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Gas change ups output

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Steel processors and fabricators can improve their steel-plate output by switching to high-performance acetylene fuel gas, reports Afrox Fabrication process development manager Craig Fourie. “By replacing low-performance fuel gases with acetylene, steel processors and fabricators could... 

Waste-gas management boosts recoveries

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A higher efficiency rate can be achieved in ore-recovery smelters with the correct control, cleaning and conditioning of waste gas, reveals Gas Handling Systems MD Chris Rowland. Although expensive, proper waste-gas management in metal-recovery plants can be justified as it could lead to an... 

Bulk gas tankers

By: System Author     12th February 1999 More than R6-million was invested nationally by Afrox in new tankers for road transportation of bulk liquid gases last year, bringing the number of tankers in the gas giant’s fleet to more than 100 – excluding liquid petroleum gas tankers, reports bulk distribution manager Jan... 

More control of LPG sector

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Association of Southern Africa has taken on a stronger policing role to ensure dealer safety standards following its annual general meeting held in October last year, reports MD Colin Bain. The active policing of LPG dealers received the full ratification of members... 

SA’s gas pipeline installers under fire

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Quality standards in the South African pipeline gas indus- try compare poorly to those in other parts of the world as a result of a lack of clear-cut guidelines and training for participants in the industry, reveals Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) project manager for pressure vessels... 

Nitrogen air-separation membranes

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A distribution agreement with world-leading industrial gas firm MG Generon has been concluded by Alpha Air Separation for its nitrogen air-separation membranes. The systems are cost-effective, providing the lowest-cost supply of nitrogen because users pay only for the quantities and purities... 

LPG meter purchased

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A liquid controls liquid petroleum gas (LPG) meter fitted with the Lectro count electronic register with electronic temperature has been purchased by Gasfreight from Liquid Automation Systems. Since the unit is specifically designed for the metering of LPG it provides the user with complete... 

Science festival launched

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The third National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology, Sasol SciFest ’99, is expected to pull large crowds into Grahamstown in the eastern Cape from all over Southern Africa next month. Organisers say visitor numbers doubled from 15 000 in the first year to 28 000 in the... 

Massive R1,2bn IT deal is clinched

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE professional-services division of PQ Africa, Q Data Consulting, has purchased all the assets and goodwill of Sasol’s information technology (IT) division for an undisclosed sum in a comprehensive outsourcing agreement heralded as a strategic breakthrough for both companies. The... 

Regulations stymie R5,2bn gas project

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The potential development of an estimated R5,2-billion project to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa is dependent on favourable regulations and fiscal dispensation, reveals Sasol Gas divisional manager Wikus Kritzinger. The South African pipeline gas supplier has been closely... 

Bleak year ahead for machine tool sector

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 High interest rates, the fall in the rand and the general lack of growth in the South African economy suggest a bleak outlook for the machine tool industry in 1999. “Because interest rates are expected to remain abnormally high for at least the next six months in order to protect the... 

Used equipment sector toughs it out

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 How would you describe the state of the used machine tool industry? The used machine tool industry went through a rough year in 1998. Orders were hard to achieve owing chiefly to the lack of confidence in the economy and the country. Our industry is affected just the same as any other which deals... 

Products sourced worldwide

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A comprehensive range of products used in the machine tools industry is distributed by Bearing Man, specialist in bearings, seals, power transmission components, geared motors and belting. The range includes IKO linear bearings, NSK ball and roller bearings and high-precision ballscrews, Gamet... 

Machine tool stockist

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Having serviced the South African engineering industry for 25 years, Machine Tool Exchange, an offshoot of AD Machinery, stocks machine tools ranging from pedestal drilling machines to heavy engineering machinery, including vertical, horizontal and floor boring mills. All items stocked are... 

Defence contracts will bolster growth

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Although the machine tool industry has been subdued for quite some time and no significant recovery is expected in 1999, Retecon executive chairperson Burkhard Herrmann is quietly optimistic about the future. He attributes this to positive signs such as the softening of interest rates, which is... 

Crisis can be surmounted

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Introducing lean manufacturing principles, improving and maintaining service and quality as well as developing an export market are important factors for surviving the present economic crisis, Dorbyl Automotive Technologies executive director Mornet Villet tells Engineering News. This can be seen... 

SA gets five new chemical projects

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 A R1,5-billion investment in five new chemical plants has been approved by Sasol as part of its R14-billion five-year capital expansion programme. In an announcement in December last year, Sasol MD Pieter Cox said that the plants will include a R270-million ethyl acetate plant, a R140-million... 

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