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Technology can help overcome productivity challenges

     27th October 2017 Mining companies operating in Africa must innovate to address productivity challenges. If not, they face the risk of perishing, says African Mining Network chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. Speaking to Mining Weekly this month, she explains that, although innovation is the current trend in global... 

Conference cornerstone of geophysics industry

By: Nadine James     20th October 2017 The fifteenth biennial South African Geophysical Association (SAGA) conference and exhibition has become a cornerstone of the geophysics industry within the African region, says SAGA conference committee chairperson Reece van Buren. “No other event caters for our science quite like this one and... 

‘Mine-blowing’ automated door solutions from Maxiflex

     18th October 2017 A range of superior quality, rugged automated door solutions, engineered to meet increased safety, efficiency and productivity on mines, are available from South Africa’s leading door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex. The local mining industry is facing significant challenges which are... 

High-quality components decrease downtime

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2017 The failure of mining conveyor components, such as bearings, is most often caused by improper sealing arrangements, lubrication and installation, and can cost some mines up to R1-million an hour in downtime, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International.  

Mining companies must embrace key changes to succeed

     29th September 2017 Mining companies willing to engage in substantive change by rethinking strategy and embracing disruption to help unlock productivity and improve sustainability, will be best positioned to succeed in upcoming years, says advisory firm Deloitte Global mining sector leader Philip Hopwood. 

Noticeable increase in use of in-cab video surveillance

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Internet of Things solutions provider Orbcomm has seen a noticeable increase in mining companies requesting in-vehicle video solutions for their earthmoving and bulk handling equipment. Orbcomm VP of sales for Africa Henry Smith notes that, since the company launched this solution late last year,... 

German companies to display digital solutions for Zambian mines

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2017 Nonprofit organisation, the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is aiming to invite more German companies to Zambia to display digital solutions for mining and Industry 4.0, following the success of its German-Zambian Business Forum. SA-German Chamber Lusaka office head... 

Submersible pump that can run dry a safer option

By: Victor Moolman     15th September 2017 The Hippo submersible pumps range from Centurion-based slurry pumping solutions provider Hazleton Pumps can operate without water for an unlimited amount of time, explains Hazleton Pumps MD Thys Wehmeyer. 

Faced with shifts in technology, the mining industry will need to adapt  

By: Kim Cloete     11th September 2017 The mining industry will need to adapt to ongoing changes in technology and involve all players in each step of the process, suggests change management analyst Petro du Pisani. Du Pisani from IntegriChange, who has a longstanding record in the mining industry, told delegates attending the South... 

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.  

De Beers’ marine mining unit assessing feasibility of digital transformation

By: Ilan Solomons     8th September 2017 Diamond company De Beers’ marine mining division is currently running a pilot project to assess the feasibility of implementing digital transformation and thereby ensuring optimal operational excellence in the business unit and potentially throughout the rest of the group’s operations. De Beers... 

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... 

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. 

Company catches wave of renewed Aussie exploration

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th August 2017 Johannesburg-based airborne geophysics technology provider Spectrem Air will later this month explore 6 000 km2 for an Australian mining company in Western Australia using its airborne geophysics SPECTREMPlus system.  

Platinum industry redoubling marketing efforts in the midst of oversupply

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 Marketing is immensely important for the platinum sector, which is battling a pervasive weak price environment, with the metal trading at about $925/oz, compared with the all-time high of $2 270/oz in 2008, and an oversupplied market. Marketing of the metal’s various uses has only increased in... 

Platinum industry redoubling marketing efforts in the midst of oversupply

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 Marketing is immensely important for the platinum sector, which is battling a pervasive weak price environment, trading at about $925/oz, compared with the all time high of $2 270/oz, in 2008 and an oversupplied market. Owing to, marketing of the metals various uses has only increased in... 

Valves range to cater for smaller flow applications

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 Hydraulic solutions supplier Turnkey Hydraulics will in the fourth quarter launch German control technologies manufacturer Bucher’s Hydraulic Design Series-24 (HDS-24) flow-sharing directional valves.  

Mining companies urged to make better use of digital technology

By: Ilan Solomons     14th July 2017 Struggling with commodity prices, declining ore grade and operational challenges, South African miners have no choice but to focus on creating operational excellence to buffer against declining margins, says research and consultancy firm the International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC worldwide... 

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... 

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... 

Motion Metrics sells six payload monitoring systems to local mine

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 Monitoring solutions provider Motion Metrics has sold six of its ShovelMetrics payload monitoring solution systems for hydraulic shovels to a South African precious metals mine looking to improve its loading and hauling productivity. The company says that the systems will be installed on six of... 

Top level conference alongside the region’s finest supplier expo make Oil & Gas Africa 2017 a magnet for industry chiefs next week

     4th July 2017 Cape Town hosts one of the most important Oil & Gas sector events on the continent in 2017 with key industry speakers examining the present successes and the future of southern Africa’s energy sector Engineers from across Africa arrive in Cape Town next week for the Oil & Gas Africa 2017... 

3D printing could improve mining uptime and productivity

By: Mia Breytenbach     30th June 2017 Forward-thinking mining organisations are realising that industrial-scale, three-dimensional (3D) printing of equipment used in mines could make operations more cost effective and reduce the frustrations of equipment downtime, says information technology consultancy and systems integration firm... 

Maintenance going more digital

     23rd June 2017 In today’s highly competitive production and mining environments, reactive and preventive maintenance have become unsustainable, says consultancy firm Onpro Consulting.  

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

Tensioning system extends conveyor belt life

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The new automatic pneumatic tensioning system for conveyor belt cleaners from Neponset-headquartered bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering will be available in South Africa through its office in Mpumalanga in the second half of this year. 

Earth observation satellites starting to bring benefits to mining sector

By: Keith Campbell     2nd June 2017 At last month’s International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Environment, held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, one of the very many topics addressed was the use of remote sensing, particularly from Earth observation (EO) satellites, to support the... 

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... 

Geoscience BC launches third phase of govt-sponsored geologic survey

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2017 Non-profit organisation Geoscience BC has announced a third phase in a series of aerial surveys, with the aim to identify hidden mineral potential in north central and north-eastern British Columbia. Called Search Phase III, the survey will use helicopters fitted with magnetic sensors to build a... 

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... 

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,... 

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     14th April 2017 The South Deep mine, in Westonaria, is set to steadily ramp up production using its fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies while improving the health and safety of personnel, as well as morale.  

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2017 The South Deep gold mine, in Westonaria, Gauteng, is set to steadily ramp up production using a fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies, while ensuring improved personnel health and safety, as well as morale. The... 

Digitalised mining can allow for deeper mining

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th April 2017 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), in Johannesburg, will test its latest developments in digitalised mining technology in underground mining conditions in the next two months at the Sterkfontein caves, a World Heritage Site in Muldersdrift, near Krugersdorp.  

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.  

Cautious optimism prevails in mining as prices rise, shallow growth returns

By: Ilan Solomons     7th April 2017 For the first time in a number of years, there is a mood of cautious optimism in the mining industry, with commodity prices on the rise, shallow growth returning to different end markets and most mining companies in better cost positions than in the recent past, says advisory firm Deloitte.... 

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