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Materials Handling and Logistics

Ship unloader support contract ongoing

29th May 2015 Openpit mining and underground solutions provider Tenova Takraf, is currently supporting four continuous ship unloaders (CSUs) under two service contracts awarded to the company in April last year by Italian power generation company, Enel SPA. 

Chute system addresses materials processing challenges

29th May 2015 Bulk materials handling in the mining industry is a significant challenge, with conveyor systems often having to achieve belt speeds from 2.5 m/s to 5 m/s, says chute systems and solutions company Weba Chute Systems founder Werner Baller. He says that the correct application of Weba Chute’s... 

Chute system  addresses materials processing challenges
IN TRANSIT Transfer points play a vital role in increased throughput and productivity if designed and engineered correctly

Understanding of overall DMS process important

29th May 2015 The most common process factors that affect the performance of dense medium cyclone (DMC) equipment can be managed by understanding how a hydrocyclone operates, in conjucntion with an understanding of the overall dense medium separation (DMS) process, says equipment supplier to the minerals... 

Understanding of overall DMS process important
SEPERATING PARTICLES In a cyclone, dense medium separation takes place where particles of differing density fractions are separated through a medium that has a density between two fractions

Dust control enhances mine machinery performance

By: Bruce Montiea     29th May 2015 Proper dust control can significantly enhance the profitability and sustainability of a mining operation, says dust control management company Dust-A-Side corporate marketing manager Lolly Chibi. “Dust gets in everywhere – in air filters, in oil and in between moving parts of machinery. Dust at... 

Dust control  enhances mine  machinery performance
TREATED SURFACE Dust-A-Side’s bituminous-based emulsion solution mitigates the effects of dust and maintains mine haul roads

Mining company secures logistics end point

29th May 2015 In April this year Canada metals and mining company Teck Resources announced that it had secured storage and terminal service capacity. This was announced as an important step of Teck’s marketing and logistics plan for its 36 000 bbl/d share of bitumen production from the Fort Hills oil sands... 

Ribbon agitator-equipped hopper now available for quick delivery

29th May 2015 Bulk materials handling equipment and conveyors designer and manufacturer Hapman has added a hopper with a ribbon agitator to its Helix flexible screw conveyor Quick Ship programme. 

Modular plant construction a trend

29th May 2015 One of the latest trends in the mining and minerals industry is a move towards the design and construction of modular plants, says slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals Middle East and Africa MD Gavin Dyer. 

Efficient mixers benefit refineries

By: Bruce Montiea     29th May 2015 Mining and refining companies are benefiting from mixers provided by designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty agitators and mixers Mixtec, as the mixers use less power to achieve efficient results, says Mixtec sales manager Brian Paxton. “Our in-house developed software programme enables us to... 

Efficient mixers benefit refineries
Photo by Bloomberg
MIXING THE PRODUCT Mixing operations must save electricity to achieve efficient mixing results

Robust fluid coupling serves coal mines well

By: Bruce Montiea     29th May 2015 Drive systems specialist Voith’s one-thousandth TPKL fluid coupling – installed in February at a 6.4 MW underground belt conveyor drive at a coal mine in China – is meeting all the client’s requirements, says Voith Europe, Middle East and Africa mining and metals division VP Grant Robinson. He... 

Robust fluid coupling serves coal mines well
TOUGH The TPKL fluid coupling is suited to the harsh mining conditions in Africa

Barloworld Handling

24th October 2014 Metso’s mobile crushing and screening solutions footprint in southern Africa has been given new traction with the launch on October 1 of a dedicated Metso mobile business unit within the Handling division of the Barloworld group. The transfer of Barloworld’s Metso business, previously part of... 

Barloworld Handling

Logistics industry can benefit from new fleet management technology

By: Bruce Montiea     26th September 2014 The African logistics industry can benefit from using new logistics information technology (IT), as this will enable companies to make business decisions based on facts and not assumptions, says supply chain industry specialised software solutions provider Dovetail. “Logistics IT enables... 

