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Materials Handling News

Cement firm details R200m Saldanha project

By: System Author     12th November 1999 The R200-million project to build, commission and integrate a materials-handling and slag-milling facility in Saldanha, Western Cape, by cement manufacturer PPC Cement, was completed last month. 


By: System Author     22nd October 1999 Factory 

Material gain in universal gasket

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Seals, Gaskets & Sealing Mechanisms 

Material slump in handling sector piles up

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling & logistics 

Big projects lift company’s prospects

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

South African companies do not give logistics its logical due

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling & logistics 

Trucking-logistics company formed

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

New player breezes in and ruffles feathers

By: System Author     27th August 1999 Materials-handling and logistics 

South Africa winning a bucket of exports

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 As much as 75% of dragline bucket pro- duction at the new Caterpillar Boksburg, Gauteng, manufacturing facility is expected to be exported to Australia and the US this year. This was announced at the official opening of the new facility this month. The new factory follows Caterpillar’s... 

Final dust-control contract completed

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THE second and final dust-control contract for the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council’s multimillion-rand ‘Jo-Gro’ compost-production project at Olifantsfontein, south of the city, has been completed by Air Cleaning Equipment of Springs. Worth a total of R2,3-million, the... 

New accreditation body raises its head

By: System Author     12th February 1999 In order to comply with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Act, which states that no single body can provide accreditation and education, the South African Institute of Materials-Handling (SAIMH) has established the Centre for Logistics Excellence which will be the accredited... 

Supply-chain management event on the cards

By: System Author     12th February 1999 This year marks the twenty-first year that Sapics, the education society for supply-chain management, (previously known as the South African Production and Inventory Control Society), is holding its yearly conference and exhibition. Since 1976 the conference has been South Africa’s foremost... 

Operations streamlined

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Pressing demands on industry today are streamlining operating procedures, increasing flexibility, controlling inventory, lowering costs and maximising return on investment. Kardex Industrial, a division of The Park Group, provides the solution to achieving these demands through its range of... 

SA aeroconveyor exported to Vietnam

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Bulk solids conveyor company Aeroconveyors is at present involved with contracts totalling R5-million, with one of them being the company’s first export contract which is destined for Vietnam, reports manager Lee Thain. Valued at over R350 000, the contract is for a German company that... 

Critical need conveyed for export focus

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Conveyor manufacturers need to look seriously at the export market if they want to survive in the continually shrinking local market, Conveyor Manufacturers Association (CMA) chairperson Alan Exton tells Engineering News. The main reasons cited for this are the lack of local projects coupled with... 

New centre set to lift training courses

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The South African Qualifications Authority Act of 1996 has resulted in the South African Institute of Materials-Handling splitting and forming the Centre for Logistics Excellence which, under the new law, will be the provider of education while the institute will accredit the courses, explains... 

‘Live’ materials-handling exhibit

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The nuts and bolts are being slotted into place for what is expected to be the largest ‘live’ exhibit of materials-handling and conveyor products ever erected in South Africa. Cost Time Resource’s Brian Rogers has been appointed project co-ordinator of this integrated operation,... 

Contract ends at expanded aluminium plant

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Gauteng company Marathon Materials Handling (MMH) completed its portion of a R40-million contract for the supply of materials-handling systems for the R2,4-billion Hulett Aluminium Maritzburg plant’s advanced aluminium rolled products expansion in November. The company was subcontracted by... 

Local manufacture of belt-bends soon

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Following an agreement between JCT Conveyor Systems and UK firm Gramac, the South African company will become the first to manufacture belt-bends locally. Until now belt-bends have had to be imported, which resulted in high prices due to the exchange rate. “However, we have now been granted... 

Returnable packaging units

By: System Author     12th February 1999 As the world moves towards global sour- cing and returnable packaging it is vital that companies retain control over their distribution equipment and returnable packaging, and this can be achieved with a system from Johannesburg company Rent-A-Tainer, CEO Len Whittal tells Engineering News. The... 

