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Alternative drive systems for offshore operations

25th May 2018 Owing to increasing safety requirements and more stringent environmental regulations, use of electric drive technology has become the subject of ever stronger debate in the offshore sector. Its higher precision and better dynamics and efficiency are winning over more and more users on the high... 

New gland module system for improved safety/fire safety in industrial plants

24th May 2018 Available in gas and watertight and fire-resistant versions With the GLANDMOD system, Beele Engineering is providing a smart and effective alternative to gland plates. The modules can be directly attached to generators, motors and other (operating) equipment for incoming and outgoing cabling, as... 

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 The first highly cost-effective solar-powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October at Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape. The plant will produce 100 kl/d of fresh water to meet the water requirement of the struggling Witsand village. 

Too early to expect any marked improvement in trading environment – Rhodes Food

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 While improving consumer confidence in the country is positive for growth, Rhodes Food Group says it is too early to expect any marked improvements in the regional trading environment. The food manufacturer on Tuesday reported a 16.6% year-on-year increase in its group turnover to R2.5-billion... 

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,... 

Goldplat to close Kenya mine plant

By: Anine Kilian     21st May 2018 Aim-listed Goldplat will close Plant 1 at its Kilimapesa gold mine, in Kenya, following the successful installation and subsequent second-stage expansion of a new processing plant. The new plant, which is processing at a rate of around 5 000 t/m, is now established enough that Goldplat can... 

Johnson Controls Launches New Sapphire Plus 70 Bar System For Improved Fire Safety

21st May 2018 Johnson Controls introduced an innovative 70 bar gaseous fire suppression system, enabling higher fill densities at an increased pressure – reducing footprint, installation costs and service time. Part of the proven HYGOOD SAPPHIRE® range, SAPPHIRE PLUS is designed to optimise fire safety... 

Innosun’s Namibian Wind Farm Lifted By Johnson Renew

18th May 2018 The Ombepo Wind Farm, the first wind farm to be constructed in Namibia, is situated just outside Luderitz, Southern Namibia and is designed to inject 5 MW into the national grid managed by NamPower, the national utility. The wind farm was built by InnoSun Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd who secured the... 

Eskom wants to use “lessons” from Medupi and Kusile to drive nuclear

18th May 2018 Written by Alicestine October The power utility Eskom wants to use lessons learnt from the construction of the two mega power stations, Medupi and Kusile, to drive the country’s nuclear build programme. 

Safety valves manufacturer invests in growth, celebrates 200 years

18th May 2018 European safety valves manufacturer Leser celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, with the share of its profits last year spent on the development of its facilities amounting to €35.3-million. Leser’s service and products in South Africa are offered through its sole local distributor,... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Cost-effective and lasting automatic drain valves for compressors

By: Donald Makhafola     18th May 2018 Air compressor products distributor Tru Compressor Solutions’ automatic drain valve for compressors can last up to 15 years if maintained regularly, and could save companies substantial amounts of money and downtime , says sales director Philip Botha. “Many companies neglect to open their manual... 

Johan Sverdrup oilfield development, Norway

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria has started laying the cable that will supply Johan Sverdrup with power from shore. 

Struandale engine plant expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa is expanding the capability and capacity of its operations at the Struandale plant as part of a wide-ranging investment in its two South African plants.  

Nuclear, renewables must complement each other in South Africa – Cilliers

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2018 Nuclear and renewables are being pitted against each other in South Africa, which is not helpful in the energy solution space, says professional engineer Dr Anthonie Cilliers, arguing that the technologies should complement one another as part of the broader energy mix. Speaking to Engineering... 

Roxgold increases full-year production guidance after record Q1 output

By: Schalk Burger     17th May 2018 Burkina Faso-focused Roxgold, which operates the Yaramoko mine, produced 40 452 oz of gold during the first quarter of the year ended March 31, and increased its full-year production guidance to between 120 000 oz and 130 000 oz. The record production for the quarter was driven by improved... 

Poynting looks to the rest of Africa as it continues to expand globally

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2018 Johannesburg-based Poynting Group is seeking to expand its business to the rest of the Africa, says CEO Michael Howard. Poynting is already well known outside Africa, with 50% of its revenue flowing from Europe, the US, Australia and Scandinavia. Manufacturing is based in Midrand and China, with... 

Home Affairs launches new biometric system as it pursues lofty ideals

By: Schalk Burger     16th May 2018 Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday launched an Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), in Cape Town, which will identify and verify citizens using fingerprint, facial recognition and iris biometrics. “ABIS is a fundamental baseline for the broader National Identification... 

Bearings selection is now one click away with SKF’s latest online catalogue

16th May 2018 SKF's latest Rolling Bearings Catalogue is now also available online and contains new features to assist customers in the selection of bearing arrangements for their projects.  The aim of this new publication is to develop into an essential engineering reference for users of rolling bearings. The... 

Fogmaker fire suppression system takes the heat in the forestry industry

16th May 2018 South Africa‘s plantation area covers more than 1.5 million hectares, stretching over five provinces - Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern and Western Cape. “With the forestry industry in the summer rainfall areas nearing the fire season, forestry machinery not fitted with a fire... 

