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Equipment News

In-demand excavators showcased at Nampo

1st May 2015 Since specialist machinery importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment’s launch of the Kubota u-30 and u-50 mini excavators to the local market in August 2014, demand from South African farmers for these excavators has increased rapidly, the company notes. Therefore, Smith Power Equipment will... 

Tracked excavator highlighted at Nampo

1st May 2015 Based on the success of its participation in the Nampo Harvest Day event in 2014, engineering support services company Babcock, the exclusive distributor of Volvo and SDLG construction equipment in Southern Africa, will be exhibiting a range of machinery at this year’s show, with the Volvo... 

Tracked excavator  highlighted at Nampo
MEETING THE STANDARDS The SDLG range incorporates world-class manufacturing quality and internationally accepted safety standards

Interactive exhibition highlights agriculture science, healthcare sectors

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st May 2015 This year’s Nampo Harvest Day, which will take place in Bothaville, in the Free State, from May 12 to 15, will be the first stop for global health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials company Bayer’s Science for a Better Life interactive science exhibition and world tour this year.... 

Interactive exhibition  highlights agriculture  science, healthcare sectors
INTERCONNECTED APPROACH In addition to the Science for a Better Life exhibition, Bayer’s CropSciences and Animal Health divisions will drive awareness of its capabilities at Nampo

Company embarks on drive for semiauto welding and repair

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st May 2015 Since many South African farmers still use some of the older welding and repair processes – which are dated, slow and costly – local gas and welding company Afrox aims to convert many of these processes into more advanced, semi-automated processes. The company will, therefore, showcase the many... 

Company embarks on  drive for semiauto  welding and repair
RELIABLE OFFERING Afrox’s theme – Quality You Can Trust – underlines its quality management system where products are supplied to international, national and company standards

Mechanisation drive to increase demand for application specific machinery

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st May 2015 Amid South Africa’s increased focus on mechanisation, global construction equipment and compact machinery manufacturer Wacker Neuson will emphasise its compact range of machinery at this year’s Nampo Harvest Day. The machinery that Wacker Neuson will showcase at Nampo – which will take place in... 

Mechanisation drive to increase demand for application specific machinery
FIT FOR PURPOSE Dedicated machines can complete multiple actions, increase productivity as well as result in significant time and fuel savings

Power tools specialist launches new impact drill

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd April 2015 Power tools manufacturer Bosch will launch the GSB 162-2 RE professional impact drill, featuring a 1500 W high-performance motor with a high overload capacity for hard applications, in the first quarter of this year, says Bosch industrial power tools senior brand manager Juergen Lauer. He tells... 

Power tools specialist  launches new impact drill

Rope-access specialist continues with repair services for Sappi mills

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 Rope access specialist Skyriders completed hard-to-reach inspection and repair work on time and within budget early last year for South African pulp and paper producer Sappi’s Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn tells Engineering News. Zinn explains that, rather... 

Rope-access specialist continues with repair services for Sappi mills
Skyriders technicians use ropes to abseil down into confined spaces as a means of moving from point A to point B.

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks to bolster economic growth, job creation

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2015 In 2015, government continues to stress the agroprocessing agenda in an attempt to bolster economic growth and job creation, while also securing South Africa’s future food requirements, in an economy that fell short of its growth target in 2014, achieving 1.5%, after initially being forecast to... 

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks  to bolster economic growth, job creation
Photo by Duane Daws
AGROPROCESSING DRIVE The Department of Trade and Industry has invested about R1.2-billion into the agroprocessing industry since 2009

Rugged devices offer high-tech functionality in tough conditions

By: Schalk Burger     20th March 2015 Rugged mobile devices and device and application management systems allow for high-technology functions to be deployed in tough environments and remote areas, subsequently improving the performance of people working in these conditions, says mobile device software company Mobile at Work MD Barry... 

Barloworld, BayWa form JV to drive agricultural equipment business forward in Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     13th March 2015 Johannesburg-headquartered Barloworld and Munich-based BayWa are establishing a 50:50 joint venture (JV) for the supply of agricultural equipment in sub-Saharan Africa to take advantage the “significant opportunities” agriculture in Africa has to offer to solution providers. Barloworld announced... 

