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Materials Handling and Logistics

Conveyor Watch

1st June 2018 Johannesburg-based materials handling consulting company Conveyor Watch specialises in the evaluation of conveyor systems, providing its services on site to operations across Southern Africa. Its team of experts have a wealth of experience in the materials handling arena, offering its clients “a... 

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st June 2018 With mining operations valuing the optimisation of their assets, and safety and uptime remaining focal points, wear solutions provider Rio-Carb has “answered the industry’s call” with the development of a new modular chute, Rio-Carb director Sias Suurd tells Mining Weekly. Developing this modular... 

Modular chute system to reduce safety risks, increase uptime
CHUTE YOUR SHOT Rio-Carb’s modular chute system reduces the risks associated with liner maintenance on chute systems

Platinum mine’s train safety system near completion

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 South Africa-based rail technology provider On Track Technology (OTT) is currently installing its Dynatrack train safety system at a South African platinum mine, in Rustenburg, where the seven-month R8.5-million project is in its final phase. The mine’s train fleet collects raw material at the... 

Platinum mine’s train safety system near completion
DYNATRACK SAFETY SYSTEM The system's parameters and algorithms are designed to intelligently limit unnecessary impact on production, while maintaining safe operating conditions

Noticeable increase in use of in-cab video surveillance

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Internet of Things solutions provider Orbcomm has seen a noticeable increase in mining companies requesting in-vehicle video solutions for their earthmoving and bulk handling equipment. Orbcomm VP of sales for Africa Henry Smith notes that, since the company launched this solution late last year,... 

Noticeable increase  in use of in-cab  video surveillance
HENRY SMITH Stringent mine health and safety requirements are driving the use of in-cab video surveillance

R250 000 training centre launched, Merseta accreditation sought

By: Nadine James     29th September 2017 Industrial warehousing equipment and materials handling solutions provider Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) – part of Goscor Group – launched its new R250 000 training centre, in Edenvale, Gauteng, last month. The company is also applying for Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector... 

R250 000 training centre launched, Merseta accreditation sought
CONTINUOUS LEARNING Frequent changes in technology require that technicians familiarise themselves with new or upgraded product training

Tech support, repair and maintenance service critical to 20 years

29th September 2017 South Korean industrial equipment conglomerate Doosan celebrates its twentieth year in South Africa this year, notes Disa Equipment MD Rod Watson, adding that Doosan maintains its strong position in today’s competitive earthmoving sector through its reputation for reliable engines, a robust... 

Tech support, repair and maintenance service critical to 20 years
DX225LCA EXCAVATOR The hydraulic excavator’s 21.5 t operating weight is enhanced by new specifications that include a 0.92 m³ bucket capacity

S Africa to be updated on global trends

2nd June 2017 The nineteenth Beltcon Conference will provide the South African materials handling and mining sector with an update on practical and theoretical developments in the international industry, bringing “all that is noteworthy and new in conveying techniques” to the local market, says the organising... 

S Africa to be updated on global trends
SPECIALISED EQUIPMENT Innovative conveyor belt designs, such as Australian conveyor supplier Nepean Conveyors’ wet transfer conveyor, will be discussed at this year’s Beltcon

First flameproof skid steer for underground use supplied to Matla

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The first flameproof skid steer, the JCB 155, developed by explosion protection and industrial equipment provider Exis Engineering, together with equipment manufacturer JCB, has been supplied to mining company Exxaro’s Matla coal mine, in Mpumalanga. 

First flameproof skid steer for underground use supplied to Matla
SAFETY AT THE FORE The JCB 155 is the first skid steer in the world capable of safely operating in hazardous underground environments

Demand boost for containerised transport from mine to buyer

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Linde Material Handling South Africa has observed steadily increasing interest in Italian manufacturer CVS Ferrari’s brand of equipment from mining companies operating in Africa, with businesses across all industries increasingly moving towards the... 

Demand boost for containerised transport from mine to buyer
ENSURING SAFE HANDLING The CVS Ferrari F500 reach stacker series is the first of its kind to feature electrohydraulics that enable the equipment to react quickly to changes in power demand and modulation

Hard-wearing materials handling solution key to energy savings

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Energy-saving solutions employed in materials handling processes that allow for the strategic redirection of energy use in mining operations are crucial for securing the future of the South African mining industry, says long-life wear solutions provider Rio-Carb director Martin Maine. 

