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Materials Handling and Logistics

Local manufacturer launches its first continuous miner

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd September 2016 South African engineering manufacturer JA Engineering’s (JAE’s) first in-house designed continuous miner, the Wildcat JAE42, will undergo field tests in November, after which it will be made available for purchase by the South African mining industry. 

Industrial solution for hazardous dust gaining market acceptance

27th May 2016 Dust control management solutions provider Dust-A-Side, which boasts more than 30 years' experience, has successfully introduced its latest product offering, Dust Suppression System (DSS) Fog Cannon Technology, to the mining industry and is gearing up to improve the capabilities of this effective... 

Responding to client demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Multidisciplinary professional services firm Hatch this year aims to enhance its service offering to its customers through the provision of Gateway Logistics. This system forms part of responding to the changing needs of clients and helping businesses adapt to unstable markets by launching a “new... 

Responding to client demand
SERVICE OFFERING ENHANCED Hatch Goba's Gateway Logistics includes international sourcing and procurement at the best quality and lowest cost

Weighing the effect of mining mechanisation

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling and hauling company Ncamiso Mining is looking to acquire more mechanised systems, as this should increase its productivity by between 60% and 70%. However, to create jobs, increase profitability and provide sustainable employment for the community surrounding mines, the company... 

Weighing the effect of mining mechanisation
REHABILITATION UNDER WAY A restorative project being undertaken by Ncamso involves removing contaminated waste so that land can be developed for hydroponic fish farming

Working to stay ahead of competitors

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra intends to focus on continuing to supply high-quality, robust and reliable products and lowering the overall lifetime maintenance costs of these products to foster a sustainable competitive advantage while mitigating the major challenges currently faced by the... 

Working to stay ahead  of competitors
TAILORED PRODUCT Condra uses standard hoists as a platform to accommodate modifications needed to meet customer specifications

Diversification to increase service value

27th May 2016 While larger mining companies operate their process plants on a traditional owner/operator basis, many juniors still prefer to contract out the operation of their mines as it eliminates unforeseen costs and secures proven skills, technologies and associated systems that they would not have access... 

Diversification  to increase service value
Photo by Bloomberg
DIVERSIFICATION IS KEY Enhancing overall services to clients increases the need for contracting

Promising better service delivery

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 The operations division of German engineering company SEW-Eurodrive’s South African branch is eager to consolidate current successes and improve service delivery, with MD Raymond Obermeyer admitting that more needs to be done to maintain current clients in South Africa and gain new clients in the... 

Promising better service delivery
BUDGETS BEING DIVERTED As a result of reduced overhead costs, customer service is more important than ever

Rough terrain forklift enters the Southern African market

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling partner and forklift supplier Masslift Africa expects to release the B50 MP 4WD Bomaq Badger, a 4x4 rough terrain forklift, offering greater manoeuvrability on dirt roads and uneven terrain than standard forklifts, in Africa before the end of this year. Masslift Africa sales... 

Rough terrain forklift enters the Southern African market
MEETING INDUSTRY REQUIREMENTS The Bomaq Badger 4x4 forklift is tailor-made to suit the terrain typically found on mines

Monitoring technology facilitates live tracking of explosives supply

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Commercial explosives producer and supplier AEL Mining Services has developed advanced monitoring technology to provide a fully integrated system that ensures technologically advanced supply chain management. Launched last month, the technology will be deployed throughout the year to AEL sites in... 

Monitoring technology facilitates live tracking of explosives supply
CUSTOMER DEMANDS TRACKED AEL Miing Services' advanced monitoring technology provides a visual representation of the amount of emulsion stored on site at any time

Lift truck company appoints Namibian dealer

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Materials handling equipment solutions provider Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has signed a three-year contract with Windhoek-based equipment and machinery supplier Barex Equipment, appointing the company as its new dealer in Namibia. Namibia is home to gem-quality rough diamonds, uranium... 

Lift truck company appoints Namibian dealer
NAMIBIAN OFFERING Barex Equipment will initially offer Doosan and Bendi forklifts, and will expand to include the Crown, Hubtex and Taylor Dunn product ranges

Importance of fire-safe conveyers emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th May 2016 Fire is a pervasive threat to conveyor belt systems at mines and can cause substantial damage to the conveyed material, electromechanical components of the conveyor system and the belt if the necessary fire-protection systems are not in place. This can result in costly damage and downtime,... 

