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Materials Handling News

Coal supplier receives UPS systems

27th March 2020 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa has delivered 12 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to a local coal mine to enhance safety and prevent unnecessary downtime. These specially designed UPS systems ensure continuous operation of the mine’s programmable logic... 

Flexibility, knowledge assist in cost reduction

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 The coal sector faces immense cost pressures, which are influenced and  exacerbated by uncontrollable macroeconomic factors, notes vibrating equipment solutions provider Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. However, she comments that Kwatani has sought to mitigate the impact of these factors by reducing... 

Flexibility, knowledge assist in cost reduction
KIM SCHOEPFLIN To achieve efficient and productive coal processing at the lowest possible cost, there needs to be an understanding of the underlying orebody, the application and the overall process

New-generation loader set for South Africa

27th March 2020 Orders have already been placed by major South African coal miners for solutions provider Sandvik’s new LS312 flameproof underground loader. The first active units will start rolling off the local production line in the second quarter of this year, according to Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

New-generation loader set for South Africa
QUIETER & CLEANER Powered by the C7.1 mechanical engine, the new generation LS312 complies with Tier II emissions standards while ensuring quieter, and more efficient operation

Transnet bemoans cable theft at Pretoria Complex, rolls out diesel locos 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2020 Another incident of overhead cable theft at State-owned Transnet’s Pretoria Complex has further crippled the group’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsidiary’s ability to deliver goods to customers on time. It said in a release on Wednesday that the Pretoria Complex, which is one of the country’s... 

Lining solutions increase plant availability

6th March 2020 Two African mines are achieving increased production time and plant availability after converting to engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals’ Linatex and Linard rubber lining solutions. A mineral sands operation in Mozambique approached Weir Minerals just over two years ago, after... 

Lining solutions increase plant availability
BOOSTING AVAILABILITY The rubber lining provided by Weir Minerals has allowed for increased production time and plant availability

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent

By: Halima Frost     6th March 2020 Monitoring solutions provider MineWare this month announced the launch of its Argus wheel loader monitoring system in Australia and the US, with a global roll-out to follow this year to meet industry demand. “The omnipresent wheel loader plays an important role in heavy minerals mining and its... 

Monitoring system’s African launch imminent
WATCH IT The ARGUS WL monitoring system enables wheel loaders to accurately and safely monitor their load

JV looks to expand rare earths mining

6th March 2020 Rare earth miner Namibia Critical Metals (NCM) announced details of the Term 1 planned work programme for the Lofdal Heavy Rare Earths Project in northern Namibia last month. While heavy mineral sands projects tend to be associated with titanium and zirconium minerals such as rutile, ilmenite and... 

JV looks to expand  rare earths mining
TERMS OF AGREEMENT The mining of rare earth minerals in Namibia will be complimented by the joint venture signed last month

Drive package delivered to greenfield mine

7th February 2020 The last of nine units of a comprehensive drive package were successfully delivered to a major greenfield copper mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive. The five main 500 kW drives weighed 12 t each while the remaining four... 

Drive package delivered to greenfield mine
BIG FAN A cooling unit had to be installed to the drives because of the extreme temperatures they would encounter in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Slurry pump’s enhanced wear resistance reduces TCO

31st January 2020 Pumping fluids with high solids concentrations is far more complicated than pumping water. To avoid sedimentation in the system, the correct pump size with appropriately dimensioned hoses and pipes must be selected, notes local Grindex pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology. Adding to the... 

Slurry pump’s enhanced wear resistance  reduces TCO
FOR TOUGH CONDITIONS The Grindex Bravo submersible slurry pump is proving its worth in slurry pumping applications, as the hydraulic components are made from Hard Iron

Pumps supplier aims to grow footprint of ‘technical excellence’

By: Cameron Mackay     31st January 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa is focused on expanding its footprint in Africa by growing its network of local facilities and distributor partners. “With a history of over 18 years on the continent, we have a proud tradition of technical excellence and being committed to... 

