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Materials Handling News

Pallet-free logistics rising slowly but steadily

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th September 2020 As society at large becomes more aware of the environmental concerns of using traditional wooden pallets, pallet-free bulk bags manufacturer Tellap tells Mining Weekly that it has observed a trend away from using traditional wooden pallets. 

Trommel supply available throughout continent

25th September 2020 Trommel technology leader MDS trommel screens and apron feeders, which have been designed especially for mineral processing and recycling applications, are available throughout Africa from branded machinery supplier BLT World. “These flexible systems are used to remove the small fraction – fines... 

ADVANCE MECHANISMS 
M515 trommels are designed to clean rocks in all weather conditions
ADVANCE MECHANISMS M515 trommels are designed to clean rocks in all weather conditions

Li-ion developments driving standby power system

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     25th September 2020 With the increasing demand and overall benefits of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, industrial Li-ion battery supplier CHASE Technologies is developing a standby power system. 

POWER HOUSE
CHASE Technologies is developing a standby power system that will be powered by LiFePO4 batteries
POWER HOUSE CHASE Technologies is developing a standby power system that will be powered by LiFePO4 batteries

New continuous miner to launch in 2021 

By: Halima Frost     18th September 2020 Manufacturing of the JAE 38 Wildcub continuous miner – mining equipment and services provider JA Engineering’s newest offering – has started and will be delivered at the end of January 2021. The mid-seam continuous miner will be optimally suited to the “harsh and hard” mid-seam conditions... 

CONTINUOUSLY MOVING
The constant research and development conducted by JA Engineering has resulted in a new continuous miner to be launched early next year
JA Engineering CEO Danie van Wyk and the sales and marketing director Reuben Mabunda discuss the production of a new continuous miner, as well as the new JAE Data Mining Services app. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

In-house-developed idler increases mine throughput, product longevity

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 The development of a South African-made conveyor belt idler has resulted in diversified miner Exxaro Resources increasing throughput at its Grootegeluk mine through one of its conveyor load points from 800 t/d to 3 000 t/d, says conveyor products manufacturer Brelko US and Africa manager Brent... 

Significant potential exists for local capital equipment exporters

By: Donna Slater     10th September 2020 South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) director and CEO Eric Bruggeman has pointed out that South African capital equipment exporters had exported R178-billion worth of capital equipment during 2019. Saceec members accounted for about R50-billion, or just under 30%, of that... 

Significant potential exists for local capital equipment exporters

Accommodation for Aus SoP mine on track

28th August 2020 Work on the Beyondie sulphate of potash (SoP) project’s non-process infrastructure, which includes 60 additional rooms for construction accommodation, has continued apace, notes a press release by ASX-listed exploration and development company Kalium Lakes. The Beyondie SoP project initially... 

NO POT LUCK
A Beyondie SoP bankable feasibility study was completed prior to the company’s board approving full development of the project
NO POT LUCK A Beyondie SoP bankable feasibility study was completed prior to the company’s board approving full development of the project

Higher energy efficiency can save costs for miners

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Local energy organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) GM Barry Bredenkamp states that South Africa’s mining sector can continue to explore cost-saving measures through increased energy efficiency. Local miners face many challenges, including rising energy... 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY GAINS
With more environmental pressures being placed on miners, improving energy efficiency is one of the leading drivers to contribute to a reduction in harmful emissions
ENERGY EFFICIENCY GAINS With more environmental pressures being placed on miners, improving energy efficiency is one of the leading drivers to contribute to a reduction in harmful emissions

Logistics company branches out

By: Cameron Mackay     28th August 2020 Local logistics services supplier Mixcorp is including renewable-energy technology suited to the mining industry in the scope of its research and development (R&D) department to add renewables-related logistical services to its offering. Mixcorp special scientific adviser Dr Godfrey Gandawa... 

