Author: Mpinane Senkhane

Aury Africa punts RFID as the future of asset management in mining

Remote mining operation environments add to the challenge when it comes to managing sophisticated assets such as high-frequency screens, feeders, and centrifuges. Here the key issue is to identify equipment operating at mining sites, and improve flow-process inspection and maintenance, thereby assisting in delivering operational excellence to clients. The perfect answer to this challenge is Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, according to Aury Africa Director Sydney Parkhouse. “In the mining and minerals-processing sector, RFID technology is ideal for inspecting plant equipment, mining machines, pumps, valves, and pipes, among many others,” he explains. In order to capitalise on this potential market,...

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Epiroc to acquire underground rock reinforcement products manufacturer

Epiroc, a leading productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries, has agreed to acquire Innovative Mining Products (Proprietary) Limited, widely known as New Concept Mining, a South African manufacturer of rock reinforcement products for underground mining. Innovative Mining Products is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has facilities also in Peru, Zambia and Canada. It manufactures a comprehensive range of underground mining roof support products, rock monitoring systems and related accessories. Innovative Mining Products has about 900 employees and had revenue in the past 12 months through September 30, 2018, of about ZAR 950 million (SEK...

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Efficient new screen saves money

Processing equipment supplier, ELB Equipment, has released an ultra-efficient three shaft screen which is capable of dealing with overburden for use in rehabilitation or to stockpile materials as a saleable by-product of mining. The new Powerscreen Warrior 2100 is able to reduce processing cycles by dealing with unprocessed overburden and significantly shorten production times in the separation of materials either for rehabilitation or as saleable commodities. Its efficient handling of materials and economical powerplant derives further saving for miners or contractors onsite. According to Heath Dickson, the machine is specially designed for work alongside mining operations in different terrains...

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WorleyParsons tackles tech innovation in mining

“Technology is a gift from God. After the gift of life, it is probably the greatest of Gods gifts. It is the mother of civilisations, of arts and of sciences” Freeman Dyson The South African mining and engineering sector is encumbered and, in most cases, declining. Jobs continue to be shed as old uneconomically viable assets become mothballed. Tensions with labour continue unabated, and all the while global capital finds greener pastures to graze in. The conversation around transformation cannot be one of economic empowerment alone, but one of digital transformation as well. We need to not only economically...

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Sibanye Stillwater concludes wage agreement with three unions

The Minerals Council has advised that Sibanye-Stillwater has concluded a three-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers, Solidarity and UASA in respect of wages and conditions of service for the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. The agreement, concluded under the auspices of the Minerals Council, allows for increases to the basic wage of Category 4-8 surface and underground employees of R700 in year one, R700 in year two and R825 in year three. Miners, artisans and officials will receive increases of 5.5% in year one and 5.5% or CPI (whichever is the greater) in...

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