Cam Clutches for Conveying

Safety regulations demand that the installation of incline conveyor belts must include the fitting and use of one or more devices to prevent run-back or run-on, to prevent injury by materials falling from a conveyor belt,” says Carlo Beukes, BMG’s Power Transmission Business Unit Manager.  “The BMG team works closely with engineers in the sugar […]

Support and Trust in Africa

“Many operations around the continent are still using conventional drive technology, but are looking for ways to improve efficiencies and productivity,” says Jonathan McKey, National Sales and Marketing Manager at SEW-Eurodrive. “They are also wanting to reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs, and we have the solutions for them.” In fact, the company is […]

Slow Revolutions for Conveyor

When a mining operation in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province found that one of its planetary gearboxes on a high-torque conveyor was failing, it called SEW-Eurodrive for a solution. Greg Lewis, Business Development Manager Projects for SEW-Eurodrive, says the application at the mine demanded a customised and carefully-considered approach.  “The application itself was in the plant […]

Drive for RBCT Stacker Reclaimer

Hagglunds Drives South Africa, a Bosch Rexroth Company, recently commenced with a retrofit project on the bucket wheel of a stacker reclaimer at Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). The project, acquired via a tender process, was realised late in 2022 which entailed replacing a gearbox drive solution with a direct drive solution from Hägglunds Drives […]

Critical Energy-saving Features

According to BMG electromechanical specialists, the electric motor is known as the workhorse in the mining and industrial sectors and plays a critical role in ensuring optimum productivity at every plant. But a major problem associated with electric motors, is they are mostly not optimised for maximum efficiency. “It is estimated that almost two thirds […]

Energy Solutions for DRC Mine 

As part of Ivanhoe Mines’ refurbishment of the historic Kipushi Zinc-Copper Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zest WEG will be supplying a range of electrical and energy solutions. Ivanhoe Mines acquired its 68% interest in the Kipushi Project in November 2011; the balance of 32% is held by the DRC’s state-owned mining […]

Augmented Reality for Drive Training

SEW-Eurodrive has offered the services of its DriveAcademy for a decade already. With the move to its new and expanded headquarters at Aeroton in Gauteng, the company has taken its learning facilities to the next level, according to Zander Claassens, training manager at SEW.  “Developing skills among our employees and customers has always been a […]

Using the Motor as a Generator

“Any industrial operation that relies on electric motors will face severe challenges to their continuous workflow when load shedding strikes,” says Pieter de Villiers, Gqeberha branch manager for Zest WEG. “Much of the disruption is related to the process of starting machinery up again after a power loss, which often must be conducted as a […]

Protection Systems on MV Motors

Many critical industrial and other applications can benefit from Medium Voltage (MV) Electric motors, due to their reliability and low total cost of ownership. “Any motor application – from pumps and fans to crushers and conveyors – can present a critical risk if a significant portion of the whole operation relies upon it,” says Floris […]

Building Capacity around Africa

Despite the travails of the global economy and uncertainty in many countries, Africa will be the place to do business in the coming years. So says Raymond Obermeyer, managing director of SEW-Eurodrive South Africa, whose company has worked successfully around southern, central and east Africa for decades.  “Customers around Africa know our brand well, and […]