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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... 

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... 

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... 

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  

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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,... 

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 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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Call for crane supplier, user body

By: System Author     5th February 1999 APPLICATIONS for duty to be imposed on mobile cranes has highlighted the need for the formation of a representative body among crane suppliers and users. Camec director Rob Howard, who is driving the initiative to establish such a body, says that recent applications for duty on mobile cranes are... 

Conclusion of R40m project

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A R40-million 18-month contract which started in October 1997 is approaching completion. The contract is being undertaken by Basil Read Contracting Cape Town in a joint venture with Haw and Inglis. Works included the construction of about 1,1 km of dual carriageway airport approach road... 

Concrete road design methods reviewed 

By: System Author     5th February 1999 In order to make the use of concrete competitive in the construction of all types of roads, the Cement & Concrete Institute is in the process of reviewing the design methods for concrete roads, technical manager Bryan Perrie tells Engineering News. At present the South African market for road... 

Housing and transport go hand-in-hand

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Housing developments, the provision of infrastructure and transport needs will have to be planned together if the full potential of development initiatives is to be realised, Department of Transport director general Dipak Patel tells Engineering News. He explains, that in the planning of low-cost... 

Long-awaited ‘African’ truck rolls off the line

By: System Author     5th February 1999 The long-awaited ‘African’ truck has begun rolling off the assembly line. Engineering News can today report that Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has begun production of its MB 800. The new truck has a 4,5 t payload, and its chassis and powerplant will also be used for the... 

R19m N3 upgrade

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A SECTION of the N3 between the Modderfontein and Buccleuch interchanges in Gauteng is being upgraded by Stocks Roads in a R19-million contract. In terms of the project, Stocks Roads – a division of Stocks Civil Engineering – will apply some of the latest and most advanced materials,... 

R50m airbase rehab project runs smoothly

By: System Author     5th February 1999 With the completion in October last year of a R50-million rehabilitation project at Waterkloof Airbase in Pretoria, Stocks Infra is entrenching itself as a specialist in multidisciplinary projects in the commercially sensitive area of airport infrastructure, reports director Anthony Hanks. He... 

SA rail-freight services repositioned

By: System Author     5th February 1999 Rail operator Spoornet is in the process of repositioning its freight rail services to align them with the needs of the customer, GM strategic marketing Herman Evert tells Engineering News. He explains that this means that there will, in all probability, be no large infrastructure developments... 

Tenders invited for rail coaches

By: System Author     5th February 1999 In the third of four tenders aimed at upgrading South Africa’s rolling stock, the South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) is inviting tenders for the upgrading of 88 coaches stationed in Cape Town. Upgrading the 22 chopper-controlled motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches will include... 

Fourth agency launched

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The launch of the Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) fourth agency is a milestone for civil aviation in South Africa, said Transport Minister Mac Maharaj. In April last year three agencies were created out of the restructured DoT to run as independent, statutory authorities operating... 

Leader of 7 800

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Full name: Jo Grov 

New HQ completed

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE high-pressure tight-deadline contract for the building of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) new high-profile headquarters at Johannesburg International Airport has been completed by Protekon Building Services in conjunction with other consultants. The work involved the alteration of... 

Public-private partnerships

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 THE Beitbridge-to-Bulawayo railway line in Zimbabwe and the Phakisa International raceway in Welkom are two public-private partnerships in which V3 Consulting Engineers has been involved. The concession for Zimbabwe’s first railway line to be financed through a build, operate and transfer... 

New training scheme for air force appies

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 The South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) School of Logistics Training (SLT) has introduced a new training system based on that developed by the Swiss Pilatus company, manufacturer of the SAAF’s PC-7 Mark II Astra basic training aircraft. “We needed a training system which... 

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