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Pumps News

Mobile pumps prove useful in opencast mining

11th September 2020 The mobility of trailer-mounted pumps has earned them a reputation for versatility and efficiency, according to pump-leasing agent Integrated Pump Rental. The company claims that its range of Sykes pumps in mobile configuration has encountered “enthusiastic” take-up in various markets, from large... 

OEM keeps miners’ cost consciousness top of mind

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2020 At a time when mines have come under even more pressure to maintain profitability and sustainability, original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Weir Minerals Africa has put operational cost reduction and added value at the forefront of its research and development (R&D) strategy and product offering.  

OEM keeps miners’  cost consciousness  top of mind
BACKED UP The Warman WRT impeller and throatbush is a culmination of decades of research into wear patterns and hydraulic performance of the Warman AH pump’s impeller and throatbush

Strategic penetration of pumps market under way

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 Engine manufacturer Cummins is strategically targeting the dewatering pumps market in Africa and the Middle East using a two-pronged approach by working with original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users. “We see a lot of opportunity in the pumps sector, with much room for growth. Pumps,... 

Strategic penetration of pumps market under way
GIVING THE POWER BACK The repower project in Ghana saw Cummins installing complete new power packs on the mine’s dewatering pumps

Pumps range suitable for low-lubricity media

11th September 2020 Component and technical services provider BMG notes that its SF series range of Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps is used primarily on oil lube systems in mines, steel works, power stations and general industry. “SF heavy duty pumps are particularly suitable for transporting [chemically... 

Pumps range suitable  for low-lubricity media
SMOOTH TRANSPORTATION The SF-series pumps are particularly suitable for transporting chemically compatible media with minimal lubricity, that does not contain solids

Plug-and-play pumps range launched

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 Industrial pump manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa has launched the Verderflex iDura – a new range of pumps – during the 2020 Electra Mining Connect week online event, hosted from 7 to 11 September. The iDura pump range is a plug-and-play version of the existing Dura hose pump range and... 

Plug-and-play pumps range launched
EASY TO USE If the user can read the display, then they can use the pump

Pumps industry suffering a dry spell

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 The compounded knock-on effects of the Covid-19 lockdown have had a considerably negative effect on South African pumps companies, says industry body Pump Cluster chairperson Howard Jones. One of the largest markets for pumps is the mining sector, which has made a sputtering restart after the... 

Pumps industry suffering a dry spell
HOWARD JONES Importers bring pumps into South Africa at competitive costing, making it difficult for local pumps manufacturers to compete effectively

Rental pump option preserves capital

By: Darren Parker     11th September 2020 Portable air and power rental company Rand-Air, a subsidiary of industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco, has introduced the Weda range of dewatering pumps to its suite of rental options to meet demand from the market. This comes after the range of pumps was added as a purchase-only option... 

Rental pump option preserves capital
NO POWER NO PROBLEM The diesel-driven PAS/VAR range of pumps is ideal for areas where power is not available

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... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect – and it’s free of charge
Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin outlines Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect plans to Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Mines invest in mobile solutions

19th June 2020 While mines are gradually ramping up to full production while adhering to Covid-19 protocols, it is safe to say that industry is experiencing the effects of the pandemic, says pumping equipment supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) MD Franscois Steenkamp. “Over the last couple of months,... 

Research, development continues to enhance pumps range

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th June 2020 Pumps manufacturer and supplier Australian Pumps Industries MD Warwick Lorenz says the company is continuously working on improving its products by enhancing seal quality, self-priming characteristics and impeller design.  This will enable the company to pump more water with more pressure using... 

Urgent dewatering solutions needed during lockdown

19th June 2020 Pumps solutions supplier Integrated Pump Rental has continued as a secondary emergency supplier throughout the lockdown, including helping to dewater a coal mine in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The failure of one of the mine’s pumps under lockdown restrictions, which prevented pump repairs was... 

Renewed strategies, collaboration needed to address challenges

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     19th June 2020 The mining sector is one of the toughest operating environments, driven by a constant need to maximise on yield for profitability while ensuring safety and meeting stakeholder expectations, says industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl MacDougall.   He says the sector... 

Manufacturer aids entities during lockdown

19th June 2020 Pump manufacturer and supplier Werner Pumps South Africa is able to assist municipalities and contractors to ensure essential services continue during the national lockdown. “At Werner Pumps, our offices and manufacturing facilities remain open to assist our customers working in essential... 

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... 

Spillway gates increase dam capacity

By: Theresa Bhowan     8th May 2020 Increasing the capacity of return water dams results in additional water for mine use, particularly when considering the water-intensive nature of mining activities, and the consumption of water by staff and residential communities in and around a mine. Automatic water control equipment supplier... 