Hard-wearing materials handling solution key  to energy savings
Photo by Duane Daws
PRECISE FINISHES Plasma cutting ensures clean surface finishes on Rio-Carb’s liner plates, which reduces friction between the plates and material moving through a discharge chute

Demand up for conveyor belt fire protection solution

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT is seeing an uptick in demand for its fire-protection systems as global mining houses increasingly recognise that effective firefighting technologies at their operations are a primary component of mining safety. The Pretoria-based company’s T-Rotor... 

Demand up for  conveyor belt fire  protection solution
Photo by Duane Daws
ANDRO GIBHARD Effective fire protection solutions are imperative for high fire-risk elements on mining conveyor belts

Lift trucks and support services boost warehouse efficiency

2nd June 2017 Forklift and warehouse specialist Goscor Lift Truck has supplied 38 machines to mining and industrial equipment supplier Weir Minerals’ Alrode facility, in Gauteng. 

Lift trucks and  support services boost  warehouse efficiency
BILLY DOOLING Doosan forklifts will facilitate the lifting of a range of items at Weir Minerals’ Alrode warehouse

Greater demand expected for larger capacity hoists

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Lifting equipment supplier CMCO Material Handling is preparing for increased demand for its Yale ERGO 360 ratchet lever hoist when the full range of the equipment arrives in South Africa this month, meeting the evolving needs of the mining industry. 

Greater demand expected for larger capacity hoists
ERGONOMIC DESIGN The lever and crank design of the Yale ERGO 360 ratchet lever hoists enable the operator to control the unit safely and effectively

Festoon systems ‘life blood’ of bulk materials handling

2nd June 2017 As mining companies continue to look for ways to make their operations more efficient and cost effective and remain competitive as the global market emerges from a protracted period of low commodity prices, effective supporting equipment, such as festoon systems, have become increasingly... 

Festoon systems ‘life blood’  of bulk materials handling
Photo by Duane Daws
KEEPING MACHINERY MOVING Powermite’s I-Beam cable carrier is suited for heavy-duty applications, including bulk container handling by cranes typically found at ports

Manufacturer expands to meet screening media module size demand

2nd June 2017 Industrial machinery provider Metso is expanding its global manufacturing capacity for rubber screening media used in minerals processing by investing €1.7-million in three new injection presses. 

New crane tailored to small, medium-sized businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The South African market’s response to lifting group Konecranes’ CXT UNO wire rope hoist crane has been encouraging since its global launch in January, with Konecranes Southern Africa service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald attributing this to the combined reliability and... 

New crane tailored to small, medium-sized businesses
MAKING TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBLE The CXT UNO was developed as an economical solution for small and medium-sized businesses

Hoists to improve pump installation, maintenance at Limpopo mine

2nd June 2017 Mining system solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa has secured an order for two 10 t electric chain hoists with motorised trolleys from equipment supplier Klevan Mining – Becker Mining’s distributor in Limpopo. 

Hoists to improve pump installation, maintenance at Limpopo mine
SMOOTH OPERATOR Motorised trolleys on the Kito ER2 hoist will ensure smooth and precise traversing and positioning of the equipment

Dozer designed to ramp up productivity

2nd June 2017 The new Cat D8R dozer from construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar features increased horsepower and a larger standard blade for greater productivity in mines of all types, together with a range of optional technologies to help operators get more work done in less time. 

Dozer designed to  ramp up productivity
BIGGER BLADE Equipped with the largest standard blade in its class at 10.3 m3, the D8R dozer can move up to 13% more material per pass than previous models

Intermodal terminals benefit emerging smaller players

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 Market response to the newly established intermodal terminals in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, and Musina, Limpopo has been positive; however, industry still perceives the use of rail as a challenge. 

Intermodal terminals benefit emerging smaller players
Photo by Bloomberg
INSTRUMENTAL SUPPORT Demonstrating its support for road-to-rail migration, State-owned enterprise Transnet Freight Rail has ensured that rail services are well managed and fairly priced

Tensioning system extends conveyor belt life

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd June 2017 The new automatic pneumatic tensioning system for conveyor belt cleaners from Neponset-headquartered bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering will be available in South Africa through its office in Mpumalanga in the second half of this year. 

