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Up the uptime with high quality electrical products from Powermite

Component, equipment and system specialist, Hudaco company Powermite, leads the southern African market in the supply of a fully comprehensive range of high quality, locally manufactured electrical products for a wide range of mining, marine and industrial machinery including mobile generators, pumps, welding machines, continuous miners, shuttle cars, tunnel borers, and transformers. According to Powermite Marketing Director, Donovan Marks, quality and reliability are prerequisite for extending the lifecycle of products operating in the notoriously stringent mining environment. “Increased product…
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Proof Engineering’s theft-proof ProAlloy couplers

Couplers facilitate the connection of electrical cables to mobile mining equipment. “Given that they are traditionally manufactured from brass, leaded gun metal or stainless steel, the extremely high weight-to-value ratio of these critical components presents a high theft risk,” explains Donovan Marks, Director at Proof Engineering.  The cost of replacing stolen couplers is often further exacerbated by subsequent downtime and production losses. In an endeavour to come up with a cost-effective solution for customers and end-users, Proof Engineering embarked on a three year research and development…
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Rugged mining cables & connectors for opencast & underground mining applications

Components, equipment and systems specialist, Powermite, alongside sister company, Proof Engineering, bring end-to-end cable and connector solutions for mining and industrial applications.  Powermite’s rugged range of TPU mining cables with flexible Class 5 tinned annealed copper wire conductors has been specially designed to withstand the hazardous conditions typically found in open cast mining. The copper-screened mining cables’ rugged design which incorporates a tough sheath, reduces the risk of cable damage and extends component service life.  “The resultant low maintenance leads to…
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No tampering with this tamper proof spindle from Proof Engineering

Proof Engineering, in collaboration with an end-user, has developed a tamper proof spindle that prevents the restrained plug from being removed without first isolating the circuit. “As specialists in the design and manufacture of innovative flameproof, explosion proof and non-flameproof plugs, sockets, adaptors and cable couplers for the mining and tunneling industries, we listen and respond to our customers’ requirements,” says Director, Donovan Marks. “So when a customer encountered a problem with the removal of the restrained plug from the socket which posed a safety risk to underground…
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Don’t be shocked if you are issued with a section 54!

There is no doubt that mine workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world with the threat of injury almost constant. Working in a confined, hazardous and constantly changing environment, they face a plethora of dangers from rock falls to electrocution and explosions. South Africa produces 10% of the world’s gold and has 40% of the world’s known resources. But some of these resources are becoming increasingly difficult to exploit due to the great depths where they are situated. The South African Chamber of Mines reports that gold production has fallen due to depleting resources so…
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