Right Here in Africa

Key equipment supplier Takraf Africa, part of the global mining, material handling and minerals processing group, Takraf, is supplying six new-design Redler chain conveyors to the Willowton Group’s factory in Isando, Gauteng.

This order, placed in April 2018, makes the Willowton Group the first company to install these new conveyors, which are specifically designed in-house by Takraf Africa, and which are a breakthrough development for the FMCG market.

Combining the proven Redler brand with a lighter, more cost-effective design of the casing, the conveyors utilise the high quality Redler chain housed in a structure manufactured from laser-cut, relatively light-weight plate-work. This unique fabrication approach has eliminated the expensive and time-consuming welding process, enabling the delivery time to be reduced by up to four weeks.

Furthermore, laser cut plates eliminate boilermaker tolerances and ensure a perfect fit on site.

In addition, Takraf Africa is now able to assemble the conveyors utilising its in-house capacity, providing a valuable upskilling opportunity for its employees.

Various operations

The conveyors were ordered by the Willowton Group as part of their expansion programme for their plant in Isando, with this new design conveyor being first demonstrated to the company using a test casing. The longest conveyor is 40m in length, with the other five ranging between 20 to 24m long, all conveying sunflower products at 25tph. Takraf Africa’s scope of work covered the design and fabrication of this equipment.

The company is the exclusive licence holder/supplier in Southern Africa of the trademarked Redler range of equipment.

Through its more than 40-year business relationship with the Willowton Group, Takraf Africa has supplied more than 150 machines to the group across its various operations. This includes more than 40 to the Willowton Group plant in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal and more than 100 Redler machines to the Isando plant. The machines include both Redler en-masse chain conveyors and chain elevators.

Moves like liquid

Takraf Africa, previously known as Bateman Engineered Technologies prior to Tenova acquiring the Bateman Group in 2012, has supplied more than 5 000 Redler chain elevators and chain conveyors throughout Southern Africa over the past 40 plus years.

Proven over decades, Redler machines convey a wide range of solids, including coal, woodchips, sand, lime, cement, fly-ash, sunflower seeds, maize, wheat, flour, grain and many more. They convey particulate solids cleanly, gently and economically by inducing material to move like a liquid through dust-tight casings.

As a result, these low maintenance systems ensure minimal product degradation, while the dust-tight casings protect the conveyed material and the environment from mutual contamination.

Richard Späth
Tel: (011) 201-2300