Becker Mining SA – chairlift systems for safe and efficient personnel transportation in Mining 2018


Becker Mining South Africa’s chairlift systems are designed to transport up to 900 personnel per hour, quickly, efficiently and safely in all underground applications, including difficult mining conditions.

“Becker’s modular, low maintenance chairlift systems, which encompass the latest technology and manufacturing trends, meet stringent quality and safety regulations in the mining sector,” says Tom Searle, Senior General Manager: Capital, Becker Mining South Africa (Pty) Ltd. “These chairlifts, with a simple, yet robust structure, are installed in underground sites with steep inclines up to 45° and long haulages up to 2 000 m, at drive speeds between 1,5 m/s and 3 m/s.

“In emergencies, the chairlift system can be used for transporting injured workers quickly and safely back to the surface.”

Safety features include a rope slip sensor and a fail-safe brake system, which is spring-activated and hydraulically released on the drive wheel brake path. Secondary and primary brakes are capable of holding the entire out of balance load. Other critical safety devices are the passenger override sensor and an intelligent pull key system.

Chairlift underground transport systems can be supplied with dependable diesel driven generator sets, to ensure the absolute safety of miners in the event of a power outage.  

Becker Mining is committed to providing the latest product designs, impeccable manufacturing standards and cost efficiency, as well as enhanced safety and total reliability of these underground transportation systems. Every chairlift installation is custom-designed to suit every specific application and drive units are selected based on the length and gradient of the installation.

The company is also responsible for erecting the chairlift drive house, mechanical and electrical installations and all civils work.

Becker Mining offers a full range of spares for chairlifts, as well as a support service, which includes a maintenance and on-site repair service.

The company’s service also comprises audits of running installations, where assistance is provided in identifying areas that require attention. Recommendations are given about necessary maintenance requirements and the safe use of the system.

Becker Mining’s chairlift systems are designed and manufactured at the company’s Alrode facility, according to stringent local and international mine haulage safety regulations.


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