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Boiler retubing completed for major tyre manufacturer

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 Management, consulting, engineering and quality assurance services provider GM Boiler & Steam Consulting Engineering completed a boiler retubing for one of the major tyre manufacturers in South Africa, says company technical director Gregory Morgan. The retubing was part of a 36-month boiler... 

Technology at the fore

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Various speakers discussed new technologies and applications in the thermoplastic welding industry at the Thermoplastics Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry body Plastics SA last month. The discussions ranged from single-user welding technology to new applications (apps) revolutionising... 

Americas Silver warns of lower-than-planned Q2 output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed Americas Silver on Thursday advised that the Galena Complex in Idaho would fail to meet its planned production targets for the June quarter, after mining was interrupted twice in the last two months. The latest interruption occurred on Monday, following a mechanical failure... 

Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th June 2018 The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group... 

Sikorsky Continues Customer Support Focus with New Parts Supply Site and S-92 Blade Repair Capability

8th June 2018 Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, today announced the relocation and expansion of its Brazil-based forward stocking location (FSL) at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local operator CEOs and Sikorsky officials. The strategic decision positions Sikorsky products closer to operators and... 

Technology revolutionises machine tools industry

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Additive manufacturing, which includes the use of three-dimensional and computer-aided-design to make stronger and more reliable components for the machine tool industry, has revolutionised the machine tool industry, says machine tools supplier Reliable Technical Consultants (Retecon). Retecon... 

Eltherm’s EHT regulates cold, prevents heat loss

8th June 2018 Electrical heat tracing (EHT) can provide significant cost reductions and energy conservation as it regulates temperature ensuring that during uncharacteristically cold days, other costly sources such as flange or gas heaters do not have to be used to compensate for unplanned heat loss, says EHT... 

Transportation Components: safe, reliable and consistent supply

7th June 2018 OEM aftermarket parts make more ‘cents’ on the road The heavy transportation sector is the veritable lifeblood of South Africa's economy, with goods transported daily by thousands of trucking fleets on the country's roads. It is therefore the reliability and safety of these heavy transport... 

Expertise And Quality Focus See Actom Turbo Machines Expand

5th June 2018 The drive by end-users to achieve longer lifespans from rotating equipment and to reduce their total cost of ownership has seen many customers implement component refurbishment programmes instead of simply replacing parts. This has placed ACTOM Turbo Machines in the ideal position to provide a... 

Food and beverage industry keeps its cool with latest refrigerants

31st May 2018 In order to comply with local and international regulations and requirements, the South African food-and-beverage industry is moving from commonly-used refrigerants such as R404, R507, and R22 to natural refrigerants such as R600, R290, and carbon dioxide, in addition to new-generation HFO... 

Rope access, drone combo for Tsumeb Namibia maintenance project

28th May 2018 Skyriders has carried out routine inspections of two smokestacks and one cooling tower using a highly successfully combination of rope access and Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS) drones for client Dundee Precious Metals at the Tsumeb Namibia mining operation. The drones completed a general... 

Careful selection and specification unlocks the potential of smart sensors in industrial motion control

28th May 2018 Franck Roussillon, Product Manager for Actuators, Pneumatic Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation. The term ‘smart sensor’ has been much used in recent years to describe a new breed of sensor that helps facilitate the manufacturing sector’s shift to Industry 4.0 ideology. While many might... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Should desalination play a bigger role in South Africa’s water future?

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 South Africa’s prolonged drought conditions and arid environment are increasingly highlighting the country’s existing water infrastructure vulnerabilities and demand that alternative and non-conventional sources of water beyond the traditional surface and groundwater resources be explored.... 

Porto de Sergipe I power plant, Brazil

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The project entails the construction of the largest gas-fired power plant in Latin America.  

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

Vast achieves record Q1 gold production in Zim, Mercuria offtake finalised

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Aim-listed mining and resource development company Vast Resources achieved record first-quarter gold production of 6 326 oz at its 25%-owned Pickstone-Peerless gold mine, in Zimbabwe.  

Hydraulics repair centre certifications are good for business

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 The South Africa hydraulics industry now has access to two Denison pump and motor approved repair centres (ARCs) for hydraulic repair that are accredited by international motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin. Parker Hannifin Sales Company South Africa, has, in the last... 

Skills shortage worrisome for industry

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 The South Africa hydraulics industry is feeling the effects of a brain drain of skilled and qualified personnel, says hydraulic and pneumatic equipment manufacturers and suppliers Germiston Hydraulics CEO Archie Leitch. Although the fluid power industry is enjoying a positive industry upturn,... 

Hydraulics service centre available for most industries

4th May 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC), in Port Elizabeth, offers critical solution services to diverse sectors, including the automotive industry, power and petrochemical plants, manufacturing, marine, agriculture and general engineering. “Through the consolidation... 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia and Zimbabwe

By: Sheila Barradas     4th May 2018 The Zambezi River Authority has embarked on the final stage of the project with the launch of a tender for the spillway rehabilitation works. 

