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Acquisition and merger create job opportunities, improve customer service

By: Kimberley Smuts The acquisition of pump manufacturer SPP Pumps and pumps spares supplier Braybar Pumps by fluid management solutions company Kirloskar Brothers International (KBI) has created the potential for increased job opportunities in South Africa and improved (national) service for the mining sector.... 

After-sales strategy aids pumps maintenance

Through its system efficiency service (SES) pumps and valves producer KSB Pumps and Valves can conduct a complete energy efficiency analysis and detect variations in flow rates and vibrations, that it interprets and analyses in real time to optimise pumping systems. This enables the company to... 

After-sales strategy aids  pumps maintenance
ANDREAS GREMELS Advanced after-sales systems enable KSB Pumps and Valves to maintain a sizeable fleet of pumps in perfect working condition

Company restores pumps at platinum mine

By: Kimberley Smuts Heavy-duty pump solutions manufacturer and supplier Pump and Abrasion Technologies in March restored 37 pumps at a South African platinum mine to original-equipment manufacturer specifications in less than two weeks, says Pump and Abrasion Technologies GM Francois de Villiers. He explains that... 

Company restores  pumps at platinum mine
PUMPS SOLUTION Pump and Abrasion Technologies was hired to evaluate the readily available slurry pump equipment at the mine and to supply and install other necessary equipment

Manufacturer to install new pumping solution at Chile mine

By: Kimberley Smuts Locomotives manufacturer General Electric (GE) Mining is set to provide new pumpstation solutions for a mine in Chile. The new GE pumpstation solution uses a combination of existing GE products such as pumps engines and gearboxes. 

Manufacturer to install new pumping solution  at Chile mine
PUMPSTATION SOLUTION Locomotives manufacturer General Electric (GE) Mining is set to provide new pumpstation solutions for a mine in Chile

New control system enables optimal functionality of pumps drive motors

Global pumps high-pressure systems supplier RMI Pressure Systems says that its newly launched On Demand Intelligence (Odin) control system enables pumps drive motors to function at their optimum speed and provide maximum output while using minimal energy. Odin is a robust and reliable control... 

New diesel-driven pumps introduced to South African market

By: Kimberley Smuts Swedish industrial tools and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco introduced its new range of portable diesel-engine-driven pumps, PAS, to the South African market in March this year. The PAS range, which includes 4 inch, 6 inch and 8 inch pumps, was officially launched in Belgium in June last... 

New diesel-driven pumps introduced to South  African market
PAS RANGE Atlas Copco recently introduced its new range of portable diesel-engine-driven pumps

New dredge units launched

By: Kimberley Smuts Pump rental company  Integrated Pump Rental introduced the SlurrySucker dredge unit into its rental fleet at the end of last month. This pumping solution which makes it easier to remove silt and built-up sediments from process water ponds, return water ponds and other water storage areas, will be... 

New dredge units launched
LOCALLY DESIGNED The SlurrySucker Dredge Unit is capable of extracting high tonnages due to the design and engineering of the dredge head

New pumping simulation software released

Ventilation, occupational health and environmental solutions provider and the exclusive distributor of Chasm Consulting software in South Africa, Terramin, in May this year released its new Pumpsim pumping simulation software package. The software is designed to model and simulate many different... 

New pumping simulation software released
PUMPSIM The software is designed to model and simulate many different types of data from a 3-dimensional network of pumps and pipes

New slurry pumps range launched

Diversified engineering group Metso in April launched a range of MDM and MDR hard metal mill discharge slurry pumps designed specifically for mill circuit applications. The company states that the ranges, which are locally manufactured, enhance its “world renowned” offering of pumps, many of... 

New slurry pumps range launched
MDR DISCHARGE PUMP This double casing pump has a minimum guaranteed hardness of 650 BHN

Partnership to help tackle acid mine drainage

Industrial automation provider Rockwell Automation and mine dewatering company Ritz Pumps South Africa (SA) are partnering to address South Africa’s acid mine drainage (AMD) challenge. Rockwell Automation and Ritz Pumps SA are providing variable speed drives (VSDs) and pumps, respecitively, for... 

