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HVAC&R event breaks records

     Updated 2 hours 52 minutes ago The international Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) set six all-time records, including more than 72 000 attendees and 49 995 registered visitors. The 70th edition of the world’s largest heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) marketplace... 

Machine learning to improve IT service management

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 2 hours 52 minutes ago Intelligent automation, big data analytics and machine learning systems will become a significant part of information technology (IT) services and support decision-making, enhance staff productivity and facilitate smart self-service for end-users, says workflow specialist firm Marval Africa... 

Innovative mining-specific staff recruitment, management app developed 

     22nd February 2018 Mining and engineering professionals recruiter TrueVine Consulting has developed an innovative online recruitment platform, called Digger to refine and improve the execution of recruitment in the mining industry. Mia Breytenbach tells us more. 

FLSmidth launches SAGwise™ total process control. An advanced process optimisation solution with less than six months return on investment.

     20th February 2018 FLSmidth launches a sensory and process optimisation system designed to optimise the use of the three main consumables in SAG milling: power, media and liners. The SAGwise™ total process control system reduces energy consumption by up to 6%. This is a significant reduction considering that, by... 

Volvo Trucks grows 6% in 2017, aims for another 5% in 2018

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2018 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has increased Volvo truck sales by 6% in 2017, from 1 957 units in 2016, to 2 074 units in 2017. Volvo trucks secured a third sport in the South Africa heavy-duty commercial vehicle segment in 2017, the only segment in which it competes. 

Australian minerals sector calls for workplace relations, education reform to build future workforce

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2018 Australia’s higher education system should be reformed and outdated workplace relations laws that discourage investment and stifle innovation and efficiency should be fixed to build the future Australian minerals workforce, said Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) interim executive director David... 

Autonomous food robots move with the times

     20th February 2018 Manufacturers in the food and drink sector are increasingly asked to provide a wider variety of offerings, without suffering a decrease in productivity. These demands have dramatically increased both the amount, and complexity, of tests. Bruno Adam, Omron’s Mobile Projects Director Europe... 

RCT's Head of Product Management Dave Holman, RUC Cementation Mining's Finance Director John Walters view the signing of the partnership agreement with RUC Cementation Mining General Manager Barry Upton and RCT's Executive Director and CEO Brett White.

     20th February 2018  RUC Cementation Mining Contractors and RCT partnership Smart Technology company RCT and leading underground mining contractor RUC Cementation Mining Contractors have partnered together to further develop and deliver innovative technologies to the underground mining industry. The global... 

Alten Hulme

     16th February 2018 This week we feature Alten Hulme, chief sales and marketing officer of Konica Minolta South Africa, an office automation and business solutions company.   

LD basic oxygen furnace plant ladle heating stations, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     16th February 2018 Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann plans to build two new furnaces to help substantially reduce operating costs at its steelworks.  

EOH acquires LSD IT to lead open source works in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2018 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) multinational EOH has acquired Linux-focused enterprise open-source technology company LSD Information Technology (IT) to lead its open-source offerings in Africa. The acquisition, the value of which was not disclosed, addresses an... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Ransomware attacks among major cybersecurity risks for industrial companies

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Ransomware attacks and targeted attacks will continue to be major cybersecurity risks for industrial companies this year, as well as the continued rise of targeted fraud attacks on industrial companies, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab industrial control systems (ICS) computer... 

Next-generation automated driving vehicle introduced

     9th February 2018 Research and development enterprise Toyota Research Institute (TRI) presented Platform 3.0, its next-generation automated driving research vehicle, at January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, US. The new platform is based on a Lexus LS 600h L and combines greater technological... 

Machine learning offers slew of advantages

By: Nadine James     9th February 2018 In a recent study, information technology (IT) research company Gartner posed that, “by 2019, IT service desks [using] machine learning enhanced technologies will free up to 30% of support capacity.” This idea is supported by Marval Africa executive director Edward Carbutt who believes that the... 

Laoting steel plant, China

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 HBIS Laoting Steel Co is building a new production facility for high-quality steels. 

Online-Electrical, EM partnership is a ‘win-win’ for customers

     8th February 2018 Electrical supply company Online-Electrical is a proud distributor of the comprehensive product range of ElectroMechanica (EM), which comprises high-end industrial electrical products, motor control switchgear, and electronic automation products. Online-Electrical MD Joey Gaskell comments that... 

Big Mining Indaba thinking for 2019’s quarter-century milestone

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2018 This year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba has just ended here and the organisers are already putting their thinking caps on to make next year’s twenty-fifth anniversary of the event a grand affair. The names Cyril Ramaphosa, Elon Musk and the top who’s who of global and African mining are... 

SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa to have a major presence at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018

     8th February 2018 From the new ECDriveS® 24 V drive system for light-load conveyor technology, to its latest DRN series of IE3-compliant motors, and the customised LTP-B Eco Drive for pump and fan control in a range of niche sectors from HVAC to underground mining, SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa will have a major... 

No ‘brakes’ on innovation: First Cut brings Bystronic’s award-winning Xpert 40 press brake/Mobile Bending Cell combination to South Africa

     7th February 2018 Great innovation deserves to be rewarded. In the case of the foremost Swiss OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Bystronic - a leading global provider of high-quality solutions for the sheet-metal processing industry – their Mobile Bending Cell was recognised with an award for innovative... 

