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Pumps News

Slurry pumps company targeting several African markets

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th February 2014 South Africa-based slurry pump specialist Pump and Abrasion Technologies (PAT) aims to establish its presence in the African market more securely this year, specifically in the copper and gold markets in Zambia and Ghana, while servicing its existing contracts and expanding its contract base on... 

Company reports on benefits of a peristaltic pump

     7th February 2014 Pump manufacturer and supplier Verderflex says that peristaltic pumps in the mining environment have the ability to use less energy, require less space and reduce negative impacts on the environment. Peristaltic pumps are based on the altering compression and relaxation of a hose or tube drawing... 

Froth pump suitable for tough flotation froth duties

By: Carina Borralho     7th February 2014 Slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals has developed a new range of horizontal froth pumps, which is achieving positive results in mining applications in South Africa, Weir Minerals Africa’s slurry pump product manager Rui Gomes tells Mining Weekly. “Weir Minerals has performed test... 

Local pumps performing well

     7th February 2014 Local developer and manufacturer of mining pumps and generic spares Unique Engineering is experiencing a rapid increase in the demand for replacement components. “In some instances, customers are saving as much as 40%. We believe that, owing to the weak rand, this trend will continue, and this is... 

Mining pumps supplier expects growth in industry

By: Carina Borralho     7th February 2014 The mining industry requires cheaper, but more reliable pumps that take up less space and use less water, which is what the TRVX pumps range from Pompetravaini offers, Air & Vacuum Technologies sales and marketing director Mark Burn tells Mining Weekly. He adds that, owing to the predicted... 

SA pump specialist launches range in Zambia

By: Carina Borralho     7th February 2014 South Africa-based slurry pump specialist Pump and Abrasion Technologies (PAT) in November launched its Battlemax pump range in Zambia through an exclusive partnership with pump solutions company Tri-Pump.  The company highlights this as the largest market roll-out ever attempted by the Battlemax... 

Stainless steel application improves pump solutions

     7th February 2014 Global water technology company and pumps supplier to the mining industry Xylem is now supplying standard pumps using corrosion-resistant, high-grade stainless steel impellers. Xylem, which is focused on tackling the world’s most challenging water issues, has announced that its branded Goulds... 

Submersible pumps trending worldwide

By: Carina Borralho     7th February 2014 While alternative pump designs are registering a decrease in sales worldwide, submersible pump sales are registering a global increase, owing to the advantages they offer, says Japanese pump manufacturer EIM Electric, which supplies its pumps in South Africa through sole supplier Mather + Platt.... 

Locally made in-line pressure sensor to be 30% cheaper than imported equivalents

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th September 2013 Pressure instrumentation specialist Blanes Pressure Solutions’ reports that its soon-to-be-launched South African-manufactured inline pressure sensor is 30% more cost effective than similar imported versions. 

Device introduced to monitor efficiency of pumps saving costs

     30th August 2013 Global industrial manufacturer and service provider SKF in February introduced the SKF TKSA 40 energy-monitoring device to the South African market, which was designed to assist pump operators track efficiency, as well as actual operating efficiency relative to a pump’s best efficiency point... 

Eskom – opportunity for pumps cluster

     30th August 2013 The inaugural meeting of South Africa’s pump cluster, incorporating seals, couplings and motors in both the mining and industrial sectors, was held on February 7, and saw the cluster planning to take advantage of localisation opportunities, specifically those emanating from state-owned power... 

Localisation encouraged through cluster

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th August 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) initiative to designate industries for domestic production – where procurement is conducted by public entities, including State-owned enterprises – has motivated the inception of the pump cluster in South Africa. 

Slurry pumps exported to oil-sand fields in Canada

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th August 2013 South Africa-based slurry pumps repairer and manufacturer Hazleton Pumps manufactured and delivered two 5.4 t HIPPO submersible slurry pumps, worth R1.5-million each, to Fort McMurray’s oil-sand fields, in Canada, in June. 

Training courses to be held in Cape Town in October

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th August 2013 Owing to the massive skills shortage in the pumps industry – from entry level to top management – the South African Pump Manufacturers’ Association (Sapma) will host two two-day courses, in Cape Town, in October. 

Twin pumps manufactured for DRC gold mine

     30th August 2013 South Africa-based pumps manufacturer APE Pumps reports that it has completed the manufacturing of two vertical turbine pumps for return water duty at the Namoya gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). APE Pumps has orders of R8-million at present, with the Namoya pumps making up... 

Cheap imports prove challenging to African pumps industry

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 The challenge of cheap imports into Africa is a serious one to local South African manufacturers as a whole, mining solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa dewatering manager Ian Farquhar tells Mining Weekly. However, the fact that Weir Minerals Africa, manufactures most of its products in South... 

Company expands range of pumps for SA market

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Vacuum technology distributor Air & Vacuum Technologies is expanding its range of pumps with the introduction of the Flotronic Chemflo pump, which can handle hazardous materials. 

Company upgrades pump application fittings

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Installing a QuickVic coupling system, which is used in pipe-joining systems for pumps in mining applications, can reduce the risk of gasket pinching as well as material handling and installation time, developer and manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining systems Victaulic regional manager Barry... 

