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New SA agent for UK lubes

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An agreement has been finalised with UK company Esso, part of the Exxon Corporation, to enable Engen to supply a range of specialised lubricants, meeting the stringent requirements of the South African market. The agreement includes the use of Esso technology and the supply of Esso base oils for... 

Oil-dispensing system ensures control

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A study conducted by Mercedes-Benz of Germany revealed that traditional oil-dispensing methods in its workshops and factories left 16% of its lubricants unaccounted for. However, the installation of a complete Lubex MDS system resulted in more precise control of expensive oils. “Lubrication... 

Oil-spill contained

By: System Author     19th February 1999 An oil-spill from a factory in Kwazulu-Natal provided 3M with the opportunity to demonstrate not only the effectiveness of its oil sorbent products to contain and remove oil and other hydrocarbon-based materials from water, but also to prove their ability to be re-used. Arbac Services, a... 

Oil-submerged motors

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Specialist in electromechanical engineering Leroy-Somer manufactures a range of motors for special applications, including the Oildrolec range, which consists of three-phase asynchronous motors submerged in hydraulic oil. “Oildrolec motors have been specially designed for direct coupling... 

Smooth re-entry into market

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Lubricants company Mobil Oil South Africa reports that its re-entry into South Africa is on track and that the key components are now in place to achieve a 15% market share in lubricants in two to four years. Mobil is said to be the world’s second-largest synthetic lubricants company and... 

Synthetic formulations lower viscosity

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Synthetic lubricants have received much press attention in recent years and the term ‘synthetic’ has become synonymous with high performance. While synthetic oils are capable of providing high levels of performance with significant commercial benefits over mineral oils, the simple use... 

Technical training courses

By: System Author     19th February 1999 A series of technical training courses will be run during the course of the year by Wearcheck Africa to help maintenance managers develop their staff and improve the efficiency and benefits of their oil-analysis programmes. “The advantages of oil analysis – extending the life of... 

What to do with used oil

By: System Author     19th February 1999 For those with unwanted used lubricating oil or a few tins of used motor oil gathering dust, there is an easy and environment-friendly solution for disposal of oil. The Rose Foundation is a non-profit organisation formed by the South African lubricants industry which collects and recycles 70% of... 

World-first grease applicator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 The Rocol Autolube, apparently the world’s first long-life battery-powered grease applicator, will be available in South Africa from April. The automatic grease applicator is a stand-alone device which can provide up to three years of continuous operation in arduous conditions. Measuring... 

Bulk gas tankers

By: System Author     12th February 1999 More than R6-million was invested nationally by Afrox in new tankers for road transportation of bulk liquid gases last year, bringing the number of tankers in the gas giant’s fleet to more than 100 – excluding liquid petroleum gas tankers, reports bulk distribution manager Jan... 

Cryogenic air-separation plant commissioned

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A cryogenic air-separ- ation plant, said to be the largest oxygen-producing plant in the Southern Hemisphere, was commissioned by Air Liquide for Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape, in December, reports Air Liquide central sales and marketing manager Lee Furby. The plant, which is able to... 

Domestic gas-monitors to arrive in SA

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Domestic gas-detectors for the monitoring of stray carbon monoxide in light delivery vehicles, which leads to a number of deaths each year, could soon be made available to the South African market, reports Gas Alarm Systems sole proprietor Jim Cope. The company, which specialises in the supply of... 

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... 

Gas-storage facility transplanted

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Corex plant at Saldanha Steel, in the Western Cape, was commissioned in December amid extreme weather conditions and other challenges, reports Saldanha Steel engineering manager Gerrie van der Walt. The arrival of a gale-force North-westerly made it necessary to move the gas-storage facility... 

LPG meter purchased

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A liquid controls liquid petroleum gas (LPG) meter fitted with the Lectro count electronic register with electronic temperature has been purchased by Gasfreight from Liquid Automation Systems. Since the unit is specifically designed for the metering of LPG it provides the user with complete... 

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... 

