Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2019, Beers, Debswana give insight into digital transformation at 5th Natural Resources ForumLeading mining companies Debswana and De Beers gave key presentations about how they are implementing digital transformation in their operations at the 5th Annual Natural Resources Forum, hosted by French software leader Dassault Systèmes, at The Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton on Wednesday 11 September. Accessing data from over 1 km underground is a particular challenge for the Debswana Diamond Company of Botswana, according to Brian Chimoba, Principal – Business Process Integration. Here the diamond-mining giant is leveraging the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform, Dassault Systèmes’s flagship digital platform, to optimise its geoscience, mining, and production operations. De Beers was represented by Giel Marais, Senior Automation and Information Manager, and Freddie Breed, Senior Mining Engineer. They gave a joint presentation on how the Venetia Underground Project is aiming to develop an integrated management solution for the entire operation. Both companies are..., 18 Sep 2019 16:21:12 GMTSANY SY335 medium excavator for Kgagamela Project CC chrome mineA small contractor that runs a chrome-mining operation adjacent to the Twickenham Mine near Burgersfort in Mpumalanga, Kgagamela Project CC, has acquired a SANY SY335 medium excavator from Goscor Earth Moving (GEM). This is a harsh mining application, and perfectly suited to the ruggedness of the machine, GEM Sales Consultant Murray Leith comments. “This is a particularly tough mineral, and it makes for a rough mining environment. All equipment has to be highly durable, which is where SANY’s philosophy of only using world-class components like Isuzu engines and Kawasaki hydraulics comes into its own,” Leith explains. The SY335 was delivered to site in August, and is already hard at work. The Burgersfort area is serviced from the GEM Nelspruit branch, which has all necessary spares and technical support to assist its customers for their routine maintenance and any emergency breakdown requirements. It is this fast turnaround and 24/7 responsiveness that distinguishes..., 18 Sep 2019 16:19:29 GMTBespoke Cummins power generation solution for offshore application in the GulfCummins Arabia has collaborated with Speedy International to develop a bespoke power generation solution for an offshore application in the Gulf oil-and-gas sector that required continuous electrical power. It was able to deliver a fully-customised solution engineered to perform through any adverse weather conditions. Two Cummins C440D5 units, enclosed in a customised soundproof and weatherproof container, provide a total of 800 kVA prime power for the offshore operation. The gensets will be installed offshore of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates under highly adverse conditions, including constraints such as low-quality fuel, being rust-prone, high ambient temperatures, continuous running, and minimum maintenance. As a designated Zone 2 offshore location, rigorous standards for design and testing of electrical equipment ensure that equipment and workers are protected from possible fire or explosion hazards. Thus Zone 2 attachments were integrated with the power system, in addition..., 16 Sep 2019 12:08:18 GMTPassport 360 impresses Master Drilling with its adaptabilityA leading global expert in drilling solutions for a range of mining clients, including Anglo American and Exxaro, Master Drilling has been a long-standing client of the complete Passport 360 solution. Established in 1986 by Danie Pretorius, and headquartered in Fochville in Gauteng, Master Drilling started off with a single machine. It has since grown into a global giant, and is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Since its first contract with Elandsrand mine, close to Carletonville west of Gauteng, it has expanded to over 20 countries, including Peru, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Burkina Faso. With over 2 000 employees both locally and internationally, and a range of projects in multiple regions, the company has a high demand for cutting-edge internal processes and procedures. Master Drilling Senior SHERQ Officer Trevor Booysen explains that its association with Passport 360 began in 2014 with Kumba Iron Ore. “Our..., 16 Sep 2019 12:05:41 GMTJet Demolition assists mines to cap illegal mining activitiesRedundant mine shafts are becoming a growing risk for large mining houses due to a sharp spike in illegal mining activities. The fact that the Witwatersrand Basin has been cited as contributing over 50% of all gold ever produced on earth is an indication not only of the extent of the country’s mining network, but how endemic the problem of illegal mining is to South Africa. “The fact is that illegal mining is born from desperation. People are willing to risk their lives by going underground to try and recover pockets of unmined material, as well as copper cable and steel shaft infrastructure. They can be armed, which poses a huge risk. It is not uncommon to witness extreme violence or intimidation in these areas,” Jet Demolition Contracts Manager André Botes (N. Dip. Mechanical Engineering) comments. The most effective means of ensuring that redundant shafts are protected from occupation by illegal miners is to seal them permanently below natural ground level..., 16 Sep 2019 12:04:25 GMTAury