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Lynne Davies

Lynne Davies

Lynne Davies is a Creamer Media Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

Energy grid impedes excess power transmission

19th April 2024 South Africa’s current electricity transmission grid is generally constrained in the Cape provinces and unable to facilitate the connection of new utility-scale generation including that from solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind, says wind and solar energy facility developer JUWI Renewable Energies.... 

DPWI aims to resolve skills deficit

5th April 2024 Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Deputy Minister Bernice Swarts stated at the third iteration of the Women in Engineering, Infrastructure and Innovation event, held on February 28, 2023, that the department was using its resources to develop the professionals required in the... 

DPWI aims to resolve skills deficit
Photo by DPWI
BERNICE SWARTS The deputy minister notes that the advancing transformation continues to be a national priority, but that another priority is to attract and retain female engineers

Compact pump reliable for seal flush applications

22nd March 2024 Boasting a compact, lightweight seal-less and multiple-diaphragm design that is hydraulically balanced and energy efficient, the hydra-cell pumps offered by pumps and liquid handling products supplier Monitor Pumps & Systems have a versatile fluid compatibility for reliable seal flush... 

Compact pump reliable  for seal flush applications
COMPACT, LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN The compact design of the hydra-cell pumps provides a smaller equivalent flow/pressure performance when compared to that of larger pumps.

Manufacturer reinforces commitment to quality

22nd March 2024 Established in 1975, and in the lead-up to its fiftieth anniversary in 2025, full-service slurry pump manufacturer Schurco Slurry reflects on its commitment to providing engineering excellence, efficient global inventory management, attentive customer service and cost effectiveness. For example,... 

New factory brings component outsourcing in-house

8th March 2024 Having bought a new factory in close proximity to its existing factory in Knights, Germiston, valve products and ancillary equipment manufacturer Invincible Valves has developed a new machine shop to facilitate the manufacturing of valve components that it previously sourced from third-party... 

New factory brings component outsourcing in-house
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
EXTENDING CAPABILITIES Invincible Valve's in-house manufacturing capability has been increased with addition of a new factory in close proximity to its existing facility in Knights, Germiston

Lighting system advances energy efficiency

23rd February 2024 Luminaire manufacturer BEKA Schréder’s wireless control system Schréder ITERRA offers a wireless control solution for lighting applications, providing a “robust, cost-effective and futureproof platform” for customers to manage their infrastructure to adapt the lighting while maximising energy... 

Lighting system advances energy efficiency
EXTENDING THE LIFE SPAN Dimming of the luminaires when and where needed will result in energy saving, as well as increase the lifespan of the luminaire and its components, providing a better return on investment

Supplier outlines corrosion challenges for long-lead items

9th February 2024 Oil and gas facility owners and operators face numerous challenges regarding effective corrosion protection that can directly impact on their operating a profitable, safe and compliant facility, says corrosion technologies developer Cortec. Oil and gas facilities are inherently complex operations... 

Supplier outlines corrosion challenges for long-lead items
IN GOOD ORDER Goods receipt, which is often overlooked because of speed and cost considerations, has become a critical factor in the detection of corrosion or mechanical damage in the transported equipment

Truck-mounted forklifts increase efficiency, safety

9th February 2024 Materials handling equipment distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts has extended its range of Moffett forklift trucks to include the new-generation M5 and M8 NX series, which has been designed for safe and efficient operation on rough terrain and in confined areas. “Our new Moffett M5 NX and M8... 

Truck-mounted forklifts increase efficiency, safety
Photo by Shamrock Handling Concepts
OPTIMIZED WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION The re-design of the chassis optimised weight distribution in the forklifts to enhance on-site safety by improving stability and manoeuvrability

Trend toward digitalisation continues

9th February 2024 Materials handling firms have traditionally relied on paper-based processes, however, as these processes are staggeringly manual, time consuming, highly inefficient and prone to human error, companies are increasing their reliance on and use of the mobile workforce as a key source of data... 

Load-balancing helps optimise steam operations

2nd February 2024 Local operations and maintenance service provider Associated Energy Services (AES) has developed a load-balancing system that manages the splitting of a site’s steam requirements. An operation’s steam requirements fluctuate based on the production demands from multiple steam-users on the site,... 

