africa
ENHANCED PRODUCT RANGE Pilot Crushtec now offers Metso’s range of crushing equipment, which includes mobile and semimobile skid-mounted jaw crushers, in addition to its existing products

Local company to be sole agent for Chinese electrolitic cells in Africa

By: David Oliveira     30th September 2016 Specialised corrosion-resistance and surface-protection company Industrial Acid Proofing (IAP) last month secured the sole distributorship to supply China-based Hebei Ancor Tecmin KNT Polymer Concrete’s Supertank electrolytic cells in Africa. IAP MD Michael Wende tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Canadian tyre company expanding presence in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     30th September 2016 Canada-headquartered tyre management and supply company Kal Tire is expanding its presence in Africa, and especially in South Africa, in the light of compliance with the Mining Charter and implemention of a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) programme.  

Canadian tyre company expanding  presence in Africa
LARGE INJURY REPAIR Kal Tire has the expertise to repair large injuries on ultra-class tyres up to 63-inch

Made-in-SA continuous miner debuts at Electra Mining

By: Dylan Slater     30th September 2016 Jet Park-based engineering company JA Engineering Works hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony during Electra Mining Africa earlier in September to launch its first Wildcat JAE42 continuous miner.  

Made-in-SA continuous miner debuts at Electra Mining
LAUNCH CEREMONY The Wildcat JAE42 continuous miner with 90% local content was launched at Electra Mining Africa

Nepean Conveyors South Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     30th September 2016 Nepean Conveyors South Africa, established in 1995 by Australian large-scale, fully integrated, mining conveyor project supplier Nepean, strives to be a one of the leading designer and suppliers of conveyor systems and products in Africa by delivering innovative and high-quality conveyor... 

Nepean Conveyors South Africa

Local roller manufacturer expands into new markets 

By: Victor Moolman     30th September 2016 South African conveyor, roller manufacturer and distributor Megaroller expects its new manufacturing plant outside Toronto, in Canada, to be operational from mid-November. Megaroller is expanding its footprint into North America, launching its Canadian distributorship at this year’s MINExpo... 

Local roller manufacturer expands into new markets
Megaroller business development manager Adrian Evans discusses the future of Megaroller.

MacLean Engineering to supply battery-powered fleet for Goldcorp’s diesel-free Borden mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2016 Goldcorp is planning to build what is expected to be the world's first diesel-free hard rock gold mine at its Borden project, near Chapleau, Ontario. The company has appointed Collingwood, Ontario-based MacLean Engineering to provide a fleet of battery-powered mobile underground mining equipment... 

US pallet truck forklift of the year

     23rd September 2016 UK-based materials handling company Crown won a coveted International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award for the third time. The award was presented at the CeMAT trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management, held from May 31 to June 3, in Hannover, Germany, where Crown’s RT 4020... 

New inverters improve crane control

     23rd September 2016 Crane and crane components supplier Demag, a brand of materials handling solutions provider Terex Materials Handling & Port Solutions, launched a new range of Dedrive Pro 880 inverters in August that offers a number of benefits for crane control. 

New inverters improve crane control
REDUCED LOAD SWAY The Dedrive Pro 880 reduces load sway using a mathematical model, allowing for safer crane operation in applications such as the handling of molten ore in foundries

Electra showcases new air-operated pumps range

     23rd September 2016 Pumps supplier Letaba Pumps showcased American pumps manufacturer Wilden’s new FIT air-operated pump range, an upgrade of the well-established Wilden original series, at Electra Mining Africa 2016 in Johannesburg from September 12 to 16. 

Electra showcases new air-operated pumps range
IMPROVED RANGE The FIT pumps are bolted rather than clamp banded, allowing for easier alignment during assembly with less chance of leaks

Shaftless spiral screw conveyors reduce costs

     23rd September 2016 Spiral pipe machines manufacturer Spiral Tech says its custom-built shaftless spiral screw conveyors are gaining popularity in the mining industry, owing to their ability to reduce costs and boost productivity, especially in applications involving difficult materials. 

Shaftless spiral screw conveyors reduce costs
DIFFICULT MATERIALS DEALT WITH Shaftless spiral screw conveyor systems effectively handle bulky and abrasive solids that often cling to the central pipe of a conventional shafted screw conveyor

Relook warehouse design to increase storage space, reduce costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Redesigning the layout of an existing racking or shelving system can significantly improve the amount of storage space available and the operational efficiency of warehouses, says storage and materials handling equipment manufacturer Linvar marketing manager Nicky Farrell. 

