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RS Components adds robust and high-specification industrial micro-miniature connectors

     24th July 2017 Micro-D connector series from Norcomp offers real alternative to military-spec connectors in industrial applications RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc , the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of a new range of micro-miniature industrial... 

Afrivalve Expands C-Tech Knife Gate Valve Range

     14th July 2017 Afrivalve, the sales division of specialist valve manufacturer eDART Slurry Valves based in Johannesburg, recently delivered DN800 C-Tech valves to a customer in Africa for use on a mineral processing plant.   Due to the recent expansion in factory facilities, Afrivalve now manufacture up to... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Eskom signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank, which will form part of the funding for the Medupi power plant. 

Pipeline expansion project completed in February

     14th July 2017 In February, high-end and specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies announced that it had completed a commission to design and supply a mobile heater skid to a budgeted $210-million pipeline expansion project. The project was commissioned by engineering firm VGI Consulting Africa, on... 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Packaging company Nampak Glass in May commissioned a 1-km-long, high-pressure underground gas pipeline that was constructed by multidisciplinary corporation Saiyl. 

Increased battery efficiency for electric forklift fleets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th July 2017 Industrial battery management system (BMS) developer Balancell has turned electric forklift batteries into smart connected devices for increased lifespan and efficiency.  

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

Prelude floating liquefied natural gas project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 The floating liquefied natural gas facility for the Prelude operation has left South Korea on its way to Australia. 

New measuring devices available through local company

     30th June 2017 Instrumentation engineering business Kobold – represented locally by instrumentation and measurement product supplier Instrotech – now offers the highly precise pressure measuring devices the HND-P121 or P231 up to the HND-P127, which has integrated pressure sensors.  

Smart water solutions promise improved efficiencies for S Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2017 Smart water solution technology will redefine everything the water and wastewater industries do, the extent of which we cannot begin to fathom, enthuses independent international engineering and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV global business line director water Anke... 

New Gold’s Rainy River progresses on schedule, budget

By: Henry Lazenby     28th June 2017 Canadian miner New Gold on Tuesday reported that construction of its $1-billion-plus Rainy River project, in Ontario, remains on track to start operations in September, with commercial production expected to follow in November. “Through the second quarter, our team has both successfully commenced... 

Efficient Solution For Simple Safety Tasks

     26th June 2017 Easy configuration of the Leuze RSL Series safety laser scanner via Bluetooth and Ethernet TCP/IP makes this device easy to set up and use. Further, despite the large number of possible field pairs – up to 100 – it is simple to create independent configurations with its application oriented... 

Magnet now distributes new portable Mobiya solar LED lanterns, which have been designed by Schneider Electric as a convenient, safe and reliable source of energy efficient lighting.

     21st June 2017 Mobiya TS 170S off-grid portable solar LED lanterns consist of a solar panel and an integrated mobile phone charging facility, with a USB cable with 5 adaptors. “This compact, user friendly lighting system is particularly well suited for use in off-grid households, small shops and for street... 

Cold cutting machine minimises explosion risks

     16th June 2017 Portable weld prep-machine tool manufacturer E.H. Wachs’ low clearance split frame (LCSF) operates on a cold cutting machining process, resulting in a safe and clean operation that minimises the risk of explosion. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th June 2017 Eskom announced on June 1 that Unit 4 had been synchronised to the grid. 

Trafo Brings Advantages Of Dry-Type Transformers To Africa

     7th June 2017 Modern manufacturing efficiencies and greater market demand has narrowed the price gap between dry-type transformers and traditional oil-filled units, giving customers around Africa the opportunity to benefit from the many advantages of tried and tested dry-type technology. According to Trafo... 

Boart Longyear Earns Safety Awards in Canada

     7th June 2017 Boart Longyear was recognized by the Canadian Diamond Drill Association (CDDA) with year-end safety achievement awards for working more than 100,000 hours in 2016 with a best in class incident frequency rate. The awards, one for surface drilling and one for underground drilling sites, were... 

The Differing Role Of Classes Of Slurry Samplers

     5th June 2017 “In minerals processing plants there are two distinct classes of samplers, namely metallurgical and process control.  It is important that a distinction between these two classes of samplers and their applications is established, as the aim of all samplers is to provide a small sample that is as... 

WIKA Instruments

     2nd June 2017 WIKA Instruments, one of the nine production sites of the Germany-headquartered WIKA group, manufactures pressure, temperature, level and flow measuring instrumentation for the Southern African market. It also imports and distributes other instrumentation products that complement the product... 

South Africa participates in international astronomy programme

By: African News Agency      30th May 2017 Astronomers from around the world, including South Africa, will attempt to study the rings of an exoplanet orbiting a star 63.4 light years away from earth. The international programme, being conducted between April 2017 and January 2018, would have astronomers observing Beta Pictoris, the second... 

