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Pumps News

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... 

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

New pump designs improve longevity, reduce costs 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 With the global mining industry facing a challenging commodities price decline, industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals has developed pump designs that offer improved cost effectiveness and a greater lifespan. 

New pump designs improve longevity, reduce costs
Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East sales and marketing director Rob Fawcett discusses the company’s new pump designs. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

One of world’s largest peristaltic pumps at Electra

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 Since pump and agitator manufacturer Afromix introduced its AFX peristaltic hose pumps range at Electra Mining Africa 2014, yearly growth in demand for its pumps has increased by between 20% and 30%, Afromix MD Eugene Els tells Mining Weekly. 

One of world’s largest peristaltic pumps at Electra
EUGENE ELS The AFX150 is one of the largest peristaltic pumps available in the world

Pump modification can withstand acidic applications

By: Robyn Wilkinson     9th September 2016 After a two-year trial at various mine sites, a new version of pumps manufacturer RNE Pumps’ vertical spindle pump is available. First developed in 2014, the pump features a specialised material on the working end to prevent wear in acidic slurry. 

Pump modification  can withstand  acidic applications
RUGGED UNIT The new RNE pump design performs in harsh conditions and requires little maintenance

Pumps company expands across Latin America

     9th September 2016 Global water technology supplier Xylem Water Solutions is expanding its dewatering pumps rental and service capabilities across Latin America with the opening of three new hubs in the region this year. 

Pumps company expands across Latin America
EXPANDING ACROSS LATIN AMERICA Xylem has already won a contract to deliver 14 dewatering pumps to a mine in northern Colombia from one of its new hubs

Submersible wastewater pumps offer considerable motor power

     9th September 2016 Global pumps and valves manufacturer KSB Pumps & Valves launched its range of Amarex KRT submersible motor pumps in May, which it says offers the highest standard motor power available on the market today. 

Submersible wastewater pumps offer considerable motor power
SECURE MOTOR Two bidirectional mechanical seals reliably protect the motor space of KSB’s Amarex KRT submersible motor pump against water ingress

Survey reveals top pumps manufacturers globally

     9th September 2016 Global pumps manufacturers Weir, Xylem and Kirloskar have been ranked as the top three global pumps manufacturers, in a survey conducted by industry analysis company Timetric. 

Survey reveals top pumps manufacturers globally
Photo by Duane Daws
WEIR THE WINNER Weir Minerals emerged as the leading pumps manufacturer in Timetric’s survey, demonstrating its success in penetrating the global mining market

Peristaltic pump to be launched at Electra Mining

By: Nadine James     8th July 2016 The Southern Africa launch of the VerderFlex Vantage 5000 peristaltic cased pump will take place at this year’s Electra Mining Africa at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, from September 12 to 16, says pumps supplier Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA). Electra Mining is the biggest mining... 

Peristaltic pump to be launched at Electra Mining
VANTAGE 5000 The peristaltic pump offers a flow rate of up to 6 600 ml/min at 7 bar, almost double the rate of other leading brands

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 Government’s acknowledgment of the severity of acid mine drainage (AMD) in the Witwatersrand, in Gauteng, and the subsequent priority given to take steps to alleviate the problem is of “significant importance”, states Federation for a Sustainable Environment (FSE) CEO Mariette Liefferink.  

Govt prioritises fight against acid mine water in Gauteng

Australian pumps for harsh environments introduced into South Africa

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 There is a dire need in South Africa for a pump rental company that understands the specific needs of the end-user; therefore, pump rental company Integrated Pump Rental aims to ensure that it continues to introduce fit-for-purpose pumps and products that will meet the changing needs of the... 

Australian pumps for harsh environments introduced into South Africa
MAINTENANCE MATTERS Maintenance and repairing equipment is as important as supplying efficient pumping solutions

Coating solutions for improved pump efficiencies offered

     10th June 2016 Machining manufacturer Thermaspray’s cost considerations restrict the manufacture of critical components from optimal wear and corrosion-resistant materials. Therefore, the majority of Thermaspray’s work is on new pump parts for original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs), although it also... 

Coating solutions  for improved pump  efficiencies offered
PROTECTIVE PRODUCT Thermal spray coatings reduce degradation processes on performance critical pump components

Coatings extend rotating equipment service life

     10th June 2016 Rotating equipment manufacturer Sulzer says its latest surface coating technologies offer massive improvements to the expected service life of compressors, turbines and pumps that are subject to surface oxidation, corrosion, erosion and heat damage. Sulzer's Houston Service Center component... 

Coatings extend  rotating equipment  service life
Photo by Duane
SURFACE COATING TECHNOLOGIES Offer massive improvements to the expected service life of compressors, turbines and pumps that are subject to surface oxidation, corrosion, erosion and heat damage.

Impeller redesign improves efficiency

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Pumps manufacturing company Walter Meano Engineering has improved the efficiency of its VersaFlo vertical spindle electric (VSE) 100 pump by redesigning the solution’s 30-year-old impeller. The VSE pump is used at mines in Africa to pump water and now offers customers enhanced pumping... 

Impeller redesign improves efficiency
EFFICIENT PUMP SERVICES Using a standard impeller across a range of pumps results in low efficiency; it is important that each model’s impeller is enhanced

Improving froth pumping solution

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Specialist slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals is introducing the next- generation WARMAN horizontal froth pump, which features a continuous air removal system that can be applied to the company’s froth pumps already in the market. This is in line with Weir Minerals’ focus on... 

Improving froth pumping solution
RUI GOMES Being able to develop and implement changes to produce greater efficiency is important in the pumps industry

New pump added to product offering

     10th June 2016 Hydraulic integrated systems with electronic solutions producer Salami’s new PG331 series cast iron gear pumps with extended longevity and numerous advantages have been added to the existing range of Salami gear pumps and other hydraulic components distributed across sub-Saharan Africa by... 

