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Pumps News

Hans Merensky – the prisoner of war

12th September 2014 Ninety years ago, almost to the day, South Africa’s pre-eminent geologist, Dr Hans Merensky, made one of the most important and phenomenal mineral discoveries anywhere in the world when he identified a section of the platinum-group-metal-rich Bushveld Igneous Complex near the town of Lydenburg,... 

Local pump manufacturers expand

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th September 2014 Johannesburg-based pump manufacturers APE Pumps and Mather+Platt, owned by India-based multinational pumps manufacturer WPIL, have bought factory space alongside their existing pump factory as part of efforts to expand their portfolio as pumps suppliers. APE Pumps and Mather+Platt sales GM... 

Local pump manufacturers expand
APE MULTISTAGE PUMP The pump boasts pressure-boosting, fire-fighting and water-circulation functionalities suited to the mining industry

Pumps company grows product portfolio, focuses on R&D

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th September 2014 Scotland-headquartered specialist slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals has been focusing on enhancing its growing pump portfolio by ongoing investment in research and development (R&D) with a focus on improving material technologies to increase wear life and offer clients a lower... 

Pumps company grows product portfolio, focuses on R&D
WEIR HEAVY BAY FOUNDRY The facility is strategically located near the deep water port of Coega, thus positioning it to support global heavy bay foundry requirements

Local supplier, exclusive distributor

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th September 2014 Newly established Boksburg-based pumps supplier Integrated Pump Technology was named in June as the exclusive Southern Africa distributor for the world’s third-largest submersible pump manufacturer Grindex AB, which is based in Sweden. Integrated Pump Technology GM Klint Bawden tells Mining... 

Local supplier,  exclusive distributor
BRAVO RANGE Bravo pumps can operate over the complete pump curve, not just one specific duty point, which means that it can be used in numerous applications within its range

Manufacturer prioritises quality and service

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th September 2014 Johannesburg-based heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Pump and Abrasion Technologies is developing several new products and materials that will benefit the company’s existing and prospective clients, says sales and marketing director James Pienaar. He tells Mining Weekly that the company is... 

Pumps association chairperson advises on pump longevity

12th September 2014 Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda) chairperson Mathys Wehmeyer advices the mining industry and other users of submerged pumps to take into account the actual cost incurred when buying these pumps. “When purchasing a submersible pump, like any other capital equipment,... 

Pumps association  chairperson advises  on pump longevity
MATHYS WEHMEYER End-users should consider the total cost of ownership, the total cost of power usage, maintenance, as well as the cost involved in the loss of usage and not just the purchase price of the pump

Company modifies pumps range to meet miner’s requirements

By: Pimani Baloyi     12th September 2014 Local pumps manufacturer Cemo Pumps last month delivered the first set of GE812 pumps to gold miner Gold One’s Modder East mine, on Johannesburg’s East Rand, says Cemo Pumps MD Gregory Cohen. The GE812 is a modification of the GE088 designed to meet the miner’s specifications. “The GE088 was the... 

Company modifies pumps range to meet miner’s requirements
GE812 Instead of having several stages of pumps at each level of a mine, the GE812 can manage the full workload of an entire mine

Maintenance performed on colliery’s underground pipes

20th June 2014 Engineers at Glencore-operated Boschmans colliery, in Mpumalanga, have installed 4", 6" and 8" Victaulic Style SC77 flexible couplings in both the pump systems and the large runs of pipes throughout its plant, says Boschman engineering foreman Danie Botha. The installation-ready couplings... 

Restructured association aims for industry development

By: Dylan Slater     13th June 2014 The South African Pumps Manufacturers Association (Sapma) has launched itself as a restructured association and, as of January, officially changed its name to the Southern African Pump Systems Development Association (Sapsda). 

Restructured association aims  for industry development
PUMPS INDUSTRY The survival of locally manufactured pumps is greatly influenced by its use of castings manufactured by the local foundry industry

Air-powered pump suitable for mines

By: Dylan Slater     13th June 2014 Local pumps supplier Aquapump’s ARO series of air-operated diaphragm pumps, manufactured by diversified industrial company Ingersoll Rand, are suitable for use in mines owing to the pumps’ lightweight construction and ability to be used in a dusty environment, which is often the case with mines,... 

Air-powered pump suitable for mines
MAGNETIC DRIVE PUMP Innomag magnetically driven pumps are sealless and capable of handling hazardous materials

Pumps for small mining applications

13th June 2014 The XST series of centrifugal pumps, made by China-based pumps manufacturer Leo and distributed in South Africa by pumps supplier Raptech, features a robust design is suited for mining applications that require circulation and the transfer of clean and chemically non-aggressive water or other... 

Pumps for small  mining applications
USER-FRIENDLY The rear-entry feature of the XST pump enables the impeller, the control valve and the motor to be extracted without disconnecting the pump body from the pipe

Slurry pump improves reliability

13th June 2014 The introduction of new vertical slurry pumps for mining and industrial applications is set to significantly improve the reliability of operations, while also reducing clients’ need to stock spares, reports pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves South Africa. 

