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Underground Transport

Fast-track chairlift conquers Everest

By: Shannon de Ryhove     30th March 2007 A R4-million order to supply a 400-m long chairlift system to Aquarius Platinum’s Everest mine near Steelpoort in Mpumalanga has been completed in record time by Becker Mining Systems. 

Continuous welded track rehabilitation for local mines

By: Shannon de Ryhove     30th March 2007 Natal-based company Flint Construction is currently rehabilitating some 40 km of underground haulages on nine mines and over 12 shaft systems in Southern Africa. 

Record production

31st March 2006 A mining production record of 112 481 tons of coal was achieved in July last year. 

Flexible conveyor train enhances continuous mining

31st March 2006 In response to ever-increasing mining power, where continuous haulage in and of itself is no longer enough, Joy Mining Machinery has launched a new-generation flexible conveyor train (FCT). 

Rail equipment for underground transport systems

31st March 2006 As a specialist in lifting and pulling systems Bellambie Mining & Industrial supplies a range of rail equipment designed for underground transport systems. 

Refurbished winder supplied to Zimbabwe gold-mine

31st March 2006 The turnkey supply of a refurbished second- hand 2,4 m double-drum rock winder to a ?gold-mine in Zimbabwe is being commissioned by Manhattan Corporation. 

26 years of underground traction control and support

31st March 2006 A leader in the design, manufacture, commissioning, refurbishment and repair of underground loco controllers, loco battery chargers and other surface and underground electrical and electronic equipment, Aztec Electronics supplies both off-the-shelf components and systems as well as tailor-made... 

Product range satisfies underground transport needs

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 As a supplier of safety-enhanced features for vehicles carrying personnel in potentially hazardous environments of underground and surface transport, Truckline Services has more than 10 years’ experience in the industry. 

German firm sells subsidiary

31st March 2006 In the course of increasing the focus on its core business of coal mining DBT GmbH sold its subsidiary DBT Maschinenfabrik Scharf to the Aurelius group, a private equity company headquartered in Munich. 

Fail-safe braking systems bring vehicles to a quick halt

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 With more than 30 years experience in the industry NCS Engineering has been specialising in the design and manufacture of the MaximB range of liquid-cooled fail-safe braking systems for rubber-tyred underground mining vehicles since 1988. 

Fully-automated system

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 The world�s first fully-automated underground trucking system is now in operation at De Beers� Finsch diamond-mine. 

Efficient and continuous transport

By: Mischa Drotsky     31st March 2006 The project-management company, DRA Technical Services� alternate director Rhys Castley tells Mining Weekly that the company�s latest design and installation of a chairlift system has been for the Aquarius mine in Kroondal. 

Chairing the local mining industry on

By: peter cromberge     1st April 2005 When people think of chairlifts, chances are they will conjure up associations of cosy timber ski lodges and snow-powdered mountain peaks mottled with pine trees. 

Polymer rail sleepers being tested for the mining industry 

By: peter cromberge     1st April 2005 A polymer rail sleeper for use in mines has recently been introduced by a local plastic recycling company. 

Company pulling out all the stops for underground safety

By: peter cromberge     1st April 2005 Since 1996 more than 200 station-stopping devices with impact energy absorption functions have been installed in various mines across the country. 

Pipe-installer vehicle is not a pipe dream

By: peter cromberge     1st April 2005 A Nelspruit company has supplied two pipe-manipulator machines, valued at about R1,5-million each, for use in a new platinum mine in the Steelpoort area, Northern Province. 

Trucks haul value for the mining industry

By: peter cromberge     1st April 2005 Guided by the philosophy that mine utility vehicles should be designed and manufactured to suit the profile of ore bodies and not the other way around, a multinational mining and construction company has developed two new 30 t trucks for underground haulage. 

The role of underground transport in mine planning

By: peter cromberge     1st April 2005 Underground transportation plays an important role in the mining cycle and in the value chain of mining. 

Aluminium mining skips are being used underground

1st April 2005 Underground mining represents a complicated transport environment. 

Jacks designed for track maintenance

By: Zonika Botha     1st April 2005 Local company Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s range of mechanical jacks offer extended lifting heights, increased efficiency, greater safety and a competent weight to capacity ratio. 

Monorail offers an alternative to shaft sinking

By: Zonika Botha     1st April 2005 Monorail systems offer a cost-effective alternative to shaft sinking in the mining industry and could well become the future of logistics, says DBT Africa MD Paul Bracher. 

Automotive products for the mining industry

1st April 2005 Witbank-based Truckline Services is active in value-added automotive products and services, and went into partnership with BKS Advantech to supply certified roll-over protective structures (ROPS) and falling-object protective structures (FOPS) canopies. 

Rope haulage system promises low operational and maintenance costs

By: elizabeth rebelo     2nd April 2004 A South African based specialist winder consulting company,DRA Technical Services, has developed a rope haulage system with low operational and maintenance costs, says MD Graham du Plessis. 

Wankie gets refurbished underground mining equipment

By: elizabeth rebelo     2nd April 2004 Mining Machinery company, Joy, was awarded the contract to supply underground mining equipment, which includes a remote-controlled 12HM31 continuous miner and three 20 ton D-shuttle cars for the new 3 Main mine at Wankie colliery in Zimbabwe. 

AngloGold replaces 650 locomotives

By: elizabeth rebelo     2nd April 2004 The 21st century locomotive is being successfully rolled out at AngloGold’s South African operations, says manager electrical Bernard Robinson. 

Integrated logistics planning promoted

By: elizabeth rebelo     2nd April 2004 Production targets are often stipulated without a holistic consideration of underground working conditions, which significantly affect a mine’s productivity and safety. 

Monorail being installed at Rustenburg and Tshepong

By: elizabeth rebelo     2nd April 2004 The Scharf electrical monorail transportation system (EMTS), which is supplied and supported by DBT Africa, has been specifically designed and engineered for local mining conditions. 

Transport ranks high as a cause of accident-related deaths

By: elizabeth rebelo     2nd April 2004 When considering the overall safety of a mine operation, one would never guess that the second-highest cause of accident-related deaths in the mining industry is transport-related, which is preceded only by rock-related accidents. 

Track will result in savings on rolling stock

By: elizabeth rebelo     2nd April 2004 In South Africa the total yearly tonnages hauled on underground rail systems exceed the tonnages hauled on surface rail systems by about 30%. However, South Africa’s underground rail infrastructure is infamous for its water-related problems, lack of maintenance and poor haulage performance. 

Diesel engine installed in Otjihase ADT

By: elizabeth rebelo     2nd April 2004 Manufacturer of diesel engines, Cummins Diesel SA has made its first move into underground mining in southern Africa, with the re-powering of the first of a fleet of Bell articulated dump trucks (ADTs) at the Otjihase copper mine, in Namibia, owned by the Ongopolo Mining & Processing Company. 

Global mine-winder database offers sourcing solution to local miners

By: candice haase     4th April 2003 Access to a database of 450 mine-winders across the globe puts an East Rand mining equipment refurbisher, and its clients, at an advantage where cost and time efficiencies are crucial to a mining operation. 

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