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End-suction pumps

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The SFH end-suction centrifugal pump supplied by Hypower Pumps has been redesigned and revamped by Lowara using new laser-welding technology. Laser technology is used to weld parts of the pump together as this is more accurate, cleaner and quicker than spot-welding. It also prevents distortion of... 

‘South Africa cannot ignore world trends’

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Electricity-supply industries around the world have undergone significant change over the past ten years, with many transforming into competitive structures featuring privatisation and customer choice. “South Africa cannot ignore these trends,” says National Electricity Regulator... 

SA power innovations galvanise the world

By: System Author     30th April 1999 South African technology for innovative applications and developments in the electric power-generation and transmission industry is typically leading-edge and highly-regarded internationally, says South African Institute of Electrical Engineers president Alf Schulze. “These latest... 

Chemical transport facility upgrade

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE multimillion-rand redevelopment of Cargo Carriers Tanker as a world-class chemical transport facility is proceeding according to plan. The company has become a signatory to ‘Responsible Care’ whose international standards are designed to achieve security and safety throughout the... 

Danes reaffirm commitment to South Africa

By: System Author     30th April 1999 For the first time in the life of the Danish Co-operation for Environment and Development (Danced) its members have had the opportunity to view the activities it funded ‘in the field’ and assess the results of its initiatives in SA over the past five years. Over this period assistance... 

Merger leads to creation of R&D powerhouse

By: System Author     30th April 1999 new giant in the power-generation industry has been announced with the merger between the power-generation divisions of ABB and Alstom to create a 50:50 joint company to be known as ABB Alstom Power. ABB South Africa communications manager Chesney Bradshaw refused to comment on the merger.... 

Maintenance for Cape Town power station

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A LONG-term refurbishment and maintenance contract at the Athlone power station in Cape Town is being carried out at present by Firstex Engineering. The company is focused and structured to provide high-quality service in the specialist fields of insulation, asbestos removal, corrosion protection... 

Tailings-pump contract for diamond-mine

By: System Author     30th April 1999 In a world-first for Svedala, its South African pump division has landed a substantial contract with a diamond-mine in Botswana to supply a tailings-pump system comprising 30 pumps, pumps product manager Gary Moore tells Engineering News. He adds that the pumps should be commissioned towards the... 

Fully-automated plant

By: System Author     30th April 1999 As more and more emphasis is placed on the maintenance of the environment, it is natural that industries and authorities are being compelled to examine their effluents, and especially the particular sludges that their operations or populations generate. Elepon’s new technology offers... 

Telkom prepares itself for listing on JSE

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The South African government, through its Department of Communications, is in the early stages of investigating an initial public offering (IPO) which could result in its listing of Telkom on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as early as next year. However, observers suggest the process could take... 

Exports stretch SA ports capacity

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Transport report Moving South Africa (MSA) has identified ‘significant problems’ with the alignment of local freight transport, especially with regard to its capacity to support the country’s value-added export strategy. In particular, the restructuring of South Africa’s... 

Local telecom giant ahead of targets

By: System Author     16th April 1999 South Africa’s fixed-line telecommunications corporation, Telkom, concluded its financial year at the end of March ahead of its roll-out targets, CEO Sizwe Nxasana tells Engineering News. He says nearly R10-billion was spent on capital projects in an effort to expedite its plan to add a... 

Construction sector in ‘survival mode’

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Confidence in South Africa’s construction industry has dropped to levels last seen at the start of the decade when the sector was in the throes of its worst recession in recorded history. The index is now on average 40% lower than during any quarter in 1997. South African Federation of... 

Pump service centre

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Pumps company Sulzer officially opened a new R8-million service centre on 3 200 m2 in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, in March. The aim of the investment was to consolidate and take the company’s level of customer communication and efficiency to new heights. Customers were addressed by the... 

Employment shrinks in rubber-products sector

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The spate of legislation promulgated by the present government in an attempt to redress the legacy of the past has presented the opportunity for creative management in the industrial rubber products sector of the chemicals industry, Industrial Rubber Industry Employers’ Organisation (Irieo)... 

Agricultural Gis system on the cards

By: System Author     9th April 1999 An initiative to estab- lish an agricultural geographic information system (Agis) for South Africa has seen a funding proposal for phase two of the development being submitted to the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology’s (Dacst) Innovation Fund. This follows the... 

1964 gearboxes still going at wastewater works

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Four generations of Brook Hansen industrial gearboxes work seven days a week around the clock to assist with the purification of 35-million litres of water a day at the Baviaanspoort wastewater-purification works in Pretoria. Purification plants are notorious for the severe demands they make on... 

Light on horizon from UK solar developments

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Communities in the world’s poorest countries and in the most developed nations alike are benefiting from UK-developed technology improvements that help to turn sunshine into electrical power more economically and reliably than ever before. These developments are bringing power to the people... 

R200m upgrade boosts paper mill output

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A seven-year R200- million investment programme to enhance Mondi Kraft’s Piet Retief, Free State, mill has been completed, resulting in increased capacity, improved efficiency and higher quality. Mondi MD Andrew Thompson tells Engineering News that the improvement in production performance... 

