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New Mining Technologies

Cable bolt technology to improve safety

17th August 2018 Mining equipment and services provider Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology continues to set the pace in underground mining with the launch of its rock-reinforcement cable bolter with automated one-hole drilling designed to improve safety and productivity. The Sandvik DS221L will significantly... 

Digitisation brings innovation opportunities

17th August 2018 Digital transformation brings opportunities for innovation and doing business in new and exciting ways – elements that are critical to business success in a volatile economic market, says global communications provider BT Global Services major deals lead and mining, oil and gas head Stephen du... 

Digitisation brings innovation opportunities
STEPHEN DU PREEZ More mining companies need to view all technologies as enablers for their business

New smartphone suitable for mining environments

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Global mining and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and mobile phone and consumer electronics company Bullitt Group have released the new Cat S61 smartphone – that can withstand harsh elements and tough terrains, such as those in the mining environment. The phone was launched in... 

New smartphone suitable for mining environments
Photo by Jessica Oosthuizen
CAT S61 The new smartphone from Caterpillar and Bullitt is durable, reliable and dust-proof with outstanding rugged credentials

Software platform boosts operator performance

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     17th August 2018 Durban-based global supplier of surface and underground mining simulators ThoroughTec Simulation developed the CYBERMINE WX platform that monitors operator performance and provides targeted training to improve efficiencies. The CYBERMINE WX platform is being tested at local mines where the... 

Software platform boosts operator performance
IMPROVING PERFORMANCE CYBERMINE WX targets operator performance and unsafe practices to improve safety and efficiency in mines

New-gen scanning technology released, interest from SA companies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Global corporate engineering and consulting group DMT has released the new-generation Slim Borehole Scanner (SBS) technology for imaging extra-slim drill holes with a diameter of 23 mm, with keen interest from local mining companies, says DMT director Sodhie Naicker. One of the SBS’s primary... 

New-gen scanning  technology released,  interest from SA companies
SLIM BOREHOLE SCANNER The self-sufficient wireless tool is lightweight and easy to mobilise and use

Multiple role-players needed within intelligent mine 

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th August 2018 Mining companies need to establish ecosystems of suppliers and partners to establish, operate, manage and integrate an intelligent mine, says Internet of Things (IoT) solution developer IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser. “Mining companies, whether small or global, cannot solve the... 

Multiple role-players needed within intelligent mine
IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser, Deloitte associate director Jan-Adriaan du Plessis and MineRP marketing VP Empie Strydom discuss the future of the intelligent mine. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Simulators to facilitate training on new mining equipment

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Tertiary education institution the Canadian Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) plans to initially offer two mining programmes through its newly launched Mine Training Centre in September, after taking delivery of six military-grade Cybermine simulators in March. 

Simulators to facilitate training  on new mining equipment
CONTINUOUSLY CHANGING Servicing the construction, military and mining industries allows for the cross-pollination of technology, keeping ThoroughTec’s products up to date with the latest international simulation trends

Local mine to adopt new generation jumbo drill rig

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining company Vedanta Resources’ Black Mountain base metals mine, in the Northern Cape, will later this year become the first local mine to adopt a new generation jumbo drill rig equipped with an intelligent control system from high-technology engineering group Sandvik. 

Local mine to adopt new generation jumbo drill rig
SANDVIK DD422i The drill rig, which includes bit-navigation and tele-remote tramming readiness, also employs software for blasting optimisation

Beneficiation solution for fines, sludges superior – developer

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 South Africa-based mineral extrusion processing company Mineral Agglomeration Solutions (MAS) is offering its Briquettes By Extrusion (Brex) technology to the international mining industry. 

Beneficiation solution for fines, sludges superior – developer
USEFUL WASTE The Briquettes By Extrusion technology allows mining and smelting companies based worldwide to exploit the waste/by-products from all commodities

New tech combination to solve communication lag

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mines of the future will have fewer people and a higher level of automation, but to be successful, Australia-based mining system designer and manufacturer Nautitech GM Alex Lester says mines will need reliable communications as well as visibility of underground operations. 

New tech combination to solve communication lag
SURFACE ACCESS The Wingman technology allows mines to configure, monitor and diagnose all underground equipment from a computer on the surface

Producing hydromining technology for greater productivity

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Mining services provider Fraser Alexander is developing two technologies – a jet-pump system and an automated hydraulic re-mining unit – for the efficient reclamation of gold or platinum tailings through hydro mining. 

