The drive towards electronic detonation

AEL blast
Results from a blast using
electronic detonation technology.

AEL Mining Services, a pioneer in the development and manufacture of electronic detonators, is together with its joint venture subsidiary DetNet focussing on specific innovations that can revolutionise mining.

Dust control strategy using water sprays

The more you know about dust and the various techniques to control it, the greater your chances are of specifying a system that will get the job done at the lowest possible cost. This article reviews how to devise a strategy for dealing with dust.

Water Sprays
Wet spray systems can offer significant advantages over ventilation/exhaust systems or structural enclosures. They are:

One System Provides Underground Data & Voice Communication

Cattron Group International, a leading global manufacturer of remote control products and professional services for the industrial, mining, commercial mobile and railroad markets, announces the new SIAMnet underground communication system. It combines the speed of fibre optic system data communication with leaky feeder voice communication at a fraction of the cost of installing the two systems individually.

Pump series range extension

Toyo pump
The new Toyo GR30 pump.

Slurries with specific density of 1.15 kg/dm³ already represent a serious challenge for many pumps, particularly when it comes to abrasive solids having settled in the liquid. Nevertheless, such frequent application does not necessarily require the same pumps as those for heavier slurries.

SA’s largest uniform supplier targets mining sector

CEO of the The Kit Group,
Joe Pereira.

South Africa’s leading uniform solutions and management specialist, The Kit Group, which has proven itself with various large contracts for the supply of uniforms and related kit in Africa has established a division to focus on the mining sector. This division will specialise not only in uniforms but in safety and PPE products.

Moroccan tin project pushing for 2011 development decision

Kasbah Resources
Kasbah Resources is working on a
gold and a tin project in Morocco

Australian listed mineral exploration and development company, Kasbah Resources, plans to build a Moroccan focused mining company. Its assets in the country include the Achmmach tin project in the El Hajeb province, some 140 km south-east of the capital Rabat, and the Tamlalt gold project in eastern Morocco.

Sukari’s underground mine development progressing

With the Sukari gold mine in Egypt having evolved to the point where it passed the tonne of gold poured and the millionth tonne of ore processed during the first quarter of this year, it is now progressing its underground development. This has seen the Amun decline development begin. By the start of this year the Amun decline has already recorded an advance of 147 metres.

By the end of March 2010 it had recorded an advance of 1,072 metres in total, including development of the main decline, ventilation decline and escape way infrastructure. The decline is currently 75 metres below surface and the planned development is expected to provide initial access to the orebody 250 m below surface towards the end of 2010. Stoping panels are scheduled to commence production in early 2011.

American pinch valve company purchased

Valve installed in chemical
slurry application

Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) has bought RF Technologies, a USA-based pinch valve manufacturer with an established global presence. The purchase, which includes RF Technologies’s wholly owned Finnish subsidiary, follows DFC’s acquisition in mid-2008 of local company Insamcor.

The enduring popularity of expanded metal

Expanded metal is often used to
cordon off areas, still allowing
visibility but enhancing safety.

Durable, dependable and incredibly versatile, expanded metal continues to top the popularity polls with both designers and specifiers. First manufactured by Andrew Mentis, based in Elandsfontein, expanded metal is now available in a variety of sizes and materials.

Project management group takes over Minproc

Colin Tshivhase
AMEC Minproc’s Africa
operations managing
director Colin Kubank

International engineering and project management services provider AMEC is bedding down its takeover of Australian mineral processing group Minproc, which should see AMEC expand its influence in the African mining sector.

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