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Weekly Features

Benefits of spin filters emphasised

By: Sascha Solomons     14th October 2016 With the South African mining industry facing the prevailing costs and uncertainties in the labour market that it does, industrial technology and solutions specialist RTS Africa Engineering says its spin filters offer an ideal solution by reducing dependence on maintenance personnel. “Not only... 

Chilled-mirror hygrometer gives reliable control of sintering processes

     14th October 2016 Moisture and humidity measurement solutions provider Michell Instruments, represented in South Africa by process control instrumentation manufacturer Instrotech, has introduced its S8000RS chilled-mirror hygrometer.   The S8000RS is the smallest hygrometer on the market, says Linbro Park,... 

Chilled-mirror hygrometer gives reliable control of sintering processes
Photo by Bloomberg
MOISTURE CONTROL The S8000RS chilled-mirror sensor is an efficient choice for moisture control in a range of metallurgical processes, including sintering

Collaboration to advance mine ventilation solutions

     14th October 2016 To facilitate collaboration and cooperation around mine ventilation solutions and mine design, a memorandum of understanding has been signed by mining software, hardware and services provider Maptek and engineering consulting firm Bluhm Burton Engineering subsidiary Vuma. Vuma is the developer... 

Collaboration to advance mine ventilation solutions
MINE VENTILATION SOLUTIONS Vuma software is developed for analysis of underground mine ventilation, contaminant tracking, refrigeration and cooling networks

Initial product quality can lower maintenance costs

     14th October 2016 Like most products used in mining operations, industrial fans manufacturer MechCaL says ventilation fans require ongoing maintenance to ensure that day-to-day mining operations continue as normal. In line with this, MechCaL launched a dedicated maintenance and repair division as part of its... 

Initial product quality can lower maintenance costs
MECHCAL JET FAN Jet Fans have been designed by using computational fluid dynamics with specific reference to total pressure air entrainment, giving it superior distance/velocity ratio at lower input costs

RamPiping Systems

     14th October 2016 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping fabricator, supplier and installation specialist RamPiping Systems has expanded its focus to include piping solutions from US-based supplier NOV Fiber Glass Systems (NOV FGS). Since being established in 2006, RamPiping’s main focus has been on HDPE, but... 

RamPiping Systems

Fan company expands its service division

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Fan company MechCaL is expanding its service and repair division in response to market demand.  

Fan company  expands its  service division
MECHCAL FAN MechCaL’s fans offer efficiencies of about 80% to 82%

Mine orders two additional chillers as it reaches 1 700 m depth

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC) acquired two additional 3 500 kW York CYK compound centrifugal chillers in December 2014 from diversified technology company Johnson Controls Building Efficiency.  

Mine orders two  additional chillers as it reaches 1 700 m depth
CHILLER COMMISSIONING TEAM The team responsible for commissioning of the chillers

Swedish ventilation software company eyes local market

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Sweden-based automation and control hardware and software solutions company Gefa System is aiming to collaborate with an underground-mining company in South Africa to pilot its ventilation systems software.  

Swedish ventilation software company eyes local market
VENTILATION CONTROL Arctic Vent Control is suitable for use in the harsh African mining environment, which is characterised by hot, dry and dusty conditions

Ice plants ease underground mining conditions

By: Bruce Montiea     17th October 2014 In response to the intense heat that underground mineworkers endure, refrigeration specialist KTI-Plersch offers a cooling solution comprising modular containerised Plate Ice Plants  (PLIP). Several PLIPs, with individual capacities of up to 220 t, make up a 5 MW, a 10 MW or a 20 MW ice cooling... 

Ice plants ease underground mining conditions
ICE FACTORY KTI-Plersch’s ice cooling system helps mining companies to create a safer and healthier working environment to improve working conditions for mineworkers

Reliable temperature control solutions prevent lost time

By: Bruce Montiea     17th October 2014 Temporary power and temperature-control solutions supplier Aggreko can provide mining companies with reliable solutions, enabling them to continue their operations without interference such as equipment breakdowns or maintenance downtime, says Aggreko Southern Africa GM Martin Foster. “Our... 

Reliable temperature  control solutions  prevent lost time
COOLING SYSTEM Aggreko supplies a full range of water and air-cooled chillers, cooling towers and bulk air coolers, all utilising an environment-friendly refrigerant system

Slurry cooling towers excel in copper mining conditions

     17th October 2014 With the copper mining industry in mind, industrial cooling tower systems provider Industrial Water Cooler (IWC) designs and manufactures forced draft counterflow cooling towers for the specific pressure-leach process used in copper mining. IWC MD Roger Rusch says the cooling towers excel at... 

Slurry cooling towers excel in copper mining conditions
Photo by Bloomberg
COOLED SLURRY The cooling towers excel at cooling slurry with high levels of solids

Spin-filter technology reduces dust at platinum mine

By: Bruce Montiea     17th October 2014 With the local mining industry facing increasing pressure to contain costs and maintain profits while overcoming several industry challenges, such as ensuring clean and filtered underground air, mining houses are looking to the engineering industry to offer innovative ways of dealing with these... 