Africa establishes technical hub in Mpumalanga coalfieldsScreening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has established a technical hub in eMalahleni to service the Mpumalanga coalfields. The hub comprises its regional office and showroom at the Smokey Mountain Office Village in the Route N4 Business Park, in addition to a 720 m2 workshop, storage, and fabrication facility. Since the establishment of its technical hub, Aury Africa has seen a definite increase in interest from coal-mining clients, Managing Director Sydney Parkhouse reveals. “Our presence here has proven to be extremely beneficial, as the actual products our customers need in their daily operations are now available on their doorstep.” Not only are delivery times reduced significantly, but Aury Africa is also able to provide 24/7 technical back-up and aftermarket support. In addition, Aury Africa is able to offer a dedicated design and draughting service, based on the latest CAD programs, to generate fabrication, engineering, and..., 05 Sep 2019 11:29:25 GMTMining leaders to discuss digital transformation at 5th Natural Resources Forum hosted by Dassault SystèmesDigital transformation in the mining industry is a not a dream for a distant tomorrow, but a reality that every customer can define for their current operations. This is the message from Raoul Jacquand, CEO of the GEOVIA application from Dassault Systèmes. Jacquand will deliver a presentation entitled ‘Digital Transformation in Mining’ at the 5th Annual Natural Resources Forum hosted by the French software leader at The Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton on Wednesday 11 September. “Digital transformation is not restricted to just a small club of major mining companies with big budgets. The beauty of digital technologies is that they scale from very small to wide-reaching broad enterprise transformation. In other words, there is no ‘one size fits all’. Even small junior mining companies that operate in far-flung places, especially in Africa, can still reap the benefits,” Jacquand stresses. “It is really at the fingertips of everyone. It is...èmes10194Thu, 05 Sep 2019 11:28:02 GMTPortable fuel cleanliness analysis kit from Cummins Filtration is a reliable in-the-field solutionThe Fleetguard® FK36000 portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit is a reliable solution for testing fuel cleanliness in the field, according to Cummins Filtration mining sales manager Tinus Naude. Testing can identify dirty fuel, and more importantly the source of the contamination through supply, delivery, storage, handling, and other practices. It also allows for on-site testing of fuel cleanliness, with immediate results. In addition, no power source or batteries are required to perform the test. Most tests use only a litre of fuel, and require five to ten minutes. Results are interpreted immediately, and also relate to the ASTM D2068 FBT number. “Clean uncontaminated fuel is key to optimal fuel system performance and longevity for engines in the mining industry. Without high-quality fuel filtration and regularly-scheduled servicing, fuel contamination can lead to costly repairs and engine downtime,” Naude comments. “The better the fuel quality, the better the..., 05 Sep 2019 11:26:05 GMTSkyriders has a blast deploying UHP cleaning at large petchem tankUltra high pressure (UHP) washing is a highly-effective and environmentally-friendly cleaning method using water jets to remove old coating systems and industrial dirt and contamination, without the use of potential contaminants such as detergents or grit. Leading rope-access specialist Skyriders recently deployed UHP to clean the top part of a large tank, which is exposed to the harsh elements, and therefore subject to the worst weathering, for a major petrochemical producer in Mpumalanga. The scope of work for Skyriders was to deploy UHP at 2 800 bar in order to wash the tank and prepare the surface, and then to apply a specific protective coating system. This consisted of a primer and an intermediate coating, followed by the final two coatings. “The client, which has stringent health and safety and quality standards, had a documented specification for the application that we had to adhere to rigorously at all times,” Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn comments...., 28 Aug 2019 13:31:13 GMTGeneration X.e is the latest X Series industrial gear units to be launched in South AfricaThe latest technology unveiled by German drive engineering specialist SEW-EURODRIVE at Hannover Messe 2019 has finally made its way to South African shores. Raymond Obermeyer, MD of SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd., personally attended the launch of the Generation X.e series at the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology in April. Generation X.e represents the latest iteration of the highly-successful X Series of industrial gear units, which has gained significant traction globally in industries as diverse as mining, cement and sugar mills, and power generation. “It was decided to introduce the latest series to South Africa in response to the overarching industry need for energy-efficiency and optimisation,” Obermeyer explains. The specific client requirements addressed by the new series are maximum drive utilisation, in the event of continuous operation under specified conditions; peak load, in the case of an irregular travel profile, frequent start-up, or..., 28 Aug 2019 13:29:30 GMT