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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

New asynchronous range available

8th October 2021 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s team of electric motor designers and engineers has worked closely with global electric motor specialists to develop high-efficiency Synergy electric motors, to set the local benchmark for heavy-duty, high-efficiency motors, says BMG electric motors business... 

Innovation brings benefits and poses challenges  

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2021 Integrating technological innovation into mining industry practices can result in reduced costs, increased productivity and improved worker safety. However, it also presents an unexpected challenge, as replacement motors, in particular, are now bought as smaller iterations, and often do not fit... 

Pic of one of WEG's state-of-the-art facilities that manufactures large motors
Zest WEG’s Floris Erasmus provides more insight into the challenges technological innovations can create and alleviate

Modernisation transition made easier

By: Claire O'Reilly     8th October 2021 Modernised plants have shown greater resilience while operating under restrictions, which has been evident during Covid-19 in South Africa, and although technology empowers business, many mines remain hesitant to upgrade their control technology, according to manufacturer and distributor of... 

Synchronous belt technology advanced

By: Claire O'Reilly     8th October 2021 Manufacturer of application-specific fluid power and power transmission solutions Gates Industrial Europe has released the Gates PowerGrip GT4 – a newly designed ethylene elastomer (EE) high-torque synchronous belt for the industrial and mining sectors.  

Image of the Gates Power grip synchronous belt
OWERGRIP GT4 SYNCHRONOUS BELT The PowerGrip GT4 belt construction replaces chloroprene with a special EE formulation that delivers a much higher performance

Sintech

21st January 2021 Tritec Sintered Products started as a closed corporation in Johannesburg in 1984. Its name was shortened to the simpler ‘Sintech’, becoming a proprietary company in 1996.  

Sintech

Power transmission solutions boost productivity, profit

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th October 2020 Power and automation technologies solutions provider ABB’s Dodge line of bearings, gearing and power transmission components have helped customers in numerous industries to increase the productivity and profitability of their operations, says ABB product manager Lucas Pretorius.   “By focusing on... 

EASE OF INSTALLATION 
The Dodge ISN mounted spherical roller bearing features a patented integral adapter mounting and removal system, making it easy to install and remove without damaging the shaft
EASE OF INSTALLATION The Dodge ISN mounted spherical roller bearing features a patented integral adapter mounting and removal system, making it easy to install and remove without damaging the shaft

Supplier stocks diverse range of drives

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th October 2020 Industrial switchgear automation and energy management distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) caters for a variety of industries through its extensive range of drives. EM product manager William Cameron says despite the company not always offering bigger drives for mining applications, it has... 

EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS
The C2000 series AC motor drives provide the most efficient solutions for all drive applications
EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS The C2000 series AC motor drives provide the most efficient solutions for all drive applications

Company offers compact bell-housing solution

9th October 2020 In an underground mining environment, solutions that are easy to manoeuvre are key, says drive and control technologies specialist SEW-Eurodrive, adding that it offers the “most compact bell-housing solution currently available on the market”. 

Energy-efficient drives offer solution for green recovery

9th October 2020 The mining industry must forgo its traditional energy consumption patterns to ensure that it decarbonises toward a greener and sustainable method of exploration, says mechanical products and controls manufacturer Danfoss Drives Turkey Middle East and Africa business development manager Stephen... 

STEPHEN BROWN
Given the need to increase energy supply in a globally carbon constrained environment, the mining trade needs to improve its energy-efficient technologies
STEPHEN BROWN Given the need to increase energy supply in a globally carbon constrained environment, the mining trade needs to improve its energy-efficient technologies

Fan efficiency bolstered by systems approach

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2020 As mining operations increasingly look to optimise energy use, Zest WEG rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn suggests a more holistic approach toward fan system efficiency in mine ventilation. While South African fan manufacturing companies design the most efficient fan solutions worldwide and... 

Robust wedge belts transmit 30% more power

9th October 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s extensive range of Fenner power transmission components now comprises Fenner Quattro Plus Twin Wrap (TW) wedge belts, which transmit 30% more power than conventional belts. These maintenance-free wedge belts, made from wrapped chloroprene rubber, have a... 

HIGH PERFORMANCE
BMG’s Fenner Quattro Plus TW heavy-duty wedge belts offer high performance, maximum drive efficiency and extended service life in tough conditions.
HIGH PERFORMANCE BMG’s Fenner Quattro Plus TW heavy-duty wedge belts offer high performance, maximum drive efficiency and extended service life in tough conditions.

OLI South Africa

21st February 2020 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has secured OLI’s position as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  Since its establishment as an industrial vibration technology company in 1961, OLI  has remained committed to... 