Barloworld, BayWa form JV to drive agricultural equipment business forward in Africa
AGCO's Challenger brand

African CEOs keen to expand agribusinesses into other African countries

By: Tracy Hancock     13th March 2015 African agribusiness CEOs are very positive about the possibility of expansion into African countries outside their own, with 72.7% indicating that they would pursue such opportunities, finds PwC’s Agribusinesses Insights Survey 2014/2015. “African CEOs identified the following as countries where... 

African CEOs keen to expand agribusinesses into other African countries

Africa shows renewed interest in food tech 

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2015 East and West African countries are enhancing legislation to ensure food security, thereby reinvesting in their agriculture and processing sectors. African food and beverage industries have, therefore, expressed a renewed interest in food processing and production technologies, as well as related... 

Africa shows renewed  interest in food tech
Exhibition Management Services MD John Thomson discusses the emphasis on technology at the 2015 Africa Big Seven food and beverage exhibition.

Demand increase for cryogenic freezing solutions

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th March 2015 Having introduced several freezing and cooling solutions across the food processing industry in recent years, South Africa-based gases and welding company Afrox successfully launched a number of new-generation cryogenic freezing solutions onto the local market last year. Cryogenic freezing and... 

Demand increase for  cryogenic freezing solutions
CRYOLINE XF SPIRAL FREEZER Demand for new and innovative freezing solutions is linked to continuous product design

Automated lubrication systems increase efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     6th February 2015 Automated and centralised lubrication control platforms are essential for any type of machine, as they ensure efficient lubricant consumption and application, says Randburg-based lubrication systems company Control Lubrication Systems. 

Automated  lubrication systems increase efficiency
COMPREHENSIVE LUBRICATION SYSTEMS Centralised lubrication systems ensure that there is no need to be concerned about a lubrication point being under- or overlubricated

Girth gears launched

23rd January 2015 A flexible range of girth gears, used to assist with the transfer of drive torque from a gear motor to a rotary cylinder, has been developed by drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. 

Girth gears launched
GIRTH GEARS Girth gears are used to drive large, rotating systems such as dryers, rotary kilns or horizontal mills

Sustainable farming practices non-negotiable when facing environmental challenges 

By: Tracy Hancock     19th January 2015 South Africa’s commercial farmers have to start planning for the increased possibility of less-than-ideal climatic conditions by embracing sustainable farming practices, says Nedbank Capital Africa Business head of agricultural commodities Zhann Meyer. In a recent statement he said the impact of... 

Sustainable farming practices non-negotiable when facing environmental challenges

Local company looks to introduce cost-effective silage bag

16th January 2015 Johannesburg-based agriculture equipment supplier Addcon Africa Feed and Grain Additives is looking to introduce a new system for ensiling grain and silage in plastic bags at lower capital investments. Known as the farm bagger, which is developed by Germany-based agricultural company Budissa Bag... 

Agricultural hydraulic system enhanced

17th October 2014 An agricultural industry-based hydraulic system, the Electrohydraulic Hitch Control (EHC-8) from engineering firm Bosch Rexroth, recently underwent enhancements to replicate the same, precise regulation of power and positioning for the lifting and lowering of towed agricultural ploughs for... 

Agricultural hydraulic  system enhanced
DESIGNED FOR ADVERSE CONDITIONS The saturated, muddy sludge that can characterise Asia’s arable land presents unique performance challenges for electrical and mechanical components

Dairy exports to emerging markets on the rise – Tetra Pak

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2014 Changing dairy consumption patterns in developed markets and rising consumption in emerging markets is resulting in increased trade from dairy producing countries to emerging markets, says Swiss food packaging and processing multinational Tetra Pak CEO Dennis Jönsson. Emerging market demand is... 

