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Pumps News

Hydropower – what the industry needs now

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 The contraction in the South African mining industry has resulted in many projects and expansions stalling in recent years, with mines having closed or scaled back on capital and operational expenditure.  

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Outsourced maintenance strategy recommended

     23rd June 2017 Increasingly plant owners are looking to outsource the major elements of equipment maintenance to improve reliability and limit downtime, reports rotating equipment maintenance and repair service provider Sulzer.  

Outsourced maintenance strategy recommended
JIM MUGFORD At the end of the day, customers are looking for service providers who possess the expertise, tools and technology to make sure their machines are running reliably, efficiently and cost effectively

Company aims to solve Africa’s challenges with Aussie solutions

     16th June 2017 Pumps and pressure cleaners producer Australian Pump Industries, commonly known as Aussie Pumps, has been actively looking to the African continent for distribution outlets, says MD Warwick Lorenz. Australian Pump Industries, located in Sydney’s Norwest “Silicon Valley” area, operates a... 

Company aims to solve Africa’s challenges with Aussie solutions
Photo by Bloomberg
CONTINENTAL COUPLING Australian Pump Industries believes its experience in Australia can be applied to projects in Africa

JV contract secured to desilt acid ponds

     16th June 2017 Industrial pump rental service provider Integrated Pump Rental, in a joint venture (JV) with supplier and service provider of equipment to mining and allied industries EC Mining, has secured a contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This... 

JV contract secured  to desilt acid ponds
CAUSE AND EFFECT Acid ponds and dams that have become silted have serious repercussions for a mining operation

New speed control product for pumps, compressors

     16th June 2017 The first member of a new product family in the field of speed control for compressors and pumps, the VECO-Drive, combines the reliability of mechanical gears with the productivity of low-voltage, variable-frequency drives (VFDs). Introduced by intelligent drive solutions, systems and... 

New speed control product for pumps, compressors
EFFECTIVE COMBINATION The VECO-Drive, which combines a mechanical planetary gear with a frequency controlled servo motor, reduces energy consumption by more than 2 000 MWh/y

Opportunities to be had in pumps industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th June 2017 There are a myriad of opportunities in the pumps industry to develop it, propel its growth and improve efficiency, avers independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath. A potential area of development in the mining pumps industry lies in the better understanding and the holistic use of... 

Opportunities to be  had in pumps industry
OLD HAT Pumping technology is fairly old, with an understanding of underlying engineering principles well entrenched, and is only expanded on when a need arises

Pretoria company to service, supply new pumps range

     16th June 2017 Mechanical seals, rotating and engineering protection, and sealing equipment supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS), situated in Pretoria, has been appointed as a service and product supplier of global pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps & Valves.    KSB boasts an annual sales revenue of almost... 

Pretoria company to service, supply new pumps range
PRODUCT ACCESS Mechanical Rotating Solutions will be granted access to the full range of original-equipment manufactured in Germany by KSB Pumps & Valves

Pump tackles acidic liquids containing solids

     16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has introduced a high-volume, high-head, medium- and/or high-voltage range of Hippo submersible slurry pumps manufactured from specialised material capable of pumping acidic liquids containing solids at high heads. The company says the success of... 

Pump tackles acidic  liquids containing solids
PUMP INSPIRATION The design of the high-volume, high-head, medium- and/or high-voltage Hippo pump follows the success of the submersible slurry pump developed for export to the oil sands mines at Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada

Pumps companies among winners at awards ceremony

     16th June 2017 Family-owned, Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazelton Pumps has walked away with the Most Innovative Award and the Best Customer Service of the Year Award – as it did in 2015 – at the third annual Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence.... 

Pumps companies among winners at awards ceremony
Photo by Duane Daws
KAIZER NYATSUMBA In such turbulent economic times and a challenging business environment, it is critically important for those companies which excel at what they do to get the acknowledgement and recognition that they deserve

Solution suited to harsh African mining conditions

     16th June 2017 South African vacuum and pressure equipment filters and spares supplier Air and Vacuum Technologies recommends its representee Price Pumps’ T15 and T20 air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps for applications in the harsh African mining industry. The company, based in Midrand, Gauteng, notes... 

Solution suited to harsh African mining conditions
T15 PUMP The pump is fully interchangeable with another market-leading brand and also shares identical dimensions and interchangeable spare parts

Stator introduced for reduced energy and maintenance costs

     16th June 2017 Solutions provider for difficult pumping applications Netzsch Pumps North America has introduced the iFD-Stator 2.0, which it says combines efficiency, economy and environmental safety in one system. Featuring a two-part, reusable stator housing and replaceable stator, the iFD-Stator 2.0 is... 

Stator introduced for reduced energy and maintenance costs
NEXT GENERATION The new housing concept of the iFD-Stator 2.0 is easier to handle than the previous generation and delivers a longer service life

Vortex slurry sump pumps range expanded

     16th June 2017 Centurion-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has expanded its range of Hippo vortex slurry sump pumps that address blockages at coal processing plants. The company points to continuous enquiries from customers for sump pumps capable of handling larger solids as well as pumping at higher... 