Partnership to help tackle acid mine drainage
WORKING OVERTIME The equipment operates for 24-hours nonstop, which requires the pumps to have 99.9% availability to ensure they can deliver the maximum capacity to guarantee full flow at all times

Peaked interest in new slurry pumps range

By: Kimberley Smuts Interest in slurry equipment solution provider Weir Minerals’ Warman slurry pumps has peaked over the past 12 months, with sales of these pumps having increased over the past 12 months. Launched in August last year, Weir Minerals’ new WBH slurry pump range  includes many enhancements and material... 

Peaked interest in new  slurry pumps range
RUI GOMES Development of the WHB range has been a global effort across Weir Minerals’ operations in order to incorporate our customers’ needs and requirements

Pumps service and support centre continues to grow

By: Kimberley Smuts Pump manager and supplier AESPUMP is establishing itself as a one-stop service and support centre for rotating equipment such as pumps, compressors and mixers. The company is continuously training its service technicians, with rotational training programmes equipping them with the skills needed... 

Pumps service and support centre continues to grow
COMPLETE SERVICE Pump manager and supplier AESPUMP is establishing itself as a one-stop service and support centre for rotating equipment such as pumps, compressors and mixers

Submersible pumps range extended

Denmark-based pump manufacturer Grundfos earlier this year launched an extended range of high-efficiency medium-sized submersible pumps (SP). The improvements visible in the new four-inch SP pump range stem from the features of Grundfos’ range of large SP pumps for professional end-users. 

Submersible pumps range extended
RELIABLE RANGE RELEASED SP pumps are available for a wide variety of industry applications, such as groundwater supply to waterworks, irrigation and pressure boosting

Water technology company unveils interactive Web platform

In April this year global water technology company Xylem unveiled its new interactive dewatering Web platform. The new website brings Xylem’s dewatering product brands, manufacturers of pumps Flygt and pump manufacturers and service providers Godwin together on one comprehensive Web platform,... 

Water technology company unveils interactive Web platform
XYLEM PRODUCTS The Xylem site offers significant new content, including product, service, parts and application information, to streamline customers’ research and decision-making

Macerating sewage pumps ideal for mine site accommodation

Macerating pumping systems are ideal for temporary sewage networks, as are required during the construction of a mine, owing to the system’s flexibility and ability to pump sewage through small bore pipes to a central collection facility, such as a septic tank or municipal sewage line, says the... 

Macerating sewage pumps ideal for  mine site accommodation
FLEXIBLE SYSTEM Saniflo sewage pumps are the ideal solution for modular buildings as they can be easily installed and removed

Transparent slurry pump loop model to showcase material flow

To provide mine and general industry technical staff with the opportunity to view the inside working and dynamics of a slurry pumping system, pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves has produced and showcased a fully transparent operational slurry pump loop model. The working model that was... 

Transparent slurry pump loop model to showcase material flow
RICHARD INGLETT AND MOHAMED TRABELSI The transparent operational slurry pump loop model shows the inside working and dynamics of the slurry pumping system

Continuous water demand driving increased interest in PVPA 2015

With the world’s unceasing demand for vital fluids – whether water or oil – the global pump and valve manufacturing industry is showing renewed interest in this year’s Pumps Valves and Pipes Africa (PVPA) Expo, set to take place in Midrand from May 20 to 22. “Pipelines, valves and pumps are the... 

Campaign to build in-depth understanding of mining dewatering

Boksburg-based pumps supplier Integrated Pump Technology has launched its “OneMine@ a Time” campaign to build an in-depth understanding of the dewatering requirements of the mining industry. “We are striving to comprehend the specific needs of all our individual clients, as we can only hope to... 

Campaign to build  in-depth understanding  of mining dewatering
KNOWLEDGE DRIVE A key aim of the “OneMine@ a Time” campaign is to build an in-depth understanding of the dewatering requirements of the mining industry

African gold mine receives mobile firefighting set

By: Mia Breytenbach Pumps and pump components supplier Grundfos supplied a containerised firefighting set – the first Grundfos set of its kind to be supplied worldwide – to one of West African gold producer Perseus Mining’s gold mines, in Ghana, in October last year. The South African arm of the Denmark-based parent... 

African gold mine receives mobile firefighting set
INDUSTRY FAVOURITES Popular Grundfos products used in the African market include the CR vertical multistage in-line pump range, and the long-coupled (NK) end-suction pumps range

Company adds new ranges to product portfolio

By: Mia Breytenbach Pumping solutions company Letaba Dewatering, a division of industrial group Set Point, recently introduced several new pumps to its product portfolio to enhance its offering for the mining and general industry. Letaba Dewatering showcased the Varisco ST-R self-priming trash pump at the 2014... 