Slurry pump  improves  reliability
VERTICAL PUMPING The pumps allow for interchangeability of wet-end components

Updated pump design improves froth-handling capabilities

13th June 2014 Owing to design improvements on the Warman AHF series of heavy duty horizontal froth pumps, the product now has enhanced and revitalised froth handling capabilities, reports slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa. 

Updated pump design  improves froth-handling capabilities
IMPROVED FROTH HANDLING A large inlet diameter and unique impeller inducer blade are able to handle heavy froth and high-viscosity dense slurries

Corrosion-resistant pumps used to treat acid mine drainage

13th June 2014 The current acid mine drainage (AMD) crisis in South Africa, coupled with the impending scarcity of natural resources in the country, and the enforcement of environmental legislation, such as the National Environmental Management Act, is forcing industry stakeholders to take a closer look at the... 

Corrosion-resistant pumps used to treat acid mine drainage
Photo by Duane Daws
PUMPS FOR MINES Verder Pumps has more than 50 years of experience in pumping technology

Portable pumps improved

13th June 2014 Recent updates to pumps manufacturer Simplex’s G-series of portable pumps have improved the usability of this range of pumps in harsh environments, reports mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa. 

Portable pumps improved
SIMPLIFYING PORTABLE PUMPING Simplex lightweight power pumps can be used with long extension cords for remote applications

Pump improves workability

13th June 2014 The KZN series of US-based pumps manufacturer BJM Pumps’ heavy-duty submersible slurry pumps is designed to pump slurries to within a few inches of the bottom of pits, sumps or other areas that require pumping, owing to the pumps top discharge capability. 

Pump improves workability
AGGRESSIVE APPROACH The agitator puts heavy solids into suspension, pumping the material away with the liquid

Slurry pump undergoes special testing

By: Dylan Slater     13th June 2014 Centurion, South Africa-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps proprietary range of Hippo slurry pumps, for which Hazleton is the sole manufacturer and repairer, underwent power-differential testing in May, 2014 at a specialised testing facility, before a shipment of pumps could be delivered to... 

Slurry pump undergoes special testing
TESTING BEFORE SHIPMENT Recent testwork conducted on the Hippo slurry pump, which usually operates at 980 rpm, increased to 1 183 rpm when the power supply was switched to 60 Hz

Company to spread product awareness at expo

2nd May 2014 West Africa-based pumping solutions provider West Africa Pumping Services (Waps) will take advantage of its third appearance at the West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) to showcase its pumping equipment and spare parts offering, as well as provide details about its ongoing pumps... 

Company to spread product awareness at expo
PIONEER DEWATERING PUMPS Awareness about West Africa Pumping Services’ fleet of Pioneer pumpsets in Ghana increased substantially after Wampex 2012

Seamless bend pipes to be showcased at Wampex  

By: Pimani Baloyi     2nd May 2014 Germany-based polymer processing company STAR will showcase its seamless piping solutions at this year’s West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) at the Accra Convention Centre, in Ghana, from May 28 to 30. STAR develops and produces large-diameter polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene... 

Seamless bend pipes to be showcased at Wampex
SEAMLESS BEND PIPES STAR develops large-diameter polyethylene and polypropylene pipe systems of up to 1 200 mm

Global gathering creates opportunity for local businesses, says Ghana pumps supplier

By: Pimani Baloyi     2nd May 2014 The biennial West African Mining and Power Exhibition (Wampex) presents West African businesses with an ideal opportunity to showcase products and services and could help even small-scale businesses gain access to major mining and power industry players, says Ghana-based pump supplier Sunbabsco... 

Global gathering creates opportunity for local businesses, says Ghana pumps supplier
WATER PUMPS Sunbabsco will this year showcase ITT Gould’s proprietary pumps, which are ranked among the best in the world for the mining industry

Production-monitoring products to be showcased at expo

By: Pimani Baloyi     2nd May 2014 South Africa-founded and -based electronics and software solutions manufacturer Accutrak will exhibit its latest mobile-enabled software that allows mine production managers to trace real-time production volumes on a smartphone mobile device at this year’s West African Mining and Power Exhibition... 

Production-monitoring products to be showcased at expo
TUMELA PLATINUM MINE, THABAZIMBI Accutrak has installed its Smartrail and Accuchip systems at Anglo American Platinum’s Limpopo-based mine

Slurry pumps company targeting several African markets

By: Chantelle Kotze     28th February 2014 South Africa-based slurry pump specialist Pump and Abrasion Technologies (PAT) aims to establish its presence in the African market more securely this year, specifically in the copper and gold markets in Zambia and Ghana, while servicing its existing contracts and expanding its contract base on... 

