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The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) is responsible for maintaining the SI units and to maintain and develop primary scientific standards of physical quantities for SA and compare those standards with other national standards to ensure global measurement equivalence.
It must also provide reference analysis in the case of a measurement dispute and maintain and develop primary methods for chemical analysis to certify reference materials for SA and the region.


New system expands product range

     17th March 2017 The condition monitoring equipment range from technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has been expanded by the newly launched portable SPM Leonova Diamond Aligner (SPM Leonova) system. 

Power products on display at Solar Show Africa

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Global electronics company Omron Electronics will showcase its power-monitoring, power-management and energy-saving products at the Solar Show Africa 2017 – which runs alongside the Power & Electricity World Africa 2017 conference taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28 and 29.... 

Four ways to optimise pump performance

     16th March 2017 Pumps are the foot soldiers of the process industry, but their quiet dedication means they are often ignored. Ignoring the pumps is a big risk, because when these components break down – or run below optimum efficiency – the whole process suffers. Manufacturing and process companies are under... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     16th March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

High-Performance SPECTROBLUE ICP-OES Spectrometer Offers Simplified Operation, Greater Stability and Lower Cost

     15th March 2017 SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, a leading supplier of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, has introduced the SPECTROBLUE, an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OES) that sets new benchmarks among compact, mid-range... 

'Irrational' uranium prices making life tough, even for world-class juniors 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The resource investment market’s fixation on uranium spot prices and fewer majors operating in the space are making life difficult for uranium exploration juniors, even those such as Fission Uranium that have made world-class discoveries in one of the best jurisdictions in the world. Speaking to... 

Require both a Microscope and Borescope Inspection Station? We have the solution!

     8th March 2017 The Luxxor Video Microscope can be used as both a microscope or in conjunction with a borescope.  The Luxxor Microscope / Borescope Inspection Station easily converts for microscope and borescope use, allowing for both internal and external inspection.    The high quality, f/4.5 zoom lens... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     3rd March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

BBE Group launches new automation division

     3rd March 2017 The BBE Group, specialists in mine ventilation, refrigeration and energy optimisation engineering, have established a new automation division to extend its services.  BBE Automation primarily supports the Group’s consulting services and turnkey projects, but also provides automation and... 

Increased awareness key to enhancing industrial water efficiency

By: Robyn Wilkinson     3rd March 2017 Increased awareness of the importance of water conservation and an enhanced sensitisation to practices that can facilitate it are some of the most effective means of eliciting a positive response to the drive to see that water efficiency practices are adopted in South Africa’s industrial... 

Keysight Technologies Introduces Ultra-Low Cost Oscilloscope Series

     2nd March 2017 Keysight Technologies Introduces Ultra-Low Cost Oscilloscope Series New 50 to 100 MHz oscilloscopes have professional-level functionality, software analysis Highlights: 

Fission discovers new mineralised zone at PLS

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2017 Junior explorer Fission Uranium has announced the discovery of a new mineralised zone 660 m west of the existing R840W zone, highlighting the potential to extend the Patterson Lake South (PLS) mineralised trend, in Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, well beyond the current 2.63 km. The Kelowna-based... 

DEHN Africa shields wind turbines from lightning and surges

     27th February 2017 The general public’s consumption of alternative fuels is growing including wind energy, which has been used since 2000 BC and is one of the greatest sources of safe and clean energy. Wind farms are fast developing and are created for the purpose of generating large amounts of electric power.... 

Sylmar high-voltage direct current converter station modernisation project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The project aims to modernise the southern converter station on the Pacific Intertie. 

Shandong Iron & Steel orders continuous caster for ultra-wide medium slabs from SMS group

     16th February 2017 Shandong Iron & Steel Group Co Ltd, Rizhao, China, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a continuous caster for ultra-wide slabs. The single-strand caster is designed for an annual production of 1.5 million tons of steel slabs with widths of up to 3,250... 

Wind Prospect Africa: Building relationships and wind farms in Zambia

     16th February 2017 Members of the Wind Prospect Africa team are proud to report that the successful installation of the 60m met mast has taken place on site at Kafue Gorge, Zambia. Wind Prospect are excited to be involved with this project in their capacity as Owner’s Engineer as well as Project Manager as they... 

Structured maintenance programme emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 Introducing a structured maintenance management programme that ensures ongoing effective lubrication is critical in maximising production efficiencies, says technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG). BMG fluid technology manager Wayne Holton says the company’s efficiency drive, which... 

Handheld Solarimeters Available From Asstech

     9th February 2017 New to ASSTech’s product line-up from French manufacturer Kimo, is handheld solarimeters dedicated to photovoltaic and thermal installation control. The SL 100-SL200 can be used for the following functions: 

Machine Tools Africa to showcase latest technology

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd February 2017 Quality tools and machinery are the backbone of the South African manufacturing industry which is why Machine Tools Africa 2017 has been designed to showcase the very latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions in this innovative sector. Machine Tools touch every... 

Industry at inflection point as mining tide rises – Deloitte

By: Henry Lazenby     1st February 2017 Companies that are willing to engage in substantive change by rethinking strategy, embracing technological disruption and adopting a long-term view, will be best positioned to succeed and propel the mining industry forward, a new report by professional services firm Deloitte has found. According... 

