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State-approved inspection authority stands tall

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Originally selected as one of two contractors to look after all Vodacom towers and masts countrywide, government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Centurion, Gauteng, has been appointed the preferred contractor, and is now the only inspection authority working... 

Mast quality an integral concern

By: System Author     26th March 1999 R22-billion-strong telecom network provider Vodacom employs a Centurion-based inspection authority to inspect the integrity of its masts throughout South Africa. Vodacom property manager Rishaad Tayob reports that, with more than 3 500 base stations throughout the country, the function of... 

African trade opportunities outlined

By: System Author     19th March 1999 For South African businesses, real opportunities exist in Africa, especially in the infrastructure, telecommunications and agro-industrial sectors, Engineering News can today report. “Many infrastructural projects in Africa are funded by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (ADB),... 

Potchefstroom software for nuclear project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A program devel oped by Potchef- stroom University’s School for Mechanical and Materials Engineering, known as Flownet, is playing an important role in South Africa’s pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) project. Developed over the past ten years, the unique code is able to solve... 

Every factory worker also a shareholder

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A Pretoria coating company, Advanced Surface Treatment (AST), is stretching the concept of black empowerment all the way to its shop floor with all its factory staff having a shareholding in the company. The company was formerly owned by Siemens and was bought by a group of predominantly black... 

National facility to focus SA laser sector

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The proposed national laser facility being considered by the government at present will be able to combine the laser forces of South Africa, Optical Energy Systems (OES) business unit manager Bultie Nel tells Engineering News. “Such a laser centre will support industry and promote the... 

300 laser-based alignment instruments in SA

By: System Author     12th March 1999 At present there are at least 300 laser-based instruments for the alignment of rotating shafts installed in South Africa, and most of them are used on a daily basis, reports John Crane Flexibox sales and marketing manager Gordon Stuart. This type of laser instrument is constantly reducing in... 

Enlightened IT listing empowers

By: System Author     12th March 1999 NEWLY-named black-empowerment technology group Ukukhanya, which means enlightenment, is surging towards its listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in May this year. Speaking at the official launch of the group’s new name, Ukukhanya chairperson Lungi Sisulu explained that it represented... 

Ice-cream maker opts for new solution

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Ice-cream manufacturer Ola, part of Unilever South Africa, was the first South African organisation to implement SAP’s solution for the consumer-products industry using the AcceleratedSAP (ASAP) fast-track methodology. The company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of ice-cream in South... 

Sale for electronic giant

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Electronics giant Altech has announced the sale of its 50% shareholding in African Defence Systems (ADS) to Thomson-CSF, the French-based leader in defence electronics. The multimillion-rand deal for the change of ownership took place on February 19 this year, and gives Thomson-CSF sole ownership... 

Local pigments-maker turns to IT

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a move to streamline production and management processes, and thus boost profitability at its Kwazulu-Natal-based plant, pigments manufacturer Tioxide has turned to information technology for a solution. In a multimillion-rand deal, it has selected an object-orientated business process... 

R300m GSM network extension completed

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A R300-million extension contract for South Africa’s largest global systems mobile (GSM) operator, Vodacom, has been completed by Alcatel Altech Telecoms. This contract included the delivery of Evolium GSM base stations, micro base stations, base station controllers and the associated... 

South Africa in Skybridge bid

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A TOP South African telecommunications, electronics and information-technology company is bidding for the supply of equipment worth R1-billion for a global broadband communications network based on a swarm of satellites, Engineering News can today report. The network will comprise no fewer than... 

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... 

Battle data enhanced

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In modern warfare, the volume of data generated is so great that humans can no longer assimilate it without the help of sophisticated machines. “This has spurred the introduction of computers to the battlefield, initially in the form of embedded processors such as radar and fire-control... 

SA–Spanish power agreement

By: System Author     5th March 1999 SOUTH Africa’s national electricity company, Eskom, has signed a framework agreement for co-operation with Spanish electrical utility company Union Fenosa, Engineering News can today report. “The agreement we have signed with Eskom is a very open framework agreement, which provides... 

Hi-tech for stock exchange

By: System Author     5th March 1999 THE information technology (IT) subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed financial services company Peregrine Holdings, Peregrine Systems, has won a contract to install Hermes, its electronic share-trading system, at stock-broking firm Standard Equities, edging out stiff competition... 

Re-engineered Cad product available soon

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The updated version of IBM’s Catia system, version 5, is a re-engineered, next-generation computer-aided design (Cad), manufacturing and engineering solution where the customer gets a platform-independent solution that tackles the needs of any size company and across the extended... 

Cad/Cam aids conceptual idea generation

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Computer-aided design (Cad) and manufacture (Cam) allow traceability of a development process, the generation of conceptual ideas and provide data to manufacturing partners for the manufacture of prototypes and for serial production of products in quantities, Delkon MD Johan Delport tells... 

In-motion weighing system accredited

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Assized accreditation for use in trade, in . terms of the Trade Metrology Act 77 of 1973, has been awarded to the Datarail 100, an in-motion weighing system which was developed and produced by Kya Sand company SA Automation. This status was acquired in November 1998 and effectively permits the... 

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... 

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.... 

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.... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

‘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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