Booyco Brings New Technology To Fire Suppression Market

     7th February 2018 Building on its established reputation in proximity detection systems (PDS), Booyco Electronics is now also offering the latest fire suppression technologies to help customers manage their health and safety risk. “It was a natural extension of our business to move into fire suppression,” says... 

Joi Ito to headline #DisruptMining finale

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd February 2018 Tech mogul Joi Ito will deliver a keynote address at the #DisruptMining finale on March 4, during the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference, in Toronto. A director of the MIT Media Lab and professor of the Practice of Media, Arts and Sciences at MIT, Ito is an... 

Technology increases collaboration in supply chain

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd February 2018 Innovative industry players are removing intermediaries in the supply chain and threatening the market dominance of traditional logistics providers, says advisory firm PwC Africa transport and logistics leader Dr Andrew Shaw. “Digitisation creates a common platform with opportunities for... 

Conference to focus on intra-Africa trade development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     2nd February 2018 This year, the Manufacturing Indaba’s theme is Industrialising Africa, which Manufacturing Indaba MD Liz Hart believes will support the development of more intra-Africa trade opportunities. “Africa is still relying on agriculture and the export of raw commodities for economic growth. Although... 

New tool ensures accuracy for transition flow of gas

     2nd February 2018 Industrial automation multinational Endress+Hauser’s new integrated pressure measurement tool, the Prowirl F/R/O 200 (Prowirl) is able to record energy and mass flows with maximum accuracy for transition flow of gases or liquids up to Re ≤ 10 000. The Prowirl is a central measuring point for... 

The growing importance of Gas in the Africa Mix, latest market trends

     1st February 2018 The 3rd Africa Gas Forum will be taking place on Monday, 19th February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, and is affiliated to African Energy Indaba (AEI) as an official side event. With African economic growth in 2018 making a recovery after a difficult year,... 

Komatsu celebrates 10th anniversary of commercial deployment of Autonomous Haulage System (AHS):100-AHS-trucks-in-operation milestone inspires plans to accelerate pace of mining automation

     1st February 2018 Komatsu Ltd (President and CEO: Tetsuji Ohashi) (hereafter “Komatsu”) today announced the company is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the commercial deployment of its Autonomous Haulage System (hereafter “AHS”). Today, more than 100 AHS trucks operate in Australia, North and South America.... 

Mining companies need to become disruptors – Deloitte

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st January 2018 The key to a future in the mining sector increasingly lies in overcoming innovation barriers, embracing digitisation and unlocking the workforce of the future, as well as anticipating the digital mine of the future, Deloitte Global’s latest mining report shows. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s tenth... 

SMS group's Technical Service receives follow-up order from Mahshahr Pipe Mill Company

     30th January 2018 Mahshahr Pipe Mill Company (MPM) has signed a comprehensive service and modernization contract with SMS group for its large-diameter pipe mill in the Chuzestan Province in Iran. With this contract, MPM and SMS group are continuing their successful cooperation. In 2016, an... 

Consultancy to partner with black entrants as they acquire Tier 1 coal assets

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Project delivery and engineering consultancy WorleyParsons RSA is once again answering the call for transformation and broader economic participation of previously disadvantaged South Africans. The company’s latest initiative is black entrepreneur development in coal, which will be its key focus... 

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more compatible installations

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to the installation of electrical products onto panels and enclosures being time-consuming and costly, electric solutions provider Magnet Group MD Brian Howarth says product installations need to be made simpler and more compatible with existing wiring through the supply of cost-effective... 

Increasing energy cost prompts need for drive systems

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 The ever-rising cost of energy and the increasing pollution associated with power supply systems are continuously driving the need for alternating current drive systems with low harmonics and power regeneration, says Midrand-based variable-speed drive (VSD) and automation equipment supplier... 

Articulated tug and barge, US

By: Sheila Barradas     26th January 2018 Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport is building a 4 000-m3-capacity articulated tug and barge. 

Focus on digital skills, technology to reignite SA’s manufacturing sector

     18th January 2018 By Daniel Schwartzkopff, co-founder: DataProphet   The manufacturing industry's role in the South African economy has seen a long and sustained decline: from contributing nearly a quarter of GDP in the 1980s, the sector added a mere 13% to the country’s GDP in 2016. Job creation has also not... 

WEF report cautions on positive headline economic indicators

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2018 While the world seems to be getting back on track ten years after the global financial crisis, the thirteenth edition of the Global Risks report 2018 reveals that the positive headline economic indicators mask numerous concerns. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report, tabling a new question to... 

Robot-assisted sawing for greater productivity

     17th January 2018 Automation and robotics are rapidly gaining ground in metalworking – and sawing technology is no exception. Robot-assisted systems are taking over more and more work steps following the sawing process, starting with removal of the cut parts and continuing through deburring, weighing, centring and... 

ABB supplies motor for world’s steepest funicular railway

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 A 1.7 km funicular railway in the Swiss Alps, said to be the steepest in the world, has been brought into operation this week. The railway cable car, which can carry 36 passengers, is being powered by a 1.2 MW low-voltage electric motor designed and built by automation company ABB. 

At Mining Indaba 2018, Caterpillar presents broad range of machines, technology and services to support African mining

     15th January 2018 Caterpillar will present its unmatched range of innovative technologies and services at Mining Indaba, February 5-8 in Cape Town, South Africa. With a focus on optimizing operations, whether surface or underground, large or small, Caterpillar and Cat® dealers are dedicated to working with mining... 

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