More control of LPG sector

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Association of Southern Africa has taken on a stronger policing role to ensure dealer safety standards following its annual general meeting held in October last year, reports MD Colin Bain. The active policing of LPG dealers received the full ratification of members... 

Nitrogen air-separation membranes

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A distribution agreement with world-leading industrial gas firm MG Generon has been concluded by Alpha Air Separation for its nitrogen air-separation membranes. The systems are cost-effective, providing the lowest-cost supply of nitrogen because users pay only for the quantities and purities... 

R3m oxygen plant fuels drive into Africa

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Achieving success with the establish- ment of an on-site oxygen-manufacturing plant at the Blanket gold-mine, owned by Kinross of Canada, near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, only seven months after its establishment, Messer Fedgas sister company Messer Zimbabwe is creating a springboard for the company to... 

Regulations stymie R5,2bn gas project

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The potential development of an estimated R5,2-billion project to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa is dependent on favourable regulations and fiscal dispensation, reveals Sasol Gas divisional manager Wikus Kritzinger. The South African pipeline gas supplier has been closely... 

SA gas industry boom on the horizon

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Despite South Africa’s small known gas resources, the country could soon be witnessing a boom in the gas industry if negotiations with neighbouring countries Mozambique and Namibia for the cross-border transport of natural gas are concluded successfully, Department of Minerals and Energy... 

SA’s gas pipeline installers under fire

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Quality standards in the South African pipeline gas indus- try compare poorly to those in other parts of the world as a result of a lack of clear-cut guidelines and training for participants in the industry, reveals Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) project manager for pressure vessels... 

Science festival launched

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The third National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology, Sasol SciFest ’99, is expected to pull large crowds into Grahamstown in the eastern Cape from all over Southern Africa next month. Organisers say visitor numbers doubled from 15 000 in the first year to 28 000 in the... 

Waste-gas management boosts recoveries

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A higher efficiency rate can be achieved in ore-recovery smelters with the correct control, cleaning and conditioning of waste gas, reveals Gas Handling Systems MD Chris Rowland. Although expensive, proper waste-gas management in metal-recovery plants can be justified as it could lead to an... 

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... 

Bleak year ahead for machine tool sector

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 High interest rates, the fall in the rand and the general lack of growth in the South African economy suggest a bleak outlook for the machine tool industry in 1999. “Because interest rates are expected to remain abnormally high for at least the next six months in order to protect the... 

Crisis can be surmounted

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Introducing lean manufacturing principles, improving and maintaining service and quality as well as developing an export market are important factors for surviving the present economic crisis, Dorbyl Automotive Technologies executive director Mornet Villet tells Engineering News. This can be seen... 

Defence contracts will bolster growth

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Although the machine tool industry has been subdued for quite some time and no significant recovery is expected in 1999, Retecon executive chairperson Burkhard Herrmann is quietly optimistic about the future. He attributes this to positive signs such as the softening of interest rates, which is... 

Machine tool stockist

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Having serviced the South African engineering industry for 25 years, Machine Tool Exchange, an offshoot of AD Machinery, stocks machine tools ranging from pedestal drilling machines to heavy engineering machinery, including vertical, horizontal and floor boring mills. All items stocked are... 

Products sourced worldwide

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A comprehensive range of products used in the machine tools industry is distributed by Bearing Man, specialist in bearings, seals, power transmission components, geared motors and belting. The range includes IKO linear bearings, NSK ball and roller bearings and high-precision ballscrews, Gamet... 

Used equipment sector toughs it out

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 How would you describe the state of the used machine tool industry? The used machine tool industry went through a rough year in 1998. Orders were hard to achieve owing chiefly to the lack of confidence in the economy and the country. Our industry is affected just the same as any other which deals... 

SA gets five new chemical projects

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 A R1,5-billion investment in five new chemical plants has been approved by Sasol as part of its R14-billion five-year capital expansion programme. In an announcement in December last year, Sasol MD Pieter Cox said that the plants will include a R270-million ethyl acetate plant, a R140-million... 

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