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Local manufacturers struggle to secure business from miners

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The local mining industry fails to consider smaller, local manufacturers’ products, which have the potential to extend the life of equipment, reduce wear and tear and, consequently, decrease downtime, says pumps supplier Pumps for Africa co-owner Dennis Winslow. Companies are not prepared to give... 

Local supplier mitigates mines’ supply chain challenges

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The global disruption of supply chains has resulted in the local pumps industry having to increase stockholding to assist in mitigating production losses and increasing operational efficiency at mines. The lead times of imported spare parts and finished products, as well as other aspects of the... 

An image of AQS' Potoons
PONTOON The potoons are designed to float submersible pumps with a total mass of up t0 800kgs

Mines’ transition pushes industry to adapt

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The South African mining industry’s expansion and adapting in line with global demands requires the pumps industry to expand accordingly by offering various and robust pumping solutions for versatile applications, says pumps distributor Vansan SA’s marketing coordinator Riëtte Kotzé. Pumps are... 

An image of Vansan's submersible pumps
SUBMERSIBLE PUMPS Various factors need to be considered when choosing a pump

Novel solutions improve costs

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th September 2021 The South African mining industry “insists on value for money”, which has led to companies’ analysing entire life-cycle costs when making buying decisions, says pumps manufacturer, supplier and solutions company Centex Africa MD Theo Philippou. The increased attention to detail has resulted in... 

A graphic of Centex’s Lily Pad shallow water dewatering solutio
LILY PAD The Lily Pad pumps water without creating vortices in water

Robustness essential to avoid downtime

20th August 2021 Mining, drilling and quarrying equipment must be reliable and robust to minimise downtime, says Finnish hydraulic equipment manufacturer Dynaset. Dynaset manufactures hydraulic and hydraulic-driven equipment to high-quality European standards. The company’s product line-up comprises hydraulic... 

A photo of a Commachio drill rig equipped with Dynaset HPW hydraulic high pressure water pump
HAIL HYDRAULICS All Dynaset products are powered by hydraulics

Several pump solutions on show

20th August 2021 Pump manufacturer Abel Pumps will be exhibiting several solutions for the toughest mine pumping requirements at this year’s MINExpo International in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the US. The company has several pumps for the removal of mine tailings, backfill, mine dewatering and filter press... 

A photo of Abel HMQ pumps for mining
MORE THAN ABLE Abel pumps are robust and built with user-friendly features that do not require special tools or many personnel to maintain them

Couplings provide durable, reliable service

16th July 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s extensive portfolio of Transfluid couplings comprises constant fill fluid couplings that have been designed to withstand operation in difficult conditions, including hazardous environments. The K series comprises three main elements – the driving impeller... 

KEEP IT FLUID 
Transfluid’s constant fill fluid couplings have been designed for hydrodynamic transmission
KEEP IT FLUID Transfluid’s constant fill fluid couplings have been designed for hydrodynamic transmission

Transfluid set to become standard in mining

By: Theresa Bhowan     16th July 2021 While engineering solutions provider BMG’s Transfluid K Series is the most economical fluid coupling on the market, the only challenge it is currently facing is being listed as a “product standard” at certain operations in the mining industry. “We have run tests and have references on many of... 

NEW STANDARD 
BMG is currently waiting for approval to become listed as a standard on mine sites
NEW STANDARD BMG is currently waiting for approval to become listed as a standard on mine sites

Mining vital to economy, can help guide country's path – President 

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2021 Mining is vital to the South African economy and the opportunities that exist in mining can help guide the country’s path to a more inclusive and equitable economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated on Monday. Writing in his From the Desk of the President column, Ramaphosa placed mineral and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Automatic lubrication reduces labour, costs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th June 2021 Since adding the Accumin range of lubrication systems to its portfolio of products and solutions in 2020, pumps original-equipment manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa says the system has generated significant value for pump installations at mine sites.  

CONSISTENCY IS KEY Accumin lubricators are driven electro-mechanically, dispensing consistent dosages of lubricant regardless of ambient temperature
CONSISTENCY IS KEY Accumin lubricators are driven electro-mechanically, dispensing consistent dosages of lubricant regardless of ambient temperature

Pumps must ‘push limits’ to meet demands

By: Anna Moross     18th June 2021 Mining companies require deeper exploration to find economically viable ore and the further a mining company wants to explore, the more mining pump vendors need to “push the envelope” to ensure that pumps are flexible and can accommodate these depths. 

HIGHER-PRESSURE PUMPS
These high-pressure pumps include three 850 kW Cornell 810 26 MX high-pressure pumps, and four 810 22 mining pumps with 650 kW motors
HIGHER-PRESSURE PUMPS These high-pressure pumps include three 850 kW Cornell 810 26 MX high-pressure pumps, and four 810 22 mining pumps with 650 kW motors

Solutions address challenges from rains

By: Anna Moross     18th June 2021 Heavy rains in recent months have caused the water table to rise, which, in turn, has resulted in “unparalleled issues” for openpit and underground mining operations, with the ingress of water affecting production, explains specialist pump rental organisation Integrated Pump Rental development... 

SYKES DIESEL-DRIVEN PUMP
The Sykes diesel driven pump set is ideal for dewatering open pit operations.
SYKES DIESEL-DRIVEN PUMP The Sykes diesel driven pump set is ideal for dewatering open pit operations.

