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Earthmoving News

Bell Equipment to launch self-driving truck in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2021 Bell Equipment will launch its first autonomous articulated dump truck (ADT) on the global market next year, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The truck will also be available in South Africa. 

Location tech adds real value

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Since the installation of a real-time intelligent location system – developed by global location technology platform company Quuppa – the mine in which it has been installed has reported a reduction in downtime and an uptick in productivity, communications device provider Ya Batho tells Mining... 

A black xox or tag manufactured by Quuppa and installed by Ya Batho measures real time positioning in a manganese mine in South Africa
TAG YOU'RE IT The Quuppa positioning tags are installed at critical points through out the mine for fast and effective position monitoring

Centre bridges gap between technology, people

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2021 Mining engineering multinational Sandvik Mining and Rock Solution’s Zimbabwe-based Technology Centre is assisting the mining industry’s journey into the digital future by bridging the gap between technology and people. The centre, Sandvik territory manager Ian Bagshaw explains, is the “human... 

Pic/Image of Sandvik's Tecnhology Centre in Zimbabwe
DIGITAL JOURNEY The Technology Centre is assisting Zimbabwe’s mining industry on its exciting journey into the digital future

Latest software releases showcased at expo

20th August 2021 The latest software releases from software developer Minemax will be available for preview at this year’s MINExpo International, which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US. Attendees can visit Minemax at booth #5635 in the Central Pavilion, of the Las Vegas Convention Centre. Minemax... 

New products, services on show from OEM

20th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions will introduce new products and services, while showcasing some of its latest innovative technologies, at this year’s MINExpo International – the globe’s largest mining tradeshow – taking place in Las Vegas, in the US, from... 

A photo of an Automine-enabled underground LHD
MINING INTO THE FUTURE Sandvik’s Automine-equipped vehicles enable autonomous mining

OEM to have strong presence at expo

20th August 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s theme for this year’s MINExpo International is “together, we’re mining better”. The company’s 5 124 m2 exhibit will feature a range of product displays, new equipment introductions, previews of what the future holds and remote operating stations. 

A photo of the Cat 794 AC electric drive truck
AUTOTRUCKS, ROLL OUT The Cat 794 AC electric drive trucks will represent Caterpillar’s fleet of autonomous trucks

Latest crane safety, truck developments on show

20th August 2021 Custom service and lube body manufacturer Summit Truck Bodies will be showcasing the latest developments in crane safety technology at mining show MINExpo International, which is taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC) in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US, from September 13 to 15.... 

A photo of the Ford F-550 Summit Gunnision Edition at MINExpo 2016
NICE BOD The Summit Gunnison Edition, first revealed at MINExpo in 2016 on a Ford F-550, has a new package designed for Chevy Silverado 6500 HD

Innovations on display

20th August 2021 Software and advisory services company RPMGlobal will showcase some of its latest software offerings and new sustainability capabilities at this year’s MINExpo International, mining’s largest tradeshow, which is taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US, from September 13 to 15. The company... 

A photo of RPMGlobals’ software being demonstrated
ROBUST SOFTWARE MINExpo International will be the first opportunity for many attendees to learn more about RPMGlobal’s software-as-a-service offerings

Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator operating skills 

By: Donna Slater     19th August 2021 As part of efforts to uplift women during Women’s Month, South Africa-focused platinum developer Nkwe Platinum and multinational gold and copper explorer and developer Zijin Mining Group, have partnered with heavy machinery manufacturer Sany Southern Africa, to provide an entry-level excavator... 

A Sany excavator
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
An excavator instructor supervises one of the women undergoing excavator operating training at Sany's Boksburg depot

SAIMM remembers Navin Singh

By: Donna Slater     17th August 2021 The mining career of Mandela Mining Precinct developer, Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) fellow and, most recently, Kumba Iron Ore’s head of technology, Navin Singh has been celebrated by the SAIMM after he died on July 12. Singh, who was with the SAIMM since 2018, was... 