Are you ready for a drop in temperature?

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd May 2018 Do you have trouble with: Blocked process pipes; Valve and pump seizures; Maintaining heat; Freezing; Crystallized caustic solution; Viscosity? Electrical heat tracing can help prevent downtime this winter. Find out how to get a free assessment of your production process.  

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia/Zimbabwe

By: Sheila Barradas     27th April 2018 The Kariba dam rehabilitation project is progressing steadily. 

Sherritt narrows Q1 loss as metals prices jump

By: Henry Lazenby     26th April 2018 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International has reported a narrower first-quarter headline loss of C$14.7-million, or C$0.04 a share, compared with a loss of C$82.7-million, or C$0.28 a share, for the same period of 2017, mainly as higher metals prices made up for lower output. Sherritt... 

SA distributor secures rights to market cable fire-protection system

By: Dylan Slater     20th April 2018 A joint venture (JV) between 24-year-old South Africa-based construction access systems provider IBAS Group and Norway-based fire-prevention solutions company Fire Security aims to increase market awareness in South Africa for two fire-prevention systems developed and manufactured by Fire... 

Skysite expands and increases its offering

By: Donald Makhafola     13th April 2018 Work-at-height specialist Skysite is celebrating twenty years of doing business this year, with the company evolving from handling small cleaning and rigging projects to big and diverse projects, increasing its competency and service offering to divisionally managed offices in the Western Cape... 

Asphalt plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 To enhance service delivery, the Johannesburg Roads Agency is building an asphalt plant.  

Bakwena N1/N14 road maintenance and upgrade project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2018 Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire plans to upgrade 385 km of the N1/N4. 

JG Afrika successfully repairs the Groot Marico River Bridge to keep traffic moving

10th April 2018 The swift action taken by JG Afrika on behalf of the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire to repair the damaged Groot Marico River Bridge on the N1/N4 prevented further damage to the toll-road and provided road users with a more convenient alternative to a 36 km detour while repairs were... 

Westgold adjusts full-year expectations

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th April 2018 Junior gold miner Westgold Resources was expecting to produce some 275 000 oz for the full 2018, compared with its annual production rate of around 300 000 oz. The miner told shareholders on Tuesday that the revised guidance considered a series of events announced during the past quarter,... 

East London dry dock hosts SA Agulhas for maintenance lay-up

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 The SA Agulhas is back in the now-refurbished Port of East London’s Princess Elizabeth dry dock, with improved facilities, for her lay-up maintenance plan after her previous visit in 2013. The contract to undertake maintenance on the 40-year-old vessel was awarded to local ship repair company... 

eltherm awarded electrical heat tracing contract for Ilanga solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Private engineering and technology company Sener – and its procurement partners Emvelo and Cobra – has awarded global heat tracing specialist eltherm South Africa a contract for the design and installation of an electrical heat tracing (EHT) system at the 100 MW Ilanga solar thermal power plant... 

JRA starts R30m road rehabilitation on M2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th April 2018 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Wednesday advised motorists travelling along the M2 to use alternative routes, as the agency starts a R30-million rehabilitation project on the Kaseme bridge section of the M2 motorway, which will affect the M2 eastbound, the M2 westbound and the Mooi street... 

Rain could bring on more sinkholes in Gauteng, say officials

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2018 The presence of dolomite, most likely activated by heavy rains, has caused recent sinkholes in Gauteng – and could trigger more, the provincial and local government authorities warned on Monday. “In Gauteng, 25% of the land is dolomitic and in that case we have to be very, very careful,” said... 

Customised ELGi compressor–drill-rig-combo delivers efficient drilling solutions

29th March 2018 An ELGi diesel compressor, customised by Integrated Air Solutions to fit a state-of-the-art JCB-derived drill and blast drill rig, provides direct flow to all on-board air-dependent equipment and delivers substantial cost savings for the end user. Integrated Air Solution, a GiGi Investments... 

Innovation that takes drilling to the next level

29th March 2018 The conversion of a JCB JS205 excavator into a drilling rig has produced a machine that rewrites the efficiency, productivity and safety rulebooks. The innovation, which stems from a partnership between three specialist companies - Kemach Equipment (Pty) Ltd., Liyema Drilling and Integrated Air... 

Innovation that takes drilling to the next level

28th March 2018 The conversion of a JCB JS205 excavator into a drilling rig has produced a machine that rewrites the efficiency, productivity and safety rulebooks. The innovation, which stems from a partnership between three specialist companies - Kemach Equipment (Pty) Ltd., Liyema Drilling and Integrated Air... 

Nitrogen inflation adoption grows despite market misinformation

By: Paige Müller     23rd March 2018 Despite misinformation on the benefits of nitrogen tyre inflation there is significant adoption of nitrogen tyre inflation in sectors such as mining and transportation, says nitrogen inflation systems manufacturer NitraLife sales director Tom Sowry. “The lack of industry-related information... 

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