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Smelter strives to keep rising costs at bay

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Intended to assist in securing Bayside Aluminium’s position in the global aluminium market, a business process re-engineering exercise undertaken by Deloitte Consulting is realising substantial benefits for this Richards Bay smelter. “In a commodity market where prices are constantly... 

Alliance to boost oil production

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN alliance between global enterprise resource planning (ERP) leader, SAP, and Landmark Graphics Corporation, a leading provider of integrated exploration, drilling, production and data management solutions, will benefit Africa’s exploration and production of oil. The two companies have... 

Total quality model for business urged

By: System Author     18th June 1999 uality of products and services, as well as competi- tiveness, are not determined by a country, but by the companies within the country – multinationals such as vehicle manufacturers have proved this by maintaining a single standard at their operations in First World and Third World... 

Major German merger benefits SA subsidary

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The merging of two large German companies – and a new alliance with a US engineering firm – has helped a wholly-owned South African subsidiary to win a refinery-upgrade contract. Following the coming together in Germany of steel contender Thyssen and stainless-steel giant Krupp,... 

New diesel engine era powers ahead

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The transformation of the South African diesel engine environment has been taken a step further with the creation of a new company in South Africa dedicated to supplying internationally-renowned products. Known as Perkins Power, the company, which is headquartered in Boksburg on the East Rand,... 

Australian export order secured

By: System Author     18th June 1999 ELECTRIFICATION and refrigeration company Stantronic has completed an export order of self-contained refrigerated display cases to Australia. It was the Group’s ‘Cooltech’ branded vertical display chiller that was exported to one of Western Australia’s fastest-growing... 

Y2K bug could threaten automatic billing systems

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Consulting engineers who use telephone-management systems which bill clients automatically for consulting time may find that year 2000 (Y2K) millennium bugs in these systems will render this facility useless come January 1, 2000. However, problems can be avoided if steps are taken to ensure that... 

Mapleton area to ease industrial squeeze

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The Mapleton area, south of Boksburg on the East Rand, could be the answer to the growing saturation of industrial areas such as Jet Park, Hughes Industrial Park and Anderbolt. Boksburg transitional local council (TLC) chief town planner Alriech Bestbier tells Engineering News that at present... 

On a roll for 25 years

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Established in Durban 25 years ago as a one-stop bearing company, Bearing Man has extended its operation significantly to become what it claims is Africa’s largest supplier of bearings, seals, power transmission components, industrial gearboxes and belting. “Bearing Man’s... 

New SA transmission system developed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 New technology, destined to revolutionise the multibillion-rand power transmission industry worldwide, has been developed by engineering company Jupiter, of Durban. The stepless drive system has been successfully tested and is already attracting considerable local and international interest.... 

Tap opens on R780m Western Cape dam

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R780-million Skuifraam dam and Skuifraam supplement scheme on the upper Berg river in the vicinity of Franschhoek and Paarl are going ahead. The implementation of these two development options form part of an integrated water-resource management approach for the Greater Cape... 

Big dredger contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The complete turnkey transport project for the delivery of two new dredgers, with a total building cost of R120-million, for the Richards Bay dune-mining operation has been awarded to Mammoet Southern Africa. Mammoet is undertaking the management and actual transport from the production site in... 

Leading SA supplier celebrates 75 years

By: System Author     4th June 1999 General engineering equipment and service supplier to the Southern African market Stratford Engineering is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. As a supplier of electrical, mechanical and electronic products to industry, it has built a reputation on understanding and meeting the challenges... 

Mixed bag of global and local technologies

By: System Author     4th June 1999 One of the largest and oldest privately-owned general engineering equipment and service suppliers in Southern Africa, Stratford Engineering is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The company offers a mix of global and local technologies and associated services. It is distinguished by its ability to... 

Switching on to importance of safety

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Safety throughout industry is of critical importance, and in materials-handling situations perhaps more so than some others. On conveyor belts, large masses of materials are often moving at quite high speeds over long distances. The ability to stop the belt if some emergency arises is thus an... 

Instrumentation company measures up

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Leading South African supplier of ac electrical transducers, dc signal conditioners and measurement systems Measurtronic was acquired by the Stratcon group of companies in 1993. Stratcon comprises Measurtronic, Stratford Engineering, a mechanical power transmission company which is celebrating... 

Electronic-product provider powers up its solutions range

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Power electronic product and solution provider Saftronics was established in 1966 by Bonne Posma. The company has built its reputation on supplying power electronic products from international suppliers and developing custom-manufactured power electronic solutions of the highest quality to meet... 

New ball-and-cone torque limiter

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A new type of ball-and-cone torque limiter for extra-large shafts, newly launched by British Autogard of the UK, has been a big success, particularly in the cement industry. Stratford Engineering is the sole representative of British Autogard for Sub-Saharan Africa. In one application, two of... 

