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Linear actuator drive selection – a precise balancing act

     16th February 2018 No ‘one size fits all’ for linear motion system drive train designs Olaf Zeiss, Product Manager, Linear Actuators Parker Hannifin Motion Systems Group 

Precast concrete technologies complement labour-based construction

     12th February 2018 Precast concrete technologies are playing a key role in helping municipalities deliver essential infrastructure, including sports and recreational facilities. By harnessing the main benefits of this technology, namely speed and ease of construction, these public-sector bodies that operate at... 

SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa to have a major presence at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018

     8th February 2018 From the new ECDriveS® 24 V drive system for light-load conveyor technology, to its latest DRN series of IE3-compliant motors, and the customised LTP-B Eco Drive for pump and fan control in a range of niche sectors from HVAC to underground mining, SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa will have a major... 

With the drastic water shortage currently being experienced in Cape Town, individuals and organisations need to do all they can to save water.

     8th February 2018 One of the immediate actions which can be implemented is the use of portable toilets, which impacts on the physical saving of water as well as being a vital element of disaster management. “Although water saving has become a matter of urgency in Cape Town, it is relevant across South Africa and... 

Master Drilling unveils novel mobile tunnel boring system at Indaba

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th February 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has launched its new South African-developed mobile tunnel boring system, which is suitable for the excavation of various types of tunnels. Master Drilling executive director Koos Jordaan explained at the unveiling of the system at the Investing in African Mining... 

New gas detection sensors available in SA

     2nd February 2018 A range of compact gas sensors from gas detection sensor technology developer Figaro is now available for purchase in South Africa through electronics components supplier RS Components (RS). The company explains that the gas sensors are targeting a wide range of gas monitoring and detection... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd February 2018 VWSA launched its new Polo and showcased the R6.1-billion investment in its plant and new products on January 28. 

Volkswagen South Africa Group investment plan, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd February 2018 Volkswagen South Africa Group launched its new Polo and showcased the R6.1-billion investment in its plant and new products on January 28. 

Endress+Hauser presents the world’s first self-calibrating thermometer

     1st February 2018 Endress+Hauser is launching the iTHERM TrustSens TM371 compact thermometer for food & beverage and life sciences industries. It features unique sensor technology with fully automated inline self-calibration function for hygienic and aseptic applications. 100% Compliance – 0% Effort. The new... 

Modular solutions for small chlorine plants from thyssenkrupp

     30th January 2018 Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions’ modular skid mounted chlorine plants offer a cost-effective and practical solution to industries on the African continent who require small chlorine alkali plants for applications such as water treatment and mineral processing. Bruce Bassett, Process Industries... 

Rio-Carb is a one-stop shop for complete wear solutions

     29th January 2018 A number of innovations adopted successfully in 2017 has seen Rio-Carb become a one-stop shop for all wear solutions, in addition to supplying a range of wear materials.These innovations include modular chutes, the design of hybrid liner packages for haul trucks, upgraded liner packaging, and an... 

RS Components adds Cressall’s range of resistors and portable load bank units to portfolio for industrial applications

     26th January 2018 Global distribution agreement means quick and easy access for RS customers to reliable resistors for applications such as dynamic braking and motor control   RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has signed a distribution agreement... 

Microgrids using solar energy to meet energy demands

     26th January 2018 Communities and producers in Africa are struggling with energy deficits caused by a lack of infrastructure access in some cases and poor energy quality and high-power costs in others, explains procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch. As a result, Black & Veatch has... 

RDM to supply advanced Assegai projectiles to Australian defence company

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2018 Munitions and explosives manufacturer Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has secured a contract to supply advanced 155 mm Assegai projectiles to Australian private defence company NIOA. The A$100-million contract was secured in partnership with German defence company Rheinmetall Defence,... 

In October 2017, Pristine Health Services sold its Gauteng-based hygiene and pest control services to Sanitech.

     23rd January 2018 Having purchased Pristine Health Services, Sanitech now has a greater presence in the pest control market as well as being able to offer current clients an extra service. “We c an now move into various industries where we may not have had a presence before, thereby increasing our experience in... 

Shaw Controls Fast Tracks Upgrade At Automotive Component Manufacturing Plant

     23rd January 2018 A wide-ranging upgrade of the electrical distribution network at a catalyst manufacturer’s plant near Johannesburg has been successfully – and speedily – completed by Zest WEG Group companies led by Shaw Controls. According to Shaw Controls chief operating officer Bevan Richards, the work was... 

Jungheinrich Wins Two German Design Awards

     22nd January 2018 ECE recognised for high-calibre ergonomic design ERE praised for combining manoeuvrability with comfort Design as an expression of quality and innovativeness The German Design Council has announced the selection of the Jungheinrich ECE horizontal order picker and the ERE electric pedestrian... 