Relook warehouse design to increase storage space,  reduce costs
BEST USE OF SPACE By conducting feasibility studies, Linvar can advise warehouse managers on the warehouse design most suited to their specific products and operational needs

Control systems gain popularity in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Interest in automation, control and safety systems manufacturer Yokogawa’s DTSX fibre-optic distributed temperature sensor range is growing in the South African mining sector, as the industry takes steps to prepare for an inevitable upswing in the commodities market, says Yokogawa South Africa... 

Control systems  gain popularity in  South Africa
THEKO LETSIE The mining market is always cyclical and Yokogawa is investing in the development of solutions that will be required when the market improves

Innovation for transporting heavy loads goes into operation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 The self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) widening adaptor for high and wide loads from heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet will go into operation for the first time in September in the US. 

Innovation for  transporting heavy loads goes into operation
HAULING LARGE LOADS Mammoet’s widening adaptor improves the safety of transporting large loads of cargo

Haulage solution being modernised at Phakisa shaft

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Mining and industrial equipment supplier Deebar is upgrading the Deebar Rail-Veyor remote-controlled, electrically powered light-rail haulage solution which it installed in 2005 at gold miner Harmony’s Phakisa gold mine, in Welkom. 

Haulage solution being modernised at Phakisa shaft
STEAMING AHEAD The Rail-Veyor has not been hampered by the downturn in commodities prices, as the system offers significant benefits in terms of helping mines reduce their operating costs

Synthetic grease delivers huge cost savings for Brazil mine

By: Dylan Slater     23rd September 2016 The implementation of oils and lubricants manufacturer ExxonMobil’s high-performance synthetic grease Mobilith SHC 220 at a Brazil-based mine, has delivered significant performance benefits, leading to an estimated cost saving of $4.2-million over four years as a result of extended component life... 

Limpopo miner chooses rope-based conveyor system to overcome topographical challenges

By: Dylan Slater     23rd September 2016 Limpopo-based platinum mine Booysendal Platinum – a subsidiary of platinum group metals producer Northam Platinum – recently accessed the Booysendal South ore deposit as part of its expansion of mining capacity at the Booysendal concession, which required it to employ an alternative conveyor... 

Increased systemisation of logistics management needed in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 South Africa needs to focus on improving the systemisation of logistics management or risk falling behind global trends and incurring inflated costs, says research logistics team Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars Greiner. 

Local manufacturer launches its first continuous miner

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 South African engineering manufacturer JA Engineering’s (JAE’s) first in-house designed continuous miner, the Wildcat JAE42, will undergo field tests in November, after which it will be made available for purchase by the South African mining industry. 

Local manufacturer launches its first  continuous miner
WILDCAT JAE42 CONTINUOUS MINER The Wildcat is designed specifically with South African coal mining operations in mind, offering a high cutting forc

Price deflation of fuel cells depends on uptake

By: Aarifah Nosarka     16th September 2016 In spite of the current costs involved in the production of fuel cells, platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) is positive that the deployment and uptake of the technology will will improve the technology’s affordability. Implats fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith tells Mining Weekly that... 

Price deflation of fuel cells depends on uptake
BOLD MOVES Fuel cell technologies have the potential to provide access to affordable, safe, clean and reliable energy

Completion of fuel cell projects earmarked for 2017

By: Aarifah Nosarka     16th September 2016 Platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) is finalising the development of a fuel cell-driven load haul dumper (LHD) prototype, which it expects to be ready for trials in underground mines by the end of next year, fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith tells Mining Weekly. Diesel-fueled LHDs are... 

National project more than halfway to meeting goal

By: Aarifah Nosarka     16th September 2016 The National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies Flagship Project, or Hydrogen South Africa (HySA), is more than halfway through its 15-year timeline and 40% of the milestones on the road to achieving the goal of commercialisation of locally developed fuel cell technology on the international... 

National project more than  halfway to meeting goal
MAKHAPA MAKHAFOLA The biggest potential new market will be the automotive sector

US mining industry in flux as policy, economic and enviro challenges force change

By: Henry Lazenby     16th September 2016 The outcome of the November 2016 US presidential election will not reverse the decline in the US mining industry value, as the beleaguered coal industry continues to face market headwinds. Rather, the results will determine the trajectory of environmental regulations and, therefore, raise or... 

US mining industry in flux as policy, economic and enviro challenges force change

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