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Gold mining operations need to transform into 'mines of the future' 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2017 Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland believes it is time for current gold mining operations to “fundamentally transform” into “mines of the future" in order to prosper. Speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) School of Mining Engineering’s celebration of 120 years of service, on... 

Find a multitude of industrial technology solutions at KITE 2017

     22nd March 2017 There are a number of common denominators for any manufacturing business when considering the sustainability and profitability of their operation and jargon like ‘just in time (JIT)’, ‘continuous workflow’ and ‘waste reduction’ is commonly used when referring to lean manufacturing processes.... 

How engineers are revolutionising the automotive industry: five major trends

     20th March 2017 Find out which new major trends are shaping the automotive industry. 

AI seen improving the productive capacity of skilled workers

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation mean that technologies will be used to manage many of standard activities and improve the productive capacity of skilled workers, says international consultancy KPMG South Africa technology sector leader Frank Rizzo. Knowledge workers are... 

Automation company focuses on energy efficiency

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Drive and automation technology company SEW-Eurodrive has standardised all its equipment to be more energy efficient as of the first of this month to cater for various industries’ demand for energy efficient equipment. The helical-bevel K19 and K29 series gearboxes are the first of such... 

Automation products on display at event

     17th March 2017 Industrial product supplier Magnet’s stand at the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference and exhibition, taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29, will highlight the company’s Carlo Gavazzi automation products portfolio.  

Partnership aims to build 25 fly farms a year

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 Austria-based engineering group Christof Industries has partnered with waste-to-nutrient company AgriProtein to build up to 25 fly farms a year. AgriProtein rears fly larvae (on an industrial scale) on organic waste and harvests the larvae to make natural, high-protein animal feed products.  

Power products on display at Solar Show Africa

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Global electronics company Omron Electronics will showcase its power-monitoring, power-management and energy-saving products at the Solar Show Africa 2017 – which runs alongside the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29.... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     16th March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

39% of South Africans interested in self-driving cars – Deloitte

By: Irma Venter     14th March 2017 South Africans are divided on who they trust the most to bring self-driving technology to market, with half of consumers preferring tech companies and the other half choosing traditional car manufacturers, reveals the Deloitte Global Automotive Consumer Study, released in South Africa on Tuesday.... 

Die-caster prepared for next growth cycle in industry

     10th March 2017 An increasing number of car parts such as engine blocks or structural parts are being manufactured from aluminum using high-pressure die casting, says die-casting technology supplier Bühler Die-Casting. 

Off-grid solutions attractive proposition for private-sector investors

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 Small-scale off-grid electricity solutions may be the best method to help reduce the electricity deficit in Africa, argued global power and automation group ABB senior VP and ABB Africa director Tobias Becker during a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba, which took place in Johannesburg... 

Slurry Kiln 9 project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     10th March 2017 The project involves the construction of a one-million-tonne-a-year clinker production line. 

Software provider renews refinery service agreement

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Process and operations control management specialist BluESP has renewed its yearly service agreement with a local refinery following the client’s decision to maintain its relationship with the company to ensure that the benefits achieved using BluESP’s advance process control (APC) technology... 

ELB and Haver & Boecker signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

     8th March 2017 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Haver & Boecker OHG (HB), from Oelde Germany, which will allow ELB to provide a broader service to its existing and future clients in the Sub Saharan African region. Haver &... 

Big River Steel officially opens North America’s latest steel complex

     6th March 2017 On March 1, 2017, the American steel producer Big River Steel (BRS) officially opened its new steelmaking plant in Osceola in the U.S. State of Arkansas. Numerous guests from the steel industry, politics and economy attended the grand opening, among them Asa Hutchinson, Governor of the State of... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     3rd March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     3rd March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

Band-It flourishes in SA market due to novel applications and products

     3rd March 2017 The South African market continues to have unique applications for stainless steel band, buckle systems, preformed clamps, and cable tie products from Band-It, which means it continues to be an important growth area for the international OEM. Visiting local Band-It distributor, Banding &... 

Hoa Sen Group continues to trust in reversing cold mill technology from SMS group

     3rd March 2017 Vietnamese cold strip producer Hoa Sen Group has awarded the Indian joint venture partner of SMS group (www.sms-group.com), Esmech Equipment Pvt. Ltd., the order for the full-line supply of a second twin-stand reversing cold mill. The mill of the CCM® type (Compact Cold Mill) will be set up at... 

Automation a game changer in fourth industrial revolution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Automation in the steel industry is one of the top ten game-changers of the fourth industrial revolution, says South African capital equipment and cutting consumables distributor First Cut MD Andrew Poole.  

Automation, use of intelligent cameras key trends in high-tech security

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2017 Intelligent cameras that detect and track intruders, the automation of control room systems that enable guards to be more proactive and growing rental demand are some of the key trends within the security industry, says integrated security multinational G4S South Africa technology director Tim... 

