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ETHERLINE® GUARD – innovative monitoring solution for data cables

19th January 2022 Predictive maintenance is an important tool for avoiding unplanned machine downtimes. For this LAPP provides the new ETHERLINE® GUARD, which monitors the service life of a data cable at risk of failure in Ethernet-based automation technology networks.  Although cables usually last for many years,... 

Hexagon completes safety project installation at Gold Fields’ Damang mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th January 2022 Digital reality solutions provider Hexagon’s Mining division has completed a safety installation with miner Gold Fields Ghana. About 35 mine vehicles were equipped with Hexagon’s Operator Alertness System Heavy Vehicle (OAS-HV) at the Damang mine in Ghana’s western region. 

South32 delivers PFS for Arizona mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th January 2022 Diversified miner South32 on Monday has tapped the Taylor deposit, at its Hermosa project in Arizona, as its first ‘next generation mine’. A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the polymetallic metals project has estimated an annual average production of 111 000 t of zinc, some 138 000 t of lead... 

Potentially game-changing hydrogen fuel cell technology attracts funding  

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2022 Hydrogen fuel cells are increasingly being viewed as an attractive technology to decarbonise large parts of industry, particularly heavy-duty transport. Two key barriers to more widespread adoption of fuel cells are the costs and production scale of fuel cell systems. 

Kenmare sets new records with 2021 production, injury rate, shipments

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2022 LSE-listed titanium minerals and zircon producer Kenmare Resources increased its 2021 production by 30% year-on-year, owing to a record 1.55-million tonnes being mined, and a 19% increase in ore grades to 4.63% as a result of wet concentrator plant (WCP) B’s relocation to the high-grade Pilivili... 

Avoid unplanned downtime with a planned maintenance programme

13th January 2022 Unplanned downtime has serious consequences in nearly every single industry. According to a report published by Senseye titled ‘The True Cost of Downtime’, Fortune Global 500 manufacturing and industrial companies lose close to US$1 trillion due to unplanned downtime each year, squandering an... 

South African prepaid startup WiSolar plans initial fundraise

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2022 WiSolar, a South African startup that sells solar power on a prepaid basis, plans to raise R45-million this quarter in its first funding round as it gears up for growth. The company, founded by Tonye Irims in 2016, plans to expand from offering its product to residential home owners to working... 

International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, France – update

By: Sheila Barradas     7th January 2022 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has been awarded its first contract from Japan’s National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology for the manufacture of six units of diverter outer vertical target components for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project. 

St Barbara readies to restart PNG mill

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th January 2022 Gold miner St Barbara is expected to restart gold production at its Simberi operations, in Papua New Guinea (PNG) later this month. The miner this week told shareholders that it had completed the laying of the deep sea tailings placement (DSTP) pipeline, and that wet commissioning of the... 

And the new iX makes it three…

By: Irma Venter     4th January 2022 Starting from a cool R1.65-million, it is now possible to own BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) third fully electric vehicle available in the country – the new iX sports activity vehicle (SAV), adding to the i3 and electric Mini Cooper SE already on the market. The price includes a... 

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