Load-balancing helps optimise  steam operations
Photo by AES
BALANCING THE SYSTEM The overall result of using such a balanced system includes stable steam supply pressure, improved efficiency through reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions, and improved emissions from the stack.

Firm prioritises emissions reduction

19th January 2024 ‘Possibility in every drop’ is international leader in pumps solutions and water technologies Grundfos’ new brand signature, as it actively addresses critical issues related to water conservation and energy efficiency across a variety of sectors. The company became one of the first to receive... 

Firm prioritises emissions reduction
Photo by Grundfos
AUTOMATICALLY ADAPTING Grundfos’ MGE IE5 motors are built with frequency converters, ranging up to 26 kW, and are equipped with the AUTOADAPT, which allows the pump to automatically adjust its speed to get back to the set point required when other parameters within the system change

Greenfield project nears full-scale mining

15th December 2023 The development of the Gugulethu Colliery – a greenfield project located to the southeast of Hendrina and proximate to Davel – is taking place at an “opportune time” as export opportunities for coal miners are opening in emerging Asian markets, says Gugulethu Colliery GM Jarmi Steyn. She adds... 

Greenfield project nears  full-scale mining
JARMI STEYN Canyon Coal has trained 40 locals with the skills required to operate the mine’s excavators, articulated dump trucks and dozers

Proper filtration improves profitability, productivity

1st December 2023 Fluid contamination occurs at every level of the production process, entering lubricants and acting as a “silent thief”, mostly undetected and resulting in increased operating costs and a reduction in plant profitability and productivity. Consequently, having the proper filtration systems can... 

Proper filtration improves profitability, productivity
Photo by ISO-Reliability
TESTING FOR CONTAMINANTS When analysing lubricants in accordance with ISO-4406, they are tested for contaminants in the size ranges of 4 μm, 6 μm and 14 μm as the contaminants found in new oil could result in a catastrophic breakdown of equipment

Platform facilitates information sharing

1st December 2023 Project, engineering, and construction management consulting firm SSG Consulting is positioning its business intelligence software platform KEY360, designed for project management and business process functions, as a solution to the “gap” in the organisational capability that comes with... 

Platform facilitates information sharing
BRIDGING THE GAP KEY360 provides a simple interface, accelerating workflow with instant feedback

Award winner’s roofing method breaks record for longest roof span

24th November 2023 Manufacturer, merchandiser and steel distributor Macsteel, offering broader insight into the project that resulted in its winning three awards at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) Steel Awards 2023, notes that its unique process produced “record-breaking” roofing... 

Award winner’s roofing method breaks record for longest roof span
Photo by Macsteel
SOUTHERN AFRICAN MARKET POTENTIAL There is a great potential in the Southern Africa market for sky forming as a method for rolling roof sheets on site to become the new standard

Thermal solutions increase efficiency

10th November 2023 An integrated site energy management plan is strongly advised amid South Africa’s power constraints, as it demonstrates opportunities – such as integrating electrical and thermal systems – to increase overall energy efficiency, says steam and boiler operations and maintenance service provider... 

Thermal solutions increase efficiency
Photo by Associated Energy Services
PRESERVATION OF RESOURCES The preservation of resources of production and reducing their use can be achieved through efficient processes and operations, or systems integration, resulting in lower production costs

Merger pursued to bolster digital prospecting ends

20th October 2023 Having successfully completed the acquisition of scanning and data innovator Minalyze, artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics company Veracio is poised to transform the way the mining and exploration industry captures, analyses and interprets geological information, thereby evolving... 

Local manufacturer refurbishes, rebuilds drill rig

6th October 2023 Specialist drilling company Technique Drilling Services (TDS) is engaged in a rebuild and repair project, which includes new modifications for a Kemp drilling rig LEVENT 1001 for the Shondoni mine, in Secunda, Mpumalanga, owned and operated by global chemicals and energy company Sasol. “We needed... 

Local manufacturer refurbishes, rebuilds drill rig
THOROUGH UNDERTAKING TDS had to change the planned scope to ensure that major components were refurbished, rather than replaced, while maintaining Kemp drilling rig LEVENT 1001 at its optimal level

Simulators drive safety at diamond mine

29th September 2023 To improve new-employee integration and ensure that existing employees are continually upskilled, mining equipment simulator provider Immersive Technologies has supplied multiple high-fidelity, advanced simulators to the Botswana-based Jwaneng mine, owned by diversified miner Anglo American... 

