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African drilling projects benefit from versatile equipment

By: Bruce Montiea African drilling projects are benefiting from using the versatile instruments and products produced by Italy-based drilling instruments designer DAT instruments, says sales manager Domenico Anelina. He adds that the company’s products can be installed and used on any drilling rig, irrespective of... 

Challenging drilling project successfully completed

By: Bruce Montiea Integrated drilling services and equipment provider Boart Longyear last month completed another unique project using its dual-tube flooded reverse-circulation technique. The technique, used to drill 60-inch shafts through loss circulation zones, was used to create a ventilation shaft for an... 

Challenging drilling project successfully completed
DRILLING TECHNIQUE The dual-tube flooded reverse-circulation drilling technique makes it possible for the bit to penetrate loss circulation zones without the use of a more traditional raised bore rig

Company introduces new, improved drill

High-technology engineering company Sandvik has added the new DR461i drill to its equipment product line. “The DR461i is a diesel powered, self-propelled, crawler-mounted blasthole drill that is automation-ready and features forward-thinking design and technology for bulk mining operations,”... 

Company introduces new, improved drill
ROUGH TERRAIN Customers count on Sandvik to develop robust drills

Company prioritises oil-contamination prevention, safety

By: Bruce Montiea To reduce the environmental impact of its projects, drilling services company Ubuntu Rock Drilling (URD) aims to prevent oil contamination as much as possible, company marketing manager Michelle Berrington tells Mining Weekly. To achieve this, a plastic liner is used to cover the ground surface... 

Company prioritises oil-contamination  prevention, safety
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ZERO SPILLAGE Drilling must have as little impact as possible on the environment

Drill penetrates with more precision

By: Bruce Montiea Cutting tools developer Dormer Pramet in January launched a new solid carbide drill that increases drilling precision. The drill was specifically developed to overcome problems associated with deep-hole drilling and creating underground mining infrastructure, says Dormer Pramet application... 

Drill penetrates with  more precision
INCREASED PRECISION The R459 drill has been specifically developed to overcome problems typically associated with deep-hole drilling and creating underground mining infrastructure

More mining companies to benefit from drill rig simulator training

By: Bruce Montiea In response to the growing need for skilled drilling personnel, global training simulator provider ThoroughTec Simulation is increasing the number of its Cybermine blast-hole drill-rig simulator cabs, says operations VP Richard Bellengère. This production drive will make the cabs available to... 

More mining companies to benefit from drill rig simulator training
SIMULATION Training simulators are necessary to ensure that operators know how to operate a drill rig safely and efficiently without the mine having to take it out of production for too long

Upgraded rotary drill to be introduced to African market

By: Bruce Montiea Following the completion of product support training, machinery manufacturer Caterpillar’s upgraded MD6640 rotary drill is now commercially available, says Caterpillar surface rock drills commercial strategy manager G R Regas, adding that the company will introduce the upgraded drill to the... 

Upgraded rotary drill to be introduced to African market
POWERFUL The MD6640 is electrically powered and is Caterpillar’s largest rotary drill

2 000-m-deep shaft project well under way, says drilling company

By: Jonathan Rodin The initial phase of shaft sinking and drilling company Redpath Mining South Africa’s infrastructure development at Zambia-based copper and cobalt producer Mopani Copper Mines’ (MCM’s) Mindola deep shaft is currently under way, says Redpath Mining South Africa MD Ockert Douglas. 

Compact drill design proves popular

By: Jonathan Rodin South African equipment supplier Mine Support Products’ (MSP) drill rig, the Terra, is being used by gold mining major AngloGold Ashanti and Sibanye Gold. The drill rig’s enhanced ergonomic design enables it to manoeuvre around easily tight slope conditions underground, says MSP research and... 

Company launches new track drill

Machinery and engine manufacturer Caterpillar (Cat) has launched its new MD5150C track drill, the first of the C-Series drills, which features more Cat components and a choice of three different rock drills. 

Industry requires formal skills recognition

By: Jonathan Rodin Sixty-two mining industry stakeholders, including mining company representatives, drilling contractors and equipment suppliers last month attended the first South African Exploration Drilling Forum, initiated by iron-ore mining major Kumba Iron Ore, in association with the Drilling Industry... 

Industry requires formal  skills recognition

New drilling software ready for implementation

By: Jonathan Rodin Technology group Sandvik Mining’s new tunneling project management and information analysis software, Intelligent Sandvik Underground Rock Excavation (iSure), which helps to optimise drilling and blasting patterns, is ready for implementation, says Sandvik Mining business line manager for... 

Blasthole drilling rig to begin production this month

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining services company Atlas Copco reports that the last Pit Viper 351 blasthole drilling rig for diversified miner Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s (Kumba’s) drill rig order will be introduced into production this month. 

