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West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

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. 

Butterfly valves achieve highest safety standard

Johannesburg-based industrial valve manufacturer Gunric Valves’ metal-seated butterfly valves are now compliant with the highest level of safety in South Africa as of the end of 2015, the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3.  

Butterfly valves achieve  highest safety standard
Photo by Duane Daws
COMPETITIVE EDGE Gunric Valves manufactures and supplies cast and fabricated industrial, high-performance butterfly valves, which are now Safety Integrity Level 3-compliant

Large pinch valves supplied to Namibian uranium mine

By: Dylan Slater Pinch valves from Benoni-based valves and pumps company Flowrox South Africa (SA) are being used at Namibia-based uranium producer Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine.  

Large pinch valves supplied to Namibian uranium mine
HUSAB SHIPMENT Flowrox delivered 550-mm-diameter pinch valves to the Husab uranium mine, in Namibia

Manufacturer stresses safe pinch valve operation

By: Dylan Slater An increasing number of pinch valves – which are used widely in the mining industry to control the flow of slurries – are being supplied for high-pressure applications. Germiston-based pinch valve manufacturer Corflex MD Chris Webber believes engineers should be made aware of this trend, as the... 

Manufacturer stresses safe pinch valve operation
PINCH VALVE Corflex’s 500 mm pinch valve is suitable for a 25 bar working pressure

Market demand encourages product development

Engineering solutions company BMG is implementing a strategy to enhance its fluid technology services – which includes valves for the mining industry – to meet growing demand in the fluid control market. This strategy encompasses the introduction of new solutions as well as developments in the... 

Market demand encourages product development
FLEXIBLE SOLUTION Butterfly valves are suitable for isolation and control of flow applications

US safety-valve testing solution marketed locally

By: Dylan Slater Benoni-based industrial solutions company RHVI Group is marketing the safety-valve testing service AccuTEST for operating pressures of up to 140 bar to the South African mining industry, says RVHI sales manager Derek Coburn.  

US safety-valve testing solution marketed locally
EASE OF OPERATION Mining clients can test valves while their plants remain in operation, preventing the loss of output

DTI invites local companies to participate in DRC expo pavilion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited South African manufacturers and exporters of mining equipment and related products and services to apply to participate at DRC Mining Week 2016, scheduled to take place on June 8 and 9 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The... 

Hydraulic solutions provider launches new sectional mobile valve

Power management company Eaton last month announced the launch of its CLS sectional mobile valve. The CLS provides patented load sense bleed off, pre- and post-compensated load sense relief on each section, and a highly modular design with one of the smallest envelopes in the industry. 

Hydraulic solutions provider launches new sectional mobile valve
CLS SECTIONAL MOBILE VALVE Eaton's new valve was designed prioritise work functions, improving machine efficiency and safety

Sensor manufacturer promotes LVITs for hydraulic cylinders

By: Nadine James Recent electronic advancements have made variable inductance position sensors, known as linear variable inductance transducers (LVITs) more cost effective for mainstream in-cylinder applications, says specialised sensor manufacturer Alliance Sensors Group, a division of HG Schaevitz LLC (ASG).... 

Sensor manufacturer promotes LVITs for hydraulic cylinders
LVIT The in-cylinder sensor is an easily installed cost effective solution for measuring resonant frequency in hydraulic cylinders

All-purpose valve suitable for slurries

By: Bruce Montiea Germany-based valves company KVT in April released pinch valves in duplex stainless steel for use in slurry applications. KVT manager Martin Katzenschwanz tells Mining Weekly that pinch valves are useful to mines, as they can control almost any medium. They can also control bulk material such as... 

All-purpose valve suitable for slurries
DIVERSE APPLICATION Pinch valves can control almost any medium

Company increases valve-ball size

By: Bruce Montiea As a result of continued research into and development of its technical ceramics manufacturing capabilities, advanced materials company Morgan Advanced Materials can now manufacture balls of up to diameter nominal (DN) 250 for severe service valves from its Nilcra Zirconia-based material, company... 

Company increases valve-ball size
TOUGH The size DN250 ball valve is ideal for extensive use in minerals processing

Company provides valves retrofitting solutions

By: Bruce Montiea Major oil and gas companies,  such as Chevron,Total, Engen, PetroSA and BP, are benefiting from valve actuator company DEMCA Actuation Solutions’ valve retrofitting service, the company says. DEMCA sales manager Ross McAslan says a thorough knowledge of the electric actuator market and... 

Company provides valves retrofitting solutions
QUALITY SERVICES Knowledge of the electric actuator market enables DEMCA Actuation Solutions to offer quality valve retrofitting services

Easy-repair valves reducing downtime

By: Bruce Montiea Limiting downtime because of valve repairs is important for mining operations, says control, isolating and safety valves manufacturer Hydromine Projects. Therefore, the company offers mines the Hydrocore valves product range that has only one moving part, which can be accessed with the valve body... 

