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Mining Equipment and Contractors

Extended conveying system operational on platinum mine

6th May 2022 A second installation of a ropeway system to transport ore for a South African platinum mine is now fully operational. The system travels approximately 400 t a hector over a distance of 2.8 km and a difference in elevation of 160 m. A RopeCon system has been transporting platinum ore in... 

Steering mines towards automation and connectivity

31st January 2022 A new platform to convert data into useful, actionable information for mines has recently been unveiled. Epiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, in partnership with ASI Mining, has introduced Mobius for Drills, designed to display data in an... 

Image of the  Mobius system that enables multi-vehicle command, control and monitoring t
The Mobius system enables multi-vehicle command, control and monitoring

Motors and VSDs for world’s highest-grade copper mine

31st January 2022 Zest WEG is supplying a range of motors and variable speed drives (VSDs) for the second phase of the Kamoa-Kakula project, one of the world’s highest-grade copper mines, located on the Central African Copperbelt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For the first phase of the project, Zest WEG... 

Image of a WEG high voltage motor being lifted into position on site at Kamoa-Kakula
A WEG high voltage motor being lifted into position on site at Kamoa-Kakula

New elliptical movement vibrating screen for high-moisture applications

21st January 2022 An elliptical motion vibrating screen has been designed using new technology that makes it particularly suited for screening applications challenged with high-moisture content, and the equipment can handle capacities up to 3 500 t per hour while minimising water usage. Haver & Boecker Niagara... 

Image of the Niagara XL-Class vibrating screen technology that offers high acceleration and features an elliptical exciter design
The Niagara XL-Class vibrating screen technology offers high acceleration and features an elliptical exciter design

Reliable drainage pumps for tough conditions

15th December 2021 Heavy-duty drainage pumps that offer low total cost of ownership are crucial for tough pumping applications such as on mine and construction sites. Drainage pumps are especially useful when large quantities of dirty water needs to be pumped, while still achieving heads of up to 200 m, or flow... 

Image of Grindex drainage pumps from Integrated Pump Technology
Grindex drainage pumps from Integrated Pump Technology

South African company leads advances in proximity detection technology

3rd December 2021 The use of proximity detection systems (PDS) or collision prevention systems (CPS) is seen as a major contributor to improved safety in the mining sector and a number of technological advances have enabled even more flexibility and stability of the systems. South Africa‑based Booyco Electronics... 

Image of Booyco Electronics proximity detection systems
Booyco Electronics proximity detection systems have evolved to include the latest technology

Innovative hammer samplers ensure accurate results

12th November 2021 Ensuring accurate sampling is critical in the mining industry and advances in sampling techniques are helping to ensure increased sample reliability. Multotec’s innovative hammer samplers allow two consecutive samples to be taken from the product stream in quick succession, ensuring two sets of... 

Image to of Multotec hammer samplers in the field
Multotec has a worldwide footprint of over 800 hammer samplers in the field

Spotlight on knee protection

5th November 2021 Knee guards offer protection for users working in cramped conditions, such as underground mining or where work needs to be carried out at floor level, such as tiling, wooden flooring and plumbing. The Paramount ‘Orange’ knee guard was first developed in Germany to help protect miners’ knees in... 

Image of person wearing KneeLok knee guards  designed to be comfortable, durable and effective
KneeLok knee guards are designed to be comfortable, durable and effective

Locally developed spiral elevator for Australian mine

7th October 2021 A specialised spiral elevator has been designed, engineered and manufactured by South African vibrating equipment specialist Kwatani. The 450 kg custom spiral elevator was developed for a mobile containerised sorting plant for a diamond mine in Australia. “The client had very specific functional... 

Image of The Kwatani spiral elevator feeder in operation on site at a diamond mine
The Kwatani spiral elevator feeder in operation on site at a diamond mine

Extending digitisation to underground mining

7th October 2021 As the mineral sector seeks safer and more automated operations in line with the ‘smart mining’ vision, digital technology is being increasingly used to streamline operations and drive down unit costs. “Progress in applying Wi-Fi technology to underground mines is allowing us to introduce a range... 

Image illustrating Murray & Roberts Cementation applies Wi-Fi technology to underground mines and introduced a range of digitisation initiatives
Murray & Roberts Cementation applies Wi-Fi technology to underground mines and introduced a range of digitisation initiatives

Custom-engineered chute solutions

1st October 2021 The in-house engineering capability and expertise of a leading chute designer and manufacturer were recently demonstrated in a specialised chute application for a local platinum mining customer. Working in conjunction with a hydraulics specialist, a chute solution was developed for an application... 

Image of Weba's drawing office and design team works to continuously improve transfer point solutions
Weba's drawing office and design team works to continuously improve transfer point solutions

Energy efficient ventilation for the mining sector

20th August 2021 Mining companies are increasingly focused on finding energy efficient solutions for ventilation, a trend which has been noted by ventilation solutions company, TLT-Turbo Africa. The company identified a gap in the mining ventilation market as demand increased for fans in the size range between 1... 