Producing hydromining technology for  greater productivity
EASIER OPTION Jet-pump technology is being introduced for tailings reclamation owing to the difficulty of reclaiming coarse- and high-specific gravity tailings using conventional techniques

Proximity detection system installation in final stages

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Although proximity detection systems (PDS) are not a new concept, their roll-out in the South African mining industry is on the increase, with uptake escalating in light of legislation introduced by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) under the Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA). A clause in... 

Proximity detection system installation in final stages
Photo by Monitech
INTELLIZONE PDS After a successful trial in 2015, the proxmity detection system was launched in South Africa in April last year

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech Piping Systems has supplied “next-generation” plastic pipe butt-welding technology for the installation and commissioning of a 15-km-long, 315-mm-wide, high-density polyethylene water supply pipeline for the Balama openpit graphite mine being... 

‘Next-gen’ butt-welding machine keeps mine start-up on track
Industrial plastic piping company Plasti-Tech managing member Brad Chamont discusses the Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 machine. Video and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Technology helps mines ‘do more, with less’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2017 In a world of disruption, mines need to be more agile and implement improvements more readily as new technologies are introduced, says software developer IoT.nxt, which is looking to enter the US market early next year, when it hopefully launches its services and technology strategies from... 

Technology helps mines  ‘do more, with less’
Software development company IoT.nxt mining partnerships director Eric Croeser talks about how technology can benefit mining. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Surface miners to take over mining landscape in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Mining solutions provider Wirtgen South Africa (SA) is engaged in extensive talks with various mining companies about solutions for their greenfield and existing mines. Surface miners are set to change the opencast mining industry in South Africa, as they have done worldwide, by addressing the... 

Surface miners to take over mining landscape in South Africa
MODERNISING OPENCAST MINING Wirtgen surface miners offer an alternative mining approach that will benefit the South African coal mining industry

AMD technology a hot topic in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Finnish specialist in hydrometallurgical treatment technology Global EcoProcess Services Oy (EPSE) launched a treatment for acid mine drainage (AMD) in South Africa in July, which it claims is a cost-effective, one-step process that can integrate with the existing technology and equipment used by... 

AMD technology a hot topic in South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT Acid mine drainage, which has a high sodium content, has a negative effect on agricultural land when it is discharged into rivers that are used for irrigation

New retractable dust-suppression system easy to operate, maintain

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Environmental management solutions provider I-CAT this year introduced a retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) for dust suppression at conveyor discharge points, which can be fully automated and allows for easy maintenance. 

New retractable  dust-suppression system easy to operate, maintain
SIMPLIFYING MAINTENANCE I-CAT’s retractable stockpile dust ring makes the dust-suppression system easy to access for maintenance

Turnkey Instruments

26th August 2016 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Turnkey Instruments

Australian mining safety solutions introduced locally

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 Having proven its ability over 12 years in the Australian market to greatly reduce the dangers of a hazardous mining environment, mining safety solutions provider Nautitech this year started introducing its range of safety products to South Africa, trialling its products at some major operations. 

Australian mining  safety solutions introduced locally
ALEX LESTER The mining industry is facing the challenge of increasing productivity without compromising on safety

Pneumatic tech significantly improves equipment performance  

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th August 2016 South African start-up Magnevane, assisted by consulting firm Deloitte, is introducing a design that significantly improves the performance of pneumatic engines by using high-powered magnets in air motor applications. 

Pneumatic tech significantly  improves equipment performance
Magnevane demonstrates the performance of a chainsaw before and after it is fitted with the company’s new pneumatics technology, go to www.miningweekly.co.za and click on ‘Video Reports’, or watch it on the Mining Weekly App on your iPhone. (Video courtesy of Magnevane)

Technology can assist in preventing mining fraud

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Technology is increasingly being used in the mining industry to reduce fraudulent activities, says software development company Dariel. Dariel MD Malcolm Rabson notes that while illegal mining is a significant challenge, it is not only these undertakings that result in fraud, as “much of it... 

Technology can assist in preventing mining fraud
Photo by Bloomberg
STREAMLINING OPERATIONS With Dariel’s Weigh Bridge Connectivity solution, drivers who transport minerals have a radio-frequency identification card and vehicle number-plate recognition to prevent fraud

Company to release device to detect lab-grown diamonds

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Gemmological services and technology developer and provider Diamond Services will in September unveil a mini Raman Spectrometer that can accurately detect high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) and chemical vapour deposition lab-grown diamonds and HPHT colour-treated diamonds. “The mini Raman... 