DR GODFREY GANDAWA
We are in the process of setting up operations in Zambia and the DRC, working with mines that are considering investing in renewable energy technologies
DR GODFREY GANDAWA We are in the process of setting up operations in Zambia and the DRC, working with mines that are considering investing in renewable energy technologies

Ensuring productivity in tough conditions

By: Tracy Hancock     21st August 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) strata present some of the most unforgiving digging conditions imaginable for earthmoving equipment attachments, says earthmoving mining equipment and attachments expert VR Steel GM Dr Justin Martens. “It drains the protective ‘life force’ of the digging tools at an... 

DESIGNED TO BE DURABLE
VR Steel’s equipment, such as this VR Dipper fitted on electric rope shovel, is designed to withstand extreme punishment in the platinum-group metal sector
DESIGNED TO BE DURABLE VR Steel’s equipment, such as this VR Dipper fitted on electric rope shovel, is designed to withstand extreme punishment in the platinum-group metal sector

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge 

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2020 The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Transnet Freight Rail introduces decentralised operational model

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has introduced a new operating model that will bring about greater efficiencies for customers, it says. The model has decentralised key responsibilities to ensure a more responsive rail freight network that is better equipped to service the South African economy.  

African interest in reclaimer chain

By: Tracy Hancock     10th July 2020 Southern African bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI), a member of Hudaco Industries, is working closely with the manufacturers of the reclaimer chains in its product portfolio to penetrate the African market. BI product manager Frikkie Ras tells Mining... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

10th July 2020 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, and the service support of its own manufactured equipment.  A fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

Company continues global growth

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Following growth in Australia, as well as expansions into other countries, Australian mining and heavy equipment trader Components Only is focusing on continuing its momentum in terms of global growth. “About 30% of our revenue is now international. Our international expansion is twofold – to... 

EARTHMOVING COMPONENTS IMPORTING
Currently, Components Only is a net importer of product for many countries the company works with
EARTHMOVING COMPONENTS IMPORTING Currently, Components Only is a net importer of product for many countries the company works with

Equipment rentals benefit from dwindling economy

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd July 2020 Owing to the recent economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, many clients of heavy equipment solutions provider Bobcat Equipment South Africa are opting for short-term rental options, rather than the long-term commitment of buying. The rental segment has contributed significantly to... 

RENTAL BUSINESS GROWTH
To deal with the expected increase in demand for rentals, Bobcat has ensured that its rental fleets nationwide were repaired, serviced and ready for service
RENTAL BUSINESS GROWTH To deal with the expected increase in demand for rentals, Bobcat has ensured that its rental fleets nationwide were repaired, serviced and ready for service

Products meet mining lubrication challenges

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) is offering industrial equipment manufacturer ROCOL’s range of wire rope lubricant products to solve vital and complex lubrication challenges for local miners. “Where lubricants are put through the most challenging... 

MEETING TOXICITY CHALLENGES
ROCOL is known for its biodegradable wire rope lubricants
MEETING TOXICITY CHALLENGES ROCOL is known for its biodegradable wire rope lubricants

Rented mobile equipment presents opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     12th June 2020 With the resumption of activities in different economic sectors, such as the mining industry, local lubrication equipment supplier Industrial Fluid Solutions (IFS) CEO Gustav Fourie states that there has been an increase in demand for fluid-handling equipment which would reduce manpower... 

This year's Electra Mining cancelled

By: Donna Slater     29th May 2020 Organisers of Southern Africa’s mining, manufacturing, automation, electrical and power trade exhibition Electra Mining Africa, Specialised Exhibitions, reports that the 2020 edition of the trade fair has been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s show had been scheduled to... 

RealWear makes working remotely easier

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     29th May 2020 Maintenance of conveyance equipment and other regular fixed and mobile asset inspection is made easier with remote assistance through RealWear products, technology service provider Dwyka Mining Services tells Mining Weekly. 

