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Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock is Creamer Media Contributing Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

By Tracy Hancock

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Pump range accommodates midtier miners’ evolving needs

15th September 2023

There is a sweet spot when selecting the correct pump for a specific application and the KREBS pump range from minerals processing and materials handling technology and systems supplier FLSmidth... 

IPR's pump selector algorithm can be used to size any pump in the Atlas Copco range for a customer's specific requirements

Pump-sizing calculator prevents costly mistakes

15th September 2023

Identifying the correct pump for the job has historically been a time-consuming process. Pump dewatering and dredging solutions company IPR is helping its customers streamline the selection process... 

Highest demand for IMS Engineering’s Cable Vulcanizer in mining sector

Highest demand for IMS Engineering’s Cable Vulcanizer in mining sector

10th September 2023

The mining industry presents the greatest demand for the significant cost- and time-saving Cable Vulcanizer from Gauteng stainless steel and steel products manufacturer IMS Engineering. When using... 

Women in Business webinar

Common agenda needed to better address gender inequality

17th August 2023

While working conditions for women have improved greatly compared with those of the previous generation, gender inequality is still a considerable issue locally and needs to be tackled uniformly by... 

New remote-controlled continuous miner supplied to India

New remote-controlled continuous miner supplied to India

13th August 2023

Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) JA Engineering has delivered its low-mid-seam, remote-controlled JAE38 Wildcub continuous miner machine to a mining project in India. The Wildcub JAE 38,... 

SEW-EURODRIVE MOVI-C modular automation system

Decentralised drive tech specified for US manufacturer

28th July 2023

Automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE has secured an order to supply the latest decentralised drive technology in its Generation C range to automate a new storage and retrieval system being... 

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Upgrade pumps first when increasing minerals processing throughput

7th July 2023

The demand for higher production rates is placing greater pressure on minerals processing plants to produce greater tonnages. Pumps play a crucial role in minerals processing and need to be... 

Cloudline airships offer greener, low-cost last-mile logistics, monitoring solution

Cloudline airships offer greener, low-cost last-mile logistics, monitoring solution

2nd July 2023

Local deep tech company Cloudline has secured venture funding from the Raba Partnership, 4Di, Enza Capital, and Schmidt Futures (a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt) to... 

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PDS data evolving beyond original use case

30th June 2023

The data captured by original equipment manufacturer Booyco Electronics’ proximity detection systems (PDS) not only helps enhance safety at surface mining operations but can also be used to improve... 

Amtec expands range with Schneider Electric solar benches as renewables sector explodes

Amtec expands range with Schneider Electric solar benches as renewables sector explodes

4th June 2023

Gauteng educational engineering equipment manufacturer Amtec Techniquip is expanding its range of didactic training benches, in response to the increased need for training in the renewable energy... 

Starlink enterprise sales director Phillip van Essen at the Dwyka Tech*Carnival, hosted at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand

Starlink addresses issue of presence in S Africa at Dwyka Tech*Carnival

19th May 2023

The ambition of Elon Musk’s global satellite Internet service Starlink is to be available worldwide, said Starlink enterprise sales director Phillip van Essen at the Dwyka Tech*Carnival this week... 

Francis Masaba smiling in navy shirt, glasses

Company driven to help meet Zambia’s energy efficiency goals

19th May 2023

Drive technology specialist SEW-EURODRIVE is helping industry implement energy efficient systems in line with Zambia’s Energy Efficiency Strategy and Action Plan (EESAP), says SEW-EURODRIVE... 

Dwyka Mining Services MD Jamie van Schoor and Emesent CEO Stefan Hrabar at the Dwyka Tech*Carnival, hosted at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand

Dwyka Tech*Carnival highlights the importance of adaptability

18th May 2023

The flexibility humans have to deal with the unexpected has become one of the most crucial skills for any organisation today, as technology continues to play a greater role in business globally,... 

Yellow dump truck outside Efficient Engineering manufacturing facility.

