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Materials Handling News

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

First red-seal toolmaker certificates handed over

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) celebrated the milestone of handing over the first red-seal toolmaker occupational certificates to twelve graduates last month at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, in Pretoria. 

First red-seal toolmaker certificates handed over
SEAL OF APPROVAL The first cohort of graduates received their red-seal toolmaker occupational certificates last month

Training facility to improve skills deficit in artisan industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists aims to bridge the rope access skills deficit in the artisan industry through offering training at its Midrand-based facility, states Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

Training facility to  improve skills deficit  in artisan industry
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn gives a tour of their training facility, in Midrand. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

SacOil to acquire local fuels wholesaler

By: Samantha Herbst     27th July 2017 JSE-listed SacOil is in talks to acquire a South African fuels wholesaler that owns and operates a substantial fleet of heavy-duty tankers, the company announced Thursday. The wholesaler sells fuel products, namely diesel, petrol and paraffin, on a bulk basis to its customers operating within... 

Company evolves to meet KZN miners’ needs

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 As mineral sands miners in KwaZulu-Natal move into the next phase of their project life cycles, mining solutions provider Multotec is taking steps to evolve its products and service offering to meet changing customer needs. 

Company evolves to meet KZN miners’ needs
LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS Multotec field service teams conduct regular site visits to ensure optimum performance of equipment

High-speed cameras measure motions faster

By: Victor Moolman     21st July 2017 The University of Pretoria (UP) has obtained four new high-speed IDT Vision NX8-S2 cameras that, along with the TEMA motion analysis software, can measure vibrations on moving structures at high speeds or events that are too fast for normal cameras to record. 

Need for NDT personnel to be competent

21st July 2017 To perform nondestructive testing (NDT) in accordance with code requirements and customer expectations, Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) systems and quality manager Harold Jansen says there is a need for NDT personnel to be competent. 

New screening processor launched to South African Market 

20th July 2017 New screening technology to the South African mining market, the MS 703 EVO, has been introduced by mobile crushing and screening equipment supplier Kleemann in June. Victor Moolman tells us more. 

New screening processor launched to South African Market
New screening processor launched to South African Market

Australian products showcased at event

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Following the establishment of Australia-based industrial solutions provider HMA Group’s South African subsidiary, the company is looking forward to showcasing its diverse offering at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Australian products showcased at event
POWER PRODUCTS Fireye’s strong footprint in the African power generation sector will be further bolstered through its partnership with the HMA Group

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa’s Samson travelling Eco-Hoppers have an effective dust control system that minimises the escape of dust during the grab discharge cycle. 

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge
DUST CONTROL The grab discharge cycle includes transferring materials down the line using handling systems

Locally produced engineering steel declining

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 It has become cheaper to import finished products manufactured  overseas  than to manufacture engineering steel in the country, which has resulted in more than half the country’s foundries closing down, laments specialised steel and industry expertise company Special Steels MD Byron Ferguson. He... 

Locally produced engineering steel declining
HIGH PROFILE Hydraulic cyclinder components being cut from a 300 mm carbon steel plate at Special Steels

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period

7th July 2017 The new test standard for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16890, for filter testing and assessment, replaced European Standard (EN) 779 as of January this year, with a transition period of 18 months. 

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period
SHIFTING PARADIGM This new method for the evaluation of air filter elements represents a paradigm shift

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for  gas detection
GAS DETECTION SYSTEMS This instrument was developed by Booyco Electronics, specifically to improve safety in any confined spaces

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

Particulate matter a national concern
PHILIP HOFF MIP invests in young engineers and has, in the past, offered bursaries to chemical engineering students

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Chemicals and process engineering company Lodestone Engineering is set to complete the supply of equipment as part of an upgrade to an existing large wet scrubber for a major platinum producer in Rustenburg by the end of this month. 

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion
UPGRADED SCRUBBER Valued at about R10-million the overall project upgrades an existing 3.6-m-diameter scrubber

Thermometer designed and tested for industry use

7th July 2017 Handheld-products supplier Fluke - represented locally by distribution service provider Comtest - has launched the Fluke 64 MAX IR thermometer with internal memory, unattended monitoring, improved accuracy, increased battery life, as well as the precision needed to do the job accurately. 

Thermometer  designed and tested  for industry use
THERMOMETER APPLICATIONS Applications include the industrial maintenance, the electrical as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Packaging company Nampak Glass in May commissioned a 1-km-long, high-pressure underground gas pipeline that was constructed by multidisciplinary corporation Saiyl. 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline
NAMPAK STATION This underground pipeline ties into the newly constructed Nampak Pressure Reduction Station in Germiston

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems
Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions’ David O’Neill talks about the company’s strategies with regards to the fracking process. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Engineers must become indispensable during challenging times

By: Robyn Wilkinson     30th June 2017 Until the barriers to investment and development in South Africa’s mining sector are resolved so that key opportunities can be realised, engineering companies need to ensure that their expertise and services are made indispensable to the market, says specialist engineering company Paterson &... 

