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Research consortium to spend A$14.6m on South Australian copper

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2017 he South Australian government will spend A$4-million over the next four years on a research consortium, led by the University of Adelaide, to develop advanced technologies to boost copper production and to develop a globally competitive mining technology services sector. The University of... 

Establishing connectivity, visibility critical to economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 The mining sector remains crucial to the economic growth of many African countries, including copper-dependent Zambia, and, as such, it is important that foreign mining companies operating in these countries can improve the performance of their mining assets to ensure their continued economic... 

New range of drives available to SA market

     15th September 2017 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group introduced a new range of variable-speed drives (VSDs) last month, the Altivar Easy 610, which improve equipment performance and reduce operating costs by optimising energy consumption, the company explains. 

Emerson metal-seated ball valve protects critical equipment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2017 Emerson’s new line of metal-seated ball valves help to improve process efficiency and plant uptime. The Fisher™ Z500 metal-seated ball valves are engineered to withstand higher temperatures, pressures, and more erosive conditions than a standard on/off ball valve, providing increased reliability... 

Information systems in the field for 10+ years

     8th September 2017 The phrase ‘information is power’ is a widely used term. However, RCT believes its relevant information that empowers customers; which is why for the past 10 years, the company has been providing exactly that. This information journey began in 2005 when RCT saw the opportunity to expand into a... 

Humidity, moisture sensors see growth

     8th September 2017 The need for optimal safety, high yield and combustion value to ensure process integrity is spurring double-digit growth and adoption of humidity and moisture sensors in various industries, including the mining and minerals processing industry, states market research company Frost & Sullivan.  

Industry challenges encourage new tech developments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2017 Automation technology for minerals processing has become an indispensable element of productivity, owing to the role it plays in improving quality, reducing cost and labour intensity, as well as decreasing energy and raw material consumption, says integrated solutions provider Takraf Africa,... 

Free-to-attend seminars and workshops at Electra Mining Botswana

     6th September 2017 Business decision-makers, purchasing influencers and other industry professionals will be heading to Electra Mining Botswana in September. As the largest mining, industrial and power generation trade exhibition in the region, visitors will be looking for the latest products, technologies and... 

Jakarta bound for Mining 2017 Indonesia

     5th September 2017 RCT is joining channel partner Linindo Pacific International (LPI) in Jakarta for Mining Indonesia, from September 13 – 16. The 18th International Mining and Minerals Recovery Exhibition is Asia’s largest mining equipment exhibition; providing a professional platform for the industry to do... 

Heavy industries equipment supplier adapts to stay relevant

By: Nica Schreuder     1st September 2017 Botswana’s decision to diversify its economy away from diamond mining towards coal resources and base metal beneficiation should prompt businesses to adapt to service the changing needs of the market to remain relevant, emphasises global supplier and manufacturer of special mobile equipment for... 

Rapid drying oven offers faster minerals processing

     1st September 2017 Industrial solutions company thyssenkrupp’s Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist Minopex, owing to the oven’s fast-drying capability. Since installation, Minopex has reported great satisfaction with the IR oven.... 

Red Metal Mining

     1st September 2017 Diversified project engineering house Red Metal Mining (RMM) is focused on the specialised design of cast resin dry-type transformers, mini substations and electrical automation systems required by mining and associated industries. “Wherever electricity is generated, distributed, or required, we... 

Howden adds Ventsim™ 3D Mine Ventilation Simulation Software to its mining portfolio with the acquisition of Chasm Consulting

     29th August 2017 As part of Howden’s strategy to become the world’s leading provider of mine ventilation solutions, we are pleased to announce the acquisition of Chasm Consulting and its world leading product Ventsim™. Providing industry-leading 3D design and simulation capability, the Ventsim™ software is widely... 

Narrow-reef mining solutions in the works

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th August 2017 With the platinum mining industry in South Africa experiencing tough times, technology has become a major driver in reducing costs and facilitating improved productivity, and global engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is assisting in this regard through its strides in... 

Endress+Hauser’s instruments are ready for IIoT, are your processes ready?

     24th August 2017 The concept of IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) is electrifying the mining industry, but what is really behind it? What is the benefit for you? First came flint, followed by bronze, iron, gold, coal and during the last decades it was oil. The title of “most important” resource has been held... 

Billions in investment to propel Zambia’s Mopani mine into costs ‘premier league’

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 “Like a sports team, Mopani copper mine, in Kitwe, Zambia is near the bottom of the league and needs to improve its ranking to avoid relegation or closure,” says diversified mining major Glencore’s Mopani copper mine CEO Johan Jansen, using a football analogy to explain where the company is in... 

Local mine to adopt new generation jumbo drill rig

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining company Vedanta Resources’ Black Mountain base metals mine, in the Northern Cape, will later this year become the first local mine to adopt a new generation jumbo drill rig equipped with an intelligent control system from high-technology engineering group Sandvik. 

New tech combination to solve communication lag

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mines of the future will have fewer people and a higher level of automation, but to be successful, Australia-based mining system designer and manufacturer Nautitech GM Alex Lester says mines will need reliable communications as well as visibility of underground operations. 