New pump added  to product offering
CONSIDERABLE CONFIGURATIONS The newly developed PG331 series is a spheroidal-designed cast iron gear pump with more than 19 000 configurations

Peristaltic pumps ideal for mining applications

     10th June 2016 Multinational pumps and pump-related solutions provider PSG Dover has designed the new models of its Abaque series of peristaltic pumps, which have been specifically geared to meet the challenging requirements of the mining industry, partially owing to a stronger and more durable rotor design and... 

Peristaltic pumps  ideal for mining  applications
SUITED TO MINING The Abaque series of perastaltic pumps can handle slurries that contain up to 80% solids with ease

Recertification still limiting industry growth

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Centurion-based slurry pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps notes that the South African pumps industry continues to be hampered, losing out on export opportunities, owing to the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) certification still not being internationally recognised. “The matter of... 

Sinvac Piping

     10th June 2016 Original-equipment manufacturer Sinvac Mining & Engineering is capable of supplying its South African Bureau of Standards-approved Sinvac Piping Systems not only across South Africa but into other areas of Africa. 

Sinvac Piping

South African pumps enter Israeli market

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 Centurion-based slurry pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps has entered another market, supplying an Israeli company with its locally manufactured Hippo pumps range, which is designed to meet the needs of projects worldwide. Hazleton Pumps CEO Thys Wehmeyer highlights that the family-owned... 

South African pumps enter Israeli market
ROSSING URANIUM MINE The Hippo duplex stainless steel vertical slurry submersible pump used at the Rössing uranium mine, in Namibia

Upgrading, broadening industry services to facilitate growth

By: Sascha Solomons     10th June 2016 With better prospects for the pumps industry, owing to the favourable exchange rate, the Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) is encouraging its members to take advantage of export opportunities during this time, Sapsda treasurer Holly Smith emphasises. “There are vast... 

Upgrading, broadening  industry services to  facilitate growth
COMBINED STRENGTH Sapsda training courses combine the expertise of individuals working in the pumps industry

Dewatering pump to help reopen shaft at Orkney

By: Sascha Solomons     29th April 2016 Johannesburg-headquartered dewatering specialist Letaba Dewatering expects to start supplying dewatering pumps to Shaft 7 at the Orkney gold mine, in the North West, in October, enabling gold mining to restart. The company was provisionally awarded a tender to supply SAER dewatering pumps at the... 

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn

By: Sascha Solomons     29th April 2016 Beneficial trends and technological advancements in the mining industry are being introduced regardless of the depressed market conditions that the sector faces, says environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions technical manager Morne van Wyk. One such trend is recycling water... 

Technological advancements continue despite mining sector’s downturn
HYFLUX KRISTAL HOLLOW-FIBRE Ensure the effective and environmentally safe reduction of excess wastewater in the mining industry

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

     8th April 2016 The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Call to adopt internationally recognised pumps standards certification processes

By: Malusi Mkhize     29th January 2016 South African exports to lucrative overseas markets will be simplified when the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) product certification processes and procedures are amended to be recognised by other international certification authorities, says South African Pumps Systems Development... 

Call to adopt internationally  recognised pumps standards  certification processes
Photo by Duane Daws
OVERCOMING RESTRICTIONS Cooperation between the South African Bureau of Standards and international standards authorities can pave the way for pumps of South African manufacturers to enter lucrative overseas markets

Cost savings of positive displacement pumps outlined

     29th January 2016 Global progressing cavity pumps manufacturer for the oil and gas industrial sectors PCM Pumps has highlighted the benefits of positive displacement pumps as the overall efficiency and life cycle of pumps are becoming paramount in the procurement process. PCM’s progressive and peristaltic pumps... 

Cost savings of positive  displacement pumps outlined
COST SAVINGS Positive displacement pumps offer efficiency at a low life cost

Experience reason for competitive advantage, pumps’ longevity

By: Malusi Mkhize     29th January 2016 Pumps manufacturer Mather + Platt claims to have built up one of the largest number of pumps operating in the South African mining and water sectors. Mather + Platt marketing and business development manager Dave Johnson tells Mining Weekly that pumps that have been installed and working for more... 

Experience reason for competitive advantage, pumps’ longevity
EXPERIENCE COUNTS Mather + Platt has been operating in South Africa since 1954

Expert aims to further BEE goals

By: Malusi Mkhize     29th January 2016 Pump supplier, testing and servicing expert AESPUMP intends to further expand its apprenticeship programme, which it says is at the heart of its recent upgrade to Level 4 black economic empowerment (BEE) accreditation. “We believe that this emphasis on skills development will, over time, lead to... 

Expert aims to  further BEE goals
Photo by Alan Thrush
IMPARTING SKILLS Apprenticeships ensure that a steady stream of qualified fitters and turners enters the pumps industry

German leak-free hydraulic diaphragm metering pumps available locally

     29th January 2016 South Africa-based components and systems provider for metering liquids and water treatment and disinfection solutions the ProMinent group has introduced a new range of hydraulic diaphragm metering pumps – the Orlita MF. Launched late last year the Orlita MF offers reliable capacities even under... 

Inaugural pumps summit aims to expand pumps industry

     29th January 2016 The inaugural Pump Summit Americas is set to expand the pump industry network and offer a professional platform for the pump community members and experts across North and South America to stay informed about the latest technologies in the field of pumps and pumps systems. The two-day conference... 

Inaugural pumps  summit aims to expand pumps industry
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GROWING THE PUMPS NETWORK Pump Summit Americas aims to create a pumps community across several industries and share knowledge of the pump industry
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