Second Crane for Pulp Leader

Condra is to manufacture a second maintenance crane for Sappi’s Saiccor Mill, at Umkomaas on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. Ordered for turbine maintenance duty, the 25-tonner will join a 12,5/25/12,5ton overhead travelling crane manufactured by Condra last year for one of the mill’s dryer lines, and commissioned in March. Upgrade programme Both cranes are part […]

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 […]

New Heavy-duty Scalping Screen

Superior Industries, a US-based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems has announced another advancement in its lineup of Guardian horizontal screens with a brand-new heavy duty scalping model. The new HD scalping screen handles a maximum feed size of 18-inches (457mm). This surpasses its medium-duty predecessor, which maxes out at […]

Refurbishment Makes a Lot of Sense

A 40-ton electric overhead travelling crane manufactured and commissioned 39 years ago is being refurbished at Condra’s main factory in Germiston, just a few months short of the machine’s ruby anniversary. The 21-metre-span double-girder crane is used for maintenance duties at an Mpumalanga power station. Its three-week overhaul and refurbishment will ensure continued operation into […]

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 […]

Solving the Hybrid Energy Trilemma 

Working towards a greener future, long-term energy solutions have emerged as a key driver of change in the mining industry. Today, these solutions are helping mining companies all over the world implement more sustainable and cost-effective practices.  There are the six ways long-term energy solutions are reshaping the future of mining, what forms they take, […]

Buy in Haste, Repent at Leisure

The capital equipment buying decision carries risk. There is cost and, quite often, a deadline. The scale of financial outlay must be carefully considered: if incorrect choice leads to equipment underperformance or, worse, failure, a replacement will have to be bought. Care and caution are the watchwords. Choosing a factory crane is especially tricky. Condra, […]

360-Degree Safety System

Mammoet is working with Rietveld, a specialist in fleet management and vehicle and machine safety systems, on a joint project to protect drivers and road users when mobile cranes are moving and maneuvering. The project combines three different safety technologies and was commissioned by Mammoet to support its customers to meet stricter safety regulations. Testing […]

Plastic Bearings for Earthmoving

Injection-moulded plain bearings have been developed for earthmoving machines for lubrication-free operation even while working at maximum load capacity performance. Produced by global polymer specialist, igus, the new bearings are a stronger and more cost-effective alternative to steel bearings for the agricultural and construction machinery industry. Using its patented iglidur materials, the Q3E plain bearing, […]

Avoiding ‘Patchwork’ Maintenance 

While well-maintained mining equipment is key for reliable operations, maintenance work itself is prone to risk. The nature and scale of mining systems by default enhances the presence of various commonly-known critical risks, eg, falling from height, handling/lifting, confined spaces, entanglement, stored energy or electricity during operations and maintenance. Often however, solutions based on ongoing lessons learned […]