OLI South Africa

Drive system ideal for bulk handling

11th October 2019 German engineers Getriebebau Nord now offer the MAXXDRIVE industrial gear unit, a powerful drive system characterised by “maximum reliability, safety and robustness”, for the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems. MAXXDRIVE industrial gear units are suitable for installation on... 

MAD MAXX The Nord MAXXDRIVE is a powerful drive system suited to the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems.
MAD MAXX The Nord MAXXDRIVE is a powerful drive system suited to the transportation of bulk materials using conveyor systems.

Local supplier realises first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Engineering components supplier Bearing Man Group (BMG) was appointed as an official Danfoss DrivePro service partner for South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in May. BMG subsequently sought to highlight the suitability of Danfoss’ VLT AutomationDrive FC 300 series to the African mining sector to... 

PRO TIP
Bearing Man Group is the first South African company to be appointed as a DrivePro service partner
PRO TIP Bearing Man Group is the first South African company to be appointed as a DrivePro service partner

New drives rolling out throughout S Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Subsequent to the launch of the new VDrivePlus and AlphaDrive-Micro variable speed drives (VSDs) from Hudaco Group company Varispeed, bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) has embarked on a training and sample-distribution campaign at its 50 BI branches in South Africa.... 

ALPHA AND OMEGA
The AlphaDrive Micro and VDrivePlus by Varispeed have been launched in South Africa by BMG
ALPHA AND OMEGA The AlphaDrive Micro and VDrivePlus by Varispeed have been launched in South Africa by BMG

Projects department pursuing growth in Africa

By: Halima Frost     11th October 2019 Drive components manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive tells Mining Weekly that its projects department has maintained a continual state of growth and that the majority of its project work has been secured in the rest of Africa. In close collaboration with SEW-Eurodrive’s exports department, the projects... 

NORMAN MALEKA
The department’s core function is to respond to queries from either project houses or original-equipment manufacturers for specific project work
NORMAN MALEKA The department’s core function is to respond to queries from either project houses or original-equipment manufacturers for specific project work

Regulating motor efficiency can assist in stabilising grid

11th October 2019 Regulating efficiency in motors by adopting a minimum efficiency performance standard (MEPS) for electric motors can help stabilise South Africa’s power supply, and mitigate the risk of load-shedding. Zest WEG Group rotating machines manager Fanie Steyn highlights that a MEPS would significantly... 

FULL OF ZEST
The company is confident that implementing a minimum efficiency performance standard will have significant benefits for South Africa
FULL OF ZEST The company is confident that implementing a minimum efficiency performance standard will have significant benefits for South Africa

11kV VSD adds significant flexibility and versatility to product offering

By: Nadine James     11th October 2019 e newly developed WEG 11 kV variable-speed drive (VSD) – which forms part of WEG Automation Africa’s new MVW3000 product line – is particularly suited to retrofit applications, notes WEG Automation Africa projects and engineering senior manager Kirk Moss. He explains that the 11kV VSD complements... 

KIRK MOSS 
The WEG MVW3000 is particularly suited to applications where there are standard motors with no special insulation
KIRK MOSS The WEG MVW3000 is particularly suited to applications where there are standard motors with no special insulation

Zest WEG Group launches new motor monitoring solution

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Motors and controls manufacturer WEG subsidiary Zest WEG Group has launched the first phase of its WEG Motor Scan solution – a motor performance monitoring solution for electric motors. Speaking to Mining Weekly at the official product launch, held at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition last... 

WEG MOTOR SCAN SOLUTION
WEG Motor Scan Solution was developed in consultation with industry to cater to the most pressing motor requirements of clients
WEG MOTOR SCAN SOLUTION WEG Motor Scan Solution was developed in consultation with industry to cater to the most pressing motor requirements of clients

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 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
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

Customisable drive solution enhances operations

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Spain-based inverter manufacturer Ingeteam highlights that its Ingedrive low- and medium-voltage, variable-speed drives (VSDs) provide compact, customisable and powerful drive system solutions for the African mining industry. Ingeteam converters and automation division commercial sales manager... 

INGEDRIVE SYSTEMS Ingedrive systems are available in units ranging from 250 kVA to 44 MVA, and 400 V to 6.6 kV, offering robust, reliable and long-lasting equipment
INGEDRIVE SYSTEMS Ingedrive systems are available in units ranging from 250 kVA to 44 MVA, and 400 V to 6.6 kV, offering robust, reliable and long-lasting equipment

Company’s turnkey solution benefits mining industry

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 Drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has been working to establish itself as a full solutions provider for the mining industry for the past five years, says national sales and marketing manager Norman Maleka. “When the name SEW is mentioned in mining circles, one of the... 

