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Australian miners spearheading disruptive technology movement – Fitch

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Australia’s strong information communications technology and energy infrastructure, highly skilled labour force and government support ensures that its miners will continue to be the frontrunners in implementing technology to cut costs, enhance efficiency and increase mine safety, the latest... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Vital Engineering: ensuring quality and safety standards don’t slip in the local and pan-African mining sector

20th September 2018 “Electra Mining has definitely grown exponentially over the past few years in terms of the scale and variety of companies, products and solutions showcased”, was the observation by Glen Pringle, Technical Director at Vital Engineering, on visiting the show with members of his sales team last... 

High efficiency drives versatile pump set

By: Shannon de Ryhove     14th September 2018 Pump solutions specialist Integrated Pump Rental recently completed the assembly of an electrically driven Sykes XH150 pump set, which it exhibited at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. The pump set consists of a 315 kW motor with a 400 V drive capable of a maximum head of 180 m with a... 

Innovation recognised at this year’s EMA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     13th September 2018 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) awarded South African mining supplier Afri-Tech the overall innovation award and the South African Innovation award at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition for its locally manufactured forced ejection nozzle. The nozzle, which is... 

Integrating machine vision into automation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th September 2018 Automatic detection, traceability and quality control of products are becoming increasingly important tasks across all stages of production. These trends are aided by inexpensive cameras and high-performance computers, which enable the use of image processing technology in more areas than ever... 

Sandvik launches Leopard DI650i drill rig

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th September 2018 Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has expanded its high-pressure down-the-hole (DTH) drill rig offering, with the introduction of the new Sandvik Leopard DI650i model. The drill was unveiled to the market for the first time at Electra Mining Africa, being held this week at the Nasrec Expo... 

Combining Siemens mining expertise with leading Digital technologies at Electra Mining 2018 

12th September 2018 Participating in the biggest Mining and Industrial tradeshow in Africa, Siemens will be presenting its Digital Mining solutions at Electra Mining 2018.   As a leading provider of efficient, sustainable and class leading equipment to mining companies in Africa, the company offers solutions... 

FLSmidth highlights digital future for mining

12th September 2018 Taking pride of place on the FLSmidth Electra Mining Africa exhibition stand this year will be a 1:20 scale model of its REFLUX Classifier (RC) modular plant, representing – in more ways than one – the future of processing in the mining sector. FLSmidth commercial manager Terence Osborn says the... 

Cybernetics aims to leave a lasting mark

12th September 2018 Cape Town-based automation and system integration specialist Cybernetics Automation will put on display a comprehensive range of conventional to fully automated marking solutions manufactured by Germany’s Borries Marking Systems. Cybernetics business manager Maurice Curtis says Borries... 

Pump rental operator showcases diversity of product range

12th September 2018 Integrated Pump Rental intends to reinforce its position as one of the leading pump rental operations in Southern Africa with its participation at Electra Mining Africa. The company will showcase a range of its pump rental solutions aimed at showing the diversity of product available, and its... 

RS Components 

11th September 2018 Whenever you need high-quality parts on time and within budget, you can count on RS Components to deliver. We're the world's leading high-service distributor of electronics, automation and control components, tools and consumables, serving over 1 million customers globally.  

Beckhoff  

11th September 2018 Beckhoff implements open automation systems based on PC Control technology. The product range covers Industrial PCs, I/O and Fieldbus Components, Drive Technology and automation software.  

Manganese takes pole position in ARM’s earnings surge

By: Martin Creamer     10th September 2018 Manganese formed the backbone of the earnings performance of diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) in the 12 months to June 30, delivering 64% of the headline earnings, at R1.9-billion, and helping the company move into a strong net cash position by recording the best margin.... 

SMC Pneumatics 

10th September 2018 SMC is pursuing worldwide customer satisfaction and supporting automation through the most advanced pneumatic technologies By understanding that our customer satisfaction can only be achieved by a clear understanding of their goals and objectives. Therefore, at SMC we have built an organization... 

Future of mining comes to life at SEW stand

10th September 2018 Drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive South Africa will give insight into the future of mining at this year’s Electra Mining Africa 2018, where it will display its total solutions offering for the mining industry. 

FLSmidth

10th September 2018 FLSmidth is a leading provider of mineral processing and material handling technology and systems to the global mining industry. In keeping with its strategy of driving success through sustainable productivity enhancement, FLSmidth is founded on three fundamental values – competence, cooperation... 

ABB equipment set for Kittilä gold mine in Finland

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2018 The Kittilä mine has invested in multinational corporation ABB’s production and personnel hoists, and these are set to be installed and introduced at the mine during 2020/21 The ABB delivery includes one friction type production hoist with 2.5 MW of motor power and a 1.2 MW single drum personnel... 

Boosting safety and productivity with Sandvik’s automation solutions

7th September 2018 Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Southern Africa will showcase mining solutions at Electra Mining Africa that have been developed to boost overall safety and productivity across all types of mines. 

Integrated Pump Rental

6th September 2018 Integrated Pump Rental is a specialist pump rental organisation that caters to the needs of all sectors, including mining, quarrying, construction, wastewater, energy and general industry across Africa. The company has the agility to offer customers quick and easy access to a comprehensive range... 

