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Booyco Electronics

17th May 2019 Understanding evolving customer needs as well as the legislative compliance requirements of differing sectors ideally positions Booyco Electronics to offer application-specific and safety-related solutions to customers across a range of industries. Booyco’s safety products portfolio has grown... 

Payload management systems help optimise mining operations

29th March 2019 Advanced mining technology supplier Ramjack Technology Solutions suggests that implementing payload management systems at the mine face can optimise a mine’s overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). A notable strategy for improvement in underground mining is to retrofit all load-haul-dump units... 

Payload management  systems help optimise mining operations
JACK OF ALL TRADES Ramjack Technology Solutions offers accountability and traceable guarantees with its systems

New underground loader sets productive pace

29th March 2019 Capital equipment giant Caterpillar’s Cat R1700 underground mining loader, with its completely new design, has proven its high productivity and efficiency in extended field trials and in production studies. The R1700 carries a size-class-leading payload of 15 t (16.5 tons), 20% more than its... 

New underground loader sets productive pace
LIKE A MEERKAT The Cat R1700 is an efficient and productive underground loader

Programming interface for interoperability to be launched

29th March 2019 Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will develop an interoperable platform for its AutoMine automation system for underground loaders and trucks. The development of the platform for AutoMine was proposed at #DisruptMining, a presentation on March 3 during the Prospectors... 

Programming interface for  interoperability to be launched
ALL UNDER CONTROL The AutoMine Access application programming interface will provide standard, pre-defined interfaces for connecting third party loaders and trucks for control by Sandvik’s AutoMine system

Platinum mine rope attachments’ installation completed

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 The installation of winding rope attachments for man-and-materials shaft winders at a platinum mine on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in Limpopo, has recently been completed, says mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa (SA) GM Tom Searle. Becker Mining SA was... 

Platinum mine rope attachments’ installation completed
WINDING ROPE ATTACHMENTS All Becker Mining rope attachments are designed to conform to statutory requirements

Legislative amendments call for suitable PDS solutions

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Educating the local mining industry on the correct application of and legislative requirements regarding pedestrian detection system (PDS) solutions is a priority, given the pending implementation of stricter safety regulations, says mine safety equipment supplier Booyco Electronics. Chapter 8 of... 

Legislative amendments call for suitable  PDS solutions
PROXIMITY DETECTION Moving machinery incidents were the cause of 12 deaths in 2017 and to date three this year

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Negative investor sentiment in the mining sector over the past four years has slowed the local mining industry’s adoption of a new suspended underground mining transportation system, designed by South African transportation system solutions provider Futran Holdings. Futran Holdings, the developer... 

Transport system ready for implementation in new investment cycle
SUSPENDED TRANSPORTATION Futran Holdings has developed the Futran OreVeyor suspended underground mining transportation system

Underground rail transport at local mines not being prioritised  

By: Paige Müller     30th March 2018 Underground rail infrastructure at South African mines is not operating at its full potential, predominantly owing to poor track-system choices and a lack of critical maintenance, says multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm WSP Africa technical director of rail transport and... 

Underground rail transport at local mines not being prioritised
Multidisciplinary engineering consultancy firm WSP Africa discusses the state of underground rail transportation in South Africa’s mines. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Turnkey Instruments

23rd May 2017 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) 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

First load of rope handling equipment delivered

31st March 2017 Mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa has delivered the first load of winding rope attachments for a man and materials shaft winder to a client on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, in the northern part of South Africa, which hosts the world’s largest reserves of... 

First load of  rope handling equipment delivered
ROPE REQUIREMENTS Four sets of head rope attachments and four sets of tail rope attachments are required for a 4.5-m-diameter drum of a Koepe winder

New drill logistically self-sufficient

By: Victor Moolman     31st March 2017 The new track-mounted VersaMobile KmN.8UM drill from mining equipment manufacturer VersaDrill Canada is self-sufficient to the point that it does not need mine vehicle involvement to facilitate its transportation when operating underground. 

New drill logistically self-sufficient
OPERATOR SAFETY To ensure that the operator is safe, the drill can be controlled remotely using a wired controller

More electric vehicles expected underground

31st March 2017 The annual global market for lithium-ion battery energy capacity for traction and propulsion energy in underground mining vehicles (UMVs), marine vessels and rail cars is estimated to reach a combined 8 614 MWh in nine year’s time, and pack revenue will total $5.99-billion. 

More electric vehicles  expected underground
Photo by Bloomberg
LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES The continued decline of lithium-ion battery prices has helped the electric vehicle market to grow

Growth in demand for underground equipment efficiency – research

31st March 2017 A recent trend in the global underground equipment market is the immense push to develop advanced and more effective mining equipment for transportation, excavation, washing and screening processes to help reduce energy costs. 

Growth in demand for underground equipment efficiency – research
Photo by Bloomberg
FUELLING FOCUS Savvy companies are rapidly supplanting outdated machinery with energy efficient alternatives to save costs

First SA-made four rope handling system 

By: Victor Moolman     31st March 2017 South Africa’s first locally designed and built mobile rope-handling system, designed for installing both head and tail ropes onto a four-rope Koepe friction winder, is ready to be used at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine in the North West, mining equipment manufacturer Tech Edge... 

First SA-made four rope handling system
Tech Edge Group MD Bannister Erasmus and Tech Edge Group executive chairperson Russell Moore explain how the rope-handling equipment was designed and made for the Bakubung platinum mine. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Underground transport challenges deeper than commodity slump

By: Nadine James     25th March 2016 In addition to the weakened commodity market adversely affecting the sales of underground locomotives, three further challenges that suppliers and manufacturers of underground transport equipment face are insufficient equipment maintenance by mining companies, the incorrect use of equipment and... 