Beneficiation plant wins international awards

24th January 2020 The wet processing solution designed and delivered by wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE, simultaneously won two awards in Australia and Ireland for exceptional achievement and resource productivity. In 2017, CDE commissioned two wet processing plants in South Australia to convert an... 

Beneficiation plant wins international awards
HARD WON The company won two awards on the same night almost 10 000 miles apart

SA crane company buying local, expanding globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th January 2020 South African company Condra Cranes & Hoists remains committed to supporting the local manufacturing industry, company MD Marc Kleiner tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly. “We buy locally from South African suppliers instead of importing components, and we believe other manufacturers should... 

Transformation under way at Rosh Pinah and Perkoa

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The African operations of global base-metals mining company Trevali Mining are big contributors to its overall portfolio and are important to the company’s future, says Trevali CEO and president Ricus Grimbeek, who will speak at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town, from... 

Transformation under way at Rosh Pinah and Perkoa
ROSH PINAH The RP2.0 expansion at the Namibian mine is expected to increase production by 60% to 80%

Equipment supplier advancing 4IR offering

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 The development of an intelligent cyclone by minerals processing equipment supplier Multotec is at an advanced stage, Multotec South African Operations CEO Rikus Immink tells Mining Weekly. Through the instrumentation of its ceramic-lined cyclones, Multotec is aligning itself to the automation... 

Equipment supplier advancing 4IR offering
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS Multotec cannot do without its 1 600 factory workers, as the manufacture of some of its products is labour intensive

Local suppliers make financial sense for manufacturers

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Using South African suppliers can be far more effective financially when engineering and manufacturing locally and is not simply a matter of complying with Mining Charter III, says industrial and mining vibrating screens manufacturer Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. From a Mining Charter perspective,... 

Local suppliers make financial sense for manufacturers
LONGSTANDING LOCAL FOCUS Kwatani has relied heavily on local suppliers since going into production in 1976

Opportunities abound in uncertain iron-ore market

By: Darren Parker     6th December 2019 Where some might see cause for concern, mining services provider Ukwazi business development director Spencer Eckstein believes that the uncertain future of iron-ore demand and pricing could mean opportunity. Some of this uncertainty is exemplified by the announcement last month of the proposed... 

Opportunities abound in uncertain iron-ore market
Photo by Bloomberg
BALLS OF STEEL Pelletised iron is made from waste dust and can be used in the manufacture of steel

‘Resurgent’ sector crucial to growth

By: Cameron Mackay     25th October 2019 Pumps manufacturer and supplier Australian Pumps Industries has a prominent presence in the Australian mining industry, particularly with 6-inch pumps in diversified miner Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations, in Perth, Australia, as well as large trash pumps operating in gold and copper mines in... 

‘Resurgent’ sector crucial to growth
HYDROSTATIC RANGE Aussie Mine Boss hydrostatic testers are vital for verifying the integrity of water, as well as gas and oil pipelines

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

22nd October 2019 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, and the service support of its own manufactured equipment.  A fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

Tailings presents opportunity for wet processing experts

By: Tracy Hancock     4th October 2019 Wet-processing equipment company CDE South Africa is targeting iron-ore and gold mining operations with low-grade ore and tailings dumps, as it believes this is where potential for growth lies in South Africa. “In the iron-ore space we have had a lot of success in beneficiating low-grade waste... 

Tailings presents opportunity  for wet processing experts
PATENTED TECHNOLOGY CDE Business Development Manager for sub-Saharan Africa Wayne Warren dwarfed by an AggMax logwasher plant incorporating an Infinity screen at a diamond mine site in in the region

Fekola mill expansion started

By: Tracy Hancock     4th October 2019 Canada-headquartered senior gold producer B2Gold has started the mill expansion at the Fekola mine, in south-west Mali. The expansion, which is scheduled for completion early in the fourth quarter of 2020, is expected to significantly increase yearly gold production and enhance the Fekola mine’s... 

