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Vibramech: Maintaining a firm footprint in West Africa

As a leader in the manufacture and supply of high-quality vibrating equipment to the mineral processing industry for 44 years, Vibramech’s screens and feeders have ensured that the company maintains its firm footprint in West Africa.

Vibramech’s equipment has been supplied to numerous mining operations in the region including Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Guinea, Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.

As an OEM, the company has purposefully designed high quality, reliable and robust vibrating equipment for the often harsh African operating conditions above ground, which are highly diversified from one country to the other.

The company has a flexible and practical approach to screen design, which enables the client to optimise the vibrating equipment geometry to suit its specific requirements, resulting in tailor-made equipment. It has developed a comprehensive range of multislope (banana) screens, horizontal and inclined screens, dewatering screens, grizzly feeders, pan feeders, tubular feeders and grease tables.

“Our design practice makes use of Finite Element Analysis and Strain Gauge Analysis to prove structural integrity, with detailed attention paid to wear protection and commonality of components to minimise spare parts inventories,” adds MD David Massey.

Vibramech understands the harsh operating conditions which vibrating screens, grizzlies and feeders are subjected to in the mining industry, worldwide. As such, the company is cognisant that its designs need to cater for both abrasive and corrosive environments. As sound dynamic behaviour is essential to ensure vibrating equipment reliability, all equipment is built to perform within strict dynamic parameters.

In addition, the company’s quality assurance programme makes provision for a full 3D vibration analysis to be conducted on all equipment prior to release. This is used as a benchmark for the life of the equipment.

Tailor-made solutions

All equipment is manufactured inhouse at its premises in Chamdor, Gauteng, South Africa. Almost every piece of equipment is tailor-made to suit a client’s specific requirements, from both a plant layout viewpoint and process considerations.

Presently, the company consistently produces in excess of 500 vibrating units per annum and is historically, and continues to be, the foremost supplier of vibrating equipment to the coal, diamond (land and marine) and platinum mines in southern Africa.

Vibrator motor and geared exciter repairs form part of Vibramech’s service offering, with repairs conducted to OEM specifications at Vibramech’s 8 000 m² under crane factory. Vibramech is particularly proud to be the exclusive distributer of a wide range of URAS vibrator motors for Africa and the Middle East, and has offered these exceptionally robust motors as part of its vibrating equipment product offering since 1981.

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