Specialist fabricator stronger than ever in tough market conditions

12th May 2023

While the local economic climate weighs heavily on many manufacturers, specialist fabrication company Efficient Engineering’s order book has never looked better. “We've never experienced such an... 

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Venetia prioritises critical skills as first production pressure mounts

12th May 2023

Critical skills are being prioritised at the Venetia training centre to ensure that diamond mining giant De Beers’ $2.2-billion Venetia Underground Project (VUP), in Limpopo, achieves first... 

ACM introduces new tech to grow business offering

ACM introduces new tech to grow business offering

8th May 2023

Tier 1 automotive components supplier Algoa Components Manufacturers (ACM) from Gqeberha has developed a fully automated induction brazing process, in conjunction with an automation specialist, to... 

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Increased demand for automation in agri sector

5th May 2023

The growing African population and consequent rising demand for food continues to drive the need for processing equipment that can increase food production in the most efficient manner possible,... 

South African-made Revowrap rehabilitates 56” pipeline in Kazakhstan

South African-made Revowrap rehabilitates 56” pipeline in Kazakhstan

24th April 2023

Randburg engineering composite repair company Carbontech Composite Systems successfully rehabilitated a 50-m-long section of a 56” tail gas pipeline in Kazakhstan last month using its... 

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Green hydrogen to positively impact sector

14th April 2023

The development of a green hydrogen economy will impact positively on South Africa’s labour landscape as the country continues to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) while,... 

The on-site workshops hosted by Sanedi, the GIZ and RENAC last month revealed substantial interest and willingness to participate in the local green hydrogen sector across the value chain

How to finance the green hydrogen value chain

14th April 2023

Derisking and understanding the technology, its requirements and cost benefits are critical factors that need to be considered when reviewing the financial feasibility of, and support for, the... 

Omron's goal is to help suppliers of battery cells for hydrogen electric vehicles, for example, save 10% on excess material

How automation solutions with AI can help optimise maintenance, production for sustainable manufacturing

14th April 2023

Sustainability can play an important role in acquiring and retaining customers, as well as in developing new market opportunities, says automation specialist Omron. One area where the company wants... 

MSP’s latest roof supports used by major gold producer

MSP’s latest roof supports used by major gold producer

7th April 2023

Mining support systems manufacturer Mine Support Products (MSP) has supplied its new Camprop and Hydroprop underground roof supports to a major gold mining company. The first order was delivered in... 

DRILLING THE WAY Hydro Power Equipment’s Isidingo Drill is believed to be the lightest high-performance rotary percussive rockdrill in the world and paves the way for female operators

Local interest soars, despite obstacles

7th April 2023

Local deep-level mining equipment manufacturers are noticing increased interest in their product offering on the back of Russian sanctions, but are being weighed down by the country’s ongoing... 

Mineworkers in underground operation next to yellow equipment

Wireless networks tested at Venetia underground

7th April 2023

US-based Kinetic Mesh wireless networks developer Rajant Corporation conducted digital mining tests in collaboration with multinational engineering company Sandvik to ensure that wireless... 

An image of Venetia's surface infrastructure and mining equipment from above

VUP remains on schedule amid energy crisis

7th April 2023

Major diamond miner De Beers’ $2.1-billion Venetia Underground Project (VUP) is on track to start production in the second half of this year, despite the National State of Disaster, declared to... 

A Venetia mine employee in the simulator

Delivering a mine of the future while creating jobs

7th April 2023

The Venetia Underground Project (VUP) is vital to ensure that Venetia remains one of the largest diamond producers not only in diamond mining major De Beers’ global portfolio but also for the South... 

Mineworkers drilling underground using Hydrovessel drilling system

Local mines adopting Hydrovessel drilling system

7th April 2023

Another two local deep-level mines will completely remove compressed air from their operations over the next 18 months, equipping 120 mining crews with drilling equipment supplier HydroPower... 

