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Custom-designed chutes required for bulk materials handling

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 Transfer chute systems form an integral part of bulk materials handling applications, and it is important that they meet the specific requirements of individual mining houses, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems technical director Alwin Nienaber. Bulk... 

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 With mining operations valuing the optimisation of their assets, and safety and uptime remaining focal points, wear solutions provider Rio-Carb has “answered the industry’s call” with the development of a new modular chute, Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd tells Mining Weekly. Developing this modular... 

Furnaces outperform industry expectations

By: Paige Müller     1st June 2018 Two custom built 81 MVA submerged arc alternating current (AC) furnaces – designed and supplied by South African process and engineering firm Metix to Malaysia-based joint venture smelting facility Sakura Ferroalloys – have outperformed industry expectations since the smelting facility’s... 

Weba Chute Systems

25th May 2018 Effective transfer of material has become a pressing issue for mines globally. With the spotlight firmly on increasing productivity through more effective discharge of materials ... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

23rd February 2018 The loss of material owing to wear is costing the mining industry billions of dollars every year. Abrasive wear occurs when small pieces of material are forcefully removed from the surface of steel and other liners as feedstock passes through a chute, for example. Over time, the liner thickness... 

Customised spillminator supplied to South African gold mine

By: Victor Moolman     17th November 2017 Engineering solutions and steel fabrication company Lani Service Centre, based in Sebenza, Johannesburg, has supplied a tailor-made spillminator equipped with vesconite bushings to a local gold mine for its underground conveyor and hopper system. “The bushings are self-lubricating, can withstand... 

Safer mining conveyance promoted by association

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 Improper conveyor practices in the mining industry cause 4% of overall fatalities, and result from a lack of knowledge on the equipment’s operation and an inability to identify potential hazards, says industry association Conveyor Manufacturers Association of South Africa (CMA).  

Latest products showcased in real-life working environment

6th October 2017 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik demonstrated its expertise as a supplier to the aggregates and construction industries at the tenth Steinexpo demonstration exhibition in Germany, exhibiting products for various applications in the raw materials industry. Steinexpo, held from August... 

Specialised Plant Needs Specialised Care – Weba

14th August 2017 A trend on many mines to cut maintenance costs has sometimes led to general contractors being engaged to conduct repairs and servicing; this is generally not a good idea for specialised equipment, warns Mark Baller, managing director of Weba Chute Systems. “Most customers are well aware that good... 

Hard-wearing materials handling solution key to energy savings

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Energy-saving solutions employed in materials handling processes that allow for the strategic redirection of energy use in mining operations are crucial for securing the future of the South African mining industry, says long-life wear solutions provider Rio-Carb director Martin Maine. 

Botswana business expected to ‘flourish’

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Mineral processing equipment solutions provider Multotec aims to find a balance between initiatives that drives localisation and benefits communities in Botswana, and the advantages associated with international connections, following the relaunch of the fully-fledged Botswana-registered and... 

TDS Projects Construction Sets a New Benchmark for On-Site Safety

23rd February 2017 TDS Projects Construction has reached another major milestone in its health and safety record, building on previous benchmarks to have now reached a total 16 808 injury free shifts (and counting). This impressive figure was achieved through a combination of cultivating a risk competent culture... 

Reducing Maintenance On Chute Systems Is Simple

15th November 2016 Transfer points don’t need to be high maintenance areas on a mine anymore. This good news is from Mark Baller, managing director of Weba Chute Systems, who says the solution to reducing maintenance costs on transfer points is simple. “More often than not this issue is addressed by looking at new... 

World’s first trunnion-supported stainless steel mill commissioned

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th September 2016 Grinding mill supplier New Concept Projects (NCP) has commissioned the world’s first trunnion-supported, fully stainless steel mill at a copper plant, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which is operating with the use of a highly acidic slurry solution as a grinding medium. 

New body for shaft sinkers launched

By: Ilan Solomons     30th September 2016 The South African Shaft Sinking, Equipment and Services (Sasses) supply group, a subgroup within the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) was officially launched at the Electra Mining Africa 2016 tradeshow in Johannesburg, last week. Sasses aims to assist local manufacturers... 

New products for crushing and screening

30th September 2016 Crushing and screening equipment supplier Powerscreen launched three new products for the crushing and screening industry this year; the 2100 screen, the Warrior 1400XE screen and the Premiertrak 600 jaw crusher. 

Shaft sinking industry group launches, seeks to create new opportunities

By: Ilan Solomons     16th September 2016 The South African Shaft Sinking, Equipment and Services (Sasses) supply group, a subgroup within the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec), was officially launched at the Electra Mining Africa 2016 tradeshow in Johannesburg, this week. Sasses aims to assist local manufacturers... 

Added-value attraction at Multotec stand

26th August 2016 Minerals processing equipment supplier Multotec will demonstrate its in-depth knowledge and understanding of industry relevant topics and trends at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition. 

New retractable dust-suppression system easy to operate, maintain

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Environmental management solutions provider I-CAT this year introduced a retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) for dust suppression at conveyor discharge points, which can be fully automated and allows for easy maintenance. 

Financiers circle as Arianne seeks funds to advance Lac à Paul project

By: Simon Rees     5th August 2016 With a Ministerial decree in hand, issued on December 22, to advance its Lac à Paul phosphate project, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec, Arianne Phosphate hopes to put Canada – where potash is king – on the phosphate map. However, the market it seeks to enter is competitive,... 

