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Equipment News

New fire door in high demand

     19th August 2016 Fire and security doors producer Bitcon Industries has been contracted to supply doors to an array of new shopping centres throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Jet Park-based Bitcon director Bill Vollmer comments that the company is supplying its Rubidor fire doors for the upgrading and construction of... 

Increasing support for Omron robotic solutions

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 With robotics becoming a more viable alternative for food and beverage applications, the number of plug-and-play robotic solutions that are supported by industrial automation company Omron’s latest machine automation platform Sysmac is increasing, says Omron GM South Africa Victor Marques. 

Increasing support for Omron robotic solutions
INCREASED ACCURACY FROM MOTION CONTROLLERS Technological advancements in the food and beverage industry have led to greater accuracy and response times from motion controllers

Developer emphasises accuracy in measurement instrumentation

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 The South African food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors require measurement technology that offers precision and reliability while complying with local hygiene regulations. There is, hence, greater demand for accuracy in measurement instrumentation in these sectors, says Germany-based... 

Developer emphasises accuracy in measurement instrumentation
JAN GROBLER South African food and beverage hygiene regulations are as stringent as any other international regulations

Risk assessment pivotal in fire prevention  

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 To achieve its aim of preventing business destruction caused by fire, Gauteng-based fire detection and suppression equipment solutions provider ASP Fire says that thorough analyses of businesses’ fire prevention points are needed. “ . . . to mitigate the risks of fire, it is important to complete... 

Risk assessment pivotal  in fire prevention
ASP Fire’s COO Michael van Niekerk discusses the importance of fire prevention and accurate evacuation plans in businesses. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Company implements new logistics system

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges of cost transparency and inefficient vehicle use, food and beverages producer and distributor Pioneer Foods implemented solutions provider Resolve Solution Partners’ in-house transport management system PLATO at its plant. The PLATO system helps generate an optimised... 

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy  

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges faced by the South African logistics industry, materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner Mendi MD Lars Greiner notes that logistics companies should consider change to mitigate inefficiencies in their operations. He comments that logistics has always been a highly... 

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy
Greiner Mendi’s Lars Greiner discusses the challenges and future developments of the logistics industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Power supply for furnaces optimised

     5th August 2016 Induction equipment manufacturer Inductotherm successfully commissioned four 22 000 kW power supplies connected to 50 t furnace systems, and a fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) coating plant for rebar, at steel products producer BSRM Group, in Bangladesh. “We work with many steel mills around the world... 

Blast furnaces set new records

     5th August 2016 Russia-based steel producer and metals company OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works’ (MMK’s) largest blast furnaces set new records for monthly volumes of pig iron. The company’s blast furnace no. 9 produced 157 490 t of pig iron in April, beating its previous monthly record of 153 526 t, set... 

Blast furnaces set new records
Photo by Bloomberg
BLAST FURNACES A major environmental project was completed to install a dust-collecting system that improves working conditions for the blast furnace workers

Wine farm has its ducks in a row

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 About 1 000 Indian runner ducks have been employed by Stellenbosch-based wine farm Vergnoegd Wine Estate to eradicate white dune snails and other insects which inhabit and feed on the vines in the vineyard. According to Vergenoegd winemaker and viticulturist, Marlize Jacobs, the ducks – which... 

Wine farm has its ducks in a row
DUCK ARMY Around 1 000 Indian Runner ducks have been employed to eradicate the white dune snail population at Vergenoegd Wine farm in Stellenbosch

Algae-free irrigation systems to save money for farmers

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated the rand value of the impact of algae pollution in the Berg river, near Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape. The calculation enables farmers to compare different ways of managing the problem in the area. A ‘Water SA’ report... 

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

Botswana markets itself as an attractive business destination

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 Several key factors make doing business in Botswana attractive, according to Botswana high commissioner Zenene Sinombe, who posed several key sentiments of business opportunities during the launch of inter-country relations promotion platform the Africa Matchmaking in May.  

Mahindra aims to bring its tractor range to South Africa

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Mahindra & Mahindra, the India-based global conglomerate active in more than 100 countries, aims to bring its tractor range to South Africa, says Mahindra agri, and Africa and South Asia operations president Ashok Sharma. “It will probably be the first of a range of products to come to South... 

