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Demand for vibration monitoring equipment increasing

By: Mia Breytenbach Owing to mines having to perform remote diagnostics of mobile and fixed mining assets using portable vibration monitoring equipment, there is an increasing demand and uptake of this technology, notes process management solutions company Emerson Process Management. In light of this, Emerson... 

Demand increase for diesel particulate catalyst

By: Mia Breytenbach Western Australia-based engineering company Murray Engineering has noted a 100% increase in demand in the past year for its Microfresh stainless steel diesel particulate catalyst for light vehicles operating on mine sites, says business development manager Martin Abbott. He tells Mining Weekly... 

Demand increase for  diesel particulate catalyst
MARTIN ABBOTT Murray Engineering will supply its new human-machine interface integration systems to the mining industry from September

Enhanced drill system increases blast-hole drill productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach Global mine management solutions developer and manufacturer Modular Mining Systems announced in the first half of the year that the ProVision 3.5 Drill system is now available on its latest platform of the ProVision Machine Guidance product line. The company’s ProVision machine guidance... 

Enhanced drill system increases blast-hole drill productivity
INCREASING EFFICIENCY Modular Mining Systems’ ProVision machine guidance solutions use high-precision global positioning systems (HP-GPS)

Implementing efficient mining technologies remains strong

By: Mia Breytenbach Implementing technology that interprets data to automate the mining industry’s decision-making processes, as well as mining technologies that can increase efficient water and energy use, have become increasingly popular over the past decade and will continue to be so, says local process... 

Implementing efficient mining technologies remains strong
Photo by Exxaro
SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY Technologies that offer practical merit, low roll-out costs and quick payback periods are appealing to major producers

Mining at ‘tech inflection point’

By: Mia Breytenbach Industrial automation company Rockwell Automation’s concept of a connected enterprise is becoming more prevalent in the South African mining industry, says the company’s sub-Saharan Africa MD Barry Elliott. He tells Mining Weekly that the mining industry is at a “technological inflection point”... 

Mining at ‘tech inflection point’
Photo by Mia Breytenbach
HEIN HIESTERMANN AND BARRY ELLIOTT A connected enterprise is inevitable for future mining operations

New core orientation system to increase drilling productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach US-based integrated drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear has added an industry-first integrated core orientation system – TruCore – to its product range. The system enables drillers in the mining industry to increase productivity and decrease consumables... 

New core orientation system to increase drilling productivity
INDUSTRY FIRST The TruCore integrated core orientation system enables drillers to increase productivity

New mine exploration and design solution software launched

By: Mia Breytenbach Australia-based mining software solutions and services provider Micromine launched the latest version of its exploration and mine design solution software, Micromine 2014, last month, in Johannesburg. This exploration and mine design solution is the fifteenth version of the application. The... 

New mine exploration and design solution software launched
NEW VERSION Micromine 2014 has updated statistical functions and new graphing functionality that provides improved visuals and increased user interactivity

New pre-shaft sinking system developed for mining industry

By: Mia Breytenbach South African construction group Murray & Roberts Cementation has developed a pre-shaft sinking system – the first of its kind in Africa – which will be used at a mine site early next year. The pre-shaft sinking system, also known as the gantry system, was designed and engineered over the past... 

New pre-shaft sinking system  developed for mining industry
CONTINENTAL FIRST Murray & Roberts Cementation designed a compact gantry system for pre-shaft sinking in the mining industry

New vertical pipeline supports narrow-reef emulsion system

By: Mia Breytenbach Mining explosives company BME is establishing a 300 m vertical emulsion pipeline – the deepest in the world – at a South African gold mine currently implementing BME’s new narrow-reef emulsion system. The pipeline, scheduled for completion at the end of this year, will reduce the usual shaft time... 

New vertical pipeline  supports narrow-reef  emulsion system
BLASTING EFFICIENCY BME’s portable charging unit enables mines to employ safer and more cost-effective emulsion-based blasting technology

Reliable Transformers

Ekurhuleni-based Reliable Transformers, which was established by HJ van Zyl more than 30 years ago, is now a major player in the African transformer market. Transformers, inductors, reactors and plasma cutting power units are some of the products designed and manufactured in-house at the... 

RFID systems eliminate water waste at mines

By: Mia Breytenbach Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions has installed six radio-frequency identification (RFID) and electronic camera (E-Cam) systems to monitor water bowsers at a Northern Cape-based iron-ore mine to eliminate water spillage, and will roll this out to the remaining 12... 

RFID systems eliminate water waste at mines
WATER SAVER I-Cat’s radio-frequency identification system monitors and reports water and product use

Anchoring devices resist pull loads of up to 12 t

By: David Oliveira South Africa-based Mine Support Products (MSP) last month launched Rocbolt, an hydraulically-set anchoring device, with a patented friction ring that enables the device to resist pull-loads of up to 12 t. “Hydraulically-set anchors are a proven way to reinforce the surrounding rocks and... 