Easy-repair valves  reducing downtime
LIMITING DOWNTIME Hydromine Projects’ Hydrocore valves product range helps mining companies eliminate breaks in production

High school skills development initiative gains momentum

The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa’s (Vamcosa’s) Fumana Project aimed at guiding high school learners towards careers in valves is gaining momentum, with the next campaign planned for the fourth term of the current school year.  The initiative is named after the Fumana... 

Increased demand for automated valves

By: Bruce Montiea While mining companies still mainly use manual valves, the demand for automated valves in brownfield and greenfield mining developments is growing, says Pace Valves’ Martin Horsfall. “This appears to be driven by plant operators’ desire to improve production efficiencies and reduce waste through... 

Increased demand for automated valves
COMPREHENSIVE OFFERING Floval’s dual stope isolation system adds to Pace Valves’ product offering

Mines benefit from corrosion resistant slurry valves

Conventional valves seldom produce satisfactory results when applied in abrasive and corrosive slurries, says Weir Minerals Africa valves product manager Kobus Steyn. He explains that this is because conventional valves are generally designed for liquid service, noting that typical problems... 

Mining companies benefit from wear-resistant slurry knife- gate valves

By: Bruce Montiea Industrial solutions company Flowrox’s slurry knife-gate valves are ideal for demanding shut-off applications in the mining, minerals-processing and metal industries, the company says. “The new and robust Flowrox slurry knife-gate valve series handles fluids and slurries in the toughest... 

Mining companies benefit from wear-resistant slurry knife- gate valves
EASY UPKEEP The slurry knife-gate valve series is based on an ease-of-maintenance concept

Suitable valves important for process efficiency

By: Bruce Montiea The impact of harsh mining conditions on valves is often difficult to predict; therefore, valve manufacturers should discuss the working conditions of a mining operation with clients in detail to ensure that suitable valves are produced, says valves manufacturer GEMÜ MD Claudio Darpin. The... 

Suitable valves important for process efficiency
CREATING SOLUTIONS Various valves-related situations can be simulated at GEMÜ’s test laboratory, in Johannesburg

Continuous water demand driving increased interest in PVPA 2015

With the world’s unceasing demand for vital fluids – whether water or oil – the global pump and valve manufacturing industry is showing renewed interest in this year’s Pumps Valves and Pipes Africa (PVPA) Expo, set to take place in Midrand from May 20 to 22. “Pipelines, valves and pumps are the... 

Heavy-duty valve launched

Heavy-duty industrial valve manufacturing and services company Flowrox, at the end of last year, launched a new slurry knife gate valve designed to enhance current pipeline equipment and processes through improved fluid control technology. 

Heavy-duty  valve launched
Photo by Duane Daws
GLOBAL PLAYER Flowrox's sales network covers more than 50 countriesforms of actuation

Local procurement designation drives industry boom

By: Dylan Slater The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) decision to designate valves for local procurement by State-owned companies (SOCs) was the main reason for valve manufacturer Mitech’s moving to a larger factory within Denel Industrial Park, in Kempton Park, says Mitech MD Greg Walker. 

Local procurement designation drives industry boom
Photo by Duane Daws
FACTORY EXPANSION Owing to industry demand, Mitech moved to a larger premises in Kempton Park

New version of popular ball valve introduced

Mechanical pipe-joining system manufacturer Victaulic late last year introduced a threaded-end version of its popular Series 727 ball valve, a high-pressure, enhanced-port Class 600 NACE-compliant valve for upstream oil applications. The valve, designed for tank and equipment connections,... 

OEM-status provides significant competitive advantage

Being an original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) gives slurry-equipment company Weir Minerals Africa a significant competitive advantage in the valves marketplace, says Weir Minerals valves product manager Kobus Steyn. 

OEM-status  provides significant competitive advantage
COAL PROCESSING Isogate knife gate valves used in a coal application

Valves acquisition broadens operations

By: Dylan Slater Engineering components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) has extended its operations in the fluid technology sector by acquiring Klep Valves, whose valves have been used in the mining sector since 1984. 

Valves acquisition  broadens operations
KLEP VALVES The full range of Klep valves is now available from BMG

Valves manufacturer introduces new product, earns safety certifications

Valves manufacturer DeZurik has added an innovative new concept in air valve technology to its product portfolio. The Apco ASU combination air valve was introduced late last year, with the single body combination valve featuring a patented air release and air/vacuum mechanism that is specifically... 