Simulators drive safety at  diamond mine
Photo by Immersive Technologies
CREATING A SAFETY MINDSET Virtually exposing operators to their operating environments will create a safety mindset prior to them being in the real environment that they will be operating in

Phasing out of HCFCs in HVACR units continues

22nd September 2023 Amid the regulations on ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) adopted by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment on behalf of South Africa, there has been a resurgence in using alternative refrigerants, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs),... 

Digitalisation drive

15th September 2023 By incorporating advanced technology, such as Internet of Things (IoT) technology, into pump systems, pumps manufacturing specialist Verder Pumps South Africa can assist with pump monitoring. This ensures not only that pumps operate efficiently, but also increases the cost effectiveness of mining... 

Digitalisation drive
Photo by Verder Pumps South Africa
REDUCING RISK Peristaltic pumps eliminate the possibility of leaking seals, producing less chemical waste and pollution that could harm the environment

Provider urges women to try coding

25th August 2023 Women are not often exposed to coding from an early age, states local delivery management software provider Loop founder and CEO Kimberly Taylor. “The more women see how fun and exciting the information technology (IT) sector can be, the more they will be encouraged to enter the space.” 

Provider urges women  to try coding
Photo by Loop
KIMBERLY TAYLOR Women already possess everything they need to enter the industry; women often undersell their strengths and abilities

Firm seeks to change narrative in energy sector

25th August 2023 Renewable-energy resources provider DLO Energy Resources Group aims to set the tone for women of colour by providing opportunities for them and by demonstrating that it is possible for them to participate on an operational level in renewable-energy transactions. “People need to see themselves... 

Firm seeks to change  narrative in energy sector
Photo by DLO Energy Resources Group
LINDA MABHENA-OLAGUNJU People need to see themselves represented in spaces where they do not normally see people who look like them

Tech firm supports youth development

25th August 2023 Global technology service provider Logicalis is focusing on skills development and providing opportunities for historically disadvantaged women to assist with their integration into the information technology (IT) industry. Global technology service provider Logicalis provides support to those... 

Tech firm supports youth development
PATRICIA ADAMS Success is not measured by the position that you hold but in overcoming

Automating mines improves safety

18th August 2023 Tungsten provider Almonty Industries has partnered Korean communications provider Korea Telecom to create the Mining Safety DX system. As the “last man standing in the West when it came to tungsten”, Almonty has had to consistently innovate, states director, president and CEO Lewis Black. 

Automating mines improves safety
MONITORING UNDERGROUND This AI-based mine safety system enables real-time monitoring of worker safety, emergency messaging, and data analysis, allowing mine operators to take proactive safety measures

Modern tech incorporated

18th August 2023 Modern technologies are increasingly being incorporated into original-equipment manufacturer Epiroc’s range of mining machinery and systems as it embraces newer and safer ways of using its equipment. Traditionally, companies relied solely on the skill of equipment operators to execute... 

Modern tech incorporated
EPIROC CUSTOMER DAY Equipment put on display for Epiroc customers at the Epriroc Customer Day event, on June 30, 2023

Plant commissioned to reduce use of freshwater

4th August 2023 Anthracite producer Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC) has commissioned a new 25-ton-an-hour filter press, worth R14.5-million, at its Emakhalathini coal washing plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, following a coal slurry spill at the end of 2021. The filter press plant is designed to remove slurry from the... 

Plant commissioned to reduce use of freshwater
AUTOMATED CLEARING The filter press machine has an automated function to release its accumulated solid load at the end of the process

Increased emphasis on water stewardship in mining sector

4th August 2023 Mining companies need to start investigating and implementing a measured system to reduce their dependence on external water sources to maintain and ensure the sustainability of their operations going into the future, says engineering solutions provider WSP principal associate Priyal Dama-Fakir.... 

Increased emphasis  on water stewardship  in mining sector
PRIYAL DAMA-FAKIR The first step to effectively manage water resources is quantify where and how it is being used or lost


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