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Epiroc further improves the highest payload capacity underground truck in the world

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Since the successful launch of Minetruck MT65 in 2016, Epiroc have maintained Minetruck MT65’s position as the highest payload capacity underground truck in the world. We are pleased to present a summary of recent improvements that have made the truck even better and further improves the value for the customer. The new engine dramatically lowers emissions, enabling more sustainable operations. Our latest engine technology meets Tier 4 Final/Stage 5 requirements and is certified to comply with the North American standards CANMET (Canada) and MSHA (USA). NOx has been reduced by 45%, and diesel particle matters have been lowered by 80% compared to a Tier 2 engine. Lower emissions improve the working environment and reduce the need for ventilation, leading in turn to lower operation costs and a smaller environmental footprint. Another great advantage of Minetruck MT65 is its new Ejector dump box option for compact envelop applications. We developed this solution to cover more applicati…

Wacker Neuson keeps the wheels of essential services sectors agriculture and forestry turning during lockdown

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While initial lockdown, implemented in South Africa at midnight on 26th March 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19, was in full swing, Wacker Neuson South Africa was responsibly assisting the agricultural and forestry sectors with much needed repairs and machinery supply. “Downtime is simply not an option for essential services,” says Managing Director of Wacker Neuson Sub-Saharan Africa, Dennis Vietze. “It is therefore imperative that they have unrestricted access to the necessary machines and equipment which must be kept in good running order so that critical business activities can continue without interruption.” “We successfully applied for an essential service certificate to enable us to support and be there for our essential services customers whenever they have a need,” affirms Vietze. Thanks to the Wacker Neuson team who serviced equipment, completed a couple of maintenance and repair jobs and also sold some much needed machines, their customers in the agricultural and fores…

Eradicating COVID-19 Myths: Exxaro Launches De-stigmatisation Campaign

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in South Africa and across the globe, so does the social stigma attached to it. The perceived notion, for example, is that the virus only affects people of ethnic backgrounds, leading to unjustifiable discrimination by their peers. Yet, one company has risen to the challenge of de-stigmatising the labels placed on these minorities. Exxaro, a true champion of African growth and inclusivity, has announced the launch of their De-stigmatisation Campaign which aims to create awareness, debunk myths, and alleviate fears around COVID-19. Indeed, a lot of misinformation is being spread on the internet – something Exxaro hopes their De-stigmatisation Campaign will address. “It’s easy to point fingers, but that’s not how this virus chooses its victims,” remarked Mzila Mthenjane when asked for further details on the campaign. “[This campaign] seeks to educate not only our people but the greater country on the nature of COVID-19.” Mthenjane …

First battery-powered mini-excavator from Wacker Neuson wins SaMoTer Innovation Award

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(Munich/Verona, January 2020) The first fully electric, battery-powered mini-excavator from Wacker Neuson, EZ17e, performs and handles just like a diesel-powered model. For this innovative development, the jury of the SaMoTer Innovation Award 2020 awarded the electric mini-excavator with the Innovation Award in the category hydraulic mini-excavators. Wacker Neuson is strengthening its position as an innovation leader in the zero emission segment with machines like the fully electric excavator EZ17e. In Verona, the mini-excavator was awarded with the SaMoTer Innovation Award 2020. The innovation was selected in the category hydraulic mini-excavators for efficiency and optimal integration of electric propulsion with a design identical to the diesel version and for performances identical to the classic diesel version despite ensuring null gas and noise emissions. The excavator will be the highlight product at the Wacker Neuson stand C11-C12 at SaMoTer, that is taking place from March …

thyssenkrupp brings the test laboratory to the customer’s doorstep

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa (tkISSA) has streamlined the sample testing process with the recent development of a mobile containerised High-Pressure Grinding Roll (HPGR) test unit. By enabling customers to test samples on site, this eliminates the costs, time delays and complex logistics related to the transportation of samples for testing purposes. The inspiration to create this distinctive containerised laboratory was spurred on by a customer who required the pre-crushing of uranium ore causing various dilemmas in ore processing, transportation logistics as well as handling of radioactive material. Taking all these factors into consideration, the company came up with a game-changing idea; bring the test laboratory to the customer. The mobile laboratory consists of a semi-pilot scale HPGR fully enclosed in a 20-foot container. “The HPGR was developed in Germany, but we have adapted the design for manufacturing in South Africa,” says Gerhard Van Wyk, Process Manag…

Fee-based business models for a better future

SKF is urging users of rotating equipment to rethink the way they pay for bearings and related items. In the traditional transaction-based model, suppliers’ profits depend on numbers of parts sold and not on improvements in machine performance. There’s fundamental conflict of interest, as longer component life means fewer sales for the supplier. SKF is now offering a forward-thinking, fee-based Rotating Equipment Performance (REP) service, in which both SKF as a supplier and its customers are benefiting from maximising machinery’s productivity, reliability and efficiency. Under a REP contract, the customer pays a fixed monthly or quarterly fee dependent on SKF meeting agreed targets for machine production level, uptime or other KPIs. The all-inclusive fee covers provision of bearings, seals, lubrication and condition monitoring. SKF’s engineering expertise in this specialised area ensures the ideal specification and application of all elements, which is important as 90% of industria…

SKF has a new home!

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We are pleased to inform you that SKF has moved and is now operating from its brand new premises in Boksburg as of today. Please refer to the new address below. SKF South Africa (Pty) Limited We have moved Email Signature www.skf.co.za, Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, Twitter The telephone and fax number as well as the postal address remain the same: Tel: +27 (0) 11 821 3500 / Fax: +27 (0) 11 821 3505 PO Box 13157, Witfield, 1467