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Valves News

Hydropower – what the industry needs now

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2017 The contraction in the South African mining industry has resulted in many projects and expansions stalling in recent years, with mines having closed or scaled back on capital and operational expenditure.  

Mining Indaba offering new junior zone, boosting interface opportunities 

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2017 Strong new thrusts are planned for next year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, which is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 5 to 8, once again to support investment in mining companies operating in Africa and to provide an effective platform... 

Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose (right) with Martin Creamer
Investing in African Mining Indaba MD Alex Grose outlines to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer the major new focus on junior miner involvement. Video and Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Pretoria company to service, supply new pumps range

16th June 2017 Mechanical seals, rotating and engineering protection, and sealing equipment supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS), situated in Pretoria, has been appointed as a service and product supplier of global pumps manufacturer KSB Pumps & Valves.    KSB boasts an annual sales revenue of almost... 

PRODUCT ACCESS
Mechanical Rotating Solutions will be granted access to the full range of original-equipment manufactured in Germany by KSB Pumps & Valves
PRODUCT ACCESS Mechanical Rotating Solutions will be granted access to the full range of original-equipment manufactured in Germany by KSB Pumps & Valves

Valves training centre well received by industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th May 2017 Valves supplier AVK Southern Africa (AVK SA) strives to deliver high-quality, flawless and durable valves, and assist mining companies with the critical aspect of selecting the correct valve for high-quality water flow solutions, by providing training to mining industry players through its new... 

VITAL COMPONENT 
It is critical that mines select the correct valves to suit their specifications for quality water-flow solutions
VITAL COMPONENT It is critical that mines select the correct valves to suit their specifications for quality water-flow solutions

A catalyst for innovation, Goldcorp pushes the envelope on technological advances

By: Henry Lazenby     11th March 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp is acting as a catalyst to bring innovation into the mining industry, an industry traditionally loathe to adopt new technologies that could ultimately improve the bottom line. As exemplified in its leading role in sponsoring the #DisruptMining competition during the... 

Goldcorp’s existing policies promote diversity in the work place
Photo by Goldcorp
Goldcorp’s existing policies promote diversity in the work place

Restructuring ahead of expected mining boom

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve supplier and manufacturer AR Controls is positioning itself during the lull of the prevailing commodity slump, to ride it out and take advantage of the next mining surpercycle, predicted by the company to start in 2018. 

SEVERE SERVICE
The DeZurik KSV valve is being used at high-altitude locations that require piping systems to pump slurry up or down mountains
SEVERE SERVICE The DeZurik KSV valve is being used at high-altitude locations that require piping systems to pump slurry up or down mountains

Certification grows company’s sales, ups market share

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve and steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds South Africa (S&L SA) has grown its market share in South Africa after receiving South African National Standards (SANS) certification for its RSV gate valves, reporting a 40% increase in SANS-approved valve sales since receiving certification last year. 

SERVICE DELIVERY
Stewarts & Lloyds attributes its strategically located branch network to always being able to ensure minimal downtime for customers
SERVICE DELIVERY Stewarts & Lloyds attributes its strategically located branch network to always being able to ensure minimal downtime for customers

Facility set to boost skills, grow industry after slump

By: Victor Moolman     10th March 2017 Valve manufacturer AVK Southern Africa’s new R200-million training academy, in Alrode, Gauteng, will train 1 500 people by the end of the year. 

SKILLS TRANSFER
The students trained at AVK’s Alrode facility are from technical schools and universities and professionals from the valves industry
Photo by Duane Daws
SKILLS TRANSFER The students trained at AVK’s Alrode facility are from technical schools and universities and professionals from the valves industry

New knife-gate valve can slash maintenance time to just 15 minutes

By: David Oliveira     21st October 2016 Global mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic launched its Series 795 knife-gate valve onto the South African market in August. The valve is designed to contain all the parts subject to wear in a single cartridge kit that be replaced without needing to replace the entire valve,... 

Electronic equipment supplier attends Limpopo mining exhibition

16th September 2016 Global engineering solutions distributor RS Components SA attended the Mining & Technical Travelling Exhibition (MTE) Lephalale Mining and Industrial Expo on September 1, at the Mogol Club in Lephalale, in Limpopo, home to Grootegeluk, one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world, along... 