Fekola mill  expansion started
CAPITAL SPEND The mill expansion is estimated to be about $50-million, with B2Gold splitting this capital spending evenly between 2019 and 2020

Local manufacturers solve gold mine’s milling issues

4th October 2019 Specially designed ore silo chutes from transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems will be installed at a South African gold mine to reduce mill wear and other processing challenges caused by the uncontrolled flow of mined material into the mills. Developed in collaboration with vibrating... 

Local manufacturers solve gold mine’s milling issues
CUSTOM COLLABORATION The solution developed by Weba Chute in collaboration with Kwatani promises direct savings in terms of mill bearings, as well as less mill downtime

Earthmoving supplier launches new excavator series

27th September 2019 Earth-moving and construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has launched two new series of excavators from automotive manufacturer Hyundai, namely the R480LC-9S range and R330LC-9S machines. Both series are designed for high performance in tough conditions in various... 

Earthmoving supplier launches new  excavator series
SMOOTH OPERATOR HPE Africa’s new series of Hyundai excavators are designed for high performance in tough conditions

Energy-saving VSDs ideal for mining conveyors

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 The two new variable-speed drive (VSD) product offerings from bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) – to be launched in the third quarter of this year – are ideally suited to applications in the mining industry. The AlphaDrive-Micro VSD and the... 

Energy-saving VSDs ideal for mining conveyors
SIZE MATTERS The larger VDrivePlus features advanced motor control, as the size and range of the VSD makes it ideal for harsh environments like mining

Excavator series well received by local mining sector

27th September 2019 Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Doosan’s DX800LC-5B tracked excavator series, which was launched early last year, has received a positive market response from the local mining industry. Doosan is part of the Capital Equipment Group (CEG) division of investment holding and... 

Excavator series well received by local mining sector
MADE FOR TOUGH CONDITIONS The excavator has an operating weight of 78 500 kgs and is the largest machine in the Doosan’s range of construction and mining equipment

Global OEMs, smart factories drive efficiencies

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 Global original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with branches in South Africa could assist in pushing the African continent towards the implementation of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) smart factory technologies. This will increase efficiency and energy savings in the materials, bulk handling... 

Global OEMs,  smart factories  drive efficiencies
NEW-GENERATION TRACKING Digital technology and smart factories will enable clients to track materials such as mined ore that is moved around a factory or mine site

Local OEM’s overseas partnerships boost growth

By: Cameron Mackay     27th September 2019 Bulk handling vehicles original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Desmond Equipment SA (Dezzi), is aiming to capitalise on, and boost years of consistent growth in the South African market by expanding its product range and through partnerships. Dezzi, as the brand is named, are renowned for its South... 

Local OEM’s overseas  partnerships boost growth
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Dezzi will expand its product range with a new articulated dump truck and joint ventures with global original-equipment manufacturers

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Battery electric loader prepares to surface

By: Debbie French     20th September 2019 A new battery electric load-haul-dump (LHD) underground mining loader is currently being developed. The design promises the use of advanced technology lithium-ion batteries and fast, onboard charging to advance safety and promote higher production. 

Battery electric loader prepares to surface

Underground vehicles that use hydrostatic technology launched in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2019 Metals industry equipment and service company South African Mining and Smelting Solutions (SAMSS) has launched its range of underground mining utility vehicles in the South African market. SAMSS, which is a subsidiary of multinational foundry industry equipment manufacturer Dango and Dienenthal,... 

Underground vehicles that use hydrostatic  technology launched in South Africa
Photo by Kutlwano Matlala
2T DUAL-LIFT The dual-lift utility vehicle has an 8 m, 2 t crane

Stacker reclaimers made new at coal mine

By: Darren Parker     20th September 2019 The refurbishment of three stacker reclaimers at a local coal mine is well under way, with transmission solutions company SEW-Eurodrive supplying 39 new drives for the project. Work on the project began late last year and the client aims to have completed the refurbishment of all three machines –... 

