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Materials Handling News

Tailgates a solution for haulage product loss

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 Since receiving an Autogate tailgate manufactured by specialised tailgate manufacturer Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL), aggregate business Caldwell Stone Company has reported an increase in productivity at its quarrying site. An upturn of between 12% and 15% in volumetric capacity on its haul truck has... 

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised

By: Tracy Hancock     21st June 2019 Surface mining association Aspasa is encouraging suppliers, service providers and contractors, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to become associate members of the association to meet the industry’s future challenges. Aspasa director Nico Pienaar stresses that this... 

Importance of supplier engagement emphasised
COMPLIANCE GUARANTEE Procuring equipment from an Aspasa associate member will ensure compliance with the Mining Health and Safety Act of 1996, as well as the Consumer Protection Act of 2009

Cost-effective lubricant increases machine life

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2019 The change in lubricants on brick manufacturer KuluCrete’s excavator at its Port Shepstone quarry, in KwaZulu-Natal, has resulted in significant cost savings and a notable decrease in lubrication quantities and applications. KuluCrete is a supplier of bricks, blocks, roof tiles, kerbing, pavers,... 

Cost-effective lubricant increases machine life
NOTHING TO QUARRY ABOUT Using the Almagard 3752 grease on equipment increases maintenance intervals allowing technicians to focus on other aspects of the quarry

New techniques can yield optimum results, savings

14th June 2019 Using novel techniques, during the extraction and concentration phases of mined ore,  which focus on the efficiency and the associated operational costs, will yield optimum results for the miner, says pumps manufacturer and supplier Verder Pumps MD Darryl Macdougall. For instance, emerging... 

Efficiency trending in bulk materials handling sector

By: Tracy Hancock     31st May 2019 Surprisingly, this year has seen increased demand for bulk materials handling from the local mining sector, which, South African Institute of Materials Handling (SAIMH) chairperson Adriano Frittella says, is possibly a result of the sector having remained static at a low base over the past couple... 

Efficiency trending in bulk materials handling sector
YOUTH NEEDED The South African Institute of Materials Handling is undertaking an extensive drive to attract younger members and, specifically, current students to become members

Aus company answers demand for SA-made LPF

By: Tracy Hancock     31st May 2019 An Australian-designed low-profile feeder (LPF) comprising about 50% local content has been successfully delivered to a mine on the Zambian Copperbelt, with advanced discussions on the further supply of such units under way with various clients. The LPF is the first to be produced by... 

Aus company answers  demand for SA-made LPF
BUILDING LOCAL CAPACITY Australia-based Transmin intends to leverage opportunities to improve the cost effectiveness of future local fabrication following its first local build

Smart digitalisation an urgent problem

By: Tracy Hancock     31st May 2019 Smart technology-enabled digitalisation poses a significant challenge for South Africa’s materials handling and logistics companies who fail to adapt, especially in a market where the country’s big mining players seek to realise the ‘mine of tomorrow’, says African artificial intelligence (AI)... 

Smart digitalisation  an urgent problem
Photo by Creamer Media
MATERIAL MATTERS It is vital to have models that predict potential problems as well as maintenance requirements

Condra customised crane completes Sishen’s ore spillage recovery chain

By: Nadine James     3rd May 2019 While grabbing cranes are usually large machines with wide spans and high lifting heights, the Condra grabbing crane installed in February at the railhead serving Sishen Iron Ore Mine, near Kuruman, was designed to manoeuvre through relatively tight space, Condra Cranes announced in a statement... 

Payload management systems help optimise mining operations

29th March 2019 Advanced mining technology supplier Ramjack Technology Solutions suggests that implementing payload management systems at the mine face can optimise a mine’s overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). A notable strategy for improvement in underground mining is to retrofit all load-haul-dump units... 