NORMAN MALEKA
SEW Eurodrive has invested significantly in enhancing its product and service portfolio for the mining industry
NORMAN MALEKA SEW Eurodrive has invested significantly in enhancing its product and service portfolio for the mining industry

Product tackles inclement conditions, improves productivity

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 One of the biggest challenges facing the mining industry with regard to its motors, gear drives and belt drives is protection from adverse weather conditions and the resulting ingress of dust and moisture, says pumps manufacturer Australian Pumps, commonly known as Aussie Pumps. “In the Pilbara,... 

COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTION Envelop covers protect key assets from dust, corrosion, heat and ultraviolet light, reducing the cost of maintenance
COMPREHENSIVE PROTECTION Envelop covers protect key assets from dust, corrosion, heat and ultraviolet light, reducing the cost of maintenance

Changes bring about new product lines, enhanced solutions

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Power transmission components supplier Altra Industrial Motion South Africa (SA) has undergone numerous changes in the past couple of years, incorporating new brands and aligning its product and service offering with that of its parent company of the same name, says Altra Industrial Motion SA GM... 

EFFECTIVE SOLUTION One of the company's more distinctive solutions includes a braking system supplied for a chairlift at a platinum mine in 2013
EFFECTIVE SOLUTION One of the company's more distinctive solutions includes a braking system supplied for a chairlift at a platinum mine in 2013

Company highlights cost benefit of brand

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) – a member of Hudaco Group – highlights the cost benefits of its KML bearings offering amid local economic conditions. The current economic climate, characterised particularly by the suppressed mining sector, has... 

KML BALL BEARING UNITS The KML brand caters for an array of applications, including automotive, materials handling and processing equipment
KML BALL BEARING UNITS The KML brand caters for an array of applications, including automotive, materials handling and processing equipment

High-quality, regular maintenance enables multiple engine overhauls

13th October 2017 Users of plant equipment driven by diesel engines can look forward to many more years of economical operation if they understand that modern engines are designed for two, three or more ‘new lives’ between overhauls, says specialist diesel engine component remanufacturer Metric Automotive... 

NEW LEASE ON LIFE Beyond their first overhaul at about 15 000 hours, most diesel engines are designed to be overhauled several times
NEW LEASE ON LIFE Beyond their first overhaul at about 15 000 hours, most diesel engines are designed to be overhauled several times

Shaft alignment tool benefits discussed

13th October 2017 All rotating machinery is susceptible to misalignment and the conventional methods of measuring alignment, such as rulers and dial indicators, are outdated and inaccurate, says industrial equipment supplier Comtest Group. The company points out that these methods could result in inadequate... 

LASER PECISION Unlike the straight-edge method or dial indicators, Fluke’s 830 performs complicated alignment calculations automatically
LASER PECISION Unlike the straight-edge method or dial indicators, Fluke’s 830 performs complicated alignment calculations automatically

Energy efficient motors used for Mpumalanga chrome conveyor system

By: Nadine James     13th October 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SEW SA) supplied multiple units of its DRN motors to an Mpumalanga chrome producer in August. The energy efficient motors form part of a trial project for a materials handling solution, says SEW SA Mbombela branch manager Jonathan Mckey. He... 

CONVEYING CHROME The IE3-compliant DRN electric motors will propel a chrome producer's main incline conveyors, which carry mined ore to the surface for handling and stockpiling
CONVEYING CHROME The IE3-compliant DRN electric motors will propel a chrome producer's main incline conveyors, which carry mined ore to the surface for handling and stockpiling

Magnet Service Binder

10th October 2017 Magnet Service Binder (South Africa) is the sole distributor of Binder, Kendrion, Siegerland, Linnig and Merobel brake products in Africa. The company also distributes Binder solenoids, Wistro Force cooling and EMG thrusters. 

Magnet Service Binder

Tough times for motors and drives, but mechanisation creates hope

By: Sascha Solomons     7th October 2016 The uncertainty of the mining market necessitates that motors and drives businesses, among others, limit their operating expenses while supplying products and services at minimal cost to their clients, asserts engineering and project management services provider Logiman. Logiman MD Krzysztof... 

FICKLE TIMES Businesses operating in the mining industry are forced to reduce stock availability
Photo by Bloomberg
FICKLE TIMES Businesses operating in the mining industry are forced to reduce stock availability

Next-generation submersible motors to be launched

By: Sascha Solomons     7th October 2016 South Africa-based pumping system solutions provider Franklin Electric South Africa (SA) is working on launching its next generation of 4” submersible motors, following the success of its previous motor, which achieved a lifespan of 30 years. Franklin Electric SA product manager Jano Verreynne... 

QUALITY LEADS TO DURABILITY Franklin Electric South Africa's previous motor achieved a lifespan of 30 years
QUALITY LEADS TO DURABILITY Franklin Electric South Africa's previous motor achieved a lifespan of 30 years
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