Terex|Finlay Launch New Variant Of C-1540 Mobile Cone Crusher.

20th July 2016 The NEW C-1540 direct drive cone crusher is the latest addition to the Terex|Finlay range of tracked mobile cone crushers. This machine has been developed to satisfy the requirements for any aggregates producer or contract crusher looking for a high output capacity machine that provides large... 

Measured, indicated mineral resources increase at tin project

8th July 2016 Tin explorer and developer Alphamin Resources has announced a 34% increase in the measured and indicated mineral resources at the Mpama North prospect at its Bisie tin project, in North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

Troy says Karouni output to be at lower end of guidance

By: Mariaan Webb     27th May 2016 Gold miner Troy Resources advised shareholders on Friday that gold production at its Karouni mine, in Guyana, would be at the lower end of its guidance for 2016, owing to ongoing disruptions in the milling circuit. The company explained that contaminated lubrication oil was found to be the cause... 

Easy Going Between A Rock And Hard Place

19th April 2016 Working next to the main haul road of a well-known iron ore mine and sequencing construction activity around its blasting programme are just two of challenges Murray & Roberts Infrastructure has to overcome on one of its current contracts. However, this leading South African construction company,... 

Torex strikes deal with local group blocking access to El Limon-Guajes mine

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2016 Canadian gold producer Torex Gold has reached an agreement with local families blocking access to the El Limon-Guajes (ELG) mine, in Mexico, for more than a week, saying operations will be restarted during the night shift on Thursday. Less than a week after declaring commercial production, Torex... 

Dynamic response of ore skips during loading

5th April 2016 Since the use of Discrete Element Modelling has become standard in the Bulk Materials Handling industry, it has become possible to calculate realistic loading conditions. To take advantage of this, the problem of skip response during filling is revisited. Recently WorleyParsons RSA was required... 

Easy Going Between A Rock And Hard Place

22nd March 2016 Working next to the main haul road of a well-known iron ore mine and sequencing construction activity around its blasting programme are just two of challenges Murray & Roberts Infrastructure has to overcome on one of its current contracts. However, this leading South African construction company,... 

Battling sector must note maintenance pitfalls

By: Lynne Jackson     26th February 2016 The biggest potential for growth in the struggling gold mining industry lies in mechanised operations, and smart systems that detect which parts have to be replaced during shutdowns, instead of replacing whole units. “This leads to the mine saving money and time, which, in turn, leads to more... 

Weba Chute Systems is the benchmark for transfer points

22nd January 2016 Transfer points are finally being recognised as key elements in industrial plants, and Mark Baller, managing director of Weba Chute Systems, says this has seen other players enter the market as they, too, begin to recognise transfer points as critical to the operational success of plants. 'As the... 

Maintenance stressed when facing tough market

By: Bruce Montiea     11th December 2015 With the platinum sector currently battling because of low platinum prices, miners are forced to deal with tight budget constraints and are, therefore, unwilling or unable to spend money on attending to problems, such as the maintenance or replacement of transfer points, says specialist transfer... 

Company becomes sole distributor of conveyor belt cleaning system

2nd October 2015 Belt conveyor technology company Martin Engineering has become the sole distributor of the CleanScrape Cleaner conveyor belt cleaning system – taking exclusive responsibility for its sales in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The CleanScrape Cleaner was developed by conveyor belt cleaning... 

Crushing and screening specialist launches new triple-deck screen

By: Kimberley Smuts     2nd October 2015 South African crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec International aims to start manufacturing the production version of its DynamiTrac TDH6118 triple-deck screen in the last quarter of the year, the company says. In explaining the purpose for which the DynamiTrac is intended, Pilot... 

New service solution improves productivity at Chilean copper mines

By: Ilan Solomons     2nd October 2015 The implementation of diversified engineering and mining group Metso’s integrated service and product offering has resulted in a significant efficiency boost for the minerals transportation process at mining company Doña Inés de Collahuasi’s mines in Chile. Doña Inés de Collahuasi produces copper... 

Material feeders commissioned at Namibia mine

By: Dylan Slater     25th September 2015 Durban-based materials handling company Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA) delivered two Samson 85 t material feeders to Namibian diamond miner Namdeb Diamond Corporation’s mine in Oranjemund, Namibia, in March, with the machines being fully commissioned the same month. 

New chute design mitigates materials transfer problems

25th September 2015 Considering basic chute specifications and design could mitigate material transfer problems, though this necessitates a thorough knowledge of transfer point design, as well as the ability to determine best practice for specific applications and the ability to customise each design accordingly,... 

Handling equipment provider now offers dust-suppression systems

25th September 2015 Dust-suppression systems for materials-handling operations at mines and storage facilities were, earlier this year, added to opencast mining and materials handling equipment company Tenova Takraf Africa’s product portfolio. 

Chute refurbishment under way at coal mine

By: David Oliveira     18th September 2015 Liner plate expert Rio-Carb will install its chromium carbide (CrC) alloy long-life wear plates later this month in one of the chutes at a Vanderbijlpark-based coal mine, as part of a 16 chute refurbishment project. Rio-Carb key account executive Guss van der Merwe tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Weba Chute Systems Considers The Overall Cost Of Ownership For A Better Return On Investment

14th September 2015 Although it may be true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, lookalike chute systems are simply not making the grade in the mining industry and are, in fact, costing plants hundreds of thousands of Rands in unplanned downtime, reduced throughput and unnecessary maintenance. With... 

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