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Maptek unveils new strategic panel caving application

     12th December 2017 A new strategic panel caving product developed by Maptek™ targets the most cost effective underground mining method in a transparent, analytical way while maximising productivity. Panel, or block caving, is widely considered the ‘new frontier’ as mining operations move towards underground methods. 

Richard Nobbs

     8th December 2017 This week we feature Richard Nobbs, sales and marketing director of ElectroMechanica, a specialised direct importer and wholesale distributor of industrial switchgear as well as products for automation and energy management   

Cement grinding plant, Rwanda

By: Sheila Barradas     8th December 2017 Prime Cement is building a 700 000 t/y grinding plant in Musanze, in the Northern Province of Rwanda. 

WABCO Acquires Remaining Interest in South African Partnership to Expand in Growth Markets across Sub-Saharan Africa

     7th December 2017 Wholly-owned Business Delivers Improved Access to Market and Enables Full Portfolio Roll-out in the Region BRUSSELS, Belgium, December 4, 2017 – WABCO Holdings Inc., a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles,... 

Airport development not keeping pace with passenger growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2017 Globally, airport capacity and airline demand for access to airports have not kept pace with one another, setting global aviation on a path to chaos should mitigation measures not be taken with urgency, according to the International Air Transport Association (Iata). Passenger load factors are... 

Mining should prepare for future of technology and automation

By: Mariaan Webb     6th December 2017 Global mining major BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie says the mining industry has to show leadership and prepare its workforce for a future in which technology will play an ever-important role. In a philosophical address at the Melbourne Mining Club this week that also delved into how the West and the... 

New range of filters introduced, new materials enhance filtration

     1st December 2017 Drive and control specialist Bosch Rexroth has introduced a new range of hydraulic filter elements that incorporate new materials which enhance filtration performance for hydraulic systems while reducing operating costs through increased service life. The new Pure Power range of elements has been... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 Eskom has linked unit four of its Medupi coal power station to the grid. 

Robots will run mines within the next decade, Anglo says

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2017 Some mines in the next decade will run without humans and instead rely on robots, virtual models and sensors, according to Anglo American. Anglo is betting on technology, such as computerized drills with "chiseling ability as good as a human" to increase productivity, cut costs and reduce... 

‘Extended’ suite of Bystronic automation solutions on for ultra-fast sheet steel processing

     29th November 2017 Lowering the total cost-per-cut and therefore customers’ overall production costs – and increasing their return-on-investment (ROI) - is the driving imperative of the Swiss sheet metal processing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bystronic. While the company is a global leader in design and... 

Small section mill for the Philippines

     28th November 2017 SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation places order with SMS group for the supply of a small section mill The Philippine company, SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation, has placed an order with SMS group (www.sms-group.com) for the supply of a new small section mill. The mill, which will be designed... 

Alternative wireless connections

     28th November 2017 In certain instances it is not possible to connect network components utilised in industry with a fibre connection.  Therefore alternative wireless connections must be made available. “When wireless connections are needed for the inter-networking of devices ie. the Internet of Things (IoT), there... 

‘Extended’ suite of Bystronic automation solutions on for ultra-fast sheet steel processing

     27th November 2017 Lowering the total cost-per-cut and therefore customers’ overall production costs – and increasing their return-on-investment (ROI) - is the driving imperative of the Swiss sheet metal processing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bystronic. While the company is a global leader in design and... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Company embraces industry trends and challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor First Cut’s embracing this trend through energy- efficient  capital equipment and consumables from their... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Reunert delivers double-digit growth for FY17

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 A strong second half of the year pushed JSE-listed Reunert onto a double-digit growth trajectory for the full financial year ended September 30. The group on Tuesday posted a 14% rise in operating profit to R1.5-billion and a 19% surge in profit to R1.1-billion for the year under review. 

Nornickel sees capex rising by 2019-2020

By: Reuters     20th November 2017 Russia's Norilsk Nickel plans to increase capital expenditure to an average of $2.3-billion to $2.5-billion a year in 2019 and 2020 from about $2-billion in 2018 due to an environmental project and infrastructure modernisation, it said on Monday. Nornickel, part-owned by Russian businessman... 

New technologies promise to improve air traffic management

By: Keith Campbell     17th November 2017 Air traffic control/air traffic management (ATC/ATM) agencies need to embrace new technologies in order to further improve air safety. This was stressed by Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (Canso) Director General Jeff Poole at the recent Canso Global ATM Safety Conference 2017 in... 

Electrohydraulic actuators installed

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 Earlier this year, valve actuator manufacturer Rotork announced the successful installation of its Skilmatic SI electro-hydraulic actuators, which were deployed at Mauritius’ SSR International Airport, as part of an initiative to increase safety and efficiency at the site. Rotork Africa senior... 

