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Explosion Protection and Flameproofing

Company meets stringent fire and explosives safety requirements

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 The increasing demand for strict fire and explosion protection in the hazardous areas of mining has led specialist manufacturer and designer of flameproof diesel engine systems Elgin Flameproofing to introduce the new Elgin 112TR tow tractor model for underground coal mining applications. The... 

Miners prefer water mist technology as fire suppression system

27th July 2018 Mining contractors are under pressure from mining companies to have their machines fitted with fire prevention systems, says Southern African distributor of Swedish company Fogmaker International's water-mist fire protection system, Fogmaker South Africa MD John Russell. “When it comes to... 

Miners prefer water mist technology as fire suppression system
PREFERRED TECHNOLOGY Fogmaker's triple action fire-suppression system uses high-pressure water mist to suppress fire and cools down compartments to prevent reignition

Proactive measures needed to mitigate fire incidents in mining

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 Fire incidents in mining operations occur every day because of poor maintenance and components that have reached the end of their life span, says environmental solutions company I-CAT fire division head Andro Gibhard. However, he says vehicles catching fire – the most common fire incident in... 

Proactive measures  needed to mitigate fire  incidents in mining
FIRE PREVENTION Mining companies can put preventative measures in place, such as a good maintenance regime, to prevent fire damage

SA needs passive fire protection

By: Donald Makhafola     27th July 2018 Safety in mining is a high priority in South Africa, and the country needs to adopt stricter regulations regarding passive fire protection systems, says global technologies company Hilti South Africa mining, business development manager Hector Cerdio. More awareness should also be created... 

SA needs passive fire protection
FIRESTOP BARRIER Hilti South Africa was awarded new contracts this year to provide passive fire protection solutions, including the firestop, for several South African mining majors

Blasting and drilling increasingly automated

By: Robyn Wilkinson     28th July 2017 Ongoing developments to underground mining solutions provider iRing’s mine planning software suite are increasingly automating blasting and drilling operations, providing increased accuracy and safety in hazardous mining environments. 

Blasting and drilling increasingly automated
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW ERA iRing aims to demystify blasting and drilling operations through its software solutions, making them safer and more efficient

Software agreement advances explosion protection devices

28th July 2017 In a clear push towards mobile innovation, global explosion protection solutions provider Bartec and Netherlands-headquartered software provider eVision will deliver rugged, intrinsically safe devices, which will ensure worldwide distribution and support of eVision’s suite of mobile Control of... 

Software agreement advances  explosion protection devices
IMPROVED CONTROL eVision’s software will increase the safety and efficiency of Bartec’s explosion-proof mobile devices in mining and industrial environments

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... 

Explosion-proof monitor launched locally
SAFETY FIRST The Hy-Optima 2700 features a cast-iron casing that will safely contain any explosive events that should result from hydrogen entering the instrument and igniting

Product reduces unplanned downtime, machinery replacement

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd July 2016 Australian-listed speciality chemicals development company Alexium International has made significant inroads into the resins, films and polymers industry, owing to its newly commercialised environment-friendly flame-retardant (FR) treatment Alexiflam, which is well suited to the mining industry.... 

Product reduces unplanned  downtime, machinery replacement
UNPLANNED DOWNTIME DIVERTED One of Alexiflam's largest applications in the mining sector comprises polymers used to protect the circuit board wiring in machinery against fire

Explosionproof hoists, cranes

22nd July 2016 Operating electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres requires specially designed and constructed lifting equipment to avoid the risk of explosion posed by gases, liquids, dusts, vapours and other substances, states lifting solutions company Konecranes. Owing to the risks involved, Konecranes... 

Explosionproof hoists, cranes
RISK OF EXPLOSION REDUCED Konecranes manual hoists are an economical solution in hazardous environments where electricity is not available or practical

Cost of fire suppression tailored in tough times

22nd July 2016 Although mines are under extreme pressure to operate at tight margins, owing to the decline in commodities prices, fire suppression solutions company I-CAT has solutions in place to meet their needs. “We are geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its... 

Cost of fire suppression  tailored in tough times
LOURENS JANSERN VAN RENSBURG LOURENS JANSERN VAN RENSBURG I-CAT is geared to absorb the commodities price fluctuations and can ride the cycle to its eventual upturn

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th July 2015 To emphasise the importance of adopting effective fire-suppression solutions designed for specific, special fire risks, environmental solutions company I-Cat showcased several fire-suppression technologies, which the company recently introduced to the industry, through live demonstrations last... 

Live fire demonstrations showcase technology
FIREFIGHTING ENHANCEMENT The EXTINGUISHmist sprays only 6 ℓ of water per minute, guaranteeing longer-lasting firefighting capacity of up to four times

Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2015 Persons working in hazardous locations have to understand their environment, its associated risks and the applicable laws and standards better, the South African Flameproof Association (Safa) tells Mining Weekly, stating that education is of paramount importance. In addition, better monitoring in... 

Better understanding of fire risks needed – industry body
DANGEROUS BUSINESS Workplace monitoring is crucial to ensure that mining risks are mitigated and incidents avoided

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2015 Mine owners and mining-sector stakeholders will benefit from attending the 2015 South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI) Conference, Exhibition and Training event owing to the inherent risks of the industry, conference organiser Sean Macnamara from Interact Media Defined tells Mining... 

