https://www.miningweekly.com
Africa|Building|Design|DIGITALISATION|Efficiency|Electra Mining|Energy|Environment|Fabrication|Health|Innovation|Installation|Mining|Pumps|Sandvik|Screen|Screening|Screens|Sensors|Equipment|Maintenance|Solutions|Infrastructure|Operations
Africa|Building|Design|DIGITALISATION|Efficiency|Electra Mining|Energy|Environment|Fabrication|Health|Innovation|Installation|Mining|Pumps|Sandvik|Screen|Screening|Screens|Sensors|Equipment|Maintenance|Solutions|Infrastructure|Operations
africa|building|design|DIGITALISATION|efficiency|electra-mining|energy|environment|fabrication|health|innovation|installation|mining|pumps|sandvik|screen|screening|screens|sensors|equipment|maintenance|solutions|infrastructure|operations

Kwatani casts spotlight on innovation, digitalisation

A photo of Kwatani's equipment
A photo of Kwatani's equipment
A photo of Kwatani's equipment
A photo of Kwatani's equipment

Kwatani COO Kenny Mayhew-Ridgers speaks to Creamer Media at this year's Electra Mining Africa. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

6th September 2022

By: Simone Liedtke

Creamer Media Social Media Editor & Senior Writer

     

Font size: - +

In response to the innovation imperative in the mining sector, mining equipment manufacturer Kwatani will use Electra Mining Africa 2022 as the platform to cast the spotlight on its modern multi-slope screen design and the company’s strides in digital innovation. 

While multi-slope screens – generally known as ‘banana’ screens – have been available since the 1980s and are therefore not necessarily new to the market, Kwatani has in recent years ushered in a whole new approach to the design of these screens, says CEO Kim Schoepflin.

“Traditionally, multi-slope screens have always been renowned for their high velocity,” she says.

“While the high velocity translates into high capacity, the downside is the resultant screening inefficiency and the high wear rate of the panels, which in turn translates into high maintenance costs.”

At the top of these screens, explains Kwatani COO Kenny Mayhew-Ridgers, is usually a first slope with a deck angle of at least 34o – allowing material velocities of over 4 metres a second – curving down to end at about 10o.

This traditional layout, however, is not ideal for many operations today, as it calls for a much higher installation height, he says, noting that with a much flatter layout, the Kwatani design means that the installed height of the screen is far lower, translating into lower costs – both from a building and machine fabrication perspective.

“Banana screens have always been designed this way, and it became an industry norm,” says Mayhew-Ridgers.

“Nobody really evaluated this traditional design, until recently when Kwatani, through its research and development, challenged the norm and adopted an innovative multi-slope design with great success.”

Kwatani can design its screens to perform efficiently at a lower building height and fit into existing screen infrastructure.

The lower physical height of the screen also impacts the capital cost of complementary equipment such as pumps.

“Because you have to pump at lower heights, you can therefore acquire smaller pumps, which means that the energy footprint is also much lower,” Schoepflin adds. 

Apart from its leading-edge multi-slope screen design, Kwatani will also showcase its advances in the digital space.

Digital technologies, says Schoepflin, have the potential to unlock new ways of managing variability and enhance productivity. The miniature version of the Kwatani multi-slope screen to be displayed at the event in September, will therefore be digitally enabled.

“We approach digitalisation in two ways. We believe that sensors are the starting point, as they are where data is created. Embedding sensors in plants, which in turn churn out large volumes of data for analysis, is increasingly attainable,” says Mayhew-Ridgers.

“The second scenario is the cloud environment, which is gaining strong momentum across the industry.

As mining companies digitally transform, they simultaneously expect greater control over their data with all the benefits of a cloud experience. At Electra Mining Africa, we will therefore showcase these two scenarios – sensors with a PLC/SCADA and control room environment, as well as a cloud solution,” adds Schoepflin.

The digital picture, says Mayhew-Ridgers, is however bigger than these two scenarios. Leveraging digital solutions, mines can now plan and execute maintenance of their mission-critical assets better.

Digitalisation empowers maintenance regimes by using collected data to monitor equipment health, diagnose faults, and predict and troubleshoot failures well before they happen.

“We will also highlight how the recent acquisition of Kwatani by Sandvik further advances our innovation drive. Leveraging Sandvik’s substantial experience in this field, Kwatani will further drive its digital offering, thus ushering in a new age of efficiency and winning the productivity and cost-control battle for our customers,” Schoepflin concludes.

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

Comments

Latest News

A Sasol sign at its Secunda plant
Sasol reports 34% decline in half-year profit
Updated 2 hours 19 minutes ago By: Reuters
Fortescue CEO Andrew Forrest
Billionaire Forrest backs carbon levy on Australia fossil fuels
Updated 1 hour 53 minutes ago By: Bloomberg

Showroom

SABAT
SABAT

From batteries for boats and jet skis, to batteries for cars and quad bikes, SABAT Batteries has positioned itself as the lifestyle battery of...

VISIT SHOWROOM 
John Thompson
John Thompson

John Thompson, the leader in energy and environmental solutions through value engineering and innovation, provides the following: design, engineer,...

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Magazine round up | 23 February 2024
Magazine round up | 23 February 2024
23rd February 2024
Resources Watch
Resources Watch
21st February 2024
Photo of Martin Creamer
Major hydrogen economy developments in SA
21st February 2024

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:0.163 0.198s - 92pq - 2rq
Subscribe Now