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Hydrogen detection solutions to increase safety at Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Tshwane-based industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering (RTS) believes that Zambia offers a “strong and vibrant mining economy” and is currently in the process of entering the Zambian mining market to provide increased safety at mines through its hydrogen detection solutions. 

Geophysicists urged to innovate amid tough times for exploration

By: Kim Cloete     12th September 2017 The state of exploration for oil and gas as well as mining is in a fix, with exploration spending having decreased by 69% in the last four years, delegates attending the South African Geophysical Association (Saga) 2017 conference have heard. Lockheed Martin business development manager Dan Di... 

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.  

Tax benefits for demonstrated energy savings at mines

     25th August 2017 Fuel solutions provider Masana Petroleum Solutions strongly urges companies to take advantage of the Section 12L Energy Tax Incentive, under South Africa’s Income Tax Act, before it is too late, as this opportunity is limited until 2020. 

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... 

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. 

Quality management using online measurement of conveyed materials

     7th August 2017 Plant control is most effective when technologies measure process streams directly and preferably in real time. Measuring sampling streams that are not representative of the primary flow will result in incorrect plant control decisions. Sampling coarse conveyed flows is expensive and impractical... 

Explosion-proof monitor launched locally

     28th July 2017 Industrial solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering has launched the Hy-Optima 2700 from US hydrogen analyser and leak detector manufacturer in South Africa, providing an advanced explosion-proof instrument for monitoring hydrogen levels in the oil and gas refining industries. “Ultimately, with... 

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... 

Combatting mining sector fatigue

     26th July 2017 Mining sector solutions provider Expert Mining Solutions and Australia-based fatigue monitoring technology company SmartCap Technologies started their relationship in 2012 after concluding a distribution agreement for sub-Saharan Africa. It was sooner rather than later that Expert Mining... 

South African simulators commissioned in Madagascar

By: Simone Liedtke     14th July 2017 Mining company Sherritt International’s Ambatovy operation, in Madagascar, has commissioned its Cybermine heavy equipment operator training simulators from South African surface and underground mining simulator supplier ThoroughTec Simulation. 

Conveyor belt measuring systems delivered to notable iron-ore project

     7th July 2017 Laser measurement technology supplier LASE has delivered 15 LaseBVC laser-based measuring systems for bulk volume transported on conveyor belts to an iron-ore mining project at the S11D Eliezer Batista complex owned by Brazilian mining major Vale. Opened in December 2016, the iron-ore mining... 

Outsourced maintenance strategy recommended

     23rd June 2017 Increasingly plant owners are looking to outsource the major elements of equipment maintenance to improve reliability and limit downtime, reports rotating equipment maintenance and repair service provider Sulzer.  

‘Siloed’ approaches to mineral processing giving way to integration

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 To keep abreast of the global drive towards system integration as a means of enabling lean production and process optimisation, State-owned minerals technology organisation Mintek is focusing on shifting the South African mining sector to increasing degrees of operation and control of the local... 

Combatting mining sector fatigue

     25th May 2017 Mining sector solutions provider Expert Mining Solutions and Australia-based fatigue monitoring technology company SmartCap Technologies started their relationship in 2012 after concluding a distribution agreement for sub-Saharan Africa. It was sooner rather than later that Expert Mining... 

Fibre-optic pyrometer offers South Africa greater accuracy

By: Nadine James     19th May 2017 The South African minerals and metals processing industry has yet to take advantage of the fibre-optic Calex Fibre-Mini pyrometer, compared with the response from international markets, which has been favourable. The pyrometer, used to measure temperatures of reflective metals, was developed by... 

Africa demanding more mining tech, new solutions offered

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 The demand for mine planning solutions is on the rise in Africa, with mining solutions developer Maptek Africa GM Nick Venter noting that there is particular interest in new technology that can be integrated with current systems. 

Settlement likely by year-end as parties in silicosis case pursue out-of-court option

By: Jade Davenport     5th May 2017 Mining companies facing a class action suit from mineworkers who developed silicosis on South Africa’s gold mines are expected to reach an out-of-court settlement before the close of the year. The class action, which was lodged in May 2016, comprises, according to attorney Richard Spoor, an... 

Settlement likely by year-end as parties in silicosis case pursue out-of-court option

By: Jade Davenport     5th May 2017 Mining companies facing a class action suit from mineworkers who developed silicosis on South Africa's gold mines, are anticipated to reach an out of court settlement before the close of the year. The class action, which was lodged in May 2016, comprises, according to attorney Richard Spoor, an... 

Water management strategy cannot be ignored

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 With water scarcity and quality being fundamental risks to South Africa’s mines, necessitating that operations understand and develop water management strategies that ensure their viability, the comprehensive strategy of a North West platinum mine presents a level of management to aspire to,... 

G450, G460 and G400 MP-2 smart pump now have INMETRO certification!

     18th April 2017 GfG Instrumentation is pleased to announce the G450, G460 multi-gas detectors and the G400 MP-2 motorized smart pump have received INMETRO certification for sale in Brazil.  INMETRO (Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality) is the government body responsible for the... 