Image of the MC2000 ventilation solution from TLT-Turbo Africa
The MC2000 ventilation solution from TLT-Turbo Africa

New range of drilling rigs and mast attachments available

22nd July 2021 A series of powerful, compact, and modular drill mast and drilling rig systems has recently been announced. The latest product line from Mincon aims to provide customers with more effective and efficient drilling packages, as well as expert drilling experience to help reduce drilling costs.   

Image of Mincon’s range of drilling rigs and mast attachments
Mincon’s range of drilling rigs and mast attachments

Wear resistant lining solution reduces downtime and saves costs

22nd July 2021 A double-layered rubber lining solution installed on a mill discharge chute is said to have achieved a 250% wear life improvement compared to the competitor product. Weir Minerals Africa was asked to provide a lining solution at Kalumbila Minerals Limited’s Sentinel mine in Zambia, to replace the... 

Image of Weir Minerals’ Linatex premium rubber and Linard 60 rubber combination installed on a typical chute
Weir Minerals’ Linatex premium rubber and Linard 60 rubber combination installed on a typical chute

Range of innovative solutions for the mining sector

8th April 2021 Technological advancement in the mining sector is rapidly developing and solutions to address mining productivity challenges and improve efficiencies are continuously being developed. Australia-based Austin Engineering states that it is at the forefront of the development of mining equipment with... 

Austin Engineering designs and develops solutions for the mining sector
Austin Engineering designs and develops solutions for the mining sector

Vertical conveyors offer range of benefits for deep underground mines

12th February 2021 Vertical conveyors are being successfully used at ever-increasing depths in underground mines across the world. The conveyors are seen to offer a number of benefits over conventional skip hoisting systems or systems of declines and ramps. Benefits include: 

Underground loading station for a vertical conveyor
Underground loading station for a vertical conveyor

Digital tools improve mining efficiencies

12th February 2021 Digital tools such as equipment health monitoring and process management are increasingly being applied to underground mines in an effort to continuously improve efficiencies. Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions specialises in designing and implementing digital tools, with its AutoMine automation... 

The Sandvik AutoMine automation system is built into the Toro TH663i
The Sandvik AutoMine automation system is built into the Toro TH663i

Formula 1-type electric motors for mines

22nd January 2021 The switch from diesel to electric power is seen to be gathering pace in the mining industry, as the benefits of reduced emissions and lower vehicle and machinery operating costs become evident.  Electrification specialist Equipmake, has a range of high performance, cost-effective advanced... 

Expanded view of Equipmake’s spoke motor
Expanded view of Equipmake’s spoke motor

Smart Glasses bring remote mine site surveying into focus

15th January 2021 Researchers from the Sustainable Minerals Institute’s Julius Kruttschnitt Minerals Research Centre (JKMRC) at the University of Queensland, Australia, have adapted a software and technology package to improve the safety and effectiveness of remote mine site surveying. The package integrates... 

A JKMRC researcher testing the Smart Glasses during a trial at The University of Queensland’s Experimental Mine site
A JKMRC researcher testing the Smart Glasses during a trial at The University of Queensland’s Experimental Mine site

OLi South Africa

16th November 2020 OLI is the worldwide leader in industrial vibration technology.  OLI is the world‚Äôs top selling company of industrial vibration technology. It is OLI‚Äôs goal to provide excellent value to our customers.   

Pulping chute cuts scrubbing costs

23rd October 2020 A new concept in fines scrubbing has been installed by Ekapa Minerals at its Combined Treatment Plant in Kimberley, processing both virgin underground kimberlite as well as tailings for retreatment. The innovation, developed by Multotec Wear Linings, is a pulping chute that scrubs and washes the... 

The Multotec pulping chutes with patented wave generators
The Multotec pulping chutes with patented wave generators

Future of mining revealed

9th October 2020 The next generation of intelligent technologies was demonstrated at the Innovation in Mining Virtual Event, hosted by Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology in September. The fully working and autonomous AutoMine Concept vehicle is based on the latest technologies and is equipped with new sensing... 

Sandvik's fully autonomous AutoMine Concept vehicle
Sandvik's fully autonomous AutoMine Concept vehicle

Increased demand for automated mine lab services

27th August 2020 Covid-19-related disruptions to the mining sector, such as restrictions on movement and requisite physical distancing, have led to a renewed demand for automated laboratory offerings. Laboratory services company, FLSmidth, states that its hands-off technology helps to keep laboratory personnel... 

View of a fully automated zinc laboratory
View of a fully automated zinc laboratory

New spiral means better recoveries for ferrochrome

31st July 2020 Following years of detailed test work in the ferrochrome sector, a new spiral concentrator that eliminates beaching and enhances recoveries in the 1 mm to 3 mm fractions of high density material, has been successfully developed. In addition, the new spiral has shown significantly higher metal... 