Tensioning system  extends conveyor belt life
AUTOMATION ACCURACY Users benefit from a consistently correct blade tension and reduced power demand on start-up when using Martin Engineering's Automated Blade System

OLI South Africa

2nd June 2017 As the world’s top-selling electric and pneumatic vibrators manufacturer, OLI guarantees a high level of customer service through its 19 OLI trading subsidiaries, 36 local warehouses and five manufacturing plants worldwide. With a complete range of electric and pneumatic internal and external... 

OLI South Africa

Amtec

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th May 2017 The construction division of minerals processing projects specialist Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) is an integral part of the offering that the company has to offer.  

Amtec

US pallet truck forklift of the year

23rd September 2016 UK-based materials handling company Crown won a coveted International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award for the third time. The award was presented at the CeMAT trade fair for intralogistics and supply chain management, held from May 31 to June 3, in Hannover, Germany, where Crown’s RT 4020... 

New inverters improve crane control

23rd September 2016 Crane and crane components supplier Demag, a brand of materials handling solutions provider Terex Materials Handling & Port Solutions, launched a new range of Dedrive Pro 880 inverters in August that offers a number of benefits for crane control. 

New inverters improve crane control
REDUCED LOAD SWAY The Dedrive Pro 880 reduces load sway using a mathematical model, allowing for safer crane operation in applications such as the handling of molten ore in foundries

Electra showcases new air-operated pumps range

23rd September 2016 Pumps supplier Letaba Pumps showcased American pumps manufacturer Wilden’s new FIT air-operated pump range, an upgrade of the well-established Wilden original series, at Electra Mining Africa 2016 in Johannesburg from September 12 to 16. 

Electra showcases new air-operated pumps range
IMPROVED RANGE The FIT pumps are bolted rather than clamp banded, allowing for easier alignment during assembly with less chance of leaks

Shaftless spiral screw conveyors reduce costs

23rd September 2016 Spiral pipe machines manufacturer Spiral Tech says its custom-built shaftless spiral screw conveyors are gaining popularity in the mining industry, owing to their ability to reduce costs and boost productivity, especially in applications involving difficult materials. 

Shaftless spiral screw conveyors reduce costs
DIFFICULT MATERIALS DEALT WITH Shaftless spiral screw conveyor systems effectively handle bulky and abrasive solids that often cling to the central pipe of a conventional shafted screw conveyor

Relook warehouse design to increase storage space, reduce costs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Redesigning the layout of an existing racking or shelving system can significantly improve the amount of storage space available and the operational efficiency of warehouses, says storage and materials handling equipment manufacturer Linvar marketing manager Nicky Farrell. 

Relook warehouse design to increase storage space,  reduce costs
BEST USE OF SPACE By conducting feasibility studies, Linvar can advise warehouse managers on the warehouse design most suited to their specific products and operational needs

Control systems gain popularity in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Interest in automation, control and safety systems manufacturer Yokogawa’s DTSX fibre-optic distributed temperature sensor range is growing in the South African mining sector, as the industry takes steps to prepare for an inevitable upswing in the commodities market, says Yokogawa South Africa... 

Control systems  gain popularity in  South Africa
THEKO LETSIE The mining market is always cyclical and Yokogawa is investing in the development of solutions that will be required when the market improves

Innovation for transporting heavy loads goes into operation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 The self-propelled modular transporter (SPMT) widening adaptor for high and wide loads from heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet will go into operation for the first time in September in the US. 

Innovation for  transporting heavy loads goes into operation
HAULING LARGE LOADS Mammoet’s widening adaptor improves the safety of transporting large loads of cargo

Haulage solution being modernised at Phakisa shaft

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 Mining and industrial equipment supplier Deebar is upgrading the Deebar Rail-Veyor remote-controlled, electrically powered light-rail haulage solution which it installed in 2005 at gold miner Harmony’s Phakisa gold mine, in Welkom. 

Haulage solution being modernised at Phakisa shaft
STEAMING AHEAD The Rail-Veyor has not been hampered by the downturn in commodities prices, as the system offers significant benefits in terms of helping mines reduce their operating costs

Increased systemisation of logistics management needed in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 South Africa needs to focus on improving the systemisation of logistics management or risk falling behind global trends and incurring inflated costs, says research logistics team Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars Greiner. 

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