Why are all Excavators Yellow?

Over three-quarters of all excavators worldwide wear this colour. But why? The reasons range from safety concerns to historical developments, all the way to deeply ingrained cultural and psychological associations. Reason 1: Safety through visibility A construction site poses inherent risks, and unfortunately, accidents there are all too common. Yellow is one of the most […]

Total Fuel Lockdown

In an environment where diesel prices have risen by a whopping 80% in the past 10 years and more than doubled in the past four years, every drop counts for fleet owners. For transport operators, fuel accounts for the largest operating expense, representing up to 60% of total operating costs of a vehicle, yet fleet […]

No Need for Further Processing

Mobile heavy duty rock trommels have hit the local market for the first time and are about to change the mining and quarrying landscape wherever their efficient screening mechanisms are able to unlock mineral bounty faster and more efficiently. Due to its rotating barrel design, the minerals bearing materials can be manipulated to process easier […]

EPC or EPCM contracts?

There is a swing away from the engineering, procurement, construction and management (EPCM) contracting model in South African construction and mining sectors. Instead, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts are increasingly being used, according to construction law specialist MDA Attorneys. There is a difference and the consequences of choosing the wrong type of contract can […]

Orders Streaming In

A steadily increasing order intake from general industry and consulting engineers has led BB Cranes of Cape Town to step up production to meet demand. The upgrading of water and wastewater treatment plants in the Western and Eastern Cape is providing much of the additional business. Cranes and hoists are key to these plants, where […]

A Century of Natural Latex

It is now a full century that mines and industry have been relying on Linatex rubber products from Weir Minerals to protect equipment from abrasion, impact and corrosion. “The remarkable qualities of natural rubber in a range of demanding mining and processing applications have made Linatex integral to our customers’ success over the past 100 […]

Reconditioned Submerged Scraper Idlers 

The utilisation of SKF sealed bearings, combined with upgraded internal modifications, reconditioning and locally-manufactured custom seals, has increased the average MTBF (Mean-Time Between Failures) of scraper idlers on a customer’s submerged scraper conveyor (SCC) from 3-6 months to 12-18 months.  The submerged scraper idlers convey water-quenched, hot coarse ash to the front of the SSC […]

All Key Equipment Supplied

FLSmidth has been chosen to supply the key technologies and services for Ma’aden’s phosphate three phase 1 mine site in the northern province of Saudi Arabia. The order placed on this Danish company is valued at approximately DKK 530 million and was booked in Q3 2023. The equipment is expected to be fully integrated during […]

Hydrogen Viable for Heavy Goods 

Earlier this month, a partnership of leading automotive technology companies confirmed its aim to radically overhaul the architecture of clean hydrogen powertrains to create a new and commercially competitive 44-tonne proof-of-concept truck for heavy goods vehicle manufacturers and operators.  With funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre, together Viritech, Horiba Mira will meld their capabilities to […]

Australian Fire Technology for Conveyors

Integrated Fire Technology (IFT), the new trading name of Fogmaker South Africa, has boosted its fire suppression line-up with the addition of QTEC fire suppression solutions. QTEC’s scalable and versatile system provides a fire suppression solution for fixed plant applications such as conveyor belts and diesel and oil storage tanks, as well as large, semi-enclosed […]