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Wide-body dump trucks a cost-effective solution for mining

Capital Equipment News April 2022 coverOn the cover: Complete mining equipment solutions supplier SANY officially launched the SKT90S wide-body dump truck in 2018 to meet the ever-increasing requirements of mining customers in terms of cost reduction. Since then, the SKT90S has been successively delivered to more than 20 countries, including South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Wide body dump trucks a cost effective solution for miningCompared with rigid and articulated dump trucks, wide-body dump trucks have the advantages of much lower procurement and maintenance cost, while being easier to maintain. Wide-body trucks are perfectly suited for mines with a haul distance of between 1 and 10 km, and a gradient of less than 30%, or 16,7°. SANY’s continuous investment in R&D, long-term client follow-ups and surveys of mining clients have led to the launch of the newest model SKT105S wide-body dump truck in early 2022.

It has a designed service life of eight years, which is on par with rigid dump trucks. SANY has devoted itself to creating a cost-effective mining monster and, when compared with its predecessor model and other mining trucks, the SKT105S comes up trumps.

Volvo ActiveCare boosts uptime in Ghana mines

Volvo activecare boosts uptime in ghana minesVolvo Construction Equipment and dealer SMT Ghana have been piloting the Volvo ActiveCare 24/7 remote machine monitoring service in Africa to deliver new levels of uptime and productivity.

Volvo ActiveCare is a 24/7 remote machinery monitoring and fleet utilisation reporting service that takes the burden of monitoring CareTrack telematics data off the customer. SMT Ghana keeps a constant eye on machine utilisation, performance, and health on behalf of the customer to provide remote diagnosis, and suggests actions for improvement. This enables the dealer to catch any potential issues before they can turn into more serious and expensive problems, as well as boost uptime, productivity, and profitability overall. In a nutshell, ActiveCare makes life easier for the customer – and for the dealer to help them – and gives the customer peace of mind that they are getting the most out of their machines.

Embrace diagnostics technology to maximise plant productivity

Embrance diagnostics technology to maximise plant productivityIncreasing infrastructure and construction needs create a demand for constant innovation in how material is collected and processed. Mines and quarries must stay on the cutting edge to keep up, maximising productivity and profits in a rapidly changing industry. One way producers are doing this is by embracing advanced technology and diagnostics processes.

Mining and quarrying are deep-rooted businesses. The oldest known mine is located in southern Africa and was active during the Stone Age – some 43 000 years ago. Possibly even more incredible are the ancient mines that are still producing. Fast forward to today, where we find an industry with a long history now characterised by advanced technology and innovative processes. The product hasn’t changed, but increasing infrastructure and construction needs create a demand for constant innovation in how material is collected and processed. Mines and quarries must maximise productivity and profits in a rapidly changing industry.

Plant simulation software helps operations to spot and fix bottlenecks and take some of the guesswork out of plant design. This tool provides an overall view of the efficiency of the entire operation in order to optimise processes and look at opportunities for improvement, both in the case of existing sites and new mines or quarries for all minerals processing applications.

Driving new levels of efficiency

Driving new levels of efficiencyAfter its European launch in 2019, the long-awaited IVECO S-Way has finally arrived in South Africa. The new truck range – which comes at a time when local fleet owners face increasing operating costs on the back of record-high fuel prices – notably delivers up to 4% improvement in fuel economy compared with the previous Stralis range.

IVECO South Africa has introduced the new S-Way to the local market, replacing the previous Stralis range. Speaking to Capital Equipment News, Elvis Mutseura, product marketing manager at IVECO South Africa, notes that the new S-Way is not just a facelift of the previous range, but an entirely new range that forms part of IVECO’s new common architecture for heavy duty trucks.

The global common architecture adopts a modular approach to building trucks to cover a broad range of applications. The S-Way is the on-road variant, while the T-Way is the off-road alternative, targeted at construction and related work. In between the S-Way and the T-Way is the X-Way range, ideally suited to light off-road and on-road missions.

Of note is that the new range has been tailored to take on the challenging South African road conditions, often characterised by more taxing topography than that found in Europe, as well as the requirement for higher gross combination mass (56 t versus a maximum of 44 t in the European Union).

Gaining traction

Gaining tractionHaving entered the small articulated loader (SAL) market for the first time in 2021, Bobcat has received its first orders from Africa, with customer deliveries due soon. Despite the slow uptake in the Middle East and Africa region, John Chattaway, loaders product manager at Bobcat, believes that the SAL range will soon gain traction due to its suitability to the remote and often difficult working environments in Africa.

As part of its Next is Now programme, Bobcat unveiled its L23 and L28 SAL models in May last year, marking the company’s foray into the small articulated loader market. With the arrival of the SAL range, Bobcat says it now has the largest compact loader portfolio of any manufacturer in the world.

Speaking to Capital Equipment News, Chattaway says entering the SAL segment has allowed Bobcat to extend its reach in the loader market, thus increasing its offering to customers, as well as business opportunities for the company and its comprehensive dealer network throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “We have been following the progress of the small articulated loader market closely for some time and we were convinced that the timing was right for our entry into the Having entered the small articulated loader (SAL) market for the first time in 2021, Bobcat has received its first orders from Africa, with customer deliveries due soon. Despite the slow uptake in the Middle East and Africa region, Chattaway believes that the SAL range will soon gain traction due to its suitability to the remote and often difficult working environments in Africa. The SAL range – which complements Bobcat’s mini excavator offering – will particularly be of great benefit to landscaping customers due to its light footprint and heavy material handling capabilities.

South Africa’s green hydrogen economy will depend on a highly specialised workforce

With the world looking to countries that have optimal renewable energy resources to provide clean energy of the future, South Africa has the opportunity to revolutionise its economy and supply green hydrogen to the world. Growth in the hydrogen sector will result in a significant number of new job opportunities for which new skills, training programmes and qualification assessments will be required.

Ensuring an adequate supply of trained and competent individuals for such a rapidly growing sector will become a priority as the hydrogen energy sector grows and we work toward decarbonisation commitments. Society’s decreasing reliance on traditional energy sources such as coal and petrochemicals will result in an employment shrinkage but reskilling these workers from traditional energy backgrounds to transition into the expanding hydrogen sector should be much easier with the training and skills already obtained.

In developing South Africa’s green hydrogen value chain, the country can become a key supplier into the global hydrogen market.

Not only does South Africa have optimal environmental conditions, it is also rich in the natural resources required for the hydrogen economy, such as Platinum Group Metals (PGMs). PGMs are used in the electrolysers that produce green hydrogen as well as a fuel in hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. South Africa holds more than 80% of the world’s platinum reserves and has one of the largest platinum mining companies in the world.

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