Logistics industry can  benefit from new fleet management technology
Photo by Bloomberg
CONTAINER WORLD Logistics companies need to use track-and-trace technologies to monitor the goods in their supply chain

Group Line Projects

By: Samantha Herbst     26th September 2014 Group Line Projects, an industrial linings solutions provider, was founded in 1991 and acquired in 2012 by Wonderstone, which is part of the larger Assore Group, whose origins date back to the early 1900s. Group Line Projects’ core business is focused on the appropriate specification, selection... 

Group Line  Projects

Conveyor-belt training deals with industry needs

By: Bruce Montiea     26th September 2014 Conveyor systems are continuing to get larger, longer and faster, which is why safety training is becoming increasingly important, as it reduces the occurrence of events resulting from unwise actions around a conveyor that could have catastrophic consequences, says bulk materials handling... 

Conveyor-belt training  deals with industry needs
SAFETY FIRST Martin Engineering emphasises the importance of safety training

Company provides on-site mine shelters

By: Bruce Montiea     26th September 2014 Specialised multidisciplinary engineering, lifting and materials handling company Akhanani Electromechanical Engineering this year launched a portable workshop structure – the Dome Shelter – providing South African mining companies with a flexible and user-friendly way of constructing on-site... 

Company provides  on-site mine shelters
UNDER SHELTER The Dome Shelters work as shelter and protection for plant and equipment

Replacement drag chain assemblies reduce downtime

26th September 2014 Replacement drag chain assemblies, provided by heavy-duty conveying systems manufacturer CDM Systems for all types of en-masse and chain drag-type conveyors, are built to be robust, ensuring that mines limit maintenance downtime on conveyors, says company VP Andrew Parker. CDM Systems, which has... 

Replacement drag  chain assemblies  reduce downtime
REPLACEMENT CHAIN The en-masse drag chain conveyors are built for the demands of the mining and minerals processing industries

Iron-ore miner gets new apron feeder

26th September 2014 Diversified engineering and mining group Metso has delivered a second D9 apron feeder to iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape, to aid the miner in its raw materials conveying processes. The apron feeder was delivered to Sishen mine last month, after the miner... 

Auto guided vehicle benefits SA mines

By: Bruce Montiea     26th September 2014 South African mining companies can now benefit from drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive’s automatic guided vehicle (AGV), which has built-in safety features that make it possible to prevent accidents, helping mineworkers to safely conduct their materials handling processes, says SEW-Eurodrive... 

Auto guided vehicle  benefits SA mines
FOLLOW THE TRACK SEW-Eurodrive's automatic guided vehicle has built-in safety features that prevent accidents

Bigger trucks with better manoeuvrability for mining operations

By: Bruce Montiea     26th September 2014 Local forklift distributor and services provider Toyota Forklift added bigger trucks, with a capacity of up to 8 t, to its 8-series range of counterbalanced trucks this year, making it easier for mining operations to meet their materials handling requirements. “The trucks are suitable for mining... 

Bigger trucks with better  manoeuvrability for  mining operations
USEFUL MANOEUVRABILITY Toyota Forklift’s new counterbalance trucks are suitable for mining because of their compact size and ability to move in tight spaces

Transportation simplified with versatile telescopic boom

By: Bruce Montiea     26th September 2014 Work-at-height equipment and allied services supplier Goscor Hi-Reach has introduced a new telescopic boom, Africa’s tallest self-propelled ‘super boom’, to the local market last month, making lifting and transporting heavy loads to high locations easier for mining and construction companies and... 

Transportation simplified with versatile telescopic boom
REACHING HIGH The Genie SX-180 makes lifting and transporting heavy loads to high locations easier

Systems approach helps design effective conveyors

26th September 2014 A systems approach to bulk solids handling design is necessary to prevent some of the most recurrent problems on transfer chutes, which include spills, blockages, wear and tear and degradation of the material being transferred,  says transfer chute designer Weba Chute Systems. “It is essential to... 

Magnetically susceptible density tracers for beneficiation plants

26th September 2014 Beneficiation plants in South Africa can now make use of magnetically-susceptible density tracers provided by technology solutions provider Tenova Mining and Minerals South Africa to help them improve their mineral processing. Density tracers are a standard and inexpensive aid to determine... 