Dairy exports to emerging markets on the rise – Tetra Pak
DENNIS JÖNSSON Dairy will become a more globalised business in the next 10 years

Health and safety regulations boost strip curtain sales

By: Dylan Slater     19th September 2014 Modderfontein-based Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has announced that all its products earmarked for use in the food and beverage industry are now compliant with the latest international food safety system. 

Health and safety  regulations boost strip  curtain sales
IMPROVING SAFETY Strip curtains can assist with safety, health, environment and quality compliance in industrial applications

WEF initiative assisting African farmers along infrastructure corridors

By: Schalk Burger     5th September 2014 The World Economic Forum New Vision for Agriculture initiative is helping to develop support for small-hold farmers and larger farmers along existing infrastructure corridors in Africa to stimulate efficient agricultural value chains to support growth in local economies. However, creating... 

WEF initiative assisting African farmers along  infrastructure corridors
Photo by Bloomberg
FARMING KNOWLEDGE Knowledge and information flows improve farming, land use diversification and more robust agricultural value chains

Vibrating equipment provider introduces new range of machinery

By: Jonathan Rodin     22nd August 2014 Specialist vibrating equipment provider Joest added US-based particle separation and size reduction solutions company Sweco’s full range of equipment to its product range in June, says Joest MD Kim Schoepflin. The full Sweco range comprises Gyramax gyratory sifters, round and rectangular... 

Company has own stand at Nampo

By: David Oliveira     8th August 2014 Technology supplier SKF South Africa displayed its agricultural solutions for the first time at its own stand at this year’s Nampo agricultural trade show, which was held in Bothaville, in the Free State, from May 13 to 16. SKF agriculture key accounts manager Charl Engelbrecht notes that the... 

Company has own stand at Nampo
Photo by Laverick Media Communications
MAINTENANCE-FREE SKF’s Agri Hub (top) and Agri Hub 1 maintenance-free bearings were on display at this year’s Nampo agricultural trade show

Equipment manufacturer wants larger stand at Nampo 2015

By: David Oliveira     8th August 2014 Global construction equipment and compact machinery manufacturer Wacker Neuson plans to further expand its stand at next year’s Nampo agricultural trade show, which will be located in the middle of the new expanded area, close to the southern gate. Wacker Neuson was allocated its largest stand,... 

Equipment manufacturer wants larger stand at Nampo 2015
Photo by Laverick Media Communications
WACKER NEUSON 1150 WHEEL LOADER The Wacker Neuson 1150 wheel loader makes light work of applications requiring an overload height of more than 3 m

Supplier development strategy spurs creation of new maize miller

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2014 Financial services firm Barclays Africa local subsidiary Absa provided a R8.2-million loan and South African retail giant Massmart provided a 10 000 t-a-year offtake agreement that enabled a new maize miller to enter the South African market. The new miller, Lethabo Milling, will provide 830 t of... 

Waterblocking protects cables

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 As the penetration of water or the existence of moisture in cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cables is an “unacceptable problem” associated with the life span of certain cables, especially under the influence of high electrical stresses, longitudinal waterblocking is an appropriate means of... 

Waterblocking protects cables
Photo by Aberdare Cables
MEANS OF PROTECTION Waterblocking is achieved by filling the free space within cables with materials that prevent water spreading

Wireless should complement cable roll-out

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 The cabling industry is significantly important in terms of long-term benefits for and the economic growth of South Africa, as it delivers more data transfer capacity through cable roll-out than wireless technology, which should, however, be regarded as complementary to cable roll-out, says... 

Wireless should complement  cable roll-out
Photo by Radwin SA
CABLE COMPANION Wireless solutions allow for rapid and affordable deployment for data transfer

Cable trunking range to include low energy lighting

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 Electrical systems supplier Legrand South Africa has extended its digital light processing (DLP) cable trunking range to include new illuminated, low-energy consumption mini-trunking, plinths, trunking and columns. “The new multifunction illuminated DLP range is used to efficiently combine the... 

Cable trunking range to include low energy lighting
Photo by Legrand
ILLUMINATED RANGE The new DLP trunking range combines current distribution and LED illumination

Large cable supply for local renewable-energy sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has supplied a significant portion of several million metres of cable to the renewable-energy sector in South Africa in the past year, Helukabel South Africa MD Doug Gunnewegh tells Engineering News. Helukabel supplied solar, fibre-optic,... 