Gas monitoring system, products at Electra

6th September 2018 Becker Mining South Africa’s stand at Electra Mining Africa will once again highlight the company’s commitment to the highest standards in quality and safety in the mining sector and general industry. 

LTP-B Eco HVAC drive helps save energy and cut costs in a range of sectors

6th September 2018 With a large footprint and customer base in food-and-beverage, automotive, and mining, drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa is now targeting niche sectors such as Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) in order to ensure sustained growth. In this regard, its LTP-B... 

Thakadu starts construction on nickel sulphate purification plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 Thakadu Battery Materials on Wednesday officially marked the start of construction of its R250-million nickel sulphate purification plant at platinum miner Lonmin's Base Metals Refinery, in the North West province. All major equipment has been ordered and key contracts awarded, including modular... 

Local manufacturer showcases full-scale solutions at Electra

4th September 2018 Nelspruit-based Electro Systems, which supplies both locally manufactured and type-tested modular enclosures from Danish manufacturer Logstrup, will showcase its three Electro Systems divisions at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. The company hopes to broaden its exposure and brand... 

Welding supplier to launch several new products at trade expo

4th September 2018 Welding equipment supplier PTS Welding & Industrial Supplies is launching a new range of innovative welding, cutting and gas products and services for the mining and fabrication industries at this year’s Electra Mining show. PTS Welding & Industrial Supplies MD Paul Stolarczyk says that clients... 

Local innovation drives value in chrome industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2018 It is not only chromium producers that are benefiting from the high global demand for stainless steel. The situation also bodes well for South African platinum group metals producers, considering that a large portion of chromite is extracted relatively cost-effectively and effortlessly from their... 

Dupleix Liquid Meters

3rd September 2018 With over 55 years’ experience, Dupleix Liquid Meters (DLM) offers expert advice on a comprehensive range of products. It is renowned for providing the right solutions for overpressure protection; flow, level and density measurement; automation and control requirements. The company maintains a... 

Gas monitor upgraded for better accuracy

31st August 2018 Mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa has extended its range of safety and communications systems to include an upgraded atmospheric and environmental monitoring system, designed for use in industries where the presence of gases may pose a safety or health risk for employees and... 

Partnership to deliver satellite IIoT solutions to Australian mines

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st August 2018 Mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat and Australian mining technology solutions company Auxilium are working to accelerate the adoption of smart mining solutions in Australia. The duo have established a formal partnership that will see the delivery of real-time, mine-based... 

Tecman sees automation as a boon for mining

30th August 2018 The mechanisation and automation of mining in South Africa will improve productivity and extend the operational lives of many mines that would otherwise have closed, benefiting equipment manufacturers, such as Tecman. 

Global mining showing interest in Master Drilling’s new technology  

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2018 The mining industry is showing strong interest in the new blast-free mobile tunnel boring machine that South African company Master Drilling will launch in Italy next month. This interest is exemplified by 32 mining executives from mining jurisdictions across the world making themselves available... 

Epiroc Control Tower – The digital mine in action

24th August 2018 The recently inaugurated Control Tower located in Epiroc facilities in Örebro, Sweden, is designed to be an innovation arena to collaborate around, and to explore and develop automation and information management solutions. The Control Tower is much more than a showroom – it is a part of the... 

Welding industry pioneer Kemppi showcases complete future welding ecosystem

24th August 2018 South Africa-based welding and fabrication equipment supplier AR Industrial is demonstrating Finnish-brand Kemppi’s new multi-process and multi-voltage welding solution for demanding industrial applications at Electra Mining Africa 2018. This is the latest technology in welding incorporating... 

Tipping point? Inflation creep at Australia's mines to erode margins

By: Reuters     24th August 2018 As Australia's big miners gear up for a new round of expansion after years of belt tightening, prices for everything from labour to fuel to equipment have begun to rise, driving up costs and eating into margins. Having repaired their balance sheets after a harrowing shake-out from a decade-long... 

Five themes for five days of Electra Mining Africa

23rd August 2018 The stage is set and organisers and attendees alike are gearing up for the start of this year’s mining and industry extravaganza, which will see more than 900 exhibitors converge on Johannesburg in September. 

Challenge on to develop new deep-level rock drill by early next year

By: Schalk Burger     20th August 2018 The Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) on Monday launched an open-innovation challenge to rapidly develop a new deep-level mining rock drill by the beginning of next year. MMP co-director Alastair Macfarlane explains that, for South Africa to retain its comparative advantage obtained through the... 

Digitisation brings innovation opportunities

17th August 2018 Digital transformation brings opportunities for innovation and doing business in new and exciting ways – elements that are critical to business success in a volatile economic market, says global communications provider BT Global Services major deals lead and mining, oil and gas head Stephen du... 

Multiple role-players needed within intelligent mine 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Mining companies need to establish ecosystems of suppliers and partners to establish, operate, manage and integrate an intelligent mine, says Internet of Things (IoT) solution developer IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser. “Mining companies, whether small or global, cannot solve the... 

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