Spin-filter technology  reduces dust at platinum mine
MOGALAKWENA MINE, NORTH WEST Spin filters are an effective solution to dust build-up at mines

Earthmoving and excavation method used for ventilation

     18th October 2013 Engineering contracting and construction services company Murray & Roberts Cementation has taken an unconventional approach to a project that will see the establishment of two ventilation shafts at platnium miner Anooraq Resources’ Bokoni platinum mine, in Limpopo, scheduled for completion in... 

Modular underground cooling units prove to be well suited to remote locations

By: Jonathan Rodin     18th October 2013 Gold miner Gold Fields is currently using four of engineering company M-Tech Industrial’s Mk II modular underground air-cooling units (ACU) at its Beatrix No 4 gold mine, instead of using its static surface refrigeration plant during the past winter months. 

New business model proves to be successful

By: Jonathan Rodin     18th October 2013 Although the shared-savings business model of technology service provider and manufacturer of advanced composite fans MechCal is a paradigm shift for the mining industry, MechCal MD Gavin Ratner reports that the company is a positive response to the new way of thinking. 

Ventilation and cooling planning hampered by challenges

By: Jonathan Rodin     18th October 2013 Many factors affect the implementation of ventilation and cooling in the mining industry, which makes accurate planning difficult, says technology and industrial company Johnson Controls operations manager Russell Hattingh. This could include politics, economics, labour and the geology of the... 

Company suited to replacing inefficient mine ventilation fans

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th October 2012 As an Eskom Integrated Demand Management (IDM) division-accredited energy services company, high-performance fan designer and manufacturer MechCal can help mines to replace their existing auxiliary vent fans at minimal cost and enable them to improve their efficiencies through the installation of... 

Contracts in excess of R200m under way 

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th October 2012 Ventilation, refrigeration and cooling specialist Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Projects will commission the first of four phases of a R200-million turnkey bulk air-cooling system installation for platinum miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) No 17 Shaft project in Rustenburg this month. 

Cost-effective gas detection, vibration multisensor network suited to mining applications

     19th October 2012 Israel-based air quality monitoring technology provider AirBase Systems and Germany-based manufacturer of industrial input devices and peripherals, Code Mercenaries, have partnered to offer a cost-effective combined sensing network, called Mines SensNet, to the mining industry. 

Extra low-voltage refuge chamber added to range

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th October 2012 Emergency safe-refuge chamber manufacturer MineARC Systems has added a new extra-low-voltage portable refuge chamber to its hard-rock underground mine range, for miners who suddenly become trapped in a hazardous or toxic environment, says Africa business development manager Tom Long. 

Spin filter technology to ventilate underground mines

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th October 2012 Tshwane-based technology and solutions provider Rand Technical Services (RTS) received an order from a local engineering company last month for an inertial spin filter to provide ventilation for the control room of a Mozambique-based mineral sands miner. 

3D simulation software package for mine ventilation

By: Natalie Greve     14th October 2011 Ventilation and refrigeration consulting engineering firm Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) has released a three-dimensional (3D) version of its Ventilation of Underground Mine Atmospheres (Vuma) software package used to calculate heat loads and air flow distribution in underground mining operations. 

Heat stress management is essential for underground miners

By: Natalie Greve     14th October 2011 The screening of miners to determine their heat tolerance levels and individual risk profiles is a necessity in hot underground working environments to ensure their physical and physiological tolerance of extreme temperature fluctuations, and to prevent heat disorders. 

Methane-reduction technology to be applied at coal operation

     14th October 2011 Bituminous coal and natural gas company Consol Energy has joined with natural resources firm Verdeo Group, to develop the first project aimed at reducing ventilation air methane (VAM) emissions at an active West Virginia coal mine.  

Pelletising plant gets new temperature regulation installation

     14th October 2011 Diversified miner Xstrata’s pelletising plant at its ferrochrome smelter complex, near Rustenburg, has had a new lagging and cladding system installed, in order to realise improved temperature regulation and increased production efficiency. 

Underground cooling system for remote areas

     14th October 2011 Underground cooling can be effectively achieved in remote areas, reports underground support systems manufacturer Mine Support Products (MSP) GM Dion Booyens. 

R12m cooling 
project for steel mill

     22nd October 2010 Piping solutions company Victaulic and cooling and heat transfer consultancy Evapco have expanded the process cooling systems at the Middelburg, Mpumalanga province, mill of steel producer Columbus Stainless. 

Efficient designs improve ventilation and cooling systems performance

By: Schalk Burger     15th October 2010 The design of infrastructure to enable ventilation and cooling systems to operate more efficiently and effectively is important in reducing energy and water use, says engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon principal sustainable buildings engineer Jeff Robinson. 

New bulk cooling plant for platinum mine

     15th October 2010 Ventilation, refrigeration and cooling specialists Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) commissioned a surface bulk-air cooler and refrigeration plant for platinum major Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) No 20 Shaft project, says BBE MD Richard Gundersen.  

Smoke extraction motors boost safety in fire emergencies

     15th October 2010 The asynchronous three-phase squirrel cage smoke extraction motors from motor supplier Leroy-Somer continue to operate in high temperatures during fire emergencies on mines, says Leroy-Somer South Africa MD Grant Robertson. 

Cool mines with ice

By: Petronel Smit     16th October 2009 Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions company Johnson Controls Systems & Service South Africa reports that ice systems used for thermal storage on the surface of mines or for ice dams underground can significantly reduce energy consumption in deep level mines. 

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