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SAP offering software tools that analyse product data, context to accelerate design

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2014 Enterprise resource planning giant SAP is offering customers software tools that analyse product data and context to enable the rapid design of products and solutions, thereby significantly improving responsiveness and innovation. The tools are based on the rapid prototyping and solution... 

Detailed industrial engineering training materials available

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2014 Master engineer and engineering consultant Bert Chapman has created an educational disc of engineering training materials based on real engineering problems, including their solutions, for engineers entering industry. The disc covers more than 35 electrical, mechanical and thermal engineering... 

Pneumatics system upgraded for hail testing 

     17th October 2014 Industrial automation and control company Festo recently assisted statutory body South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) – whose testing activities include a wide range of testing, calibration and inspection – to automate its hail gun for testing solar panels against hail damage. 

Pneumatics system upgraded  for hail testing
ENHANCED HAIL GUN A pneumatic vacuum generator was used to suck an iceball through a barrel canister

Engineering design seen as critical to SA future competitiveness 

By: Schalk Burger     10th October 2014 South Africa must improve its engineering-design capabilities to compete in a globalised world. The importance of product life-cycle design and the impact of design on all phases of production, supply chain logistics, use, support, decommissioning and redevelopment mean that good design can... 

   Engineering design seen as critical to SA future competitiveness
SOLAR CAR The University of Johannesburg Solar Car was designed using the ProductOne Creo design program

Health and safety regulations boost strip curtain sales

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 Modderfontein-based Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has announced that all its products earmarked for use in the food and beverage industry are now compliant with the latest international food safety system. 

Health and safety  regulations boost strip  curtain sales
IMPROVING SAFETY Strip curtains can assist with safety, health, environment and quality compliance in industrial applications

Computing platforms powering critical industrial, mining systems

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2014 A computing platform to ensure the availability of critical processes and control systems is receiving increased attention in South Africa to ensure that the software driving new industrial systems, including automated and robotic processes, functions continuously, says industrial systems... 

Computing platforms powering critical industrial, mining systems
BRENDAN WIDLAKE Stratus fault-tolerant servers ensure continuous availability of operational systems in critical processes

Pretoria to host engineering asset management congress next month

By: Schalk Burger     5th September 2014 The ninth World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM) will be held at the International Convention Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, in Pretoria, from October 28 to 31 and will explore complementary disciplines that constitute the body of knowledge on engineering... 

Intelligent sensor networks integrate with legacy industrial systems

By: Schalk Burger     29th August 2014 The ability to use a smart sensor concentrator to create a centralised, smart sensor network in factories, plants, mines and remote sites means that older legacy industrial control systems can be integrated and leveraged as a low-cost step towards fully smart industrial control systems. The smart... 

New product range grows company market share

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Environmental solutions provider I-Cat has increased its market share and strengthened relations with its existing client base since acquiring the local agency of fire suppression solutions provider Firetrace International and becoming the official Southern African distributor of the... 

Company expands fire protection services

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 JSE-listed electronics group Jasco is expanding its fire-detection and fire-suppression market reach in South Africa, says Jasco fire-protection head and founder of former fire-protection solutions provider Firecare Tony Balanco. Balanco tells Engineering News that the expansion started with the... 

Fire protection workshops for professionals a success

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Cape Town-based fire-protection technology provider DoseTech last month hosted its third four-day course, the 2014 storage tank and associated facilities fire hazard management workshop, at coal miner Sasol Mining’s Secunda fire training centre, in Mpumalanga. DoseTech MD Michael Feldon tells... 

Fire protection workshops for professionals a success
TRAINING DoseTech offers extensive training on fire protection

Company integrates security and fire protection systems

By: Pimani Baloyi     22nd August 2014 Fire-protection solutions provider, Tyco, provides fire-protection products that are integrated into a building’s security management systems, states Tyco integrated fire & security South Africa sales leader Cedric Greeves. He tells Engineering News that the local branch of the global company,... 

