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AMD technology a hot topic in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Finnish specialist in hydrometallurgical treatment technology Global EcoProcess Services Oy (EPSE) launched a treatment for acid mine drainage (AMD) in South Africa in July, which it claims is a cost-effective, one-step process that can integrate with the existing technology and equipment used by... 

Australian mining safety solutions introduced locally

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Having proven its ability over 12 years in the Australian market to greatly reduce the dangers of a hazardous mining environment, mining safety solutions provider Nautitech this year started introducing its range of safety products to South Africa, trialling its products at some major operations. 

Australian mining  safety solutions introduced locally
ALEX LESTER The mining industry is facing the challenge of increasing productivity without compromising on safety

New retractable dust-suppression system easy to operate, maintain

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Environmental management solutions provider I-CAT this year introduced a retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) for dust suppression at conveyor discharge points, which can be fully automated and allows for easy maintenance. 

New retractable  dust-suppression system easy to operate, maintain
SIMPLIFYING MAINTENANCE I-CAT’s retractable stockpile dust ring makes the dust-suppression system easy to access for maintenance

Pneumatic tech significantly improves equipment performance  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 South African start-up Magnevane, assisted by consulting firm Deloitte, is introducing a design that significantly improves the performance of pneumatic engines by using high-powered magnets in air motor applications. 

Pneumatic tech significantly  improves equipment performance
Magnevane demonstrates the performance of a chainsaw before and after it is fitted with the company’s new pneumatics technology, go to www.miningweekly.co.za and click on ‘Video Reports’, or watch it on the Mining Weekly App on your iPhone. (Video courtesy of Magnevane)

Surface miners to take over mining landscape in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Mining solutions provider Wirtgen South Africa (SA) is engaged in extensive talks with various mining companies about solutions for their greenfield and existing mines. Surface miners are set to change the opencast mining industry in South Africa, as they have done worldwide, by addressing the... 

Surface miners to take over mining landscape in South Africa
MODERNISING OPENCAST MINING Wirtgen surface miners offer an alternative mining approach that will benefit the South African coal mining industry

Turnkey Instruments

     26th August 2016 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Turnkey Instruments

Company modifies design of materials hauler jacking system

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force is making design changes to its ToughLift jacking system, with new models expected to be released in 2016, says company marketing director Laura Thompson. “The jacking system provides users in the mining industry with an easy and safe method of lifting... 

Company modifies  design of materials  hauler jacking system
STURDY AND SAFE The ToughLift jacking system can meet the requirements of plant operators at mines and quarries

Company to release device to detect lab-grown diamonds

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Gemmological services and technology developer and provider Diamond Services will in September unveil a mini Raman Spectrometer that can accurately detect high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) and chemical vapour deposition lab-grown diamonds and HPHT colour-treated diamonds. “The mini Raman... 

Company to release  device to detect  lab-grown diamonds
TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED The mini Raman Spectrometer is designed to provide diamond and jewellery companies with a high technological capability

Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Australia-based exploration and emerging producer Havilah Resources in June bought a surface laser monitoring and tracking system to use at its opencut Portia gold mine, in South Australia. The mine will use the Sentry monitoring system, designed by mining software, hardware and services provider... 

Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system
OBSERVING Maptek’s Sentry surface laser monitoring and tracking system simplifies geotech analysis

Latest technology renders mines ready for the future

     28th August 2015 Mining houses that are deploying the latest technology in the areas of robotics, sensors, automation, wearables and connectivity will likely emerge as winners in the unceasing quest for operational excellence in the mining industry, says global information technology, consulting and outsourcing... 

Latest technology renders mines ready for the future
SAFETY UNDERGROUND Anglo American is partnering with tertiary institutions to advance its underground mining technologies

Miner implementing technology derived from computer gaming

     28th August 2015 Millions of rands are spent every year on products and services designed to keep miners safe; however, many people do not know that some of the most important and advanced technological mining safety solutions originate from computer gaming, notes Standard Bank small enterprise head Ethel Nyembe.... 

Miner implementing technology derived from computer gaming
SAFETY AT WORK Mines are investing in technologies to increase the safety of workers

Mines advised to place new focus on innovation and technology

     28th August 2015 The mining industry is “far behind” in terms of using technology and innovation to deal with industry-related challenges such as dropping ore grades, high-energy costs and lack of reliable energy supply, says bespoke mining enterprise software engineering solutions developer Stone Three Mining... 

Mines advised to place new focus  on innovation and technology
FROTH SENSOR Stone Three Mining Solutions optimises mineral processing plants through machine vision based smart sensor technology

New plasma pipe-cutting machine enters production 

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Specialist chromium carbide (CrC) long-life liners and components manufacturer Rio-Carb in June started producing pipes for the diamond mining industry using its new plasma pipe-cutting machine at its factory in Alberton, Ekurhuleni. Rio-Carb director Martin Maine tells Mining Weekly that the... 

New plasma pipe-cutting machine enters production
Rio-Carb director Martin Maine and Rio-Carb product development manager Luis Garcia talk about the company’s new plasma pipe-cutting machine

New technology to reduce coal mine operating costs

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Australian mining technology company Emergent Mining Technologies (EMT) launched its Reduced Energy Mining System (REMS) in May to increase the energy efficiency of opencast coal mines. The technology is meant to dramatically reduce mine operating costs, improve productivity and prolong the... 

New technology to  reduce coal mine  operating costs
Photo by Bloomberg
MINING EFFECTIVELY The Reduced Energy Mining System increases the energy efficiency of opencast coal mines

New underground scanning device now locally available

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Full service technology implementation company Ramjack Technology Solutions in February launched Canadian mining mobile equipment company Peck Tech Consulting’s uGPS Rapid Mapper scanning device onto the local market. The device, unveiled in South Africa during a roadshow jointly conducted by... 

New underground  scanning device  now locally available
COLLECTING ACCURATE DATA The uGPS Rapid Mapper can take scans at speeds of between 1 km/h and 15 km/h

Safety paramount in modern mining

     28th August 2015 Modern mining demands rigorous focus on safety, productivity and cost containment, all of which can be driven by breakthrough technologies that are already changing the way miners operate at the coalface, says mining solutions company Strata Worldwide. The company points out that its proximity... 

Safety paramount  in modern mining
Photo by Bloomberg
MINER WELLBEING Safety systems are essential in modern mining

Technology can assist in preventing mining fraud

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Technology is increasingly being used in the mining industry to reduce fraudulent activities, says software development company Dariel. Dariel MD Malcolm Rabson notes that while illegal mining is a significant challenge, it is not only these undertakings that result in fraud, as “much of it... 

Technology can assist in preventing mining fraud
Photo by Bloomberg
STREAMLINING OPERATIONS With Dariel’s Weigh Bridge Connectivity solution, drivers who transport minerals have a radio-frequency identification card and vehicle number-plate recognition to prevent fraud

Demand for vibration monitoring equipment increasing

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th August 2014 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 for  vibration monitoring equipment increasing
REMOTE DIAGNOSTICS There is a need for mines to perform remote diagnostics of mobile and fixed mining assets

Demand increase for diesel particulate catalyst

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th August 2014 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     29th August 2014 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     29th August 2014 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     29th August 2014 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     29th August 2014 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     29th August 2014 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     29th August 2014 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     29th August 2014 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

     29th August 2014 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     29th August 2014 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     13th September 2013 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     13th September 2013 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     13th September 2013 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... 

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