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Updated version of remote tank-monitoring system released

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A Johannesburg instrumentation company has launched an updated version of its remote tank-monitoring system, comprising changes in its software-based features. N&Z Instrumentation divisional manager Mark Heilbrunn states that its new Datascan remote telemetry unit (RTU) has added features that... 

Mill products software solution developed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 South Africa’s metals, forest products and textiles industries have been leading the way for their sectors globally in the enterprise software market. They have been working with world enterprise company SAP to further develop SAP’s core enterprise solution, R/3, making it more... 

Broadening the scope of Cad package use

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The challenge that computer-aided design (Cad) company IMSI faces is to change the notion that Cad packages are for professionals alone. Therefore, it has introduced the Turbocad range, which offers three variations – professional, standard and designer, reveals GM John Rundle. The three... 

Participation required in environment studies

By: System Author     5th March 1999 It is required by law that any company in South Africa which undertakes an environmental impact assessment (EIA) or commissions an environmental management programme report (EMPR) must employ an independent public participation practitioner. “The Department of Environmental Affairs and... 

Acid-plant contract completed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A BIG electrical and instrumentation contract for the NCP Isipingo tartaric malic acid plant has been completed by B&W Electrical, of Alberton, Gauteng. The company was called upon to supply and install the new distribution, low-voltage distribution, instrumentation and lighting and small power.... 

R94-million roll-out for innovation drive

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Funding to the value of R93,6-million will be provided by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (Dacst) to local innovators over the next three years. Dacst chief economist Johan Neethling tells Engineering News that the 19 projects funded by the department at present are mostly... 

Local government the key to development

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Local governments hold the key to development in South Africa, Provincial Affairs and Constitutional Development Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa said at a conference that included industry specialists from around the world, and local representatives from local and municipal government. Moosa was... 

Dolphin Coast takes lead in private water

By: System Author     26th February 1999 French water, sanitation and electricity services company Saur is on schedule with its R1-billion 30-year contract to supply water and sanitation services to the borough of the Dolphin Coast, the greater Ballito Bay area, in Kwazulu-Natal. Dolphin Coast is the first of two pilot projects –... 

Modderfontein complex faces renaissance

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A PRIME slice of real estate in the heart of Gauteng, development in Modderfontein – an explosives and chemical manufacturing complex – has resulted in development taking place around it rather than absorbing the area into the urban fabric. This is no longer the case, since more land... 

Big leisure complex plan for west coast

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Proposals are being invited for a public–private partnership to develop an estimated R50-million to R90-million hotel and resort-type complex in Langebaan on the West Coast. The 3 ha site fronting the Langebaan lagoon comprises the grounds of the demolished Langebaan Lodge, belonging to the... 

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... 

R9m hi-tech upgrade

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A new monobloc computer nume- ric-controlled deep-drawing press with automatic sheet lubrication and loading has been installed at City Metal Products in Mobeni, Durban, following an investment of more than R9-million in this hi-tech production equipment. The new machine enables the company to... 

Mark Hill Microsoft Southern Africa

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Full name: Mark Jeffery Hill Position: MD Microsoft Southern Africa Main activity of the company: Software development Date and place of birth: June 18, 1964, Vereeniging, Gauteng Education: BSc Computer Science, MSc Engineering, Witwatersrand University, 1987 First job: Electrician’s... 

Revamped line bolsters coil production

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The introduction of innovative production- line techniques by Carrier subsidiary Recam International has resulted in a dramatic increase in productivity at its Johannesburg plant. The responsibility of implementing these changes lies with Recam manufacturing director Yves Provost, whose... 

Internal barriers hinder performance

By: System Author     26th February 1999 By breaking down internal barriers and involving the entire workforce in identifying and resolving work-related problems, South African industries can improve performance and become world-class manufacturers, Association for Small Group Activities (Asga) CEO Peter Evans tells Engineering News.... 

Pigment-free paint

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE phenomenon that makes butterflies beautiful may soon be exploited to make pigment-free paints and high-visibility displays. For years, scientists have known that the colourful patterns on butterflies’ wings are created by a combination of multilayer interference, light scattering and... 