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th June 2017 Independent process industry consultant Santosh Gunpath is cautiously optimistic about the future of the South African mining pumps industry. “There is no definitive direction for this sector, with companies following a wait-and-see approach while keeping costs to a minimum.” 

‘Solid’ industry employing survival strategies
GROWTH POTENTIAL While the stability, progress and growth of the mining pumps industry lies predominantly in maintaining its existing installed base, potential does exist for growth in other areas

Hoists to improve pump installation, maintenance at Limpopo mine

     2nd June 2017 Mining system solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa has secured an order for two 10 t electric chain hoists with motorised trolleys from equipment supplier Klevan Mining – Becker Mining’s distributor in Limpopo. 

Hoists to improve pump installation, maintenance at Limpopo mine
SMOOTH OPERATOR Motorised trolleys on the Kito ER2 hoist will ensure smooth and precise traversing and positioning of the equipment

New crane tailored to small, medium-sized businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The South African market’s response to lifting group Konecranes’ CXT UNO wire rope hoist crane has been encouraging since its global launch in January, with Konecranes Southern Africa service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald attributing this to the combined reliability and... 

New crane tailored to small, medium-sized businesses
MAKING TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBLE The CXT UNO was developed as an economical solution for small and medium-sized businesses

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra
Engineering News Online’s Martin Creamer talks to Thos Begbie’s Edwin Dreyer and Dekra’s Johan Gerber. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

New pumps range lowers costs, enhances performance at integrated ferrochrome producer

By: Dylan Slater     31st March 2017 Following the launch of heavy-duty pump solutions company Pump and Abrasion Technologies’ (PAT’s) new Curve range of pumps in September 2016, a North West-based ferrochrome producer has installed the new Curve series pumps at its plant. 

New pumps range lowers costs, enhances performance at integrated ferrochrome producer
CURVE PUMP The Curve pumps installed at Hernic Ferrochrome operate 50% slower than the previous pumps, lowering costs while not limiting performance

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the bottom line. As exemplified in its leading role in sponsoring the #DisruptMining competition during the... 

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances
Photo by Goldcorp
Goldcorp’s existing policies promote diversity in the work place

Restructuring ahead of expected mining boom

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve supplier and manufacturer AR Controls is positioning itself during the lull of the prevailing commodity slump, to ride it out and take advantage of the next mining surpercycle, predicted by the company to start in 2018. 

Restructuring ahead of expected mining boom
SEVERE SERVICE The DeZurik KSV valve is being used at high-altitude locations that require piping systems to pump slurry up or down mountains

International market ‘excited’ by South African technology

     3rd February 2017 Heavy-duty pump solutions manufacturer and supplier Pump and Abrasion Technologies (PAT) has received a highly positive reaction to the Curve range from potential international clients, says sales director James Pienaar. The company unveiled Curve, its latest product range, to the African market... 

 International market  ‘excited’ by South African technology
AHEAD OF THE CURVE The pump's overall reliability and rapid disassembly and reassembly time are said to have wowed international audiences

Canadian client, local manufacturer sustain 17 yr relationship

     3rd February 2017 Crude oil and natural gas producer Canadian National Resources (CNR) will send two Hippo 350 kW medium-voltage submersible slurry pumps to South African pump  manufacturer Hazleton Pumps for repair and upgrade later this month. The pumps, used to pump liquids containing solids contaminated with... 

Canadian client, local manufacturer sustain  17 yr relationship
PREFERRED CHOICE Hippo medium-voltage submersible slurry pumps have been in operation at Canadian National Resources' Fort McMurray field since 2000

Coating solution enables improved pump efficiencies, saves costs

     3rd February 2017 The application of coating technology supplier Thermaspray’s protective thermal spray coatings is claimed to reduce degradation processes on performance-critical pumps components to extend their operating life and improve pumps efficiencies for the best uptime and increased production. The... 

Coating solution enables improved  pump efficiencies, saves costs
THERMODYNAMIC Thermal spray is a collection of techniques, which include high velocity oxygen fuel, plasma, flame spray and arc spray, used to apply materials to substrates

Downturn allows for focus on research, design enhancement

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 Agitator and pump manufacturer AFX Mixing and Pumping Technologies, a division of AFX Holdings, has used the mining downturn to focus on its research and development (R&D) initiatives. AFX director and pumps specialist Toby Frostwick says while the company’s commitment to its R&D outcomes and... 

Downturn allows for focus on  research, design enhancement
WORK HORSE AFX hoses are specifically designed and manufactured to enhance fatigue resistance, resulting in a longer service life for its pumps

Polymer-based elastomeric material reduces corrosion, costs

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 To reduce corrosion and maintenance while enhancing efficiency, pump manufacturer Mather+Platt is applying polymer-based elastomeric material to its internal pump components as well as the external housing of the pump units. The company notes that the advanced polymer material is unique to the... 

Polymer-based elastomeric material reduces corrosion, costs
EXTRA PROTECTION The polymer coating's resistance to acidic and corrosive compounds, such as hydrochloric acid, make it invaluable when protecting pump components

Product reliability, after-sales service boost company contracts

     3rd February 2017 Local pumps supplier KSB Pumps & Valves has continued its strong gains in the mining sector, with several large-scale slurry pump contracts being awarded to the company in the latter half of 2016. The company, based in  Germiston, Gauteng, explains that these include projects in the ferrochrome,... 

