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Advances in automatic drilling machines

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Developments to Watch 

How owner of 3500 stores has no stock, debtors or buying personnel

By: System Author     3rd September 1999 Information technology in the third millennium will bring about a business and personal revolution as it introduces an age of interaction, decision and personal responsibility. 

Harbour repairs, Western Cape

By: System Author     27th August 1999 The decaying harbours of Kalk Bay have been thrown a R5-million lifeline for emergency repairs. 

Keeping onboard ship-wiring afloat

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Electrically Speaking 

Control solution for engine plant

By: System Author     6th August 1999 Automotive manufacturer Ford/Samcor is in the process of upgrading several of the key production lines at its Port Elizabeth engine plant in preparation for some large export orders. 

Speed-reducers launched

By: System Author     30th July 1999 A new range of helical and bevel helical speed-reducers, designed to meet the de-mands of heavy-duty applications, has been released by Bearing Man geared motor division, Power Drives. “The Paramax range has new standardised modular gearsets which offer a wide ratio selection, optimum... 

Correct maintenance critical for performance

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Correct maintenance is critical for the performance and optimum safety of any mechanical rotating equipment, says Leroy-Somer MD Grant Robertson. To ensure that users adhere to appropriate procedures, the company has published recommendations for storing, installing and maintaining ac and dc... 

Keeping one’s motors running

By: System Author     30th July 1999 Since a motor is a fundamental component of mechanical power transmission, knowing how to maintain it is invaluable. The correct maintenance of a motor can extend its service life, and ensure more efficient performance. Correct motor selection, storage, installation, operation and maintenance is... 

Project dearth boosts maintenance trend

By: System Author     30th July 1999 With a scarcity of projects and investment in South Africa, Flender Power Transmission, of Isando, Gauteng, is intensifying its focus on maintenance and servicing of transmission products. “Due to the economic situation in this country over the last three to four years, the availability of... 

A–Z of determining air-quality requirements

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Controls and equipment that use compressed air have become increasingly sophisticated, says Ingersoll-Rand air-compressor group spokesperson Scott Krull. “Remember the good old days when an instrument air system upgrade meant adding another reciprocating compressor? “Now we worry... 

Over 3 000 catalogued steel grades available

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Steel is a metal composed of iron plus varying amounts of carbon, as well as other elements such as chromium, nickel, molybdenum, zirconium, vanadium, tungsten, and so on. Different types of steel – that is, steel with different properties and characteristics – are produced by... 

Light-truck study a heavyweight cost-saver

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 The UltraLight Steel Auto Body (ULSAB) validation phase has grabbed much of the attention lately in the automotive-steel market. The proof-of-concept body-structure design demonstrates how carmakers can reduce the weight of a passenger car, drop the cost, and increase performance and safety all... 

Noble gas production doubled

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 Commissioning of Sasol Synthetic Fuels’ (SSF) R38-million plant to extract additional quantities of krypton and xenon gas at Secunda, Mpumalanga, has begun, in effect doubling production quantities. The rare gases are extracted from the atmosphere in SSF’s oxygen plant, through... 

Southern Hemisphere’s largest compressor

By: System Author     23rd July 1999 What is believed to be the largest Belliss & Morcom (B&M) polyethylene terephthalate (PET) compressor ever supplied in the southern hemisphere has been bought by a leading Gauteng softdrink company from Hamworthy Engineering Africa, of Johannesburg, compressor sales manager Bruce Sillitoe tells... 

R1,25m pump contract awarded

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Local company Orbit Pump Manufactur- ing has secured a R1,25-million contract from Techserve to supply four axial-flow pumps to Ilovo Sugar’s Kilombero One sugar mill in Tanzania. The pumps will form a key part of the mill upgrade being undertaken by Techserve. The Durban company ordered... 

Electric vehicle cluster proposed

By: System Author     16th July 1999 BY creating an electric-vehicle (EV) cluster by the end of the year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) hopes to set the wheels in motion of a new export industry for South Africa. With the country being a low-cost producer of electricity, and an internationally-accepted small-scale car... 

Latest advances in automation and drives

By: System Author     9th July 1999 At the Hanover Fair this year Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) group president Dr Klaus Wucherer delivered an excellent overview of the latest achievements in the field of automation and drives. He started with a brief look at the A&D group. The last financial year was the first in which the... 

