Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2019, Gold Mine EPC Contract Awarded To DRA Global By Diversified MineralsGlobal engineering, project delivery and operations management group, DRA Global (“DRA”) has been awarded (through its 100% owned subsidiary DRA Pacific Pty Ltd) the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Dargues Gold Mine in New South Wales, Australia. Dargues is owned by Diversified Minerals (“Diversified Minerals”) Pty Ltd, an associated company of PYBAR Mining Services Pty Ltd; a leading underground mining services company within the Australian resources sector who will be developing and operating the Project’s underground mine and other infrastructure. DRA’s project scope entails the engineering, procurement and construction of a 355,000tpa capacity gold processing facility and mine backfill plant at the Dargues gold mine. The processing plant will comprise crushing, milling, flotation and filtration circuits and produce a sulphide concentrate for export. The mine will produce an average of 50,000oz of gold per annum..., 18 Jan 2019 11:13:21 GMTLocal Kwagga small plant from Hire It a big hit in construction industryThe increasing demand for fibreoptic cable infrastructure has seen a Durban installer acquire eight Kwagga rammers from Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. This is testament to the success of the rugged and cost-effective range of small plant for the construction industry. The customer is very happy with the performance of the Kwagga rammers to date, Hire It Sales Director Richard Fraser reports. “The machines have come in for a few services, and we can see that they are handling the workload well. We have sold virtually all of our initial consignment, and so far have had no major comebacks.” The Kwagga range of small plant for the construction industry is focused mainly on portable power generators, compaction, and concrete. It comprises generators, rammers, plate compactors, power floats, drive units, vibratory pokers, concrete/asphalt cutters (floor saws), scarifiers, and diaphragm and water pumps. By importing premium Honda engines, and assembling them with machine kits..., 18 Jan 2019 11:07:12 GMTSEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd is Preferred Supplier to Chrome Mines in Steelpoort AreaThe Nelspruit branch of SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd is not only the industrial gear hub for Southern Africa, it supplies drive solutions for the rest of the continent. It also supplies electric motors, geared motors, planetary, and industrial gear units for the chrome-mining industry in the region, in addition to field service. The main differentiator for SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd in this highly-competitive market segment is the combination of its product reliability and aftersales, technical, and field-service assistance, Nelspruit Branch Manager Jonathan McKey points out. “We pride ourselves on our 24/7 technical and field service back-up,” he adds. Such has been the success of SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd in the region that it is now the preferred supplier to about 85% of mines in the Steelpoort area alone. Its footprint has expanded steadily since it began supplying a handful of gear units, Sales representative Nico Schutte comments. The main applications for the SEW-EURODRIVE..., 15 Jan 2019 14:22:19 GMTStabila Sets a New Standard for Digital Inclination MeasurementA new standard for digital inclination measurement has been set with the latest digital protractors from Stabila, distributed locally by Upat. Both the TECH 500 DP and TECH 1000 DP are manufactured exclusively in Germany. The latest digital protractors not only measure degrees of incline, whether or not a particular surface is level, but also its precise degree. “What this means is that a particular degree can be preset, and the surface levelled precisely in accordance with the measurements,” Upat National Product Specialist Charl Weber explains. The main difference between the two models is that the TECH 500 DP measures from 0° to 90° and 90° to 0°, while the TECH 1000 DP covers 360°. The former reveals what is out of sync, while the latter calculates the exact amount. In addition, the latter features smart data transmission to peripheral devices, featuring a RS-485 interface with a MODBUS documentation protocol and Stabila Analytics software for..., 03 Jan 2019 09:26:54 GMTIdeal Wear Solution from Truck Beds to Shovel Buckets and Dozer BladesChromium carbide (CrC) overlay plate from wear engineering specialist Rio-Carb is an ideal wear solution for a range of applications, from truck beds to dozer blades, shovel buckets, front-end loaders, and dragline buckets. The plate features a standard smooth surface with relief cracks, a ductile and workable backplate, a quality-controlled fusion zone, and a hard CrC overlay. It forms the basis of an engineered truck bed liner system that offers significant cost of ownership and return on investment benefits for customers, Rio-Carb General Manager Sias Suurd explains. Available in a hybrid liner package, the system greatly improves the wear life of truck beds, due to the fact that the plate wears down at a uniform rate, which means it is less maintenance-intensive, as well as increasing productivity dramatically. Other advantages are that the system has been designed to reduce welding, and can be customised in terms of its