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Ventilation and Cooling

Energy efficient drive for underground cooling solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd November 2018 Drive and automation specialist SEW-Eurodrive South Africa offers ventilation and cooling solutions for mining industry applications with its LTP-B Eco heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) drive. The drive is available in two three-phase variants, a 440 V unit from 0.75 kW to 160 kW,... 

Second phase of cooling solution completed

23rd November 2018 Global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader Johnson Controls installed two additional York YK centrifugal chillers at platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) for the planned second phase expansion of cooling capacity for its Impala 16 Shaft as it heads toward a depth of 1... 

Second phase of cooling solution completed
COOLED The New York YK centrifugal chillers add an additional 14 MWR of cooling

Distribution company expands services with air compressors

23rd November 2018 Premium batteries and rotating electrics importer and distributor Probe Corporation added to its distributing services air compressors that provide optimal air compression solutions for local mining and industrial markets. Probe CEO Frank Rovelli says mining is a tough environment, with harsh... 

Distribution company  expands services with  air compressors
VALUABLE Air compressors are an ideal compression solution that offer optimal air for underground mines

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions

By: Thabi Madiba     23rd November 2018 Hire compressors can play a cardinal role in keeping some local mines operational, especially amid ageing surface compressors that feed air underground, says portable air compressors and generator rental Rand-Air long-term rental business development manager Henry Fourie. Rand-Air provides... 

Company offers long-term hire contracts on ventilation solutions
HENRY FOURIE There are many benefits to mines hiring equipment on a long-term basis from Rand-Air

Rescue One Equipment

23rd November 2018 Rescue One Equipment, a proud member of the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa,  was established in 1996 to develop products to eliminate unnecessary deaths owing to smoke inhalation in the mining industry. The company has developed a number of patented and trademarked systems to enable... 

Rescue One Equipment

Adequate ventilation flow pivotal to safety at mines

23rd November 2018 Safely operating a mine is a fundamental principle, where all procedures and code of practices (COPs) should be carefully adhered to, with ventilation flow and the positioning of refuge bays and early detection and monitoring systems being carefully considered, says deaths elimination product... 

Adequate ventilation flow pivotal to safety at mines
SAFETY MEASURE Underground miner evaluates safety strategy to ensure safety

Ventilation and cooling in mines often work against nature

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining requires a robust constitution as mines often work against nature, descending deep underground, where temperatures can rise to between 60º and 70º at the rock face, explains heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) company Johnson Controls GM Neil Cameron. 

Ventilation and cooling in mines often work against nature
YD CENTRIFUGAL CHILLER The chiller ranges in capacity from 5 300 kW to 21 100 kW

Increasing demand for variable-speed drives

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Following the successful commissioning of two MoviDrive B ventilation and air conditioning variable-speed drives (VSDs) at an underground mine in the North-West, in South Africa, drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive South Africa will commission an additional four of its MoviDrive B drives... 

Increasing demand for variable-speed drives
DISTINGUISHED DRIVE The purpose-built LTP-B Eco HVAC drive can be set for different parameters such as fan or pump control

Relays assist with cable-theft detection

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2017 Mining system solutions supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s Proloc and ProBeck electronic protection and control relays have been designed for motor protection, as well as cable-theft detection, in diverse industries, including ventilation and cooling applications in mining and quarrying. 

Relays assist with  cable-theft detection
PROTECT AND SERVE The Proloc and ProBeck relays are programmed to detect cable theft by identifying a change in electrical impedance of a cable

Initial product quality can lower maintenance costs

14th October 2016 Like most products used in mining operations, industrial fans manufacturer MechCaL says ventilation fans require ongoing maintenance to ensure that day-to-day mining operations continue as normal. In line with this, MechCaL launched a dedicated maintenance and repair division as part of its... 

