Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2019, supplies high-efficiency Bauer motors for water-treatment plantsThe arduous operating conditions at water-treatment plants mean that the motors specified not only have to be high-efficiency motors, but must be IP 65-rated for corrosion resistance, according to Bearings International (BI) Electric Motors Product Manager Lewis Hiepner. This is where Bauer motors come into their own, applied mainly to drive pumps and aerating impellers (aerators). The Bauer range for the water-treatment industry features IE2, IE3 AND IE4 energy efficiency, in addition to an IP 65 rating and Class H insulation, with flange-mounted vertical and horizontal options. Apart from the motors themselves, gearboxes also have to be IP 65-rated, in addition to having a special corrosion-resistance coating to protect the motor casings and shafts by ensuring adequate lubrication of all internal components. Chain products used in water-treatment plants are mainly stainless steel for added durability, apart from the mild-steel sprockets themselves, BI Chains and Gears Product..., 20 Mar 2019 12:42:23 GMTAcclaimed earthmoving equipment provider chooses MiX Telematics to help keep drivers safeMiX Telematics, a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, today announced that it will be providing a renowned earthmoving equipment provider with a telematics solution to help improve the efficiency of their vehicles and the safety of their customers’ drivers. Operating across South Africa, this company required 418 of its costly earthmoving vehicles to be fitted with a reputable telematics solution so that their customers could have an accurate view of driver behaviour. By monitoring the whereabouts and driving style of their drivers, the company’s customers are now empowered to make the right decisions when it comes to operating more efficiently and identifying poor driving behaviour. Additionally, they have also been provided the opportunity to bill their customers more accurately as they are able to monitor engine hours, thereby only charging for when the vehicles are actually being utilised. The vehicles and equipment are spread..., 19 Mar 2019 16:15:11 GMTTyremart boosts turnaround time thanks to Milwaukee torque wrenchesOne of South Africa’s largest independent tyre and fitment franchise groups Tyremart, has successfully trialled the Milwaukee M18 FUEL™ ½" mid-torque impact wrench at some of its busiest branches. Due to the fact that it is not owned by any specific tyre manufacturer, Tyremart has a competitive edge in the marketplace, according to both Sandton Branch Manager Lawrence Abraham and Fourways Branch Manager Martin Fourie. The company offers a carefully-selected basket of top-branded tyres, priding itself on its professional fitment advice, which ensures that customers receive the best possible solution. “Our professional and unbiased advice is backed up by the widest range of all leading brand tyres, services and accessories,” Abraham explains. Ancillary products include wheels, batteries, shocks, brakes, and alignment. The company’s fitment centres are properly equipped with the necessary resources and specialist equipment required to get the..., 13 Mar 2019 14:35:19 GMTJet Demolition founder has a blast as leading global specialistBack-to-back wins in the 2017 and 2018 World Demolition Awards has cemented Jet Demolition’s reputation as one of the leading demolition specialists globally. The company has successfully taken on some of the most demanding projects in the world. To be recognised on an international platform, in two different categories for two consecutive years, by friends, peers and colleagues from across the world is an achievement that cannot be topped, Jet Demolition Director Joe Brinkmann emphasises. “We are extremely humbled and grateful for this recognition, and feel enthused to continue in this spirit of hard work and excellence.” Demolition provides a continuous challenge, with every project approached with the aim of increasing safety, production, and cost-efficiency. “There is no formalised demolition training available in South Africa, meaning that all our personnel are developed and nurtured in-house,” Brinkmann stresses. Mentoring ensures constant interaction..., 13 Mar 2019 14:32:48 GMTAury Africa ideally positioned to reap benefit from green shoots in miningAury Africa is ideally positioned to take advantage of the uptick in the mining industry, as indicated by the prevailing air of optimism at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town in February, according to Executive Director Mduduzi Magubane. Mduduzi is also Managing Director of Nkomose Consulting Engineers & Projects, a 100% black-owned South specialist mining solutions company. The Nkomose Group has entered into a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) deal with Aury Africa, a screening and vibrating equipment solutions provider to the African mining industry. As Executive Director, Mduduzi has direct input into ‘steering the ship’ and help guiding the way forward. “There are lots of opportunities. They need to be identified, targeted, and exploited for their potential. I intend this to be a team effort.” Mduduzi’s vision for Aury Africa is, firstly, to establish a solid foothold in South