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Mine Mechanisation

Interactivity key to digital shift

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 The combination of human interactivity and technology can play a crucial role in supporting and securing operational excellence, says Swedish mining gear and metal-cutting tools maker Sandvik digital business development, crushing and screening division head Petra Sundstrom. She explains that... 

Sandvik launches Rock Drill Centre

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 Swedish mining gear and metal-cutting tools maker Sandvik officially launched its Finland-based Rock Drill Innovation Centre during the company’s virtual ‘Innovation in Mining’ conference, held last month. The grand opening was initially planned for 2020 but has since been delayed owing to the... 

Sandvik launches Rock Drill Centre
KNOWLEDGE HUB The Rock Drill Innovation Centre introduces state-of-the-art production and testing facilities for Sandvik’s core technology, the rock drill

The best flowmeter solution for Mining

30th October 2020 As the technological leader in non-invasive flow measurement with ultrasonics, FLEXIM strives to offer flexible, reliable, and accurate measurement systems. For over 30 years, FLEXIM has set the standard in clamp-on ultrasonic flow measurement and continues to improve upon existing technology to... 

The best flowmeter solution for Mining

App boosts company performance

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     30th October 2020 Providing advanced and effective drilling solutions and services across geographies and sectors sets South Africa-based drilling company Master Drilling apart from its competitors, says Master Drilling group business development manager Izak Bredenkamp.  “We are flexible and provide specialised... 

App boosts company performance
BREAKING THROUGH The correct application of technology and experience also enables Master Drilling to break new ground

Autonomous mining vehicles to improve efficiency, reduce cost

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     30th October 2020 Using artificial intelligence and robotic mining systems – such as autonomous vehicles – in the mining sector is an interesting development that could have a significant impact on mine efficiency going forward, says mining advisory company Ukwazi Northern Cape mining head Jaco Mans. “The use of... 

Autonomous mining vehicles to improve efficiency, reduce cost
SYMBIOTIC RELATIONS By working closely with OEMs, mines ensure that the appropriate fleet and technology are selected for each operation

Autonomous drone technology hovering in Africa

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 Australian technology startup Emesent has introduced its Hovermap drone payload to Africa by finalising a distribution agreement with local mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services last month, Emesent CEO and co-founder Dr Stefan Hrabar tells Mining Weekly. Although new to the continent,... 

Autonomous drone technology hovering in Africa
EYES IN THE DARK The Hovermap’s SLAM-based LiDAR mapping technology enables it to see sites in ways human eyes cannot

Digital platform improves zinc miner’s operations

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 Global engineering group Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology is commissioning a comprehensive data analytics and information management system called OptiMine for base metals miner Vedanta Zinc International’s Black Mountain Mining (BMM) operation, in the Northern Cape. The OptiMine platform will... 

Digital platform improves zinc miner’s operations
MOUNTAINS OF DATA The Black Mountain Mining operation will now be able integrate relevant operational and maintenance data into one source

Drop-in service modernises ageing mining technology

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive has made a drop-in service available for the African mining sector, whereby historically inefficient worm gear units can be replaced one by one with modernised helical and helical bevel gearboxes. The drop-in replacement service ensures that old, worn... 

Drop-in service modernises ageing mining technology
SATHEESH VELLORE The drop-in service eliminates the need for costly infrastructure modifcations

Mechanised equipment supplier wins award

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 Coal cutting machinery and gearbox supplier Eickhoff South Africa was recognised for operational excellence as a supplier of mechanised equipment at the inaugural Exxaro Supplier Excellence Awards, held in Johannesburg, last month. The other two finalists nominated in this category were... 

Mechanised equipment supplier wins award
SMOOTH OPERATORS Exxaro presented Eickhoff with a supplier award for operational excellence

Mobile emulsion pumps technology goes global

By: Darren Parker     1st November 2019 South African explosives company BME is taking its MP2 mobile mechanised emulsion pump technology for underground blasting applications to international markets. BME product manager Neil Alberts tells Engineering News that demonstrations of the MP2 emulsion pump technology are being planned for... 

Mobile emulsion pumps technology goes global
EXPLOSIVE PUMPING The MP2 emulsion pumping system is ideal for large-scale mechanised underground operations

New tech ensures safety at underground mines

2nd November 2018 With the death toll in South African mines this year having reached 54, dynamic company Advanced Communications has sourced advanced radios, which use the mine’s existing metallic and conductive infrastructure, to create reliable communication paths underground that extend for kilometres. Mine... 

New tech ensures safety  at underground mines
HANDY TECH The radios provide continuous communication signal strength of 5/5

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

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits

3rd November 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of Fenner power transmission components from manufacturer Fenner Drives includes a range of high-strength friction transmission belts that offer longer service life, higher drive efficiency and reduced downtime, compared with conventional V-belts.... 

Transmission equipment components offer multiple benefits
STRONG STRETCH The elasticity of the PowerTwist's woven polyurethane fabric enables these belts to be stretched over a pulley drive without any damage

Mechanised mining produces indirect jobs, uptake increasing

By: Victor Moolman     3rd November 2017 Despite the popular belief that the proliferation of mechanised mines in the African mining industry will lead to job losses, mechanised mining does generate new employment  opportunities, although indirectly through the maintenance, logistics, spare parts transportation, fuel requirements and... 

Mechanised mining produces  indirect jobs, uptake increasing
AUTOMATED SYSTEMS Sandvik is increasing its focus on automated mining equipment

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa

3rd November 2017 Medium to heavy engineering company Parnis Manufacturing has secured a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-Houses) for a mine in Africa, which it attributes to its established record for high-quality manufacture. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked... 