Spillway gates increase dam capacity
FREE FLOWING A dam can be raised up to 6 m and can double its capacity with the addition of spillway gates

Weir contributes to Solidarity Fund, shares lessons learned during lockdown 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th April 2020 Following the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on April 23 that South Africa's strict lockdown restrictions will start to ease from May, engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa is preparing to resume operations and shares the lessons it has learned before and during the... 

Weir contributes to Solidarity Fund, shares lessons learned during lockdown
Weir Minerals Africa regional MD Gavin Dyer discusses how they responded to the Covid-19 pandemic

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,... 

Mining may resume at 50% capacity – Minister
Photo by Veronica Creamer
Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Matashe during virtual media conference.

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala

By: Martin Creamer     27th March 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 internationally should be a wake-up call on the impact of South Africa’s dependency on imported products, Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo said on Friday. He urged that policies parallel to what was being implemented in the automotive sector should be prioritised in... 

Covid-19 a wake-up call on import over-dependency – Madala
Madala & Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo

ISO 9001 success for pumps company

31st January 2020 UK-based pump manufacturer Atlantic Pumps is celebrating after achieving ISO 9001 accreditation. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised quality management system standard that is issued to companies that can demonstrate a continual ability to provide strong levels of service and products that... 

ISO 9001 success for pumps company
MEETING INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS Atlantic Pumps is a specialist in pumping abrasive and aggressive fluids and works closely with the quarrying, mining, recycling and aggregates industries

Mechanical seal solution saves water at mine

By: Cameron Mackay     31st January 2020 Pump solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) contributed to a Limpopo-based platinum mine’s water-saving initiative towards the end of 2019 by replacing the existing pump gland packing with AESSEAL single cartridge seals.   The replacement project resulted from the mine’s... 

Mechanical seal solution saves water at mine
SEAL OF APPROVAL MRS can provide affordable seal conversion kits to upgrade seals or change the OEM equipment seal environment to improve seal life

Global pumps manufacturer brings training and expertise to SA

By: Cameron Mackay     31st January 2020 Pump manufacturer and independent maintenance specialist Sulzer is investing in its South African operations to ensure that it is well positioned to cover the needs of the mining sector locally and in Southern Africa. “Sulzer is continually investing in its personnel and facilities to enhance its... 

Global pumps manufacturer brings training and expertise to SA
HANDS-ON TRAINING Training can involve using a cut-away model to help explain the function of the internal components and how they interact

Local company expands service offering as pumps service centre

31st January 2020 Mpumalanga-based mechanical engineering contractor Brimis Engineering has been accredited as a service centre for pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in South Africa. The company received a certificate from KSB after a thorough inspection. The audit comprised a review of internal processes,... 

Local company expands service offering as pumps service centre
ANDILE NQANDELA Our capabilities as an end-to-end supply, fitment and maintenance organisation mean that we are ideally placed to be part of KSB SA’s service offering

Slurry pump’s enhanced wear resistance reduces TCO

31st January 2020 Pumping fluids with high solids concentrations is far more complicated than pumping water. To avoid sedimentation in the system, the correct pump size with appropriately dimensioned hoses and pipes must be selected, notes local Grindex pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology. Adding to the... 

Slurry pump’s enhanced wear resistance  reduces TCO
FOR TOUGH CONDITIONS The Grindex Bravo submersible slurry pump is proving its worth in slurry pumping applications, as the hydraulic components are made from Hard Iron

Pumps supplier aims to grow footprint of ‘technical excellence’

By: Cameron Mackay     31st January 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa is focused on expanding its footprint in Africa by growing its network of local facilities and distributor partners. “With a history of over 18 years on the continent, we have a proud tradition of technical excellence and being committed to... 

Engine specialist introduces low-emission engines for pumps

By: Mamaili Mamaila     17th January 2020 Amid a bleak global economic outlook, mining companies are exploring means of tightening their budgets. 

Engine specialist introduces low-emission engines for pumps
FIT-FOR-MARKET Cummins supplies fit-for-market solutions that are suited to the harsh operating conditions in Africa, with an aftermarket service spanning most African countries

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

‘Resurgent’ sector crucial to growth

By: Cameron Mackay     25th October 2019 Pumps manufacturer and supplier Australian Pumps Industries has a prominent presence in the Australian mining industry, particularly with 6-inch pumps in diversified miner Rio Tinto’s Dampier Salt operations, in Perth, Australia, as well as large trash pumps operating in gold and copper mines in... 