Effective use of valves, pipes and pumps could cut mines’ energy consumption by up to 40%

By: Leandi Kolver     14th June 2013 Valves, pipes and pumps that are installed and maintained effectively in pipelines could reduce mines’ energy consumption by between 10% and 40%, says valve and pipe manufacturer Rexus Trading MD Allistair Balutto. However, the skill of understanding the principles of how valves, pumps and basic... 

New polyurethane formulation to improve slurry-pumping capability

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Polyurethane product manufacturer Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) is working closely with the mining industry to create abrasion-resistant polyurethane body liners and impellors for slurry pumps, which will extend the pumps’ product life, UMP CEO Trevor Carolin tells Mining Weekly. In 2011, UMP... 

New range of multijackbolt tensioners for use on mining pumps

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) new range of Nord-Lock Superbolt multi-jackbolt tensioners has been well received by the market. The Superbolt tensioners were introduced in February, were designed to reduce downtime and eliminate unsafe and laborious... 

New range of multifunctional pumps introduced onto SA market

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Hydraulics specialist Enerpac introduced its new range of EVO-System multifunctional synchronous lifting system pumps, which are suitable for use in mining operations, in April. Enerpac Africa and sub-Sahara director Neil Watson informs Mining Weekly that the pump has been well received by the... 

Portable mine pump undergoes upgrade

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Explosives and initiating systems supplier AEL Mining Services has upgraded its portable emulsion charging unit (PCU) 010 pneumatic stope pump, primarily for use in narrow-reef stopes and tunnels. The new pump is the tenth iteration in the PCU series, and consists mostly of steel components,... 

Africa’s industrial growth attracts global interest

     8th March 2013 While global economies and markets stagnate in double-dip, and even triple-dip recession, Africa is on the rise, modernising, thriving and rapidly developing into a major industrial market. Africa is ripe for exploration by technology businesses around the globe, particularly in mining, oil, gas... 

Pump increases the safety of bulk emulsion use underground

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2012 To increase safety during the application of underground bulk emulsions use, commercial explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services Limited developed the PCU010 Portable Charging Unit (PCU) for use in narrow reef mining environments, with the electric and hydropower versions of the unit expected... 

Demand for increased energy efficiency spurring development of high-performance pump sets

By: Natalie Greve     28th September 2012 Global manufacturer Pioneer Pump showcased its largest-ever range of high performance pump sets at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, in Johannesburg, citing a strong demand from the local market for increased energy-efficiency in dewatering as a primary driver behind its product... 

Company aims to increase mining industry revenue, expands range

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st August 2012 Conveyance solutions provider Incledon plans to substantially increase the mining industry's contribution to its overall revenue in the long term. 

Dosing pump protects against downtime

     31st August 2012 Project consultation company Ecochem Pumps is importing a new and highly accurate dosing pump for the South African industrial and mining markets with built-in protection against downtime owing to diaphragm rupture. 

Partnership to produce proudly SA products

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st August 2012 Manufacturer and distributor of centrifugal pumps SAM Engineering has partnered with local foundry group Steloy Castings for the supply of centrifugal cast high-alloy components, which account for up to 70% of its pump products.  

Pump designed for discharging highly abrasive, corrosive materials

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st August 2012 Pumps manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA) reports that, with the introduction of its Verderhus screw channel pump onto the South African market, the company intends to venture into the mining industry where the pump could be of significant use. 

Pump imports still affecting SA manufacturers negatively

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st August 2012 The rate at which pumps are being imported into South Africa has affected local pump manufacturers negatively in all sectors, reports the South African Pumps Manufacturers’ Association (Sapma). 

Variable-speed drive reduces energy consumption

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st August 2012 The use of variable speed drives (VSDs) on pumps can decrease energy consumption by up to 50% by reducing the flow rate, and as a result, also contributes greatly to the reduction of greenhouse gases, says energy management specialist Schneider Electric. 

African market buys into mill circuit pump 

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2012 Demand for Weir Minerals Africa’s Warman mill circuit rubber-lined (MCR) pump is growing substantially, having doubled in 2011 alone, says Weir Minerals Africa slurry pumps product manager Rui Gomes.  

Local pumps manufacturer still booming

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2012 Pretoria-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps is experiencing continued success with its Hippo range of submersible slurry pumps, having secured another order from independent crude oil and natural gas producer Canadian Natural Resources for two new high-voltage variants of the popular pump. 

Mining a new market focus for local pumps supplier

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2012 Local multidisciplinary engineering supply company Turbofluid has set its sights on growing its presence in the mining industry. The company has traditionally focused on servicing other sectors of the pumps industry, but GM Jason Bryden tells Mining Weekly that Turbofluid is committed to... 

New technology changes sediment removal methods

     15th June 2012 Water technology company Xylem (formerly known as ITT Water & Wastewater South Africa), is enjoying success with its recently introduced SlurryRat, a new floating dredge system for the removal of slurry from process water. 

Pumps career not appealing enough for youngsters, says industry body 

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2012 Skills retention is the biggest challenge facing the pumps industry today, with opportunities in other countries drawing marketable young professionals out of South Africa, the South African Pumps Manufacturers’ Association (Sapma) executive committee says. 

Pumps manufacturer opens new training facility, educates the industry

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2012 Veteran pumps manufacturer and supplier Rapid Allweiler, which celebrated its eightieth anniversary in March, has opened a conference centre and training facility at its Johannesburg offices as part of an enterprise development initiative to educate members of the pumps industry. 

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