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R11m in projects for Cape Town airport

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Projects to the value of R11,3-million have been announced by Cape Town International Airport (CIA) to improve parking facilities and enhance traffic flows. To be implemented by September, the upgrade includes the installation of a pay-on-foot system, 900 additional parking bays, shade netting... 

Mixed bag of global and local technologies

By: System Author     4th June 1999 One of the largest and oldest privately-owned general engineering equipment and service suppliers in Southern Africa, Stratford Engineering is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The company offers a mix of global and local technologies and associated services. It is distinguished by its ability to... 

Design, application must be cast in stone

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The correct design and application of concrete products are the main challenges faced by the concrete industry and, as such, the Concrete Manufacturers’ Association (CMA) produces large quantities of literature to enable the designer, architect, engineer and contractor to do this correctly,... 

Hi-tech quality-control system proves a wrap

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The accidental packaging of the wrong drug is a nightmare scenario for any company in the pharmaceutical industry. A new quality-control system at Hoechst Marion Roussel, of Silverton, Pretoria, however, is not only capable of detecting missing capsules or tablets, but also rejects items of the... 

Company cleans up with big R5m contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Cleanroom technology specialist Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers has completed the first phase of a R5-million air-conditioning (AC) upgrade project for pharmaceutical manufacturer Warner Lambert, of Cape Town. The consultancy began last year with the R500 000 project for three new stability... 

Fluid couplings for gold-mine

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Fluid couplings have been supplied to Siguri gold-mine in Guinea by Stratford Engineering. The couplings have been supplied to project manager Senet Projects, which will be responsible for the installation and commissioning, due for completion in the first quarter of this year. A variety of... 

Pros and cons of a domestic satellite

By: System Author     4th June 1999 It might be too soon for South Africa to start looking at a government-owned regional domestic satellite. Following government’s decision to launch a study into the feasibility of such a venture, VisionSet CE Harold Bopalamo reflects industry perspectives as cautious. “The advantages... 

IT upgrade for local transport company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 ROAD transport company Cargo Carriers has installed an end-to-end networking solution comprising a 3Com wide-area network (Wan) and local area networks (Lans). The installation, which is already yielding substantial operational benefits, forms an integral part of Cargo’s multi-million rand... 

R21-million-worth of signalling contracts clinched by SA firm

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A TOTAL of R21-million-worth of signalling contracts have been won by Railway Signalling in the last eight months. “In landing these orders we have succeeded in being awarded the majority of all available local contracts in our field,” says Railway Signalling MD Hugh Riekert. A total... 

R7m Phalaborwa project

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Variable-speed drives (VSD) products and system supplier Siemens VSD effected a name change and restructuring of this new division to Drives Systems in March this year. “We have undertaken to segment the group into two sections: one for standard ‘off-the-shelf’ products; the... 

Merger boosts turnkey ability of company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 One of the latest initiatives within General Electric (GE) includes the merger of GE Electrical Distribution and Control (ED&C) and GE Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to form one of its ten core businesses worldwide, known as GE Industrial Systems. The result is a leading global supplier of... 

R1-million-worth of export orders secured

By: System Author     28th May 1999 PROCESS and packaging specialist Accutech Weighing Services has secured export orders worth about R1-million over the last six months for its products to Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya Swaziland and Britain. “These orders, along with increasing local demand for Accutech... 

R40-million electrical contract secured

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Electrical and electronics company Standard Electrical Group has been awarded a R40-million electrical contract for the commercial re-development of Old Mutual’s Menlyn Park shopping centre in Pretoria. The Stantronic Group arm will reroute and install an entire high-tension reticulation... 

Progress on water project flows on

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Electrical installations on various pumpstations and treatment plants on the estimated overall US$350-million North–South Carrier water project in Botswana is being executed by Johannesburg-based turnkey electrical projects company RBF Engineering. Work comprises a network of four... 

First octene from R369-million plant

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The first shipment of octene from Sasol Alpha Olefins’ new R369-million, 48 000 t/y octene plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, was expected to reach customers in Europe, the US, Argentina and Thailand this month. The plant, which reached full production in March, produces high-purity octene from... 

Environmental management becomes a gas

By: System Author     28th May 1999 In line with its commitment to the environment, the gas division of Sasol Oil, Sasol Gas, has invested considerably in various programmes and technologies in the last few years to ensure that it can implement and maintain a world-class environmental-management system to ensure its operations have... 

Cable ducting for Mozal

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The joint venture undertaking the construction of the potlines at Billiton’s US$1,3-billion Mozal aluminium smelter project in Maputo has ordered 16 km of cable ducting specially designed by Nextube to meet the needs of the project. Ducting for the Mozal plant, which is set to produce 245... 

Innovative engineering feats are promoted

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s part of a greater operational aim of optimising plant operations further to ensure suitable throughputs, optimum plant stability, reduced downtime and maintenance, Sasol Synthetic Fuels (SSF) has continued to promote innovative engineering thinking and practices. This trend, which has the... 

Simulation tool designed for inland refinery

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South Africa’s only inland oil refinery, National Refiners of South Africa (Natref), could save thousands of rands in running costs following the installation of a simulation model for the effective planning of shutdowns and transfer capacities between units. The logistics tool was... 