Importance of fire-safe conveyers emphasised
FIRE-DETECTION ESSENTIAL ASP Fire designs, installs and maintains a range of fire-detection and -suppression equipment to suit customer needs

Heavy lifting and logistics company aims for mining market

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2015 Global heavy-lifting, heavy-haulage and logistics company Mammoet is aiming to break into the mining industry with its comprehensive logistics offering, coupled with its traditional heavy-lifting and ability to move heavy equipment, says local branch Mammoet Southern Africa (SA). 

Heavy lifting and logistics  company aims for mining market
INTACT HAULAGE Mammoet is able to transport intact dragline machines using its self-propelled modular transport units

Compact loaders suitable for mining environment

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2015 Construction equipment company CSE Equipment’s range of US-manufactured Case SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders is suitable for materials handling operations at mines, owing to their compact design, small turning circles and hydrostatic four- wheel drive, as well as roll-over protection and... 

Compact loaders suitable for mining environment
VERSATILE MACHINERY CSE Equipment’s SR- and SV-series skid-steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance

New equipment launched at Botswana mining exhibition

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2015 A newly launched manganese impact liner plate was officially introduced to the Botswana industrial sector by chrome carbide plate manufacturer Rio-Carb at the 2015 Electra Mining Botswana Exhibition, which took place in Gaborone, earlier this month. 

New equipment launched at Botswana mining exhibition
LOCAL MANUFACTURER Rio-Carb operates from its factory in Alrode, Alberton

Handling equipment provider now offers dust-suppression systems

25th September 2015 Dust-suppression systems for materials-handling operations at mines and storage facilities were, earlier this year, added to opencast mining and materials handling equipment company Tenova Takraf Africa’s product portfolio. 

Handling equipment provider now offers dust-suppression systems
DRY FOG The dry fog systems use ultrafine water droplets that attach to like-sized airborne dust particles to suppress airborne dust

Material feeders commissioned at Namibia mine

By: Donna Slater     25th September 2015 Durban-based materials handling company Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA) delivered two Samson 85 t material feeders to Namibian diamond miner Namdeb Diamond Corporation’s mine in Oranjemund, Namibia, in March, with the machines being fully commissioned the same month. 

Material feeders  commissioned at  Namibia mine
OFFLOADING The material feeders can receive materials directly from 40 t dump trucks and have a buffer holding capacity of up to 66.2 t of material

Tracking system reduces conveyor misalignment

25th September 2015 Bulk materials-handling solutions provider Martin Engineering offers a series of responsive conveyor belt tracking systems that mitigate misalignment, rather than correcting it after the fact – even on reversing belts – to promote conveyor efficiency and safety. 

Tracking system reduces conveyor misalignment
ALIGNING CONVEYOR BELTS Martin Engineering’s tracker system continuously corrects misaligned conveyor belts

New chute design mitigates materials transfer problems

25th September 2015 Considering basic chute specifications and design could mitigate material transfer problems, though this necessitates a thorough knowledge of transfer point design, as well as the ability to determine best practice for specific applications and the ability to customise each design accordingly,... 

New chute design mitigates materials transfer problems
MATERIAL TRANSFER PROBLEMS Individual Weba Chute systems are configured to control the direction, flow and velocity of the calculated volume and type of material processed

Materials handling efficiency improved with pulp lifters

25th September 2015 Vast improvements can be achieved on large mills with the addition of customised pulp lifters, which facilitate better movement of milled materials towards the discharge end, says mine processing components manufacturer Tega Industries South Africa. 

Materials handling efficiency improved with pulp lifters
PULP LIFTERS Pulp lifters can facilitate better movement of milled materials towards the discharge end of the mill

Eqstra

By: Samantha Herbst     25th September 2015 Established in 1984, South Africa-based Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), a division of JSE-listed integrated leasing and capital equipment group Eqstra Holdings, is the largest forklift supplier to the South African market and has the largest product support infrastructure in the region. EIE... 

