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Pumps News

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... 

Company upgrades pump application fittings

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Installing a QuickVic coupling system, which is used in pipe-joining systems for pumps in mining applications, can reduce the risk of gasket pinching as well as material handling and installation time, developer and manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining systems Victaulic regional manager Barry... 

Portable mine pump undergoes upgrade

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Explosives and initiating systems supplier AEL Mining Services has upgraded its portable emulsion charging unit (PCU) 010 pneumatic stope pump, primarily for use in narrow-reef stopes and tunnels. The new pump is the tenth iteration in the PCU series, and consists mostly of steel components,... 

New range of multijackbolt tensioners for use on mining pumps

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) new range of Nord-Lock Superbolt multi-jackbolt tensioners has been well received by the market. The Superbolt tensioners were introduced in February, were designed to reduce downtime and eliminate unsafe and laborious... 

Cheap imports prove challenging to African pumps industry

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 The challenge of cheap imports into Africa is a serious one to local South African manufacturers as a whole, mining solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa dewatering manager Ian Farquhar tells Mining Weekly. However, the fact that Weir Minerals Africa, manufactures most of its products in South... 

New polyurethane formulation to improve slurry-pumping capability

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Polyurethane product manufacturer Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) is working closely with the mining industry to create abrasion-resistant polyurethane body liners and impellors for slurry pumps, which will extend the pumps’ product life, UMP CEO Trevor Carolin tells Mining Weekly. In 2011, UMP... 

Company expands range of pumps for SA market

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Vacuum technology distributor Air & Vacuum Technologies is expanding its range of pumps with the introduction of the Flotronic Chemflo pump, which can handle hazardous materials. 

Africa’s industrial growth attracts global interest

8th March 2013 While global economies and markets stagnate in double-dip, and even triple-dip recession, Africa is on the rise, modernising, thriving and rapidly developing into a major industrial market. Africa is ripe for exploration by technology businesses around the globe, particularly in mining, oil, gas... 

Pump increases the safety of bulk emulsion use underground

By: Anine Kilian     23rd November 2012 To increase safety during the application of underground bulk emulsions use, commercial explosives manufacturer AEL Mining Services Limited developed the PCU010 Portable Charging Unit (PCU) for use in narrow reef mining environments, with the electric and hydropower versions of the unit expected... 

Demand for increased energy efficiency spurring development of high-performance pump sets

By: Natalie Greve     28th September 2012 Global manufacturer Pioneer Pump showcased its largest-ever range of high performance pump sets at this year’s Electra Mining Africa exhibition, in Johannesburg, citing a strong demand from the local market for increased energy-efficiency in dewatering as a primary driver behind its product... 

Pump imports still affecting SA manufacturers negatively

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st August 2012 The rate at which pumps are being imported into South Africa has affected local pump manufacturers negatively in all sectors, reports the South African Pumps Manufacturers’ Association (Sapma). 

Company aims to increase mining industry revenue, expands range

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st August 2012 Conveyance solutions provider Incledon plans to substantially increase the mining industry's contribution to its overall revenue in the long term. 

Partnership to produce proudly SA products

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st August 2012 Manufacturer and distributor of centrifugal pumps SAM Engineering has partnered with local foundry group Steloy Castings for the supply of centrifugal cast high-alloy components, which account for up to 70% of its pump products.  

Pump designed for discharging highly abrasive, corrosive materials

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st August 2012 Pumps manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA) reports that, with the introduction of its Verderhus screw channel pump onto the South African market, the company intends to venture into the mining industry where the pump could be of significant use. 

Variable-speed drive reduces energy consumption

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st August 2012 The use of variable speed drives (VSDs) on pumps can decrease energy consumption by up to 50% by reducing the flow rate, and as a result, also contributes greatly to the reduction of greenhouse gases, says energy management specialist Schneider Electric. 

Dosing pump protects against downtime

31st August 2012 Project consultation company Ecochem Pumps is importing a new and highly accurate dosing pump for the South African industrial and mining markets with built-in protection against downtime owing to diaphragm rupture. 