R19m reactor contract strikes sparks

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the successful completion of the instrumentation and electrical installations of all seven Sasol Advanced Synthol (Sas) reactors in February, Gauteng firm Apollo E&I Construction has established itself as a competitive participant in the petrochemical industry, reports MD Piet van Rensburg.... 

Fine-tuning the logic behind pressure control

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The proportional integral derivative (PID) controller is used in many industries to control variables like temperature, flow, level and pressure. Even where multivariable control and optimisation are used, the base layer still depends on the PID controller. Johannesburg-based engineering company,... 

Africa is engine of growth for company

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The identification of Africa beyond the borders of South Africa by Endress+Hauser as a future growth area has seen the company appoint a number of distributors throughout the region. “It became apparent in the mid-1990s that a number of South African engineering companies were becoming more... 

Brave new world of process intelligence

By: System Author     14th May 1999 In keeping with the company’s goal of being a world leader in technology, Yokogawa’s local branch in Southdale, Gauteng, has introduced the new YTA. This combines the digital accuracy of the DPharp pressure transmitters with the reliability of the YT series, resulting in a temperature... 

Low-cost housing must not be an eyesore

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Low-cost housing developments in Kwazulu-Natal are becoming more aesthetically pleasing with the supply of seamless tiled roofs, which are taking the place of traditional corrugated-iron covering, reports Harvey Roofing Products Knights divisional product manager Dion Perotti. The company is... 

Local company wins boiler export order

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A MULTI-million-rand export order for three specially-designed wood-fired package boilers has been placed with industrial boiler manufacturer John Thompson Africa (JTA) by an East African tea producer. Two of the boilers will be delivered by road to tea estates in Malawi and the third will be... 

Simple solution to millennium bug

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Small, medium and micro enterprises that cannot afford to invest millions of rands in high-tech software solutions to the millennium problem will be pleased to know that the answer could be a simple plug-in-clock. The Millennium TimePeace, developed by Trafford, of the UK, is a small retrofit... 

R131-million plant opens in response to growing global demand for polyester

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A new R131-million polyester- processing plant, Coastal Textiles , located in Hammarsdale, Kwazulu-Natal, will start its first commercial production this month. This against the backdrop of Textile Federation figures which indicate that the import of fabrics made from man-made filaments into... 

Turnkey hydraulic package offered in SA

By: Deborah Spicer     7th May 1999 The range of hydraulic equipment manufactured by Denison, and imported from the US and Europe to South Africa through the Denquip group, has a stronger-than-ever presence in the country. “With some changes taking place in the group itself, as well as a change of agency in South Africa, some... 

Sector galvanised by R1,4bn mast project

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The local corrosion-control industry has received a significant boost by the announcement that Telkom is to go ahead with its plan to erect 4 500 radio masts each year over the next three years. One of Telkom’s main aims is to ensure that the lifecycle cost of creating the radio-based... 

Turnkey corrosion-control repertoire

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The relocation and depreservation of Anglo American’s Venetia diamond-mine’s bulk-sampling equipment from its original location near Messina, Northern Province, to the new Oaks mine outside Swartwater, in the same province, where a single dolomite pipe has been identified, has been... 

Earthmover launches training programme

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The local distributor of Caterpillar earthmoving machinery, Barlows Equipment, is implementing a training programme that brings South Africa’s national qualifications framework (NQF) structure to life. Barlows human resources development (HRD) service manager Tienie Viljoen explains to... 

Hydraulic bearing-pullers delivered

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Specialised hydraulic-equipment manufacturer, Hydraulic Power Tools of Benoni, Gauteng, has delivered two hydraulic bearing-pulling devices to remove bearings from railway wheels for Transnet division Transwerk. The units, weighing in at just under 470 kg each, use US technology, and are... 

Work begins on R1,4 bn Umhlanga project

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Construction of Old Mutual Properties’ massive R1,4-billion Gateway retail and entertainment centre near Umhlanga is under way, bringing the company’s total investment in retail and entertainment projects to almost R6-billion over the next four to five years. Principal contractor... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Pumps for trucks

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A FURTHER seven progressing-cavity pumps have been delivered to Sasol Mining Explosive (SMX) of Witbank, Mpumalanga, for installation in the company’s down-the-hole explosive trucks. The pumps will be used for on-site mixing and dispensing of an emulsion-type explosive directly in to... 

R20m mast contract a towering success

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Electrification-mast manufacturer Dorbyl Structural Products (DSP), of Vereeniging, Gauteng, has had great success with its patented 259 series masts, which it has supplied to Eskom for the last four years in a contract valued at about R20-million a year. The company designed and developed the... 

Choosing the correct pneumatic tool

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Selecting the correct pneumatic tool for a task enhances productivity greatly, improves quality control, and increases profits, reports Bellambie Mining and Industrial marketing manager Dudley Ward. “To ensure optimum performance and extended operating life of pneumatic tools, proper... 

Pump company boosts quality

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Extensive applications knowledge and technical expertise has seen MAH Pump Sales & Installations maintain its solid reputation for consistently-high quality standards on all its installations. MD Michael Hartridge maintains that attention to detail on an installation, as well as a commitment to... 

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