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Weekly Features

Automation software improves ease of work

     24th March 2017 Sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco has introduced the Dynamic tunnelling package, a new automation software for face drilling rigs, such as its Boomer range, which is built for blast hole drilling in underground mining and tunnelling. The package is offered by Atlas Copco’s... 

Digitalising underground drilling

     24th March 2017 Digitalisation will improve drilling accuracy and cycle times, and reduce operation costs by improving the efficiency of the drilling and bolting phase, says global engineering group Sandvik. “Drilling as planned, with accurate visual information, leads to continuous improvement across the whole... 

Digitalising underground drilling
DIGITAL DRILLING Sandvik AutoMine compatible underground offering allows customers to significantly upgrade their operations’ productivity and safety

Drilling operations achieve impressive safety records

     24th March 2017 Two underground diamond drilling sites operated by mining industry services provider Rosond have achieved five years of ‘zero harm’. Platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplat’s) Dishaba mine, previously known as Amandelbult before being split into Dishaba and Tumela, near Thabazimbi, in... 

Drilling operations achieve impressive safety records
RISKY BUSINESS Underground diamond drilling has many hazards and the possibility for a serious accident is high

First Bougouni drilling assays ‘highly encouraging’

     24th March 2017 West-Africa-focused mineral exploration and development company Kodal Minerals has a busy exploration programme planned for the months ahead, with a focus on its lithium projects at Bougouni, in Mali.  CEO Bernard Aylward said in February that the company would return to drill its Ngoualana... 

First Bougouni drilling  assays ‘highly encouraging’
Photo by Bloomberg
DRILLING DEVELOPMENTS As of February, a total of 328 samples had been received, with regard to the first drilling assays at the Bougouni lithium project, in Mali, with a further 400 samples pending

Raise drill tackles first African project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th March 2017 The Redbore 100, “the crown jewel” of Redpath Mining’s series of raise drills, is undertaking its inaugural African project, in Zambia, extolls Redpath Mining Africa raiseboring manager Johan Davel. “One of the most powerful, largest-capacity, proven raise drills ever manufactured” is in... 

Raise drill tackles first African project
AFRICAN DEBUT The Redbore 100 has met the Synclinorium vent shaft project’s target rates, with Redpath on track to meet the projected completion date in July

Company showcases drilling products at Indaba

     18th March 2016 Drilling services, equipment and performance tooling provider Boart Longyear’s product experts were on hand at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba to discuss its range of new solutions suited to the African mining market. The company, exhibiting at the event in Cape Town, which ran... 

Company showcases drilling products at Indaba
UPDATED OFFERING The upgraded LS250 MiniSonic is wide track mounted and offers a low ground pressure of 28 bar for every 4 lb of force per square inch, which is suited for increased accessibility

Manufacturer offers enhanced productivity and reliability

     18th March 2016 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar notes that it is the only manufacturer offering rock drills designed to be serviced on site for reduced downtime and costs. The company explains that CAT drills are designed for easy maintenance with simple and well-organised electrical... 

Manufacturer offers enhanced productivity and reliability
LONGER-LASTING The MD5075C track drill is designed for best-in-class productivity, durability and low total cost of ownership, which enable the CAT rock drills to deliver three times the lifespan of competitive drills

Mining deeper while maintaining value

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th March 2016 Multidisciplinary professional services firm Hatch Goba is continuously developing more cost-effective means of extracting ore, especially in South Africa, where mining is deeper and more difficult amid falling commodity prices, resulting in decreasing profit margins. Technologies that allow for... 

Mining deeper while maintaining value
KEVIN SEYFRIED Hatch Goba works across various sectors, from infrastructure to metals and energy, providing clients with numerous services

Series increases safety, importance of students emphasised

     18th March 2016 There is increasing focus on safety within the mining industry, says sustainable productivity solution provider Atlas Copco, adding that its Diamec Smart core drilling rigs eliminate many of the hazardous operations at mines involved in underground core drilling. Atlas Copco introduced its Diamec... 

Series increases  safety, importance of students emphasised
SMART RIG The Diamec Smart core drilling rigs have an advanced rig control system that enables automatic functions such as drilling and adding and removing of rods

Spin filters reduce dust exposure underground

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th March 2016 Specialised engineering solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering is receiving an increasing number of enquiries from various markets, such as sub-Saharan Africa, Australia and India, for its inertial spin filters used in small to medium-sized mining applications.  This increase in interest can... 

Spin filters reduce dust exposure underground
IAN FRASER Inertial spin filters are an effective and practical solution for the challenges in the underground mining environment such as heavy dust loads generated by drilling and tunnelling

African drilling projects benefit from versatile equipment

By: Bruce Montiea     20th March 2015 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... 

African drilling projects benefit from versatile equipment
VERSATILE DAT instruments' products can be installed and used on any drilling rig

Challenging drilling project successfully completed

By: Bruce Montiea     20th March 2015 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

     20th March 2015 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     20th March 2015 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
Photo by Bloomberg
ZERO SPILLAGE Drilling must have as little impact as possible on the environment

Drill penetrates with more precision

By: Bruce Montiea     20th March 2015 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     20th March 2015 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     20th March 2015 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     21st March 2014 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     21st March 2014 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

     21st March 2014 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     21st March 2014 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     21st March 2014 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     22nd March 2013 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     22nd March 2013 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     22nd March 2013 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     22nd March 2013 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     22nd March 2013 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

     23rd March 2012 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     23rd March 2012 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

     23rd March 2012 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     23rd March 2012 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.  

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