Payload management  systems help optimise mining operations
JACK OF ALL TRADES Ramjack Technology Solutions offers accountability and traceable guarantees with its systems

New underground loader sets productive pace

29th March 2019 Capital equipment giant Caterpillar’s Cat R1700 underground mining loader, with its completely new design, has proven its high productivity and efficiency in extended field trials and in production studies. The R1700 carries a size-class-leading payload of 15 t (16.5 tons), 20% more than its... 

New underground loader sets productive pace
LIKE A MEERKAT The Cat R1700 is an efficient and productive underground loader

Chinese OEM reaffirms commitment to Africa

By: Nadine James     29th March 2019 Chinese original equipment manufacturer Dadi Engineering Development Group (DEDG), 49% owner of vibrating equipment solutions provider Aury Africa, demonstrated its commitment to the African market by sending its senior management to participate in high-level meetings with African mining... 

Chinese OEM reaffirms commitment to Africa
XIAOMING YUAN While the group is currently focusing on South Africa, it has plans to expand to other African countries once it has established a firm base locally

Equipment supplier offers wheel loaders to industry

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2019 Mining equipment supplier ELB Equipment recently added a larger-capacity bucket on the 90Z6 wheel loader to increase its offering to coal mining. The bucket is as reliable, but more productive, than its predecessor. The wheel loader’s larger Z6 is a 6 m3 coal bucket which allows for greater... 

Equipment supplier offers wheel loaders to industry
LARGER THAN LIFE Kawasaki wheel loaders are nw larger in capacity

Supply chain solutions offered to coal sector

15th March 2019 Supply chain solutions provider Makoya Group has celebrated a successful five-year relationship with heavy equipment supplier HPE Africa, the sole distributor of Hyundai construction equipment in South Africa, and has affirmed that the partnership has been integral in securing the company’s... 

Supply chain solutions offered to coal sector
TOP OF THE PILE Wheel loaders help maintain order in the stockpiles

Company readies itself to be key supplier

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2019 Germany-based coal cutting machinery and gearbox manufacturer and its subsidiary Eickhoff SA is strategically gearing up to comply with the black economic empowerment (BEE) and Mining Charter requirements in the local market. In January, Eickhoff SA finalised the transition from a Level 8 BEE... 

Company readies itself  to be key supplier
ON AND ON . . . The continuous miner delivered to Exxaro last year has shown good return on investment

Solutions provider supplies granulators for upcoming mine

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2019 Solutions provider TAKRAF Africa, part of the global TAKRAF group, supplied two coal granulators towards the end of 2018 for a project to be commissioned in October this year, as part of the coal handling and preparation plant for a new mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The 660-mm-diameter... 

Solutions provider  supplies granulators  for upcoming mine
BREAKING THE MOULD The Bradford Breaker is a cost effective impurity removal processing plant

WEBA Chute Systems founder inducted into International Mining’s 2018 Hall of Fame

By: Nadine James     8th March 2019 Gauteng-based family-owned WEBA Chute Systems founder and chairperson Werner Baller bested eleven other nominees to be inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame for 2018 – placing him in the esteemed company of industry pioneers who have shaped the mining equipment landscape.... 

Three #DisruptMining finalists named

By: Mariaan Webb     26th February 2019 A new drilling approach, an artificial intelligence (AI) solution for mineral processing and an Internet of Things (IoT) application for conveyors will go head to head in this weekend's live finale of the #DisruptMining finale in Toronto. The three innovations have been selected as the finalists... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation  

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation
MEMSA chairperson Freddy Mugeri discusses the implications of Mining Charter 3 for equipment manufacturers. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering 

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 Electrical products manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added an integrated-solutions offering to its products-oriented sales strategy in a bid to penetrate market segments in which there is a growing appetite for all-encompassing solutions. The South African company is the fifth largest branch... 

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering
Zest WEG Group CEO Siegfried Kreutzfeld in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer on the group's growth strategy. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Researcher forecasts a consistent price for iron-ore

7th December 2018 Macroeconomic researcher Fitch Solutions – formerly known as BMi Research – has maintained its average iron-ore price forecast for 2018 at $6.0/t. However, despite the recent August rally – which stemmed from a combination of stocking up of ore by Chinese steel producers as low-grade polluting... 