Modernisation allows for entry into new markets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Among various projects planned for this year, metallurgic processing plant supplier SMS group says it will continue to promote new installations of small unit modernisation plants for steelmaking and rolling, to supply local construction industry markets with steel.  

Big River Steel officially opens North America’s latest steel complex

     2nd March 2017 On March 1, 2017, the American steel producer Big River Steel officially opened its new steelmaking plant in Osceola in the U.S. State of Arkansas. Numerous guests from the steel industry, politics and economy attended the grand opening, among them Asa Hutchinson, Governor of the State of... 

Audit International - New Software from CaseWare Set to Revolutionise Auditing across Africa

     28th February 2017 CaseWare Africa, an Adapt IT company, has announced the launch of Audit International, an innovative software solution that automates the entire audit process. Theuns Holtshousen, Divisional Business Leader: Africa at CaseWare Africa, says that Audit International has several unique features that... 

Reimagine Work by Reimagining Business

     27th February 2017 When you want to know the future, acknowledge the past. As citizens of a rapidly accelerated world, we are seduced by the idea that our situation is unique. In many ways it is - not the least how the workplace is changing. But change in the workplace itself is not new, nor is the regression... 

Embrace automation to stay ahead, advises Omron

By: Kim Cloete     27th February 2017 South African companies will increasingly need to embrace automation and rapidly expanding technologies to maintain their global competitiveness, says Omron Electronics Country GM Victor Marques. “The world is moving fast in this direction and developing countries like South Africa will need to... 

Industrial automation firm to host two-day ‘automation university’ in May

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Industrial automation and information company Rockwell Automation will host a comprehensive two-day training programme – its Automation University – at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng, from May 17 to 18.  

New VSDs in high demand

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Following the launch of its Movitrac LTP B HVAC, or heating ventilation and air-conditioning, variable-speed drives (VSDs) last year, automation manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive says the demand from the HVAC industry has been high. 

Partnership aims to catalyse digitalisation within power utilities

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An agreement to jointly develop solutions to accelerate the digitalisation of planning, design, and operations for power utilities and industrial power customers has been agreed upon by electrification, automation and digitalisation technologies company Siemens, and architecture and engineering... 

ABB Wins $70 Million in Equipment Orders to Expand European Rail Fleets

     22nd February 2017 ABB traction technologies to provide more reliable, energy-efficient trains for rail operators in Switzerland, Sweden and Hungary. ABB has won orders worth $70 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler to supply state-of-the-art traction and onboard power equipment to three European rail... 

Bagfas calcium ammonium nitrate plant revamp project, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 Bagfas Bandirma Gubre Fabrikalari AS has awarded SNC-Lavalin the contract to revamp the plant. 

Emirates Global Aluminium orders seventh Hertwich batch homogenizing unit

     16th February 2017 Emirates Global Aluminium has placed an order for the supply of an additional batch homogenizing furnace for the heat treatment of billets with Hertwich Engineering, a company of the SMS group. Including this new unit, which will go into operation at the end of 2017, a total of five batch... 

Shandong Iron & Steel orders continuous caster for ultra-wide medium slabs from SMS group

     16th February 2017 Shandong Iron & Steel Group Co Ltd, Rizhao, China, has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for the supply of a continuous caster for ultra-wide slabs. The single-strand caster is designed for an annual production of 1.5 million tons of steel slabs with widths of up to 3,250... 

Real, Round-The-Clock Rental Pump Availability

     15th February 2017 There are many companies in the pump rental business that promise, but not all of them deliver, according to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine. “Actually delivering a rental service all day, every day, to the standards that the customer needs, is the core of our business model,”... 

Businesses require a balanced approach to IoT

     15th February 2017 Companies shouldn’t allow the hype around IoT to blind them to its very real applications in specific industries, says Netshield. While the hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing is enough to put most sane business people off the concept, Netshield CEO Inus Dreckmeyr advises... 

Metalloinvest places an order with SMS Concast for the revamp of a continuous caster at Ural Steel

     15th February 2017 SMS Concast, a company of SMS group www.sms-group.com, has been awarded a contract by Metalloinvest, Russia, to modernize a four-strand continuous casting machine CCM-1 at metallurgical works “Ural Steel”. The aim of the upgrade is to enable the casting of round billets of 455 millimeters... 

Spotlight on Omron PID solution at The Solar Show Africa 2017

     15th February 2017 An industry-leading solution to the problem of Potential Induced Degradation (PID), which can slash the output of a solar-power plant by as much as 70%, will take centre stage at The Solar Show Africa 2017 from 28 to 29 March at the Sandton Convention Centre. This leading exhibition and... 

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