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Maintenance

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

New platform answers call for condition based maintenance, asset optimisation

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 The immense pressure to achieve production targets occasionally means that maintenance practices are difficult to implement in the mining industry and are often time based. Therefore, mines are looking for solutions to improve maintenance management, says Finnish industrial machinery company... 

New platform answers  call for condition  based maintenance,  asset optimisation
ADVANCING MAINTENANCE Through Metso Metrics, mining companies can expect lower overall maintenance costs

Sintech

21st June 2019 Tritec Sintered Products started as a closed corporation in Johannesburg in 1984. Its name was shortened to the simpler ‘Sintech’, becoming a proprietary company in 1996. Sintech employs 42 people across its two facilities in Johannesburg and Durban and prides itself on offering excellent... 

Sintech

Welding Alloys South Africa

21st June 2019 As a producer of primary products used across all sectors, mining is certainly the backbone of many economies worldwide. Extracting and refining minerals and metals from the depths of the earth are done in unforgiving conditions, in some of the most remote, harsh and arid places on the globe.... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Slogging hammer, wheel slogger upgrades offer safer maintenance

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 The slogging hammer and wheel slogger from tools and equipment supplier BMG have been upgraded to provide operators with greater efficiency and improved safety when loosening and tightening bolts and nuts during maintenance on mining equipment. Productivity is significantly improved through the... 

Slogging hammer, wheel slogger upgrades offer safer maintenance
SIMPLER SETTINGS The clip on the wheel slogger enables the user to leave the tool attached to a wheel while selecting different torque settings

Rham Equipment wants to improve safety and efficiency using IoT

By: Donald Makhafola     22nd June 2018 South African manufacturer of specialised mining and hydraulic equipment Rham Equipment is investing in advanced technology to ease equipment maintenance, where real-time data will be measured and used to make better decisions. Rham Equipment capital sales manager Francois van der Merwe says the... 

Rham Equipment wants to improve safety and efficiency using IoT
TECHNOLOGY OBJECTIVE Rham Equipment's advanced technology will only monitor the engine and production data, but will also give feedback on machine health

Casting methodology ensures high-quality sheave wheels

By: Paige Müller     22nd June 2018 Mining sheave wheels fabricated using the casting methodology are stronger than their welded counterparts, extending the life span of mining shafts and allowing that sheave wheels be custom-made to suit specific design and application conditions, states foundry and casting specialist KEW... 

Casting methodology ensures high-quality sheave wheels
NICHE CASTER KEW Foundries remains the only manufacturer in Africa of cast headgear sheave wheels for the mining and industrial industries

Expansion strategy advances local company

By: Paige Müller     22nd June 2018 Amid a shrinking South African mining market, Vereeniging-based furnaces and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies states that an extensive focus on extending its service offerings to the international market has been a key strategic success that has insulated the company... 

Expansion strategy  advances local company
MARKET VOLATILITY The volatility of the local mining market has led to heat-processing service providers moving away from the South African market

Support to ensure optimal performance

22nd June 2018 With mining operations remaining under pressure to optimise plants, original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers must be more dynamic and focused in terms of their overall market offering, says minerals beneficiation technology supplier MBE Minerals SA MD Johannes Kottmann. He says that... 

Support to ensure  optimal performance
THOROUGH MAINTENANCE MBE Minerals is capable of undertaking ongoing equipment condition monitoring, maintenance and service support

Atlas Copco

22nd June 2018 A world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, Atlas Copco is characterised by focused businesses, a global presence with direct sales and service, a strong, stable and growing service business, professional people and an asset-light and flexible manufacturing setup. “We are... 

Atlas Copco

OLI South Africa

22nd June 2018 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators. OLI has been committed to delivering high-quality,... 

OLI South Africa

Method leads to increased productivity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 Mining industry drilling services provider Rosond has adopted an approach to drilling equipment maintenance which entails identifying trends to assist it in applying engineering fixes, altering maintenance periods and educating operational staff accordingly. “We follow a productive approach, with... 

Method leads to increased productivity
OPTIMAL DRILLING Rosond ensures productivity during maintenance procedures through its machine swap offering when drilling equipment is best serviced above ground

High-quality products equal reduced maintenance on mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 To lower maintenance costs and increase plant efficiency in trying economic times, gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering offers clients service level agreements (SLAs) after the completion of projects.  

High-quality products equal reduced maintenance on mines
PRICE OVER SAFETY AND QUALITY Mine end-clients sometimes enter into low-cost, low-end purchasing agreements with non-original-equipment manufacturers and suppliers with critical implications for safety and quality

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.  

Maintenance  going more digital
Photo by Duane Daws
INTERNET OF THINGS Digital technologies used for prescriptive maintenance methods identify possible equipment failure risks

New technologies, mechanisation require adapted mining maintenance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 There are numerous developments globally that combine analytics with advanced technologies to enhance the effectiveness of maintenance solutions, complementing the broader trend of mines moving away from one-off cost reductions and employing sustainable cost-management programmes that improve... 

New technologies, mechanisation  require adapted mining maintenance
OVER TO YOU Earlier this year, Takraf Africa signed a contract with junior coal miner Black Wattle to maintain its semimobile Bradford Breaker

Standard approach needed to maintenance, downtime on mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2017 If the mining industry could standardise maintenance and downtime procedures, it would help “tremendously” to facilitate more efficient, cost-effective, faster maintenance, says capital plant equipment manufacturer Halley & Mellowes group of companies (HMA).  

