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For a stone quarry solution Ref: MMPR 470

Benefits to the industry: KSC-Silent Hydraulic Breakers are lean and compact due to the modern and narrow design of the single unit casing that encapsulates the beating body.

The reduced dimension of the longitudinal section grants a higher structural sturdiness and resistance during operation. These high performing and reliable breakers come with super silenced configuration along with special anti-vibration buffers offering maximum restitution in beating energy and minimum stress to operating arm.

Earth moving Ref: MMPR 469

Benefits to the industry: Hyundai earthmoving equipment, available exclusively in Southern Africa from HPE Africa, encompasses backhoe loaders which have been well received by the local market. The robust H930s backhoe loader series is particularly well liked by businesses that need smaller machines, without having to make a substantial capital investment in large excavators and loaders.

Maintenance: Hyundai backhoe loaders, with a reputation for efficient performance, low operating costs and minimal maintenance requirements, are also popular with plant hire companies.

Sustainability: Hyundai H930s backhoe loaders are fitted with fuel efficient, low noise, environmentally friendly Perkins 2 tier diesel engines. Standard power shift transmission and a convenient gear/shift selector, enable fast, easy and efficient operation and precise control, even in arduous operating conditions.

All aboard Ref: MMPR 468

Benefits to the industry: Becker Mining South Africa’s hydraulic rail benders, which have been developed for bending and forming rails on railway lines in heavy industrial and underground transport systems on the mines, easily handle rail up to 40kg/m.

These rail benders – standard on many South African mines – are powered by 25 ton/250kN hydraulic cylinders and activated by two stage hand pumps to cope efficiently in harsh operating conditions. These robust rail benders are manufactured locally at the company’s Bellambie Mining & Industrial facility in Alrode, according to stringent quality and safety specifications.
Maintenance: For ease of maintenance, the pump and cylinder are detachable from the rail bender.

Faster, safer tyre change-outs Ref: MMPR 467

Benefits to the industry: Designed and built to strict Caterpillar specifications, Cat wheel rims help ensure better drive train performance and extended component life in off-highway trucks by combining the highest level of strength with the minimum amount of weight to maximise payload and decrease fuel costs.

By functioning as an integral part of Cat drive train systems, these rims help extend the life of all power transmitting components, as well as the suspension, bearings, brakes and tyres. This is why tyre selection and fitment is such an important part of the overall production planning on any mine. (Barloworld Equipment is Caterpillar’s southern African dealer.)

Caterpillar’s Quick Change Rim (QCR) system has revolutionised this practice and greatly contributed to improved production efficiencies by reducing change-out times to around two hours, due to fewer rim base removal and installation procedures. As a result, the system is proving particularly popular with large and ultra-size mining truck fleet owners.

Clean and green Ref: MMPR 466

Benefits to the industry: Advanced nano-fibre technology exclusively developed by Cummins has been proven to dramatically extend oil drain intervals, improve overall efficiency and decrease the total cost of ownership on a number of leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) machinery and equipment that operate in the harsh South African mining conditions.

The latest breakthrough from the company’s filtration division is the Fleetguard FH239 Series Industrial Pro diesel fuel filtration system and all-in-one fuel/water separator.

The FH239 was developed to meet the needs of the OEM’s that operate in the tough African mining conditions and help reduce down time of heavy duty vehicles on mine sites by increasing the gap between oil and coolant changes.

Sustainability: Independent laboratory tests on fuel analysis revealed that the FH239 filtration system meets internationally-recognised ISO 4406 certification.

Tailor made trucks Ref: MMPR 465

Benefits to the industry: Serco was recently challenged when they received an order for specially-designed trailers to accommodate maximum volumetric capacity.
The team got down to it and started work on what they’re really good at – tailor-making vehicles according to customers’ specifications.

In the end, the client got exactly what they needed – four new ‘step-decked’ trailers with double axles and a carrying capacity of 123m3 of volume and 13 tons payload versus the standard of 106m3, and two interlink trailers designed with ‘well decks’ and a carrying capacity of 138m3 and 32 tons compared to the standard of 124m3.

Intelligent bearing technology Ref: MMPR 464

Benefits to the industry: SKF in cooperation with SJ, the Swedish national rail operator, recently started to run SKF Insight on a railway vehicle. This pilot demonstrated the technical and commercial advantages of SKF Insight intelligent bearing technology when retrofitted to the wheelset axlebox assemblies used in passenger rail vehicles.

Maintenance: These advantages include the ability to improve the in-service availability of passenger rail vehicles, while reducing maintenance costs gradually and safely extending wheelset bearing maintenance intervals.

SKF Insight is a new generation of bearing technology, which integrates an intelligent, self-powered sensor and wireless device within a conventional bearing envelope. In the new rail system, this is combined with a node and gateway wireless infrastructure, enabling data from each wheelset to be gathered and transmitted in real time to a remote server for analysis. The system can easily be retrofitted to existing wheelsets without the need for modification.

Features galore Ref: MMPR 463

Benefits to the industry: Sany SY55C-9 series of improved excavators offer a higher power engine, more powerful digging force, bigger capacity of bucket, optimised power control, precise swing control and longer control joysticks.

Sustainability: Engine emission and noise level is low. Other features include a silicone rubber shock absorber which reduces the shock of the cab, anti-rolling and anti-falling object protection, and a welded steel structure, complete with air conditioning.

Maintenance: Maintenance is more convenient and quicker with a fully opened left and right rear access door for easy maintenance. Other maintenance features include a long maintenance interval of engine oil, and engine oil filter and a hydraulic oil filter. The radiator, fuel tank and hydraulic oil tank are equipped with screw plugs at the bottom for east maintenance. 

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