Magnetically susceptible density tracers for beneficiation plants
Photo by Bloomberg
SEPARATING TABLES Beneficiation plants in South Africa can now make use of magnetically susceptible density tracers to help them improve their mineral processing

New Zambian mine shafts to receive BMR winders

By: Bruce Montiea     26th September 2014 Engineering group FLSmidth will next year deliver two Blair Multi-Rope (BMR) winders for raising and lowering conveyances during mining operations to new mine shafts, owned by diversfied mining major Glencore, in Zambia. FLSmidth sales manager for mine shaft systems in South Africa Wendy Norman... 

New Zambian mine shafts  to receive BMR winders
HEAVY DUTY Blair Multi-Rope winders are used for raising and lowering conveyances during mining operations

Earthmoving company reaches milestone with new scraper

26th September 2014 Earthmoving machinery and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s Decatur, Illinois facility, in the US, last month launched the facility’s latest wheel tractor-scraper, reaching a milestone total of 75 000 wheel tractor-scrapers that the facility has produced over the years. The... 

Earthmoving company reaches milestone with new scraper
HEAVYWEIGHT Wheel tractor-scrapers have been updated over the years to meet the changing requirements of earthmoving projects

Coal rail car topping system commissioned in Moz

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Water treatment and process services company Nalco Africa, an Ecolab company, has completed the first installation of its rail car topping system at a coal mine in Mozambique’s Tete province. “The rail car topping system, which was completed and commissioned in August, comprises a spraying system... 

Coal rail car topping system commissioned in Moz
RAPID DEWATERING The OreBind process technology releases water from tailings to produce a high-solids cake-like material for easier handling and disposal

More bulk for mines using new conveyor

26th September 2014 Mines can save time and money by moving larger volumes of their mined materials using the Helix 800 – the new flexible screw conveyor by global bulk materials handling equipment manufacturer Hapman, says product manager Mike Zeluff. “Launched in July, the Helix 800 is one of the largest flexible... 

More bulk for mines using new conveyor
MOVING BULK The Helix 800 enables mines to move large volumes of mined materials

Company offers ‘SMART’ fleet solution

30th May 2014 Mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire (JCH) says it is rated among the top mobile crane fleet solutions providers in Africa because of its business philosophy, SMART, which stands for safety, maintenance, availability, reliability and total cost effectiveness. This is why the company has... 

Company offers ‘SMART’ fleet solution

New truck series introduced onto local market

30th May 2014 South Africa-based bulk materials handling equipment distributor BLT South Africa (BLT SA) has added a new series of forklift trucks to its range of Taylor materials handling equipment. The TX4 series articulated four-wheel drive forklift trucks are designed to transport materials in harsh mining... 

Flow technology crucial for mine success

By: Pimani Baloyi     30th May 2014 Newly established advanced material flow services provider Greentechnical says mining operations need to take into account the importance of material flow technologies when designing materials handling plants. Greentechnical director Stephan Roos tells Mining Weekly that this is the basis on... 

Belgian manufacturer establishes local branch

By: Pimani Baloyi     30th May 2014 The South African branch of Belgium-based mobile track-mounted crushing and screening equipment manufacturer Keestrack Group has opened its Southern Africa head office in Middleburg, Mpumalanga, in April. Keestrack South Africa MD Stan Fischer tells Mining Weekly that the company’s machines will... 

German manufacturer establishes maritime hub in SA

By: Pimani Baloyi     30th May 2014 Equipment manufacturer Liebherr is establishing an African maritime hub in Durban to ensure that its Africa-based clients receive the same level of service as could be expected when dealing with the head office in Europe, Liebherr-Africa maritime crane division manager Henner Rodenwoldt tells... 

Company aligns with changing market conditions while continuing to deliver projects

By: Pimani Baloyi     30th May 2014 The design and execution of a materials handling system for coal miner Sasol Mining’s Tweedraai expansion project in Secunda, Mpumalanga, showcases mining and bulk handling solutions provider Tenova Takraf Africa’s ability to incorporate optimised steel structures and designs while utilising... 

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