Producing hydromining technology for greater productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining services provider Fraser Alexander is developing two technologies – a jet-pump system and an automated hydraulic re-mining unit – for the efficient reclamation of gold or platinum tailings through hydro mining. 

thyssenkrupp Infra-Red rapid drying oven improves turnaround time for Minopex

     16th August 2017 The fast drying capability of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions‘ Infra-Red rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist, Minopex. Developed in-house by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, the Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce  

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 The local mining industry has made significant strides in executing trans- formation and promoting gender diversity in terms of women representation, with the number of women having increased from an “extreme minority” to exceeding 10% across different levels. According to the Chamber of Mines... 

Digital revolution may quicken advance towards ‘mine of the future’

By: David Oliveira     4th August 2017 The digital revolution may provide the impetus for the mining industry to innovate at an exponential rate, as new digital technologies and developments converge on mining technologies to realise the digital mine of the future. Speaking at the WorleyParsons Supplier Grow conference, held in... 

Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce 

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 The local mining industry has made significant strides in executing transformation and promoting gender diversity in terms of women representation, with the number of women having increased from an “extreme minority” to exceeding 10% across different levels. According to the Chamber of Mines... 

Komatsu’s groundbreaking SMARTCONSTRUCTION technology offers end-to-end solution for project management

     1st August 2017 Komatsu Australia has launched its SMARTCONSTRUCTION concept in Australia and New Zealand – a significant step forward in construction industry technology that offers integrated product, service and support solutions across all phases of a project. According to Aaron Marsh, Komatsu Australia’s... 

Digital adoption vital for future mining success – EY

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 As productivity remains the number one operational risk in the mining sector, future digital transformation in the mining and metals sector will be a critical enabler to addressing the industry’s productivity and margin challenges, states professional services firm EY. EY Africa advisory mining... 

Software agreement advances explosion protection devices

     28th July 2017 In a clear push towards mobile innovation, global explosion protection solutions provider Bartec and Netherlands-headquartered software provider eVision will deliver rugged, intrinsically safe devices, which will ensure worldwide distribution and support of eVision’s suite of mobile Control of... 

RCT at the forefront of the digital revolution in mining

     27th July 2017 The mining industry is turning to digitisation in order to optimise efficiencies to increase productivity and profitability.  RCT’s latest Communications Solutions offering ensures it can help clients enter, expand or completely digitise its operations by integrating solutions to a new or... 

Optimised study boosts Savannah project’s output and lowers costs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2017 An optimisation of the feasibility study (FS) for the Savannah base metals project, in Western Australia, has lowered the expected C1 cash and operating costs of the operation, while targeting higher nickel, copper and cobalt output, owner Panoramic reported on Thursday. Compared with a... 

Africa needs to embrace Industry 4.0

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Owing to challenges, such as depressed commodity prices, declining revenues, increasing production costs and high energy costs, the African mining industry needs to embrace new solutions based on the Industry 4.0 industrial transformation, states engineering company Bosch mining key account... 

Pockets of potential bode well for future

By: Nica Schreuder     14th July 2017 The expected turning point in the African mining sector has not yet occurred, owing to continued soft economic growth in emerging economies allied to uneven global economic recoveries, divergent monetary policies and significant geopolitical/social issues, which continue to create further... 

Data and digitisation spur on innovation in the mining industry

     12th July 2017 Big data and analytics stand to play an increasingly important role in the future of the mining industry as latest trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) spurs on continuous innovation. Only 1% to 5% of the data generated by the mining industry is actually used for prediction and... 

Advanced diagnostics, IIoT to unlock valuable mining data – Endress & Hauser

By: Schalk Burger     7th July 2017 Using the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and advanced diagnostics systems that draw new data from sensors in mines can provide deeper insight into operations and improve control, says industrial automation multinational Endress & Hauser Group mining industry manager Jenish Gheewala. Data is... 

Data-mining improves mine management  

By: Victor Moolman     7th July 2017 The new technologies being developed by multinational engineering and electronics company Bosch to help improve mine management are part of Mining 4.0 taking place at projects worldwide. 

New mining technologies inspire optimism in South America

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2017 While there is a level of general caution, owing to the inherent “volatile nature” of the mining industry, the South American mining market is mostly characterised by growing optimism, owing to the benefits of mining technologies, posits global leader in the development of advanced dragline and... 

Improving safety at Savage River with RCT’s Smart Technology

     4th July 2017 Grange Resources’ Savage River mine in Tasmania, Australia saw the opportunity to further safeguard its operators on site by equipping its mobile equipment with remote controls. Implementing remote control technology has allowed Savage River’s operators to control machines from a safe location,... 

Disruptive tech needed in local gold sector

     30th June 2017 Trends in gold production and processing have remained largely unchanged; however, the varying nature of future gold reserves will force change and, as such, the industry needs to be prepared to invest in and employ disruptive technology, says independent process industry consultant Santosh... 

New technologies, mechanisation require adapted mining maintenance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 There are numerous developments globally that combine analytics with advanced technologies to enhance the effectiveness of maintenance solutions, complementing the broader trend of mines moving away from one-off cost reductions and employing sustainable cost-management programmes that improve... 

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