Engineering partnership helping to develop cheaper prosthetics

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2017 A partnership between engineering and technology firms is being leveraged to test the design, suitability and production of affordable prosthetics for Africa using three-dimensional (3D) printing, says 3D design technology firm Solid Edge Technology business development manager Jared de Waal. The... 

New Cost Effective Weld Purging

     23rd January 2017 It took a long time for engineers to recognise that the use of inert gas purging during the welding of tubes and pipes could not only improve overall weld quality but could save both time and money. Purging using designs based on advanced technology offers dramatic reductions in weld defects,... 

RS Components signs membership agreement to join the ECIA

     12th January 2017 RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has signed the membership agreement to join the ECIA (Electronic Components Industry Association), the international industry body that represents leading electronic component manufacturers,... 

An Efficient Approach to Obtain an MID Approval for Measuring Instruments

     11th January 2017 For manufacturers, the time to market for their measuring instruments can be crucial, particularly during massive and time-limited roll-out programs, as are currently taking place for smart meters in several European countries. Typically, a considerable fraction of the time to market for... 

Nevada Sunrise, Advantage intersect potentially untapped lithium aquifer in Clayton Valley

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd December 2016 Lithium explorers Nevada Sunrise Gold and Advantage Lithium have possibly discovered an untapped lithium-brine aquifer in Nevada’s prospective Clayton Valley, giving the partners’ Toronto-listed stocks a boost Wednesday. Advantage, which is earning a 70% stake in the 405 ha Clayton NE property... 

New Fluke range in stock at RS Components boosts electrical engineers’ capabilities

     13th December 2016 Advanced electrical test equipment products deliver greater functionality for enhanced personnel safety and asset performance RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has added new products – including the very latest electrical-testing... 

Leuze Celebrates The One Millionth Switching Sensor Of The 46b Series

     12th December 2016 Since its market launch in 2005, the Leuze 46B series generation of sensors has set new standards in optical sensors. Significantly, the one millionth switching sensor of the 46B series was manufactured at the end of 2016. Countapulse Controls is the official southern African distributor for... 

TeleEye SA Combines Online Convenience With Real World Confidence

     12th December 2016 After being founded by certified thermographers and thermal imaging experts over a decade ago, TeleEye SA has this week launched This pioneering web portal showcases offerings within categories that include thermal devices, commercial security, outdoor, tactical, instrumentation,... 

Nuclear power is the way to go

By: Kelvin Kemm     9th December 2016 If one decides to build a new hospital, one would expect that medical doctors and nurses would have a major say in how the hospital should be laid out. Architects would be involved. But local church groups, the baker and butcher should not be involved. Representatives of the church could make... 

ABB supports China in transition to a "New Normal" with world-class innovation and energy efficiency

     7th December 2016 ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and Claudio Facchin, President, Power Grids division, delivered keynote addresses at ABB’s Power World 2016 event in Beijing, demonstrating ABB’s unique position as the partner of choice for stronger, smarter and greener grids in China as well as increasing... 

SNC-Lavalin clinches $100m oil and gas deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th December 2016 TSX-listed SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a $100-million ten-year build-own-operate (BOO) oil and gas service contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and the operations of multiple gas-compression and dehydration facilities in the US’s Permian basin, in Texas. SNC-Lavalin... 

Monitoring portal ensures standby power equipment is primed

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd December 2016 Power management solutions provider Powermode has introduced its monitoring portal, which provides real-time feedback on the performance of standby power equipment to prevent power failures. 

Gold Brands interim profit up 15.9%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 South African franchising company Gold Brands recorded a 15.9% increase in profit after tax to R3.5-million for the six months ended August 31, translating into headline earnings a share of 3.18c. Commenting on Gold Brands’ performance, CEO Praxia Nathanael on Monday said the results were strong,... 

Fluid cleanliness monitor internationally well received

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th November 2016 Industrial filtration solutions supplier Filtration Management Solutions (FMS) has had an overwhelmingly positive international response to the PCM500 fluid cleanliness monitor, which uses unique filter mesh technology, since its introduction last year. 

Historical corporate social investment reaches end of useful life – ERM

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 New, precise and penetrating methods of measuring social impact are driving radical revisions to corporate social investment (CSI) as practised by big business and global investors, according to sustainability consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM) Southern Africa.  

Software frees quantity surveyors to add (yet more) value

     21st November 2016 Enthusiasts are seeing improvements in software as a sign that the days of the quantity surveyor are numbered. Nothing could be further from the truth. Software has disrupted many industry sectors, from travel to insurance, and from retail to real estate. In each case, we were informed excitedly... 

Davies extends automatic recognition of empowering supplier status

By: Anine Kilian     17th November 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has extended automatic recognition of empowering supplier status to all entities within South Africa until further determination. This extension is in line with Paragraph 1(d) of Notice 444 of 2015 Government Gazette Number 38799 issued on 15 May 2015. 

New technology launched at FDT Africa 2016

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th November 2016 Beverage industry solutions supplier Eureka Scientific launched Netherlands-based food and beverage process solutions manufacturer Pentair Haffmans’ carbon dioxide (CO2) selector to the African market at the Food and Drink Technology Africa 2016 trade fair. 

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