Australian university receives funding for new technology

By: David Oliveira Australian federal Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Kim Carr announced, on August 8, that the University of Western Australia (UWA) has doubled its capacity to help find new mineral ore deposits through funding for a new nano-secondary ion mass spectrometer (NanoSIMS) imaging... 

Company launches new underground mining hoist service

By: David Oliveira Power and automation technology group ABB in August launched a new service product for hoist systems, known as the hoist performance monitoring service, which delivers a service that is unique in the underground mining market, as it can monitor and analyse the hoist system remotely, ensuring that... 

Company launches Tier 4 engines for mining vehicles

Industrial and mining group Atlas Copco is introducing Cummins Tier 4 interim (4i) engines, which produce low emissions and high fuel efficiency, as an option on five of its underground loaders and one of its underground trucks, the company reports. The Cummins Tier 4i engines will be available... 

Company targets mining industry for its asset management product

By: David Oliveira Significant interest in the mining industry in the remote management of assets, owing to global financial pressures, labour unrest in the mining industry and the need for profits, has led asset management and consumer solutions provider QCIC Asset Management Solutions to develop its latest fleet... 

Mining technology trends support market growth

By: David Oliveira The demand for enhanced safety standards and energy efficiency, together with technological improvements in monitoring and process control, will support growth in the European mining machinery market, says growth partnership company Frost & Sullivan. A new report titled ‘Analysis of the European... 

New minerals research lab to benefit mining

By: David Oliveira The global mining industry will benefit from a A$3-million extension to a minerals research laboratory based at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), in Australia, that officially opened in August. Australia-based gold producer Newcrest Mining provided A$2.5-million for the new development at the... 

New unmanned aerial vehicles to be showcased at mining exhibition

By: David Oliveira Germany-based hexacopter manufacturer Aibotix’s Aibot X6 and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer SwissDrones’ Dragon 35 are the new generation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), displayed at Switzerland-based products and systems for surveying and geographical measurement producer Leica... 

Portable vibration analyser launched

By: David Oliveira To meet the increasing interest mining companies are showing in the condition monitoring of mining equipment, process management solutions company Emerson Process Management launched its portable vibration analyser, the CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyser, in June, Emerson Process Management... 

Software company highlights the importance of research and development

By: David Oliveira Mining software solutions and services company Micromine reinvests a significant percentage of its profits from yearly licence renewal fees and software sales for research and development (R&D) projects, Micromine customer services manager for Africa Craig Peek tells Mining Weekly. This level of... 

Software company to launch new mining module

By: David Oliveira Software development company Dariel Solutions aims to launch the mining module of its Weigh Bridge Connectivity (WBX) goods-delivered and goods-received system by October, Dariel Solutions MD Malcolm Rabson tell Mining Weekly. The development of WBX started four years ago, in South Africa, and... 

Technology to help avoid vehicle collision on mines

By: David Oliveira Collision avoidance systems (CAS) developed for the mining sector by mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa, prevent fatalities, injuries, damage and downtime, in surface or underground operations, of vehicles operating in the proximity of personnel. These modular systems – which... 

Electric, hydraulic technology showcased

By: Sashnee Moodley Diversified power management company Eaton unveiled a range of electric and hydraulic technologies at its mining technology day in Midrand, Gauteng, last month. 

Gully bags expected to surpass other support solutions

By: Sashnee Moodley The concept of mechanically stabilised earth has been perfected and implemented in the design of mine support and personal protective equipment manufacturer Stitch Wise’s modular gully bags, which are expected to transform mine support with its load-carrying capacity and assist in reducing the... 

Manufacturer continues to market pipe-joining technology

By: Sashnee Moodley Global mechanical pipe joining system manufacturer Victaulic continues to promote its flame-free technology, as well as couplings, fittings and valves, to meet a variety of project needs in the mining industry at this year’s Electra Mining Africa trade exhibition, in Johannesburg.  

Mining software designed for 64-bit processor 

By: Sashnee Moodley Miners can now effortlessly work with large data sets by using mining technology developer Maptek’s latest software, Vulcan 8.1.4, which combines the advantages of a three-dimensional (3D) modelling environment with 64-bit processing power. 

New diamond core bit

By: Sashnee Moodley Mineral exploration drilling company Boart Longyear’s new diamond core bit, the 10 Ultramix (UMX), has been acquired by several companies in Africa for mineral exploration since its worldwide launch in March.  

New diamond drilling system improves mine productivity, lowers costs

By: Sashnee Moodley Mines and contractors can now use electricity and compressed air, depending on their availability, to power a new diamond drilling offering by drilling company Lesedi Drilling & Mining Contracting. 

SA increasing use of clean mining technology

By: Sashnee Moodley The South African mining industry is facing various challenges forcing it to either adapt or die; and one of those adaptations is increasing investment in cleaner technologies to ensure sustainability, says international trade association Clean Mining Alliance (CMA) communications manager Ryan... 

Shock tube redesigned

By: Sashnee Moodley To ensure increased safety in mines, commercial explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services introduced its new third generation (3G) Shock Tube Uni-Delay long period (LP) Vivid assembly onto the mining market in June. 

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