Resilient Lonmin delivers sturdy output, extracts cash from tailings

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2018 Embattled but resilient platinum company Lonmin, which is enthusiastically embracing the Sibanye-Stillwater’s offer made to it, did all its stakeholders proud in the fatality-free first quarter of its new financial year by putting in a sturdy operational performance that saw sales rise 9%,... 

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer. 

UK announces further funding for small modular nuclear reactor programme

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2018 The British government last month announced the next phase in its programme of funding the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), which forms part of a larger programme to develop the nuclear technology and energy sector in the UK. This phase will see Westminster awarding up to... 

Precast concrete provides a safer means of building

     17th January 2018 One of the many of advantages of hybrid-concrete construction (HCC) is that it is a safer alternative to conventional in-situ building techniques. Sections or portions of a construction project are undertaken off site in a controlled factory environment, while only skilled teams are required to... 

NextSource soars on Japanese approval of registered SuperFlake product trademark

By: Henry Lazenby     17th January 2018 The TSX-listed equity of one of the graphite industry’s best kept secrets, NextSource Materials, has recorded significant gains on Tuesday following a company announcement that Japan has approved the company’s registration of ‘SuperFlake’ graphite as a trademark in the country. The registration... 

CoreSlab keeps scoring milestones on municipal sports complex projects

     15th January 2018 Precast concrete technologies are helping municipalities accelerate the delivery of sports complexes in many poor outlying areas of the country. These projects under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) create many employment, as well as skills-development opportunities during the... 

Aggreko 28 MW HFO plant comes online in Madagascar

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 Electricity solutions provider Aggreko has started to supply stable power in Madagascar, using 28 MW of its heavy fuel oil- (HFO-) generated energy from its Noor 2 turbine, running alongside its joint venture partner Jovena’s Noor 1 turbines. This forms part of an extension to a 50 MW agreement... 

Maverick gas plant, US

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 Producers Midstream are building a cryogenic gas plant capable of 99%+ propane recovery. 

QCoal contracts Sedgman to deliver Byerwen mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th December 2017 Mineral processing company Sedgman has been contracted to carry out engineering, procurement and construction at QCoal Group’s greenfield Byerwen coal mine in central Queensland, as well as the delivery of a coal handling and processing plant. With a combined revenue of almost $100-million, the... 

Richland halts operations at Queensland sapphire mine

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 Aim-listed Richland Resources has temporarily suspended mining activities at its Capricorn sapphire mine, in Queensland, citing extreme weather conditions and a weak market environment. The company said on Monday that it had decided to halt operations to conserve cash resources, as heavy rainfall... 

Forced self-correction

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2017 I could not agree more with Energy Minister David Mahlobo’s recent Parliamentary reply, in which he stated that there was no longer a need to build large power generation units, owing to the availability of low-cost smaller generation alternatives. In response to Economic Freedom Fighters MP... 

The “Kids” Of The MB Crusher Family

     7th December 2017 Waste and residues - once materials to be disposed of - are now transformed by MB into a new source of profit, with significant environmental benefits. Until recently, nobody had thought of this. Then along came MB Crusher, who designed and produced machinery that transforms loaders, skid loaders... 

Kibaran to build battery-grade graphite producing pilot plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, ASX-listed Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of  premium battery graphite... 

FLSmidth launches new, modular Reflux Classifier plant 

     30th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Precast concrete industry drives sustainable employment and skills development in construction

     29th November 2017 Leading participants in the precast concrete industry are creating sustainable employment opportunities, while contributing towards skills development in the South African construction sector. This stands out as a major industry milestone for Willie de Jager, managing director of Corestruc, a... 

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo’s latest Parliamentary reply, in which he argues that there is no longer a need to build large generation units, owing to the availability of low-cost smaller generation options, is at odds with his support for a large-scale nuclear build programme. In response to... 

Power underpins wave of African industrialisation

     24th November 2017 Power is closely tied to a surge of new infrastructure projects and rapid industrialisation across Africa, with significant opportunities still open to the power sector, delegates heard at a briefing for key power sector stakeholders in Sandton this week. Infrastructure spend across Africa will... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Robben Island inaugurates solar PV microgrid  

     23rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Schréder And Huawei Announce Strategic Partnership To Light And Connect The City With Shuffle Site

     17th November 2017 At the Eighth Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Huawei, with the leading global outdoor lighting solutions provider Schréder, launched the Shuffle Site, a multi-functional light column co-developed by the two companies. Shuffle Site is based on the modular Shuffle lighting-based system and the... 

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