Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2017, Develops Innovative Surfactant for Agricultural IndustryBoosting nutrient and fertiliser uptake through roots and foliage is a key focus area of the agricultural industry in order to increase productivity. Therefore I-CAT Agri-Forestry Solutions has developed EXLGro, a surfactant that provides better coverage and penetration of spray solutions. The surfactant is compatible with most formulations, and works particularly well when dosed through spray systems and sprinkler pivots, I-CAT Marketing Director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg explains. EXLGro functions by manipulating the surface tension of the water in order to reduce its chemical hardness. This is achieved by improving the water’s fluid properties and qualities, in addition to boosting the wettability, emulsification, and deagglomeration. The surfactant does not cause foaming in the spray tank, Jansen van Rensburg adds. Other innovative surfactants developed by I-CAT Agri-Forestry Solutions include iFire and iMist. The former is an ideal water-treatment agent to improve..., 12 Dec 2017 09:48:07 GMTSkyriders Undertakes Phase 2 at Indonesian Power-station ComplexLeading rope access specialist Skyriders continues to expand its footprint beyond Africa, which is illustrated clearly through its ongoing involvement in a significant power-station complex maintenance project in Indonesia. Skyriders completed Phase 2 of the project in September 2017, focusing on Unit 6, after successfully undertaking Phase 1 from March to April 2016. It was awarded the original contract in February 2016, with the latest project representing its ongoing involvement with this particular client. “Our continuous selection is due to the world-class service we offer, based on the highest international standards,” Marketing Manager Mike Zinn comments. Skyriders’ scope of work entailed the internal inspection and maintenance of an industrial smokestack structure, which expels combustion gases to the atmosphere. The inspection process is critical to ascertain that the internal stack lining remains in a safe and serviceable condition. If neglected, it..., 12 Dec 2017 09:38:49 GMTThe New Wirtgen W 210 XP Large Milling Machine A Champion Performer in its Weight ClassWith the W 210 XP, the Wirtgen experts have extended their comprehensive product range with a new high-performance machine. Combining tremendous engine power with an application-optimized machine transport weight, this machine has added a trump card to the deck within its class. Professional machine with extended application range The W 210 XP is a champion performer in its weight class. Its powerful 6-cylinder engine delivers an impressive output of 571 kW, allowing the milling pro to handle a wide range of applications, from surface course rehabilitation to complete pavement removal and fine milling jobs. High machine utilization thanks to FCS light The W 210 XP comes equipped with a 2-m milling drum unit as a standard feature. Units with milling widths of 1.5 and 2.2 m are also available as options. Wirtgen's Flexible Cutter System Light (FCS Light) not only ensures greater flexibility but also high machine utilization – a key factor for the economic..., 12 Dec 2017 09:24:53 GMTNine Service Centres and 27 Technicians Help Keep Bobcat ToughBobcat Equipment South Africa has fully-equipped service centres and qualified technicians to take care of customers’ maintenance and repair requirements. The company’s nine countrywide branches all have their own dedicated service centres, National Aftermarket Manager Arina van der Westhuizen reveals. This is in support of its general three-year warranties. Once these expire, there is often a temptation for Bobcat equipment users to seek out ‘grey market’ products and service providers in an effort to reduce aftermarket and repair costs. “In the long term, this will cost customers substantially more, as the use of imitation parts and non-accredited service providers results in major machine breakdowns, owing to faulty parts or shoddy workmanship,” van der Westhuizen stresses. Most of Bobcat Equipment South Africa’s service centres are fully-equipped with overhead cranes, and all of them have specialised diagnostic tools that not only pinpoint..., 12 Dec 2017 09:19:48 GMTSANY Is At The Front End Of Mining With Its Latest Wheel LoaderGoscor Earth Moving (GEM), part of the Goscor Group, is making its presence felt in the mining industry with the launch of a new front end loader that offers end users the lowest total cost of ownership. With a bucket capacity of 2.7 m3 to 4.5 m3, the SYL956H1 front-end loader is ideal for heavy-duty mining operations, GEM Sales Director Andre Steenkamp comments. The highly efficient drive system features a rotary automatic gearbox that boosts travel speed by 10% and increases towing force by over 6%. The rated load is 5 000 kg, rated power is 162 kW, and the maximum lifting force is 172 kN. The high-pressure fixed variable confluence hydraulic system ramps up operating efficiency by over 12%, while total fuel consumption is slashed by more than 15%. The panoramic super-large cab has a noise level of only 75 dBa for enhanced operator comfort, together with features such as an adjustable suspended seat, and a multi-directional spatial air-conditioner for both heating and cooling. The..., 28 Nov 2017 09:43:27 GMTSEW-EURODRIVE