mining weekly

Top-three driller Foraco pushes miners for longer contracts

TSX-listed drilling services firm Foraco International is looking to sign longer contracts with mining companies, especially the majors, rather than the one-year terms that have been the norm in the sector, chairperson and co-CEO Daniel Simoncini said in Toronto on May 20th. Read more

Continuous mining machine attracts interest from South African coal miners

International mining equipment manufacturer Bucyrus reports that its latest development, the 35M continuous miner, has attracted a lot of attention from South African colliery operators constantly on the lookout for machines that mine coal more cost effectively and efficiently. Read more

New cone crusher features only half the number of parts in a conventional unit

Engineering company C&E Engineering, which specializes in the refurbishment of jaw crushers and cone crushers, has developed a cone crusher that features half the number of parts that a normal cone crusher would use, enabling the end-user to perform maintenance easily and cut downtime. Read more

Basil Read secures Mozambique coal mine contract

JSE-listed Basil Read has entered into an agreement with Beacon Hill Resources to develop the Minas Moatize coal mine, in Mozambique. Read more

New centralized blasting system

Mining services company AEL Mining Services’ new Quickshot centralized blasting system will assist in improving health and safety in underground mining operations, says AEL product manager Carlos Goncalves. Read more

Pilot Crushtec launches cash-saving stacking machine

Pilot Crushtec has launched its first fully mobile stacking machine in an effort to offer cash-saving solutions for customers. Read more

Mining sector faces ‘fierce’ competition for top talent

The Australian mining industry could face a “significant” skills shortage and “fierce” competition for skilled labour this year, a report by recruitment consultancy Robert Walters found on Tuesday.

Diamond tool technology to assist in exploration

It is now possible for diamond aligning technology to be used in drill bits following its successful incorporation in saw blades through the Arix technology, says diamond tool specialist Diamond Products director Brian Clark. Read […]

Emergency braking systems for hydraulic machines

A new range of hydraulic brake valves 
 from French hydraulic equipment 
 specialist company Poclain Hydraulics will stop a vehicle in case of a failure on the hose or spool and is used on […]

Dual-purpose conveyor has high safety, control standards

A conveyor belt designed
 to carry 2,000 to 3,000 
 people a day and 480 t/h of rock at major platinum-mining company Anglo Platinum’s (Angloplat’s) Bafokeng Rasi-mone platinum mine, in Rustenburg, has high safety standards and […]

Anglo sells steel units to Australia’s OneSteel for $932m

Mining major Anglo American (Anglo) would sell its Moly-Cop and AltaSteel to Australian company OneSteel for $932-million. The two businesses, which are part of Anglo's Scaw Metals, make steel balls and rods that are used […]

Wi-Fi system launched

Mining electronics company Becker Electronics’ new wireless router 
access point (WRAP) provides a high speed Wi-Fi backbone for underground wireless Voice-over-Internet Protocol, seamless roaming of devices, advanced vehicular dispatch systems and process automation, says Becker […]

System keeps old settings during upgrades

Automation and control specialist company Systems Automation & Management (SAM) has developed a system that enables the installation of new control equipment on old systems while 
integrating the input and output logs of the old […]

Gold recovery operations improved by new control systems

Electrical and automation 
equipment supplier Elquip Solutions has been contracted to install electronic equipment manufacturer Hitachi’s EH 150 programmable logic controller (PLC) and the EHV central processing unit (CPU) at gold miner DRDGold’s Ergo mine […]

Four mine control systems upgraded

Automation and control specialist company Systems Automation & Management (SAM) has upgraded the old instrumentation and control systems at several coal mines, as well as at a rapid load-out station, owned by global diversified miner […]

Danish breaker maker to 
introduce the world's biggest hammer into SA market

Danish manufacturer of breakers for the mining and quarrying industry, steelworks and the demolition market Fractum plans to introduce its range of rock and steel breaking attachments into the South African market. Read more

US firm's fleet management solution selected for Moz coal mine

U.S. mining technology company Modular Mining Systems’ fleet management and machine guidance solutions have been selected by the Vale-owned Moatize coal mine, in Mozambique. Read more

Efficient designs improve ventilation and cooling systems performance

The design of infrastructure to enable ventilation and cooling systems to operate more efficiently and effectively is important in reducing energy and water use, says engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon principal sustainable […]

BBE completes its first two surface main fan station turnkey projects

Ventilation, refrigeration 
and cooling specialist BBE Projects reports that it has commissioned its first two surface main fan station turnkey projects for the South African mining 
industry. Read more

New attachments 
enable cost-effective rock breaking

Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa 
reports that it now offers a full range of Korean-built Soosan hydraulic hammer 
and drill attachments for earthmoving equipment that can help save contractors time and money. […]

Increased safety luminaires for hazardous applications

Included in electrical wholesaler Magnet’s range of lighting products are ATX increased safety (Ex-e) luminaires, designed for use in hazardous applications. Read more

Company installs 72 motorised pulleys

Conveyor equipment manufacturing company Melco says that, since introducing its motorised pulleys two years ago, it has sold and installed 72 motorised pulleys into various South African industries. Read more

Company launches 
reach trucks for the mining industry

Materials handling equipment specialist Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has launched a range of variable-reach trucks designed for heavy-lift applications in confined spaces in mining operations. Read more

New drilling system uses 60% less water 
than existing systems – manufacturer

Water hydraulic drilling systems manufacturer Peterstow Aquapower has developed an environment-friendly drilling technology that could save mining companies significant capital and operational costs, while also reducing the industry’s environmental effect. Read more

New double-corrosion-protected rock bolts

South African rock bolt manufacturer Dywidag- Systems International (DSI) South Africa has developed a new double- corrosion-protected (DCP) rock bolt that can dramatically increase the rate of tunnel advancement during construction. Read more