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Sale for electronic giant

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Electronics giant Altech has announced the sale of its 50% shareholding in African Defence Systems (ADS) to Thomson-CSF, the French-based leader in defence electronics. The multimillion-rand deal for the change of ownership took place on February 19 this year, and gives Thomson-CSF sole ownership... 

Local pigments-maker turns to IT

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a move to streamline production and management processes, and thus boost profitability at its Kwazulu-Natal-based plant, pigments manufacturer Tioxide has turned to information technology for a solution. In a multimillion-rand deal, it has selected an object-orientated business process... 

R300m GSM network extension completed

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A R300-million extension contract for South Africa’s largest global systems mobile (GSM) operator, Vodacom, has been completed by Alcatel Altech Telecoms. This contract included the delivery of Evolium GSM base stations, micro base stations, base station controllers and the associated... 

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... 

Participation required in environment studies

By: System Author     5th March 1999 It is required by law that any company in South Africa which undertakes an environmental impact assessment (EIA) or commissions an environmental management programme report (EMPR) must employ an independent public participation practitioner. “The Department of Environmental Affairs and... 

Battle data enhanced

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In modern warfare, the volume of data generated is so great that humans can no longer assimilate it without the help of sophisticated machines. “This has spurred the introduction of computers to the battlefield, initially in the form of embedded processors such as radar and fire-control... 

SA–Spanish power agreement

By: System Author     5th March 1999 SOUTH Africa’s national electricity company, Eskom, has signed a framework agreement for co-operation with Spanish electrical utility company Union Fenosa, Engineering News can today report. “The agreement we have signed with Eskom is a very open framework agreement, which provides... 

Hi-tech for stock exchange

By: System Author     5th March 1999 THE information technology (IT) subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed financial services company Peregrine Holdings, Peregrine Systems, has won a contract to install Hermes, its electronic share-trading system, at stock-broking firm Standard Equities, edging out stiff competition... 

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... 

Cad/Cam aids conceptual idea generation

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Computer-aided design (Cad) and manufacture (Cam) allow traceability of a development process, the generation of conceptual ideas and provide data to manufacturing partners for the manufacture of prototypes and for serial production of products in quantities, Delkon MD Johan Delport tells... 

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... 

Updated version of remote tank-monitoring system released

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A Johannesburg instrumentation company has launched an updated version of its remote tank-monitoring system, comprising changes in its software-based features. N&Z Instrumentation divisional manager Mark Heilbrunn states that its new Datascan remote telemetry unit (RTU) has added features that... 

Mill products software solution developed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 South Africa’s metals, forest products and textiles industries have been leading the way for their sectors globally in the enterprise software market. They have been working with world enterprise company SAP to further develop SAP’s core enterprise solution, R/3, making it more... 

Broadening the scope of Cad package use

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The challenge that computer-aided design (Cad) company IMSI faces is to change the notion that Cad packages are for professionals alone. Therefore, it has introduced the Turbocad range, which offers three variations – professional, standard and designer, reveals GM John Rundle. The three... 

Acid-plant contract completed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A BIG electrical and instrumentation contract for the NCP Isipingo tartaric malic acid plant has been completed by B&W Electrical, of Alberton, Gauteng. The company was called upon to supply and install the new distribution, low-voltage distribution, instrumentation and lighting and small power.... 

Internal barriers hinder performance

By: System Author     26th February 1999 By breaking down internal barriers and involving the entire workforce in identifying and resolving work-related problems, South African industries can improve performance and become world-class manufacturers, Association for Small Group Activities (Asga) CEO Peter Evans tells Engineering News.... 

Revamped line bolsters coil production

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The introduction of innovative production- line techniques by Carrier subsidiary Recam International has resulted in a dramatic increase in productivity at its Johannesburg plant. The responsibility of implementing these changes lies with Recam manufacturing director Yves Provost, whose... 

SA cell network plans R1bn ’99 capex

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Cellular-phone operator MTN is to spend more than R1,2-billion this year as part of its drive to increase capacity and improve its quality of coverage. This investment follows hot on the heels of a previous R1-billion investment which began in June last year, and which is due to be wrapped up by... 

