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Materials Handling and Logistics

Company uses design optimisation tools to reduce project costs

By: Sinette Goosen     27th May 2011 Escalating project costs in the materials handling sector are a challenge across the board, reports materials handling company ThyssenKrupp Materials Handling (TKMH), a division of ThyssenKrupp PDNA Engineering. 

Company ensures safety for its customers

24th September 2010 Leading forklift truck specialist Action Equipment Company (AEC) says that it is one of only a handful of companies in South Africa that offers its clients peace of mind with Fleet-Watch, a web-based general packet radio service asset managing system, that allows the company to access real-time... 

Load test rig commissioned for gearboxes

By: Dimakatso Motau     24th September 2010 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) says that it has commissioned a load test rig at its BMG Park factory in Johannesburg.  

Company launches 
reach trucks for the mining industry

24th September 2010 Materials-handling-equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has launched a range of variable reach trucks, designed for heavy-lift applications in confined spaces in mining operations. 

Remote opening hook-on grab launched

By: Dimakatso Motau     24th September 2010 Bulk handling and lifting equipment company Arlona Engineering has launched a 12-m³ remote opening hook-on grab, mainly for use in the shipping industry, but the company is also able to tailor-make grabs to suit a variety of industries.


Company installs 72 motorised pulleys

By: Dimakatso Motau     24th September 2010 Conveyor equipment manufacturing company Melco says that, since introducing its motorised pulleys two years ago, it has sold and installed 72 motorised pulleys into various South African industries. 

New certification introduced for the logistics and transportation industry

24th September 2010 Business development studies specialist Pathfinder Logistic Solutions (Pathfinder) has partnered with the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL) to help South Africans to become recognised leaders in the transportation and logistics field by launching a new certification programme. 

Materials handling solutions delivered, in progress

By: Dimakatso Motau     24th September 2010 International manufacturer and supplier of mining equipment Manhattan Corporation reports that it is currently involved in a variety of materials handling projects throughout South Africa. 

Company supplies 

24th September 2010 Power and control solutions company Bonfiglioli says it has supplied its alignment-free drives to materials-handling company ThyssenKrupp for discharge and spillage conveyors for use at global gold company Lihir Gold Limited’s process plant expansion project at its Lihir Island operation in New... 

Trouble-free chute installation at Damtshaa mine

28th May 2010 The replacement of diamond mine Damtshaa’s conveyor BK9 transfer chute with a turnkey solution, which includes investigation, design, manufacture, installation and commissioning by bulk materials handling company Weba Chute Systems has proved to be trouble- and maintenance-free after eight months... 

Cost-efficient spillage 
system prevents 
production losses

28th May 2010 ndustrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) reports that its equipment manufacturer Oscillating Systems Technology’s (OST’s) range of materials handling, screen and transmission products includes a cost-efficient spillage solution, designed to prevent production losses... 

Product ensures efficiency in all conveying applications

28th May 2010 Specialist in drive systems and alternators Leroy-Somer’s range of speed reduction gear motors includes the newly designed Orthobloc 3000 series, which offers enhanced performance in materials handling applications. “These new modular gearboxes, which form part of the new 3000 range, have an... 

Case wheel loader supplied

28th May 2010 Construction and earthmoving equipment company CSE Equipment reports that the Case range of wheel loaders, used in materials handling applications in the mining industry, includes many units with different capacities, with three high-performance models currently available.

The largest Case wheel... 

Workhorse offers extended service life in demanding conditions

28th May 2010 High-lift Taylor TXB all-terrain forklifts have been launched into the South African market by specialists in materials handling equipment Big Lift Trucks (BLT).

This series is resistant to dynamic loads and is the newest unit in the Taylor range of forklifts.

“Known to Taylor as the workhorse... 

Materials handling industry drowns in aftermath of recession 

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2010 As the South African economy starts to stabilise after the crippling worldwide recession, the materials handling industry has emerged with few job opportunities, reports South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) chairperson Phil Staples. “At present, it is a tough industry to be in.... 

