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New range of robots has 20% fewer parts

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new range of Motoman robots offering increased handling capabilities above that of its predecessors, and with 20% fewer parts, is being launched at Hanover Fair, Germany, by Motoman Robotec this month, reveals Robotic Systems SA MD Terry Rosenberg. The mechanically-simplified machine is... 

R5,5-million bread-conditioning plants

By: System Author     12th March 1999 In a contract valued at R5,5-million, Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Equipment, of Honeydew, Gauteng, has supplied two locally-manufactured twin-drum bread-conditioning plants to the Albany Bakeryin Germiston on behalf of JF Turkingtons. The conditioning plants are used to cool bread from about 95 

Firm reaping benefits of hi-tech tracking

By: System Author     12th March 1999 One of South Africa’s large sugar processors, Transvaal Sugar, is beginning to reap the benefits of the latest application for the Avonwood Eureka 411 fully-automated vehicle-identification and tracking technology. The system, which was commissioned in October last year, controls the... 

Humidity and temperature monitor released

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A HUMIDITY and temperature monitor marketed by local agent Protectaire has been released by Ryan Instruments. This monitor provides the user with critical information on environmental conditions needed to manage perishables throughout the supply chain. The unit can be programmed to monitor in one... 

Traffic yearbook cites busiest roads in Midrand

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE figures of the 1998 traffic-observation yearbook show that the Allandale and Old Pretoria roads are the busiest roads in Midrand, with a yearly weekday average of 45 691 vehicles. The yearbook is a compilation of traffic information obtained at various traffic stations around Midrand. It... 

Automotive giant to develop diesel-electric bus

By: System Author     5th March 1999 US COMPANY General Motors Corporation (GM) is developing a fuel-efficient diesel-electric bus that will be used to haul commuters during initial testing this year in New York, reports Associated Press. The combination diesel-electric powertrain is expected to cut fuel consumption by 40% and save... 

Big haul needed for local locomotives

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A whopping R31,5- billion is required to replace all of South Africa’s existing fleet of commuter trains, which will be redundant in 15 years time if they are not upgraded, South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) rolling stock technology service chief engineer Bill Potgieter reveals... 

SA becoming a truck dumping ground

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Illegal or ‘grey’ imports of heavy and medium vehicles are beginning to wreak havoc on the South African industry, Engineering News can today report. The problem has arisen as a result of the severely depressed market for commercial vehicles in Asia, following the meltdown of those... 

Trucks make way for exhaust plant

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Eastern Cape vehicle manufacturer Delta Motor Corporation has recommitted itself to local truck assembly following a R9-million relocation of its truck-building plant from Markam Township to Kempston Road in Port Elizabeth. The move, the company claims, is integral to its drive to become the... 

Mabopane freeway construction well under way

By: System Author     5th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION is well under way on the Mabopane freeway (road P200-1), north of Pretoria, using a combination of conventional and emerging contractors, and completion is expected well ahead of schedule. Other contracts have also been awarded in the Klipfontein/Kruisfontein area south of Soshanguve... 

Specialised test facilities determine risk

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The vehicle-test facility which is part of Gerotek Test Facilities has been awarded a second contract to the tune of R1,4-million by the Department of Transport for a training programme for taxi drivers. Initially established by Armscor to assist it in the procurement and marketing of armaments,... 

Majuba conveyor feasible

By: System Author     26th February 1999 STUDIES to date have shown that the transportation of coal by rail or conveyor to Majuba power station near Volksrust in Mpumalanga will definitely be economically feasible, provided the volume of coal transported is large enough. Due to lower-than-expected growth in electricity demand, the... 

Used-truck scheme to crack tough market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a market dogged by overtrading, high interest rates and uncertain new legislation, truck manufacturer MAN has taken the bull by the horns and introduced a used-truck programme with its own backing, and aftersales support provided by its national dealer network. Speaking at the official launch... 

