The Nelspruit branch of SEW-Eurodrive is not only an industrial gear hub for southern Africa, it also supplies drive solutions, motors and gear units for the mining industry in the region. The main differentiator in this highly-competitive market segment is the combination of its product reliability and aftersales service assistance, points out branch manager, Jonathan McKey.
Such has been the company’s success in the region that it is now a preferred supplier to about 85% of mines in the Steelpoort area alone. “Our footprint has expanded steadily since we began by supplying a handful of gear units,” comments sales representative Nico Schutte. “The main applications products in the mining industry are conveyor, agitator, separator and ball mill drive units.”
SEW-Eurodrive has made inroads into the mining industry due to its affordable, modular, and highly-reliable complete drive solutions. The M-series, MC-series and X-series are ideal to meet the highest demands for quality, reliability, and performance. The product ranges have been optimised for a range of drive characteristics, allowing for simple machine design through easily added options and mounting parts.
At Electra Mining, the company unveiled ‘The Future of Mining’, when it displayed its latest mechatronic industrial gear (MIG) unit. This represents the revolutionary convergence of gears, motors and decentralised inverters in a single handy package.
It represents an exciting future technology for the mining industry, especially with the increasing trend towards automation to cut costs and boost productivity. The MIG unit is an innovative solution that ensures practical benefits and profitability across all stages, from the installation right through to maintenance.
Long service life is guaranteed due to highly efficient lubrication and sealing, which also cuts down on maintenance requirements. Easy mounting and installation are facilitated by advanced features such as extended bearing distance and an axial thrust bearing arrangement on the output shaft.
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