In modern platinum mining applications, the most widely-used hydrodynamic power transmission technology is fluid couplings.

Voith’s high-quality range of hydrodynamic technology-based power transmission solutions are available to this sector at a “considerably reduced cost”.

This follows Voith having successfully achieved cost optimisation on a global scale following a year-long focus on internal optimisation processes, such as commercial manufacturing, business costs and rationalisation.

According to Voith South Africa Area Sales Manager Gary Allison, quality has not been compromised at all.

“There has been absolutely no compromise on quality in terms of materials, processes and manufacturing. Instead, we used advanced algorithms to determine where smaller components could be used to lower cost, without affecting performance.”

The hydrodynamic principle of a fluid coupling makes it easy to gently accelerate driven machines. Fluid couplings limit torque, provide load-sharing, and dampen torsional vibrations. This protects the drive system from damage even under extreme operating conditions, while reducing downtime and ensuring an uninterrupted production process.

“Our drive solutions are reliable and specifically tailored to each drive system, from individual couplings to complete driveline solutions. The transmittable power ranges from 300 W up to 6 MW, making our fluid couplings ideally-suited to the platinum sector,” adds Allison.

Despite a sluggish market, Allison is optimistic that Voith can achieve long-term growth in the platinum sector.

“Projects are currently very limited, as there are no new mines or shafts being built. This is globally-driven due to commodity prices. Companies have to optimise their resources to stay afloat, and this is where our cost advantage plays a major role.”

“In tough times, operations need to be able to rely on suppliers that provide full back-up and on-site product support when required. This forms part of our value-added service offering, which is a major driver in maintaining contracts, while winning new ones when markets turn,” Allison concludes.