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Underground Transport

Firm secures mine upgrade contracts

4th April 2003 Orders worth close to R4,5-million in recent months have put Walter Becker South Africa on track to upgrade several underground transportation systems in the South African mining industry. 

Zambian mine’s rock-winder refurbished

4th April 2003 The refurbishment and upgrade of a Koepe rock winder underground at Mopani Copper Mines in Zambia is currently being completed. 

Rail former available for underground uses

4th April 2003 A product suited to bend and form rails on railway lines in underground transport applications on mines is Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s rail former, the 3A25 series. 

Hydropowered monorail system is introduced

By: candice haase     4th April 2003 A hydropowered monorail system has been developed by a South African hydro- power company for installation in raises underground. 

Research body urges need for integrated transport approach

By: candice haase     4th April 2003 As the mining industry continues its efforts to improve underground efficiencies, the role of an integrated approach to underground transportation is enjoying increasing attention. 

Underground rolling-stock production increasing due to mining expansion

By: candice haase     4th April 2003 The increased activity in the mining sector in Southern Africa continues to stimulate growth in the production of underground mine rolling stock. 

Mobile weighing system has been developed

By: candice haase     4th April 2003 As thorough monitoring of underground activity becomes more of a consideration in the mining sector, weighing technology is expected to become increasingly important. 

Manufacturing evolution is paying off

4th April 2003 A local mining supplies company has over the last 20 years succeeded in evolving from supplying electric motor components, into a refurbisher of locomotives for underground mining operations. 

Tension controller now developed for conveyor systems

4th April 2003 More and more underground conveyor systems are being installed in the hard rock mines in South Africa, in fact it can now be said that this is the tramming method of the future in these mines, says Dymot Engineering financial director Graeme Skeen. 

Hydropowered monorail system is introduced

By: candice haase     4th April 2003 A hydropowered monorail system has been developed by a South African hydro- power company for installation in raises underground. 

R4,5-million Australian sheave wheels order

4th April 2003 A supplier of sheave wheels in the South African mining sector, Kimberley Engineering Works (KEW), has in the past six months exported sheaves to mines as far afield as Finland, Zambia, Canada, Namibia, Botswana, and is at present busy with a R4,5-million contract for 6,1 m sheaves for Australia. 

Collaborative research to improve safety

By: Zonika Botha     5th April 2002 Underground transport has long been regarded as one of the biggest culprits of mining accidents. 

New underground safety device

5th April 2002 Local engineering company Horne Hydraulics, of Johannesburg, has developed a new underground station stopping device, the Technopost. 

UK firm contests duty tariff hike

By: Zonika Botha     5th April 2002 Bridon UK, which is selling high-tech mine winding ropes to the South African market, is currently engrossed in a legal battle to fight a 42,1% increase in import duties levied against it by the South African Board of Tariffs and Trade (BTT). 

S African chairlift monopoly

By: Zonika Botha     5th April 2002 A small company specialising in aerial rope-way systems, Sareco Engineering, of Johannesburg, has managed to capture the bulk of the South African mining market with its unique ski-chairlift systems. 

Contract awarded for world's deepest single-shaft mine

5th April 2002 One of the deepest single lift-shaft systems in the world is being developed by Placer Dome Western Areas Joint Venture (PDWAJV) at South Deep. The contract for the electrical portion of the new rock winder has been awarded by South Deep consulting engineer and project manager Murray & Roberts... 

Novel gauge-widened sleepers

5th April 2002 The latest innovation from the leading timber-sleeper manufacturer Club Timbers, of Johannesburg, is the introduction of a gauge-widened sleeper. 

On-board weighing system worth its weight in gold

5th April 2002 Tamtron has developed a versatile on-board weighing system for load-haul dumpers (LHDs) ideally suited for the harsh conditions prevailing underground in South African platinum- and-gold mines. 

Monorail for SA hard-rock mines

5th April 2002 As underground operations are generally unique, Scharf, which is represented locally by DBT Africa, of the East Rand, customises systems in consultation with customer requirements. 

Local rail former continues its run

5th April 2002 Bellambie Mining & Industrial’s rail former, the 3A25 series, is ideally suited to bend and form rails on railway lines. 

Rockbursts still a big concern for new safety boss

1st June 2001 A simultaneous patting of backs and cracking of whips was heard at the second mine health and safety summit. 

The status of underground rail transport

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Underground transport 

Revival of timber sleepers

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Underground rail transport 

Redesigned hopper launched

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Underground rail transport 

Monorail system to increase productivity

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Underground rail transport 

Twenty-first century locomotive developed

By: System Author     23rd June 2000 Underground rail transport 

Drive to research deep-level underground transportation

By: System Author     25th June 1999 As part of Project Deepmine, CSIR Miningtek has been given the task of evaluating and making recommenda- tions on worker transportation for deep-level gold-mines of between 3 000 m and 3 500 m. A literature and technology search of local and international databases, which is just about complete,... 

Electrifying future predicted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Electrically-powered underground transportation is the mode of conveyance of the future, predicts Fermel Hydraulic & Engineering MD Savi Iovino. In keeping with this belief the company has already introduced an electric bicycle to the market, and has plans for an electric jeep later this year.... 

Successful tramming devices

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Datarail 100 system from SA Automation has found extensive application in tramming of ore in coal, gold and platinum mines. These devices are used in many successful installations throughout the industry. The system is certified for use in trade, and is competitively priced when compared to... 

Safety back on track

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Underground-rail safety levels are receiving a boost by codes of practice being drawn up by a technical committee composed of representatives from the mining industry, industry suppliers, consulting engineers and the government sector under the leadership of the South African Bureau of... 

Mining locos taken for granted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Mining locomotives are such an established part of Southern African mining that they are taken for granted only too often. This has resulted in many users not utilising the full potential of their horizontal-transport investment. Mine rolling-stock and locomotive investment at present-day... 

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