An image of Navin Singh
Navin Singh

thyssenkrupp confirms sale of mining technologies business to FLSmidth

By: Donna Slater     29th July 2021 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has confirmed the sale of its mining technologies business unit to mining engineering, equipment and service solutions company FLSmidth. The sale of the enterprise, valued at €325-million, is an important milestone in the realignment of the thyssenkrupp... 

Sustainable mining possible, if ecosystem and individual company approach taken - Michelin

By: Schalk Burger     29th July 2021 Making mining sustainable requires an ecosystem approach in which mining sector supply chain partners and service providers play their part to ensure mining benefits people, the planet and is profitable for companies, says mobility multinational Michelin Africa, India and the Middle East head of... 

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

New excavator suited to local mines

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier HPE Africa says its new crawler excavator series is suited to earthmoving applications in South Africa’s mining and construction environments.  The R210 Smart Plus crawler excavator series was introduced to HPE Africa’s portfolio in May, with advanced design... 

MAKING GROUND
The new crawler excavators introduced to the HPE portfolio are suited to earthmoving applications
MAKING GROUND The new crawler excavators introduced to the HPE portfolio are suited to earthmoving applications

Manufacturer invests in autonomy research

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 As part of a continuous effort to optimise payload and improve customers’ profit margins, while decreasing emissions and impact on the environment, South African earthmoving equipment provider Bell Equipment has invested heavily in research and development in its drive toward realising full... 

GOLDEN MACHINES
Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'
GOLDEN MACHINES Bell Equipment aims to maximise the efficacy of its articulated dump trucks to eventually attain a 'golden lap'

New excavator teeth cutting ground

2nd July 2021 Earthmoving and utility equipment manufacturer Komatsu’s new Kprime Tooth System from wear solutions specialists Hensley Industries is now available as standard on new Komatsu excavators. The Kprime Tooth System has been designed as a stronger and longer-lasting product, offering additional... 

BARING ITS TEETH
The new Kprime Tooth System fitted to Komatsu Excavators are stronger and longer lasting than previously fitted teeth
BARING ITS TEETH The new Kprime Tooth System fitted to Komatsu Excavators are stronger and longer lasting than previously fitted teeth

Trommels, feeders for surface mining available

By: Halima Frost     2nd July 2021 The MDS static and mobile trommels, as well as the apron feeders, of South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World are compatible with the crushers, feeders, recycling and other screening plants in South African surface mining operations. “Our customers in the mining sector have shown a... 

BEAT THE DRUM
The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes
BEAT THE DRUM The MDS trommels offered by BLT World have drums which can accommodate three different screen sizes

Phalaborwa dumps contain rare earths worth $4.7bn, says London junior 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2021 “We have high value rare earth elements totalling $123/t in our gypsum stacks and multiply that by 38-million tonnes and that can give you an idea of the value of these stacks,” Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett has told Flagstaff TV. The gypsum dumps – built up from half a century of hard... 

Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett
Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett

300-plus vehicle fleets assessed for cleaner, safer mine mobility in five regions – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     15th June 2021 As part of the cleaner, safer vehicles initiative of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), more than 300 vehicle fleets have been assessed for cleaner, safer mobility on more than 300 mines in five regions globally, ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell... 

ICMM health, safety and product stewardship director Sarah Bell
International Council on Mining and Metals’ Sarah Bell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sandvik expects bigger market for battery-driven mining gear in two to three years

By: Reuters     10th June 2021 Sandvik expects the market for battery-electric underground mining equipment to hit a higher gear in two to three years, as mining companies attempt to lower emissions and cut costs. With an electrification boom looming, Sandvik, whose competitors include Epiroc and Caterpillar, could sell more... 

Refurb programme sustains business during Covid

By: Cameron Mackay     14th May 2021 Machine supplier Bell Equipment’s ReMan repower programme, through which refurbishments of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are conducted by Bell Equipment, has helped the company to mitigate some of the economic impact of Covid-19 in Zambia. Bell Equipment Zambia MD Mike Quin says the impact of... 