overall weight. No micro dead boxes are required at the..., 03 Jan 2019 09:25:06 GMTBauxite Mining with Surface Miners Maximizes ProfitabilityWest African Guinea is known for possessing the largest reserves of high-quality bauxite in the world. This potential has prompted the country to continually expand its bauxite mining sector in recent years, making substantial investments. Wirtgen surface miners are playing a decisive role in this development process, as many of the country’s bauxite mining operations rely on Wirtgen’s technology as their standard extraction technique. Wirtgen supplies surface miners in a variety of performance classes for the selective mining of raw materials, such as coal, limestone, bauxite, gypsum, salt and phosphate. In addition to mining, these machines can also carry out routing operations for the construction of mining service roads and railway tracks, the rehabilitation of roadways and installation of tunnel floors. The range of applications further includes the precise cutting of trenches and channels as well as surface leveling. In 2001, the first Wirtgen surface miner was commissioned..., 03 Jan 2019 09:21:31 GMTUpat Introduces Fastest Cordless Tyre Inflator from MilwaukeeWhat is billed as the fastest cordless tyre inflator on the market is available from leading distributor Upat. The Milwaukee M12 BI Compact Inflator delivers fast, accurate, and easy inflation, with added portability to boot. Demanding applications such as car, SUV, and compact equipment tyres of 1.6 kg are all handled with ease. The M12 BI Compact Inflator can top-off a car tyre in under a minute (1.93 to 35 bar), and an SUV tyre in under four minutes (2.06 to 3.10 bar), Milwaukee Product Specialist Werner Koch highlights. Rated to deliver over 8.27 bar, and built with a high-efficiency motor and pump, the M12 BI delivers a super speed-of-fill on car and SUV tyres. It can fill an SUV tyre from flat to full on a single battery. REDLINK Intelligence™ with TrueFill™ Auto Shut-Off technology delivers highly-accurate pressure, protects from overfill and overtemp, and senses speed-of-fill automatically in order to shut-off at the desired bar. Additionally, a back-lit LCD..., 03 Jan 2019 09:04:42 GMTfischer SaMontec from Upat Revolutionises Architecture and ConstructionIf you remember the ease with which fischertechnik sets made you an instant engineer, you’ll understand the innovation behind the fischer SaMontec installation grid – and how it continues to revolutionise architecture and the construction industry. According to Upat National Product Specialist Charl Weber, SaMontec installation systems are now typically specified by wet works engineers for areas that require robust, flexible solutions. SaMontec grids come with universal channels, brackets, connection and construction elements, as well as clamps and installation accessories that provide a huge variety of combinations in one versatile solution. The system can be joined in such a way that it holds everything together on one bracket. Weber notes that, being inter-linkable and interchangeable, enables all elements to easily connect and disconnect. Suitable for new buildings and subsequent installations, the system offers planners and architects abundant opportunities for creativity,..., 03 Jan 2019 09:02:36 GMTDiversification, Drone Technology Sees Skyriders Soar in 2018A focus on diversification and making customers aware of the benefits of rope access in combination with drone technology paid off well for Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. last year. In 2018, it completed some of its largest and most technically-challenging projects to date. These ranged from the first-ever boiler inspection at Medupi Unit 6, to a routine silo inspection at a prominent Delmas colliery completed in record time, to a full suite of maintenance services deployed at a major petchem producer in the Free State, to a unique project for Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb in Namibia. Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn comment that, with both Medupi and Kusile Power Stations anticipated to be completed within the next 12 to 18 months, the rope access specialist would be on the lookout for its next mega projects in 2019. “Our main goal at present at Medupi in particular is to ensure we maintain the highest standard of service delivery, safety, and quality on-site until..., 12 Dec 2018 12:57:44 GMTWirtgen Slipform Pavers Leveraging TechnologyA Kentucky concrete slipforming contractor has moved in a big way into curb, gutter and parapet construction by utilizing the advanced technology available to them. Fox Enterprises now constructs offset curb, gutter and parking lot “island” placements using an on-site guidance system. The system permits automated placement of those items, including tight radii. Its fleet recently expanded to include a larger slipform paver that can do offset curb-and-gutter paving, but also inset pavement slab paving. “We want to be the best there is, and for that we need to buy the best technology available,” said Ed Chenault, President, Fox Enterprises, Richmond, Kentucky. “Automated control of the paver is the future. My daughter someday will take over the reins of the company, and I want to have the next generation of paving technology available to the next generation of management. I didn’t buy the new slipform pavers for a five-year plan, I bought them for..., 11 Dec 2018 08:18:13 GMT