The Multotec SC25 spiral concentrator’s steeper angles facilitate the flow of material and increase separation efficiency
The Multotec SC25 spiral concentrator’s steeper angles facilitate the flow of material and increase separation efficiency

Custom-built screens provide effective solutions

17th July 2020 Customised screening and feeding solutions are designed to improve processing performance and tonnage, while reducing total cost of ownership. A South African diamond operation recently required a customised solution to improve the performance of its degrit screens and Kwatani customised a... 

Kwatani’s vibrating multi-slope screen
Kwatani’s vibrating multi-slope screen

Managing chute assets helps cut maintenance costs

17th July 2020 Under today’s demanding economic conditions, many mines could improve the impact of their maintenance expenditure by regularly monitoring and recording wear data on transfer points. This is according to a leading South Africa-based transfer point original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Monitoring... 

A Weba Chute Systems team conducting on-site inspections
A Weba Chute Systems team conducting on-site inspections

Plug-and-drill raiseborer offers mobility and speed

3rd July 2020 In response to customer requests for a different approach to the raise drilling and blasting sequence, a mobile ‘plug-and-drill’ raiseborer has been launched. The new mobile unit is said to offer fast set-up times and high drilling productivity, providing an integrated solution that allows mines... 

The Rhino 100 offers improved mobility and drilling speed
The Rhino 100 offers improved mobility and drilling speed

BOT concept can boost emerging contractors, transform mining

26th June 2020 The build, operate, transfer (BOT) model is seen as a way of opening the doors of the mining sector to junior miners and emerging contractors. The concept is based on a partnership between experienced mining contractors and junior miners or emerging contractors, in which the experienced partner... 

Custom-built track mounted coal crushers supplied by B&E International
Custom-built track mounted coal crushers supplied by B&E International

Make transportation safer

25th June 2020 What means of transport do you take to reach your regular place of work? While some might consider cycling, some will use their private vehicles. Others will travel using a form public transport or taxi. In context of the current pandemic, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control,... 

Make transportation safer

Level-9-ready PDS system installed in platinum mine

28th May 2020 The mining industry is striving to meet Level 9 proximity detection systems (PDS) compliance, in order to enhance safety levels. At this level, electronic systems are required to take mechanical control of trackless mining machinery (TMM) and automatically slow it down or bring these to a stop... 

Exsence cap lamps provided by Booyco Electronics
Exsence cap lamps provided by Booyco Electronics

Mineral sampling improves plant optimisation

13th May 2020 With the general decline in ore grades in mining, mineral sampling and laboratory automation is of increasing importance to mines. Sampling allows for improved understanding of the characteristics of the ore entering a process plant and the most suitable way of treating it. Technology that can... 

An automated zinc laboratory
An automated zinc laboratory

Gearbox delivers improved screening throughput performance in coal application

13th May 2020 A project that successfully delivered optimised throughput performance for one of the largest coal mining companies in South Africa, has recently been completed. Kwatani was contracted to assist one of the largest coal processing plants in the country, to return its screening throughput... 

A batch of Kwatani manufactured gearboxes
A batch of Kwatani manufactured gearboxes

Slurry removal keeps environment-protection in focus

17th April 2020 The need to incorporate environment-preservation techniques on site has become an ongoing and critical action point for the global mining and industrial sectors. A slurry removal solution that aims to ensure that mine and industrial water contaminated sites do not negatively affect surrounding... 

Dredging solution from Integrated Pump Rental
Dredging solution from Integrated Pump Rental

Filter press saves water, reduces impact

8th April 2020 A Limpopo chrome mine facing a number of risks in disposing of its tailings, has found an environment-friendly and cost-effective solution. The chrome operation was aware of the challenges that a traditional tailings storage facility (TSF) could create, including the large footprint of a tailings... 

A Multotec dewatering solution
A Multotec dewatering solution

Collaboration boosts local mining economy

6th March 2020 Specialist vibrating equipment original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani is leveraging a recent multi-year service contract at a large mining customer in the Northern Cape to further boost the area’s local economy. The company explains that its branch near the customer’s mining operation has... 

Training customer employees on site
Training customer employees on site

Range of hydraulic hose expands

31st January 2020 Three new wire spiral hydraulic hoses are now available to the South African market. Used mainly on earthmoving machines and underground mining machines, all three hoses have a hydraulic oil temperature range of -40 °C to 121 °C, with occasional peaks of up to 125 °C.  

Strutfast Ltd

19th November 2019 CABLE LADDER SYSTEMS: The Strutfast cable ladder systems are designed, manufactured & tested to the NEMA International standards. CABLE TRAY SYSTEMS: A comprehensive range of perforated & wire mesh cable trays made to the highest standards. 

Trollope Mining

15th November 2019 Opencast mining, rehabilitation, bulk earthworks, roads, plant hire.  

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