Company integrates security and fire protection systems
CEDRIC GREEVES Tyco provides fire-detection extinguishing systems that are integrated into the security system of buildings

Efforts under way to revitalise tool, die and mouldmaking in SA

By: Schalk Burger     15th August 2014 The South African tool, die and mouldmaking (TDM) industry is being revitalised to locally produce the tools, dies, moulds and fixtures required by the manufacturing sector. Local TDM capability is key to enable the manufacturing industry to remain competitive, says Toolmaking Association of... 

Efforts under way to revitalise tool, die and mouldmaking in SA
HENK SNYMAN TDM supports broader industrial activity that has a multiplier-effect on the potential to beneficiate raw materials in many industries

Enterprise content management improves performance of Belgian railways

By: Schalk Burger     25th July 2014 State-owned Belgian Railways has been implementing an enterprise content management system to improve its performance and the cost efficiency of its operations, says Belgian Railways project manager Stephane Haelterman. The company manages the transport of 200-million people and 60-million tons a... 

Robust industrial platforms, software help improve productivity

By: Schalk Burger     20th June 2014 Reliable mobile industrial equipment, networks and software improve the productivity of industrial workers and the performance of companies, says industrial equipment company Honeywell Scanning and Mobility Europe, Middle East and Africa market development manager Enzo Capobianco. Although... 

Automation innovations to be showcased at Hanover industrial fair

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 Industrial automation giant Festo has been displaying some of the its ongoing research projects and latest automation developments and products at the Hannover industrial fair from April 7 to 11, as part of its Integrated Automation – The Next Steps theme. The research projects and products... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV will start detail design of the... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation

'Personal engagement'by managers key to mitigating project delays, says Kusile power station project GM 

By: Schalk Burger     7th March 2014 A structured approach, wherein managers personally engage at each level of the project, is necessary to mitigate delays to the workflow on mega construction projects, says State-owned Eskom Kusile power station projects GM Abram Masango. The 4 800 MW Kusile power station, being built in... 

      'Personal engagement'by managers key to mitigating project delays, says Kusile power station project GM
Kusile GM Abram Masango discusses management of the 4 800 MW power plant being constructed. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Sentiment analysis can offer early warning of brands at risk

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 Using text analytics and social media analytics programs for sentiment analysis can help companies identify risks to their brands early, as well as perceptions of their products and potential target markets, says analytics consulting company Olrac SPS South Africa senior technical consultant Klay... 

Accreditation scheme held up as way of ensuring safety compliance

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 A safety control system uses cards to ensure that contract workers have completed safety induction programmes so that those who access a company’s or a client’s work sites are aware of the risks, says UK safety access management subsidiary Safety Pass Alliance South Africa (SPA (SA)) MD Gavin... 

Automation system offers brewery real-time processing visibility

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2014 Beer giant SAB uses a flexible industrial control system at its Alrode Brewery, in Alberton, to ensure it maintains the quality of the different brands, despite differences in their ingredients, brewing and maturation, says SAB Alrode Brewery systems manager Grant Wolff. SAB has made significant... 

ASME stands ready to support South Africa in meeting world nuclear standards

By: Keith Campbell     22nd November 2013 Renowned international engineering cooperative, educational and training, research, outreach and codes and standards development organisation ASME (originally the American Society for Mechanical Engineers, founded in 1880) is ready to help South Africa develop its nuclear industry. “We have... 

Insurance underwriters can help car manufacturers deliver extended warranties 

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2013 Insurance underwriting managers can help automotive manufacturers to provide extended factory warranties on vehicles to gain and retain market share with little or no increase in vehicle costs and without increasing financial risks, says vehicle insurer Innovation Group assistant executive Trevor... 

ECSA’s engineer registration aimed at improving quality 

By: Schalk Burger     1st November 2013 The drive to have all engineers registered under the statutory body Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is aimed at improving the quality of the engineering profession in the country and providing competency assurance, says ECSA president Cyril Gamede. The council requires engineers to... 

Time-in-state metric can improve production processed, equipment efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2013 A time-in-state metric (TISM) enables continuous evaluation of process and equipment condition against an ideal condition or baseline. TISM provides early warning of deteriorating operating and equipment conditions that may impact operational efficiency, says operational risk management company... 