Pumps career not appealing enough for youngsters, says industry body 

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2012 Skills retention is the biggest challenge facing the pumps industry today, with opportunities in other countries drawing marketable young professionals out of South Africa, the South African Pumps Manufacturers’ Association (Sapma) executive committee says. 

Mining a new market focus for local pumps supplier

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2012 Local multidisciplinary engineering supply company Turbofluid has set its sights on growing its presence in the mining industry. The company has traditionally focused on servicing other sectors of the pumps industry, but GM Jason Bryden tells Mining Weekly that Turbofluid is committed to... 

Pumps manufacturer opens new training facility, educates the industry

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2012 Veteran pumps manufacturer and supplier Rapid Allweiler, which celebrated its eightieth anniversary in March, has opened a conference centre and training facility at its Johannesburg offices as part of an enterprise development initiative to educate members of the pumps industry. 

New technology changes sediment removal methods

15th June 2012 Water technology company Xylem (formerly known as ITT Water & Wastewater South Africa), is enjoying success with its recently introduced SlurryRat, a new floating dredge system for the removal of slurry from process water. 

Local pumps manufacturer still booming

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2012 Pretoria-based pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps is experiencing continued success with its Hippo range of submersible slurry pumps, having secured another order from independent crude oil and natural gas producer Canadian Natural Resources for two new high-voltage variants of the popular pump. 

African market buys into mill circuit pump 

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2012 Demand for Weir Minerals Africa’s Warman mill circuit rubber-lined (MCR) pump is growing substantially, having doubled in 2011 alone, says Weir Minerals Africa slurry pumps product manager Rui Gomes.  

Product ensures cost-effective slurry removal 

By: Yolandi Booyens     16th March 2012 Xylem Water Solutions South Africa, previously known as ITT Water & Wastewater South Africa, is adding a new product to its slurry equipment solutions for effective slurry removal. 

Continual growth for manufacturer

By: Yolandi Booyens     10th February 2012 Pumps manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa (VPSA) has experienced an average year-on-year growth of 34,5% over the past nine years. 

Local manufacturer supplies pumps beyond SA border

10th February 2012 Magnetic-driven centrifugal pumps manufacturer Brubin Pumps, has successfully supplied pumps to a mining expansion project in Zambia.  

Technical solutions provider exclusive South African distributor

10th February 2012 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of Garlock Sealing Technologies in South Africa, which supplies seals for various pump types used in harsh conditions such as the mining industry. 

Local pump manufacturer benefits from TT 100 awards

By: Yolandi Booyens     10th February 2012 South African slurry pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps received its fourth Technology Top 100 (TT100) award in November 2011. 

Name change reflects company’s core function

By: Yolandi Booyens     10th February 2012 ITT Water & Wastewater South Africa, a water handling and treatment solutions provider, is on the brink of changing its name to Xylem to define itself as a 100% water solutions company,” ITT marketing manager Penny Darroll reports.  

New range of slurry pumps provides extended wear life 

By: Yolandi Booyens     10th February 2012 Weir minerals Africa, a slurry equipment solutions provider, has designed a new range of slurry pumps that will soon be available to the mining industry. 

TCTA again warns of funding shortfall for acid water projects

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2012 South Africa’s Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) reports that it is making some progress in implementing emergency and near-term projects designed to deal with the problem of acid mine drainage (AMD) arising on the eastern, central and western basins of the Witwatersrand goldfields. But in a... 

Advancements in emulsion pumps improve power consumption

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th November 2011 German pumps company Netzsch Pumps & Systems has improved the product life and power consumption of its Nemo pump for explosive emulsions. 

Govt outlines emergency and short-term mine water remedies

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2011 The Department of Water and Environmental Affairs has approved both emergency and short-term remedies to deal with the prevailing threats posed by rising acid mine drainage (AMD) on the gold-bearing Witwatersrand basin. In response to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance’s... 

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