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Weekly Features

Control systems gain popularity in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Interest in automation, control and safety systems manufacturer Yokogawa’s DTSX fibre-optic distributed temperature sensor range is growing in the South African mining sector, as the industry takes steps to prepare for an inevitable upswing in the commodities market, says Yokogawa South Africa... 

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

Haulage solution being modernised at Phakisa shaft

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Mining and industrial equipment supplier Deebar is upgrading the Deebar Rail-Veyor remote-controlled, electrically powered light-rail haulage solution which it installed in 2005 at gold miner Harmony’s Phakisa gold mine, in Welkom. 

Haulage solution being modernised at Phakisa shaft
STEAMING AHEAD The Rail-Veyor has not been hampered by the downturn in commodities prices, as the system offers significant benefits in terms of helping mines reduce their operating costs

Increased systemisation of logistics management needed in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 South Africa needs to focus on improving the systemisation of logistics management or risk falling behind global trends and incurring inflated costs, says research logistics team Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars Greiner. 

Innovation for transporting heavy loads goes into operation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 The self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) widening adaptor for high and wide loads from heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet will go into operation for the first time in September in the US. 

Innovation for  transporting heavy loads goes into operation
HAULING LARGE LOADS Mammoet’s widening adaptor improves the safety of transporting large loads of cargo

Local manufacturer launches its first continuous miner

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 South African engineering manufacturer JA Engineering’s (JAE’s) first in-house designed continuous miner, the Wildcat JAE42, will undergo field tests in November, after which it will be made available for purchase by the South African mining industry. 

Local manufacturer launches its first  continuous miner
WILDCAT JAE42 CONTINUOUS MINER The Wildcat is designed specifically with South African coal mining operations in mind, offering a high cutting forc

New inverters improve crane control

     23rd September 2016 Crane and crane components supplier Demag, a brand of materials handling solutions provider Terex Materials Handling & Port Solutions, launched a new range of Dedrive Pro 880 inverters in August that offers a number of benefits for crane control. 

New inverters improve crane control
REDUCED LOAD SWAY The Dedrive Pro 880 reduces load sway using a mathematical model, allowing for safer crane operation in applications such as the handling of molten ore in foundries

Relook warehouse design to increase storage space, reduce costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Redesigning the layout of an existing racking or shelving system can significantly improve the amount of storage space available and the operational efficiency of warehouses, says storage and materials handling equipment manufacturer Linvar marketing manager Nicky Farrell. 

Relook warehouse design to increase storage space,  reduce costs
BEST USE OF SPACE By conducting feasibility studies, Linvar can advise warehouse managers on the warehouse design most suited to their specific products and operational needs

Shaftless spiral screw conveyors reduce costs

     23rd September 2016 Spiral pipe machines manufacturer Spiral Tech says its custom-built shaftless spiral screw conveyors are gaining popularity in the mining industry, owing to their ability to reduce costs and boost productivity, especially in applications involving difficult materials. 

Shaftless spiral screw conveyors reduce costs
DIFFICULT MATERIALS DEALT WITH Shaftless spiral screw conveyor systems effectively handle bulky and abrasive solids that often cling to the central pipe of a conventional shafted screw conveyor

US pallet truck forklift of the year

     23rd September 2016 UK-based materials handling company Crown won a coveted International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award for the third time. The award was presented at the CeMAT trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management, held from May 31 to June 3, in Hannover, Germany, where Crown’s RT 4020... 

Industrial solution for hazardous dust gaining market acceptance

     27th May 2016 Dust control management solutions provider Dust-A-Side, which boasts more than 30 years' experience, has successfully introduced its latest product offering, Dust Suppression System (DSS) Fog Cannon Technology, to the mining industry and is gearing up to improve the capabilities of this effective... 

Diversification to increase service value

     27th May 2016 While larger mining companies operate their process plants on a traditional owner/operator basis, many juniors still prefer to contract out the operation of their mines as it eliminates unforeseen costs and secures proven skills, technologies and associated systems that they would not have access... 