South African problems pose difficulties for German companies

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 German companies aiming to enter the South African market in the near future will face several adversities, including visa regulations, a weakening currency and stringent regulations, says the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC). Germany, South Africa’s biggest... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) says domestic manufacturers of capital equipment stand a better chance of being sustainable in the country’s struggling economy by opening up export channels and liaising with foreign customers to build stronger ties in international... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 The increasing use of agricultural technologies in Africa, as reported in a survey of 25 large agricultural companies, can dramatically improve yields, food security and product quality, as well as provide raw materials for new products in new markets, says PwC Africa Agribusiness industry leader... 

Mahindra mulls entering SA tractor, truck markets

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2016 Mahindra & Mahindra, the India-based global conglomerate active in more than 100 countries, aims to bring its tractor range to South Africa, says Mahindra agri, and Africa and South Asia operations president Ashok Sharma. “It will probably be the first of a range of products to come to South... 

Mahindra mulls entering SA tractor, truck markets

Icasa, SABS sign MoU

By: Anine Kilian     3rd June 2016 Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) acting chairperson Nomvuyiso Batyi and South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) CEO Dr Boni Mehlomakulu have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work towards ensuring that electronic equipment entering the South African market... 

New service centre helps to improve regional service

By: Victor Moolman     27th May 2016 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has recently opened its regional service centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley – one of Durban’s rapidly growing industrial hubs – in KwaZulu-Natal. 

New service centre helps to improve  regional service
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES The service centre enables young students to learn basic engineering skills

Manufacturer to focus on drought relief initiative

     6th May 2016 At this year’s Nampo (or National Maize Producers Organisation) Harvest Day, components manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) will be focusing on its  ‘Feed a Farmer/Voer ‘n Boer’ initiative, in addition to exhibiting its extensive range of agricultural components. BMG agricultural manager Carlo... 

Manufacturer to  focus on drought  relief initiative
A HELPING HAND The Feed a Farmer initiative by BMG helps sustain farmers that have been badly affected by the drought

First-time exhibitors look to impress at Nampo

     6th May 2016 Industrial equipment supplier MultiOne SA is looking to impress agriculture stakeholders by showcasing and demonstrating its top of the line range of agricultural loaders and its agricultural specific attachments at Nampo Harvest Day 2016. The company notes that Nampo – one of the largest... 

First-time exhibitors look to impress at Nampo
CREAM OF THE CROP MultiOne SA believes its 10 Series mini loader offers performance and capabilities far beyond anything currently available

Equipment supplier flexes agricultural muscles at Nampo 2016

     6th May 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Power Products (GPP) – which has been supplying equipment to the agricultural industry for several years –  will for the first time, showcase its comprehensive and affordable product range at the Nampo Harvest Day event, held from May 17 to 20. “As... 

Equipment supplier flexes agricultural muscles  at Nampo 2016
RATO FERTILISER PUMP One of the many products that Goscor Power Products will have on display

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Southern Africa sole distributor of Jacob Modular Tubing products Roff Industries will showcase the Jacob Quick Connect (JQC) clamp solution for grain-handling and food- processing applications at the Nampo, or National Maize Producers Organisation, Harvest Day. Roff Industries bulk materials... 

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016
JACOB QUICK CONNECT CLAMP Roff Industries says the use of the JQC clamp halves installation time and reduces labour costs and downtime

Company to showcase equipment, processing technologies at Nampo

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Extrusion technology manufacturer CFAM Technologies will return to Nampo this year to exhibit its cost-saving food- and feed-processing technologies. CFAM director and North West University (NWU) Faculty of Engineering dean Professor LJ Grobler says the company will showcase its range of twin... 

Company to showcase equipment, processing technologies at Nampo
THE FUTURE OF FEED CFAM Technologies believes that their twin-screw extruders produce higher quality feed

Supplier to unveil new brand identity at Nampo 2016

     6th May 2016 Bearings supplier Bearings International (BI) will be unveiling its new brand identity to the agricultural sector at this year’s NAMPO (National Maize Producers’ Organisation) Harvest Day expo organised by Grain SA. 

Supplier to unveil  new brand identity  at Nampo 2016
NEW LOOK FOR NAMPO The new Bearings International brand includes a streamlined logo and new corporate livery

Probiotic composting system recognised in environmental awards

By: Dylan Slater     22nd April 2016 Manufacturer of sustainable probiotic-based products Probio’s Bokashi Composter system will receive recognition at the yearly Eco-Logic Awards for its ability to reduce greenhouse gases.  