Avanco a step closer to Pedra Branca

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th May 2018 Takeover target Avanco is one step closer to the grant of a provisional environmental licence for its Pedra Branca copper project, in Brazil, following a successful public hearing. The company on Wednesday reported that no objections were recorded at the public hearing, which indicated a strong... 

Solar Power in your home

15th May 2018 Solar energy has exploded over the last decade with the cost of solar panels decreasing, making solar more affordable than ever. Many homeowners have already invested in this to make their homes more environmentally friendly and sustainable, but if you are still investigating the options... 

Is desalination the key to our water future?

14th May 2018 Victaulic believes that alternate pipe joining systems will ensure optimal productivity of these vital projects   Recent droughts experienced have caused much of the country to be deemed somewhat of a disaster zone, and with the dreaded Day Zero imminent, the only solution appears to be a manner... 

Mechanical grease overflow prevention system increases worker safety and efficiency

11th May 2018 SKF announced the introduction of its Lincoln mechanical grease overflow prevention system. Designed to prevent hazards associated with reservoir overfilling, this product improves worker safety and minimises environmental concerns caused by this type of spill.  Easy to install and simple to... 

Ctrack launches fleet-tracking solution for small businesses

By: Irma Venter     11th May 2018 Ctrack, a member of the Nasdaq-listed Inseego group, has launched a low-cost fleet tracking and optimisation tool, called Drive, for small and medium companies. Ctrack says Drive is ideal for companies with fleets of 30 vehicles or less, such as florists, plumbers, pathology labs and towing... 

Gas conditioning systems remain in high demand

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 As global pressure to reduce emissions mounts, owing to more stringent legislation, there remains a high demand for spray nozzle and spraying system manufacturer Lechler’s VarioCool Gas Conditioning systems in the cement producing industry, says Lechler representative in Southern Africa... 

Energy efficient tech can bring farmers substantial savings

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 With energy cost a major factor in farm viability and profitability, the South African farming sector will need to shift its thinking towards the implementation of energy efficient technology, says motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group integrated solutions executive Johan van Niekerk.... 

SA pharmaceuticals group expanding its French operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 South African pharmaceuticals group Aspen is planning to invest €100-million in its French manufacturing operation in the coming years. This will be in addition to the investments totalling €55-million made from 2015 to 2017. Aspen has two operations in France – a manufacturing site at... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th May 2018 BMW SA has dispatched its first made-in-South Africa X3 vehicles for export. 

Importance of vocational education underscored at summit

By: Nadine James     10th May 2018 South Africa should focus on developing and implementing post-school education and training (PSET) programmes that create the quickest pathways to employment for the country’s youth, attendees at the third Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) were told. Private investment group Yellowwoods... 

Coating solution from Surcotec extends Labyrinth casing life span and saves costs for Eskom Palmiet Hydro installation

10th May 2018 Surcotec’s metal spray coating solution has extended the life span of a Labyrinth casing thereby avoiding the need for costly replacement, leading to significant cost savings for key customer, Eskom, at its Palmiet Hydro installation.  The power station is located near Grabouw in the Western Cape... 

Effective Stormwater Management Is Crucial

10th May 2018 Effective stormwater management can prevent pollution, flooding, erosion and damage to the environment and infrastructure.  Therefore, it makes financial sense for local municipalities to invest in products and technologies to ensure that the quality of infrastructure, be it stability and... 

The Advantages Of Precast Concrete Wingwall Units

10th May 2018 Precast concrete products offer many known advantages and Rocla’s precast concrete wingwall units are no exception. Wingwall units are used at both the inlet and outlet of a pipe system in both culvert and stormwater applications. Precast wingwall units offer the client a faster installation... 

Hollow-Core Slabs Trump Rib-And-Block Systems In Limpopo

8th May 2018 Demand for hollow-core slabs continues to outstrip rib-and-block sales in-and-around Polokwane, and the lion’s share of this construction material is being supplied to the local residential construction market by precast concrete specialist, CoreSlab. The company manufactures these quality... 

Cement giant is the recipient of SKF’s first complete bucket elevator chain solution in South Africa

8th May 2018 Industry leader in bearing and rotating technology, SKF, provided a complete power transmission solution for a longstanding key customer, one of southern Africa’s foremost cement suppliers who had been experiencing problems with a bucket elevator over a protracted period. The additives bucket... 

TFR shuts Natcor line for maintenance

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2018 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will shut down the Natal Corridor (Natcor) line, from Rietvlei, Gauteng, to the Durban Harbour, from May 8 to 14 for maintenance and refurbishment. The shutdown schedule will encompass a partial shut from May 8 to 10, meaning there will be a reduced service, while... 

Altron’s Bytes UK signs five-year R2.5bn deal with NHS

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th May 2018 JSE-listed technology group Allied Electronic’s (Altron’s) wholly-owned subsidiary Bytes UK has signed a five-year, £150-million (R2.5-billion) contract with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to roll out Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, to all NHS computers. The... 

WSP helps City of Cape Town bring emergency desalination plant online

7th May 2018 WSP - one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent - played a crucial role in the fast-tracked development of the City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant, feeding 2.0 megalitres of fresh water into the city’s network per day. Located at the V&A Waterfront,... 

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