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Mozal is on schedule and within budget

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Mozal aluminium smelter project at Maputo in Mozambique remains on schedule and on budget. Engineering exceeded the planned 4% progress for April, achieving 5%. Overall progress was on target at the end of April, with a total of 70%. The engineering department has now passed the peak work... 

Lowest-cost aluminium corrosion control

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The new Sulzer Metco SmartArc arc spray system has been designed to produce the lowest-cost aluminium corrosion-control coatings available in industry today. This has been achieved by the redesign of the arc head to ensure a low-turbulence air flow, resulting in higher deposit efficiencies, lower... 

‘Do-it-yourself’ aluminium welding promoted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Aluminium welding can be catered for by a process called Techno-Weld, an innovative aluminium fusion-welding and repair process now available in South Africa. It is described as a breakthrough in welding with aluminium, and is a low-temperature (380?C) system which fusion-welds virtually all... 

R100-million global business for Gauteng gas specialist

By: System Author     25th June 1999 IN a bold export plan that is set to develop into a R100-million-a-year global business by 2001, Gauteng gas company Afrox is taking its new locally-designed and -produced gas equipment product range into new international markets. This major new dimension to the globalisation of Afrox is the... 

R20-million speed-balancing facility unveiled

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Turbo machinery maintenance and repair company Turborep Demag Delaval unveiled a new operating speed balancing and over-speed test facility valued at R20-million earlier in June. The company mainly services industrial turbo machinery equipment such as that used in the chemical, petrochemical and... 

Training project becomes fully-fledged centre

By: System Author     25th June 1999 training project begun by Fluor Daniel in the early 1980s to ensure a sufficiently-skilled workforce has developed into a fully-fledged, highly-certificated training centre providing better-trained individuals to work in the construction and maintenance industry in South Africa. Located in... 

Global welding machine order

By: System Author     11th June 1999 DANISH company Migatronic has won an order to supply welding machines worldwide to bodyshops repairing the new Ferrari Modena. The contract, awarded by Ferrari itself, was hotly contested by three European welding-machine manufacturers ahead of the launch of the aluminium sportscar in March this... 

R188m solar project lights up rural towns

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Twinkling lights, the sound of up-to-the-minute television news broadcasts and lilting radio music are becoming part and parcel of nights in the rolling hills of rural northern Kwazulu-Natal. This follows the launch of a R188-million solar power project that is set to provide power to 60 000... 

Repair vehicles delivered

By: Archivist     4th June 1999 IN line with its policy of predictable service, transport operator Spoornet has taken delivery of three Nissan Diesel UD55s for their newly developed in-service maintenance repair vehicles. “The concept of predictable service urged us to concentrate more on maintaining rail wagons... 

New building techniques for UK warship

By: System Author     28th May 1999 FRESH ground is being broken in construction techniques for an innovative trimaran warship for the next millennium. The timetable has influenced the size and way in which components are being produced by the shipbuilder, Vosper Thornycroft (VT), at its Southampton yard in southern England. The... 

Progress on water project flows on

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Electrical installations on various pumpstations and treatment plants on the estimated overall US$350-million North–South Carrier water project in Botswana is being executed by Johannesburg-based turnkey electrical projects company RBF Engineering. Work comprises a network of four... 

Gauteng pipe maker set to take on world

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the Blohm and Voss spiral mill and electric resistance welding (ERW) mill at its Wadeville, Gauteng, facility having been commissioned as part of a R100-million production-facility upgrade, pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore is gearing up for participation in the international petrochemical... 

Durban firm surfs the marine repair wave

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The contract for permanent repairs to one of the largest vessels ever to enter a South African port, the 276 000 t Mobil Shipping-owned Harrier, was last month snapped up by Durban-based International Marine and Construction (Imac) in the face of severe international competition. The company then... 

SA steel traders encouraged to add value

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The South African steel merchant sector is increasingly going to have to embrace value-adding activities if it hopes to remain a major part of the domestic steel environment, Macsteel co-chairperson Michael Hoffman says. Making a rare public statement at a steel seminar organised by Investec, and... 

Blowing away the opposition

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A NEW series of hot-air tools is now available from HellermannTyton, suitable for a range of drying, curing and forming applications. Three versions are in the range, with power outputs from 1 600 W through to 2 000 W. The top-of-the-range model has a power rating of 2 000 W, and is a handheld... 

Local centre gets R400 000 US donation

By: System Author     30th April 1999 US company General Electric (GE) has donated over R400 000 to the Sparrow Technical Skills Centre in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, as part of an ongoing initiative to upgrade the existing facilities and construct new facilities. The donation will be used to construct four new workshops on the... 

End-suction pumps

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The SFH end-suction centrifugal pump supplied by Hypower Pumps has been redesigned and revamped by Lowara using new laser-welding technology. Laser technology is used to weld parts of the pump together as this is more accurate, cleaner and quicker than spot-welding. It also prevents distortion of... 

In-house satellite-dish tooling

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Supply of formed satellite dishes to telecom-equipment manufacturer and supplier Skywave has been entrusted to Schuurman Metal Pressings of the Cape Province since 1997. Schuurman Metal Pressings director Jurie Schuurman reports that the company feels proud to be associated as the company’s... 

New pure-oxygen treatment system for SA

By: System Author     9th April 1999 More stringent legislation and concern for the environment have increased the awareness in South Africa for improving industrial and municipal wastewater disposal. Companies are looking at new ways to improve existing operations, or apply advanced technologies to new processes. Air Products, a... 

Company teaches the ropes of industrial access in Gauteng

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Industrial rope-access company Praxis, of Pretoria, and Centurion-based government inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) have had a working agreement since 1997. “IIS makes use of Praxis services for rope access on inspections carried out for other companies,”... 

State-approved inspection authority stands tall

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Originally selected as one of two contractors to look after all Vodacom towers and masts countrywide, government-approved inspection authority Innovative Inspection Services (IIS) of Centurion, Gauteng, has been appointed the preferred contractor, and is now the only inspection authority working... 

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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