GROOTEGELUK COAL MINE The Lephalale mine is one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world
GROOTEGELUK COAL MINE The Lephalale mine is one of the largest opencast coal mines in the world

Consultant promotes technology over subsidies to ensure sustainability

By: Nadine James     16th September 2016 Coal mining companies need to embrace the technological revolution if they are to overcome current challenges, including lower commodity prices, rising labour costs and increased regulatory pressures, says commodity and industrial consulting firm Bryanston Resources. According to Bryanston... 

LORENZO TENCATI It is technology, not government subsidies, that will add value to the South African mining industry
LORENZO TENCATI It is technology, not government subsidies, that will add value to the South African mining industry

Control valves market value over $13m by 2022

5th August 2016 The global control valve market is expected to reach $13.67-million at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.6% from 2016 to 2022, according to a new report published by Allied Analytics market research and business consulting wing, Allied Market Research. 

Valve in operation on tailings line for four years

5th August 2016 A Delta Industrial knife gate valve from slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Minerals has been operating at a large international mining company for four years without any unscheduled maintenance, says Weir Minerals valves global product manager John Abbott. 

GREATER RELIABILITY The Delta International valve manufacturing process employs tight tolerances and minimum clearances to ensure reliable performance
GREATER RELIABILITY The Delta International valve manufacturing process employs tight tolerances and minimum clearances to ensure reliable performance

Next-generation valves to boost market growth

5th August 2016 The global valves and manifolds market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.56% from 2016 to 2020, according to the latest market study released by market researcher TechNavio. 

COMPETITIVE CAPIBILITIES
Many industrial valve vendors are developing next-generation valves with additional capabilities to increase their foothold in the competitive market
COMPETITIVE CAPIBILITIES Many industrial valve vendors are developing next-generation valves with additional capabilities to increase their foothold in the competitive market

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

By: Ilan Solomons     6th July 2016 The global mining equipment sector is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.9% between 2016 and 2022, to reach a value of over $150-billion by 2022. This was according to a new report published on Monday by global market research company Allied Market Research (AMR) titled ‘World... 

Mining equipment sector to reach $156bn by 2022 – report

West African chamber to launch at Ghana mining event

8th April 2016 The newly formed West African Chamber of Mines (Wacom), which comprises chief executives from the chambers of mines in Ghana, Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burkina Faso, will be officially launched at the twelfth West African Mining & Power Exhibition (Wampex) in June. 

LOCATION LOCATION
The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players
LOCATION LOCATION The West African Mining & Power Exhibition serves as a valuable platform for networking between key industry players

Large pinch valves supplied to Namibian uranium mine

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2016 Pinch valves from Benoni-based valves and pumps company Flowrox South Africa (SA) are being used at Namibia-based uranium producer Swakop Uranium’s Husab mine.  

HUSAB SHIPMENT
Flowrox delivered 550-mm-diameter pinch valves to the Husab uranium mine, in Namibia
HUSAB SHIPMENT Flowrox delivered 550-mm-diameter pinch valves to the Husab uranium mine, in Namibia

Market demand encourages product development

4th March 2016 Engineering solutions company BMG is implementing a strategy to enhance its fluid technology services – which includes valves for the mining industry – to meet growing demand in the fluid control market. This strategy encompasses the introduction of new solutions as well as developments in the... 

FLEXIBLE SOLUTION Butterfly valves are suitable for isolation and control of flow applications
FLEXIBLE SOLUTION Butterfly valves are suitable for isolation and control of flow applications

Butterfly valves achieve highest safety standard

4th March 2016 Johannesburg-based industrial valve manufacturer Gunric Valves’ metal-seated butterfly valves are now compliant with the highest level of safety in South Africa as of the end of 2015, the Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3.  

COMPETITIVE EDGE
Gunric Valves manufactures and supplies cast and fabricated industrial, high-performance butterfly valves, which are now Safety Integrity Level 3-compliant
Photo by Duane Daws
COMPETITIVE EDGE Gunric Valves manufactures and supplies cast and fabricated industrial, high-performance butterfly valves, which are now Safety Integrity Level 3-compliant

US safety-valve testing solution marketed locally

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2016 Benoni-based industrial solutions company RHVI Group is marketing the safety-valve testing service AccuTEST for operating pressures of up to 140 bar to the South African mining industry, says RVHI sales manager Derek Coburn.  