Stacker reclaimers made new at coal mine
STAGGERING AMOUNTS The high volume of transmission solutions ordered by the client was mitigated by staggering the deliveries

Zambian agent to look after S Africa company’s interests

By: Tracy Hancock     13th September 2019 Electrical crane materials and flexible cables supplier Powermite has appointed FS Musonda Trading, in Kitwe, the Zambian agent for its materials handling product offering. It is important to have a local representative in the country looking after South Africa-based Powermite’s interests,... 

Zambian agent to look after S Africa company’s interests
GROWING IN ZAMBIA Powermite sees growth opportunities in Zambia’s mining and industrial sectors

Screening products performance optimised

6th September 2019 Wire screen media products manufacturer MAJOR Wire Industries has introduced a new crown curve calculation and updated crown curve adaptors for enhanced performance by the company’s tensioned Flex-Mat high vibration wire screens and other screen media products on screen decks originally designed... 

Screening products performance optimised
IMPROVED SCREENING PERFORMANCE The new crown curve calculation and updated crown curve adaptors optimise performance of the company’s tensioned screen media such as the Flex-Mat

Company’s demolition processes ideal for mining furnace projects

By: Cameron Mackay     6th September 2019 The specialised demolition services of demolition contractor Jet Demolition are ideally suited to the distinctive challenges of any furnace demolition, particularly those in mining operations, owing to the specialised machines and equipment modified to work in such a confined space, says Jet... 

Company’s demolition processes ideal for mining furnace projects
INTEGRATED SAFETY MEASURES Furnace shutdowns require working under extreme conditions, which makes it important that teams are well rested, disciplined and experienced

Filter press launched for mining industry

6th September 2019 Mining processing equipment provider Outotec has launched the new Outotec FP-S filter press, which is ideal for standard filtration applications, particularly when there is a need for short delivery lead-time and a safe, reliable operation. The filter press offers efficient solid-liquid... 

Filter press launched for mining industry
FLEXIBILITY WITH ACCESSORIES The modular design of the Outotec FP-S filter press allows it to be configured with optional accessories to meet the requirements in standard filtration applications

Gold miner to expand ore processing in Senegal

6th September 2019 Canadian gold production company Dynacor Gold Mines has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with mining equipment provider KN Equipments and wealth fund the Sovereign Wealth Fund of Senegal for Strategic Invesments (FONSIS) to begin the process of strategically expanding Dynacor’s business globally... 

Gold miner to expand  ore processing in Senegal
Photo by Bloomberg
MEETING PROCESSING DEMAND As the new company would be the sole professional ore-processing facility in Senegal, Dynacor sees strong demand for its reputable and knowledgeable service

Evolution of hard-rock crushing unpacked at expo

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     23rd August 2019 Engineering and steel production company thyssenkrupp will highlight technological revolutions at this year’s Electra Mining Botswana, with industrial solutions crushing and screening technologies sub-Saharan Africa product manager Demitri Kokoroyanis presenting a free-to-attend seminar on the... 

Industry slump makes technology improvements essential

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2019 An international slowdown in the mining industry over the past few years has led to a more pressing need for technology improvements, says bearings and transmissions products distributor Bearings International (BI) business development leader Shaun Combrinck. “The mining industry is at a point... 

Industry slump makes technology improvements essential
SHAUN COMBRINCK An uptick in gold prices might mean more business from the gold sector soon

New Australian office to roll out mineral sample optimiser

By: Cameron Mackay     9th August 2019 Mineral analyser equipment provider Blue Cube Systems will open a new office in Perth, Australia, in the third quarter of this year to roll out its new Blue Cube Sample Optimiser system on the continent. This system will be used in conjunction with Blue Cube’s sampling cabinet for the company’s... 

New Australian office to roll out mineral sample optimiser
CAREFUL CALIBRATION The MQi range includes models appropriate for slurry applications such as flotation and leach operations; and wet or dry magnetic, electrostatic and gravity separation
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