Valves range expanded to increase breadth of solutions

Industrial products manufacturer Crane subsidiary Crane ChemPharma & Energy has expanded its Pacific Wedgeplug valves range to increase the solutions available to customers in the refining, petrochemical and power generation industries. “For more than 80 years, the Pacific Wedgeplug valves have... 

Buying local will save valves industry, says manufacturing body

Engineering and mining companies, as well as State-owned entities and local municipalities, need to buy more locally manufactured valves if the industry is to continue surviving, says manufacturing body the Valve and Actuator Manufacturing Cluster of South Africa (Vamcosa) champion Greg Walker.... 

Buying local will save valves industry, says manufacturing body
LOCAL VALVE Companies need to buy locally manufactured valves

City of Cape Town benefits from valve maintenance machines

The City of Cape Town has bought four valve exercising machines – the first in Africa – from US valve maintenance products manufacturer EH Wachs to perform maintenance on the 175 000 valves contained in its 10 000-km-long water reticulation network, reports City of Cape Town Water and Sanitation... 

City of Cape Town benefits from valve maintenance machines
VALVE EXERCISER The exercising machine is easy to operate

Danish valves manufacturer invests R100m in SA branch

By: Bruce Montiea Denmark-based valves manufacturer and supplier AVK Valves has acquired a majority stake, for a consideration of R100-million, in South African valves company Premier Valves, creating a new combined entity – AVK Valves Holdings Southern Africa. “This acquisition, concluded on July 8, represents a... 

Danish valves manufacturer invests R100m in SA branch
FILTRATION WORKS SA will be able to produce world-class valves locally, owing to AVK Valves's latest acquisition

New valve makes paste backfill mining easier

By: Bruce Montiea Mechanical pipe joining systems manufacturer Victaulic has introduced the Series 725 diverter valve to ease the paste backfill process for the mining industry, says Victaulic Africa regional manager Barry van Jaarsveld. He tells Mining Weekly that market interest in the Series 725 diverter valve... 

New valve makes paste backfill mining easier
SERIES 725 This diverter valve improves the efficiency of backfill operations

UK company acquires SA valves supplier

As part of its R350-million investment programme aimed at establishing a significant presence in the African oil and gas sector, mechanical engineering group EnerMech has acquired Cape Town-based control valves supplier Control Valve Technology (CVT). CVT services, refurbishes and sells control... 

UK company acquires  SA valves supplier
SHAKING ON IT CVT will be a key building block as EnerMech expands its valves business in Africa

Company adds pinch valves to product offering

Engineering solutions provider BMG’s Fluid Power division has extended its range of FPV valves to include open-frame pinch valves, designed for enhanced operating efficiency and extended service life in diverse sectors, including mining. These valves, which launched in August 2013, are best... 

Company launches heavy-duty butterfly valve

Global water, fluid, thermal management and equipment protection company Pentair’s Valves & Controls division has launched a new line of heavy-duty resilient seated double-flanged butterfly valves, manufactured by China-based butterfly valve specialists Keystone Series GRF, aimed at industrial... 

Company secures repair contract with platinum mining major

By: David Oliveira Pneumatics solutions provider Pneumax Southern Africa is repairing imperial mine cylinders at South Africa-based platinum mining major Anglo Platinum’s various operations, Pneumax procurement and contracts manager Eugene van der Lith tells Mining Weekly. These pneumatic cylinders are used to open... 

Company secures repair contract with platinum mining major
Photo by Set Point
DEAD MAN VALVE This valve enables operators to manually open and close underground chute boxes, which collect ore from mines that is processed to collect precious metals and minerals

Company spends R800 000 on valve-sleeve tooling

By: David Oliveira Specialist polyurethane product manufacturer Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) completed the development of a new tooling system in December that has enabled the company to manufacture 600-mm-diameter polyurethane knife-gate valve sleeves, commonly used in mine slurry applications. “To date, the... 

Company supplies R5.5m worth of valves to power plant

Fluid conveyance products and solutions provider Incledon recently supplied more than R15-million of butterfly valves and stainless-steel ball valves to a local coal-fired power plant construction project. As the appointed underground service and general service piping contractor to the power... 

Company supplies R5.5m worth of valves to power plant
THE VAG EKN SERIES 13 BUTTERFLY VALVE ensures that flow mediums do not make contact with the valve's shafts

Energy savings possible with new pinch valve

Finland-based pinch valve specialist Flowrox, has introduced a new, robust pinch valve, the PVG pinch valve, which features a strong metal body, simple bullet closing mechanism and opening tags in the inside. Pinch valves are commonly used in slurry pipelines for a range of applications,... 

Local company still meeting Africa’s mining valve requirements

Johannesburg-based dynamic fluid control company Aveng Manufacturing Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) – the largest valve factory in the southern hemisphere – is still successfully meeting the requirements of the harshest valve operating environments in Africa. “We provide technical advice on the... 

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