EASE OF OPERATION
Mining clients can test valves while their plants remain in operation, preventing the loss of output
EASE OF OPERATION Mining clients can test valves while their plants remain in operation, preventing the loss of output

Manufacturer stresses safe pinch valve operation

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2016 An increasing number of pinch valves – which are used widely in the mining industry to control the flow of slurries – are being supplied for high-pressure applications. Germiston-based pinch valve manufacturer Corflex MD Chris Webber believes engineers should be made aware of this trend, as the... 

PINCH VALVE
Corflex’s 500 mm pinch valve is suitable for a 25 bar working pressure
PINCH VALVE Corflex’s 500 mm pinch valve is suitable for a 25 bar working pressure

DTI invites local companies to participate in DRC expo pavilion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has invited South African manufacturers and exporters of mining equipment and related products and services to apply to participate at DRC Mining Week 2016, scheduled to take place on June 8 and 9 in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The... 

Sensor manufacturer promotes LVITs for hydraulic cylinders

By: Nadine James     13th November 2015 Recent electronic advancements have made variable inductance position sensors, known as linear variable inductance transducers (LVITs) more cost effective for mainstream in-cylinder applications, says specialised sensor manufacturer Alliance Sensors Group, a division of HG Schaevitz LLC (ASG).... 

LVIT
The in-cylinder sensor is an easily installed cost effective solution for measuring resonant frequency in hydraulic cylinders
LVIT The in-cylinder sensor is an easily installed cost effective solution for measuring resonant frequency in hydraulic cylinders

Hydraulic solutions provider launches new sectional mobile valve

13th November 2015 Power management company Eaton last month announced the launch of its CLS sectional mobile valve. The CLS provides patented load sense bleed off, pre- and post-compensated load sense relief on each section, and a highly modular design with one of the smallest envelopes in the industry. 

CLS SECTIONAL MOBILE VALVE
Eaton's new valve was designed prioritise work functions, improving machine efficiency and safety
CLS SECTIONAL MOBILE VALVE Eaton's new valve was designed prioritise work functions, improving machine efficiency and safety

All-purpose valve suitable for slurries

By: Bruce Montiea     7th August 2015 Germany-based valves company KVT in April released pinch valves in duplex stainless steel for use in slurry applications. KVT manager Martin Katzenschwanz tells Mining Weekly that pinch valves are useful to mines, as they can control almost any medium. They can also control bulk material such as... 

DIVERSE APPLICATION
Pinch valves can control almost any medium
DIVERSE APPLICATION Pinch valves can control almost any medium

Company increases valve-ball size

By: Bruce Montiea     7th August 2015 As a result of continued research into and development of its technical ceramics manufacturing capabilities, advanced materials company Morgan Advanced Materials can now manufacture balls of up to diameter nominal (DN) 250 for severe service valves from its Nilcra Zirconia-based material, company... 

TOUGH
The size DN250 ball valve is ideal for extensive use in minerals processing
TOUGH The size DN250 ball valve is ideal for extensive use in minerals processing

Company provides valves retrofitting solutions

By: Bruce Montiea     7th August 2015 Major oil and gas companies,  such as Chevron,Total, Engen, PetroSA and BP, are benefiting from valve actuator company DEMCA Actuation Solutions’ valve retrofitting service, the company says. DEMCA sales manager Ross McAslan says a thorough knowledge of the electric actuator market and... 

QUALITY SERVICES
Knowledge of the electric actuator market enables DEMCA Actuation Solutions to offer  quality valve retrofitting services
QUALITY SERVICES Knowledge of the electric actuator market enables DEMCA Actuation Solutions to offer quality valve retrofitting services

Easy-repair valves reducing downtime

By: Bruce Montiea     7th August 2015 Limiting downtime because of valve repairs is important for mining operations, says control, isolating and safety valves manufacturer Hydromine Projects. Therefore, the company offers mines the Hydrocore valves product range that has only one moving part, which can be accessed with the valve body... 

