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R17m Cape Town pipeline

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A 3 800 m sewer pipeline being laid in Cape Town’s northern suburb of Goodwood at present, which is due to be completed in July, will make an important contribution to Cape Town’s utility facilities. The R17-million tender to replace the existing 500 mm sewer line was issued by the... 

African concrete supply contracts secured

By: System Author     9th April 1999 CONCRETE products supplier Grinaker Duraset has secured two contracts north of South Africa’s border. In Tanzania the company has completed a contract for the supply of 7 500 m2 of its industrial paving product Stelcon Raft to Protecon for the construction of Trans Africa’s new... 

Teflon finds increasing favour as bushing material

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Contrary to common belief, teflon (polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE) is not only used for covering frying pans to ensure a non-stick surface, but is widely used as a bushing material in various industries. The aircraft, automotive, chemical, civil engineering, dairy, electrical, electronic,... 

Floor-surface specialist scores projects

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Floor-surface properties are one of the ultimate performance elements in most indoor sports, with about a third of all indoor-sports injuries being traced to substandard flooring, reports CE Westergaard MD Penny Westergaard. The company has supplied Junckers solid hardwood floorings for a number... 

Athletes’ village reaches halfway mark

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Sport infrastructure development in preparation for the seventh All Africa Games (AAG) to be held in Johannesburg in September is on track, with 300 units of the athletes’ village, to be known as the Village of the Stars, completed last month, reports games services GM Imtiaz Abdullah. The... 

UK product enables filtration upgrade for higher performance and efficiency

By: Archivist     26th March 1999 Filtration specialist Filpro has introduced Repak replaceable pleat-pack elements manufactured by UK company PTI Techno-logies, which enable upgrading of existing applications to a higher filtration performance and efficiency, hydraulic, lube and air product manager Frans van der Merwe tells... 

Millionth switch delivered

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Fruit-juice manufacturer Ceres Fruit Juices has taken delivery of its millionth Liquiphant level switch manufactured by Endress + Hauser. The unit, the Liquiphant FTL 330L, is one of more than 100 units installed throughout the company’s Cape plant over the last year. This particular model... 

Lasers for process control

By: System Author     26th March 1999 In the industrial environment, new technology is constantly in demand and, as a result, the laser was designed, bearing in mind the harsh conditions under which instrumentation has to work. The Lasermeter range manufactured by Laser Measurement has proved itself over the past number of years in... 

Benefits of flow measurement

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The extensive use of flow measurement in industrial processes has made it one of the most important tasks in modern-day instrumentation. “The growing sophistication of industrial technologies demands a proportionate increase in industrial measurement standards to guarantee factors such as... 

R20m automotive-glass plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 An automotive door- glass and rear-glass manufacturing plant worth R20-million, said to be only the second of its kind in South Africa, has been commissioned by Gauteng glass firm Furman Glass, reports director Keith Feldman. The plant features hi-tech automated equipment imported from Europe,... 

Casting supplier succeeds

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Gauteng automotive casting supplier Airmotive Foundry is establishing itself in the automotive market with firm orders received from leading South African car manufacturers, reports customer account manager Manfred Eden. The company has also entered into negotiations with other vehicle... 

Division measures SA industry shortfalls

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The trade metrology division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is measuring up the shortfalls of industry to ensure fairness and consumer protection. SABS trade metrology manager Brian Beard explains to Engineering News that the department is busy with several projects on packaging... 

Affordable security for farmers

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Violent crime against farmers has reached epidemic proportions, and numerous South African companies have risen to the challenge of developing systems that will bring an end to this worrying trend. One of the technological solutions is now available from electronics developer Analysis, Management... 

Electronic agreement clinched by local firm

By: System Author     19th March 1999 NEW self-service terminals (SST) and internal printed-circuit boards (PCBs) will be manufactured for the Prism group by Log-Tek Holdings subsidiary Conlog. The agreement covers procurement of all materials, manufacture and assembly of the PCBs, final assembly of various sub-assemblies (for... 

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... 

Flexible belt range

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A RANGE of Uni-Chain flexible modular plastic belts and accessories that meet stringent international specifications required by the food and beverage industry is distributed by Bearing Man’s belting division. The belting has approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and from the US... 

Every factory worker also a shareholder

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A Pretoria coating company, Advanced Surface Treatment (AST), is stretching the concept of black empowerment all the way to its shop floor with all its factory staff having a shareholding in the company. The company was formerly owned by Siemens and was bought by a group of predominantly black... 

New laser mapping system

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A new laser mapping system (LMS), which is on the leading-edge of technology in the field of surveying and modelling, has been introduced by Intens Digital & Laser Imaging, a newly-founded division of FJ Intens International Engineering. It has the backing of original laser-equipment manufacturer... 

300 laser-based alignment instruments in SA

By: System Author     12th March 1999 At present there are at least 300 laser-based instruments for the alignment of rotating shafts installed in South Africa, and most of them are used on a daily basis, reports John Crane Flexibox sales and marketing manager Gordon Stuart. This type of laser instrument is constantly reducing in... 