Toll-road company scores Asian contracts

By: System Author     19th February 1999 TOLL-road company Intertoll has secured two new contracts in Asia, reports Group Five CEO Mike Lomas. In India and Bangladesh, these contracts are further confirmation of Intertoll’s successful entry into the highly-competitive toll-road operation market. In India, the company has secured a... 

New black lube product

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Black-empowerment company Tepco Petroleum will introduce its own brand of lubricants to the local market before the end of the year. “We are finalising a blending agreement with one of the large oil companies,” Tepco GM Wessel du Plessis tells Engineering News. The first lubricant... 

Central lube systems

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Adequate fifth-wheel lubrication on articulated vehicles was a difficulty in Sasol’s fleet operation. “We found that this was an area that was often neglected in our routine maintenance programmes,” says Sasol Oil transport services manager MJ du Plessis. He adds that this is... 

Numerous dumptrucks imported

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A number of Terex TA40 dumptrucks, powered by the Detroit Diesel Series 60, have been imported by local Terex agent Batemans. These 40 t trucks will be used in various mining and construction applications and the 6  

Portable remote comms device

By: System Author     12th February 1999 AN inexpensive, easy-to-use handheld device which uses cellular technology for mobile communication has been developed in South Africa by Accord R&D, a subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Accord Technologies. The robust device can be adapted to suit a myriad of applications in any... 

Maputo toll-road on track

By: System Author     12th February 1999 WORK is proceeding apace on the Maputo Corridor project, reports Trans African Concessions (Trac), the concessionaire appointed to build and operate the project, and transfer it back to the respective governments after 30 years. The first toll-plaza has been opened west of Middelburg, and the... 

New foldable forklift

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A new foldable portable forklift called the Crayler, from Palfinger, is available in South Africa from Magon Cranes, The forklift, with a 1,8 t or 2 t carrying capacity, is carried below the truck semi-trailer in a transportation box which is installed between the axles on a trailer or... 

R4,5m Koeberg spent-fuel contract

By: System Author     5th February 1999 THE industrial and automotive division of the IST group has been awarded a R4,5-million contract to upgrade the spent-fuel cranes at the Koeberg nuclear-power plant in the Western Cape. Eskom is in the process of increasing the spent-fuel storage capacity at the power station in order to allow... 

Long-awaited ‘African’ truck rolls off the line

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The long-awaited ‘African’ truck has begun rolling off the assembly line. Engineering News can today report that Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has begun production of its MB 800. The new truck has a 4,5 t payload, and its chassis and powerplant will also be used for the... 

Housing and transport go hand-in-hand

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Housing developments, the provision of infrastructure and transport needs will have to be planned together if the full potential of development initiatives is to be realised, Department of Transport director general Dipak Patel tells Engineering News. He explains, that in the planning of low-cost... 

SA rail-freight services repositioned

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Rail operator Spoornet is in the process of repositioning its freight rail services to align them with the needs of the customer, GM strategic marketing Herman Evert tells Engineering News. He explains that this means that there will, in all probability, be no large infrastructure developments... 

Auto company goes ‘live’

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 AUTOMOTIVE company Land Rover South Africa has gone live with a big information technology project involving a move to an integrated SAP R/3 software solution designed to deliver business benefits such as allowing business volume growth. “Installation and customisation of R/3 Materials... 

Fourth agency launched

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The launch of the Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) fourth agency is a milestone for civil aviation in South Africa, said Transport Minister Mac Maharaj. In April last year three agencies were created out of the restructured DoT to run as independent, statutory authorities operating... 

Leader of 7 800

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Full name: Jo Grov 

Quality ranking awarded

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 AFRICA’s largest manufacturer of electronic components used in automotive security systems, prepaid electricity, water and solar meters, Conlog – a subsidiary of Log-Tek Holdings – has been awarded the prestigious QS 9000 motor industry quality ranking. Conlog is the first... 

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