Fast-track second licence for fixed-line operator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE issuing of a licence for South Africa’s second fixed-line telecom operator should be seen as a matter of urgency, Transtel chief executive Alf Schulze tells Engineering News. Transtel is the telecom business unit of Transnet. “The government needs to fast-track the process of... 

R50-million payphone-security system contract

By: System Author     19th February 1999 IN a contract worth R50-million to date, Nanoteq has completed the 100 000th TIM-Plus implementation at Telkom, providing enhanced security for card-based payphones. A number of international companies have expressed interest in the technology, including Siemens and Schlumberger. In 1992, Telkom... 

Portable remote comms device

By: System Author     12th February 1999 AN inexpensive, easy-to-use handheld device which uses cellular technology for mobile communication has been developed in South Africa by Accord R&D, a subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Accord Technologies. The robust device can be adapted to suit a myriad of applications in any... 

Massive R1,2bn IT deal is clinched

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE professional-services division of PQ Africa, Q Data Consulting, has purchased all the assets and goodwill of Sasol’s information technology (IT) division for an undisclosed sum in a comprehensive outsourcing agreement heralded as a strategic breakthrough for both companies. The... 

Virtual private network on offer in S Africa

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Costing an initial R50-million, Telkom’s ‘intelligent network’ (IN), which allows the company to offer virtual private network (VPN) services to corporate clients, is beginning to bear fruit. “I must stress that our VPN is a voice-based, person-to-person service including... 

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... 

New conveyor program

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The development of a new version of Helix delta-T conveyor-design program has been completed by Helix Technologies. The new program, which is the fourth generation of conveyor-design software developed by the company, has many new functions and is aimed at professionals who require an in-depth... 

Automated goods flow

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A highly-automated flow of goods, cash and information through the entire supply chain is a prerequisite for success in today’s business environment, reports SAP Southern African logistics product manager Simon Carpenter. Studies by the Gartner Group in June 1997 show organisations spend up... 

‘Smart’ Cad leads hi-tech quest for increasing productivity

By: System Author     12th February 1999 ECONOMIC pressures demand that South African companies which rely on computer-aided design (Cad) use sophisticated hi-tech solutions to boost productivity and gain a competitive advantage locally and globally. “Cad has been well accepted and integrated into the marketplace,” says... 

Priceless car collection hitches a lift

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Materials-handling specialist Avis Rent-A-Forklift has successfully completed the most challenging assignment it has ever faced – unloading and reloading a priceless collection of vintage racing cars. The task involved the utilisation of a variety of forklifts and other specialist equipment... 

SA’s world-first cricket bat

By: System Author     5th February 1999 IT has been done in tennis, baseball and even golf, and now it is set to hit the cricket community for a six. South Africa is on the brink of introducing an all-composite cricket bat to the world. Over the past three years, a Pretoria company has been working quietly on the concept and, later... 

Software for African renaissance

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 LOCALLY-developed software is assisting African countries with the planning of radio communication networks. Gisrap, designed by CSIR information and communications technology division Mikomtek, is used to predict propagation losses and to determine the capacity and coverage requirements of... 

Telecom sky platform proposed for Gauteng

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Telecom firms and governments worldwide are looking at cost-effective ways to increase the precious commodity of bandwidth for businesses and individuals alike, and South Africa is no exception. The feasibility of launching a stratospheric telecom platform up to 21 km above Gauteng to provide... 

Building of R116m technocentre on track

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Contributing to the building of technology in South Africa, the Grinaker group is involved in the construction of properties for cellular service provider Vodacom and computer giant Microsoft. The Vodacom technocentre contract awarded to Grinaker in Bellville, Western Cape, is valued at... 

Big Egypt win for local firm

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 TELECOM-infrastructure company Brolaz Projects, of Midrand, has clinched a three-year contract worth about R1,2-billion (according to an Engineering News estimate) to set up a cellular network infrastructure in Egypt. The contract, awarded by cellular operator Misrfone (Click GSM) of Egypt, will... 

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