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Agrément South Africa officially launched as a Public Works entity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Friday launched technical agency Agrément South Africa as a fully-fledged legal entity of the Department of Public Works (DPW).  

Supplier outlines simple welding equipment compliance test

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Power tool and hardware wholesaler Matus has introduced a two-year guarantee on all its Matweld welding machines, which contrasts with the industry norm of one year. “The testing of our Matweld range is done in compliance with ISO standards and we take pride in the fact that we can offer the... 

Electric thermometer launched for polar applications

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 Measuring instrument supplier WIKA launched a tailored electrical thermometer for applications in the crude oil, natural gas and petrochemicals industries in polar climates. WIKA Instruments sales GM Ralf Hesse states that the electrical thermometer can function in ambient temperatures down to... 

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to act as the consultants in the welding aspect of the Centres of Specialisation Programme. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor outlined in March that the... 

AUTONOMOUS ADVANTAGE

15th June 2018 Singapore has built a mini town designed to position it favourably in the global race to deploy driverless public transport. The 2 ha complex has intersections, traffic lights, bus stops and pedestrian crossings, all built to Singapore’s public-roads specifications. Pictured above is a Navya SAS... 

Defence group upgrading imagery service for civil, military clients

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th June 2018 The Intelligence business of Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) will soon be able to provide clients with a digital platform for imagery (largely, but not solely, from satellites). Called OneAtlas, it is the result of years of development work and testing by the company, which operates its own... 

Best practice drug testing improves workplace safety

By: Schalk Burger     15th June 2018 Routine testing for illicit and intoxicating substances conducted by companies is leading to the distribution of health and safety best practices and helping to improve workplace performance and safety, says workplace testing company Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans. Greater exposure to devices used... 

South Africa’s metrology institute reports successful food safety conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2018 The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) announced earlier this week that it had held its first Africa Food Safety Workshop during the first week of this month, in Pretoria. The event was attended by delegates form South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. They represented... 

Wallbridge starts ramp development at Quebec gold mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 Junior explorer Wallbridge Mining has completed the rehabilitation of existing underground workings at its Fenelon gold mine, in Quebec, and has started ramp development and underground drilling, as it works towards a production decision early next year. The mine has been dewatered on the... 

Cash-in-transit heists could lead to losses of R470m, Parliament hears

By: News24Wire      14th June 2018 Cash-in-transit heists will lead to cash losses of R470-million this year if the current trend continues, the Portfolio Committee on Police heard on Wednesday. The meeting brought together a range of stakeholders concerned with cash-in-transit heists, including the South African Banking Risk... 

Gas Practitioners -Ensuring safety

13th June 2018 The increasing availability of gas in South Africa has impacted many households and commercial spaces as homeowners and business owners migrate to gas as an energy alternative. The increase in availability has impacted the increase in demand, however, this could have also initiated an increase in... 

The high value industrial safety offering

12th June 2018 Precision matters in everything we do, says Hans Strydom, technical services manager for special products and chemicals at Afrox. Here he talks about Afrox’s HiQ range of innovative solutions, tailor made to suit customers’ specific speciality gas and equipment requirements. HiQ: The high value... 

IFPA Announces Steps To Qualify Welding Procedures And Welds

11th June 2018 Ensuring Consistent Quality Installations And Peace Of Mind The Installation and Fabrication Plastics Pipe Association (IFPA) has announced that it will be qualifying welding procedures and weld jobs performed by its members going forward. 

Court order delays implementation of new end-user regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2018 Mobile operator Cell C has succeeded in its court bid to postpone the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) stipulated deadline for the implementation of the end-user and subscriber services charter regulations. The High Court on Thursday granted the urgent interdict to... 

Effective control of substance abuse in industry crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There is a need for effective control of substance abuse in the manufacturing industry as it is a major issue, says drug and alcohol testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe MD Rhys Evans. Alco-Safe has more than 4 000 clients using its services, across industries, including mining, construction,... 

Company can save manufacturers years in R&D

8th June 2018 The world of augmented reality (AR) offers manufacturers a solution that can save them years in research and development, says information and communications technology provider T-Systems manufacturing and automotive sales and service management head Dereshin Pillay. AR can also save... 

Eco Aire delivers tailored ecofriendly HVAC solutions

8th June 2018 Air conditioning supplier Eco Aire distributes ecofriendly solutions that limit the release of harmful gases into the atmosphere, and use and reuse energy responsibly in heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Eco Aire designs and manufactures residential, commercial and industrial air... 

Innovation and Intelligence for the Factory of the Future

7th June 2018 How adaptive algorithms are creating new ways to optimize production Omron Industrial, Johannesburg. South Africa 

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... 

Nautilus starts wet testing programme for new seafloor diamond drill rig

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2018 TSX-listed Nautilus Minerals has started wet testing of its new seafloor diamond drill rig, which it developed to relieve the drilling requirements of its future exploration programmes. The rig, nicknamed the “Hobbit” scout rig, has so far successfully met design targets in a series of land-based... 