SUPPORTING A STAGNANT INDUSTRY
There has been an increase in demand for refurbishing the B40D series ADTs, in particular, across all sectors of the Zambian mining industry
SUPPORTING A STAGNANT INDUSTRY There has been an increase in demand for refurbishing the B40D series ADTs, in particular, across all sectors of the Zambian mining industry

Company introduces robust luminaire

14th May 2021 Industrial lighting solutions provider BEKA Schréder has introduced “one of the most versatile and reliable” industrial light-emitting diode (LED) bulkhead luminaires: the OPTIWAY. The luminaire can be mounted on any structure, is “highly robust” and offers a high photometric performance. The... 

DIVERSE APPLICATIONS
The OPTIWAY is suitable for use in various industrial environments, including underground haulage, outdoor mining areas, and others
DIVERSE APPLICATIONS The OPTIWAY is suitable for use in various industrial environments, including underground haulage, outdoor mining areas, and others

Skills development integral to sector mandate

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2021 The mining industry needs to employ more skilled workers with higher qualifications to progress and modernise, which will, in turn, enable the industry to operate safer and more efficiently, says mining investment company Menar group social licensing manager Xolile Mankayi. Menar runs several... 

OPEN PIT PRACTICAL Twenty community members attended a 30-day mobile machinery for surface mining training programme in 2019
OPEN PIT PRACTICAL Twenty community members attended a 30-day mobile machinery for surface mining training programme in 2019

New excavator hits local shores

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bell Equipment, which through its Southern African distribution network is the exclusive distributor of Japanese OEM Kobelco excavators in Southern Africa, has introduced the tenth-generation Kobelco SK220XD excavator to South Africa. Bell Equipment marketing... 

LOADED
The SK220XD-10 is loaded with features not usually found in 20 t machines
LOADED The SK220XD-10 is loaded with features not usually found in 20 t machines

New drill promises better efficiency

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions launched its new Top Hammer XL large-hole drilling system for large-scale surface mining and quarry applications through a global virtual event on March 24. The new machines are available to order, with the first machines ready for... 

GETTING HAMMERED The Top Hammer XL drilling system expands the hole size range of top hammer drilling up to 178 MM
GETTING HAMMERED The Top Hammer XL drilling system expands the hole size range of top hammer drilling up to 178 MM

Menar extends opencast coal operations

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2021 Mineral resources investment group Menar’s subsidiary Canyon Coal is ploughing ahead with plans to begin the development of two new coal mines – De Wittekrans near Hendrina, in Mpumalanga, and Bekezela Colliery in Springs, Gauteng – this year. Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu said in a statement issued in... 

WIDENING PROSPECTS
Several opencast mine exptensions are currently being planned and developed by Menar’s coal mining subsidiaries
Photo by Creamer Media
WIDENING PROSPECTS Several opencast mine exptensions are currently being planned and developed by Menar’s coal mining subsidiaries

Demand high for automated fuel system

By: Darren Parker     30th April 2021 Since the launch of a fuel automation system at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in February last year, mining technology company Minetec Smart Mining has seen significant demand for the technology. The fuel automation system allows for the management of fuel allocation and expenditure to... 

OGUZ KICIROGLU Diesel is the lifeblood of opencast mining operations
OGUZ KICIROGLU Diesel is the lifeblood of opencast mining operations

Tech advancements will address productivity challanges

2nd April 2021 Although mining terrain, minerals and the earth’s surface materials may remain largely the same for years to come, the development in the technology used to extract these minerals has changed dramatically, notes Australian-based Austin Engineering in a press release last month. The company adds... 

PULLING OUT ALL  THE STOPS The Austin team works closely with steel manufacturers to get optimal performance, both structurally and for its abrasion-resistant properties
PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS The Austin team works closely with steel manufacturers to get optimal performance, both structurally and for its abrasion-resistant properties

Hitachi, ABB sign MoU to explore carbon-reducing opportunities

By: Donna Slater     29th March 2021 Technology company ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with machinery manufacturer Hitachi Construction Machinery to share their expertise and collaborate in bringing solutions to market that will reduce the greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining.... 