Underground transport challenges deeper than commodity slump
COMPACT DESIGN The Wolf locomotives are designed for small tunnels in deep-level hard-rock mining operations

10 t hybrid locomotive to be completed in April

By: Nadine James     25th March 2016 Pretoria-based mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting is scheduled to complete its 10 t diesel, lithium-ion hybrid locomotive by the end of next month, says MD Dr Danie Burger, adding that the company aims to supply South Africa’s “frail” underground rail networks. The project,... 

Efficiency drive includes underground articulated dump truck range

25th March 2016 South African manufacturer and  articulated dump truck (ADT) specialist Bell Equipment’s efforts to improve and lower total cost of ownership, targets underground mining operations in the market for underground ADTs. Bell Equipment ADTs marketing manager Tristan du Pisanie says the company has... 

Efficiency drive includes underground articulated dump truck range
RUGGED TERRAIN Bell's articulated dump trucks are specifically designed for underground mining

Equipment supplier offers ultralow emission diesel engines

25th March 2016 Multinational equipment supplier Sandvik Mining plans to offer its entire range of underground load and haul fleet models with ultra-low-emission diesel engines – either Stage IV/Tier 4 or Stage II/Tier 2 – options by mid-2016. The Gauteng-based Southern African division notes that these options... 

Equipment supplier offers ultralow  emission diesel engines
Photo by Måns Berg
SNADVIK TH550 Tara mine replaced the engine in the mining truck with a Tier 4 engine to reduce emissions

Rail contracting company restores familiar brands

By: Dylan Stewart     21st April 2015 Railway contracting company Loning Hill Properties has been trading as Flint Rail Projects since March 1, 2015, restoring a previously familiar brand in the underground mining industry, says Flint Rail Projects MD Keith Flint 

Rail contracting company restores familiar brands

SA mining company develops regenerative locomotive

By: Dylan Stewart     27th March 2015 Gold miner Sibanye Gold is in the second phase of developing its own hybrid locomotive with regenerative braking functionality, Sibanye Gold senior VP of technical services Peter Turner tells Mining Weekly, further noting that the first phase of the development was completed last year. 

SA mining company develops regenerative locomotive
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFETY FIRST The biggest leap forward in the horizontal underground transport industry has been the development of safety technology

Longest vertical pipeline worldwide to deliver emulsion

By: Dylan Stewart     27th March 2015 Explosives supplier BME is setting up a 318 m vertical pipeline – the longest in the world – to enable the direct delivery of emulsion to a South African underground mine, BME senior operations manager Selwyn Pearton says. 

New multipurpose scissor lift platform developed

27th March 2015 To enhance logistics of underground mining operations, concrete equipment and material-placing equipment manufacturer Putzmeister has developed the Minelift 4 scissor-lift platform. 

SA company develops people carrier for low-seam mining

By: Dylan Stewart     27th March 2015 South African vehicle manufacturing and modifications specialist Transerve has developed an underground people carrier that can transport people through tunnels as low as 140 cm in height, Transerve GM Tiaan van der Merwe tells Engineering News. 

Company introduces new PDS technology

27th March 2015 Electronic safety equipment specialists Booyco Electronics has just introduced the newest iteration of its pedestrain detection system (PDS) technology, taking into account the latest trends and developments in the mining industry MD Anton Lourens tells Mining Weekly. 

Turnkey Instruments

27th March 2015 Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) 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

New mine-traction battery chargers released

By: Dylan Stewart     26th March 2015 Energy distribution manufacturer Becker released its new insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) mine-traction battery chargers in September last year at the Electra Mining Africa trade show that was held in Johannesburg. 

New mine-traction battery chargers released

Could underground rail make a comeback?

By: Dylan Slater     28th March 2014 Underground rail networks used to transport mined materials may be poised for future growth, owing to the high cost of trackless machinery and other alternative transport methods. 

Could underground  rail make a comeback?
ON TRACK A quality railbound installation will have a lifecycle of at least 10 to 15 years

New haul dumper to be fully operational by April

By: Dylan Slater     28th March 2014 Developed as a joint venture (JV) between mining equipment group Bell Equipment and South Africa-based mining equipment company Aard Mining Equipment, a new underground haul truck (UHT), the B33L (Bell branding) or A33 (Aard branding) is expected to be fully operational by the beginning of April,... 

New haul dumper to be fully operational by April
UNDERGROUND HAULING Layout of the underground haul truck was designed to provide easy access for maintenance procedures

Winders go mobile, open new market

By: Dylan Slater     28th March 2014 The development of mobile rescue winders has created a new gap in the global mining mobility and underground transport market, reports Kempton Park-based engineering services company Winches and Winders (W&W). 

Winders go  mobile, open new market
MINE WINDING A 450 kW Winches and Winders winder installed at First Quantum Minerals' Frontier Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Railway contractor undertakes various underground projects

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th March 2013 Railway and civil engineering contractor Flint Construction, a division of the First Tech group of companies, aims to complete the refurbishment of the existing railway infrastructure at 7 Level of junior platinum miner Atlatsa Resources’ Bokoni platinum mine, located on the north-eastern limb of... 

Loader attachments new to market

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th March 2013 Supplier of compact multipurpose diggers, loaders and attachments, Avant South Africa (SA) has introduced several new loader attachments to the underground mining industry this year. 

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