Company adds new ranges to product  portfolio
PRODUCT PROTECTION The Varisco ST-R series feature front rear wear plates, which protect the impeller and the seal housing from wear and reduce overall maintenance costs

Company invests more than €2.4m in EMEA manufacturing capability

By: Mia Breytenbach Power management company Eaton has invested more than €2.4-million, or R42-million, in its manufacturing capability in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to enable the company to meet industry-leading delivery times for its X20 pumps range. Eaton’s X20 pumps are used in wheel loaders,... 

Increased focus on pumps training, new opportunities in 2015 – industry body

By: Mia Breytenbach The Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) will continue to focus on development – particularly upskilling and training – in the pumps industry in Southern Africa, this year. “Training is key within an industry, as it is a way of ensuring sustainability for the future,”... 

Increased focus on pumps training, new opportunities in 2015 – industry body
LORRAINE SMART Mine staff, pumps artisans and engineers should be trained to identify problems in the mining industry in terms of application and installation

Increased turnover, international market share expected

By: Mia Breytenbach South African pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps expects a total increase in turnover of at least 50% this year, states company MD Thys Wehmeyer. “This expectation follows the exceptional business growth of the company in 2014, with turnover growth having exceeded 100%,” he tells Mining Weekly,... 

Increased turnover,  international market  share expected
EXCEEDING GROWTH International sales increased by about 250% in 2013/14, with Hazleton Pumps’ international market expected to grow by another 75% this year

Multimillion-rand return water pump supplied to gold mine

By: Mia Breytenbach Local pumps and pump components manufacturer, servicer and supplier APE Pumps has replaced a return water pump, which has been operating continuously for at least 25 years, at a gold mine in Johannesburg, in Gauteng. APE Pumps, owned by India-based multinational pumps manufacturer WPIL, installed... 

Multimillion-rand return water pump supplied to gold mine
MARKET RE-ENERGISATION APE Pumps expects a reasonable growth rate of about 10% for 2015 with Africa a logical market for expansion

New product ranges to enhance pumps portfolio

By: Mia Breytenbach Division of Scotland-headquartered engineering solutions provider the Weir Group Plc, Weir Minerals is focused on enhancing its portfolio of pumps and materials technologies to assist customers in achieving the best returns from the products in which they are investing. The company will launch... 

New product ranges to  enhance pumps portfolio
NEW ADDITION Weir Minerals has designed an entire range of Warman WBV vertical spindle sump pumps with a unique built-in sump agitation system

Pumps supplier to commission new slurry pumps at Gauteng mine

Slurry pump supplier and pump solution specialist Pump & Abrasion Technologies plans to start commissioning the 23 new Battlemax 8/6FFPP high-pressure, high-head pumps it supplied to a Gauteng-based gold mine, this month. Pump & Abrasion Technologies transported the pumps to the mine for... 

Pumps supplier to  commission new slurry pumps at Gauteng mine
DEWATERING CAPABILITY The Battlemax 8/6FFPP high-pressure, high-head pumps will be integrated with the rest of the dewatering pump system at a Gauteng gold mine

Pumps, valves and pipes expo opens African mining opportunities

As pump and valve manufacturers and suppliers around the world are looking to grow their market share in Africa, particularly in the mining industry, the Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa 2015 (PVPA) expo will showcase the latest products, solutions, projects and opportunities available. PVPA, a... 

Pumps, valves and pipes expo opens African mining opportunities
MINING OPPORTUNITY African mining spawns countless opportunities for ancillary industries, such as pumps, to supply products and services to new mining projects

Split-case pumps range to reduce lead times

By: Mia Breytenbach To further enhance its pumps product portfolio for the mining industry, Johannesburg-based pumps manufacturer Mather+Platt will this year hone its focus to several existing pump ranges, particularly its newly launched range of split-case pumps. The new range, launched at the Electra Mining Africa... 

Split-case pumps range to reduce lead times
PREPARED STOCKHOLDING Positive displacement Viking internal gear pumps can transfer viscous fluids of up to 440 000 kinematic viscosity

Company modifies pumps range to meet miner’s requirements

By: Pimani Baloyi Local pumps manufacturer Cemo Pumps last month delivered the first set of GE812 pumps to gold miner Gold One’s Modder East mine, on Johannesburg’s East Rand, says Cemo Pumps MD Gregory Cohen. The GE812 is a modification of the GE088 designed to meet the miner’s specifications. “The GE088 was the... 