‘Resurgent’ sector crucial to growth
HYDROSTATIC RANGE Aussie Mine Boss hydrostatic testers are vital for verifying the integrity of water, as well as gas and oil pipelines

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2019 The twenty-sixth Investing in African Mining Indaba – scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 3 to 6 next year – will offer delegates new insight into issues facing Africa’s resources sector. “We’re building on the success of the 2019 Mining Indaba in terms of the high level of... 

First glimpse into Mining Indaba 2020 programme
Investing in African Mining Indaba.

Local demand for gravel pumps declining

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th September 2019 The demand for gravel pumps in South Africa has been on a steady decline over the past twenty years, says mining equipment manufacturer PCF Engineering managing partner Jan Feldtmann. “At times, it takes up to a week to secure an order, whereas sometimes it can be anything from a month to a year... 

Local demand for gravel pumps declining
LOOKING AHEAD PCF Engineering sees a positive future for pumps used in mining in Africa, especially in artisanal mining

Marked increase in company’s pump refurbishment orders

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th September 2019 Pumps supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) has witnessed a marked increase in refurbishment orders for its pumps division in the first quarter of 2019 – as opposed to new installations – compared with the same period last year. “The company has invested significantly in the improvement of... 

Marked increase in company’s pump refurbishment orders
OPTIMAL SYSTEMS The future of pump technology may be in optimal system integration rather than the pump itself

Pump couplings supply completed

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th September 2019 Since being appointed the South African distributor for coupling manufacturer Straub’s couplings range, pumps supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) has completed several mining projects that included the supply and installation of these couplings. “The removal of a suction pipe for pump... 

Pump couplings supply completed
STRAUB COUPLIGS The Straub Grip and Open Flex reduces pipe assembly to just fifteen minutes

Supplier supports pumps through the life cycle of mine operation

13th September 2019 Mines need to partner with suppliers who can support pumps through the full life cycle of the mine. “As a market leader with more than 80 years of experience in providing slurry transportation systems, Weir Minerals is well positioned to supply and support appropriate pump solutions, says Weir... 

Supplier supports pumps through the life cycle of mine operation
MARNUS KOORTS Weir Minerals Africa slurry pumps product manager

Water flinger adopted by pumps manufacturer

13th September 2019 A Southern African pump manufacturer has received its order for Vesconite low-swell hard-wearing water-flinger polymer bearings for four of its pump sizes. 

Water flinger adopted  by pumps manufacturer
WATER FILINGERS Two of the different water flingers that have been produced

High-head dewatering saved the day at Lesotho mine

13th September 2019 Normal mining operations continue at a Lesotho mine, thanks to the quick delivery by pump solution specialist Integrated Pump Rental of a rapid dewatering solution. 

High-head dewatering saved the day at Lesotho mine
HIGH HEADS A Sykes Xtra High Head dewatering pump provided reliable dewatering to a mine in Lesotho

Pumps solutions specialist celebrates distributorship

13th September 2019 Pump solutions specialist Integrated Pump Rental is celebrating being the Sykes diesel-driven pump set distributor for over three years. Integrated Pump Rental rental development manager Ruaan Venter says the Sykes distributorship has exposed the company to a broader market enabling it to offer... 

Pumps solutions specialist celebrates distributorship
DEWATERING SOLUTIONS Sykes diesel driven pump sets offer a dewatering solution where there is no access to power

Energy efficient pump launched for mines to reduce life-cycle costs

30th August 2019 Submersible motor pump manufacturer Pleuger Industries presented an energy-efficient synchronous motor with permanent magnet drive at this year’s Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition 2019 (AIMEX) held in Sydney, Australia, last month. The launch is in addition to highlighting the... 

Energy efficient pump launched for mines to reduce life-cycle costs
MAGNETIC The permanent magnet motor is suited to mine de-watering and is considerably more energy efficient

New pumps and valves to be used in mine water purification

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     23rd August 2019 As heavy-duty industrial valve manufacturing and services provider Flowrox continually develops and improves its product and service offering using state-of-the-art technology, the company has developed various new products for use in acid mine drainage and wastewater treatment in mining. These... 

Trash pumps suitable for water transfer

9th August 2019 Industrial equipment supplier Australian Pumps Industries highlights industry experts’ recommendations that heavy duty wet prime trash pumps be used in the transfer of site tailings water, silt, as well as slurries. This is owing to the pumps’ wide open impellers, non-clog design, and suitability... 

Trash pumps suitable for water transfer
FIRE FIGHTING BOSS Aussie’s Pumps' new Mine Boss version of the Fire Chief fire fighting pump is vital for mine sites where combustion hazards occur
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