Robotics changing automatic sensing, sorting and quality inspection in SA

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2013 The use of robotics in South Africa will increase as industrial systems can be integrated to provide business-wide real-time production and quality information and control, says industrial automation company Omron South Africa national projects manager Jacques Labuschagne. South African industry... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 To redress the negative perceptions of thermal spraying in some market sectors in Africa and to increase the awareness of its uses, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) will bolster the position of thermal spraying through its newly launched Thermal Spray Association of Southern... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry
THERMAL SPRAYING The primary objective of the Thermal Spray Association of South Africa is to implement existing internationally-accepted standards in the industry

R12m laboratory to assist welding industry  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2013 The newly launched Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) laboratory will test and evaluate the quality of welds, while the technology centre will assist in improving the quality of welding in South Africa. The R12-million metallurgical testing laboratory, officially launched in July at the... 

R12m laboratory to  assist welding industry
Southern African Institute of Welding discusses the significance of its newly launched metallurgical testing laboratory.

Lab undertakes work to improve quality of welding

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has undertaken about 40 testing and evaluation jobs at its R12-million metallurgical testing laboratory, based at its head office in City West, Johannesburg, since the lab opened in late April. 

NCCA appoints additional compliance auditor

By: Chantelle Kotze     30th August 2013 Outsourced services provider Servest Group was appointed by the National Contract Cleaners Association (NCCA) last month as one of the parties who will conduct yearly compliance audits for NCCA member companies over the next two years. 

NCCA appoints additional compliance auditor
Photo by Reuters
FACING CHALLENGES The major challenge influencing the industrial cleaning sector in South Africa is the unpredictable economic situation (Source: Reuters)

Company helps retailers trace produce

By: David Oliveira     23rd August 2013 The difficulty of tracing a product is, owing to incorrect serialisation and infrastructure, one of the biggest challenges in the retail industry, says systems integrator and supply chain, identification and mobility solutions provider Zetes. “This can have life-threatening consequences, as in... 

Babcock power generation unit receives integrated certification

By: Samantha Herbst     9th August 2013 The Africa branch of engineering support services provider Babcock has been awarded an integrated management systems certification by independent auditing and certification body authority DQS South Africa for its power generation business unit, Ntuthuko Generation. Babcock met the criteria for... 

Babcock power generation unit receives integrated certification
THREE-IN-ONE ACCREDITATIONFrom left: Babcock SHEQ GM Mpho Matshane, Babcock Engineering MD Cecil Oates, DQS South Africa MD Francois Labuschagne and Babcock Africa group risk manager Koos Cornelissen at the handover ceremony

MV seminar introduces new trends to KZN motor industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th July 2013 Improving the efficiency and long-term reliability of motors will continue to be the focus of motor manufacturers worldwide, says electrical equipment supplier Zest WEG Group Durban branch manager Taylor Milan, at the company’s medium-voltage (MV) motor seminar last month, in Durban. 

Monitor manufacturer reports fall in faults after local-assembly transition

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2013 South African display manufacturer PVision has reduced manufacturing faults, defects and returns of products, owing to the local assembly of its display and monitor products, says PVision Director David Ross. “We have reduced switch-on faults dramatically and have almost eliminated manufacturing... 

Power management group places services at heart of African offering

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2013 Diversified power management company Eaton Electric is focusing on developing its market share in South Africa and Africa by backing up its product offering with engineering and support services. Eaton Electric marketing manager Mark Strydom notes that the contribution from services to sales... 

Technical services provider launches SA crash-scene investigation course

By: Samantha Herbst     5th April 2013 Testing, certification, training and inspection service provider TÜV Rheinland South Africa has launched a crash-scene investigation course – the latest in its mobility division product offering – in collaboration with Northwestern University, in Illinois, which offers specialist knowledge on... 

Reactor operators do not make good project managers, UK firm cautions

By: Keith Campbell     5th April 2013 UK-based international project management, engineering and consultancy group Amec (which can trace its history back to 1848) has warned that designing and building nuclear power plants (NPPs) is a very different thing to owning and operating them. “What you need for a nuclear build programme is... 

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