Company modifies pumps range to meet miner’s requirements
GE812 Instead of having several stages of pumps at each level of a mine, the GE812 can manage the full workload of an entire mine

Hans Merensky – the prisoner of war

Ninety years ago, almost to the day, South Africa’s pre-eminent geologist, Dr Hans Merensky, made one of the most important and phenomenal mineral discoveries anywhere in the world when he identified a section of the platinum-group-metal-rich Bushveld Igneous Complex near the town of Lydenburg,... 

Hans Merensky – the  prisoner of war
RMI PRESSURE SYSTEMS The designers at RMI have produced a versatile product that is capable of operating in a multitude of situations

Local pump manufacturers expand

By: Pimani Baloyi Johannesburg-based pump manufacturers APE Pumps and Mather+Platt, owned by India-based multinational pumps manufacturer WPIL, have bought factory space alongside their existing pump factory as part of efforts to expand their portfolio as pumps suppliers. APE Pumps and Mather+Platt sales GM... 

Local pump manufacturers expand
APE MULTISTAGE PUMP The pump boasts pressure-boosting, fire-fighting and water-circulation functionalities suited to the mining industry

Local supplier, exclusive distributor

By: Pimani Baloyi Newly established Boksburg-based pumps supplier Integrated Pump Technology was named in June as the exclusive Southern Africa distributor for the world’s third-largest submersible pump manufacturer Grindex AB, which is based in Sweden. Integrated Pump Technology GM Klint Bawden tells Mining... 

Local supplier,  exclusive distributor
BRAVO RANGE Bravo pumps can operate over the complete pump curve, not just one specific duty point, which means that it can be used in numerous applications within its range

Manufacturer prioritises quality and service

By: Pimani Baloyi Johannesburg-based heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Pump and Abrasion Technologies is developing several new products and materials that will benefit the company’s existing and prospective clients, says sales and marketing director James Pienaar. He tells Mining Weekly that the company is... 

Pumps association chairperson advises on pump longevity

Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) chairperson Mathys Wehmeyer advices the mining industry and other users of submerged pumps to take into account the actual cost incurred when buying these pumps. “When purchasing a submersible pump, like any other capital equipment,... 

Pumps association  chairperson advises  on pump longevity
MATHYS WEHMEYER End-users should consider the total cost of ownership, the total cost of power usage, maintenance, as well as the cost involved in the loss of usage and not just the purchase price of the pump

Pumps company grows product portfolio, focuses on R&D

By: Pimani Baloyi Scotland-headquartered specialist slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals has been focusing on enhancing its growing pump portfolio by ongoing investment in research and development (R&D) with a focus on improving material technologies to increase wear life and offer clients a lower... 

Pumps company grows product portfolio, focuses on R&D
WEIR HEAVY BAY FOUNDRY The facility is strategically located near the deep water port of Coega, thus positioning it to support global heavy bay foundry requirements

Maintenance performed on colliery’s underground pipes

Engineers at Glencore-operated Boschmans colliery, in Mpumalanga, have installed 4", 6" and 8" Victaulic Style SC77 flexible couplings in both the pump systems and the large runs of pipes throughout its plant, says Boschman engineering foreman Danie Botha. The installation-ready couplings... 

Air-powered pump suitable for mines

By: Dylan Slater Local pumps supplier Aquapump’s ARO series of air-operated diaphragm pumps, manufactured by diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand, are suitable for use in mines owing to the pumps’ lightweight construction and ability to be used in a dusty environment, which is often the case with mines,... 

Air-powered pump suitable for mines
MAGNETIC DRIVE PUMP Innomag magnetically driven pumps are sealless and capable of handling hazardous materials

Corrosion-resistant pumps used to treat acid mine drainage

The current acid mine drainage (AMD) crisis in South Africa, coupled with the impending scarcity of natural resources in the country, and the enforcement of environmental legislation, such as the National Environmental Management Act, is forcing industry stakeholders to take a closer look at the... 

Corrosion-resistant pumps used to treat acid mine drainage
Photo by Duane Daws
PUMPS FOR MINES Verder Pumps has more than 50 years of experience in pumping technology
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