Revamped Web site a hit for engineering firm

By: System Author     4th June 1999 In honour of the celebration of its 75th anniversary, Stratford Engineering has undergone a big revision of its Internet Web site in an attempt to bring its products and services more directly to the attention of potential users. In response to the revamp the site is reportedly receiving almost 6... 

Range of time switches

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A range of Grasslin electronic time switches is available from Stratford Engineering, the sole distributor for Grasslin in sub-Saharan Africa. The V 86 range can be supplied for one to four channels of switching, and are the ultimate in ease of operation. Its operational philosophy allows users... 

Management program a first for SA concrete sector

By: System Author     4th June 1999 In a first for the South African concrete industry, Durban-based company Concrete Management (CM) has developed a computer program that offers a superior materials- and strength-management system. “The manufacture, supply and management of fresh concrete has by no means been excluded from... 

Unified SA engineering body on the cards

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Companies and professions in South Africa have been bracing themselves against globalisation by consolidating and unifying, but our otherwise forward-thinking engineers seem to be a step behind. After 18 months, a steering committee charged with finding a method of unifying the profession has... 

Nigerian project is well on track

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Front-end engineering of the natural-gas-to- liquid-fuels joint venture between Sasol and Chevron in Nigeria is expected to start as early as the third quarter of this year following the completion of the feasibility study in March, reports Sasol Synfuels International (SSI) business development... 

Innovative engineering feats are promoted

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s part of a greater operational aim of optimising plant operations further to ensure suitable throughputs, optimum plant stability, reduced downtime and maintenance, Sasol Synthetic Fuels (SSF) has continued to promote innovative engineering thinking and practices. This trend, which has the... 

Supply-chain management optimised

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Engaged in the supply of material on a number of Sasol projects directly through Sasol Technology, and in association with the group’s engineering contractors, Van Leeuwen Pipe & Tube South Africa, of Alrode, Gauteng, sees itself playing a significant role in integrating the process of... 

R16m wastewater-works upgrade motors ahead

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Independent motor control centre (MCC) manufacturer and turnkey electrical-services company Electron, of Bramley, Gauteng, is busy with the R16-million Wildevo 

A leading pioneer celebrates 100 years

By: System Author     28th May 1999 leading supplier of equipment in the field of electrical and electronic engineering, including motor control centres (MCCs), celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year. The year has also brought a change in the names of group companies worldwide from the previous name of Klockner Moeller.... 

Progress on water project flows on

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Electrical installations on various pumpstations and treatment plants on the estimated overall US$350-million North–South Carrier water project in Botswana is being executed by Johannesburg-based turnkey electrical projects company RBF Engineering. Work comprises a network of four... 

Gas pipeline to link Britain to Belgium

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The United Kingdom–Continent Gas Interconnector has been described as one of the most important European energy infrastructure projects, providing a strategic link between the gas grids of the UK and mainland Europe. The interconnector, with a new 112 MW compression facility located within... 

Mining enterprise reinvents its role in SA

By: System Author     28th May 1999 From a modest contributor to the profits of the Sasol group, Sasol Mining has reinvented itself as a valuable mining enterprise after committing itself to a series of new initiatives to improve its people, technology, quality, safety, environmental performance and cost-management further, reports... 

Rising to challenge of water management

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s a relatively large- volume water con- sumer, Sasol has been rising increasingly to the challenges of continually improving its water-management systems and technologies, reports the 1999 Sasol Review. The group’s goal is to prevent all forms of water wastage and abuse, thereby helping to... 

Road-training programme planned

By: System Author     28th May 1999 UK transport research company TRL and CSIR Transportek will be jointly hosting a training programme on ‘Managing and Financing Rural Transport’ in Pretoria towards the end of the year. The training programme, which is being promoted by the World Bank, is the third of its kind to be... 

South Africa must focus on niche markets

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Looking for niche mar- kets, and not trying , to be all things to all people, is the advice of copper busbar and bustube fabricator Pereyton Engineering MD Peter Bonnett to the local copper industry. He speaks from almost 16 years of experience in the industry and having managed the... 

Brass beats steel

By: System Author     21st May 1999 In many industries, even the automotive industry, tradition dominates materials selection. Many designers, engineers and purchasing managers are convinced that brass is too expensive for simple repetition-turned products. While the off-the-shelf cost of brass raw material may be more than twice... 

Africa is engine of growth for company

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The identification of Africa beyond the borders of South Africa by Endress+Hauser as a future growth area has seen the company appoint a number of distributors throughout the region. “It became apparent in the mid-1990s that a number of South African engineering companies were becoming more... 

Decision looms for new Cape dam

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) is on the brink of appointing advisers to assist it to arrange an R760-million build, operate and transfer (BOT) dam and supplement scheme for Cape Town. Director-general Mike Muller tells Engineering News exclusively that its demand studies... 

Company celebrates its 25th anniversary

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Control engineering company Festo South Africa, of Isando, Gauteng, is celebrating more than 25 years in South Africa. The company meets low-, medium- and high-technology requirements of its main target market, the manufacturing industry, with cutting-edge control systems. All operations in... 

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