South Africa in Skybridge bid

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A TOP South African telecommunications, electronics and information-technology company is bidding for the supply of equipment worth R1-billion for a global broadband communications network based on a swarm of satellites, Engineering News can today report. The network will comprise no fewer than... 

Lack of Cad/Cam knowledge is a great challenge 

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A lack of sufficient knowledge about computer-aided design and manufacture (Cad/Cam) is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry at present, believes Adtech MD Gert Rossouw. He explains that, in general, users do not know the software well enough to produce good results on a continuous... 

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... 

Exports the saving grace of arms maker

By: System Author     5th March 1999 With its order book value now at around R1-billion, things are starting to look up for arms-manufacturing company Kentron. Although still suffering the consequences of severe cuts in the national defence budget, which saw the company’s turnover plunge, a number of significant export... 

Re-engineered Cad product available soon

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The updated version of IBM’s Catia system, version 5, is a re-engineered, next-generation computer-aided design (Cad), manufacturing and engineering solution where the customer gets a platform-independent solution that tackles the needs of any size company and across the extended... 

In-motion weighing system accredited

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Assized accreditation for use in trade, in . terms of the Trade Metrology Act 77 of 1973, has been awarded to the Datarail 100, an in-motion weighing system which was developed and produced by Kya Sand company SA Automation. This status was acquired in November 1998 and effectively permits the... 

New oil heater range reduces fuel bills

By: System Author     26th February 1999 New equipment which has the ability to reduce industrial fuel bills by 20% has been introduced by oil heater specialist Safurnco. “The sharp rise in the price for light oils, such as diesel, prompted us to take a good look at our range. “Using heavier oils can halve the fuel bill, but... 

First phase of road K4 north of Pta complete

By: System Author     26th February 1999 THE first phase of road K4, which provides access to a new residential area in Shoshanguve north of Pretoria, is complete. This new road will be about 4,5 km long, with an interchange from the PWV9 freeway between Pretoria and Mabopane. It provides direct access to new infrastructure and formal... 

Modelling software upgrade gives big boost to engineers

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Adding a new dimension to engineering and industrial design, engineering-software leader Bentley Systems, of America, has further refined and developed its modelling software, Bentley Africa MD Keith Schorah tells Engineering News. The MicroStation/J is the latest advance by the company in... 

Tippler bunker lining installed at ovens

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Low-friction glass Flowtiles have been successfully installed by Group Line Projects in the bunker below tippler number 2 located at Iscor Newcastle’s coke ovens. The motivation for the project was twofold: the concrete structure had been severely eroded, exposing the reinforcing bar and... 

Polymers prevail

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A range of ultra high molecular weight (UHMW) polymers from Poly Hi Solidur South Africa is increasingly used in the concrete- manufacturing industry to line or replace steel and wooden moulds due to its unique non-stick properties. The company’s UHMW polymers are suitable for wet products,... 

R19m N3 upgrade

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A SECTION of the N3 between the Modderfontein and Buccleuch interchanges in Gauteng is being upgraded by Stocks Roads in a R19-million contract. In terms of the project, Stocks Roads – a division of Stocks Civil Engineering – will apply some of the latest and most advanced materials,... 

R50m airbase rehab project runs smoothly

By: System Author     5th February 1999 With the completion in October last year of a R50-million rehabilitation project at Waterkloof Airbase in Pretoria, Stocks Infra is entrenching itself as a specialist in multidisciplinary projects in the commercially sensitive area of airport infrastructure, reports director Anthony Hanks. He... 

Concrete road design methods reviewed 

By: System Author     5th February 1999 In order to make the use of concrete competitive in the construction of all types of roads, the Cement & Concrete Institute is in the process of reviewing the design methods for concrete roads, technical manager Bryan Perrie tells Engineering News. At present the South African market for road... 

‘Y’ and ‘Z’ plant decommissioning nears

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The Atomic Energy Corporation (AEC) has nearly completed the decommissioning of its former Y-Plant and Z-Plant uranium-enrichment plants at Pelindaba, Engineering News can today report. “As of December last year, 98,4% of the demolition work and 88,3% of the decontamination work had been... 

R17-million sewer pipeline on track

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 DUE to be completed in July, a 3,8-km-long sewer pipeline being laid in Cape Town’s northern suburb of Goodwood will make an important new contribution to Cape Town’s utility facilities. The R17-million tender to replace the existing 500 mm main sewer line was issued by the Cape... 

From the bottom of the sea to a giant waterbag

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 In July last year Norwegian geologists descended to a depth of 5 600 m to investigate the mid-Atlantic ridge west of Svalbard, known before as Spitzbergen. For this venture, the scientists were lowered to perilous depths by the Russian mini-submarines MIR 1 and MIR 2, which were used to film the... 

From ‘hot-strip’ dynamics to ‘smart’ houses

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Thicknesses of materials such as metals, plastics and glass are measured accurately and easily by a pocket-sized digital gauge developed by UK company Wylam Hill. Measuring only 100 mm by 60 mm by 22 mm, and weighing 160 g, the robust Portagauge VV (which stands for ‘variable... 

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