Velocity appoints consultancy to undertake Rozino PEA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed gold miner Velocity Minerals has appointed consultancy CSA Global Canada Geoscience to complete a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) and a National Instrument (NI) 43-101-compliant mineral resource estimate for the Rozino gold project, in south-east Bulgaria.  

JCB 116D single drum compactor – new name, new look, same superior quality

5th June 2018 JCB has introduced a number of productivity boosting improvements to its tried and trusted JCB VM115 single drum compactor and with this evolution also comes a new name – the JCB 116 D, supplied and serviced by Kemach Equipment. “JCB took what was good and made it even better to be able to offer... 

Modern Concrete Roads Now Offer Ride Comfort And Safety

4th June 2018 Concrete roads suffer from an image problem because many very old concrete pavements still in existence were designed long ago to very different design criteria than modern concrete pavements, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute. Perrie says decades ago concrete roads were constructed... 

Shanta Gold achieves exploration objectives at Singida gold mining project

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2018 Aim-listed Shanta Gold has achieved its objective of the 1 600 m reverse circulation drilling programme, which targeted two of the seven key targets at its Singida project, in Tanzania, to upgrade resources from the inferred to the measured and indicated (M&I) categories. The M&I resources have... 

How will pharmacogenetics influence the life insurance industry?

4th June 2018 Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect a person's reaction to medicines. The combination of pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) leads to the development of medications that will be effective and safe, as they will be tailored to a... 

Hammer searching for new partner as Newmont withdraws from Mt Isa JV

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2018 Gold heavyweight Newmont has withdrawn from the Mt Isa joint venture (JV) with ASX-listed Hammer Resources, leaving the junior company open to negotiations to bring new partners on board to advance exploration. Hammer executive director Alex Hewlett said that the negotiated conclusion of the JV... 

Atlas Copco QES generators - fast, reliable predictable power at the touch of a button

1st June 2018 Whether paralleling, load sharing or power exporting, Atlas Copco’s QES mobile generator range is the most practical predictable power choice offering the perfect balance between performance and affordability to seamlessly meet the standby power requirements of the general construction and rental... 

Active seal solution to mitigate corrosion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Companies and industries affected by corrosion should consider Afrisun’s High Ratio Calcium Sulfonate Alkyd (HRCSA) coating to mitigate the threat of corrosion at production plants in the metal- and industrial sectors, says local corrosion solution provider Afrisun Coating Enterprises CEO Quentin... 

Kodal identifies further lithium intersections at Bougouni

By: Anine Kilian     31st May 2018 West Africa-focused Kodal Minerals has identified further high-grade lithium mineralised intersections at the Sogola-Baoule prospect at its Bougouni lithium project, in southern Mali. "These latest high-grade intersections continue to highlight the potential of the Sogola-Baoule prospect,” CEO... 

Waterberg DFS progresses, updated resource model expected in Q3

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 The definitive feasibility study (DFS) for TSX-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) joint venture Waterberg Project, in the Bushveld Complex, is progressing well and remains on track for completion at the end of the first quarter of 2019.  

RS Components introduces new higher-performing Luxeon Gen-4 COB LEDs

29th May 2018 The industry’s smallest light-emitting surface and high thermal performance simplifies luminaires design for quality-conscious lighting Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 May, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is... 

ADLINK launches IoT Digital eXperiments-as-a-Service to alleviate high costs and risks

29th May 2018 ADLINK Technology has announced the launch of its innovative DXS IoT digital experiments as-a-service offering. The service is for the testing of potential IoT-based endeavours to determine the viability of possible solutions with none of the upfront costs and risk associated with a full solution... 

Russia’s Severalmaz testing drones for surveying

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2018 Russian diamond mining company Severalmaz, a subsidiary of State-owned Alrosa, is testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for mine surveying of land objects at Europe’s largest primary diamond deposit at Lomonosov. Preliminary results from the UAV testing, which involved a quadcopter and an... 

Smart factories just got smarter

28th May 2018 By Dereshin Pillay, Sales & Service Management Head: Manufacturing and Automotive, at T-Systems South Africa   Bots reshape the entire manufacturing process Augmented reality reimagines the prototype, delivering it faster, cheaper and with more accuracy Connected everything is driving these shifts 

Paramount’s KPE JV secures new armoured vehicle order in Kazakhstan

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 Defence and aerospace company Paramount Group’s joint venture in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), has secured a new and substantial order from the government of Kazakhstan for its advanced 4 x 4 mine-protected armoured personnel carrier, the Arlan. This follows the recent... 

Alert, Aware, Alive - Atlas Copco Industrial South Africa emphasizes safety in the workplace

25th May 2018 Atlas Copco Industrial South Africa and Reality Wellness Group joined forces to host workshops for all Atlas Copco and Rand Air employees at Atlas Copco House, in Jet Park, Boksburg, with the objective of promoting a safe and healthy work environment. World Safety and Health Awareness day was... 

Copper Mountain sets aside cash for Cloncurry exploration

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2018 The board of ASX- and TSX-listed Copper Mountain Mining has approved a A$5-million budget for exploration work at the Cloncurry project, in Queensland. The company said on Friday that the planned work programmes would include follow-up drilling on discoveries made in 2017, as well as testing of... 

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of... 

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