SA conveyors sent to US

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Local materials-handling company Melco has supplied its innovative design of lightweight, heavy-duty roof-slung conveyor structures for installation in various coal-mines in the US. The design of the Melco-Loc structure is such that it is easy to install and requires no bolts, nuts or special... 

Integrated flow of information

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A multimillion-rand information technology project designed to enable Iscor Speciality Steels (ISS) to achieve world-class operational excellence has begun to bring benefits. “To compete in the world market today requires integrated information, and that is what is being delivered by the... 

Tippler bunker lining installed at ovens

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Low-friction glass Flowtiles have been successfully installed by Group Line Projects in the bunker below tippler number 2 located at Iscor Newcastle’s coke ovens. The motivation for the project was twofold: the concrete structure had been severely eroded, exposing the reinforcing bar and... 

New electric chain hoists

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A new series of elec- tric chain hoists, the Kito ER series, with lifting capacities of between 125 kg and 20 t, has been launched by Bellambie Mining & Industrial. “Features of the new series, which has lower headroom than any previous model, include a newly-designed compact, single... 

High-quality label range

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Materials-handling forms an integral part of any manufacturing industry, and effective materials-handling depends on speed, accuracy and cost-effectiveness, reports HP Labelling marketing director Erik Howland. The company designs, manufactures and supplies a range of high-quality labels which... 

Screw-conveyor flighting units

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Helicoid or continuous-screw flighting for the bulk materials-handling industry in South Africa has been manufactured by Bruton Spiralflite since 1972. The screw-conveyor flighting comes in a range of sizes and pitches from 56 mm outside by 16 mm internal diameter to 508 mm outer by 165 mm... 

Electromechanical items manufactured

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A range of motors, drives and alternators which meet stringent quality and safety specifications are manufactured by electromechanical engineering specialist Leroy Somer. The range includes ac motors – single-phase, three-phase, slip-ring, drip-proof, brake motors, vibrating and adapted... 

R60m turnkey contract

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A turnkey contract for materials- handling equipment for a stockyard as part of phase two of the coal reserves utilisation project has been awarded to Krupp Mining & Material Handling by Ingwe Coal Corporation’s Middelburg Mines Services (MMS). The stockyard, with a capacity of 90 000 t,... 

Level switch models

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Two different models of the Prosonic T level switch for non-contact ultrasonic limit detection in liquids and solids is now available from Endress + Hauser. The FTU 230 is able to measure particles from sizes of four millimetres and ranges of up to 2 m in coarse-grained solids and up to 4 m in... 

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... 

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  

Pneumatic conveying system sparkles

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Gauteng company Bateman Materials Handling is at present installing a new Cyclonaire ferrosilicon pneumatic conveying system at the Orapa mine, Botswana, for Debswana Diamond. Worker safety is the main reason for installing this bag-handling, unloading and conveying system which will ensure... 

Priceless car collection hitches a lift

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Materials-handling specialist Avis Rent-A-Forklift has successfully completed the most challenging assignment it has ever faced – unloading and reloading a priceless collection of vintage racing cars. The task involved the utilisation of a variety of forklifts and other specialist equipment... 

Mature handling of telescopics

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The telescopic handling equipment industry has matured into a sophisticated materials-handling industry from its fledgling roots of a few years ago, says SA French director Kim Cottle. He comments that the industry has been recognised as an essential part of materials-handling in the... 

Pneumatic conveying licensee

By: System Author     12th February 1999 LOCAL company Bateman Materials Handling has been appointed as licensee for Southern Africa by Cyclonaire to market its pneumatic conveying and materials-handling systems to the cement, minerals, food and other industries. The range of pneumatic conveying technologies is flexible and reliable and... 

Elevated hoist design

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The new SH-Series from Condra Cranes, of the East Rand, is claimed to represent a new standard in hoists, surpassing many designs on the world market at present. Cleaner, neater, easier to maintain and much more compact than other hoists, the new series is an attempt by Condra to break new ground... 

Flow store test facility well-used

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The flow store test facility supplied by Interbelt has been put to good use over the past six months, the company reports. Its objective is to increase the use of this facility and encourage existing and potential customers to make use of the test rig. Operational functionality can be optimised,... 

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