Researcher forecasts  a consistent price  for iron-ore
HARD TO PORT Ore ready for export at the Saldanha Port

Manufacturer ensures top quality screens for iron-ore sector

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th December 2018 Vibrating and original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) and supplier Kwatani has successfully custom-engineered and manufactured about 1 000 of its robust vibrating screens and feeders in the iron-ore sector in South Africa to date, while more than 15 000 units have been shipped into 35 countries... 

Manufacturer ensures top quality screens for iron-ore sector
Photo by Kwatani
PARTNERSHIP Kwatani can design and manufacture solutions to suit the precise requirements of an iron-ore mine as well as scientifically monitor and measure its performance

Energy efficient drive for underground cooling solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd November 2018 Drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive South Africa offers ventilation and cooling solutions for mining industry applications with its LTP-B Eco heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) drive. The drive is available in two three-phase variants, a 440 V unit from 0.75 kW to 160 kW,... 

Second phase of cooling solution completed

23rd November 2018 Global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader Johnson Controls installed two additional York YK centrifugal chillers at platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) for the planned second phase expansion of cooling capacity for its Impala 16 Shaft as it heads toward a depth of 1... 

Second phase of cooling solution completed
COOLED The New York YK centrifugal chillers add an additional 14 MWR of cooling

Distribution company expands services with air compressors

23rd November 2018 Premium batteries and rotating electrics importer and distributor Probe Corporation added to its distributing services air compressors that provide optimal air compression solutions for local mining and industrial markets. Probe CEO Frank Rovelli says mining is a tough environment, with harsh... 

Distribution company  expands services with  air compressors
VALUABLE Air compressors are an ideal compression solution that offer optimal air for underground mines

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd November 2018 Hire compressors can play a cardinal role in keeping some local mines operational, especially amid ageing surface compressors that feed air underground, says portable air compressors and generator rental Rand-Air long-term rental business development manager Henry Fourie. Rand-Air provides... 

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions
HENRY FOURIE There are many benefits to mines hiring equipment on a long-term basis from Rand-Air

Adequate ventilation flow pivotal to safety at mines

23rd November 2018 Safely operating a mine is a fundamental principle, where all procedures and code of practices (COPs) should be carefully adhered to, with ventilation flow and the positioning of refuge bays and early detection and monitoring systems being carefully considered, says deaths elimination product... 

Adequate ventilation flow pivotal to safety at mines
SAFETY MEASURE Underground miner evaluates safety strategy to ensure safety

Hydraulics container one-stop shop for remote mines

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th November 2018 With African mines often based in remote and desolate locations, it is beneficial to have on-site products and services, especially since mines have a high consumption rate of consumables.  

Hydraulics container one-stop shop for remote mines
COME FITTED Container start-up stock includes hose fittings and adaptors, crimping and cut-off machines, as well as a manual engraver, hose rack, hose-cleaning projectile kit and projectile stock, necessary tooling and a 2 m x 6 m bolt-on side canopy

Digital solutions improve mining industry

2nd November 2018 Last month, digital mining implementation of information technologies developer Vist Group presented its digital solution for the global market at the eleventh Mining Show, which is the largest mining & quarrying conference and expo for the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and South Asia. “The... 

Digital solutions improve  mining industry
UNDERGROUND Technology increases level of industrial safety and transportation efficiency of mining industry.

Portable workshop solution usable for new mines

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 The CXT Explorer is a mobile field workshop that can be used when prospecting in the mining industry, says crane manufacturer Konecranes South Africa service, sales and marketing director John MacDonald. The Finland-developed CXT Explorer – a combination of a 6.3 t mobile overhead crane,... 

