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Gemfields unveils new $15m automated ruby sort house in Mozambique

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2019 Gemfields on Friday unveiled a new ruby sort house near its Montepuez ruby mine (MRM), in Mozambique. The gemstone miner noted in a statement that the sort house, in which it invested $15-million, was the first of its kind for the gemstone industry and would be on par with the best diamond... 

SKF helps reduce maintenance costs through new railway condition monitoring solution

22nd February 2019 The drive in the rail sector is towards extending maintenance intervals. This is an area where digitalization is making a major difference. With this in mind, SKF has launched an entirely rail-focused version of its highly successful Multilog IMx platform, combining rolling stock and track... 

Armoured personnel carrier launched

22nd February 2019 South African private defence vehicle manufacturing company Milkor has developed and launched its Milkor 4 × 4 armoured personnel carrier (APC) to the African market. Milkor officially unveiled the APC at the Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 international defence exhibition held in... 

BBE Group air-cooling consulting crucial to African mining prospects

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd February 2019 Consulting and engineering services business Bluhm Burton Engineering (BBE) Group’s air-cooling consulting and services are crucial to its involvement in several mining projects, with construction and delivery of design and build turnkey cooling solutions to mines across the African continent.... 

Bearing and seal design considerations for tunnel boring machines

15th February 2019 The safe, reliable operation of tunnel boring equipment relies on the integrity of critical bearings and seals Once construction starts, there’s no going back. A tunnel boring machine (TBM) is not equipped with a reverse gear, so it is imperative that the machine is able to complete its job... 

Hospital group’s impressive energy savings journey recognised

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Private healthcare company Netcare Group replaced 108 000 inefficient lights and light fittings with modern energy efficient alternatives, and reduced its light-load by 40%, offsetting its hospitals’ carbon footprint by 16 000 t/y of carbon dioxide, says Netcare Group CEO Dr Richard Friedland.... 

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting is set to complete the upgrade of edible-oil supplier CEOCO’s Boksburg plant, in Gauteng by September. ADA Consulting MD Paul Maitre tells Engineering News that the project, although well on its way to completion, needs “an extra boost just to... 

Green solution used for retaining walls

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex SA is working on a project that entails the supply of more than 12 000 geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags that are being used as a green wall solution rather than using conventional retaining blocks. The GSC bags – being supplied to a project in Salt Rock, on... 

Open day highlights new offerings from Upat

15th February 2019 Last month construction material and fastener distributor Upat hosted an open day at its head office in New Doornfontein, Gauteng, where customers were given a foretaste of the latest innovations which will be introduced locally in 2019. Upat provides solutions for construction, general industry,... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo

15th February 2019 At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete paver – showcased three Wirtgen slipform pavers and a texture curing machine, as well as displayed an aftermarket specialist... 

Rescue Rod

15th February 2019 Rescue Rod has provided pipeline services and waste management solutions since 1990. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry and some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline rehabilitation equipment in the world, Rescue Rod has always stayed true to the... 

SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. drives assembly-line extension at major automotive manufacturer

13th February 2019 The MOVITRANS® contactless energy transfer system from SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd., in conjunction with its MOVIPRO® SDC decentralised drive, position, and application controller, have played a critical role in an assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth. The big... 

Eskom and the multi-billion rand mega projects that could have saved SA 

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Corruption and State capture are major reasons why coal plants Medupi and Kusile are not delivering electricity as planned and why South Africa is facing crippling blackouts, say energy experts. Kusile and Medupi, the third and fourth largest coal power plants in the world, were originally due to... 

SKF TKSU 10 provides an air-tight solution!

12th February 2019 When a local vehicle manufacturer experienced air leaks in the pneumatically operated components and systems of the specialised vehicles they construct, the company turned to SKF for assistance. As a global frontrunner in the supply of bearing technology and services, SKF was able to offer a... 

Gateway expansion project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Company is expanding the existing Transco natural gas pipeline designed to create 65 000 dekatherms of transport capacity a day for north-eastern markets. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Kusile project. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Medupi project. 

New floating caisson to improve productivity at Cape Town dry dock

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 A new, R98-million floating caisson is to be fabricated for the Sturrock Dry Dock in the Port of Cape Town, which will enable one of the biggest dry dock facilities in the Southern Hemisphere to double its productivity, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) announced on Thursday. TNPA... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2019 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

Lesedi to assist Mozal in its aluminium expansion project

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 South African engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi has recently been awarded a contract to assist South32’s Mozal aluminum plant in its expansion project. The $38-million AP3XLE energy efficiency project was approved in the third quarter of 2017 and started the rollout... 

McEwen anticipates first gold from Nevada mine by end-Feb

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 NYSE- and TSX-listed precious metals miner McEwen Mining on Tuesday reported that construction of its Gold Bar mine, in Nevada’s Battle Mountain-Cortez trend, was nearing completion. The mine is on schedule for first gold production later this month. Commercial production will follow when the... 

Audit of burst Brazil dam found issues with drainage, monitoring - reports

By: Reuters     5th February 2019 A report commissioned by Brazilian miner Vale SA last year to look into the stability of the tailings dam that ruptured January 25 certified it as sound but raised concerns over its drainage and monitoring systems, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Tuesday. The report by German-based TÜV... 