JAMIE VAN SCHOOR
Mission-critical breakdowns, remote technical support and mentoring are just some of the applications of the RealWear products
JAMIE VAN SCHOOR Mission-critical breakdowns, remote technical support and mentoring are just some of the applications of the RealWear products

Company facilitates efficient furnace shutdown projects

By: Halima Frost     29th May 2020 Demolition solutions provider Jet Demolition offers specialised demolition services and machines that are easily adapted to the challenging conditions of furnace-related shutdown projects. “Furnaces have a finite lifetime before requiring significant maintenance and repair work,” says Jet... 

Pallet-free goods transportation now an option

29th May 2020 Pallet-free bulk bags manufacturer Tellap has been developing bags for the safe and efficient packaging and transport of dry, loose and bulk products – including high-value minerals. 

HEAVY LIFTING 
Tellap bags have two strong plastic sleeves that are integrated into the base of the bag to replace the conventional wooden pallet
HEAVY LIFTING Tellap bags have two strong plastic sleeves that are integrated into the base of the bag to replace the conventional wooden pallet

System boosts operation

29th May 2020 Equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa’s McCloskey conveyor systems, which complement HPE’s range of crushing and screening plants, have been designed for high productivity and easy mobility in many industries. 

HIGHLY ACTIVE 
HPE’s McCloskey conveyor systems have been designed for high productivity and easy mobility in many industries
HIGHLY ACTIVE HPE’s McCloskey conveyor systems have been designed for high productivity and easy mobility in many industries

Chute design’s complexity necessitates credible supplier

29th May 2020 The prevailing perception that anyone can build a transfer chute, and that the construction is little more than platework, is one that has lured companies into thinking that chute manufacture poses, “an easy opportunity to fill a gap in their broader product offering”, Weba Chute Systems MD Mark... 

SMOOTH OPERATOR 
Custom engineered Weba Chute Systems offer major advantages to mining operations
SMOOTH OPERATOR Custom engineered Weba Chute Systems offer major advantages to mining operations

Hauling solution expands to Brazil

29th May 2020 Global leader in “off-highway” truck customisation Philippi-Hagenbuch (PHIL) in a press release in April announced that production of its patented Rear Eject Body would begin in Brazil, this quarter. 

GREAT EXPANSION 
PHIL announced that production of its patented Rear Eject Body will begin in Brazil in the second quarter of 2020
GREAT EXPANSION PHIL announced that production of its patented Rear Eject Body will begin in Brazil in the second quarter of 2020

Nondigital mines losing out on R213bn in value 

By: Donna Slater     28th May 2020 An updated version of a 2017 study conducted by professional services firm Accenture in collaboration with the World Economic Forum – the 'Extracting Value and Building Resilience with Data-led Mining in South Africa' report – highlights that, with a combination of seven digital initiatives,... 

Accenture Africa Industry X.0 MD Eric Croeser
Accenture Africa Industry X.0 MD Eric Croeser talks to Mining Weekly about how mines can enhance their digital technologies to unlock further efficiencies, improve safety and cut costs

SA rail can aid Botswana coal miners

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd May 2020 A joint effort by the South African and Botswanan governments, as well as their respective rail agencies, to support rail infrastructure to facilitate coal exports from Botswana could enable Botswana-based coal miners, such as Minergy, to become more competitive, says Minergy CEO Morné du... 

UNTAPPED RESERVES

Minergy have emphasised the potential in exporting of the country’s coal reserves, which amounts to more than 200-billion tonnes
UNTAPPED RESERVES Minergy have emphasised the potential in exporting of the country’s coal reserves, which amounts to more than 200-billion tonnes

Aspasa advises on preparing stockpiles for rapid post-lockdown deliveries

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2020 Surface mining industry association Aspasa has advised its members to use the time between the reopening of surface mines and the delivery of products wisely, by preparing smart stockpiles, internal roadway systems and traffic separation measures to deal quickly and safely with a pickup in demand... 

Aspasa advises on preparing stockpiles for rapid post-lockdown deliveries

Resgen enters into debt deal to fund rail link for Boikarabelo

By: Donna Slater     5th May 2020 JSE-listed energy resources company Resource Generation (Resgen) reports that its subsidiary, Ledjadja Coal has entered into nonbinding equity and debt term sheets with Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 SA (PAIDF2SA) and Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 limited liability... 

