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Billions in investment to propel Zambia’s Mopani mine into costs ‘premier league’

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 “Like a sports team, Mopani copper mine, in Kitwe, Zambia is near the bottom of the league and needs to improve its ranking to avoid relegation or closure,” says diversified mining major Glencore’s Mopani copper mine CEO Johan Jansen, using a football analogy to explain where the company is in... 

Education and training imperative for modern supply chain management

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Increased automation in the South African manufacturing sector could aggravate the country’s unemployment rate if supply chain management education and skills training initiatives are not prioritised, says supply chain and logistics consultancy Industrial Logistic Systems (ILS) chairperson Martin... 

Machines, tools prepare steel pipes for successful welding

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Portable pipe-cutting split frames and orbital welding tools complement each other in the steel pipe construction industry because the split frames are used to prepare pipes for the welding procedure, says industrial product supplier Actum Industrial. 

Modern materials handling systems support operational improvements

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 With the Internet of Things driving large-scale automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, drive engineering company SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager Norman Maleka believes that materials handling systems will become increasingly integral for improving... 

Cybersecurity must be foundation for digital economy, but skills deficit problematic – BMI-T

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2017 Information technology (IT) security incidents, such as ransomware attacks carried out this year, occasion a large, but reactionary, response from companies and industries; however, this typically happens only after significant damage has been done. “IT security can no longer be an afterthought... 

Speed up productivity with efficient overhead sectional doors from Maxiflex

     17th August 2017 The Crawford range of high quality, robust overhead sectional doors from Maxiflex has been bolstered with the recent introduction of a new high speed solution that boasts an operational speed four times faster than standard counterparts. In 2013 Maxiflex was appointed sole Sub Saharan distributor... 

thyssenkrupp Infra-Red rapid drying oven improves turnaround time for Minopex

     16th August 2017 The fast drying capability of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions‘ Infra-Red rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist, Minopex. Developed in-house by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, the Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying... 

Technology set to unleash mining innovation – Anglo’s O’Neill

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2017 In the next ten years, technology is set to unleash a wave of mining innovation, with the sweet spot centred on changing the thinking around orebodies and processing plants rather than much-spoken-about automation. “Our focus has changed from hunting technologies to hunting value,” Anglo American... 

Slash Energy Consumption and Improve Safety with SMC’s Standby Valve

     14th August 2017 SMC Pneumatics, worldwide leading experts in automation, has developed a series of standby valve  solutions which can be incorporated into a system to drastically reduce energy consumption especially during brief, recurring equipment stoppages.   With safety and energy efficiency in mind, the... 

SEW-EURODRIVE supplies MOVITRANS® Contactless Energy Transfer system to Sasol Wax

     11th August 2017 SEW-EURODRIVE has supplied its MOVITRANS® Contactless Energy Transfer system to Sasol Wax, a major manufacturer of a comprehensive range of mineral-oil based and synthetic paraffin waxes, petroleum jellies, and liquid paraffins, using a proprietary gas-to-liquid (GTL) process. Sasol Wax produces... 

Cold-rolling mill project, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The project involves the construction of a new cold-rolling mill for Risse + Wilke, including electrical and automation equipment. 

Limit artificial intelligence to ‘specific use cases’, companies urged

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Artificial intelligence (AI) should be used only when organisations have a specific use case for the systems or risk wasting time and investment, says customised software company Entelect solutions architect Rishal Hurbans. AI – technically called narrow AI as opposed to general and super AI – is... 

Oil and gas companies falling victim to cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Information technology-based cyberattacks are being used to disrupt oil and gas companies or hold them to ransom, while subversion of legitimate software allows criminals to steal from and defraud them, says global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab Critical Infrastructure Protection business... 

Toyota SA creates R42m empowerment trust

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has announced the creation of the Toyota Empowerment Trust (TET). The TET has been seeded with R42-million in start-up funding and will focus on skills and enterprise development initiatives in the automotive industry. 

Ingeteam bags 170 MW inverter order for three PV plants in Morocco

     8th August 2017 Ingeteam has commenced the supply of its equipment to three solar photovoltaic power plants in Morocco, totaling 170 MW of output power. These three PV plants, which will be amongst the largest in North Africa, are expected to be operating within a year and to have a service life of at least... 

One step ahead

     7th August 2017 The increasing relevance of electromobility offers opportunities for light metal casting The automobile industry is experiencing a strong trend towards electromobility. The figures and deadlines given vary, but as of 2025, the industry expects a considerable increase in the number of electric... 

Women representation increases from ‘extreme minority’ to 13%-plus of SA’s mining workforce  

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 The local mining industry has made significant strides in executing trans- formation and promoting gender diversity in terms of women representation, with the number of women having increased from an “extreme minority” to exceeding 10% across different levels. According to the Chamber of Mines... 