Greater demand for credible, local testing spurs growth

By: Johane Turkstra     24th March 2017 Local environmental laboratory X-Lab Earth Science plans to expand its support for air-quality testing companies servicing the mining and minerals industry as demand grows for accredited data analysis in this sector. X-Lab MD Quentin Hurt attributes the increasing demand for its services to... 

'Irrational' uranium prices making life tough, even for world-class juniors 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The resource investment market’s fixation on uranium spot prices and fewer majors operating in the space are making life difficult for uranium exploration juniors, even those such as Fission Uranium that have made world-class discoveries in one of the best jurisdictions in the world. Speaking to... 

Drones facilitating increased blasting accuracy, efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     10th March 2017 Explosives and blasting technology company BME’s establishing a high-tech services unit, will enable it to advance the use of drones in mine blasting activities.  

Fission discovers new mineralised zone at PLS

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2017 Junior explorer Fission Uranium has announced the discovery of a new mineralised zone 660 m west of the existing R840W zone, highlighting the potential to extend the Patterson Lake South (PLS) mineralised trend, in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, well beyond the current 2.63 km. The Kelowna-based... 

Industry at inflection point as mining tide rises – Deloitte

By: Henry Lazenby     1st February 2017 Companies that are willing to engage in substantive change by rethinking strategy, embracing technological disruption and adopting a long-term view, will be best positioned to succeed and propel the mining industry forward, a new report by professional services firm Deloitte has found. According... 

Wits, Chinese university in partnership to boost research

By: David Oliveira     20th January 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) established the Joint International Research Laboratory of China–Africa Mining Geospatial Informatics in November last year at a ceremony in Xuzhou, China, to further the mining research of the two... 

Nevada Sunrise, Advantage intersect potentially untapped lithium aquifer in Clayton Valley

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd December 2016 Lithium explorers Nevada Sunrise Gold and Advantage Lithium have possibly discovered an untapped lithium-brine aquifer in Nevada’s prospective Clayton Valley, giving the partners’ Toronto-listed stocks a boost Wednesday. Advantage, which is earning a 70% stake in the 405 ha Clayton NE property... 

DroneBox - a world first in geomatics

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2016 The DroneBox technology is scalable, patented, and designed to equip both plane and multi-rotor UAS, as well as terrestrial photogrammetric and bathymetric UVS.  This solution is a genuine technological kernel, concentrating 70% of the drone's value.  By investing in the DroneBox, professionals... 

Hélicéo wraps up fundraising of €1.5 million

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2016 Hélicéo is a French start-up that designs, develops and implements innovative civilian drone systems for use in geomatics applications. The company is based in Nantes and has just completed raising funds of €1.5 million. This financing has been raised through Sequoia, Feed and the... 

SNC-Lavalin clinches $100m oil and gas deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th December 2016 TSX-listed SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a $100-million ten-year build-own-operate (BOO) oil and gas service contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and the operations of multiple gas-compression and dehydration facilities in the US’s Permian basin, in Texas. SNC-Lavalin... 

Komatsu launches world’s first Intelligent Machine Control excavator

     25th November 2016 Komatsu Australia has released the PC210LCi-10, the world’s first Intelligent Machine Control (iMC) excavator, which features a revolutionary and fully factory-integrated 3D GNSS machine control and guidance system. With an operating weight of 23.3 tonnes, the PC210LCi-10 is powered by a Komatsu... 

Introducing change could yield financial value

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th November 2016 Introducing a proactive blast design approach and new technology can be intimidating for mining companies, as it requires change, but they should keep an open mind as downstream improvements are a catalyst for financial value, says international blast engineering and consulting firm RA McClure... 

Digital manometer ‘indispensable tool’ for pneumatic, hydraulic systems

     11th November 2016 Swiss pressure sensing specialist Keller’s first generation of high-resolution digital manometers, the LEO 5, is available from South African distributor of process control and instrumentation equipment Instrotech. With high resolution for accurate measurement, pressure peak analysis and... 

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,... 

New-generation oscilloscope in South Africa

     7th October 2016 Electronic test tools, biomedical equipment and networking solutions manufacturer Fluke is offering the first high-performance portable oscilloscopes with two or four independently insulated input channels, an IP51 dust and drip waterproof rating, and a Category III 1000 V and /or Category IV 600... 

Govt calls for elimination of mining deaths, halt to spread of occupational diseases

By: Ilan Solomons     30th September 2016 The mining sector must strive to achieve zero harm by doing everything possible to prevent fatalities, injuries and the spread of diseases among workers at South African mines. This is the plea of Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) acting mines chief inspector Xolile Mbonambi, who spoke at the... 

Govt calls for elimination of mining deaths, halt to spread of occupational diseases

By: Ilan Solomons     30th September 2016 The mining sector must strive to achieve zero harm by doing everything possible to prevent fatalities, injuries and the spread of diseases among workers at South African mines. This is according to Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) acting mines chief inspector Xolile Mbonambi, who spoke at... 

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