Tenova reorganises businesses

By: Donna Slater     20th April 2020 As part of metals and mining company Techint Group, Tenova has reorganised its businesses and reviewed its governance structures, with the appointment of former metals division CEO Roberto Pancaldi as Tenova CEO. Former Tenova CEO Andrea Lovato has been appointed CEO of Tenova's Takraf business.  

Sorting solution shows potential in metals sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     17th April 2020 Ore-processing equipment supplier TOMRA Sorting Mining has provided X-ray transmission (XRT) sensor-based ore sorting technology for two local mining plant projects on the eastern limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in Limpopo, which were commissioned recently. TOMRA Sorting Mining senior VP... 

XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET 
P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology
XRT TECHNOLOGY MARKET P2E realised that sensor-based sorting, as a toll-treatment option, has benefits over DMS technology

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2020 All mining operations, excluding collieries supplying Eskom which have been permitted to operate at full capacity throughout national lockdown, may now resume at 50% capacity during the remaining lockdown days, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday. Thereafter,... 

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Business rescue begins for ELB Engineering Services

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th April 2020 The shareholders of ELB Group, which was originally listed on the JSE as EL Bateman as long ago as 1930, have been advised that the business forecast for the company’s wholly owned ELB Engineering Services has not materialised, which has placed unsustainable cash funding requirements on the... 

Council turns attention to Ghana

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd April 2020 South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) member companies are increasingly looking outside of the South African market for opportunities, owing to the country’s current economic climate, says SACEEC director and CEO Eric Bruggeman. “South Africa’s market is dead. The local... 

EASY ACCESS 
Ghana, Africa’s top gold producer, offers South African capital equipment manufacturers favourable shipping accessibility through the Port of Tema
EASY ACCESS Ghana, Africa’s top gold producer, offers South African capital equipment manufacturers favourable shipping accessibility through the Port of Tema

Coal supplier receives UPS systems

27th March 2020 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa has delivered 12 uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to a local coal mine to enhance safety and prevent unnecessary downtime. These specially designed UPS systems ensure continuous operation of the mine’s programmable logic... 

CONNECTIVITY

These interconnected UPS systems, with Ethernet and RS232 connectivity, can be controlled or remotely managed and monitored from the control station
CONNECTIVITY These interconnected UPS systems, with Ethernet and RS232 connectivity, can be controlled or remotely managed and monitored from the control station

Flexibility, knowledge assist in cost reduction

By: Nadine James     27th March 2020 The coal sector faces immense cost pressures, which are influenced and  exacerbated by uncontrollable macroeconomic factors, notes vibrating equipment solutions provider Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin. However, she comments that Kwatani has sought to mitigate the impact of these factors by reducing... 

KIM SCHOEPFLIN
To achieve efficient and productive coal processing at the lowest possible cost, there needs to be an understanding of the underlying orebody, the application and the overall process
KIM SCHOEPFLIN To achieve efficient and productive coal processing at the lowest possible cost, there needs to be an understanding of the underlying orebody, the application and the overall process

New-generation loader set for South Africa

27th March 2020 Orders have already been placed by major South African coal miners for solutions provider Sandvik’s new LS312 flameproof underground loader. The first active units will start rolling off the local production line in the second quarter of this year, according to Sandvik Mining and Rock... 

QUIETER & CLEANER 
Powered by the C7.1 mechanical engine, the new generation LS312 complies with Tier II emissions standards while ensuring quieter, and more efficient operation
QUIETER & CLEANER Powered by the C7.1 mechanical engine, the new generation LS312 complies with Tier II emissions standards while ensuring quieter, and more efficient operation

Transnet bemoans cable theft at Pretoria Complex, rolls out diesel locos 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2020 Another incident of overhead cable theft at State-owned Transnet’s Pretoria Complex has further crippled the group’s Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) subsidiary’s ability to deliver goods to customers on time. It said in a release on Wednesday that the Pretoria Complex, which is one of the country’s... 

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