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Saudi Arabia offers opportunities to South African defence industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th September 2018 State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) is seeking very close relationships with South African defence companies. "We are ready to invest in the South African defence industry and fund local research and development (R&D)," SAMI CEO Dr Andreas Schwer told Engineering News Online at... 

Rainbow sees positive outcomes in FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Following years of planning and preparation, LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, entered production in the 2018 financial year, ended June 30, and exported 575 t of rare earths concentrate. In a market dominated by Chinese producers, Rainbow chairperson Adonis Pouroulis... 

Pioneer expo to promote, enhance local manufacturing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2018 South African capital equipment representative the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) will host the pioneer Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo next year to promote localisation and showcase the country’s manufacturing industry, SACEEC CEO Eric Bruggeman tells... 

LTP-B Eco HVAC drive helps save energy and cut costs in a range of sectors

6th September 2018 With a large footprint and customer base in food-and-beverage, automotive, and mining, drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa is now targeting niche sectors such as Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) in order to ensure sustained growth. In this regard, its LTP-B... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

Radar Optiwave aids measurement

31st August 2018 Industrial instrumentation solutions manufacturer and supplier Khrohne says the use of radar has expanded into various sectors. 

Gas monitor upgraded for better accuracy

31st August 2018 Mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa has extended its range of safety and communications systems to include an upgraded atmospheric and environmental monitoring system, designed for use in industries where the presence of gases may pose a safety or health risk for employees and... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

MSA Africa launches latest Bluetooth-enabled hearing protection

17th August 2018 MSA Africa has introduced Bluetooth technology into several product groups in its Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) range, such as hearing devices. This latest development in technology enhances health and safety even further in dangerous working environments such as underground mining.... 

Omron focusing on aiding farmers

10th August 2018 Since early 2017, Japanese electronics company Omron has focused on providing solutions for the agricultural industry’s demand for technology and automation with the SX series of compact inverters, which is well suited for pumping applications, namely irrigation, that require smooth flow and... 

As technology advances, level measurement tools are becoming more sophisticated.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Since radar was developed and deployed during the Second World War, it’s use has expanded enormously. As technology advances, these uses are also advancing. For example, radar technology is used in the motor industry to assist in detecting objects near a car or truck, for warning systems. Staying... 

Gold demand falls 4% y/y in Q2

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2018 Global gold demand remained muted at 964 t in the second quarter, 4% lower year-on-year, according to the World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) latest ‘Gold Demand Trends’ report. Speaking to Mining Weekly Online, WGC member and market relations head John Mulligan said mine production in the second... 

Cummins ISX475 engines give 30-year-old firefighting vehicles a new lease on life

30th July 2018 Cummins is supplying specialist manufacturer Marcé Fire Fighting Technology of Centurion, Gauteng with six new ISX475 engines for firefighting vehicles to be deployed at various airports in Zimbabwe. The Cummins ISX475 is an Inline (Straight) 6 diesel engine, specifically for use on heavy-duty... 

Cummins ISX475 engines give 30-year-old firefighting vehicles a new lease on life

27th July 2018 Cummins is supplying specialist manufacturer Marcé Fire Fighting Technology of Centurion, Gauteng with six new ISX475 engines for firefighting vehicles to be deployed at various airports in Zimbabwe. The Cummins ISX475 is an Inline (Straight) 6 diesel engine, specifically for use on heavy-duty... 

Britain reveals progress and plans in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the 2018 Farnborough airshow. This, described as a ‘concept aircraft’, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which comprises British aero­space firms and the Royal Air Force... 

No matter the cause, DEHN AFRICA protects data centres from lightning and surges

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Data centres rely on the optimal performance of equipment, and surges can cripple operations. Data centre operators need to be able to effectively manage these energy spikes, as it can cost a significant amount of money to recover from the resultant downtime or hardware damage. Across the... 

Sixth solar challenge sees champions return, raft of new entries from abroad

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2018 The 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, set to take place from September 22 to September 29, will mark South Africa’s sixth solar car race. The eight-day event will see more than 20 teams depart from Pretoria and finish in Stellenbosch. The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Cape Town on... 

Britain unveils progress in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the Farnborough airshow on Monday. This, described as a “concept aircraft”, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which is made up of British aerospace firms and the Royal Air... 

Everising’s upgraded E- and P-Series sawing machines: ‘cut out’ to meet customers’ sawing requirements with faster cutting times and greater functionality

12th July 2018 To maintain its enviable reputation for excellence and sophistication in sawing, the Taiwan-based Everising Machine Company continuously strives to anticipate its customers’ requirements to provide timeous and effective solutions. What the company established recently was that many customers... 

SKF and Hexatronic sign development partnership for industrialisation of fiber optic sensing systems

6th July 2018 SKF and Proximion AB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hexatronic Group AB have entered into a development partnership for the industrialisation of fiber optic sensing systems. The two parties will work together to combine SKF’s fiber optic bearing sensing technology with Proximion’s application... 