Mining industry to benefit from emergency services event
RESCUE CHALLENGES The SAESI 2015 training component includes various challenges during which emergency management services personnel can compete individually or as a tea

Partnership supplies flameproof plug and socket to mines

24th July 2015 Industrial equipment supplier Hysense Trading in conjunction with Lean Mining Solutions (LMS) this month launched a new 250 A flameproof plug and socket into the market. Hysense Trading supplies products and consumables to the mining and metals industries, and will be supplying the LMS plug and... 

Event highlights explosives health and enviro risks

By: Leandi Kolver     24th July 2015 The health and environmental issues pertaining to explosives have to be addressed, says Mogorosi Communications conference producer Grace Gambiza, commenting on topics discussed at the third Annual Explosives Conference, which took place on May 26 and 27, in Johannesburg. Mogorosi Communications... 

Company improves fire-protected couplings range

3rd October 2014 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic has improved the design of its fire-protected FireLock EZ Style 009N couplings range. Victaulic Africa regional manager Barry van Jaarsveld says the improved design is easier to install than the 009H rigid coupling style, on which the... 

Company  improves fire-protected couplings range
FIRELOCK EZ STYLE 009N The improved design of the new range makes it even easier to install than the 009H rigid coupling style on which it was modelled.

Symposium to focus on mine safety

By: Pimani Baloyi     3rd October 2014 Local nonprofit organisation the South African Flameproof Association’s (Safa’s) symposium, which will take place on November 13 in Secunda, Mpumalanga, will focus on mine safety and preventing hazardous explosions. Safa representative Dion Abrahams tells Mining Weekly that the yearly symposium... 

Symposium to focus on mine safety
Photo by Bloomberg
ENSURING SAFETY Flameproofing is an important aspect in mining that ensures the safety of mineworkers and a mining company’s assets

Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions

3rd October 2014 Explosives manufacturer and supplier AEL Mining Services (AEL) is developing wireless electrical blasting technology that will prevent hazardous explosions during the blasting process. AEL group consulting mining engineer Simon Tose says the company is committed to mitigating the damage that the... 

Electronic blasting best prevents hazardous explosions
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW METHOD Electronic blasting gives the mining company control over the blasting process’ environmental impact

Motors suitable for mining and hazardous applications

4th October 2013 Manufacturer of custom designed motors Ohio Electric Motors reports that special considerations must be taken when using mechanically commutated electric motors (DC motors) in hazardous locations to ensure that it not only solves the motion control needs of the application, but also that it is... 

Fire protection company becomes agent for extinguishing systems

4th October 2013 Fire protection products and services supplier Sperosens has been reported as an agent to supply and install dry sprinkler powder aerosol (DSPA) extinguishing systems for the South African mining and industrial sectors.  “Sperosens can now offer solutions for your individual risk management as... 

Supplier of flameproof equipment constantly investing in new technology

By: Carina Borralho     4th October 2013 Underground and surface vehicle safety equipment suppliers John Ratcliffe GM Andre Robberts tells Mining Weekly that the company spends about 10% of its turnover on the research and development (R&D) of new explosion-protection and flameproof products.  The company manufactures cameras, which are... 

US company brings fire protection systems to SA

By: Carina Borralho     4th October 2013 Global producer of mechanical pipe-joining and fire protection systems Victaulic tells Mining Weekly that its full range of fire protection products from the US is available in South Africa. The company specialises in grooved piping systems that combine fitness for purpose with ease of installation. 

SA delegates to attend explosion-prevention meeting in Denmark

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 The South African Flameproofing Association (Safa) sent three delegates to attend the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) annual general meeting (AGM) this month, as new international explosion-prevention standards are being promulgated. 

Flameproof LED light to improve safety of mineworkers 

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Flameproof lighting supplier, Azolite now a division of industrial plugs manufacturers Powermite, have manufactured a new flameproof light-emitting diode (LED) light for use in underground mining to improve safety and efficiency. Previously, fluorescent lights were most commonly used in mining... 

Handling explosives demands training and the utmost respect

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Explosives supplier and manufacturer AEL Mining Services warns about the dangers of the abusive use of explosives in mines and the resultant risks of serious accidents. 

New laboratory to help minimise explosion occurrences  

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th October 2012 Explosion prevention services provider Explolabs launched a new laboratory including a purpose-built building and improved test control and data capturing technology to streamline the testing of explosion-protected (Ex) equipment for both the mining and surface industries.  

Electronically initiated blasts lead mining into the future

30th September 2011 The number of mines using the new range of electronic wireless initiating system technologies is steadily increasing, explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services reports. 

Nonelectrical equipment covered under the Atex standard

30th September 2011 The international fireproofing and explosion prevention code, the Atex standard, has been extended to cover nonelectrical equipment such as gear units. 

Intrinsically safe temperature transmitters introduced

30th September 2011 Hazardous area indicators provider Beka Associates has introduced a full range of panel and field mounting, intrinsically safe and noncertified safe area models, which are locally represented by instruments for hazardous areas supplier Extech Safety Systems. 

Flameproof tractor aligned with current safety standards

By: Joanne Taylor     30th September 2011 The first flameproof tractor was designed and manufactured in 1976 by agriculture and industrial mechanisation group Aim Group and other parties after the need for flameproof underground tractors arose. 

Fire-retardant material reduces toxicity during combustion

By: Tracy Hancock     1st October 2010 Specialist in the design, development and manufacture of wear, corrosion and insulation solutions Uretech has received certification for the use of its polyurethane liners in underground mining operations. The company has decreased the toxicity levels of gases emitted by its polyurethane liners... 

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