Monitoring energy consumption fosters efficiency

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 Being aware of how much energy one consumes is key in energy efficiency and management, and has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in businesses and residential households, says industrial switchgear, automation and energy efficiency product distributor ElectroMechanica (EM)... 

International distributor adds bearings to selection

     10th November 2017 Last month, international components distributor RS Components, which acts as the trading brand for parts distributor Electrocomponents plc, announced that a significant expansion to its portfolio of available power transmission application had been completed. The company has added components... 

Business process workload and orchestration platform launched in SA

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2017 Software multinational CA Technologies has launched its Automic One Automation workload, release and orchestration products platform in Southern Africa, says Automic Middle East, Africa and Turkey sales VP Nabil Ben Abdallah. IT systems form an integral part the foundations of every company.... 

AI can help shed light on value of a company’s intangible assets

By: Schalk Burger     10th November 2017 Artificial Intelligence (AI), by performing repetitive tasks or helping with tasks that rely on masses of data, will allow for a more accurate valuation of intangible assets, such as human capital, performance and expertise, which are often more valuable in the emerging knowledge economy than... 

Mining technology gets boost from new Wits-Sibanye partnership

By: Martin Creamer     9th November 2017 Mining technology is being given a Fourth Industrial Revolution boost through the new partnership struck between precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater and the Wits Mining Institute. Wits Mining Institute director Professor Fred Cawood outlined in a news release on Thursday that... 

Turkish electronics, electrical trade mission to meet SA importers

     6th November 2017 Following renewed Turkish-South African commitments to boost bilateral trade, a Turkish electronics and electrical goods trade mission will travel to South Africa in November for meetings with local buyers and distributors.  

AngloGold achieves strong Q3 performance, on track to meet FY guidance

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th November 2017 Johannesburg- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti generated free cash flow of $88-million in the third quarter of this year, following strong production and cost containment across its portfolio, and remains on track to meet its full-year guidance.  The free cash flow for the quarter, compared... 

Integration of efficient furnace technology into an existing breakdown mill

     3rd November 2017 SMS group to supply walking beam furnace to Forjas Iraeta Heavy Industry In August 2017, SMS group www.sms-group.com received a new contract from Forjas Iraeta Heavy Industry, S.L. (GRI Group), Spain, for the supply of a new 30-ton-per-hour walking beam furnace to be used upstream of the existing... 

Company keeps up with industrial cleaning trends, wins awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Over the past decade, global waste management company Averda’s focus regarding industrial cleaning has been to develop and increase the use of hands-free technologies, making it safer for operators to work and allowing for more complex tasks to be completed.  

Storage automation in warehousing globally trending

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 With the global shift among project managers toward automated storage solutions to rapidly meet customer needs, Germiston-based storage solution and racking manufacturer Acrow says South Africa has been quick on the uptake, with many companies implementing automated mobile racking storage... 

James Calmeyer

     3rd November 2017 This week Engineering News profiles James Calmeyer, VP: Building for Southern Africa at Schneider Electric, a leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation in homes, buildings, data centres, infrastructure and industries   

Kibali Africa’s most mechanised gold mine – Randgold

By: Martin Creamer     2nd November 2017 If you want to make money in mining, you must be efficient and a company taking efficiency to new heights in Africa is Randgold Resources. While there is a perception in some developed world minds that in Africa mineworkers arrive at the gate, pick up a spade and go out there and shovel stuff,... 

Steady demand for customisable stainless steel products

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Owing to its strong reputation for customisable turnkey solutions, there is steady and strong demand for stainless steel processing equipment manufacturer Anderson Engineering’s products throughout the African markets that it serves, says Anderson Engineering deputy MD David Nienaber. 

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

Manufacturing sector bore brunt of industrial cyberattacks in first half of 2017

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 The manufacturing sector emerged as the hardest hit by cyberattacks during the first half of 2017, with one in every three industrial cyberattacks carried out against industrial control system (ICS) computers, says global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab critical infrastructure defence head... 

ASEAN – African manufacturers, tech firms to meet at Expo and Forum

     25th October 2017 Manufacturers and technology firms from across South-East Asia and Africa are set to converge in Johannesburg next month for the first Africa-ASEAN Business Expo (AABE) and Forum. 

Temperature Calibration: Endress+Hauser South Africa boasts lowest uncertainty of measurement

     25th October 2017 Process automation specialist, Endress+Hauser South Africa’s Temperature Calibration Laboratory utilises only the highest precision and state-of-the-art equipment, resulting in it achieving a SANAS accolade as one of the highest performing temperature calibration laboratories in South Africa. The... 

MEA manufacturing sector second-most vulnerable to cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 The manufacturing sector was second only to the finance industry in terms of the most cyberattacks recorded in any sector in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in 2016, information technology (IT) services multinational Dimension Data’s ‘Global Threat Intelligence Report for 2017’ reveals.... 

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