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Motors, Drives and Mechanical Power Transmission

R20-million contract for paper machine

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R20-million contract for detailed engineering work for Mondi Richards Bay’s paper machine (PM) 2 refurbishment has been awarded to Jaako Poyry Southern Africa (JPSA) of Durban. The company, wholly-owned by Finland’s Jaakko Poyry group, has been operating in South Africa since... 

Study into synfuel protection this year

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The Department of Minerals and Energy will go out to tender later this year to select consultants to study and suggest an appropriate import protection regime for South Africa’s synfuel industry beyond 2000. Protection has been a bone of contention in the industry for some time, with a... 

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... 

SA vehicles to get laser IDs in R2,7m project

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A R2,7-million grant has been awarded to CSIR from the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology’s innovation fund to apply multiple-parts marking to the national car park using laser-marking technology for crime prevention. The project is being undertaken in conjunction with the... 

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... 

Industrial mixer range launched

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A SPECIALIST in the design and manufacture of engineering products and systems, Cape Industrial Trading, has a range of industrial mixers suited for the simplest mixing and blending operations in the food and beverages industry, as well as complex chemical processes. The company’s range of... 

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,... 

R40-million catalyst-plant expansion a hit

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A R40-million expan- sion of the existing Degussa automotive-catalyst plant in Port Elizabeth has been completed in a record six months, in line with increased demand for coated monoliths for export to European, South American and Far Eastern markets. A new company, Degussa Catalyst, was... 

Fuel cell as big as Model T

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The fuel-cell electric vehicle, due to be produced in 2004, has the potential to make as big an impact on the twenty-first century as the Model T did in the twentieth century Ford Environmental & Safety public affairs assistant manager Sara Tatchio tells Engineering News. Motor manufacturers Ford... 

Black parts- maker gets an award

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A YOUNG black-owned vehicle-parts manufacturing company in Port Elizabeth, Yenza Manufacturing, has been awarded an ISO 9002 quality certificate from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This places the company, which was launched two years ago, on a par with the top vehicle component... 

Japan is all set to train local auto-part makers

By: System Author     19th February 1999 South African motor-component manufacturers have “a bright future ahead of them”, and can expect to start winning procurement contracts from especially Eastern automotive manufacturers in the near future. However, cost and management problems will first have to be resolved, point out... 

Coega go-ahead expected ‘before election’

By: System Author     19th February 1999 AN announcement is expected that construction of the Coega or Nquru port and building contracts related to the industrial development zone (IDZ) will begin in the second half of the year, says University of Port Elizabeth economics lecturer Stephen Hosking. Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of... 

Oil-submerged motors

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Specialist in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of motors for special applications, including the Oildrolec range, which consists of three-phase asynchronous motors submerged in hydraulic oil. “Oildrolec motors have been specially designed for direct coupling... 

R750-million vehicle-finance tender won

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The tender to provide R750-million-worth of vehicle finance to national and provincial government employees who qualify for car allowances as part of their remuneration packages has been won by WesBank, Transport Minister Mac Maharaj has an-nounced. The two-year contract, which starts in March,... 

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... 

Domestic gas-monitors to arrive in SA

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Domestic gas-detectors for the monitoring of stray carbon monoxide in light delivery vehicles, which leads to a number of deaths each year, could soon be made available to the South African market, reports Gas Alarm Systems sole proprietor Jim Cope. The company, which specialises in the supply of... 

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... 

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... 

Smooth transmission from innovator

By: System Author     12th February 1999 An infinitely-variable drive stepless transmission has been developed in South Africa which significantly reduces power consumption and smoothes gear changes. Inventor Paget Bellin says the infinitely-variable drive is a wholly-new approach to power transmission. “The mechanism of power... 

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