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Deswik to launch new haulage functionality for underground mining

The upcoming version of the Deswik.Suite software from global consulting and technology company, Deswik, will feature new haulage functionality for underground mine operators. The Deswik.LHS for Underground module will let users create and visualize an underground haulage network from a 3D mine model and integrate the results directly with the mine schedule.Deswik

Specifically designed by mining engineers, for mining engineers, the software simplifies the process of calculating haulage metrics for underground mine operations and presents the results in the form of 3D animations. An easy-to-use interface guides users through the process, delivering a simple, speedy experience. Results are amalgamated back into the original schedule in Deswik.Sched (Gantt chart scheduling tool) to ensure single source reporting and enable estimations of truck requirements.

The functionality, currently available as a technology preview, is integrated into Deswik.Suite version 2017.2, where the haulage network can simply be built from the mine design centerlines, which are used as the data source for scheduling. Once the initial setup is complete, the entire life of asset schedules can easily be run in a matter of minutes, using detailed rimpull calculations.

The results of this process can pre-emptively highlight issues with ventilation and congestion as well as give defendable haulage metrics for costing and budgetary purposes.

A fully integrated platform designed for all stages of the mining value chain, the Deswik software suite has been pushing the boundaries in the mine planning space since its inception. Deswik Suite lets mine planners’ complete plans and scenario analysis in one continuous workflow – in some instances, substituting the need for up to eight separate software packages.

Deswik.LHS for Underground will be unveiled at the AusIMM 2017 Underground Operators’ Conference on the Gold Coast, next week. Its easy-to-use interface requires no expert knowledge of haulage modelling or setup, and visitors to the Deswik booth will have the opportunity to interact with the tool and learn how they can use it to execute their mine plans more efficiently.


Working in over 50 countries worldwide, Deswik focuses on delivering engineering efficiencies to all sectors of mining industry (Open Cut Coal, Underground Coal, Open Pit Metals and Underground Metals) through software, consulting and training solutions.

Deswik software frees up your time and gives you the tools and resources to engineer better plans, examine more scenarios and consequently drive lower costs.

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Komatsu South Africa has dramatically increased its share in the local grader market Fleet of 10 Komatsu Motor Graders handed over to DOT Ladysmithfollowing the delivery of 28 GD675-5 motor graders to the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Transport. The fleet represents the biggest single sale of this particular product in southern Africa and one made against stiff competition from several rival manufacturers.

According to Komatsu’s General Manager: Sales and Marketing, Mike Helm, a number of key factors contributed to the success – not least Komatsu’s ability to tailor products to meet specific customer requirements.

“The department stipulates that a second seat be fitted to all graders to accommodate a driver’s assistant or lookout as a safety precaution. Close cooperation between Komatsu’s factory in Japan and local technical specialists ensured that we could produce a product that is fully compliant with the department’s specifications.”

Helm adds that while price was undeniably an important consideration, Komatsu was able to offer a competitive, high specification product with the added benefit of KomCare, a maintenance and service package.

“In our dealings with our customers we identified the need for specialist packages that would deliver exceptional standards of servicing, but at the lowest possible cost. The KomCare specialist maintenance and service package is unique to Komatsu and is tailored to meet individual customer needs.

“While other manufacturers offer outwardly similar plans, they are restricted to specific time periods and other constraints. The KomCare facility is structured into the purchase price and remains in force for as long as the machine is retained and this certainly had a major influence on the department’s buying decision,” he says.

The sale was finalised late in December 2016, and saw a great deal of activity at Komatsu’s Isando-based headquarters through Christmas and into the new year. Pressure was intense as the department was not only keen to replace its existing and aging fleet of graders, but to accommodate as many units as possible before the end-March closure of its financial year.

The delivery of the entire fleet, complete with modifications, began in March and was completed by mid-April to four different locations across the province. The graders’ primary task is the creation and maintenance of rural gravel roads. Eight were shipped to Empangeni, a similar number to Pietermaritzburg, 10 to Ladysmith and a further couple to Durban. They will eventually work the length and breadth of KZN, from the border of Mozambique to the north, as far down as the Eastern Cape and inland toward the Free State and Lesotho.

The acquisition gave Komatsu an opportunity to demonstrate the attention to detail it devotes to aftermarket activity, something that was not lost on the Department of Transport’s Sizwe Ndlovu who oversaw the specification aspects of the tender.

“One of our requirements is that machines be supplied fully registered, and Komatsu ensured that every vehicle arrived with the correct plates fitted accompanied by the relevant documentation. The process was faultlessly executed, which is not always the case with a delivery of this size.”

Another point that impressed was the way in which Komatsu implemented the mandatory addition of a second seat.

“It is rare to see an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) comply with a supplementary item in a way that suggests it is supplied as standard rather than as an extra bolted on before delivery,” says Ndlovu.