Confirms Its Presence at Bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has confirmed its presence at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018 from 13 to 16 March 2018 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Hall 5, Stand D30. Attending this premier exhibition for the mining and construction industry in Africa is part and parcel of the company’s strategy to maximise its brand awareness. “However, we continue to be selective. We target exhibitions that give us the greatest exposure. We feel that this event will allow us to showcase our products, as well as our competence,” SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa National Sales Manager Norman Maleka comments. “Our expectations are generally addressed by customer feedback, which gives us a good idea of how our customers are experiencing the market. Any potential projects, as well as future investments, require information and planning. The networking that such exhibitions afford us enables us to plan and prepare for future projects,” Maleka elaborates. Commenting on the current..., 28 Nov 2017 09:39:57 GMTPrecision control boosts productivity on Bobcat E55 compact excavatorPrecision control of the boom, arm, and bucket is critical in harsh operating environments such as Africa. It is for this reason that Bobcat Equipment South Africa is punting the Bobcat E55 compact excavator as the toughest and most efficient machine on the market today. Precision control and movement boost productivity, delivered by means of exclusive control valve systems and torque-limiting pistons pumps that match force with demand, Bobcat Equipment South Africa Product Specialist Jan Stansfield explains. With a maximum digging depth of 3.923 mm, the Bobcat E55 compact excavator is used mainly in the mining, construction, and plant-hire sectors, and even diverse applications such as the fruit-farming industry. Various clamp-ready arm configurations are available. The standard power arm offers maximum arm breakout force, while the optional long arm allows for added reach and dig depth. Selectable auxiliary hydraulics allow for three flow rates to optimise the response of hydraulic..., 28 Nov 2017 08:43:27 GMTEM poised to take advantage of renewed growth opportunities in 2018ElectroMechanica’s (EM’s) significant investment in its internal processes in 2017 will stand it in good stead to reap the benefits of renewed growth in the New Year, EM Sales and Marketing Director Richard Nobbs comments. Describing 2017 as a year of “real development and structural change,” Nobbs says this provided an ideal opportunity for the leading supplier and distributor to focus on the company itself. In addition, EM established its new head office and distribution centre in Wynberg, Sandton, while its Cape Town branch also relocated to a new office. “Hence we undertook a lot of internal work in 2017, setting us up for hopefully a spectacular 2018.” This includes a newly-restructured sales force to tackle Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg as a unified market. “This means we now have a single sales structure throughout the country, redefining the roles of our traditional sales representatives as key account managers. Our new e-commerce..., 28 Nov 2017 08:41:00 GMTORBCOMM promotes digitisation for container-ship supply chainsAdvanced communications specialist ORBCOMM was a sponsor of the TOC Europe Conference in Amsterdam, participating in a session on how digitisation can optimise performance in the container ship supply chain sector. Technology to track containers, cargo, and transport assets on the move has been around a long time in various guises, but is slowly moving towards Machine-to-Machine (M2M) telematics devices and sensors as part of the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT). For container ship supply chain operations, the potential is profound. Today containers, ships, and other intermodal transport assets such as chassis and gensets are mainly ‘dark, non-intelligent and disconnected’. M2M and IoT telemetry, on the other hand, is all about making assets, cargo, and shipments ‘visible, smart, and connected’, generating live, hard data that can be used in a variety of ways. “What we are really talking about here is creating real-time visibility and control over..., 28 Nov 2017 08:20:50 GMTWhy All Companies Should Test For AlcoholAlcohol and substance testing forms part of the health and safety policies and procedures in many industries. Industries that have particularly rigorous and controlled safety standards - such as the petro-chemical, mining, construction and rail sectors - are especially strict when it comes to testing for alcohol. However, there are still a great number of organisations across a variety of verticals that do not employ the same cautionary practice, potentially resulting in significant loss to the business. The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act General Safety Regulation 2A states that every employer is obligated to stop persons from entering or remaining at work if they appear to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. In some industries, such as those mentioned above, organisations are subjected to annual and spot audits on their health and safety practices. Non-compliance can land these businesses in extremely hot water, so they generally adhere to regulation..., 15 Nov 2017 10:21:10 GMT