Launch of integrated messaging system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An integraded fax and e-mail messaging system has been launched by telecom company Orion Telecom to provide users with cost-effective messaging solutions. Known as eM@X, the system allows a single message to be fully personalised (mail-merged) and broadcast from a standard PC to any number of fax... 

New philosophy takes root in process control

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The industrial marketplace is getting selective in its choice of process control information-management systems, and there is a move away from the procurement of a packaged system, argues Xycom chairperson Roger Girdler. He explains that this trend is due to clients being more knowledgeable about... 

UK product enables filtration upgrade for higher performance and efficiency

By: Archivist     26th March 1999 Filtration specialist Filpro has introduced Repak replaceable pleat-pack elements manufactured by UK company PTI Techno-logies, which enable upgrading of existing applications to a higher filtration performance and efficiency, hydraulic, lube and air product manager Frans van der Merwe tells... 

Revolutionary infra-red drying system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 An innovative infra- red dye-drying sys- tem has been unveiled after running as a pilot project at the Mooi River Textiles plant in Kwazulu-Natal. The infra-red system, which is reportedly a world-first, is the brainchild of local company Radiant Processes and is set to revolutionise the local... 

New computer database launched

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The latest version of Oracle’s databases, Oracle 8i, was launched in South Africa this month. The platform represents the latest generation of the world’s leading databases and is reportedly the first designed specifically to be an Internet development, deployment and management... 

Tender pricing ebb evidence of downturn

By: System Author     26th March 1999 EVIDENCE that the local building industry is in crisis can be found in the fact that tender pricing is at 15% to 20% below expectations. This is the word from specialist construction management company ASA Construction Services MD Simon Harwood, who reports that building contractors and... 

Compact new system improves drive unit

By: System Author     19th March 1999 SMALL and medium-sized vehicles form the target group of Mannesman VDO’s newly-launched E-Gas compact system. Initial applications of the system, developed by the Frankfurt, Germany-based supplier include airport vehicles, maintenance machines, tunnel trains and construction and forestry... 

Mining technology muscles in on food industry

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A modular screen traditionally used in all facets of the mining industry is to be provided with added muscle once the adaptation for a food-industry application is completed. “We are busy investigating the possibility for the screen to be used on a mussel farm in Saldanha, Western... 

32 km tubing for soya-milk plant

By: System Author     12th March 1999 TECHNOLOGY from South Africa, Germany and Denmark combined in the supply of tubing and fittings, plate heat-exchangers and valves for Denel’s new soya-milk project at Potchefstroom, North West Province, with the largest tubing order ever placed in South Africa’s food and beverage... 

No more smoke-screens at work

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Workplace tensions between smokers and non-smokers could be removed thanks to the introduction of Japanese smoke-control technology to this country, Engineering News can today report. The technology, developed by Tornex of Japan, provides ‘area sharing smoke control’ – that is,... 

Company comes clean

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE use of conventional diesel-heated high-pressure cleaners in the food and food-processing industry has always been problematic due to exhaust-gas emissions caused by the fuel-combustion-type burners. However, the presence of fat, grease, oil and other sticky, difficult-to-remove substances... 

Local pigments-maker turns to IT

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a move to streamline production and management processes, and thus boost profitability at its Kwazulu-Natal-based plant, pigments manufacturer Tioxide has turned to information technology for a solution. In a multimillion-rand deal, it has selected an object-orientated business process... 

SA–Spanish power agreement

By: System Author     5th March 1999 SOUTH Africa’s national electricity company, Eskom, has signed a framework agreement for co-operation with Spanish electrical utility company Union Fenosa, Engineering News can today report. “The agreement we have signed with Eskom is a very open framework agreement, which provides... 

Lack of Cad/Cam knowledge is a great challenge 

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A lack of sufficient knowledge about computer-aided design and manufacture (Cad/Cam) is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry at present, believes Adtech MD Gert Rossouw. He explains that, in general, users do not know the software well enough to produce good results on a continuous... 

The future vision for world energy initiatives

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Although current fossil fuel resources are sufficient to sustain global economic growth well into the next century and will be used in increasing quantities, severe environmental, economic and technological challenges may well follow unless pollution control measures are employed and steps are... 

What are we getting for our money? – Gill Marcus

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A KEY question that begs an answer as many South African government departments experience crippling financial crises is why, despite the huge increases in the funding allocated to departments such as education, there still remains an apparent lack of capacity. This was the view of Deputy Finance... 

Complete digital solution is vital to increase productivity in SA

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Providing a complete digital solution, which includes taking the inputs and outputs from computer-aided design (Cad) and computer-aided manufacturing (Cam) systems and managing the resulting engineering documents, is vital to increased productivity and lower operating costs in a business,... 

Business solution and Cad integration vital for efficiency

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Successful and efficient business practices can be achieved through integrated business solutions incorporated into SAP and computer-aided design (Cad) systems, Combined Design Engineers (CDE) GM and incoming MD Hennie Coleman tells Engineering News. This results in a single source of information... 

Updated version of remote tank-monitoring system released

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A Johannesburg instrumentation company has launched an updated version of its remote tank-monitoring system, comprising changes in its software-based features. N&Z Instrumentation divisional manager Mark Heilbrunn states that its new Datascan remote telemetry unit (RTU) has added features that... 

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