Flameproof pump sets delivered to local colliery

18th June 2021 Pretoria-based pump supplier and services company, Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS), delivered six flameproof mobile pump sets to a colliery in Mpumalanga in May. 

FLAMEPROOF PUMP SET
The Tsurumi KTX series is an explosion-proof model of the general KTZ series of dewatering pumps.
FLAMEPROOF PUMP SET The Tsurumi KTX series is an explosion-proof model of the general KTZ series of dewatering pumps.

New isolation pads make SX plants safer

18th June 2021 The engineered polymer Vesconite, which is traditionally used for bearings, can reduce fire risks for solvent extraction (SX) plant, notes polymer developer Vesconite, adding that it has been installed on base plates for centrifugal pumps at pump manufacturer SAM Engineering.  

VESCONITE ISOLATION PADS
The polymer, Vesconite, has been installed by SAM Engineering on base plates upon which its centrifugal pumps are mounted.
VESCONITE ISOLATION PADS The polymer, Vesconite, has been installed by SAM Engineering on base plates upon which its centrifugal pumps are mounted.

Company offers engineered solutions for pump systems

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2021 Specifying pumps for mine water applications is not as simple as it would first appear, and these applications often require a bespoke solution, says original-equipment pumps manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa. Incorrect specification could result in poor performance, excessive operational and... 

MOVEMENT MADE EASY Weir Minerals’ pontoons allow for equipment to be easily moved when necessary
MOVEMENT MADE EASY Weir Minerals’ pontoons allow for equipment to be easily moved when necessary

Company’s pump systems an ‘ideal solution’

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th January 2021 High-pressure jetting equipment specialist Werner Pumps continuously supplies systems, such as power jetting pump systems, to several gold mines in South Africa. These systems include the trolley- and trailer-mounted units, says Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. 

IDEAL SOLUTION
The units are manufactured locally and offer an “ideal solution” for cleaning sewer lines, as well as water sandblasting and pressure cleaning
IDEAL SOLUTION The units are manufactured locally and offer an “ideal solution” for cleaning sewer lines, as well as water sandblasting and pressure cleaning

Supplier extends range, suitable for various sectors

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th January 2021 Air compressor, pumps and generator rental supplier Rand-Air has introduced two robust and durable pump ranges suitable for use in a variety of applications, including within the mining sector.  The new ranges include the Weda electrical submersible pump, which features low to medium heads, and... 

COATED AND COVERED The impellers on the pumps are coated and highly durable, making them able to withstand corrosive materials, to a point
COATED AND COVERED The impellers on the pumps are coated and highly durable, making them able to withstand corrosive materials, to a point

Pump maintenance vital to minimise water leaks

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     29th January 2021 As one pump can spill up to 8 820 kℓ of water a year, saving water is coming to the fore as one of the most important aspects of mining and the granting of mining permits and licences, highlights industrial solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) CEO Franscois Steenkamp. He... 

BREAKING IT DOWN 
Cavitation causes wear and tear and sometimes serious damage
BREAKING IT DOWN Cavitation causes wear and tear and sometimes serious damage

Pumps rental agency ready for dewatering demand

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2021 Equipment rental agency Integrated Pump Rental is well positioned to cater for the rise in urgent dewatering requirements, as a result of the rainy season and subsequent heavy downpours in South Africa and its neighbouring countries, through its market-ready range of dewatering solutions. While... 

EASIER MOBILITY
The Sykes CP units weigh only about 1.5 t on a road trailer, which allows easy mobility on-road and off-road
EASIER MOBILITY The Sykes CP units weigh only about 1.5 t on a road trailer, which allows easy mobility on-road and off-road

Range brings higher flow rates, delivery heads addition

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2021 Pump manufacturer Grundfos’ CR185 vertical, multistage centrifugal pump range – which has suction and discharge ports on the same level – allows for higher flow rates and delivery heads. The uptake of the CR185 pump – launched in October 2020 – has been “really positive”, as it can operate in a... 

NEW GENERATION
The CR185 pump is a new generation of the Grundfos CR pump range
NEW GENERATION The CR185 pump is a new generation of the Grundfos CR pump range

Metso Outotec to sell Vereeniging operations

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd November 2020 Consultations evaluating the closure or other alternatives related to former Metso Outotec operations in Vereeniging, South Africa, have been concluded and resulted in the decision to divest the fabrication, machining and assembly operations and close, or rearrange, the rest of the operations.... 

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... 

A MOVING PROPOSITION
Customers value the manoeuvrability and flexibility of their on-site mobile pumps
A MOVING PROPOSITION Customers value the manoeuvrability and flexibility of their on-site mobile pumps

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.  

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
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,... 

GIVING THE POWER BACK
The repower project in Ghana saw Cummins installing complete new power packs on the mine’s dewatering pumps
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... 

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

EASY TO USE
If the user can read the display, then they can use the pump
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... 

HOWARD JONES
Importers bring pumps into South Africa at competitive costing, making it difficult for local pumps manufacturers to compete effectively
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... 

NO POWER NO PROBLEM
The diesel-driven PAS/VAR range of pumps is ideal for areas where power is not available
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... 

Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin.
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... 

FREE FLOWING
A dam can be raised up to 6 m and can double its capacity with the addition of spillway gates
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 Minerals Africa has put social distancing protocols in place for staff meetings at their manufacturing facilities
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,... 

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