LIMITING DOWNTIME
Hydromine Projects’ Hydrocore valves product range helps mining companies eliminate breaks in production
LIMITING DOWNTIME Hydromine Projects’ Hydrocore valves product range helps mining companies eliminate breaks in production

High school skills development initiative gains momentum

7th August 2015 The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa’s (Vamcosa’s) Fumana Project aimed at guiding high school learners towards careers in valves is gaining momentum, with the next campaign planned for the fourth term of the current school year.  The initiative is named after the Fumana... 

Increased demand for automated valves

By: Bruce Montiea     7th August 2015 While mining companies still mainly use manual valves, the demand for automated valves in brownfield and greenfield mining developments is growing, says Pace Valves’ Martin Horsfall. “This appears to be driven by plant operators’ desire to improve production efficiencies and reduce waste through... 

COMPREHENSIVE OFFERING
Floval’s dual stope isolation system adds to Pace Valves’ product offering
COMPREHENSIVE OFFERING Floval’s dual stope isolation system adds to Pace Valves’ product offering

Mines benefit from corrosion resistant slurry valves

7th August 2015 Conventional valves seldom produce satisfactory results when applied in abrasive and corrosive slurries, says Weir Minerals Africa valves product manager Kobus Steyn. He explains that this is because conventional valves are generally designed for liquid service, noting that typical problems... 

Mining companies benefit from wear-resistant slurry knife- gate valves

By: Bruce Montiea     7th August 2015 Industrial solutions company Flowrox’s slurry knife-gate valves are ideal for demanding shut-off applications in the mining, minerals-processing and metal industries, the company says. “The new and robust Flowrox slurry knife-gate valve series handles fluids and slurries in the toughest... 

EASY UPKEEP  
The slurry knife-gate valve series is based on an ease-of-maintenance concept
EASY UPKEEP The slurry knife-gate valve series is based on an ease-of-maintenance concept

Suitable valves important for process efficiency

By: Bruce Montiea     7th August 2015 The impact of harsh mining conditions on valves is often difficult to predict; therefore, valve manufacturers should discuss the working conditions of a mining operation with clients in detail to ensure that suitable valves are produced, says valves manufacturer GEMÜ MD Claudio Darpin. The... 

CREATING SOLUTIONS
Various valves-related situations can be simulated at GEMÜ’s test laboratory, in Johannesburg
CREATING SOLUTIONS Various valves-related situations can be simulated at GEMÜ’s test laboratory, in Johannesburg

Valves acquisition broadens operations

By: Donna Slater     6th March 2015 Engineering components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) has extended its operations in the fluid technology sector by acquiring Klep Valves, whose valves have been used in the mining sector since 1984. 

KLEP VALVES
The full range of Klep valves is now available from BMG
KLEP VALVES The full range of Klep valves is now available from BMG

Local procurement designation drives industry boom

By: Donna Slater     6th March 2015 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) decision to designate valves for local procurement by State-owned companies (SOCs) was the main reason for valve manufacturer Mitech’s moving to a larger factory within Denel Industrial Park, in Kempton Park, says Mitech MD Greg Walker. 

FACTORY EXPANSION
Owing to industry demand, Mitech moved to a larger premises in Kempton Park
Photo by Duane Daws
FACTORY EXPANSION Owing to industry demand, Mitech moved to a larger premises in Kempton Park

New version of popular ball valve introduced

6th March 2015 Mechanical pipe-joining system manufacturer Victaulic late last year introduced a threaded-end version of its popular Series 727 ball valve, a high-pressure, enhanced-port Class 600 NACE-compliant valve for upstream oil applications. The valve, designed for tank and equipment connections,... 

OEM-status provides significant competitive advantage

6th March 2015 Being an original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) gives slurry-equipment company Weir Minerals Africa a significant competitive advantage in the valves marketplace, says Weir Minerals valves product manager Kobus Steyn. 

COAL PROCESSING
Isogate knife gate valves used in a coal application
COAL PROCESSING Isogate knife gate valves used in a coal application

Heavy-duty valve launched

6th March 2015 Heavy-duty industrial valve manufacturing and services company Flowrox, at the end of last year, launched a new slurry knife gate valve designed to enhance current pipeline equipment and processes through improved fluid control technology. 

GLOBAL PLAYER Flowrox's sales network covers more than 50 countriesforms of actuation
Photo by Duane Daws
GLOBAL PLAYER Flowrox's sales network covers more than 50 countriesforms of actuation
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