Company takes receipt of groundbreaking equipment

By: Chantelle Kotze Geotechnical and exploration drilling company Geomechanics, part of Lanseria-based GeoGroup, has taken receipt of two new drill rigs this year – the DeltaBase 525 DB and Sonic SDC 450-24. The rigs have increased the company’s drill fleet to more than 60. 

Exploration drilling training provider launches safety forum

By: Chantelle Kotze Exploration drilling training provider Colin Rice Exploration & Training reports that it launched a Safety Forum last month to help prevent accidents and incidents from taking place in the exploration drilling industry. 

Mechanised, trackless development improves safety, production rates

By: Chantelle Kotze Mining equipment and service provider Sandvik Mining’s Trans4mine division, which focuses specifically on increasing Sandvik client’s mining efficiencies using a facilitative approach, reports that it is undertaking a mine design project using only trackless equipment to develop a rail bound... 

Medium-sized multipurpose drill rig launched

By: Chantelle Kotze Integrated exploration drilling products and services provider Boart Longyear’s mid-size multipurpose LX11 rig has been received positively in the market since its launch in January this year, with drilling contractors acknowledging the advantages of having a medium-sized multipurpose rig onsite. 

$12m budget allocated for Haile drill programme

Gold development company Romarco Minerals’ $12-million 2012 drill campaign at its Haile gold mine, based on the positive results from the 2011 exploration programme, will predominantly focus on step-out, greenfield exploration and deep drilling, which is more cost effective with core drilling.... 

Diversified miner steps up Mine of the Future programme

By: Esmarie Swanepoel Diversified giant Rio Tinto reports that it would further its Mine of the Future programme by developing and testing new technologies in underground tunnelling and mineral recovery. 

Drilling products provider receives exploration award for diamond coring bits

Integrated drilling products and services provider Boart Longyear was voted the winner of the 2012 Mining Magazine Exploration Award for its Ultramatrix (UMX) diamond coring bits. 

Energy efficient drill in the final stages of development

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi Local drill equipment provider Schwalbe is in the process of developing a new electric drill for the mining industry and expects the next prototype to be completed and tested in June.  

Local supplier provides two-in-one solution for local gold miner

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi Local concrete manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has supplied a leading local gold miner, with its SEM 200/100 concrete pump and V200 turbine pan mixer, used for mixing and pumping concrete underground, PMSA marketing and sales manager Quintin Booysen tells Mining Weekly.  

Near-mine exploration programmes yield strong results for mining company

Gold production and exploration company Endeavour Mining has allocated an exploration budget of $30-million for 2012, which will include an additional 200 000 m of drilling.  

New technologies to change the future of shaft sinking

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi Specialist in the manufacture, assembly, sale and support of diamond tools and equipment for the quarrying industry Diamond Products has launched the lightweight Shibuya core drill, which offers improved mobility in various drilling environments. 

Auger drilling technique proves successful

By: Schalk Burger The in-line sampling of coal on trucks and trains, before it arrives at power stations or at export terminals, will improve the quality control measures of power stations and exporters and enable effective monitoring, says unconsolidated deposit drillers Dump and Dune Drillers project manager... 

Combination of techniques a first for shaft sinking at SA manganese mine

By: Schalk Burger Soft-ground digging, drilling, blasting and raise boring are being combined for the first time to sink a new shaft for a manganese mine in South Africa. 

Drilling reveals more high-grade iron-ore at Roper Bar

Assay results from drilling at diversified Australia-based miner Western Desert Resources’ Roper Bar iron-ore project in the Northern Territory, in Australia, confirms high-grade direct shipping ore (DSO) iron-ore mineralization, while intersections at four m confirmed greater than 60% Fe in five... 

Future platinum projects must access deeper resources

By: Schalk Burger US drilling equipment manufacturer Boart Longyear has launched many new drilling and coring tools for exploration and drilling programmes on mines, including new diamond coring bits, rock drills and blast rods and bits, as well as reverse circulation drill rigs, says Boart Longyear product... 

Increased interest in concrete pan mixers at gold mines

By: Schalk Burger Local concrete mixer manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) reports an increase in queries and demand for the company’s small-sized concrete pan mixers for use in shaft sinking projects at gold mines. 

New diamond coring, rock drilling tools for exploration, drilling

US drilling equipment manufacturer Boart Longyear has launched many new drilling and coring tools for exploration and drilling programmes on mines, including new diamond coring bits, rock drills and blast rods and bits, as well as reverse circulation drill rigs, says Boart Longyear product... 

New electrical rock drill for hard rock stoping

By: Schalk Burger Construction products manufacturer and supplier Hilti reports that its TE MD20 electrical rock drill has energy-efficiency characteristics well suited to mining operations in South Africa, given the country’s current power challenges. 

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