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Drone tech deployed for working at heights

By: Sabrina Jardim     30th September 2022 A global initiative to get machines to drive inspections in dangerous spaces has resulted in the introduction of drone technology for working-at-height projects. “Drones reduce the amount of human exposure in dangerous environments, which drives efficiency and, in turn, drives down costs.... 

Supplier’s equipment improves materials handling efficiencies

30th September 2022 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT WORLD’s MDS static and mobile trommels and apron feeders – which are able to screen rocks as large as 1.5 m –  have been designed for compatibility with other surface equipment in the mining sector. This includes crushers, feeders, recycling plants and... 

Gugulethu construction is still on track to kick off this year

By: Tracy Hancock     30th September 2022 Construction of the almost R600-million opencast phase (Phase 1) of coal exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s Gugulethu colliery is planned to start this year, subject to market conditions and the availability of export trains. Canyon Coal, a subsidiary of private investment company... 

Electric hoists ensure safe and stable operations

30th September 2022 Equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s heavy-duty 10-t Kito electric hoist – which was installed in the head frame of a shaft at a platinum mine in 2014 – continues to offer safe and dependable operation in harsh conditions, seven years later. “This robust hoist replaced an existing... 

Local growth vital for export capabilities

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     30th September 2022 For South Africa to become a net exporter of aluminium, local growth must take precedence, says Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) CEO Muzi Manzi. This can be achieved by developing research and development communities that support local growth areas, innovation and design, as well as... 

Gear unit range for lifting drives launched

30th September 2022 Equipment supplier BMG has launched a new range of NORD MAXXDRIVE-XD industrial gear units, designed to enhance the efficiency of lifting gear used in many industries, including the mining sector. “Lifting applications place great demands on the limited installation space for drives. NORD... 

Omnia commissions reverse osmosis plant to enhance Sasolburg site water efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2022 JSE-listed diversified chemicals company Omnia has commissioned a reverse osmosis water treatment plant at its Sasolburg site to enhance its water efficiency and reduce water consumption by recycling the cooling tower discharge into the cooling tower make up. Reverse osmosis is a process of water... 

Green hydrogen, fuel cells important part of any future energy system, says global strategist  

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2022 Green hydrogen and fuel cells will be a very important part of any future energy system, says Switzerland-based energy and sustainability consultancy strategist Dr David Hart. Among the electrolysers that convert renewable electricity into green hydrogen are proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Supervisory programme increases mine production

By: Leah Shelene Asaram     23rd September 2022 Business management consultants OIM Consulting’s supervisory programme has managed not only to improve the efficiency of mine supervisors but also increase mine production.   The Coaching to Performance programme aims to encourage mine supervisors to achieve greater competency and capability in... 

Maintenance neglected amid economic constraints

By: Nadine Ramdass     23rd September 2022 Economic challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic have resulted in many companies’ “skimping” on air-conditioning maintenance, as it is viewed as an unnecessary additional expense, says cleaning chemicals developer and supplier O3 Chemicals. O3 Chemicals marketing manager Dave Papenfus... 

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