Initial product quality can lower maintenance costs
MECHCAL JET FAN Jet Fans have been designed by using computational fluid dynamics with specific reference to total pressure air entrainment, giving it superior distance/velocity ratio at lower input costs

Collaboration to advance mine ventilation solutions

14th October 2016 To facilitate collaboration and cooperation around mine ventilation solutions and mine design, a memorandum of understanding has been signed by mining software, hardware and services provider Maptek and engineering consulting firm Bluhm Burton Engineering subsidiary Vuma. Vuma is the developer... 

Collaboration to advance mine ventilation solutions
MINE VENTILATION SOLUTIONS Vuma software is developed for analysis of underground mine ventilation, contaminant tracking, refrigeration and cooling networks

Benefits of spin filters emphasised

By: Sascha Solomons     14th October 2016 With the South African mining industry facing the prevailing costs and uncertainties in the labour market that it does, industrial technology and solutions specialist RTS Africa Engineering says its spin filters offer an ideal solution by reducing dependence on maintenance personnel. “Not only... 

Benefits of spin  filters emphasised
IAN FRASER Dust can be a major problem in the mining sector, notably in working spaces and control rooms

Chilled-mirror hygrometer gives reliable control of sintering processes

14th October 2016 Moisture and humidity measurement solutions provider Michell Instruments, represented in South Africa by process control instrumentation manufacturer Instrotech, has introduced its S8000RS chilled-mirror hygrometer.   The S8000RS is the smallest hygrometer on the market, says Linbro Park,... 

Chilled-mirror hygrometer gives reliable control of sintering processes
Photo by Bloomberg
MOISTURE CONTROL The S8000RS chilled-mirror sensor is an efficient choice for moisture control in a range of metallurgical processes, including sintering

RamPiping Systems

14th October 2016 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping fabricator, supplier and installation specialist RamPiping Systems has expanded its focus to include piping solutions from US-based supplier NOV Fiber Glass Systems (NOV FGS). Since being established in 2006, RamPiping’s main focus has been on HDPE, but... 

RamPiping Systems

Swedish ventilation software company eyes local market

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Sweden-based automation and control hardware and software solutions company Gefa System is aiming to collaborate with an underground-mining company in South Africa to pilot its ventilation systems software.  

Swedish ventilation software company eyes local market
VENTILATION CONTROL Arctic Vent Control is suitable for use in the harsh African mining environment, which is characterised by hot, dry and dusty conditions

Fan company expands its service division

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Fan company MechCaL is expanding its service and repair division in response to market demand.  

Fan company  expands its  service division
MECHCAL FAN MechCaL’s fans offer efficiencies of about 80% to 82%

Mine orders two additional chillers as it reaches 1 700 m depth

By: Dylan Slater     16th October 2015 Limpopo-based copper miner Palabora Mining Company (PMC) acquired two additional 3 500 kW York CYK compound centrifugal chillers in December 2014 from diversified technology company Johnson Controls Building Efficiency.  

Mine orders two  additional chillers as it reaches 1 700 m depth
CHILLER COMMISSIONING TEAM The team responsible for commissioning of the chillers

Ice plants ease underground mining conditions

By: Bruce Montiea     17th October 2014 In response to the intense heat that underground mineworkers endure, refrigeration specialist KTI-Plersch offers a cooling solution comprising modular containerised Plate Ice Plants  (PLIP). Several PLIPs, with individual capacities of up to 220 t, make up a 5 MW, a 10 MW or a 20 MW ice cooling... 

Ice plants ease underground mining conditions
ICE FACTORY KTI-Plersch’s ice cooling system helps mining companies to create a safer and healthier working environment to improve working conditions for mineworkers

Spin-filter technology reduces dust at platinum mine

By: Bruce Montiea     17th October 2014 With the local mining industry facing increasing pressure to contain costs and maintain profits while overcoming several industry challenges, such as ensuring clean and filtered underground air, mining houses are looking to the engineering industry to offer innovative ways of dealing with these... 