Product reliability,  after-sales service boost company contracts
Photo by Duane Daws
QUALITY PARTS, QUALITY SERVICE Customers have cited KSB pumps performance and reliability, as well as KSB’s after-sales service as the reason for selecting the company

Pumps manufacturer to launch mechatronics solution this quarter

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals will launch its mechatronics solution, Synertrex, before the end of the first quarter. The solution leverages the Internet of Things (IoT) – combining integrated equipment technology with everyday electronic and mechanical equipment with network... 

Pumps manufacturer to launch mechatronics solution this quarter
PROBLEM PREDICTION Weir's design teams are looking for solutions to challenges that have yet to materialise

Quality of equipment directly impacts safety, efficiency

     3rd February 2017 As the mining industry is supported by a vast system of pumps and pipes, it is important to install pumping equipment that is capable of outlasting its intended job, thereby ensuring safety and efficiency in the mining industry, says displacement pumps manufacturer Netzsch Pumps North America.... 

Quality of equipment directly impacts safety, efficiency
NETZCH'S NICHE Netzsch pumps are frequently used in oil and gas plants, although the company's range also caters for other industrial and mineral applications

Rental fleet demand doubles in two years

By: Nadine James     3rd February 2017 Demand for industrial pumps and dredging equipment supplier Integrated Pump Rental’s (IPR’s) rental fleet has doubled since the company’s introduction in 2014. IPR attributes this growth to its superior products and value proposition. IPR MD Lee Vine says the company’s ability to offer... 

Rental fleet demand doubles in two years
Photo by Duane Daws
LEE VINE LEE VINE Integrated Pump Rental has benefited from a successful marketing strategy

Next-generation submersible motors to be launched

By: Sascha Solomons     7th October 2016 South Africa-based pumping system solutions provider Franklin Electric South Africa (SA) is working on launching its next generation of 4” submersible motors, following the success of its previous motor, which achieved a lifespan of 30 years. Franklin Electric SA product manager Jano Verreynne... 

Next-generation submersible motors to be launched
QUALITY LEADS TO DURABILITY Franklin Electric South Africa's previous motor achieved a lifespan of 30 years

Tough times for motors and drives, but mechanisation creates hope

By: Sascha Solomons     7th October 2016 The uncertainty of the mining market necessitates that motors and drives businesses, among others, limit their operating expenses while supplying products and services at minimal cost to their clients, asserts engineering and project management services provider Logiman. Logiman MD Krzysztof... 

Tough times for motors and drives, but mechanisation creates hope
Photo by Bloomberg
FICKLE TIMES Businesses operating in the mining industry are forced to reduce stock availability

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

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies to ensure sustainability

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 Coal mining companies need to embrace the technological revolution if they are to overcome current challenges, including lower commodity prices, rising labour costs and increased regulatory pressures, says commodity and industrial consulting firm Bryanston Resources. According to Bryanston... 

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies  to ensure sustainability
LORENZO TENCATI It is technology, not government subsidies, that will add value to the South African mining industry

Electronic equipment supplier attends Limpopo mining exhibition

     16th September 2016 Global engineering solutions distributor RS Components SA attended the Mining & Technical Travelling Exhibition (MTE) Lephalale Mining and Industrial Expo on September 1, at the Mogol Club in Lephalale, in Limpopo, home to Grootegeluk, one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world, along... 

Electronic equipment  supplier attends Limpopo mining exhibition
GROOTEGELUK COAL MINE The Lephalale mine is one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world

Correct pumps will reduce mine costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 Using incorrect equipment in pump applications is a key issue that a number of mines need to address, as it results in unnecessary and costly failures, says electric pump and borehole motor supplier Ernest Electro Engineering MD Gert Schwaecke. 

Equipment advancements improve water, electricity use

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 In conjunction with engineers Carleton Engineering Services, pump manufacturer Hawk High Pressure Pumps has designed a new stope water jetter, which is traditionally used by the mining industry to move rock with water. The new design, which was first introduced in 2011, is gaining popularity in... 

Equipment supplier alleviating 'pressing' need, industry response to technology positive 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 Industrial pumps and dredging equipment supplier Integrated Pump Rental (IPR) continues in its endeavour to make pumping solutions available to the mining industry that will provide maximum uptime and ease of use, states IPR MD Lee Vine. 

Equipment supplier alleviating 'pressing' need, industry response to technology positive
Integrated Pump Rental MD Lee Vine discusses the SlurrySucker. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Gauteng pumps company wins at quality awards

     9th September 2016 Centurion-based family-owned enterprise Hazleton Pumps was presented with the Company of the Year and the Product of the Year awards at this year’s Southern African Development Community (SADC) Annual Quality Awards ceremony. 

Gauteng pumps company wins at quality awards
TOP QUALITY Hazleton Pumps marketing director Niël Wehmeyer receives the company’s awards at the 2016 Southern African Development Community Annual Quality Awards
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