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Materials Handling News

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... 

‘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

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

South Africa progressive in advancing women in mining

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd August 2019 Historically, the mining industry has been “extremely” male dominated, but there has been a substantial drive locally to increase the number of women working in the industry, says women-owned vibrating equipment manufacturer Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. However, many other African countries are... 

South Africa progressive in advancing women  in mining
ELIZABETH ARULAPPEN AND KIM SCHOEPFLIN While two women sit on Kwatani’s executive committee, women also comprise 75% of the company’s board and more than 50% of management across departments

Bolting solutions include tensioning tools for mining applications

19th July 2019 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s Nord-Lock bolting solutions now include hydraulic equipment supplier Boltight hydraulic bolt tensioning tools, which are used to tighten bolts simultaneously, ensuring even preload in industrial applications and extreme environments, where bolt load accuracy is... 

Bolting solutions  include tensioning tools for mining applications
OPERATOR DIFFICULTIES Owing to friction, tightening a bolt with traditional torque methods can be difficult for the operator to achieve the correct bolt elongation

New wheel loader ensures flexible features

19th July 2019 Construction equipment provider Caterpillar’s new 920K Compact Wheel Loader’s new features allow operators to tailor machine performance to individual preferences for added operating efficiency, while a choice of auxiliary-hydraulic systems expand the use of work tools for added utility. With a... 

New wheel loader ensures flexible features
OPERATING WITH EASE With a net power rating of 74 kW, the loader shows product enhancements that contribute to high productivity, versatility, operator convenience and safety, and serviceability

Realiability of crane in corrosive environment wins Condra repeat order from Lonmin

19th July 2019 Thirty years of reliable duty in a corrosive environment has won crane and hoist manufacturer Condra a repeat order from platinum miner Lonmin Platinum for an overhead tankhouse crane to replace an identical machine delivered 30 years ago. 

Realiability of crane in corrosive environment wins Condra repeat order from Lonmin
WITHSTANDING TIME Thirty years of reliability wins Condra a repeat order

Proactive maintenance saves mines reactive costs

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 US condition-based monitoring device supplier SpotSee is in the process of obtaining certification in Africa for its Wi-Fi radio, which enables its OpsWatch vibration monitoring system to stream condition-based data to central operations through a Web-hosted platform. The system can detect... 

Proactive maintenance saves mines reactive costs
DON’T BE REACTIVE Having measures in place to predict pending failures, enables mining companies to be proactive and stay ahead of problems instead of waiting to react and, as a result, spending capital to solve them

Much demand for Africa-tough drive package

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive has more active projects in the rest of Africa, than in South Africa, exports head Marcio Sicchiero tells Mining Weekly. Involved in the delivery of conveyor drive assemblies to various greenfield and expansion projects across a range of commodities on the... 

New software makes tyre management easier

By: Halima Frost     5th July 2019 Global mining tyre services and tyre supplier Kal Tire has completed the installation of its technology-based tractability software, the Tire Operations Management System (TOMS), at a coal mine in Delmas, Mpumalanga, and will finalise an installation at a surface mining customer in Rustenburg, in... 

New software makes  tyre management easier
TREAD CAREFULLY Data on key performance indicators on haul trucks is collected for predictive maintenance purposes

High-powered dump truck available in SA

5th July 2019 South African earthmoving equipment manufacturer and supplier Bell Equipment has added a new model to its range of articulated 4 x 4, two-axle articulated dump trucks (ADTs). The Bell B45E 4 x 4 was introduced to the market in April and, like all Bell 4 x 4s, the trucks are produced in Bell... 

High-powered dump  truck available in SA
RING A BELL The new articulated dump truck is modelled on its predecessor but offers higher power for niche mining applications

Local sector needs to combat imports, enhance manufacturing

By: Halima Frost     5th July 2019 Imports, and not an inability to export, are currently the largest obstruction in the local earthmoving and surface mining capital equipment sector, says South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) CEO Eric Bruggeman. A machine can be imported and then either sold or hired at a... 

Local sector needs to combat imports, enhance manufacturing
IMPORTANT MESSAGE The message from South African Capital Equipment Export Council is that using locally manufactured equipment will help build South Africa's economy

Acquisition, base metals demand create growth in South America

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Mining equipment manufacturer and supplier Metso’s acquisition of Chilean mining engineering and construction company HighService Corp’s service division will enable Metso to grow further in the mining sector in Chile and the South American region, says Metso Pacific Rim market area senior VP... 

Acquisition, base metals demand create growth in South America
EXPANDED OFFERING The acquisition of HighService Corp’s service division increases Metso’s service offering in the Chilean and Pacific Rim mining markets, maintaining its growth strategy

Autonomous testing making strides

By: Halima Frost     5th July 2019 Information technology provider Vist Group is currently spearheading the Intelligent Mine project which entails large truck manufacturer Belaz Corporations’ autonomous trucks being used at a test site in the town of Zhodino, in Belarus, using fifth-generation (5G) technology. The test zone was... 

Autonomous testing making strides
NO DUMB DUMP The intelligent dump truck can be maneuvered autonomously which helps remove people from the dangerous mine site

New excavator reduces emissions, fuel use

By: Halima Frost     5th July 2019 The first Hitachi 20 t EX1200-7 excavator – one of Hitachi’s newest models in the EX-7 Series – arrived in South Africa at the end of May, construction and earthmoving machinery manufacturer Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa tells Mining Weekly. The excavator will be commissioned at the... 

New excavator reduces emissions, fuel use
INCOMING The new excavator has arrived in South Africa and will be delivered to the client before month end

Gold producer reports improved LTIF rate and gold production

28th June 2019 Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold reported a 4% improvement in its lost time injury frequency rate (per million hours) to 6.16 in the nine months ended March 31, this year, compared with 6.43 for the nine months ended March 31, 2018. This is according to an operational update... 

Gold producer reports  improved LTIF rate  and gold production
PRODUCTION BOOST The acquisition of Moab Khotsong and build up in production from Hidden Valley saw Harmony Gold achieve increased production for the nine months ending March 2019

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 As the world gears up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, African mines are embracing real-time information management systems to plug the gap left by the shortage of competent maintenance supervisors and mining equipment operators, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Ossie... 

Real-time data playing bigger maintenance role
Photo by Creamer Media
BIG DEAL The decision to buy a piece of equipment should always include maintenance elements

New platform answers call for condition based maintenance, asset optimisation

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 The immense pressure to achieve production targets occasionally means that maintenance practices are difficult to implement in the mining industry and are often time based. Therefore, mines are looking for solutions to improve maintenance management, says Finnish industrial machinery company... 

New platform answers  call for condition  based maintenance,  asset optimisation
ADVANCING MAINTENANCE Through Metso Metrics, mining companies can expect lower overall maintenance costs

Metso offers product innovations, equipment

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 Mining equipment maker Metso Minerals’ Metso hybrid truck body, and an expansion to the MX multi-action cone crusher series, the MX3, were launched in April at the Bauma trade fair held in Munich, Germany. The Metso truck body and improved MX3 are available in South Africa and Southern Africa... 

Metso offers product innovations, equipment
RUBBER COATED The truck body tray is specially coated to absorb shock and increases the life span of the body
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