Lubricant firm will release R&D results

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Pretoria company Lubrioil is going public with the results of nine years of research and development. The company develops problem-solving products in lubrication, chemicals and coatings for specific applications in light and heavy industries. It is in the process of launching a high-profile... 

Draglines use new open gear lubrication

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A new product from Johannesburg company Lubritene has proved so successful that the main lubrication systems on 12 of the 33 draglines in South Africa have already been converted to using the Lubrene Multi Serv open gear lubrication (OGL) system. The company provides the full scope of lubricant... 

Web-user survey highlights importance of Internet as business tool

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE Internet is fast becoming a valuable business tool and, according to the South African Web-User Survey, it is estimated that 43% of Web users surveyed have already made a purchase on the Internet, and that 89% intend to so in the near future. In line with this trend, Billcad Holdings, a... 

SA cell network plans R1bn ’99 capex

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Cellular-phone operator MTN is to spend more than R1,2-billion this year as part of its drive to increase capacity and improve its quality of coverage. This investment follows hot on the heels of a previous R1-billion investment which began in June last year, and which is due to be wrapped up by... 

Fast-track second licence for fixed-line operator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE issuing of a licence for South Africa’s second fixed-line telecom operator should be seen as a matter of urgency, Transtel chief executive Alf Schulze tells Engineering News. Transtel is the telecom business unit of Transnet. “The government needs to fast-track the process of... 

R50-million payphone-security system contract

By: System Author     19th February 1999 IN a contract worth R50-million to date, Nanoteq has completed the 100 000th TIM-Plus implementation at Telkom, providing enhanced security for card-based payphones. A number of international companies have expressed interest in the technology, including Siemens and Schlumberger. In 1992, Telkom... 

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... 

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... 

Automated goods flow

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A highly-automated flow of goods, cash and information through the entire supply chain is a prerequisite for success in today’s business environment, reports SAP Southern African logistics product manager Simon Carpenter. Studies by the Gartner Group in June 1997 show organisations spend up... 

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... 

R75-million on offer for innovation drive

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology’s (Dacst’s) innovation fund is entering its third year of existence with a total of R75-million available for the 1999–2000 financial year to attract large innovative multidisciplinary projects. Dacst deputy... 

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... 

R108m toll-road contract a ‘driveaway’ success

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The last section of the lower Kwazulu-Natal south coast’s toll-road system from Hibberdene to the existing toll-road at Umtentweni opened as expected on December 6 last year, just in time for the heavy holiday traffic. This R108-million third and final contract in an overall R231-million... 

R3m oxygen plant fuels drive into Africa

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Achieving success with the establish- ment of an on-site oxygen-manufacturing plant at the Blanket gold-mine, owned by Kinross of Canada, near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, only seven months after its establishment, Messer Fedgas sister company Messer Zimbabwe is creating a springboard for the company to... 

Portable remote comms device

By: System Author     12th February 1999 AN inexpensive, easy-to-use handheld device which uses cellular technology for mobile communication has been developed in South Africa by Accord R&D, a subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Accord Technologies. The robust device can be adapted to suit a myriad of applications in any... 

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... 

Virtual private network on offer in S Africa

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Costing an initial R50-million, Telkom’s ‘intelligent network’ (IN), which allows the company to offer virtual private network (VPN) services to corporate clients, is beginning to bear fruit. “I must stress that our VPN is a voice-based, person-to-person service including... 

Modelling software upgrade gives big boost to engineers

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Adding a new dimension to engineering and industrial design, engineering-software leader Bentley Systems, of America, has further refined and developed its modelling software, Bentley Africa MD Keith Schorah tells Engineering News. The MicroStation/J is the latest advance by the company in... 

New conveyor program

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The development of a new version of Helix delta-T conveyor-design program has been completed by Helix Technologies. The new program, which is the fourth generation of conveyor-design software developed by the company, has many new functions and is aimed at professionals who require an in-depth... 

‘Smart’ Cad leads hi-tech quest for increasing productivity

By: System Author     12th February 1999 ECONOMIC pressures demand that South African companies which rely on computer-aided design (Cad) use sophisticated hi-tech solutions to boost productivity and gain a competitive advantage locally and globally. “Cad has been well accepted and integrated into the marketplace,” says... 

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... 

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