Modular electric houses destined for mine in Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
MOBILE OR MODULAR E-Houses are mobile or modular houses that are fully equipped electrical substations manufactured using insulated steel panels

Durban company expands trommel, apron feeder range

28th October 2016 Durban-based materials handling equipment supplier Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has launched the MDS M412 trommel,  which offers cost-effective solutions for smaller production requirements in minerals processing and recycling applications. BLT Africa and Indian Ocean Islands MD Ken Mouritzen says the... 

Durban company expands trommel, apron feeder range
SMALLER PRODUCTION SOLUTION The M412 trommel screen can produce four products concurrently at an output rate of 150 t/h

Enhanced drivetrain solutions a response to mining industry needs

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 Drivetrain, sealing and thermal-management technologies supplier Dana expects to start preproduction tests in the first quarter of 2017 for its Spicer 20D rigid nonsteering axle designed for underground mining applications in harsh, rugged environments. The company is concluding verification... 

Enhanced drivetrain solutions a response to mining industry needs
SPICER 20D The axle offers up to 35% more brake power to ensure reliability under full load conditions on all operating grades

Rapid Armor - Liner Management System

28th October 2016 The revolutionary liner maintenance system from developer Rapid Armor is designed to change the way in which maintenance is performed on liner systems in mining and quarrying plants.  This system raises the bar for maintenance efficiency, plant utilisation, cost reduction and, most importantly,... 

Rapid Armor - Liner Management System

Patented mining technology to be released month-end

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 Local ultra-low-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting expects to release its patented MT100, MT1000 and automated brake tester technologies for mines by the end of this month. The technology, developed by CMTI Consulting, in Pretoria, comprises 70% local content and is... 

Patented mining technology to be released month-end
MECHANISED EQUIPMENT The MT1000 is equipped with a drill rig and mechanical breaker for nonexplosive mining or a multi-drill rig for conventional stoping

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 For the local mining industry to ensure its sustainability, the industry needs to accelerate the rate at which it is adopting new technology, mechanical engineering consultant CMTI Consulting MD Dr Danie Burger tells Mining Weekly. “The transitioning of mines to greater mechanisation and... 

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa
DANIE BURGER The transition of mines to include greater mechanisation and automation is way too slow

High-performance chain range extended

28th October 2016 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) Tsubaki high-performance chain range, which offers enhanced strength and reliability, an extended operating life and a better environmental footprint now includes a “robust” Workhorse elevator series. BMG GM Carlos Beukes says the... 

High-performance chain  range extended
RUGGED COMPONENT Workhorse elevator chains are designed to resist the abrasive and demanding forces of aggregate elevators

Electric hauler prototype on cards for January

By: Aarifah Nosarka     28th October 2016 The prototype of the 25 t electric hauler vehicle, with applications in soft- and hard-rock mining, from Johannesburg-headquartered underground trackless mining machinery manufacturer Fermel, is expected to be trialed from January 2017 to June 2017. “The prototype is 85% complete and undergoing... 

Electric hauler prototype on cards for January
GREEN BREAKTHROUGH The development of the electric traction system on the Fermel battery-driven electric hauler has led to improved battery management, but, more importantly, zero-emissions mining technology

Company to launch underground mining machines

By: Bruce Montiea     30th October 2015 Ultralow-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier Centre For Machine Technology and Innovation (CMTI Consulting) will launch two underground mining machines next month. CMTI Consulting MD Danie Burger says the machines are still being developed and will be delivered to gold miner Sibanye... 

Company to  launch underground mining machines
NEW MINING CONCEPT Most of the parts used to develop the Centre For Machine Technology and Innovation’s underground mining machines were produced locally

SA gold mining heading into sunset years

30th October 2015 It is wishful to think that mechanisation can be the “silver bullet” to create a sustainable future for the South African gold mining industry, says multidisciplinary consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting (SA) chairperson and corporate consultant Roger Dixon. He says, instead,... 

SA gold mining heading into  sunset years
Photo by Bloomberg
GOLD PROCESSING Mechanisation works in operations specifically designed for it from the start

Innovation the new key to survival

30th October 2015 Many leading mining companies are rallying behind the innovation imperative to deal with industry pressures such as declining ore grades, rising costs and an increasingly militant and demanding labour force, says consulting company Deloitte. The company says, in light of these realities,... 

Innovation the new key to survival
Photo by Bloomberg
AUTOMATED MINING Companies that invest in autonomous equipment are able to reduce expenses, while simultaneously driving up productivity

Mechanised support solution enhances safety

By: Bruce Montiea     30th October 2015 Safety in the mining industry has to be the number one priority if South Africa is to be a world-class and globally competitive destination for mining investment, says underground safety support manufacturer M and J Mining shareholder Kuseni Dlamini. “Safety is and always will be critical in... 

Mechanised support  solution enhances safety
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Last year’s mining industry strikes turned out to be a major cornerstone in the development of M and J Mining

Mining sector looking to automation to increase profits

By: Bruce Montiea     30th October 2015 Automation is becoming one of the leading focus points to increase profits in the mining sector, says automated robotic solutions company Robotic Innovations (RI) co-owner Marlyn Mostert. She says industrial robots can enable mines to run more efficiently and safely, as they are designed to... 

Mining sector looking to  automation to increase profits
DEPENDABLE Industrial robots can enable mines to run more efficiently and safely

Automation can help mines deal with high production costs

30th October 2015 Mine operators worldwide are under severe pressure to reduce production costs, as a result of dropping prices in the raw materials industry, including the coal, iron-ore, copper and gold sectors, says mining information technology products and traffic telematics company PSI Mines&Roads. Company... 

Automation can help mines deal with high production costs
Photo by Bloomberg
HIGH PRICE TO PAY Mining companies are under pressure to reduce production costs, as a result of dropping raw materials prices
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