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Trucks make way for exhaust plant

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Eastern Cape vehicle manufacturer Delta Motor Corporation has recommitted itself to local truck assembly following a R9-million relocation of its truck-building plant from Markam Township to Kempston Road in Port Elizabeth. The move, the company claims, is integral to its drive to become the... 

R953-million budgeted for roads upkeep

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) has budgeted R953,5-million this year for road maintenance, rehabilitation and new roads, Sanra CEO Nazir Alli tells Engineering News. Of that sum R503,5-million will be spent on maintenance, with R285,7-million on road rehabilitation and... 

SA firm pulls its weight in Bangladesh

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In a welcome boost for South Africa’s export market, crane safety and traffic centre management company Pietzch Automatieserungstechnik (PAT) has secured the R1,2-million contract to build a weigh-in-motion facility for the newly-constructed Bangabundhu bridge, the world’s eleventh... 

Majuba conveyor feasible

By: System Author     26th February 1999 STUDIES to date have shown that the transportation of coal by rail or conveyor to Majuba power station near Volksrust in Mpumalanga will definitely be economically feasible, provided the volume of coal transported is large enough. Due to lower-than-expected growth in electricity demand, the... 

Final dust-control contract completed

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THE second and final dust-control contract for the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council’s multimillion-rand ‘Jo-Gro’ compost-production project at Olifantsfontein, south of the city, has been completed by Air Cleaning Equipment of Springs. Worth a total of R2,3-million, the... 

R50-million station project a boon

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE R50-million Katlehong station project is certainly living up to its promise of delivering real empowerment to emerging contractors and local workers. The project is being undertaken by Intersite Property Management Services on behalf of the SA Rail Commuter Corporation (Sarcc), while the... 

Toll-road company scores Asian contracts

By: System Author     19th February 1999 TOLL-road company Intertoll has secured two new contracts in Asia, reports Group Five CEO Mike Lomas. In India and Bangladesh, these contracts are further confirmation of Intertoll’s successful entry into the highly-competitive toll-road operation market. In India, the company has secured a... 

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... 

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... 

Used-truck scheme to crack tough market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a market dogged by overtrading, high interest rates and uncertain new legislation, truck manufacturer MAN has taken the bull by the horns and introduced a used-truck programme with its own backing, and aftersales support provided by its national dealer network. Speaking at the official launch... 

R1,5m cable-replacement contract won

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In a contract valued at R1,5-million, Robins Engineering is replacing a 4,5-km-long 88 kV high-voltage power cable between the Sans Souci and Ridge substations in Parktown, Johannesburg. The contract calls for the excavation of 1,5-m- deep trenches, laying the cable, which is supplied by African... 

Durban airport tenders expected by April

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Durban International Airport is to undergo a five-year restructuring programme pending a provincial-level decision on a R1,1-billion financial package for the proposed relocation of the airport to La Mercy. This is the word from Durban International Airport GM Siva Pillay, who tells Engineering... 

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... 

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... 

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  

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

Critical need conveyed for export focus

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Conveyor manufacturers need to look seriously at the export market if they want to survive in the continually shrinking local market, Conveyor Manufacturers Association (CMA) chairperson Alan Exton tells Engineering News. The main reasons cited for this are the lack of local projects coupled with... 

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... 

‘Live’ materials-handling exhibit

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The nuts and bolts are being slotted into place for what is expected to be the largest ‘live’ exhibit of materials-handling and conveyor products ever erected in South Africa. Cost Time Resource’s Brian Rogers has been appointed project co-ordinator of this integrated operation,... 

Contract ends at expanded aluminium plant

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Gauteng company Marathon Materials Handling (MMH) completed its portion of a R40-million contract for the supply of materials-handling systems for the R2,4-billion Hulett Aluminium Maritzburg plant’s advanced aluminium rolled products expansion in November. The company was subcontracted by... 

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... 

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 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... 

Integrated flow of information

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A multimillion-rand information technology project designed to enable Iscor Speciality Steels (ISS) to achieve world-class operational excellence has begun to bring benefits. “To compete in the world market today requires integrated information, and that is what is being delivered by the... 

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... 

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... 

High-quality label range

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Materials-handling forms an integral part of any manufacturing industry, and effective materials-handling depends on speed, accuracy and cost-effectiveness, reports HP Labelling marketing director Erik Howland. The company designs, manufactures and supplies a range of high-quality labels which... 

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... 

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... 

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,... 

Level switch models

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Two different models of the Prosonic T level switch for non-contact ultrasonic limit detection in liquids and solids is now available from Endress + Hauser. The FTU 230 is able to measure particles from sizes of four millimetres and ranges of up to 2 m in coarse-grained solids and up to 4 m in... 

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... 

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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