Company benefits from strategic positioning and branch network

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire believes that its fleet of 250 cranes, a network of 13 branches throughout major cities in South Africa and a business branch in Gaborone, Botswana, have led to its success in various heavy lift applications over the years.  “Our branches are... 

Acquisition in line with expansion plan

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane manufacturer Condra in February became the majority owner of Cape Town-based crane manufacturing company BB Cranes. The acquisition stems from a long-standing relationship spanning more than 22 years and is in line with Condra’s expansion plan. “We feel that BB Cranes is one of the few... 

Acquisition in line with expansion plan
METICULOUS Condra is involved in projects with highly specialised machinery and equipment that requires time to ensure quality and durability

Renewable energy project successfully completed

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Integrated heavy lifting, transportation and installation solutions provider ALE South Africa completed the handling and transportation of 56 wind turbine generators in February for the Amakhala project, in the Eastern Cape. The generators are made up of 10 components each comprising three... 

Renewable energy project successfully completed
GIVING RENEWABLE ENERGY A LIFT ALE successfully transported and handled 56 wind turbine generators for the Amakhala project

R&D ensures growth for heavy lifting company

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Owing to ongoing research and development (R&D), rigging and lifting equipment provider Kelmeg Lifting Services has expanded its product offering, which resulted in significant growth over the past five years, says Kelmeg factory manager Rodney Young. Kelmeg is a division of equipment supplier... 

R&D ensures  growth for heavy  lifting company
INCREASED PRODUCT PORTFOLIO New rigging products allow for achieving a sustainable footprint in all markets

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist - Mammoet completed the recovery of ‘Big Bertha’ ; the world’s largest boring machine, which was built in 2013 specifically for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel in Seattle, Washington. 

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha
Photo by Mammoet
THE BIG LIFT Mammoet’s lifting tower system was custom-built to recover Bertha

Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2016 A satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that could help generate more crops and boost sales in South Africa’s agricultural sector has been proposed by the UK Space Agency-funded SBAS-Africa programme. The SBAS-Africa programme, aimed at demonstrating the potential benefits of SBAS... 

Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

Zambia Agri Minister emphasises need to diversify beyond copper

By: Tracy Hancock     8th April 2016 Copper, a significant economic driver in Zambia, had taken the country so far but would not be able to take it any further, said Zambian Deputy Agriculture and Livestock Minister Maxas Ng’onga on Thursday at the opening of the AGCO Future Farm training centre, in Lusaka, Zambia. As Africa’s... 

Zambia Agri Minister emphasises need to diversify beyond copper
Photo by Tracy Hancock
Zambia Deputy Agriculture and Livestock Minister Maxas Ng'onga

Cost reduction an option for survival

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 Nonferrous metal and plastic component manufacturer Wam Metals is acquiring robot automation of a forging press to reduce operational costs and improve output. Wam Metals will be in production for 30 years this year and has plans to continue operations as well as make use of opportunities to... 

Cost reduction an option  for survival
Photo by Wam_Metals_Robot_welding
WAM METALS Acquiring robot automation to reduce operational costs and improve output

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019

     8th April 2016 India-based market research company Markets and Markets (M&M) predict that the heat exchanger market will be worth $21.08-million by 2019 owing to demand increase from Europe and Asia. The exchanger market report conducted by M&M is based on heat exchanger types such as shell and tube, plate and... 

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019
MARKET DEMAND TO INCREASE A large number of emerging manufacturers is expected to drive the heat exchanger market in future

Software developed to save container operators millions

     8th April 2016 The StarConomy reefer control software designed by manufacturer of dry containers Maersk Container Industry (MCI), in conjunction with fruit multinational Dole, supports reefer  refrigerated container operators by allowing them to maximise the value of their refrigerated cargoes in MCI’s Star... 

Software developed to save container operators millions
REEFER CARGO VALUE MAXIMISED Dole eefer container transport preserves and transports the fruit safely using as little energy as possible

Afgri eyes agricultural development for food security

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2016 Having looked to quietly expand since delisting from the Johannesburg bourse two years ago, agricultural services and food processing company Afgri will turn its focus to supporting development and transformation in the agricultural sector in South Africa and beyond. The group, aiming to drive... 

Afgri eyes agricultural development for food security

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