Standard approach needed to maintenance, downtime on mines
LONG LIFE Improving and maintaining cyclone performance for a longer period is critical to overall plant performance and downstream processes

University presents maintenance management in mining course

23rd June 2017 In a mechanised mining environment, mining equipment occupies a pivotal position in the mining process and equipment performance is often the production constraint that determines the performance of mineral extraction and processing operations, says Gauteng tertiary institution University of the... 

University presents maintenance management in mining course
MAINTAINING MECHANISATION Equipment maintenance costs account for 30% to 60% of total direct operating costs in a mechanised mining operation

Outsourced maintenance strategy recommended

23rd June 2017 Increasingly plant owners are looking to outsource the major elements of equipment maintenance to improve reliability and limit downtime, reports rotating equipment maintenance and repair service provider Sulzer.  

Outsourced maintenance strategy recommended
JIM MUGFORD At the end of the day, customers are looking for service providers who possess the expertise, tools and technology to make sure their machines are running reliably, efficiently and cost effectively

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements  

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The mine maintenance industry is facing a significant skills shortage, exacerbated by commodity price instability, industrial conveyor maintenance service provider ELB Conveyor Maintenance director Sharmlin Govender tells Mining Weekly. 

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements
ELB Conveyor Maintenance Director Sharmlin Govender talks on the state of the industry and the company's biggest achievements. Camerawork: Nichols Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Mine maintenance affected by falling commodity prices

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Unstable commodity prices have placed mines under pressure to produce at the same rate while decreasing their operational costs, highlights environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions (I-CAT) director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg.  

Mine maintenance affected by falling commodity prices
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG Mines are operating at dangerous margins, as costs and savings targets need to be achieved if they are to continue operating

Maintenance vital in efforts to reduce operating costs

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The current harsh economic and dynamic business environment that is characterised by recession, stiff competition and globalisation has made it imperative for every organisation to streamline its processes and reduce operating costs to remain competitive, stresses furnaces and industrial services... 

Maintenance vital  in efforts to reduce  operating costs
ON-SITE SERVICES The company provides on-site specialist services for rotary kilns for the cement and lime industries in sub-Saharan Africa

Production, maintenance reporting systems to improve production fleet

17th June 2016 Mining and communications technology provider 3D-P has released the 3D-P Production Reporting and 3D-P Maintenance Reporting systems, powered by iVolve, to improve the efficiency of mines. Adding to its current portfolio of application integration solutions and wireless network services, 3D-P... 

Production, maintenance reporting systems to  improve production fleet
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFICIENCY OF MINES Production and maintenance reports contribute to better decision-making

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries

17th June 2016 Carefully planned lockout and tagout procedures limit the risk of injuries or accidents caused by the inadvertent starting of machines or equipment while they are being serviced or maintained, says American padlock manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) senior product manager Ryan Basset.  

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries
PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES Tagout devices prevent workers from unintentionally energising equipment while a maintenance job is in progress

Cutting corners to cost mines in long run

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Many sites are trying to cut costs by moving away from using original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) spares and components when undertaking maintenance, says technologies, products and engineering services provider Tenova TAKRAF Africa aftermarket GM Paul Davies.  

Cutting corners to cost mines in long run
INCREASED NEED With the rapid uptake of mechanisation and automation in the mining industry, greater emphasis has been placed on the need for maintenance in the last 20 years

Asset management assessment helps improve efficiency of maintenance

17th June 2016 Times are getting more and more challenging and to survive ever decreasing margins, organisations are forced to do more with less, notes integrated physical asset management solutions provider Pragma. Carrying out a proper assessment of a company’s current asset management will allow for the... 

Asset management assessment helps improve efficiency of maintenance
PROBLEM SOLVING Pragma uses a structured problem-solving approach to find and eliminate the root cause of problems

Tough decisions regarding floor gratings

17th June 2016 The choice between fibreglass, steel, and performance versus cost can be bewildering when it comes to installing floor gratings, says gratings, stair treads and safety hand-rails manufacturer Vital Engineering MD Dodds Pringle.  

Tough decisions regarding floor gratings
Photo by Vital Engineering and Angus McLeod
MATERIAL BENEFITS Steel offers more strength than synthetic products, while fibreglass is a very robust, low-maintenance product

Grindrod locomotives launch spares and technical support Partnerships

17th June 2016 In addition to the core business of manufacturing locomotives for shunting and main line operations, locomotive manufacturing, refurbishment and maintenance company Grindrod Locomotives is further expanding its offering to include a continent-wide spare parts supply business, says Pretoria-based... 

Grindrod locomotives launch spares and  technical support  Partnerships
Grindrod Locomotives COO Leon Broom

Essential maintenance supplied despite budget cuts by mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Rope access service and equipment provider Skyriders is, to a large extent, immune to the current commodities price slump, as inspection and maintenance is an essential part of keeping sites operational, notes marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

Essential maintenance supplied despite  budget cuts by mines
MAINTENANCE REMAINS KEY Although maintenance budgets are being trimmed to survive the current tough global economic climate, maintenance is vital at active mining operations

Company yet to offer thermal assessment services to mining industry

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 Although the solutions of electrical equipment, industrial instrumentation and automation supply, implementation and support company Magnet can be used for any electrical or mechanical application, including mining, the company is yet to offer its services to the mining industry, Magnet training... 

Fuel cleanliness company develops automatic fuel decontaminator

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 South Africa-based fuel cleanliness company Supa Fuel has developed a system that detects the presence of water and drains it from fuel storage tanks automatically, eliminating problems associated with the presence of water in fuel which can result in engine failure, inefficient fuel use and... 

Solutions team customises maintenance safety product

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 Responding to industry requests, identification solutions manufacturer Brady has introduced customised additions to its Lockout/Tagout system, a product that has the ability to totally cut off any flows of energy into a particular machine, over the past six months. 

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