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Could underground rail make a comeback?

By: Dylan Slater Underground rail networks used to transport mined materials may be poised for future growth, owing to the high cost of trackless machinery and other alternative transport methods. 

New haul dumper to be fully operational by April

By: Dylan Slater Developed as a joint venture (JV) between mining equipment group Bell Equipment and South Africa-based mining equipment company Aard Mining Equipment, a new underground haul truck (UHT), the B33L (Bell branding) or A33 (Aard branding) is expected to be fully operational by the beginning of April,... 

New haul dumper to be fully operational by April
UNDERGROUND HAULING Layout of the underground haul truck was designed to provide easy access for maintenance procedures

Winders go mobile, open new market

By: Dylan Slater The development of mobile rescue winders has created a new gap in the global mining mobility and underground transport market, reports Kempton Park-based engineering services company Winches and Winders (W&W). 

Winders go  mobile, open new market
MINE WINDING A 450 kW Winches and Winders winder installed at First Quantum Minerals' Frontier Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Fail-safe braking-system supplier develops new products

By: Chantelle Kotze Developer and supplier of fail-safe braking systems and vehicles to the mining industry NCS Engineering reports that it is manufacturing its first production run of MaximB purpose-built nonmechanised, personnel-transporting trailers for black economic-empowerment group Imbawula Mining’s Msobo... 

Loader attachments new to market

By: Chantelle Kotze Supplier of compact multipurpose diggers, loaders and attachments, Avant South Africa (SA) has introduced several new loader attachments to the underground mining industry this year. 

Railway contractor undertakes various underground projects

By: Chantelle Kotze Railway and civil engineering contractor Flint Construction, a division of the First Tech group of companies, aims to complete the refurbishment of the existing railway infrastructure at 7 Level of junior platinum miner Atlatsa Resources’ Bokoni platinum mine, located on the north-eastern limb of... 

Underground mine man–machine interface enters market

By: Chantelle Kotze Electronic safety equipment specialist Booyco Electronics, a supplier of collision warning systems to the South African mining industry reports that its newly developed CWS 900 collision intervention system is currently being tested at a coal mining operation, in the Witbank area. 

Underground mining equipment simulations launched

By: Chantelle Kotze International mining equipment simulator supplier Immersive Technologies this year developed several new interchangeble simulation modules, known as Conversion Kits, for underground mining applications. 

Equipment simulator for underground mining

International mining equipment simulator supplier Immersive Technologies has built a simulator specifically designed for underground mining. The UG360 Advanced Equipment Simulator uses technology to increase realism to a level not previously seen by the mining industry. 

Locomotive safety systems contribute to mining industry

By: Gia Costella Traffic and transportation engineering solutions supplier A&R Engineering’s latest project, in a three-year partnership with electronic systems designer Embedded IQ, has resulted in a horizontal transport management system designed to provide mines with an integrated system to address all their... 

SA conveyance safety company awarded Mongolian contract

By: Gia Costella Horne Conveyance Safety, the Canadian subsidiary of the South African Horne Group, has installed Levelok chairing and emergency-braking systems on a cage earmarked for Canada-based international mining company Ivanhoe Mines’ Oyu Tolgoi No 1 shaft, in Mongolia 

SA equipment manufacturer extends its reach

South African conveyor equipment manufacturer Melco, which supplies modular conveyor structures for underground mining operations, has managed to expand the reach of its products into more than 75 countries worldwide, and is confident on the future outlook of its company and the South African... 

Software solution for underground mining activity gains popularity

By: Gia Costella Mining software solutions developer, Micromine’s software application that allows mining companies to track and manage the underground movement of personnel, vehicles and ore, has been positively received by the mining industry Micromine Africa business solutions manager Kyle van der Berg tells... 

Uptake of man-machine interface technology on mines set to increase

The uptake of man-machine interface technology in the mining industry is expected to increase exponentially, against a background of increasing pressure to progress more rapidly towards achieving zero harm, an industry-wide desire to eliminate collision-related fatalities in the mining industry... 

