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Materials Handling News

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... 

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

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... 

Tailgates a solution for  haulage product loss
PHIL-ER-UP The installation of a tailgate allows for full loads to be transported without product loss

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
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