R500m national motor workshop chain

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Petrochemical company Shell South Africa has announced a five-year plan to develop a national chain of 180 motor workshops which will help to stimulate the motor industry and create over 2 000 jobs The project will see an injection of R500-million into the industry. Earlier this year, the company... 

Catalytic converter export market grows

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Catalytic converter manufacturers in the Port Elizabeth-Uitenhage area currently account for around 70% of the total South African manufacturing market reports Precision Exhaust Systems MD Robin Holmes. “South Africa is on the map as a catalytic converter manufacturing country,” he... 

Drive to increase aluminium use in vehicles

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Leaders of the auto- motive and alu- minum industries have unveiled plans to create an inter-industry alliance to promote collaborative research to accelerate the use of new and improved aluminum technologies for motor vehicles. This initiative, called the Auto Aluminum Alliance, includes members... 

Hi-tech composite farm vehicles on show

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The chugging of diesel tractors made of steel and iron is slowly making way for the quiet whining of electric motors powering lightweight vehicles made of composite materials across the vast farmlands of South Africa. Well, at least on paper and in the minds of vehicle designers at the novel... 

Bid to expand higher-value chemical products

By: System Author     11th June 1999 In a bid to expand its product range to include higher-value chemicals and to improve its overall operations, Sasol Chemical Industries (SCI) maintains a highly-focused capex programme for new, expanded and improved chemical plants. Sasol Synthetic Fuels (SSF) and Sasol Technology (Sastech)... 

Leading SA supplier celebrates 75 years

By: System Author     4th June 1999 General engineering equipment and service supplier to the Southern African market Stratford Engineering is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. As a supplier of electrical, mechanical and electronic products to industry, it has built a reputation on understanding and meeting the challenges... 

Rotary switches for Malaysia

By: System Author     4th June 1999 More than 300 Stratford rotary switches are being supplied to Siemens switchgear division, in addition to measurement transducers, as part of a contract to supply equipment to Petronas in Malaysia. Stratford Engineering forms part of the Stratcon group of companies offering engineering equipment,... 

R1-million equipment for large chrome mine

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Rosslyn-based buyer and seller of new and reconditioned electric motors, Benco Machines, has supplied a contracting chrome mine with equipment to the value of R1-million. Regional manager Johan van Vuuren reports that the contract entailed the supply of rebuilt electric motors, reduction... 

Multimeasurement system

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A new portable electronic multimeasurement system, the MMS6000, has been launched by Kandu. The systems allows highly accurate measurements of a commutator surface, dc current of 0 A to 1 000 A, and temperatures of between –10?C and 1 000?C in a few minutes. “It is vital that... 

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... 

New gearbox, motor firm

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The recent acquisition of Fenner Power Transmission (FPT SA) by Bearing Man has resulted in the significant extension of the company’s existing geared-motors division. An entirely new gearbox and geared motor company, Power Drives, has been established, with a new corporate identity under... 

International exhibition for Jhb

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Drives and controls are invaluable tools to industry because they act as a vital interface between the power supply and industrial processes, be they manufacturing or mining. Without them, industry simply could not function. With a market value of around R160 million, drives and controls are... 

New electric-motor company opened in Gauteng

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Cape Town-based electric-motor imports and distribution company Motorelli has decided to spread its wings, and has opened a branch in Gauteng. Director Mark Schell reports that Motorelli has also awarded subdistributorships to a number of companies at the beginning of the year, including... 

R16m wastewater-works upgrade motors ahead

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Independent motor control centre (MCC) manufacturer and turnkey electrical-services company Electron, of Bramley, Gauteng, is busy with the R16-million Wildevo 

A leading pioneer celebrates 100 years

By: System Author     28th May 1999 leading supplier of equipment in the field of electrical and electronic engineering, including motor control centres (MCCs), celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year. The year has also brought a change in the names of group companies worldwide from the previous name of Klockner Moeller.... 

Stray-current damage combated

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Gauteng firm Westward Electric has embarked on an exercise with Sasol Synthetic Fuels to monitor the company’s rotating machines on all electrical equipment in the gas circuit, air-separation and oxygen plants, reports technical director Sherwin Jerrier. The company will assist the... 

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... 

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,... 

In-house hydraulics workshop opened

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Hydraulic-equipment importer Powerforce, of Kempton Park, Gauteng, has opened an in-house hydraulics workshop on the premises of a client, Smith Capital Equipment. “Our client is an original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of drill-rigs employing hydraulics. “At present our client is... 

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... 

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