Gold Fields revamps Granny Smith circuits

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th February 2019 Gold miner Gold Fields will install one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgids at its Granny Smith gold mine, in Western Australia. The miner on Tuesday said that more than 20 000 solar panels and a 2MW/1MWh battery system would be installed at the mine, with the grid to be... 

Hudson starts calcium feldspar production in Greenland

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 TSX-V-listed Hudson has started production ramp-up at its wholly owned White Mountain anorthosite calcium feldspar mine, in Greenland. Leading up to the ramp-up, the company completed the testing of all major equipment components, finding that all equipment was performing as expected, except... 

Weba Chute Mechanism Saves Costs, Downtime At Diamond Mine

4th February 2019 Challenging materials handling applications are the norm for Weba Chute Systems, and the company’s recent solution at a diamond mine in Botswana tackled the issue of large particle sizes to ensure more uptime for the customer’s operation. The mine had been faced with replacing transfer chutes... 

Brainpower for Rent: Xylem Rental Solutions makes its debut

4th February 2019 Most extensive expertise, capabilities and portfolio in water technology industry In a move designed to bring the company’s global leadership in engineered water technologies to the growing rental market, Xylem is presenting a new approach and look to its dedicated rental solutions business.... 

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs

By: Halima Frost     1st February 2019 Since the initial introduction of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in South Africa, natural gas supplier CNG Holdings has successfully converted about 180 dual-fuel compressed natural gas- (CNG-) run buses for the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). This makes Johannesburg one of the first cities in... 

‘Scale’ matters in South Africa’s logistics game

1st February 2019 Scale matters to competitive advantage and doing more with less through technology, consolidation and networking enables South Africa-based and -managed freight solutions provider Bidvest Panalpina Logistics’ (BPL’s) larger service offering at a lower unit cost. The concept of scale – the average... 

Next generation of ‘smart lighting’ to be showcased at Taiwan expo

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2019 Energy efficiency is critical to sustaining smart cities, especially amid increasing urbanisation. Subsequently, the lighting industry’s focus seems to have shifted from replaceable lighting to special niche lighting, which includes aspects of smart lighting and the use of light-emitting diodes... 

BI assists sugar industry with essential maintenance in ‘off-crop’ season

31st January 2019 Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) assists its sugar-industry clients with essential maintenance and equipment upgrades of sugar mills, especially in ‘off-crop’ season. BI has been supplying industrial power transmission products to the sugar industry for the past 60 years. An area of... 

Metal prices boost Zimplats’ Dec quarter revenue

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2019 Platinum group metals miner Zimplats on Thursday reported a 5% quarter-on-quarter decrease in platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold (4E) production to 133 086 oz for the quarter ended December 31. The decrease was the result of a 5% decrease in the volume of concentrates smelted, as a result of a... 

Epiroc anchors down on safety and productivity with new Cabletec SL

31st January 2019 Epiroc understands that safety and productivity are fundamental to a mine’s sustainable future and this was the inspiration behind the design and development of the latest ground-breaking fully mechanised Cabletec SL. Mines are increasingly recognising the invaluable role of automation and... 

Zambian cement producer stocks up on critical spares from SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd.

30th January 2019 A major cement producer in Zambia has not only standardised on products from SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd., but has also invested significantly in a comprehensive stockholding of critical spare units to prevent any costly downtime and subsequent loss of productivity. The multimillion-rand order... 

AngloGold soil study in Colombia halted pending review after mining ban

By: Reuters     30th January 2019 Miner AngloGold Ashanti said on Tuesday it has halted a soil study at a site in Colombia after the town's mayor issued a suspension order because of a recent mining ban. Work at the site in Jerico, Antioquia province, was stopped on Monday and the project will remain halted pending a review by... 

Stromag High Performance Brake: Designed for the toughest conditions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2019 New modular, IP67 rated brake offers optimum performance and longevity for marine, offshore and other demanding applications Stromag, part of Altra Industrial Motion Corp, has launched a new, modular range of brakes designed for applications in challenging environments. The HPB (High Performance... 

thyssenkrupp proudly introduces to Africa revolutionary X-ray technology that finds gold faster

25th January 2019 thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa is proud to announce that they have been appointed as the official reseller of the ground-breaking PhotonAssay technology from Chrysos Corporation headquartered in South Australia. Novel X-ray technology is poised to revolutionise the field of gold... 

Metrorail trains across South Africa at risk of coming to a stand still

By: News24Wire      25th January 2019 Following the fatal train collision in Mountainview, Pretoria that left four people dead and 620 injured earlier this year, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) is considering suspending the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA) safety permit again, GroundUp reports. If the permit is... 

Solar streetlights installed at mine

By: Halima Frost     25th January 2019 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder’s LEDlume-midi 36/55W luminaire, used in solar lighting solutions has been used at four intersections leading to iron-ore and manganese mine Assmang’s Black Rock mine, in the Northern Cape. “The intersections leading to the different sections of the mine have... 

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