Large cable supply for local renewable-energy sector
Photo by Helukabel
SOLAR SUPPLY Helukabel supplied more than three-million metres of its Solarflex PV1-F solar cable to solar energy projects in South Africa

Substation upgrade on track

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 The estimated R140-million upgrades to Mogale City local municipality’s Condale substation, in Gauteng, are on track and due for completion in early 2015, consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV says. The Condale substation, which is the only main infeed substation for the entire Mogale... 

Substation upgrade  on track
NECCESARY UPGRADE Upgrades to the Mogale City Condale substation will ensure stable electricity supply capacity for the community

Fuchs acquires two SA lubricant companies, eyes regional growth

By: Schalk Burger     30th May 2014 Germany-based global specialist lubricant company Fuchs acquired mining and heavy equipment lubricant company Lubritene and food and animal feeds manufacturing lubricant company Lubrasa earlier this month to expand into the Southern African and industrial markets, says Fuchs South Africa MD Johan... 

  Fuchs acquires two SA lubricant companies, eyes regional growth

New technology to enhance situational awareness for Eskom  

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 Power delivery currently faces many challenges including decreasing reserves, an increase in renewable generation and changes in electricity loads – it is, therefore, important that State-owned power utility Eskom manages these challenges by having near real-time observation of the health of the... 

New technology to enhance situational awareness for Eskom
Eskom Power Delivery Engineering division smart grid technologies and operational data chief engineer Reshin Moodley and Eskom System Operator, specialised studies senior engineer Brian Berry explain the advantages of the new PMU technology. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer

Largest nozzle check valve delivered for pipeline project

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th May 2014 Local valves manufacturer Aveng Manufacturing DFC has delivered a nozzle check-valve – the largest yet manufactured by Dynamic Fluid Control – for installation in a pipeline project in a neighbouring State in February, DFC mining and water executive director Pat Stander tells Engineering News.... 

Largest nozzle check valve delivered for pipeline  project
LARGE DELIVERY The 1 200 mm Vent-O-Mat Model B nozzle check-valve weighs about 5 t and has a flow range of 800 ℓ/s to 4 500 ℓ/s

Foundry expects 15% growth in valve casting demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th May 2014 To meet the increase in demand in valves and valve-casting manufacturing, specialist foundry group Steloy Castings has invested more than R1-million in new facilities and technologies, which includes the installation of a new cold box core-making machine, states Steloy marketing and sales... 

Foundry expects 15% growth in valve casting  demand
CASTING EXPECTATIONS Steloy Castings expects a 15% growth in the valve-casting sector of the market

Increased valves stock to ensure market availability

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th May 2014 While valves and valve components supplier Macneil Steel & Valves (MSV) is currently involved in three significant projects, valued collectively at more than R5-million, in the sewage and water treatment industry, MSV project manager Brian Saverton says the company has also increased its stock to... 

Increased valves stock to ensure market  availability
INCREASED AVAILABILITY Macneil Steel & Valves will stock several valves ranges, including the Vent-O-Mat ranges

Steam trap provides solution to condensate problems

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th May 2014 The ability of valves supplier Heaton Valves’ Powertrap GT10 to improve production by removing condensate from steam systems where stall may occur makes it an increasingly popular solution for the petrochemical, food and beverage and motor industries that are having problems with heat-exchanger... 

Steam trap provides solution to condensate problems
IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY The Powertrap GT10 reduces steam usage in industry heat exchangers

Local valve procurement strengthened by partnerships

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th May 2014 The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa (Vamcosa) has established working groups with several State-owned entities (SOEs) to encourage local valve procurement, says Vamcosa champion Greg Walker. This follows after the instruction note for the local valves designation was... 

Local valve procurement strengthened by partnerships
ENCOURAGING ENTREPRENEURS Local valve designation will stimulate entrepreneurial opportunities in the industry

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