Recovery still months away

28th May 2010 Stalled projects, rising input costs and increasing technical sophistication are the trends at the forefront of the overhead crane and hoist market.

The South African market for cranes and hoists today comprises some R500-million a year and is currently stagnant after a period of dramatic growth... 

Crane arrives to give South African mining industry a lift

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2010 Heavy lift and relocation specialist Vanguard’s R70-million investment, the GTK 1100 crane, has arrived in South Africa. The crane is the only one of its kind in Africa and is the seventh in the world. The crane is designed and manufactured by Grove Cranes, a subsidiary of Germany-based crane... 

Longest overland conveyor in Africa commissioned in Mpumalanga

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2010 Materials handling company Roymec has commissioned a 15,9-km conveyor at the $505-million Mpumalanga-based Zondagsfontein coal project, which is the longest single flight overland conveyor in Africa. “It is also one of the longest single flight overland conveyors in the world. The Zondagsfontein... 

Company supplies telehandlers to $975m project 

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2010 Specialists in the rental, repair and sale of telescopic material handlers (telehandlers) Eazi Access Rental is supplying ten JLG telehandlers to diversified miner BHP-BiIliton’s estimated $975-million Douglas-Middleburg optimisation (DMO) project. The optimisation of the Douglas coal mine,... 

Partnership enhances mining supply chain

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2010 Broad-based supply chain management company Super Group has been appointed as the sole logistics service provider for mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Construction (Sandvik).

The contract includes the management of Sandvik’s outbound national distribution, as well as its... 

Call for products to get back on track

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2010 Logistics company Imperial Logistics is collaborating with its customers and State-owned logistics group Transnet in an effort to bring back to rail the commodities and containers that are suitable for rail transport. Further, it is critically important for the road and rail sectors to... 

Materials handling company brings projects to fruition

28th May 2010 With an order book valued in excess of R1,4-billion, Sandvik Materials Handling will be heavily occupied during the next couple of years helping to bring some of Southern Africa’s biggest mining projects to fruition.

The projects include coal miner Sasol Mining’s Thubelisha shaft project near... 

Conveyor drives for coal mine expansion project

25th September 2009 Gearbox technology and manufacturer Hansen Transmission has designed the conveyor drives for a coal mine expansion project in the Witbank/Middelburg area. 

Handlers designed for increased safety

25th September 2009 Construction and earthmoving equipment company CSE Equipment has been appointed the exclusive supplier for construction equipment manufacturer Case TX 140 telescopic handlers that are designed for efficient performance, optimum safety and reduced downtime.  

Variable-reach trucks 
available in South Africa

25th September 2009 Materials handling specialist Big Lift Trucks has introduced Meclift variable-reach trucks as part of its new range of trucks which are designed for swift, efficient and safe goods and equipment handling on South African mines. 

Simulation training provides business solutions

By: Amanda Strydom     25th September 2009 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) middle and top management attended business simulation designers Business Today’s Railway Management Today (RMT) training to improve the management and operation of the railway.  

Company produces 
30 000th speed switch

25th September 2009 Manufacturer and supplier of speed switches Voith Turbo has produced the 30 000th standard-design speed switch for motion monitoring in bulk materials handling.  

Grab crane delivered to mine

25th September 2009 Crane manufacturer Condra has delivered a Class III grab-crane to platinum-miner Impala Platinum (Implats).  

Logistical feat wins award

By: Amanda Strydom     25th September 2009 Diversified mining giant Rio Tinto’s QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) was the export category winner at the 2009 Steel Awards for its logistical feat in setting up its Ilmenite plant, in Fort Dauphin, on the south-east coast of Madagascar. 

Duff feeders for removal of dry or wet material

25th September 2009 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) is the distributor in southern Africa of equipment manufacturers Oscillating System Technology Africa’s (OST) product range, which, BMG reports, ensures optimum performance, reduced production losses and decreased downtime in... 

Satellite fleet 
management system keeps projects on schedule

25th September 2009 Equipment manufacturers Bell Equipment is one of the first original equipment manufacturers to develop its own satellite fleet management system called Fleetm@tic, which is being used by various mines in Australia and South Africa. 

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