Company aims to break into mining sector

By: Idéle Esterhuizen Italian machinery manufacturer Fiori says it plans to enter the South African mining sector with its new D100 mining dumper.  

Demand leads to the development of new underground ambulance

By: Idéle Esterhuizen Underground mechanised mining solutions provider GHH Mining Machines (GHH MM) has added the MV-U40D-AMB underground ambulance to its range. 

German automotive specialist expands into SA mining industry

German automotive oil and additive specialist Liqui Moly reports that it has expanded its product range to offer solutions for the mining sector. 

Improved production control management system increases logistics productivity

By: Idéle Esterhuizen Mining and exploration software provider MICROMINE has added a new shift-planning module to its Pitram production management and control system, which enables the user to implement a production plan within a real-time environment.  

Kinetic energy absorption system's capacity increased 

Supplier of mining technology for conveyance chairing and impact energy absorption Horne South Africa has redesigned its Technogrid kinetic energy absorption system to deliver a 50% increase in capacity. 

New articulated dump trucks for Assmang

Ferroalloys producer Assmang Manganese has recently taken delivery of two new B25 Low Profile articulated dump trucks (ADTs) from heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment.  

New mining trucks to optimise configuration

Chinese mining technology supplier Fambition Mining Technology reports that its new Famt-15 and Famt-8 underground mining trucks enables advanced underground transportation with optimised configuration.  

Personnel transporter’s modifications improve usability

Developer and supplier of fail-safe braking systems and vehicles to the mining industry NCS Engineering reports that its new generation personnel transporter has been launched this year. 

Specialist expands its global footprint

Mining transport systems specialist Becker Mining Systems Transport has established a second Becker subsidiary, in Novokuznetsk, in Russia, to improve local customer service.  

Distributor meets DRC challenge

By: Carla Thomaz A narrow shaft being sunk in the Democratic Republic of Congo by a local mining contractor proved no challenge for earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa. 

Higher earnings for railbound transport systems supplier

By: Carla Thomaz Railbound transport systems supplier SMT Scharf Africa has increased its revenue and earnings in the 2009 fiscal year, producing a turnover of R180-million, up from the R5-million-a-year turnover the company reported in 2006. 

Local personnel carriers enter international market

By: Carla Thomaz Manufacturers of mining equipment NCS Engineering has introduced into the market a range of purpose-built personnel and service vehicles for the mining industry. Despite being relatively new in the market, the MaximB vehicles are being supplied both to the local and international markets,... 

Orders roll in for railbound transport systems supplier

By: Carla Thomaz Orders for railbound transport systems supplier SMT Scharf’s electric monorail transport system (EMTS) continue to grow with platinum major Impala Platinum (Implats) ordering an additional four EMTS trains and 9 km of rail for its Shaft 20 project and gold major AngloGold Ashanti ordering two... 

Rail formers 
suit underground railway lines

Diversified engineering service provider Becker Engineering’s has a range of rail formers ideally suited to bend rails for underground railway lines. 

Shuttle car suspension taken to a new level

Global underground mining equipment manufacturer Joy Mining Machinery has launched its upgraded four-wheel independent in-shuttle car suspension system, the Joyride. 

Multirope attachment sets supplied to Mexican mine

By: Beth Shirley Capital equipment supplier Becker Mining Africa, a division of diversified engineering services provider Becker Group, has secured a contract with a Mexican coal, iron and copper mining group. The contract is for the supply of head and tail rope attachment sets, which enhance the safety of... 

New continuous miner increases production

By: Beth Shirley Mining machinery manufacturer Joy Mining is currently developing the world’s largest underground continuous miner, the Joy 12HM37, capable of cutting six metres of coal seam and increasing production by 50%, says Joy Mining technical director Ben Snyman.  

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