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Leading aerospace group offering services and products to mining

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 European-based aerospace and defence group Airbus used the opportunity presented by the recent 2018 Mining Indaba in Cape Town to present its products and services that are relevant to the international mining industry. Systems originally developed for security and intelligence missions can be... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 "There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa," affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency Area Research Group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Providing reliable and durable wireless connectivity in the mining sector

     23rd January 2018 There is increasing pressure on the mining industry to maintain or even improve productivity in the face of tough economic conditions. Added to this a regulatory need for enhanced safety of personnel and the desire for improved operational efficiency. These factors are the impetus behind the use... 

Improving Mining’s ‘fitness’ with connected devices, Artificial Intelligence and Edge Computing

     22nd January 2018 By Louise Steenkamp, Director of Energy & Natural Resources, South Africa, Wipro Limited Using the analogy of personal fitness tracking tools, we can better visualise the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), IoT and Edge Computing in the Mining sector 

Search for space water heats up with Planetary’s Arkyd-6 satellite launch

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 Space mining hopeful Planetary Resources has successfully launched its latest satellite, the Arkyd-6 – a 6U CubeSat – containing a demonstration of technology designed to detect water resources in space. Planetary reported that the team has already started receiving telemetry from the spacecraft,... 

Chairlift system to augment safety at Orkney mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st December 2017 A 180-m-long, footwall-mounted chairlift system will be installed at gold miner Tau Lekoa Gold Mining Company’s mine near Orkney, in the North West, in January to assist the mine with daily operations and enhance its safety. Energy distribution, automation, communication, transportation and roof... 

Shaft alignment tool benefits discussed

     13th October 2017 All rotating machinery is susceptible to misalignment and the conventional methods of measuring alignment, such as rulers and dial indicators, are outdated and inaccurate, says industrial equipment supplier Comtest Group. The company points out that these methods could result in inadequate... 

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.  

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... 

Spectrem Air

     1st September 2017 With a DC3 fixed-wing aircraft and range of airborne geophysical equipment, including its Squid magnetic gradiometer sensor, Johannesburg-based airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air is well equipped to deliver integrated three-dimensional (3D) solutions for geological mapping;... 

Rental generators bridging solution for African mines

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th August 2017 Energy solutions provider Aksa Power Generation expects a high demand in Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa, for its new range of generators, as the mining industry begins to show signs of recovery and companies look to expand their operations in remote areas. 

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... 

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... 

Low-pressure hydraulic valve to offer adaptability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Valves manufacturer Hydromine Projects will take its latest in-development low pressure, pressure-reducing valve to market within the next two months, after ironing out the last issues during a recent trial period at a deep-level gold mine in Klerksdorp, in the North West. The design of the... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

JV contract secured to desilt acid ponds

     16th June 2017 Industrial pump rental service provider Integrated Pump Rental, in a joint venture (JV) with supplier and service provider of equipment to mining and allied industries EC Mining, has secured a contract to desilt four acid ponds at a copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This... 

New version of breathalyser used at mines, industrial sites reduces chances of cheating

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 To further improve the security of testing and reduce “cheating”, or circumvention of breathalyser tests, alcohol detection technology and services provider Alco-Safe is developing a new version of its ALControl breathalyser unit for application at mine and industrial sites. “The new unit,... 

Volcanic advances Mandiana drilling projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2017 TSX-V-listed Volcanic Gold Mines has completed almost 3 000 m of reverse-circulation and diamond drilling and over 6 000 m of air-core drilling at its Mandiana project and the recently acquired adjoining land from West African Mining Associates (Wama) in Guinea. This month, the company expects to... 

Kumba aiming to achieve ‘whole new way of mining’ through new initiative

By: Dylan Slater     2nd June 2017 Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore business is embarking on modernisation using its FutureSmart Mining programme, which is aimed at bringing its overall mining business in line with new innovations and technology to mine safer and more efficiently.  

Despite glorious past, mineral processing innovation faces uncertain future

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 While the mining industry does not yet seem to be in a crisis regarding innovation in mineral processing, it certainly seems to be on a downward trajectory, says former Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre director and emeritus professor Tim Napier-Munn, noting that, with innovation being... 

Digital fixed gas monitoring system launched

By: Ilan Solomons     26th May 2017 Australian mining-refuge chamber manufacturer MineArc Systems has released its new Aura-FX digital fixed gas monitoring system, which it says provides a “more convenient” solution to internal refuge chamber gas monitoring. The company believes that it is a “vast improvement” on current digital... 

Despite glorious past, mineral processing innovation faces uncertain future

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 While the mining industry does not yet seem to be in a crisis regarding innovation in minerals processing, it certainly seems to be on a downward trajectory, says former Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) director and emeritus professor Tim Napier-Munn, noting that, with... 

New multigas detector sets benchmark – supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2017 With the experience gained through the application of its Altair 4X multigas detector in the South African mining sector, safety equipment supplier MSA Africa believes that the mining industry could benefit greatly from its newly launched Altair 4XR. Meant for application in confined spaces in... 

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... 

Australian company develops solution that detects deep-buried metal

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th May 2017 Australia-based sensor technologies and software provider Gap Explosive Ordnance Detection (EOD) has developed the UltraTEM technology, which can detect deep buried metal in magnetite stockpiles. Gap EOD specialises in the detection of explosive ordnance and other near-surface targets that... 

Geospatial surveys the solution to map West Africa

By: Johane Turkstra     14th April 2017 Airborne geophysics can cost effectively uncover valuable metal deposits in largely underexplored West Africa to allow for growth in the region’s mining sector, airborne electromagnetic technology pioneer Spectrem Air geophysics manager Dr David Khoza tells Mining Weekly. “Countries like Ghana,... 

Electronic sensors to monitor explosive gases on deep mines

     7th April 2017 A Norwegian-African cooperative project aims to develop a communication network, which will wirelessly transmit and receive signals within deep-mine operations, where drilling, blasting and excavation take place to detect combustible gases before they explode.  

Specialised dewatering solutions from Franklin Electric

     29th March 2017 Franklin Electric is utilising their commitment to and understanding of complex dewatering applications together with cutting-edge scientific methodologies to offer specialised dewatering solutions in South Africa that are 40% - 80% more cost effective than any other on the local market.... 

S African company taking ‘next big step’ in airborne geophysics  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th January 2017 Airborne electromagnetic technology pioneer Spectrem Air, together with mining majors and main shareholders Anglo American and De Beers, is developing a superconductor magnetic gradiometer, known as Squid, that will greatly enhance the capability of the sensors used in airborne geophysical surveys. 

Adoption of new technologies can benefit mines, local communities

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 A raft of highly-matured existing technologies are available to miners in the quest to transform their operations, enhance efficiency, improve productivity, elevate safety levels, and revitalise a struggling mining industry, says information technology consultancy and systems integration firm... 

Company looks back on its first decade, upbeat about future fortunes 

By: Ilan Solomons     20th January 2017 South African geospatial solution and aerial survey company Southern Mapping celebrated its tenth anniversary last month, reflecting on its many achievements while outlining its aims for the future. “Our aim is to remain the leader in the field of aerial surveying airborne remote sensing and... 

Komatsu extends iMC dozer efficiency and cost-saving benefits, releasing three new models

     25th November 2016 Komatsu Australia has extended its innovative “intelligent” dozer range, with the release of three additional machines with a fully integrated intelligent Machine Control (iMC) system, a concept which has delivered productivity, efficiency and cost-saving benefits. Komatsu’s new intelligent dozer... 

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... 

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