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KSB Pumps for University of Pretoria laboratory

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Professor Josua Meyer, Chairman of the School of Engineering and Head of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering of the University of Pretoria

KSB Pumps and Valves has assisted the University of Pretoria in the construction of a large controlled-temperature test unit, which will form the backbone of ongoing research into heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics.

The impressive unit will allow students to plug directly into hot, moderate or chilled liquids to use on research projects and will shave approximately 50% off students’ overall project build-up time thereby allowing more time to carry out actual research. In addition, it is expected to save considerable costs in future.

Chairman of the School of Engineering and Head of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, Professor Josua Meyer, says the multi-million Rand project was part-funded by the University, with donations from industrial companies like KSB Pumps and Valves for funding, equipment and construction of the system.

Roadmap to interoperability

gmsg 2018How can the mining industry meet the challenges of interoperability? GMSG is building a path forward.

Monday, April 9, 2018. Interoperability is a large, intricate, and complex issue that can inhibit technological advances in the international mining industry. Players hold widely different views and interpretations as to scope, content, application, and end state.

Indeed, GMSG has identified interoperability as a priority industry initiative. So they’ve stepped up with a unique approach to the problem—a universal roadmap. It’s important for the industry.

Wits, Sibanye-Stillwater join hands to take mining digital

DigiMine1 Wits DigiMine life size mining stope panel

Wits DigiMine life size mining stope panel

DigiMine2 Neal Froneman executive director and CEO Sibanye Stillwater

Neal Froneman executive director and CEO Sibanye-Stillwater

DigiMine3 Prof Fred Cawood Director of the Wits Mining Institute and Coordinator of the Wits DigiMine Project
Prof Fred Cawood -Director of the Wits Mining Institute and Coordinator of the Wits DigiMine Project

Johannesburg - 28 March 2018: In a technology-focused partnership that will help make mines safer and more productive, the Wits Mining Institute (WMI) at the University of the Witwatersrand and leading mining company Sibanye-Stillwater have launched the Sibanye-Stillwater Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine).

DigiMine is a simulated mining environment in the Chamber of Mines building on the West Campus of Wits University, whose facilities now include a vertical shaft in a stairwell, a tunnel and stope in the basement, and a range of communication and digital systems to enable research that will create the mine of the future.

Implementation of Autonomous Systems

gmsg 2018GMSG is producing an industry-led guideline to share best practices and lessons learned on the road to autonomous mining

Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The way of the future is upon us. Various stages of autonomous mining systems, from mere contemplation to fully driverless and more, permeate the industry. The momentum to autonomy can’t be ignored and requires whole new ways of thinking and planning to meet its challenges. Its popularity is no surprise. Benefits of going autonomous are legion: one major operator reports a 15 percent savings in haul costs; there’s improved safety; reduced maintenance, and more.

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