Portable workshop solution  usable for new mines
BULKY The CXT Explorer is used as an outside field workshop set-up

Upgrades to mine increase plant efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd November 2018 Mining electrical equipment manufacturer Emis Sales 2002 has completed upgrade projects comprising the design and installation of communication, automation and protection systems at South African anthracite producer and exporter Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), in KwaZulu-Natal, to improve... 

Upgrades to mine  increase plant efficiency
INDOOR The upgraded SBV vacuum circuit breaker switchboard offers higher continuously rated currents

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment on Thursday launched a new 95 t rigid hauler for the coal and bulk commodities industries in Southern Africa. Its local partner, construction equipment company Babcock Equipment, would provide the support and services for the... 

Volvo launches new 95 t rigid hauler for coal, bulk commodities industries
Volvo R100E 95 t rigid hauler

Sasol Lake Charles – a picture worth $11.13-billion

By: Halima Frost     26th October 2018 Petrochemicals and chemicals company Sasol has invested billions of dollars in the Lake Charles Chemical Projects, in the US, which entails a steam cracking plant, and ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol storage and piping facilities for the product and its derivatives. Specialized storage... 

Sasol Lake Charles  – a picture worth $11.13-billion
ETHYLENE OXIDE & GLYCOL Units being installed on site

Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Integrated technological solutions provider Siemens – in partnership with its subsidiary Flender and engineering solutions provider Tech Edge – unveiled a complete electromechanical cable belt conveyor drivetrain solution during a demonstration last month. Siemens, Flender and Tech Edge announced... 

Electromechanical drivetrain solution unveiled
ELECTROMECHANICAL DRIVETRAIN Siemens and its project partners have announced the first end-to-end integrated electromechanical drivetrain system to be implemented at a mine in South Africa

Manufacturer focuses on developing larger vibrating screening equipment

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Screening machines are becoming larger and heavier because the ongoing trend in the mining industry globally is to increase tonnage output while maintaining efficiency, said original-equipment supplier and manufacturer of custom-designed vibrating equipment Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin at Electra... 

Manufacturer focuses on developing larger vibrating screening equipment
BEAST Kwatani chose South African national rugby player Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira as its brand ambassador for these larger screen machines

Metso Megaliner improves safety, reduces downtime

By: Donald Makhafola     5th October 2018 Global industrial equipment and services offering company Metso has proven that its Megaliner mill lining system can result in a drastic reduction in downtime and improved safety in mining operations. The Megaliner was developed by Metso in 2012, and expanded in 2013 to include a liner... 

Metso Megaliner improves  safety, reduces downtime
FAST AND EFFECTIVE Megaliner uses fewer and larger parts improving safety, with faster installations

Contact-free skirting for conveyors on offer

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 South Africa-based equipment supplier BLTWORLD has added the contact-free AirScrape conveyor belt skirting system – introduced to the South African market in the second quarter of this year – to its bulk handling systems catalogue. The system has been designed and manufactured by materials... 

Contact-free skirting for conveyors on offer
DO NOT TOUCH The AirScrape is a floating system which reduces contact on the belt

Conveyor fire prevention system rolling out

By: Halima Frost     5th October 2018 Fire protection systems provider Advanced Automated Systems (AAS) is focusing on improving the fire prevention system of conveyors as opposed to most fire-prevention companies that try to prevent the spreading of fires already active on conveyor systems. AAS has, therefore, finalised the initial... 

Conveyor fire prevention system rolling out
TELL NO LIOS The new LIOS Technology allows for fire hazard dangers to be tended to immediately

Sensor detects energy use, idler wear

5th October 2018 German mechanical engineering company Voith’s BeltGenius Alignment Expert (ALEX) – which analyses the alignment of carrying idlers in conveyor systems – boosts production efficiency and energy reduction for mining houses. The sensor system detects imprecise belt conveyor alignment and provides... 

Sensor detects energy use,  idler wear
CLEVER CLOGS BeltGenius ALEX is a sensor system that detects the imprecise alignment of belt conveyors
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