Latest in automation technology goes on show in Johannesburg

     29th May 2017 Advanced automation solutions for every area of process control will go on show at the Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference from 6-8 June 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome in North Riding. Africa Automation Fair and the Connected Industries conference, to be staged alongside... 

Latest in automation technology goes on show in Johannesburg

     26th May 2017 Advanced automation solutions for every area of process control will go on show at the Africa Automation Fair and Connected Industries conference from 6-8 June 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome in North Riding. Africa Automation Fair and the Connected Industries conference, to be staged alongside... 

Despite glorious past, mineral processing innovation faces uncertain future

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 While the mining industry does not yet seem to be in a crisis regarding innovation in mineral processing, it certainly seems to be on a downward trajectory, says former Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre director and emeritus professor Tim Napier-Munn, noting that, with innovation being... 

Innovation, education key to SA transition to Industrie 4.0

     25th May 2017 The Fourth Industrial Revolution or ‘Industrie 4.0’ is forever changing the world of manufacturing and automation. To keep pace with global trends, South Africa must invest in education and innovation, experts say. 

SKF South Africa Training Solutions receives third accreditation

     9th May 2017 SKF South Africa Training Solutions is proud to have obtained accreditation through the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineers (SAIMechE) on five of its training courses. SKF South Africa is the first bearing manufacturer to receive SAIMechE accreditation which is mandated by the... 

New facilities to manufacture actuators and valves

By: Victor Moolman     5th May 2017 Valve producer Afrivalve has expanded its facilities to Randburg where it will manufacture its C-Tech knife gate valves (KGV), RedRoc pinch valves and pneumatic and hydraulic actuators. 

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 The uptake of new information technology (IT) in industrial automation has traditionally been at a slower rate compared with that of the broader information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, says the Society for Automation Instrumentation, Measurements and Control (SAIMC) professional... 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

Temperature transmitter ideal for numerous industries

By: Nadine James     21st April 2017 The DT722 relative humidity and temperature transmitter is ideal for the chemicals, food and beverage, as well as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industries because it offers accurate, stable measurement and control of humidity and temperature, says instrumentation and... 

Cutting-edge machine tools supplies come alive at industry event

     20th April 2017 Local machine tools suppliers together with their international principals will be showcasing the latest technology and innovation at Machine Tools Africa. Taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May, visitors will see machine tools in action with many daily demonstrations... 

Minister Jeff Radebe to speak on opening day at Machine Tools Africa

     20th April 2017 Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of The Presidency, will be speaking on the opening day at Machine Tools Africa, a trade exhibition taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May. Minister Radebe will discuss the National Development Plan and its impact on the SA manufacturing... 

HFO plant’s commissioning process under way

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Specialised oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies started the commissioning process last month for the heavy fuel oil (HFO) storage facility it specifically designed for multidisciplinary engineering firm DRA Global. Energas’s scope for the project included the fabrication,... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th April 2017 Eskom announced on April 3 that Unit 5 had reached commercial operation. 

New app measures at safe distance

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 With the introduction of the SmartBlue application (app), to be used alongside its FMR 10 and FMR 20 handheld radar devices, measurement and automation equipment manufacturer Endress + Hauser says the app allows for radar measurements to be taken in hazardous and difficult-to-reach places at... 

Flotation Level Measurement Techniques

     31st March 2017 The requirement for good level control of flotation machines is well established and documented. In this article we will focus on the more common level measurement options available in the market in the flotation plant today, including the pros and cons associated with each one. All level control... 

Afrivalve Appointed As Official Distributor Of Gemü Valves For Mining Sector In Africa

     31st March 2017 Afrivalve, part of the eDART Group of Companies, have further expanded their range to now offer the Gemü Valve and Control Systems range in the mining and metal refining sector in Africa. This further compliments the eDART Slurry Control Valves, C-Tech knife gate valves, Red Roc Pinch valves and... 

C-Tech – The Game Changer That Continues To Impress

     31st March 2017 Afrivalve exceeded expectations with their robust C-Tech Knife Gate valve in 2016. The C-Tech Knife Gate valves, manufactured at eDART Surry Valve’s manufacturing facilities in Jet Park, Gauteng, range in sizes from DN100-DN800. The DN750 size has proved extremely popular, with Afrivalve... 

The Changing Face Of Valve Manufacturing In South Africa

     31st March 2017 “Manufacturing in South Africa in the current climate is not for the faint hearted. Material costs are high – skills at all levels are scarce – labour laws and health and safety regulations are stringent and restrictive – and the volatility of the Rand makes long term planning a challenging... 

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