Spin-filter technology  reduces dust at platinum mine
MOGALAKWENA MINE, NORTH WEST Spin filters are an effective solution to dust build-up at mines

Reliable temperature control solutions prevent lost time

By: Bruce Montiea     17th October 2014 Temporary power and temperature-control solutions supplier Aggreko can provide mining companies with reliable solutions, enabling them to continue their operations without interference such as equipment breakdowns or maintenance downtime, says Aggreko Southern Africa GM Martin Foster. “Our... 

Reliable temperature  control solutions  prevent lost time
COOLING SYSTEM Aggreko supplies a full range of water and air-cooled chillers, cooling towers and bulk air coolers, all utilising an environment-friendly refrigerant system

Slurry cooling towers excel in copper mining conditions

17th October 2014 With the copper mining industry in mind, industrial cooling tower systems provider Industrial Water Cooler (IWC) designs and manufactures forced draft counterflow cooling towers for the specific pressure-leach process used in copper mining. IWC MD Roger Rusch says the cooling towers excel at... 

Slurry cooling towers excel in copper mining conditions
Photo by Bloomberg
COOLED SLURRY The cooling towers excel at cooling slurry with high levels of solids

Modular underground cooling units prove to be well suited to remote locations

By: Jonathan Rodin     18th October 2013 Gold miner Gold Fields is currently using four of engineering company M-Tech Industrial’s Mk II modular underground air-cooling units (ACU) at its Beatrix No 4 gold mine, instead of using its static surface refrigeration plant during the past winter months. 

New business model proves to be successful

By: Jonathan Rodin     18th October 2013 Although the shared-savings business model of technology service provider and manufacturer of advanced composite fans MechCal is a paradigm shift for the mining industry, MechCal MD Gavin Ratner reports that the company is a positive response to the new way of thinking. 

Ventilation and cooling planning hampered by challenges

By: Jonathan Rodin     18th October 2013 Many factors affect the implementation of ventilation and cooling in the mining industry, which makes accurate planning difficult, says technology and industrial company Johnson Controls operations manager Russell Hattingh. This could include politics, economics, labour and the geology of the... 

Earthmoving and excavation method used for ventilation

18th October 2013 Engineering contracting and construction services company Murray & Roberts Cementation has taken an unconventional approach to a project that will see the establishment of two ventilation shafts at platnium miner Anooraq Resources’ Bokoni platinum mine, in Limpopo, scheduled for completion in... 

Cost-effective gas detection, vibration multisensor network suited to mining applications

19th October 2012 Israel-based air quality monitoring technology provider AirBase Systems and Germany-based manufacturer of industrial input devices and peripherals, Code Mercenaries, have partnered to offer a cost-effective combined sensing network, called Mines SensNet, to the mining industry. 

Spin filter technology to ventilate underground mines

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th October 2012 Tshwane-based technology and solutions provider Rand Technical Services (RTS) received an order from a local engineering company last month for an inertial spin filter to provide ventilation for the control room of a Mozambique-based mineral sands miner. 

Contracts in excess of R200m under way 

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th October 2012 Ventilation, refrigeration and cooling specialist Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Projects will commission the first of four phases of a R200-million turnkey bulk air-cooling system installation for platinum miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) No 17 Shaft project in Rustenburg this month. 

Company suited to replacing inefficient mine ventilation fans

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th October 2012 As an Eskom Integrated Demand Management (IDM) division-accredited energy services company, high-performance fan designer and manufacturer MechCal can help mines to replace their existing auxiliary vent fans at minimal cost and enable them to improve their efficiencies through the installation of... 

Extra low-voltage refuge chamber added to range

By: Chantelle Kotze     19th October 2012 Emergency safe-refuge chamber manufacturer MineARC Systems has added a new extra-low-voltage portable refuge chamber to its hard-rock underground mine range, for miners who suddenly become trapped in a hazardous or toxic environment, says Africa business development manager Tom Long. 

3D simulation software package for mine ventilation

By: Natalie Greve     14th October 2011 Ventilation and refrigeration consulting engineering firm Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) has released a three-dimensional (3D) version of its Ventilation of Underground Mine Atmospheres (Vuma) software package used to calculate heat loads and air flow distribution in underground mining operations. 

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