Diversification  to increase service value
Photo by Bloomberg
DIVERSIFICATION IS KEY Enhancing overall services to clients increases the need for contracting

Importance of fire-safe conveyers emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Fire is a pervasive threat to conveyor belt systems at mines and can cause substantial damage to the conveyed material, electromechanical components of the conveyor system and the belt if the necessary fire-protection systems are not in place. This can result in costly damage and downtime,... 

Importance of fire-safe conveyers emphasised
FIRE-DETECTION ESSENTIAL ASP Fire designs, installs and maintains a range of fire-detection and -suppression equipment to suit customer needs

Lift truck company appoints Namibian dealer

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling equipment solutions provider Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has signed a three-year contract with Windhoek-based equipment and machinery supplier Barex Equipment, appointing the company as its new dealer in Namibia. Namibia is home to gem-quality rough diamonds, uranium... 

Lift truck company appoints Namibian dealer
NAMIBIAN OFFERING Barex Equipment will initially offer Doosan and Bendi forklifts, and will expand to include the Crown, Hubtex and Taylor Dunn product ranges

Monitoring technology facilitates live tracking of explosives supply

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Commercial explosives producer and supplier AEL Mining Services has developed advanced monitoring technology to provide a fully integrated system that ensures technologically advanced supply chain management. Launched last month, the technology will be deployed throughout the year to AEL sites in... 

Monitoring technology facilitates live tracking of explosives supply
CUSTOMER DEMANDS TRACKED AEL Miing Services' advanced monitoring technology provides a visual representation of the amount of emulsion stored on site at any time

Promising better service delivery

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 The operations division of German engineering company SEW-Eurodrive’s South African branch is eager to consolidate current successes and improve service delivery, with MD Raymond Obermeyer admitting that more needs to be done to maintain current clients in South Africa and gain new clients in the... 

Promising better service delivery
BUDGETS BEING DIVERTED As a result of reduced overhead costs, customer service is more important than ever

Responding to client demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Multidisciplinary professional services firm Hatch this year aims to enhance its service offering to its customers through the provision of Gateway Logistics. This system forms part of responding to the changing needs of clients and helping businesses adapt to unstable markets by launching a “new... 

Responding to client demand
SERVICE OFFERING ENHANCED Hatch Goba's Gateway Logistics includes international sourcing and procurement at the best quality and lowest cost

Rough terrain forklift enters the Southern African market

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling partner and forklift supplier Masslift Africa expects to release the B50 MP 4WD Bomaq Badger, a 4x4 rough terrain forklift, offering greater manoeuvrability on dirt roads and uneven terrain than standard forklifts, in Africa before the end of this year. Masslift Africa sales... 

Rough terrain forklift enters the Southern African market
MEETING INDUSTRY REQUIREMENTS The Bomaq Badger 4x4 forklift is tailor-made to suit the terrain typically found on mines

Weighing the effect of mining mechanisation

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling and hauling company Ncamiso Mining is looking to acquire more mechanised systems, as this should increase its productivity by between 60% and 70%. However, to create jobs, increase profitability and provide sustainable employment for the community surrounding mines, the company... 

Weighing the effect of mining mechanisation
REHABILITATION UNDER WAY A restorative project being undertaken by Ncamso involves removing contaminated waste so that land can be developed for hydroponic fish farming

Working to stay ahead of competitors

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra intends to focus on continuing to supply high-quality, robust and reliable products and lowering the overall lifetime maintenance costs of these products to foster a sustainable competitive advantage while mitigating the major challenges currently faced by the... 

Working to stay ahead  of competitors
TAILORED PRODUCT Condra uses standard hoists as a platform to accommodate modifications needed to meet customer specifications

Compact loaders suitable for mining environment

By: Dylan Slater     25th September 2015 Construction equipment company CSE Equipment’s range of US-manufactured Case SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders is suitable for materials handling operations at mines, owing to their compact design, small turning circles and hydrostatic four- wheel drive, as well as roll-over protection and... 

Compact loaders suitable for mining environment
VERSATILE MACHINERY CSE Equipment’s SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance

Dust suppression benefits materials handling

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2015 While dust prevention can be used in materials handling operations, dust suppression is the preferred option, owing to low water consumption, especially in areas where water is scarce, says dust-control company Dust-A-Side. Other benefits of using dust suppression include a reduced probability of... 