Digital transformation may offer remedy to SA’s manufacturing ailments

By: David Oliveira     4th August 2017 According to the Deloitte Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Survey for 2016, South Africa is ranked 27, slipping three places since 2013, and is expected to drop even further in the next five to ten years. “The rising cost of production combined with muted investments in technology are making... 

First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Mai Dubai expansion project, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project is the first of its kind for the bottled-water industry in the region, and comprises two phases. 

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

     4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

New furnace equipment and air knife system for higher capacity and enhanced material range

     3rd August 2017 SSAB contracts SMS group to modernize hot-dip galvanizing line No. 3 in Finland SSAB has awarded SMS group www.sms-group.com a contract covering the modernization of its continuous hot-dip galvanizing line No. 3 in Hämeenlinna, Finland. The upgrade essentially involves the integration of an... 

KZN Industrial Show 2017, Durban ICC, 26 – 29 July, Stand D01, D14 & E19, Hall 1

     28th July 2017 Parker Hannifin to showcase motion and control solutions for the industrial industry at KZN Industrial Show 2017 Parker Hannifin, the global leader in motion and control technologies, have three distributors exhibiting at this year’s KZN Industrial Show in Durban, South Africa from 26 – 29 July... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 Eskom is focusing on maintaining momentum of construction progress on Units 4 to 1. 

Boosting steel production in Vietnam

     25th July 2017 Hoa Phat Group orders two converter shops from SMS group Hoa Phat Group in Vietnam has placed an order for the supply of two converter shops with a consortium consisting of WISDRI Engineering & Research Incorporation Ltd. and SMS group GmbH www.sms-group.com 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Red Metal Mining offers bespoke cast resin transformers

     21st July 2017 Diversified project engineering house, Red Metal Mining (RMM), is focused on the specialised design of cast resin dry-type transformers, mini substations, transformer enclosures and electrical automation systems required by mining and associated industries. “Wherever electricity is generated,... 

Smart cities require effective cyberinfrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 The growth and development of Africa are inextricably linked to its cities and urbanisation, but smart cities that improve the conditions for people and businesses require robust information technology (IT) systems that will effectively act as cyberinfrastructure, South African engineering and IT... 

Optimised study boosts Savannah project’s output and lowers costs

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2017 An optimisation of the feasibility study (FS) for the Savannah base metals project, in Western Australia, has lowered the expected C1 cash and operating costs of the operation, while targeting higher nickel, copper and cobalt output, owner Panoramic reported on Thursday. Compared with a... 

Hutchings Hydraulics’ Showcasing at KITE 2017

     19th July 2017 With over three decades’ experience in the hydraulic and pneumatics industry and as a Sales Partner of SMC Pneumatics in South Africa, Hutchings Hydraulics (KZN) is proud to announce that they will be exhibiting at KITE 2017. Hutchings Hydraulics promises to dazzle visitors with state-of-the-art... 

Visions of African super grid at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa

     18th July 2017 Urging faster, more innovative power generation and distribution, pan-African power experts attending POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa this week predict that Africa could share infrastructure, knowledge and skills to take affordable, reliable and cleaner power across the continent. Speaking at the... 

Industry 4.0 will affect connectivity

     14th July 2017 As Industry 4.0 advances, the demands on cable and connection technology will also change, states cable connector producer the Lapp Group, predicting that the speed at which data is transferred will climb with the consistent networking of company and business processes, which is a development... 

Latest product range for carrying cables to be showcased

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 At its annual expo scheduled to take place on September 14 and 15, technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) will showcase industrial motor control manufacturer Tsubaki’s Kabelschlepp roller supporter chain (RSC) system, which is used to carry cables and suitable for cranes and long... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Eskom signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank, which will form part of the funding for the Medupi power plant. 

Atlas Copco - automation partner for sustainable productivity

     12th July 2017 Atlas Copco’s Powered by Automation contributes to the sustainable productivity and profitability of mines, plant and quarries by enhancing the performance of machines, equipment and systems. Operational stability, productivity and profitability are fundamental to the sustainable future of a... 

Schneider Electric appoints new Southern Africa energy VP

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2017 Automation systems company Schneider Electric has appointed Taru Madangombe VP of Energy in Southern Africa. He will be responsible for managing and leading the entire energy team in the utility, intensive energy users and mining segment, while driving the achievement of business targets for the... 

Data and digitisation spur on innovation in the mining industry

     12th July 2017 Big data and analytics stand to play an increasingly important role in the future of the mining industry as latest trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) spurs on continuous innovation. Only 1% to 5% of the data generated by the mining industry is actually used for prediction and... 

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