Eqstra

Dust suppression benefits materials handling

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2015 While dust prevention can be used in materials handling operations, dust suppression is the preferred option, owing to low water consumption, especially in areas where water is scarce, says dust-control company Dust-A-Side. Other benefits of using dust suppression include a reduced probability of... 

Dust suppression benefits materials handling

African countries should cooperate to improve regional logistics

By: Bruce Montiea     29th May 2015 There is significant potential to increase the scale and technology of Africa’s materials handling, or pit-to-port infrastructure, which is generally poor, compared with that of other mineral-rich countries, such as South Africa, Brazil and Australia, says global multidisciplinary consulting firm... 

African countries should cooperate to improve regional logistics
Photo by Duane Daws
STRENGTHENING LOGISTICS Transnet has embarked on aggressive investment to boost the South African freight logistics sector

Companies partner to deliver excellence in bulk

By: Dylan Stewart     29th May 2015 Supply chain solutions provider Barloworld Logistics and bulk commodities shipping and logistics company LBH Africa formed a strategic partnership in March to offer dry bulk commodity supply chain solutions into and out of Southern Africa. 

Bulk handlers up the ante in dense phase conveying

By: Dylan Stewart     29th May 2015 Bulk handling solutions provider Clyde Bergemann Power Group’s dense-phase pneumatic conveying system, installed at Unit 6 of national power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station, in Limpopo, is exceeding its contractual capacity since commissioning started in December, Clyde Bergemann executive... 

African mines move towards loading automation

By: Bruce Montiea     29th May 2015 The popularity of automation among African mining operations is increasing as the industry recognises the importance of modernising their operations to increase efficiency, says mining equipment company Sandvik Mining. Sandvik automation VP Riku Pulli says loading is one of the main areas that... 

African mines  move towards  loading automation
OPTIMISED Mining operations in Africa are modernising their loading operations

Reverse running on inclined conveyors prevented

By: Bruce Montiea     29th May 2015 The often considerable length of inclined conveyors at mines often result in mining companies’ having to prevent reverse running, owing to loss of drive, says industrial chain, gearboxes and couplings provider Renold Clutches & Couplings applications engineer and sales section leader Philip... 

Reverse running on inclined conveyors prevented
Photo by Bloomberg
TRANSPORTING MINERALS The weight of material on an inclined conveyor can be enormous

Materials handling partners participate in exhibition

By: Dylan Stewart     29th May 2015 Materials handling equipment distributor BLT South Africa (SA), in conjunction with materials handling equipment manufacturer Samson Materials Handling, hosted a stand at the Institute of Quarrying Southern Africa’s exhibition, held in Somerset West, Cape Town, on April 16 and 17. 

Dump trucks delivered to diamond mine

By: Dylan Stewart     29th May 2015 Mobile capital equipment provider Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE) delivered 13 Terex TR100 rigid dump trucks in January this year to its sister company, contract mining and plant rental division MCC, which deployed the trucks at the Karowe diamond mine, in the diamond-rich Letlhakane region of... 

Pallet-free bulk bag provides optimum protection

By: Bruce Montiea     29th May 2015 Handling high-value minerals requires the optimum protection of the transported goods, as product contamination and damage are expensive, and could ultimately tarnish a company’s reputation, says pallet-free bulk bags manufacturer Tellap director Ken Mouritzen. He tells Mining Weekly that a key... 

Pallet-free bulk  bag provides  optimum protection
SAFE STACKING The integrated sleeves of the Tellap bag form a solid base and increases the safe stacking height

Manufacturer combines mobility and performance

29th May 2015 Mobile screening and crushing equipment manufacturer IRock Crushers claims that when combined, its tracked and wheeled conveyor expertise coupled with its crushing and screening systems, achieve enhanced operational capacity. 

African mining operations seeking modern, cost efficient mill linings

By: Bruce Montiea     29th May 2015 An increasing number of African mines are re-examining their mill lining requirements and opting for new and modern liners that offer cost benefits in terms of the initial procurement price and total cost of ownership, says materials handling products company Tega Industries SA sales engineer... 

African mining operations seeking modern, cost efficient mill linings
BOBBY STEVENS Cost pressures resulting from lower commodity prices have caused an increase in demand for well-priced mining equipment to fulfil the role of similar, but more expensive counterparts
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