Africa, while taking advantage of the depth of knowledge..., 13 Mar 2019 14:30:26 GMTThe truth about a Zero Tolerance PolicyBusinesses take different approaches to alcohol tolerance at the workplace. The Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Act dictates many of the rules that businesses implement, including disallowing any person who is or appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs to enter or remain at the workplace, among others. Due to this, and for various reasons pertinent to the industry or business itself, many companies have employed a zero-tolerance policy towards alcohol and drugs. However, the concept of ‘zero tolerance’ is widely misunderstood. What is ‘zero tolerance’? A zero-tolerance policy towards alcohol and drugs means that employees may not be permitted to work if they are found to have any trace of alcohol or drugs in their system, when tested. It does not mean that a company will immediately fire an employee that tests positive for alcohol and drugs. A zero-tolerance policy Should not be promoted as a punitive measure, rather it should..., 13 Mar 2019 12:19:27 GMTPratley launches new gasket maker and flange sealantA new flange sealant and gasket maker in the form of a tough and elastic silicone rubber for superior sealing was launched by Pratley in February 2019. It can tolerate extreme temperatures of -50°C to +300°C for short periods, and is chemical-resistant to petrol, diesel, paraffin, water, oil, and anti-freeze. “Our new RTV Silicone Gasket Maker also has no negative effect on electrical components such as vehicle sensors,” Pratley National Sales & Marketing Manager Mark Bell highlights. In addition, it’s non-corrosive, and is the ideal product for applications in engine sumps, gearboxes, pipe flanges and water pumps, to name but a few. Gasket Maker falls under Pratley’s ever-increasing range of adhesives for the automotive industry, including Pratley Wondafix Car, Pratley Pratlok anaerobic thread lockers, Pratley 1-2-3, Pratley Ezeebond, Pratley Powda Bond, Pratley Safety Cleaner, and many more. This year sees Pratley embark on Phase 2 of its..., 13 Mar 2019 12:15:38 GMTMandirk Lifting offers unique 360° lifting solutions from all angles and directionsA unique service whereby lifting machines and lifting tackle can be examined and tested on-site, giving clients peace of mind that they comply fully with all regulatory requirements, as well as ensuring the safety of all personnel, is available from the newly-established Mandirk Lifting. The company is part of the Mandirk Group, a specialist supplier of engineering tools and equipment for Maintenance, Repair, and Operating (MRO) applications in a range of industrial sectors. The lifting division was established to extend the group’s service offering and total solutions approach, under GM Jaco Vorster, who points out that management has over 30 years’ combined experience in the lifting industry. “In addition to our extensive expertise, we also have a comprehensive inventory of equipment and spares stockholding, and are able to leverage off the nearly 250-branch network that the Mandirk Group has access to through its holding company BMG,” Vorster comments. The..., 13 Mar 2019 12:13:44 GMTInvesting in Technology is Key to Mining, MICROMINE Punts at IndabaInvesting in technology that drives efficiency and productivity is key for mining companies and suppliers alike to remain relevant in a rapidly-changing mining industry. This was the message delivered by industry-leading software solutions vendor MICROMINE at the Investing in African Mining Indaba from 4 to 7 February at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and billed as the world’s largest mining investment conference, as well as the largest mining event in Africa, the Mining Indaba “was a showcase of different projects and resource assets,” MICROMINE Africa Marketing Coordinator Craig Sternslow highlights. Investing in technology that drives efficiency and productivity is critical. “Mining companies no longer have the luxury of large budgets that can be allocated on-the-fly. Nowadays the allocation on innovation and business improvement is significantly reduced. This has exacerbated competition not only..., 04 Mar 2019 11:24:28 GMTLimited-edition Stabila Set Celebrates 130 Years of Measuring SuccessStabila, the world's most recognised brand of professional measuring equipment, is celebrating 130 years of innovative tools that tradesmen have been counting on since its cutting-edge folding ruler was launched in 1889. Precision measurement is essential to a range of applications, from DIY to construction, automotive, and even interior design. “Professionals across the board must be able to rely absolutely on the accuracy of their measuring tools. However, this year we have something particularly special for the select few,” Upat National Product Specialist Charl Weber reveals. To commemorate 130 years of existence across the globe, with 70 in South Africa, Stabila is launching the limited edition 80AU 1889 Series Measuring Kit, consisting of a 1m black spirit level, a 60cm yellow level, a 40cm white level and a 7cm Pocket Pro, which is ideal for checking electric boxes and other small-space items. The milestone launch starts on 1 March 2019, and Weber adds that..., 04 Mar 2019 11:23:05 GMT