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Firm reaping benefits of hi-tech tracking

By: System Author     12th March 1999 One of South Africa’s large sugar processors, Transvaal Sugar, is beginning to reap the benefits of the latest application for the Avonwood Eureka 411 fully-automated vehicle-identification and tracking technology. The system, which was commissioned in October last year, controls the... 

Company takes chunk out of food projects

By: System Author     12th March 1999 OVER the last couple of years, Fluor Daniel Southern Africa has successfully carried out sizeable projects in the food and beverage industry, and is making its mark, says business-development manager Jonathan Cramp. It is currently investigating a project for Pillsbury in Greece. In 1997, the... 

Packaging firm wraps up orders

By: System Author     12th March 1999 With an ever-expanding food industry in South Africa, packaging specialist Pakmatic, of Bryanston, Gauteng, is experiencing a period of growth, and undertook various packaging-equipment installations for the food industry during the past six months. This includes a cooking-oil filling machine... 

R4m capex at Gauteng yeast producer

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Yeast producer Yeastpro is rising to the occasion by embarking on yet another capital-investment project at its Industria, Gauteng, plant by replacing the yeast-cream storage tanks in its drying plant. The estimated R4-million project, which has already begun, is scheduled to be completed by the... 

R1,4m screening contract completed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A R1,4-million contract for the supply of a complete plant for the screening of coke at Iscor Pretoria has been completed by Pilot Crushtec. The plant was supplied to Tau Mining and Management Services, of Witbank, for installation at the Iscor Plant at Pretoria, says MD Sandro Scherf. “The... 

Acid-plant contract completed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A BIG electrical and instrumentation contract for the NCP Isipingo tartaric malic acid plant has been completed by B&W Electrical, of Alberton, Gauteng. The company was called upon to supply and install the new distribution, low-voltage distribution, instrumentation and lighting and small power.... 

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,... 

Mabopane freeway construction well under way

By: System Author     5th March 1999 CONSTRUCTION is well under way on the Mabopane freeway (road P200-1), north of Pretoria, using a combination of conventional and emerging contractors, and completion is expected well ahead of schedule. Other contracts have also been awarded in the Klipfontein/Kruisfontein area south of Soshanguve... 

New hot seat for G-force simulation

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A new flight simulator seat that re-creates the effects of G-force and offers a more realistic flying experience will be used to train UK fighter pilots. Designed by Cranfield College of Aeronautics, the technology is now being commercially manufactured by Cranfield Aerospace in Bedford, Southern... 

SA firm pulls its weight in Bangladesh

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In a welcome boost for South Africa’s export market, crane safety and traffic centre management company Pietzch Automatieserungstechnik (PAT) has secured the R1,2-million contract to build a weigh-in-motion facility for the newly-constructed Bangabundhu bridge, the world’s eleventh... 

R20m in-line measurement order supplied

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The R20-million contract for the supply of robot-positioned cameras for an in-line measurement system at BMW’s Rosslyn, Pretoria, body shop, awarded to Johannesburg company ABB in June 1997, was completed earlier this year. The contract comprised the supply of 40 robots, with four of that... 

In-motion weighing system accredited

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Assized accreditation for use in trade, in . terms of the Trade Metrology Act 77 of 1973, has been awarded to the Datarail 100, an in-motion weighing system which was developed and produced by Kya Sand company SA Automation. This status was acquired in November 1998 and effectively permits the... 

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... 

R1,2-million stock storage expansion planned

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A R1,2-million expansion to increase stock-storage facilities is planned for June at Universal Storage Systems in Randburg, Gauteng. Continuous growth due to the manufacturer’s exports rising to R12-million a year – out of a R45-million turnover – has prompted this move and also... 

Unusual contract for dam gates

By: System Author     26th February 1999 AN unusual contract for the supply of fabricated steel gates for the Bulshoek dam, which is part of the Olifantsfontein water scheme near Clanwilliam, has been awarded to Concor Engineering by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf). The contract calls for the fabrication of 14... 

Indoor air quality solutions

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Turbine ventilation company Turbo Vent has expanded into providing a range of indoor air quality (IAQ) solutions – from simple turbine ventilation through natural and conventional air-conditioning to air purification using ozone and ionisation. This has led to the company repositioning... 

World-class mill offers expandability

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The vision for the Kliprivier, Gauteng, mill was to provide not only much-needed additional grind and finishing channel capacity, but also to build a world-class facility with easy expandability, that can provide for African Products’ future local and export requirements, reports African... 

R9m hi-tech upgrade

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A new monobloc computer nume- ric-controlled deep-drawing press with automatic sheet lubrication and loading has been installed at City Metal Products in Mobeni, Durban, following an investment of more than R9-million in this hi-tech production equipment. The new machine enables the company to... 

Final dust-control contract completed

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THE second and final dust-control contract for the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council’s multimillion-rand ‘Jo-Gro’ compost-production project at Olifantsfontein, south of the city, has been completed by Air Cleaning Equipment of Springs. Worth a total of R2,3-million, the... 

Waterval smelter emissions approach zero

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Duct emissions from Amplats’ RPM Waterval smelter, near Rustenburg, in the North West province, have been reduced to almost zero since the company introduced an environmental monitoring and technical investigation programme five years ago. “The company has been spending the money to... 