Dust suppression benefits materials handling

Eqstra

By: Samantha Herbst     25th September 2015 Established in 1984, South Africa-based Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), a division of JSE-listed integrated leasing and capital equipment group Eqstra Holdings, is the largest forklift supplier to the South African market and has the largest product support infrastructure in the region. EIE... 

Eqstra

Handling equipment provider now offers dust-suppression systems

     25th September 2015 Dust-suppression systems for materials-handling operations at mines and storage facilities were, earlier this year, added to opencast mining and materials handling equipment company Tenova Takraf Africa’s product portfolio. 

Handling equipment provider now offers dust-suppression systems
DRY FOG The dry fog systems use ultrafine water droplets that attach to like-sized airborne dust particles to suppress airborne dust

Heavy lifting and logistics company aims for mining market

By: Dylan Slater     25th September 2015 Global heavy-lifting, heavy-haulage and logistics company Mammoet is aiming to break into the mining industry with its comprehensive logistics offering, coupled with its traditional heavy-lifting and ability to move heavy equipment, says local branch Mammoet Southern Africa (SA). 

Heavy lifting and logistics  company aims for mining market
INTACT HAULAGE Mammoet is able to transport intact dragline machines using its self-propelled modular transport units

Material feeders commissioned at Namibia mine

By: Dylan Slater     25th September 2015 Durban-based materials handling company Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA) delivered two Samson 85 t material feeders to Namibian diamond miner Namdeb Diamond Corporation’s mine in Oranjemund, Namibia, in March, with the machines being fully commissioned the same month. 

Material feeders  commissioned at  Namibia mine
OFFLOADING The material feeders can receive materials directly from 40 t dump trucks and have a buffer holding capacity of up to 66.2 t of material

Materials handling efficiency improved with pulp lifters

     25th September 2015 Vast improvements can be achieved on large mills with the addition of customised pulp lifters, which facilitate better movement of milled materials towards the discharge end, says mine processing components manufacturer Tega Industries South Africa. 

Materials handling efficiency improved with pulp lifters
PULP LIFTERS Pulp lifters can facilitate better movement of milled materials towards the discharge end of the mill

New chute design mitigates materials transfer problems

     25th September 2015 Considering basic chute specifications and design could mitigate material transfer problems, though this necessitates a thorough knowledge of transfer point design, as well as the ability to determine best practice for specific applications and the ability to customise each design accordingly,... 

New chute design mitigates materials transfer problems
MATERIAL TRANSFER PROBLEMS Individual Weba Chute systems are configured to control the direction, flow and velocity of the calculated volume and type of material processed

New equipment launched at Botswana mining exhibition

By: Dylan Slater     25th September 2015 A newly launched manganese impact liner plate was officially introduced to the Botswana industrial sector by chrome carbide plate manufacturer Rio-Carb at the 2015 Electra Mining Botswana Exhibition, which took place in Gaborone, earlier this month. 

New equipment launched at Botswana mining exhibition
LOCAL MANUFACTURER Rio-Carb operates from its factory in Alrode, Alberton

Tracking system reduces conveyor misalignment

     25th September 2015 Bulk materials-handling solutions provider Martin Engineering offers a series of responsive conveyor belt tracking systems that mitigate misalignment, rather than correcting it after the fact – even on reversing belts – to promote conveyor efficiency and safety. 

Tracking system reduces conveyor misalignment
ALIGNING CONVEYOR BELTS Martin Engineering’s tracker system continuously corrects misaligned conveyor belts

African countries should cooperate to improve regional logistics

By: Bruce Montiea     29th May 2015 There is significant potential to increase the scale and technology of Africa’s materials handling, or pit-to-port infrastructure, which is generally poor, compared with that of other mineral-rich countries, such as South Africa, Brazil and Australia, says global multidisciplinary consulting firm... 

African countries should cooperate to improve regional logistics
Photo by Duane Daws
STRENGTHENING LOGISTICS Transnet has embarked on aggressive investment to boost the South African freight logistics sector
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