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EM launches cost-effective smart-building retrofit system

15th February 2019 Retrofitting older building stock with ‘smart’ automation solutions is now possible with the latest Hager system introduced locally by leading supplier ElectroMechanica (EM). Known as coviva, the system does not require extensive construction work in order to be installed, or even additional... 

Mantashe to visit Glory coal mine where 22 men are still trapped underground

By: News24Wire      15th February 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is expected to pay a visit to the Gloria coal mine near Middelburg, Mpumalanga, where 22 alleged copper thieves have been trapped and are believed dead following an explosion at the beginning of February. A group of 42 men, reportedly Lesotho nationals,... 

SA company receives multibillion-dollar contract

15th February 2019 Construction and engineering company Clough, a wholly owned subsidiary of South African engineering company Murray & Roberts - and part of the Clough Salini Impregilo Joint Venture (JV) - has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the multibillion Australian dollar civil works for the... 

Open day highlights new offerings from Upat

15th February 2019 Last month construction material and fastener distributor Upat hosted an open day at its head office in New Doornfontein, Gauteng, where customers were given a foretaste of the latest innovations which will be introduced locally in 2019. Upat provides solutions for construction, general industry,... 

An early diagnosis for the crane under a microscope: A deep look into the crane machinery at Germany’s Palm paper factory

14th February 2019 Konecranes investigates the hoisting gears of the critical overhead cranes at the Palm paper factory, with Oil Analysis and Crane Reliability Study (CRS)  Churning out corrugated base paper: The paper machine 6 (PM6) at the Palm paper factory in Wörth am Rhein, Germany, annually produces some... 

SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. drives assembly-line extension at major automotive manufacturer

13th February 2019 The MOVITRANS® contactless energy transfer system from SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd., in conjunction with its MOVIPRO® SDC decentralised drive, position, and application controller, have played a critical role in an assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth. The big... 

Disgruntled unpaid mineworkers allegedly hampering rescue efforts at Gloria coal mine

By: News24Wire      11th February 2019 The fate of approximately 22 alleged copper thieves trapped underground hangs in the balance as rescue efforts are allegedly being hampered by disgruntled unpaid mineworkers. "They have threatened us and the contractors and they've told us under no circumstances are we allowed to continue [rescue... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture has decided to terminate its Mtentu bridge contract. 

Tribunal confirms Alcon Marepha’s settlement and R1.37m fine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday confirmed, as an order, a settlement agreement between power cable supplier Alcon Marepha and the Competition Commission, with Alcon to pay an administrative penalty of R1.37-million. Alcon admitted to collusive tendering through the submission of cover... 

Next generation of ‘smart lighting’ to be showcased at Taiwan expo

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2019 Energy efficiency is critical to sustaining smart cities, especially amid increasing urbanisation. Subsequently, the lighting industry’s focus seems to have shifted from replaceable lighting to special niche lighting, which includes aspects of smart lighting and the use of light-emitting diodes... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture, responsible for building the Mtentu bridge, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. 

Epiroc anchors down on safety and productivity with new Cabletec SL

31st January 2019 Epiroc understands that safety and productivity are fundamental to a mine’s sustainable future and this was the inspiration behind the design and development of the latest ground-breaking fully mechanised Cabletec SL. Mines are increasingly recognising the invaluable role of automation and... 

Metrorail trains across South Africa at risk of coming to a stand still

By: News24Wire      25th January 2019 Following the fatal train collision in Mountainview, Pretoria that left four people dead and 620 injured earlier this year, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) is considering suspending the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA) safety permit again, GroundUp reports. If the permit is... 

Lightweight, flexible fischer FLS channel system takes the load off

24th January 2019 Engineers responsible for mechanical engineering or ‘wet’ services, from suspending cable trays to HVAC, plumbing, and sprinkler-system piping, now have a lightweight, flexible solution available to them in the form of the fischer FLS channel system for light applications, distributed locally by... 

SEW drives success of ECDriveS® at major automotive manufacturers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2019 South Africa has clinched its largest project to date for its ECDriveS® drive system for light-load conveyor technology. The project is for seven conveyors and 40 accumulation zones at a major automotive manufacturer in Gauteng. The latest order follows a demonstration project involving two small... 

Tulisa cleared of cable price-fixing charges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th January 2019 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed a case of price fixing against power cable manufacturer Tulisa, after finding that there was insufficient evidence to show the company had been part of a cartel that had allegedly sought to fix the price of power cables from 2001 to 2010. At the time of... 

Ctrack launches small tracking devices for use on containers, packages, bikes

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices. The company says these devices are ideal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, such as delivery bikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators. 

Cable theft causes major delays for Pretoria commuter trains

By: African News Agency      11th January 2019 Train operator Metrorail said on Friday its service between Belle Ombre-Mabopane-Pretoria and Garankuwa-Pretoria had been severely disrupted due to overhead catenary wires stolen at Wintersnest.  It said trains from Mabopane and Garankuwa stations were turning around at Wintersnest station as a... 

Rail Enforcement Unit a success story, says Cape Town mayor

By: African News Agency      10th January 2019 Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato on Wednesday said the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) -- which provides an additional 100 law enforcement officers to the existing security personnel in meeting Metrorail’s security challenges -- has been a success story and will assist in stabilising the urban rail service... 

Local Kwagga small plant from Hire It a big hit in construction industry

9th January 2019 The increasing demand for fibreoptic cable infrastructure has seen a Durban installer acquire eight Kwagga rammers from Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. This is testament to the success of the rugged and cost-effective range of small plant for the construction industry. The customer is very happy with... 