Spokesperson for the department Nathi Sukazi fully concurs, and adds that other specified extras, including a centralised lubrication system and road sign carrier, were incorporated in a thoroughly professional manner.

‘In addition, Komatsu supplied the department with a feature over and above specification. The KOMTRAX remote machine monitoring and tracking system was provided as standard and I believe it will prove to be very useful,” says Sukazi.

KOMTRAX is a remote machine monitoring system that offers users the ability to access information on the performance of their equipment. They can download information relevant to the efficient running of their operations, including data on running hours, fuel consumption, operator information and the general condition of machines. This includes warning of imminent service intervals and the need to change out components.

Helm is naturally upbeat about this major fleet sale as the brand will inevitably gain even greater exposure across the province.

“The acceptance of the Komatsu GD675-5 by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport as its grader of choice is a very positive development and as a result we hope to gain additional business, not only for the grader range but construction equipment from provincial municipalities and contractors.”


  • New 163Kw Tier 3 emissions rated engine
  • High pressure common rail fuel injection system delivering outstanding fuel efficiency
  • Equipped with an 8 speed fully automatic transmission with a standard torque converter and lockup clutch
  • A hydraulic driven cooling fan with reverse function for ease of cleaning of the all new aluminium coolers
  • An updated and refined hydraulic system offering exceptional load sensing hydraulics ensuring accuracy and precision while grading
  • Fitted with Komtrax which is Komatsu’s remote equipment and fleet monitoring system.
  • Comes standard with KomCare – service and maintenance programme


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Automated precision milling in the medical technology sector

/ins Fetzer Medical GmbH & Co. KG employs tailored yet universally flexible Hermle machining centres in its role as an OEM partner manufacturing a wide range of surgical instruments and medical technology components to customer specifications.    

"From the idea to the finished product, or: All-in-one inclusive labelling!" – is the mission statement of Fetzer Medical GmbH & C. KG, ins Fetzer Medical GmbHa medium-sized company based in Tuttlingen/Germany, which was established in 2008 by Peter Fetzer. In order to build further on the family business' long-standing tradition in the development and manufacture of surgical instruments and medical devices, Peter Fetzer took the decision. With the stated aim of operating exclusively as an independent OEM, establishing all the necessary human and technical resources to that end, Fetzer Medical launched an extensive capital investment, qualification and certification programme, beginning its five-axis machining in 2008. This was rolled out with the stated aim of offering a flexible and swift approach to delivery for varying product and batch sizes. All relevant materials, including titanium, are machined and Fetzer Medical supplies its customers with ready-to-use products - from prototypes/individual parts to large production runs and complete systems. The business currently employs 45 highly-qualified employees and state-of-the-art equipment. Roughly 75 percent of the work involves complex milling/drilling operations which have been performed at Fetzer Medical from day one using high-performance five-axis machining centres from Maschinenfabrik Berthold Hermle AG in Gosheim

From manual single part fabrication to industrial production

Fetzer Medical production manager Bernd Zepf comments on the choice of Hermle machines: “The Hermle machines featuring a robust gantry design, the machine concept of three axes in the tool and two axes in the workpiece, which results in optimum tool accuracy, and last but not least excellent accessibility are ideal for five-axis complete machining in one or two setups. Further, our employees, including myself, had already had very good experience in the past with Hermle machines: their control and programming, their comparatively simple operator control, including responsive and highly competent service backup. That experience helped us to immediately get started with five-axis technology, which we launched in 2008 by acquiring a Hermle C 40 U high-performance five-axis CNC machining centre.” As the business flourished, capacity had to be increased, and a number of Hermle machining centres – some of them highly automated – were added. Fetzer Medical today runs five machining centres assuring the prompt execution of its OEM production orders. While the first purchased five-axis C 40 U machining centre was initially used to cement the business’ manufacturing expertise and add valuable additional know-how, the machine is now primarily used for pre-fabrication and for machining prototypes, samples and short runs. Additionally, two further C 22 U high-performance five-axis machining centres are equipped with 11-pallet changers/magazines of type PW 150, and are used for the automated flexible production of a wide range of components in runs of up to 300 pieces.

Validated and certified: Production processes on Hermle machining centres

A further automation level includes a C 12 U high-performance five-axis machining centre combined with an RS 05 robot cell for the production of modular designed scissors. A C 800 V CNC machining centre was added to the range of Hermle machines to provide flexible and universal operation in pre-production, including making reference surfaces and jigs and fixtures. Since all the installed Hermle machining centres are essentially based on the same concept and on the same control and operating philosophy, operators are quickly familiarised with running the various machines, and staff confidence and acceptance of the machinery is enhanced as a result. This is definitely advantageous in terms of the productivity of the machines which are run basically in single-shift mode under operator control, though the aforementioned machining centres with the pallets and robot system do of course run overnight and at weekends for automated machine loading. These ‘hard facts’ are complimented by a number of ‘soft facts’ which are essential for the highly complex machining of surgical instruments and medical technology devices. Since – according to specifications of EU and US institutions – production and quality assurance equipment needs to be fully validated and certified in the surgical and medical technology sector, it is a major advantage in terms of US certification that many US medical technology firms use already validated Hermle machining centres for their production lines. This also ensures simpler and faster validation cycles for Fetzer Medical, thus resulting in a faster time-to-market for the company’s customers.      

