Leading drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE has supplied a comprehensive drive package to a major greenfield copper-mining project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The package comprised nine drives in total. The five main 500 kW drives each weighed 12 t. The other four included two 90 kW drives for the decline sacrificial conveyor, and two 30 kW drives for the tip-truck sacrificial conveyor.

As a leading local manufacturer of electrical control panels, WEG Automation Africa stays at the cutting edge of innovation through its research and development driven approach, which sees its continuous product improvement setting new benchmarks in industry. The company, previously known as Shaw Controls, is part of the Zest WEG Group which, in turn, is owned by Brazil-based WEG Group.

The latest addition to WEG’s range of medium voltage (MV) variable speed drives (VSDs) is the 11 kV MVW3000 solution. Two of these units have already been commissioned by WEG Automation Africa in demanding underground conditions.

ABB South Africa’s facility in Alrode, near Johannesburg, was established in 1981 to produce high voltage (HV) machines and specialise in manufacturing components for motors and generators to order. With its commitment to localisation and skills development, including skills and knowledge transfer, and following a recent investment, the facility is now fully compliant with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) >70% local sourcing regulations for public sector projects.

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