Estimated cost of Pretoria train crash is R21m – Metrorail

By: News24Wire      8th January 2019 The estimated financial cost of Tuesday's train collision in Pretoria amounts to R21-million, Metrorail spokesperson Lillian Mofokeng said. Mofokeng was speaking at the scene, as the two remaining bodies trapped under the wreckage were removed. Three people have been confirmed dead as a result of... 

Stabila sets a new standard for digital inclination measurement

7th January 2019 A new standard for digital inclination measurement has been set with the latest digital protractors from Stabila, distributed locally by Upat. Both the TECH 500 DP and TECH 1000 DP are manufactured exclusively in Germany. The latest digital protractors not only measure degrees of incline, whether... 

Profica delivers an engineering Design & Build turnkey solution to transform Vodacom World

7th December 2018 The new Vodacom World mall in Midrand, Gauteng opens to the public on Friday 7 December after an intensive revamp which has transformed it into the largest digital telecommunications mall in the world, boasting 6,000m2 of shopping and technology space. The launch of the re-invented Vodacom World... 

Atlas Copco WEDA 50+ and 60+ pumps take dewatering solutions to the next level

30th October 2018 Atlas Copco has solidified its place at the forefront of the pumps industry with the introduction of WEDA 50+ and 60+ dewatering pumps. These pumps have been designed to provide customers with enhanced levels of performance alongside improved efficiency, hassle-free maintenance as well as... 

Alliance Sensors Group Releases Two New LVDT Signal Conditioners

30th October 2018 Alliance Sensors Group has developed into “The Name in LVDT Signal Conditioning” due to the constant improvements and advancements made to its line of LVDT signal conditioners. Alliance Sensors Group was founded by Harold and Howard Schaevitz, widely known as the first family of LVDTs. The... 

Famous Brands posts H1 organic growth, despite pressure on some business segments 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 JSE-listed franchiser Famous Brands on Monday reported strong organic growth by its brands in the South Africa and Africa and Middle East (AME) regions during the six months to August 31. Operating profit for the first half of the financial year was up 3.9%, at R421.8-million, compared with... 

Ultra-Lok® helps to clamp down on cable theft

26th October 2018 The tamper-proof Ultra-Lok® clamping system, distributed locally by Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions Africa, has been relaunched with a particular emphasis on its ability to prevent cable theft. Cable theft costs the South African economy billions of rands each year in lost productivity,... 

Easy-to-read characters made from stainless steel

26th October 2018 Band-It range of stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa offers an easy-to-read and -install identification system for equipment from hoses to heavy equipment. Banding & Identification sales representative Matthew Campbell explains... 

A chain reaction of quality and reliability with Powermite’s EKD Kolibri energy chain

19th October 2018 Powermite has been a leading supplier of EKD Kolibri energy chain to the Southern African market for more than three decades. The company shares a combined knowledge of over 50 years in drag chain applications with EKD, the globally renowned energy chain manufacturer based in Germany. “EKD energy... 

Digital broadcasting migration project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 The Department of Communication will continue to distribute the remaining set top boxes it has procured for the digital migration project using the old delivery model until decoder depletion. 

Liquid eyes further expansion as Cape to Cairo links up

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th October 2018 Pan-African telecommunications group Liquid Telecom is eyeing further expansion across the African continent after completing its Phase 1 decade-long project of connecting a 60 000 km network from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo, Egypt. The group on Thursday reported that, following the... 

Conveyor belts are a leading cause of underground fires yet they are avoidable

18th October 2018 This year has proven to be one of the deadliest for mine safety in South Africa since 2012. One of the leading causes of deaths and injury in mines is fire and a large proportion of fires are caused by conveyor belts. Conveyor belts are widely used in mining, both under and above ground. Yet... 

More trains subject to manual authorisation due to signalling defects, MPs told

By: African News Agency      17th October 2018 The number of passenger trains on South African railway tracks subject to manual authorisation because of defective signalling systems continues to rise, MPs heard on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on transport, the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) acting chief executive Tshepo... 

SMEC celebrates Sydney Metro Northwest ENR Global Project of the Year Award win.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2018 A panel of industry judges and editors of the prestigious Michigan-based Engineering News-Record (ENR) selected the Sydney Metro Northwest in Australia as the 2018 Global Project of the Year and Best Rail Project. SMEC was the Design Lead on the international project team and designed the... 

Surge Technology and DEHN Africa: celebrating 30+ years of doing business together

15th October 2018 JOHANNESBURG –September 16, 2018 – Surge Technology and DEHN Africa are proudly celebrating over 30 years of doing business together in the surge and lightning protection industry. This is according to Paul van As, LV divisional manager of Surge Technology, who says, “The history of the two... 

Prysmian Group At Ft-ETNO Summit 2018 Calls For Renewed Focus On Optical Fibre Broadband Infrastructure

15th October 2018 Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, drew attention to the importance of network infrastructure today at the FT-ETNO Summit 2018. The Group’s Senior Vice President for Telecoms, Philippe Vanhille, laid out a vision for a successful future telecoms and... 

Foam-based spray prevents spread of fire

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Since the launch of construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s Firestop façade joint coating earlier this year, the product – which has been well received by engineers and architects – will be used in its first large construction project in Bedfordview, Gauteng,... 

Parly's transport committee grills Prasa on lack of progress

By: News24Wire      10th October 2018 Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport grilled the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (Prasa) presentation at a meeting in Cape Town on Tuesday, for lacking urgency and progress. The meeting comes after the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) communicated its intention to suspend Prasa's... 

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