A worker in blue overalls throws material from a heap of wood chips into the air. Saiccor mill in the background

Major player moving to secure power purchase agreements

31st March 2023

As South Africa’s energy crisis continues, global renewable resource company Sappi is actively engaging with independent renewable-energy producers to secure renewable energy as and when it becomes... 

A person in white Sappi coat holding two handfuls of white dissolving pulp

Global demand for paper, pulp and board softens

31st March 2023

Global demand for paper, pulp and board is expected to soften in the first half of this year, compared with the highs of last year, where severe supply chain constraints created paper shortages... 

Local mines adopting Hydrovessel drilling system

Local mines adopting Hydrovessel drilling system

26th March 2023

Another two local deep-level mines will completely remove compressed air from their operations over the next 18 months, equipping 120 mining crews with drilling equipment supplier HydroPower... 

Mining BEVs set to launch

17th March 2023

Underground mining mobile equipment specialist MacLean Engineering is expanding its battery electric vehicle portfolio this year with the launch of three new mining vehicles that further address... 

Mine site under construction with exposed ground, earthmoving equipment.

Multimillion-rand shaft construction soldiers on

17th March 2023

The R137-million Mngeni shaft project at the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), in Emakhalathini, KwaZulu-Natal, is edging closer to completion, with water infrastructure and electrical... 

Drone on dirt runway readying to take off for test flight.

Orders roll in for Dragonfly V commercial drone under development

12th March 2023

Western Cape drone developer FlyH2 Aerospace has secured letters of commitment for 56 Dragonfly V – a long endurance, remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) hydrogen-electric aircraft – since the... 

Lady in black blazer, braided up-style hairdo, smiling with hand under chin.

Manufacturer focused on anti-theft, -vandalism signalling equipment

10th March 2023

The prevention of vandalism and theft of rail infrastructure continues to be a significant money pit for the South African passenger and freight rail industry. State-owned entity Passenger Rail... 

Women with red lipstick smiling, grey dress, hair up.

Third-party access crucial for sector

10th March 2023

Rail industry representative African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) is driven by a mandate to facilitate public–private partnerships (PPPs) as a tool to revitalise the South African rail... 

A construction hoist on a working construction site.

German construction hoist installed in Secunda

3rd March 2023

Gauteng industrial equipment supplier SkyJacks has installed a GEDA construction hoist on a 100-m-high vessel at chemicals and energy company Sasol’s monomers plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga. “The... 

Man with white hard hat operating Kito RX wire rope hoist in an industrial plant.

First wire rope hoist ordered

3rd March 2023

Mining infrastructure systems supplier Becker Mining South Africa has sold its first Kito RX wire rope hoist to a processing plant in Rustenburg, in the North West, after launching the range in... 

Condra crane manufacturing facility in Germiston where orange and yellow painted cranes are being assembled by factory workers.

Bespoke crane to facilitate helicopter crew training

3rd March 2023

Local crane manufacturer Condra’s Germiston workshop will soon take on the challenge of manufacturing a bespoke 5 t double-girder electric overhead travelling crane for the purpose of training... 

Portrait of SAICE president Steven Kaplan in suit and tie.

Mindset change a must for effective PSP

17th February 2023

Effective public-sector participation (PSP) in the funding, management, operation and maintenance of South Africa’s depreciating road, rail and port infrastructure requires a mindset change by... 

Photo of Agile Capital CEO and founder Tshego Sefolo in a suit and tie.

Private sector provides infrastructure solutions

17th February 2023

A local premium prepared food and beverage business has secured the services of Pretoria-based engineering consultant BBEnergy to use water more responsibly and improve management systems by... 

Axis Communications Africa sales manager Marcel Bruyn in a blue blazer.

S Africa needs smarter ports

17th February 2023

For South Africa’s eight ports to keep up with the changes in global shipping, and safeguard trade that is vital to the economy, it is extremely important that Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)... 

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