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The mining, oil and gas industries have been through the ringer of uncertainty and there have been many proposed legislative changes that cast doubt on investment and growth. However, recently there has been a more positive outlook for these industries and growth is expected. There have been many developments in the industry and there is opportunity for suppliers who offer innovative mining technologies as well as those who can assist with mining community projects. In this edition of Mining Equipment Buyer find out how Kumba Iron Ore is using drone technology to optimise its operations. Also read about a community upliftment project enacted by Anglo American Platinum and Komatsu; and Epiroc’s donation of jackets to final year mining engineering students for their annual mine tour.
Drone technology optimises surveying and safety at Kumba Iron Ore

Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore has worked through two years of complex legal, governance and logistical challenges to earn an operating licence to fly its own Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (also known as drones), and already the technology is proving a game-changer at its Sishen mine.

Epiroc sponsors University students

Epiroc South Africa sponsored 120 jackets to support final fourth year Wits School of Mining Engineering students on their 2018 mine tour. The object of the tour is to provide students with practical demonstrations and knowledge of various mining methods practiced around the country. Most of the students come from disadvantaged backgrounds and therefore sponsorships are always received with much appreciation.

Anglo American Platinum partners with Komatsu to assist mining community

Anglo American Platinum and Komatsu, the Japanese manufacturer of construction, mining and industrial equipment, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner in jointly designing, building and funding an ICT training, internet café and mechanical hub in Ga-Molekana village, Mogalakwena. The project will give back to the community by not only providing access to internet resources but also to ICT training.

SKF Explorer optimised for the most demanding oil & gas applications

The oil and gas industry continues to push the limits of technology. Deeper wells, harsher environments and more sophisticated drilling approaches all place additional demands on equipment. To meet the demands of leading top drive manufacturers, SKF has developed a new generation of tapered roller thrust bearings, the first to join its Explorer family of high-performance bearing products.

Cummins Filtration provides total Fleetguard solution to Zambian mine

A total fuel-filtration solution from Fleetguard has ensured a haul-truck fleet at a large copper mine in Zambia has achieved utilisation rates of between 85 percent and 90 percent, after previously experiencing operational difficulties relating to substandard fuel qualities, which had reduced the fleet’s run-time capacity to 65 percent.

Sweet-Orr opens its first retail showroom

Sweet-Orr, South Africa’s market leader in protective clothing, has opened a first of its kind showroom in Boksburg, Johannesburg at the Terminal Lifestyle Centre. Sweet-Orr truly made a name for themselves with their innovative specialised range which includes acid repellent, flame retardant and flame acid garments, specially developed for, low, medium and high risk environments.

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