Augmented truck bodies boost efficiencies

26th March 2021 The quicker, safer and more smoothly processes flow on a mine, the better it is for production efficiencies and profits, says ASX-listed company Austin Engineering, which has leveraged its 50 years of proven engineering experience to produce the “finest shaped dump truck bodies in the world”,... 

ATTRACTIVE DUMP 
The Flow Control Body was developed over the last decade in response to a customer’s needs for its coal hauling application
ATTRACTIVE DUMP The Flow Control Body was developed over the last decade in response to a customer’s needs for its coal hauling application

Master Drilling acquires 40% interest in AVA Solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2021 Drilling services provider Master Drilling has acquired a 40% interest in data-driven mining fleet management solutions specialist AVA Solutions. Founded in 2015 by Anton Fourie and Jason van der Watt, two engineers with over 25 years of combined mining industry experience, AVA has created a... 

Brikor acquires 40% stake in Zingaro

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2021 Brick manufacturer and supplier Brikor has acquired a 40% shareholding in multiproduct road transportation services provider Zingaro Holdings for R50-million. Zingaro primarily operates in South Africa and mainly services short to medium distance routes in Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and... 

Two-phase coal project will secure production

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th February 2021 Coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s De Wittekrans greenfield project, in Mpumalanga, South Africa, will take place in two phases. Phase 1 – the opencast operation – has an economically minable reserve of 14.3-million tonnes of run-of-mine (RoM), while Phase 2 comprises the... 

KEEP IT COAL
The De Wittekrans mine has an estimated life-of-mine of about 25 years
KEEP IT COAL The De Wittekrans mine has an estimated life-of-mine of about 25 years

Africa’s battery potential remains untapped

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 Africa’s mining sector holds significant untapped potential for battery-powered equipment, which original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions aims to explore, says Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions MD Simon Andrews. Following the opening of Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

SIMON ANDREWS
The uptake of battery technology in Africa in its uptake will not be driven by legislation as it is in Europe
SIMON ANDREWS The uptake of battery technology in Africa in its uptake will not be driven by legislation as it is in Europe

Contractor learns lockdown lessons

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2021 The main lesson learned over the past year is that, regardless of the challenges and new limitations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, good relationships are key to keeping businesses well-enthused and optimistic, says mining services company Basil Read Mining CEO Nathan Williams. “Even... 

BIG PLANS
Basil Read Mining aims to diversify beyond the commodities it currently works in, while expanding its geographical footprint
BIG PLANS Basil Read Mining aims to diversify beyond the commodities it currently works in, while expanding its geographical footprint

Online hub launched to boost home-grown mining equipment development 

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 To increase local manufacturing and the attractiveness and attention thereof, the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) and the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) have launched the Technology Availability and Readiness Atlas (Tara). The launch on November 12 coincided with the... 

Online hub launched to boost home-grown mining equipment development

Company supplies excavator to gold mine

16th October 2020 Australian mining group National Group, through its earthmoving equipment supplier subsidiary National Plant & Equipment, continues to be a key supplier to the mining industry, including its supplying the multinational equipment manufacturer Liebherr R 9200 Excavator to an opencut gold mine in... 

ROBUST MARKET RESPONSE 
National Group and Liebherr have received positive feedback on the R 9200 from users, who are impressed by its operator-friendly features
ROBUST MARKET RESPONSE National Group and Liebherr have received positive feedback on the R 9200 from users, who are impressed by its operator-friendly features

New software provides diverse equipment supply options

By: Cameron Mackay     16th October 2020 Australian mining and heavy equipment trader ComponentsONLY is aiming to broaden its product offering as it begins to incorporate new supply solutions. This includes the commercialisation of an asset manager and customer relationship software package for the heavy earthmoving and mining industry,... 

BEN HAILES
With about 70% of our revenue generated from Australian mining, we have broadened our relationship with existing customers through providing efficient, timely and cost-effective solutions
BEN HAILES With about 70% of our revenue generated from Australian mining, we have broadened our relationship with existing customers through providing efficient, timely and cost-effective solutions
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