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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... 

Auto welding advances

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Research into the use of aluminium for automotive body panels has resulted in innovations in the welding industry, reports welding-equipment supplier Weld-Cut Equipment MD Warwick Hogan. The liquefying features of aluminium, which make it difficult to weld, have resulted in the development of... 

South African parts match world’s best

By: System Author     19th March 1999 There is a false perception among participants in the automotive industry that products manufactured and assembled abroad are of a higher quality than those manufactured locally, argues South African Motoring Corporation (Samcor) quality-systems manager Duncan Macphail. Last month the Gauteng... 

New range of robots has 20% fewer parts

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new range of Motoman robots offering increased handling capabilities above that of its predecessors, and with 20% fewer parts, is being launched at Hanover Fair, Germany, by Motoman Robotec this month, reveals Robotic Systems SA MD Terry Rosenberg. The mechanically-simplified machine is... 

R20m in-line measurement order supplied

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The R20-million contract for the supply of robot-positioned cameras for an in-line measurement system at BMW’s Rosslyn, Pretoria, body shop, awarded to Johannesburg company ABB in June 1997, was completed earlier this year. The contract comprised the supply of 40 robots, with four of that... 

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... 

Black parts- maker gets an award

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A YOUNG black-owned vehicle-parts manufacturing company in Port Elizabeth, Yenza Manufacturing, has been awarded an ISO 9002 quality certificate from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This places the company, which was launched two years ago, on a par with the top vehicle component... 

Quality assurance firmly in the pipeline

By: System Author     26th February 1999 With its Wadeville, Gauteng, production facility upgrade nearing completion, Hall Longmore is laying down the foundations to become a leader in the South African pipe industry in the field of quality assurance, manufacturing director Barry Fowler tells Engineering News. As part of the... 

Lack of regulations threatens mast quality

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The lack of regulations for quality assurance in the mast and steel structure industry is resulting in the flooding of the market with substandard products by unqualified individuals, warns Innovative Inspection Services (ISS) MD Christo Louw. Although quality specifications are proposed by the... 

R9m hi-tech upgrade

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A new monobloc computer nume- ric-controlled deep-drawing press with automatic sheet lubrication and loading has been installed at City Metal Products in Mobeni, Durban, following an investment of more than R9-million in this hi-tech production equipment. The new machine enables the company to... 

South African firm ready to take on world

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A new dedicated facili- ty – on a single site, staffed by hand-picked management and operating staff – is set to put Dorbyl Engineering’s Vereeniging Works (DE) on the international map, the company says in a media release. Based on expertise developed as a manufacturer of... 

Welding mill for gas pipes installed

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The R80-million second phase of Hall Longmore’s R100-million production facility upgrade is nearing completion with the installation of the upgraded R65-million electric resistance welding (ERW) mill which will be dedicated to the manufacture of pipes for oil and gas, sales and marketing... 

Gas change ups output

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Steel processors and fabricators can improve their steel-plate output by switching to high-performance acetylene fuel gas, reports Afrox Fabrication process development manager Craig Fourie. “By replacing low-performance fuel gases with acetylene, steel processors and fabricators could... 

South African company fires up exports

By: System Author     12th February 1999 DESPITE increased international competition and volatile economic conditions, Efco Furnaces ended 1998 on a high note by securing several big contracts. A mesh-belt conveyor was supplied to an existing client in the Eastern Cape on the strength of existing equipment and Efco’s ability to... 

R1,5m liner project

By: System Author     5th February 1999 IN a R1,5-million project undertaken over two-and-half months, Aquatan Lining Systems has installed 60 500 m2 of high-density polyethylene liner to cap a gypsum dump at fertiliser producer Kynoch’s Chloorkop site. Having successfully lined facilities on the same site as far back as 15 years... 

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