Slurry pumps company targeting several African markets
PROVEN PRODUCT Pump and Abrasion Technologies’ aims to prove that BattleMax range of slurry pumps is not a mere mid-line or short-term product

Mining pumps supplier expects growth in industry

By: Carina Borralho     7th February 2014 The mining industry requires cheaper, but more reliable pumps that take up less space and use less water, which is what the TRVX pumps range from Pompetravaini offers, Air & Vacuum Technologies sales and marketing director Mark Burn tells Mining Weekly. He adds that, owing to the predicted... 

Submersible pumps trending worldwide

By: Carina Borralho     7th February 2014 While alternative pump designs are registering a decrease in sales worldwide, submersible pump sales are registering a global increase, owing to the advantages they offer, says Japanese pump manufacturer EIM Electric, which supplies its pumps in South Africa through sole supplier Mather + Platt.... 

Local pumps performing well

7th February 2014 Local developer and manufacturer of mining pumps and generic spares Unique Engineering is experiencing a rapid increase in the demand for replacement components. “In some instances, customers are saving as much as 40%. We believe that, owing to the weak rand, this trend will continue, and this is... 

Stainless steel application improves pump solutions

7th February 2014 Global water technology company and pumps supplier to the mining industry Xylem is now supplying standard pumps using corrosion-resistant, high-grade stainless steel impellers. Xylem, which is focused on tackling the world’s most challenging water issues, has announced that its branded Goulds... 

Froth pump suitable for tough flotation froth duties

By: Carina Borralho     7th February 2014 Slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals has developed a new range of horizontal froth pumps, which is achieving positive results in mining applications in South Africa, Weir Minerals Africa’s slurry pump product manager Rui Gomes tells Mining Weekly. “Weir Minerals has performed test... 

Company reports on benefits of a peristaltic pump

7th February 2014 Pump manufacturer and supplier Verderflex says that peristaltic pumps in the mining environment have the ability to use less energy, require less space and reduce negative impacts on the environment. Peristaltic pumps are based on the altering compression and relaxation of a hose or tube drawing... 

SA pump specialist launches range in Zambia

By: Carina Borralho     7th February 2014 South Africa-based slurry pump specialist Pump and Abrasion Technologies (PAT) in November launched its Battlemax pump range in Zambia through an exclusive partnership with pump solutions company Tri-Pump.  The company highlights this as the largest market roll-out ever attempted by the Battlemax... 

Locally made in-line pressure sensor to be 30% cheaper than imported equivalents

By: Chantelle Kotze     27th September 2013 Pressure instrumentation specialist Blanes Pressure Solutions’ reports that its soon-to-be-launched South African-manufactured inline pressure sensor is 30% more cost effective than similar imported versions. 

Twin pumps manufactured for DRC gold mine

30th August 2013 South Africa-based pumps manufacturer APE Pumps reports that it has completed the manufacturing of two vertical turbine pumps for return water duty at the Namoya gold mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). APE Pumps has orders of R8-million at present, with the Namoya pumps making up... 

Training courses to be held in Cape Town in October

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th August 2013 Owing to the massive skills shortage in the pumps industry – from entry level to top management – the South African Pump Manufacturers’ Association (Sapma) will host two two-day courses, in Cape Town, in October. 

Slurry pumps exported to oil-sand fields in Canada

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th August 2013 South Africa-based slurry pumps repairer and manufacturer Hazleton Pumps manufactured and delivered two 5.4 t HIPPO submersible slurry pumps, worth R1.5-million each, to Fort McMurray’s oil-sand fields, in Canada, in June. 

Eskom – opportunity for pumps cluster

30th August 2013 The inaugural meeting of South Africa’s pump cluster, incorporating seals, couplings and motors in both the mining and industrial sectors, was held on February 7, and saw the cluster planning to take advantage of localisation opportunities, specifically those emanating from state-owned power... 

Device introduced to monitor efficiency of pumps saving costs

30th August 2013 Global industrial manufacturer and service provider SKF in February introduced the SKF TKSA 40 energy-monitoring device to the South African market, which was designed to assist pump operators track efficiency, as well as actual operating efficiency relative to a pump’s best efficiency point... 

Localisation encouraged through cluster

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th August 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) initiative to designate industries for domestic production – where procurement is conducted by public entities, including State-owned enterprises – has motivated the inception of the pump cluster in South Africa. 

Effective use of valves, pipes and pumps could cut mines’ energy consumption by up to 40%

By: Leandi Kolver     14th June 2013 Valves, pipes and pumps that are installed and maintained effectively in pipelines could reduce mines’ energy consumption by between 10% and 40%, says valve and pipe manufacturer Rexus Trading MD Allistair Balutto. However, the skill of understanding the principles of how valves, pumps and basic... 

New range of multifunctional pumps introduced onto SA market

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Hydraulics specialist Enerpac introduced its new range of EVO-System multifunctional synchronous lifting system pumps, which are suitable for use in mining operations, in April. Enerpac Africa and sub-Sahara director Neil Watson informs Mining Weekly that the pump has been well received by the... 

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