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Pumps News

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... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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