Multotec displays talent and innovation at Electra Mining

A strong line-up of innovative equipment and solutions marked the Multotec stand at this year’s Electra Mining Africa, but the real heroes were the process experts on hand to talk solutions.

“Visitors from the mining industry always enjoy learning from our experienced staff at the stand,” says Bheka Majola, managing director of Multotec Process Equipment. “As important, though, are the many young people in our ranks who demonstrate their expertise to visitors, and engage them on solving the challenges faced in the field.”

Majola notes that there were significant numbers of mining people from around southern Africa and beyond, as Electra Mining Africa remains a premium event for the region’s mining sector. The Multotec team was therefore well represented by staff from around Africa.

“Our international teams were well represented at the Electra Mining Africa show,” he says. “This included South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Ghana and Zambia as well as visits from our German, Canadian and Brazilian colleagues ”.

In terms of innovations on display, pride of place went to the Multotec pulping chute, which could be a game changer in secondary scrubbing applications. Significantly, the pulping chute was recognised by Specialised Exhibitions, the organisers of Electra Mining Africa, together with SA Capital Equipment Export Council (SACECC) and won an award for International Manufacturing Innovation: New Product (Mining). 

As a stationary piece of equipment, it saves energy and can accommodate higher throughput. This resonates well with the industry’s environmental focus on reducing energy consumption while raising efficiencies. 
 
Also addressing the theme of efficiency were Mato belt cleaners, which are self-adjusting and easier to maintain. By preventing the carryback of fines, these cleaners remove any wastage from the process. 

“Another exciting offering on show was our real-time automated metallurgical accounting (RAMA) system,” he says. “Designed to feed correct samples to online analysers and process control samplers, this leverages our expertise in collecting unbiased samples.”

By presenting more accurate samples to an online analyser, plant managers and operators can have more confidence in their results. This translates directly into better management of their process, and improved results. 

“There was also excitement on the spirals side, where we displayed our new large diameter cleaner spiral,” says Majola. “This gives customers more throughput, with the potential to more than double production from 2.3 tph to about 5 tph.”

While not on display at Electra Mining Africa, Multotec was also talking to visitors about its UX7 ultra fines spiral. This enables significant improvements in the recovery of fine material in the range of 38 micron to 75 micron.

“We have tested the UX7 extensively in the chrome industry, but it will perform in a range of other commodities too,” he says. “It presents exciting opportunities for our customers to recover considerably more mineral content from the traditionally difficult-to-recover fines.”

In other highlights, Multotec Rubber displayed its 4-in-1 integrated liner that far outperforms the steel grate plate, and Multotec Manufacturing showed off its flame-resistant screen panels. Multotec’s in-house range of pumps was also on display, as the company offered to fill another aspect of customers’ plant flow sheet requirements.

“As always, Multotec’s strong legacy in local manufacturing continued to impress our visitors,” he notes. “Investing constantly in our manufacturing capacity and expertise, we continue to grow our exports of world-class products. At the same time, we develop local skills and build the local economy – in the spirit of the Mining Charter.”

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