Data is the new currency in manufacturing sector

23rd June 2017 According to growth strategy company Frost & Sullivan, the Internet of Things and data analytics are transforming the manufacturing space, as data is the new currency. “With the rise of cognitive technologies, human intervention will no longer be needed for logical and reasonable decision-making.... 

Data is the new currency in manufacturing sector
Photo by Bloomberg
AUTOMATED MANUFACTURING Cognitive technology is advancing, especially in the automotive manufacturing sector

Expansion ensures greater manufacturing capability for Hydra-Arc

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Steel fabricator Hydra-Arc has recently expanded its machining capability allowing them to take on work previously done by international manufacturing and engineering companies. Founded in 1987 by Jose Maciel, Hydra-Arc has grown from a supplier of specialised welders into a leading refinery... 

Expansion ensures  greater manufacturing  capability for Hydra-Arc
BEACON OF HOPE Mshiniwami trainees do practical training by assisting with the less complex welds on Hydra- Arc’s water tank projects, helping water-scarce rural communities

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Need for environmental awareness in growing industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is a growing need for the construction industry to become more environmentally aware, which includes considering solvent emissions, recycling and toxicity, and building materials supplier DenBraven national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg says the company has made higher... 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year
VICTOR BOUGUENON Trends include South Africa’s property and construction players committing to greener practices

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is increasing pressure on businesses whose production processes produce waste to become more sustainable and support government’s efforts to safeguard the future of the environment by minimising their carbon footprint within their operations, says waste management company Interwaste group... 

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives
REWARDING BENEFITS By obtaining green accreditation, businesses are recognised and can be rewarded for the role they play in protecting the environment

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2017 As part of the company’s commitment to stay relevant through innovation, local stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler and Hart is implementing a substantial two-year re-engineering process, based on the concept of continuous improvement, at its Boksburg manufacturing plant. 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity
Hendler and Hart gives a tour of their aluminium and stainless-steel factory facility, in Boksburg. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Solutions specialist expands product range

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Electrical solutions specialist Magnet Electrical – a subsidiary of Magnet Group – has extended its range of automation solutions with the addition of automation systems company Schneider Electric’s new Altivar ATV320 variable-speed drives (VSDs). 

Solutions specialist expands product range
ALTIVAR ATV320 This system has been developed to optimise design and engineering costs

Revamped stand to encourage positive customer experience

12th May 2017 Industrial gases company African Oxygen, well known as Afrox, will be featuring a revamped stand at the Nampo Harvest Day show, from May 16 to 19, in the Free State, to enable its agriculture customers to view and experience welding machines and equipment in a proper environment. 

Revamped stand to  encourage positive  customer experience
TIG WELDER Customers will be able to use some of the welding equipment from Afrox at the show

Nampo Harvest Day allows company to build relationships

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 Owing to the agriculture market becoming more technologically advanced, bearings supplier Bearings International (BI) says attending the Nampo Harvest Day will allow the company to build the necessary relationships within the sector. 

New audit service to support concrete product manufacturers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Cement and construction materials supplier AfriSam is providing additional support for its Concrete Product Manufacturers (CPMs) customers through its new Efficiency Audit service offering. AfriSam national sales manager Amit Dawneerangen says there has been a downturn in infrastructure projects... 

New audit service to  support concrete  product manufacturers
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AfriSam’s Centre of Product Excellence offers customers an additional Efficiency Audit service

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

New research facility enhances offerings
NORMAN SEYMORE New Chryso products are the continual evolution of improvements on existing products

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 An element often overlooked by the construction industry when laying screeds for floor surfaces is the importance of laying concrete subfloors correctly for flooring suppliers, says interior flooring supplier and installer KBAC Flooring senior contracts manager Ian Duncan. He tells Engineering... 

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors
Photo by Bloomberg
UNDER THE SURFACE Poorly laid concrete floors are problematic for flooring installers, who have to remedy this before laying floor coverings

Mega scissor lift gains first customer

By: Victor Moolman     5th May 2017 Cold storage designer and manufacturer IDS has become the first customer of construction equipment supplier Goscor to use the HL-275 D27 hydraulic mega scissor lift from Netherlands-based lift manufacturer Holland Lift. 

Mega scissor lift gains first customer
MEGA SCISSOR LIFT The HL-275 D27 is capable of lifting 1 t to a height of 27.5 m

Robotic solution for machine tools industry

28th April 2017 When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process, says Japanese robotics company Yaskawa. 

Robotic solution for  machine tools industry
CONTROL CONCEPT Finding the right software structure is just as important as the hardware

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Installation of the new tandem horizontal boring mill – which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously – will be complete and fully operational by July, enthuses project services corporation Hydra Arc. 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July
Photo by Petrus Saayman
FULLY AUTOMATED The tandem horizontal boring mill is fully automated and programmable

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry
MACHINE TOOLS AFRICA 2017 Interactive displays at the MTA will include live demonstrations and technical presentations

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