Energy efficiency a priority in air conditioning

6th July 2018 Multinational electronics conglomerate Samsung has designed an energy efficient air conditioning system with the aim of helping to alleviate the pressure placed on South Africa’s strained natural resources. Since the recording of global temperatures began in 1951, the 17 warmest years were within... 

Global Trade Show - Set to Surpass 2017 Success

29th June 2018 The Global Trade Show of Networking and Matchmaking South Africa 2018 (GTS2018) a leading business opportunities exhibition, is back for a second year in South Africa – bigger and better! The three-day event, which takes place from 27 to 29 July at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand,... 

Commodities face a twin threat, Morgan Stanley says

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2018 Commodities face a twin threat in the coming months, according to Morgan Stanley, which flagged burgeoning risks to consumption from a potential escalation in global trade tensions, especially for metals, as well as any slowdown in China. “Escalating global trade tensions bring a risk of demand... 

Savings From Diesel Injector Technology – If You Keep Up

21st June 2018 As diesel engine technology advances in leaps and bounds, fleet owners need to appreciate the high level of equipment and skills needed to keep their trucks running efficiently. “The great advantage of modern diesel truck engines is the fuel cost savings they offer their owners, mainly due to... 

South Africa prioritising business confidence and investor interest

By: African News Agency      15th June 2018 The South African government has prioritised the enhancement of business confidence and investor interest in order to create an enabling environment for business to thrive.  This is according to Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Bulelani Magwanishe who on Thursday welcomed a business... 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO, he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 There is no need to cower in the corner when considering the future of manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and three-dimensional printing can open up a multitude of opportunities for South African manufacturers, says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment is, in fact, readying itself to... 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO, he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 There is no need to cower in the corner when considering the future of manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and three-dimensional printing can open up a multitude of opportunities for South African manufacturers, says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment is, in fact, readying itself to... 

The Application Of Improved Sensing Technologies To Protect Product Quality In Polyethylene

8th June 2018 Polyethylene are thermoplastic resins obtained by polymerizing the gas ethylene [C2H4]. Because of its exceptional application flexibility, polyethylene’s rise in popularity for both consumer and industrial uses means that today it is the largest volume plastic in the world. Low density... 

Congo copper production in Q1 rises 8%; cobalt output up 34%

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo produced 296 717 t of copper in the first quarter of 2018, up 8.2% over the same period last year, the central bank said in a report on Thursday. Cobalt production in the first quarter of 2018 rose 34.4% to 23 921 t, the bank said. 

Automation trend sees increased demand for Delta solutions from EM

31st May 2018 The Delta industrial automation product range, supplied exclusively by leading distributor ElectroMechanica (EM), is proving highly popular due to a trend towards increased automation in industry. Delta is one EM’s fastest-growing product ranges, as industry strives to contain costs and increase... 

Software of steel: Allied Steelrode invests in state-of-the-art software upgrade on cut-to-length lines

28th May 2018 Over the past decade, Allied Steelrode has become known in the steel industry for its passion for customer service and bold, strategic investments in advanced technology. To date, the company's largest investment has been in a dedicated stretcher leveller, which was especially manufactured to... 

Commissioning under way following VSD supply

By: Halima Frost     25th May 2018 Following Gauteng-based SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa’s supply of a Movitrac LTP B variable speed drive (VSD) for a slurry application to a new mine in Zambia, tests have been completed and commissioning of the pump is under way. The mine required a 110 kW VSD for an urgent slurry application, and... 

Screwdriving and feeding technology from a single source

24th May 2018 Standardised modular components build the perfect ensemble Production downtime, assembly errors, product recalls – Who is not eager to avoid these horror scenarios for industrial series production. Contamination, defect parts or faulty screw joints are all examples of small issues creating major... 

KSB assists UP in building of controlled-temperature test unit

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 KSB Pumps and Valves has assisted the University of Pretoria (UP) in the construction of a large controlled-temperature test unit, which will form the backbone of ongoing research into heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. This unit will allow students to plug directly into hot,... 

KSB Pumps for University of Pretoria laboratory

22nd May 2018 KSB Pumps and Valves has assisted the University of Pretoria in the construction of a large controlled-temperature test unit, which will form the backbone of ongoing research into heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. The impressive unit will allow students to plug directly into hot,... 

Really back in the day

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th May 2018 When I was in first year at the University of the Witwatersrand, in 1972, there were two computers. One was called IBM 360 West and the other IBM 360 East. West was for us students, East was for staff. Each of the computers was housed in an air-conditioned building (unusual at the time – we... 

Atlantis SEZ designation to be completed in two months

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The process of designating the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is to be completed within two months, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe.  

Increased demand for locally manufactured drones in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 South African fixed-wing drone manufacturer and supplier Aerial Monitoring Solutions (AMS) has seen the biggest demand for its Eagle Owl drones in Africa, mainly for mining surveying and security. The Eagle Owl is perfect for the three Ds of industrial work: dull, dangerous and dirty. With AMS... 

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