Contact for enquiries:

Udo Hipp, Head of Marketing, Maschinenfabrik Berthold Hermle AG, D-78559 Gosheim, Germany

Telephone: +49 (0)7426 95-6238  

Email: Udo.Hipp@hermle.de    


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Metso presents latest innovations for the mining industry at Perumin 2017

At Perumin, one of the main mining exhibitions in Latin America, Metso will introduce its Metso has around 260 specialists in Peru and operates a Service Center in Arequipalatest innovations for exceeding the mining industry's efficiency, productivity, and sustainability targets. Perumin 2017 will take place in Arequipa, Peru, on September 18-22.
"Perumin is a strategically important event bringing together decision-makers and influencers from the mining industry in the region. We will be showcasing our latest differentiators, covering both equipment delivering profitable, long-term solutions, as well as services that significantly improve plant availability. Our team of most experienced specialists is keen to discuss these topics and the major trends shaping the industry," says Aldo Cermenati, senior vice president for the Pacific Rim market area at Metso.
At Metso's booth, visitors to Perumin will have the possibility to learn about the Metso's offering, ranging from energy-efficient, heavy-duty MDR350 mill discharge slurry pumps and patented Energy-Saving Idlers (ESI) to variety of mining applications. Metso will also take part in number of technical presentations, panel discussions and "Lunch-and-learn" sessions covering the latest themes and trends in minerals processing.

Metso Peru has been serving the local mining industry for nearly 30 years. In Arequipa, Metso operates a Service Center. Altogether Metso has around 260 specialists in Peru helping mining and aggregates industry customers increase profits, improve operational efficiency, and reduce risks by utilizing Metso's unique knowledge, experienced people, and innovative solutions to find new ways of growing together.
At Perumin 2017, the Metso solutions will be displayed at Booth 1044 in Exterior Pavilion II. For further information on the event program (in Spanish), please visit our local website.
Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.
Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems, to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 service professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.
Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 people in more than 50 countries. Expect results.
www.metso.com, www.twitter.com/metsogroup

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Teko Mining in Serbia improves product quality and production capacity

Teko Mining in Serbia improves product quality and production capacity by implementing Metso's crushing and screening solutions
Teko Mining, Serbia's largest aggregates producer has selected Strazevica quarryMetso to provide crushing and screening equipment for two of their quarries in Serbia. Estimated to be operational somewhere in September, the new solutions will significantly increase production capacity, reduce waste, and improve end-product quality.
Teko Mining has four quarries almost fully equipped with Metso solutions. With a production capacity of about three million tons per year these quarries produce various stone materials for the development and construction of infrastructure in Serbia. After the commissioning of the new Metso crushing and screening equipment, the Straževica quarry plant capacity, with final products ranging from 0-4 to 32-63 mm, will increase to around 300 metric tons per hour.
"Teko Mining has quarries where many Metso units are already in operation and we have been highly satisfied with the equipment and after-sales support Metso has delivered," says Uros Veljic, General Manager at Teko Mining. "To be able to meet our customers' needs in terms of product quality and capacity, we turned to Metso to come up with an optimal solution."
"Today, our quarries operate in three shifts and we face challenges to produce enough material to meet the demand. With the new plant, we will be able to produce the required volumes running in a single shift. In addition to the higher quarry outputs, we will be able to reduce waste and produce higher quality aggregates," Veljic continues.
The new Metso crushing and screening plant being delivered to Teko Mining's Straževica quarry consists of a Premier CVB202P(TM) inclined screen, a NW1213(TM) portable impact crusher and 2 NW2060(TM) portable screening plants. In addition, the delivery included a Barmac B6150SE on skids, dedusting equipment, steel structures and conveyors. Teko's Ceramide operations will be upgraded with two new Premier CVB(TM) screens.
The value of the order is EUR 2.4M and it has already been booked in Metso's Q4 2016 orders received.
Metso NW1213 portable crusher plant and 2 NW2060CVB portable screening plants awaiting to be deployed in Batocina.    
Conveyors ready for placement to connect process stages.
Metso is a world-leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.
Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 service professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.
Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland, and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 people in more than 50 countries. Expect results.
www.metso.com, www.twitter.com/metsogroup

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