Work hots up with R12m turnkey contract

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A R12-million contract for the turnkey sup- ply of a drying and incineration plant to the Durban Metropolitan Council (DMC) has been awarded to thermal process engineering and project management firm, Energy Engineering International (EE). The deal, which was signed in the first week of February,... 

R5-million ammonia plant set to bear fruit

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A R5-million contract has been awarded to Sabroe Refrigeration for the supply and installation of an ammonia refrigeration facility at Del Monte Fresh Produce’s new fruit packhouse at Gouda, Western Cape. The first phase of the project has a total cost of R35-million and is said to be the... 

Chinese air-conditioners roll into SA

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The investment arm of the Shanghai city council, the Shanghai Industrial Investment Corporation (SIIC), has made a considerable investment in South African industry, with a sizeable focus on the cooling industry. The SIIC has made a R110-million investment in Omega Holdings, a Johannesburg... 

Instrumentation and electrical work

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Electrical and instrumentation contracts to the value of R30-million were awarded to Kentz by Fluor Daniel in August 1996 for work on the African Products Kliprivier plant that was commissioned in August last year. Work on these contracts began in September 1996 on the new maize wet-milling plant... 

South Africa and France team up on train-door contract

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A R2-million contract to supply an outside sliding-door system comprising 100 pneumatic door gears and 200 door leaves for the upgrade of the South African Rail Commuter Corporation’s 5M2A rolling stock has been secured by a South African–French partnership. Local company Voith South... 

Ins, outs of meter choice

By: System Author     19th February 1999 There is more to choosing a meter than finding one with the right functions and features for the job, explains Fluke Industrial Electronics product specialist Randy Mather. “To protect your investment and, more importantly, yourself, choose a meter that can withstand the electrical hazards... 

Renewed vision on non-grid electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 In the new White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year, government recognises the need to bring the role of non-grid electrification projects in line with grid electrification projects. “Biomass forms the main energy source in the rural domestic sector, while other renewable... 

2,7-million households expected to be electrified

By: System Author     19th February 1999 It is expected that about 200 000 more households will receive electricity than the targeted 2,5-million originally set out in the national electrification programme. “We have reached about 2,2-million households since 1994 and at the rate at which we are going, we expect a total number of... 

Rural schools and villages go solar

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE lights were switched on in October last year in the first Northern Province rural school to benefit from a joint Bavarian government and South African Department of Minerals and Energy pilot solar power project. Dzimauli School, in Folovhodwe village, is one of three schools, 582 homes and... 

Use of stand-alone energy units probed

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With many unelectrified households situated in rural areas, far away from the national electricity grid, the Eskom non-grid electrification division is studying various possibilities of providing these households with stand-alone energy units. “Eskom has been involved in electrification for... 

Sustained development needed for electrification

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Power generation and transmission specialist ABB South Africa, which forms part of the international electrical engineering and technology group, ABB, places great emphasis on sustained development when it becomes involved in community electrification projects. The company supports the training... 

Oil-dispensing system ensures control

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A study conducted by Mercedes-Benz of Germany revealed that traditional oil-dispensing methods in its workshops and factories left 16% of its lubricants unaccounted for. However, the installation of a complete Lubex MDS system resulted in more precise control of expensive oils. “Lubrication... 

R5,3-million Botswana transformer contracts

By: System Author     19th February 1999 TWO contracts totalling R5,3-million, comprising the supply and installation of transformers and outdoor yard extensions for the 132/33 kV Mogoditshane substation at Gaborone in Botswana, have been awarded to Alstom Power Systems. Due to get under way in July and scheduled for completion in... 

Defence technology fights farm killings

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A new defence-turned- civilian-security solution is being marketed as from this month in a bid to combat attacks on farmers in South Africa. It will be launched initially in Gauteng, but will be taken nationwide within the next six months. Farm attacks have reached horrific proportions, and have... 

Fast-track second licence for fixed-line operator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE issuing of a licence for South Africa’s second fixed-line telecom operator should be seen as a matter of urgency, Transtel chief executive Alf Schulze tells Engineering News. Transtel is the telecom business unit of Transnet. “The government needs to fast-track the process of... 

US foundry in big equipment order

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE foundry division of John Deere of the US, a leading manufacturer of farming machinery, has ordered equipment from Inductotherm for what has been billed as the largest solid-state, medium-frequency induction melting installation in the world. The local representative for Inductotherm is Efco... 

Web-user survey highlights importance of Internet as business tool

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE Internet is fast becoming a valuable business tool and, according to the South African Web-User Survey, it is estimated that 43% of Web users surveyed have already made a purchase on the Internet, and that 89% intend to so in the near future. In line with this trend, Billcad Holdings, a... 

Breakthrough aviation contract for company

By: System Author     12th February 1999 TOGETHER with its Norwegian partner, Navia Aviation, Grintek has been awarded a breakthrough contract for a Normarc 7000 instrument-landing system for the South African Air Force (SAAF). The multimillion-rand system to be installed at Waterkloof Air Force Base in April this year enables aircraft... 

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