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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... 

Pumps supplied to weir station

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A leading local manufacturer of submersible pumps, Pumpmaker, has supplied three 112 kW and two 56 kW pumps, with motors from Franklin Electric, for two pumpstations at the Nondwini weir on the Groot Letaba river. The two pumpstations will serve the 300 ha block of land on the left bank of the... 

Choosing the correct pneumatic tool

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Selecting the correct pneumatic tool for a task enhances productivity greatly, improves quality control, and increases profits, reports Bellambie Mining and Industrial marketing manager Dudley Ward. “To ensure optimum performance and extended operating life of pneumatic tools, proper... 

The costly legacy of ‘cheap’ pumps

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The groundwater industry is losing about R20-million a year as a result of premature product failures through misapplication, bad workmanship and inefficient operation, maintains Franklin Electric submersible motor manager John Tonkin. He contends that this is a conservative figure, equal to 7%... 

From the Archimedes screw to multistage impeller pumps

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The new release of All About Pumps is now available from the Animated Software Company. This program has received high praise from users and reviewers, and is quickly becoming a standard teaching tool in the pump industry. Available on CD-Rom for just US$59,95, All About Pumps teaches the... 

Sweet Zimbabwe pump order for company

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Four Orbit axial-flow pumps have been installed at Zimbabwe’s Triangle Sugar Estates to transfer water from the Mutirikwi river into irrigation canals. The five-stage pumps are the largest yet manufactured in Orbit’s 600 mm nominal-bore range, and represent an order worth R800 000 to... 

Industrial opportunities in Peru

By: System Author     16th April 1999 PERU is a country with an underdeveloped industrial sector. “Industry was developed here, but with so many subsidies that, when the government opened the economy, local companies couldn’t survive the foreign competition,” reveals Banco de Credito del Peru corporate banking head... 

1964 gearboxes still going at wastewater works

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Four generations of Brook Hansen industrial gearboxes work seven days a week around the clock to assist with the purification of 35-million litres of water a day at the Baviaanspoort wastewater-purification works in Pretoria. Purification plants are notorious for the severe demands they make on... 

Company rolls out bearing service

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Rolling out a comprehensive strategy for bearing services in South Africa, supplier of ZKL Bearings and Plummer block assemblies, Mecho Agencies of Sandton, Gauteng, focuses its attention on more than just supplying roller bearings. “We have been marketing the bearings, which are imported... 

Miniature ball-rail system

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 The expansion of Rexroth Star’s miniature ball-rail system, the latest offering in a proved product range, enables Tectra Automation to provide a solution for virtually every linear motion application. As part of an already extensive range of Star profiled rail linear motion systems, the... 

Monitoring-systems division is established

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Adivision has been formed by Bartec Barlian Technik to provide solutions for control systems applications, and to market its range of Modex components and Ex personal computers (PCs) for hazardous areas in refineries, petrochemical, chemical, paint manufacturing and other plants. All the... 

R20-million contract for paper machine

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R20-million contract for detailed engineering work for Mondi Richards Bay’s paper machine (PM) 2 refurbishment has been awarded to Jaako Poyry Southern Africa (JPSA) of Durban. The company, wholly-owned by Finland’s Jaakko Poyry group, has been operating in South Africa since... 

New Jhb paint-finishing facility

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A completely-new semi-automated paint-finishing facility has been installed at the Johannesburg assembly plant of SEW Eurodrive. The additions were made without interruption or changes to the assembly lines, and will improve production output for the smaller to medium sizes of geared motors. The... 

Mining technology muscles in on food industry

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A modular screen traditionally used in all facets of the mining industry is to be provided with added muscle once the adaptation for a food-industry application is completed. “We are busy investigating the possibility for the screen to be used on a mussel farm in Saldanha, Western... 

Industrial mixer range launched

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A SPECIALIST in the design and manufacture of engineering products and systems, Cape Industrial Trading, has a range of industrial mixers suited for the simplest mixing and blending operations in the food and beverages industry, as well as complex chemical processes. The company’s range of... 

The future vision for world energy initiatives

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Although current fossil fuel resources are sufficient to sustain global economic growth well into the next century and will be used in increasing quantities, severe environmental, economic and technological challenges may well follow unless pollution control measures are employed and steps are... 

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... 

Automotive giant to develop diesel-electric bus

By: System Author     5th March 1999 US COMPANY General Motors Corporation (GM) is developing a fuel-efficient diesel-electric bus that will be used to haul commuters during initial testing this year in New York, reports Associated Press. The combination diesel-electric powertrain is expected to cut fuel consumption by 40% and save... 

New technology controls fan motor speeds

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A new technology, known as EBM EC-systems, which is already in use in Europe, Australasia and the Middle East, has been launched into the South African heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry by Johannesburg company Ziehl-ebm. The EC-system is a management system that controls the... 

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... 

Oil-submerged motors

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Specialist in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of motors for special applications, including the Oildrolec range, which consists of three-phase asynchronous motors submerged in hydraulic oil. “Oildrolec motors have been specially designed for direct coupling... 

Electromechanical items manufactured

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A range of motors, drives and alternators which meet stringent quality and safety specifications are manufactured by electromechanical engineering specialist Leroy Somer. The range includes ac motors – single-phase, three-phase, slip-ring, drip-proof, brake motors, vibrating and adapted... 

Elevated hoist design

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The new SH-Series from Condra Cranes, of the East Rand, is claimed to represent a new standard in hoists, surpassing many designs on the world market at present. Cleaner, neater, easier to maintain and much more compact than other hoists, the new series is an attempt by Condra to break new ground... 

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