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 […]

Roller Bearings for Maintaining Ship Loading Conveyor

When the need arose to replace the bearings supporting a bend pulley on a ship loading conveyor at an iron ore port in Australia, NSK designed a solution using spherical roller bearings that were not only made from its proprietary HTF tough steel, but also featured a detachable nitrile seal. The result was an extension […]

World’s Largest HPGR Installation 

Traditionally the preferred choice for cement grinding and diamond applications, HPGR technology has in recent decades proved its mettle in hard rock applications such as copper, gold and platinum processing. However,  its strong presence in hematite and magnetite greenfield and brownfield projects has firmly established Enduron HPGR as part of the ‘blueprint’ flow sheet for […]

Precisely Meeting Customers’ Needs

A wide range of purpose-built adaptable drive solutions to best suit the specific needs of equipment operating on African mines, is claimed to be available at the shortest lead times on the African continent. “We supply innovative, high quality and premium efficiency drive products from our significantly larger local stockholding and expanded local assembly facility,” […]