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Underground Transport

Company aims to break into mining sector

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     25th March 2011 Italian machinery manufacturer Fiori says it plans to enter the South African mining sector with its new D100 mining dumper.  

Specialist expands its global footprint

25th March 2011 Mining transport systems specialist Becker Mining Systems Transport has established a second Becker subsidiary, in Novokuznetsk, in Russia, to improve local customer service.  

Improved production control management system increases logistics productivity

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     25th March 2011 Mining and exploration software provider MICROMINE has added a new shift-planning module to its Pitram production management and control system, which enables the user to implement a production plan within a real-time environment.  

German automotive specialist expands into SA mining industry

25th March 2011 German automotive oil and additive specialist Liqui Moly reports that it has expanded its product range to offer solutions for the mining sector. 

New mining trucks to optimise configuration

25th March 2011 Chinese mining technology supplier Fambition Mining Technology reports that its new Famt-15 and Famt-8 underground mining trucks enables advanced underground transportation with optimised configuration.  

Personnel transporter’s modifications improve usability

25th March 2011 Developer and supplier of fail-safe braking systems and vehicles to the mining industry NCS Engineering reports that its new generation personnel transporter has been launched this year. 

Demand leads to the development of new underground ambulance

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     25th March 2011 Underground mechanised mining solutions provider GHH Mining Machines (GHH MM) has added the MV-U40D-AMB underground ambulance to its range. 

New articulated dump trucks for Assmang

25th March 2011 Ferroalloys producer Assmang Manganese has recently taken delivery of two new B25 Low Profile articulated dump trucks (ADTs) from heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment.  

Shuttle car suspension taken to a new level

26th March 2010 Global underground mining equipment manufacturer Joy Mining Machinery has launched its upgraded four-wheel independent in-shuttle car suspension system, the Joyride. 

Local personnel carriers enter international market

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 Manufacturers of mining equipment NCS Engineering has introduced into the market a range of purpose-built personnel and service vehicles for the mining industry. Despite being relatively new in the market, the MaximB vehicles are being supplied both to the local and international markets,... 

Distributor meets DRC challenge

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 A narrow shaft being sunk in the Democratic Republic of Congo by a local mining contractor proved no challenge for earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa. 

Higher earnings for railbound transport systems supplier

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 Railbound transport systems supplier SMT Scharf Africa has increased its revenue and earnings in the 2009 fiscal year, producing a turnover of R180-million, up from the R5-million-a-year turnover the company reported in 2006. 

Orders roll in for railbound transport systems supplier

By: Carla Thomaz     26th March 2010 Orders for railbound transport systems supplier SMT Scharf’s electric monorail transport system (EMTS) continue to grow with platinum major Impala Platinum (Implats) ordering an additional four EMTS trains and 9 km of rail for its Shaft 20 project and gold major AngloGold Ashanti ordering two... 

Rail formers 
suit underground railway lines

26th March 2010 Diversified engineering service provider Becker Engineering’s has a range of rail formers ideally suited to bend rails for underground railway lines. 

Multirope attachment sets supplied to Mexican mine

By: Beth Shirley     27th March 2009 Capital equipment supplier Becker Mining Africa, a division of diversified engineering services provider Becker Group, has secured a contract with a Mexican coal, iron and copper mining group. The contract is for the supply of head and tail rope attachment sets, which enhance the safety of... 

New traction battery charger for underground locomotives

By: Beth Shirley     27th March 2009 Supplier of underground locomotive controllers and battery chargers Aztec Electronics has announced the release of a new battery charger controller, the Battery Controlled (Batcon) Micro. 

Safe, cheap conveying system competes with labour in tough times

By: Beth Shirley     27th March 2009 As the recession becomes apparent in the mining industry, with project shutdowns and delays, companies are attempting to stay afloat by reducing expenditure. Conveyance solutions company Miniveyor Products has developed safe and efficient conveying equipment that is suited to mining houses that... 

Will there be a big bang?

By: Beth Shirley     27th March 2009 The use of car manufacturer Toyota Secunda’s Hilux bakkies in underground coal mines in South Africa has proven successful. These vehicles have replaced conventional purpose-built vehicles used underground in the past. Concerns have arisen, however, as to whether these bakkies are safe and comply... 

New continuous miner increases production

By: Beth Shirley     27th March 2009 Mining machinery manufacturer Joy Mining is currently developing the world’s largest underground continuous miner, the Joy 12HM37, capable of cutting six metres of coal seam and increasing production by 50%, says Joy Mining technical director Ben Snyman.  

Transport system a key breakthrough invention

By: Beth Shirley     27th March 2009 In 1970, the US patented the invention of a transport system for underground mining. This invention relates to a system supporting a railway line, which has rolling stock guided laterally for passing through horizontal and vertical curves on a track composed of horizontal bars. It is known as... 

Automatic coupler improves mine transportation safety

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th March 2008 An automatic coupling system, designed by diversified engineering company Deton Engineering, has improved mine transportation safety standards on a number of platinum mines in South Africa. 

Mining company acquires transport infrastructure capability

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th March 2008 Diversified mining company, Coffey International, has announced that it has extended its project management capability in transport infrastructure with the acquisition of Australian mining subsidiary Teal Management Services. 

New underground mine transportation product on offer

28th March 2008 Diversified engineering company Becker Engineering, part of the Becker group of companies, has recently developed a range of innovative solutions for underground personnel transport. 

Diversified engineering company receives hard coal contract

28th March 2008 German hard coal producer Deutsche Steinkohle AG, has awarded its research prize, DSK-Forschungspreis 2007, to diversified engineering company SMT Scharf. 

Platinum horizon for diversified engineering company

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th March 2008 Diversified engineering company, SMT Scharf Africa, part of the SMT Scharf group, is hoping to supply an electric monorail transport system (EMTS) to South Africa's largest platinum producer. 

Increasing interest in controller logic upgrade for South Africa’s mines

By: Jonathan Faurie     28th March 2008 There has been renewed interest in the upgrading of the electronic system (logic) which controls mine locomotives, reports diversified electronics company Aztec Electronics. 

Mine locomotive accidents explained

28th March 2008 The study into the occurrence of mine locomotive accidents by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) attempted to explain the events leading to underground mine accidents. 

Local mine receives first continuous miner

30th March 2007 The first JOY 12HM31AAA low seam continuous miner was delivered to New Denmark Colliery in Mpumalanga by Joy Mining Machinery South Africa. 

Automation enables underground transport from surface

30th March 2007 Automation and industrial information technology is changing the way companies do business. For Sandvik, this means that this technology can also be used on their equipment to improve safety and productivity in the underground mining environment. 

Speciality chains meet underground conveying demands

30th March 2007 Engineering and speciality chains, Tsubaki roller, available from Bearing Man’s power transmission division, are designed for the highest performance in underground heavy duty drive and conveying applications. 

New bulk-handling system a rollercoaster ride

30th March 2007 Local company Deebar has manufactured a bulk materials handling system at Harmony Gold mine's Phakisa shaft. 

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