Company to release  device to detect  lab-grown diamonds
TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED The mini Raman Spectrometer is designed to provide diamond and jewellery companies with a high technological capability

Company modifies design of materials hauler jacking system

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Hydraulic tools manufacturer Hi-Force is making design changes to its ToughLift jacking system, with new models expected to be released in 2016, says company marketing director Laura Thompson. “The jacking system provides users in the mining industry with an easy and safe method of lifting... 

Company modifies  design of materials  hauler jacking system
STURDY AND SAFE The ToughLift jacking system can meet the requirements of plant operators at mines and quarries

New underground scanning device now locally available

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Full service technology implementation company Ramjack Technology Solutions in February launched Canadian mining mobile equipment company Peck Tech Consulting’s uGPS Rapid Mapper scanning device onto the local market. The device, unveiled in South Africa during a roadshow jointly conducted by... 

New underground  scanning device  now locally available
COLLECTING ACCURATE DATA The uGPS Rapid Mapper can take scans at speeds of between 1 km/h and 15 km/h

Latest technology renders mines ready for the future

28th August 2015 Mining houses that are deploying the latest technology in the areas of robotics, sensors, automation, wearables and connectivity will likely emerge as winners in the unceasing quest for operational excellence in the mining industry, says global information technology, consulting and outsourcing... 

Latest technology renders mines ready for the future
SAFETY UNDERGROUND Anglo American is partnering with tertiary institutions to advance its underground mining technologies

Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Australia-based exploration and emerging producer Havilah Resources in June bought a surface laser monitoring and tracking system to use at its opencut Portia gold mine, in South Australia. The mine will use the Sentry monitoring system, designed by mining software, hardware and services provider... 

Geotech analysis made easier with monitoring system
OBSERVING Maptek’s Sentry surface laser monitoring and tracking system simplifies geotech analysis

Mines advised to place new focus on innovation and technology

28th August 2015 The mining industry is “far behind” in terms of using technology and innovation to deal with industry-related challenges such as dropping ore grades, high-energy costs and lack of reliable energy supply, says bespoke mining enterprise software engineering solutions developer Stone Three Mining... 

Mines advised to place new focus  on innovation and technology
FROTH SENSOR Stone Three Mining Solutions optimises mineral processing plants through machine vision based smart sensor technology

Safety paramount in modern mining

28th August 2015 Modern mining demands rigorous focus on safety, productivity and cost containment, all of which can be driven by breakthrough technologies that are already changing the way miners operate at the coalface, says mining solutions company Strata Worldwide. The company points out that its proximity... 

Safety paramount  in modern mining
Photo by Bloomberg
MINER WELLBEING Safety systems are essential in modern mining

Miner implementing technology derived from computer gaming

28th August 2015 Millions of rands are spent every year on products and services designed to keep miners safe; however, many people do not know that some of the most important and advanced technological mining safety solutions originate from computer gaming, notes Standard Bank small enterprise head Ethel Nyembe.... 

Miner implementing technology derived from computer gaming
SAFETY AT WORK Mines are investing in technologies to increase the safety of workers

New plasma pipe-cutting machine enters production 

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Specialist chromium carbide (CrC) long-life liners and components manufacturer Rio-Carb in June started producing pipes for the diamond mining industry using its new plasma pipe-cutting machine at its factory in Alberton, Ekurhuleni. Rio-Carb director Martin Maine tells Mining Weekly that the... 

New plasma pipe-cutting machine enters production
Rio-Carb director Martin Maine and Rio-Carb product development manager Luis Garcia talk about the company’s new plasma pipe-cutting machine

New technology to reduce coal mine operating costs

By: Bruce Montiea     28th August 2015 Australian mining technology company Emergent Mining Technologies (EMT) launched its Reduced Energy Mining System (REMS) in May to increase the energy efficiency of opencast coal mines. The technology is meant to dramatically reduce mine operating costs, improve productivity and prolong the... 

New technology to  reduce coal mine  operating costs
Photo by Bloomberg
MINING EFFECTIVELY The Reduced Energy Mining System increases the energy efficiency of opencast coal mines
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