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Equipment News

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... 

Valve manufacturer expands servicing facilities

9th May 2014 Valve and pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves Southern Africa (KSB) continues to invest in service equipment and facilities to meet growing demands for workmanship that is able to meet strict local regulations and satisfy international quality standards, says KSB valves services manager Ryan... 

 Valve manufacturer expands servicing facilities
Photo by Duane Daws
SERVICE INVESTMENT KSB Pumps has expanded its facilities to meet growing servicing demand

Versatility with compact machinery

25th April 2014 Versatile agricultural machinery from compact construction machinery manufacturer Wacker Neuson, aimed to ease farm workflows and increase productivity, and will be displayed at Nampo Harvest Day, in the Free State. 

Versatility with compact machinery
COMPACTNESS ON A FARM Wacker Neuson’s compact equipment offers a good balance between high performance and low-cost operation

Wastewater treatment plants nearing completion

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th April 2014 Environmental management products and services provider Procon Environmental Technologies expects to complete a multimillion-rand wastewater treatment plants contract associated with a pipeline project in mid-June, company MD Kuno Kerlen tells Engineering News. “We have supplied five wastewater... 

Wastewater treatment plants nearing  completion
HYDROCARBON REMOVAL Procon Environmental Technologies supplies oily water separator systems to remove hydrocarbons from wastewater

Increased focus on waste management equipment

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th April 2014 Incinerator and waste management equipment supplier Saubatech aims to this year place more market focus on its Macroblaze waste gas burner, flame traps and incinerators for the sewage treatment works industry, says company marketing manager Andreas Thieme. The locally manufactured Macroblaze 300... 

Increased focus on waste management equipment
DIFFICULT ACQUISITION Waste incinerator purchases are still hampered by frustrations such as incinerator permits

Sewerage tube impeller efficiency to be proven

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th April 2014 To prove the efficiency of its S-tube impeller fitted in their sewage S range, Denmark-based pumps manufacturer and pump components supplier Grundfos will install three of its S-tube impeller pumps at sewage and wastewater treatment plants in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape soon says... 

Sewerage tube impeller  efficiency to be proven
PROVING PERFORMANCE Three S-tube impeller pumps will be installed at sewage and wastewater plants to test and prove their efficiency

Bobcat

25th April 2014 Bobcat Equipment South Africa is a leading supplier of compact equipment on both a sales and rental platform, to diverse local and cross border market sectors including construction, landscaping, agriculture, grounds’ maintenance, government, utility, industry and mining. Bobcat incorporates... 

Bobcat

Demand for wastewater treatment aerators increasing

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th April 2014 Water and wastewater treatment equipment supplier Circuit Water Engineering Equipment commissioned a multimillion-rand supply contract for the Darvill wastewater treatment works in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, in October last year, says company MD Ryan Beswick. “As the Darvill wastewater... 

Demand for wastewater treatment aerators  increasing
EASY AERATION Features of the Aire-O2 Triton aerator include efficient fine bubble aeration and reduced energy consumption

Equipment designation boosts capital equipment suppliers 

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 The recent designation by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of valves and actuators for local procurement by State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and municipalities, enables the concerned industries to revise their future recapitalisation plans, industry body South African Capital Equipment... 

Equipment designation  boosts capital  equipment suppliers
South African Capital Equipment Export Council MD Sybil Rhomberg discusses the state of the capital equipment industry in South Africa.

Standard Bank poised to help grow local agriculture sector

28th March 2014 With more than 150 years of providing financial services and support to the agriculture sector, South African financial institute Standard Bank remains at the forefront of agricultural development with key partnerships with major agricultural role players, aimed at creating a sustainable sector,... 

Standard Bank poised to help grow local agriculture sector

Company gears up for growth in pumps industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st March 2014 Slurry pumps supplier and pumps solution specialist Pump and Abrasion Technologies has introduced several new products to its Battlemax range onto the market over the past few years, including the new 35% Ultra-High chrome alloy and high-abrasion- resistant polyurethane liners, which includes the... 

Company gears up for growth in pumps industry
NEW PRODUCTS Pump and Abrasion’s Battlemax range offers several new products for different applications

Local foundries key to meeting increased demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st March 2014 As castings comprise the bulk of the cost and material of pumps and valves, local foundries play a significant part in enabling industry to reach competitiveness targets, states specialist foundry group Steloy group sales manager Leon Reeves. Although the current foundry market suffers from the... 

Local foundries key to meeting increased demand
INCREASED DEMAND Foundries are expected to meet the demand for castings, which from part of valves and pumps components

New range of concrete pumps to be distributed

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st March 2014 Concrete equipment manufacturer and supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has secured the contract to locally distribute a range of products, including concrete pumps, from Italy-based concrete technology company Turbosol Pumps. The official distribution contract and partnership were announced... 

New range of concrete pumps to be distributed
CONCRETE OPERATION The Turbosol Beton Master pump and PMSA’s Fiori self-loading concrete mixer operate together on a project site in North Africa.

Buy-back and trade-in scheme introduced to industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st March 2014 Slurry pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has introduced a new buyback and trade-in scheme for submersible slurry pumps for cases where it has become economically unviable to repair these pumps, states Hazleton Pumps MD Thys Wehmeyer. “The decision was taken to introduce the scheme to provide users... 

Buy-back and trade-in scheme introduced to industry
NEW OFFER Hazleton Pumps expects the trading in of old submersible pumps to increase the company’s local pumps sales

Pumps range enjoys success in local market

21st March 2014 While many South African plants still run on the Warman AH series slurry pumps for highly abrasive mill duties, which are supplied by minerals solutions company Weir Minerals Africa, an increasing number of plant operators in other parts of Africa are recognising that the latest generation Warman... 

Pumps range  enjoys success in local market
SUCCESSFUL RANGE The 200 MCR is one of six sizes of mill circuit pump that is fully manufactured in South Africa by Weir Minerals Africa

Pumps specified in company’s cyanide code

21st March 2014 As cyanide leaching remains the most economically viable and efficient method of recovering gold from gold-bearing ores, pumps technology company Verder Pumps’ Verdermag mag drive pumps, which are economic and cost effective, have been specified in the cyanide code of a global gold mining... 

Upgrades at Malawi pumping station nearing completion

21st March 2014 Pumps manufacturer APE Pumps has been awarded a €4.1-million rectifying contract to complete upgrades at the town of Walkers Ferry’s raw water and high-lift pumping stations near Blantyre, Malawi. The raw water pumping station, which is located on the Shire river about 40 km north-west of... 

Upgrades at Malawi pumping station nearing completion
RECTIFYING CONTRACT APE Pumps manages the Walker’s Ferry and Chileka pumping stations near Blantyre, Malawi

Amid technical and financial concerns, SA moves ahead with biofuels strategy 

By: Schalk Burger     21st March 2014 While the food-versus-fuel dilemma remains, South Africa is moving ahead with the roll-out of its much debated biofuels strategy, which even received a mention in President Jacob Zuma's February State of the Nation address, when he confirmed that biofuels manufacturers had been selected and had... 

Amid technical and financial concerns, SA moves ahead with biofuels strategy

Pumps export market grows by 250%

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st March 2014 South African pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps registered an increase in export sales of more than 250% in 2013, compared with sales in 2012, states company MD Thys Wehmeyer. “This growth can be attributed to the company’s current, continuous product development that provides unique and reliable... 

Pumps export market grows by 250%
EXPORT GROWTH The Hippo submersible slurry pumps range has contributed to Hazleton Pumps’ increase in export sales

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV will start detail design of the... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation

New generation digital time switches for ideal control

14th March 2014 France-based electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has extended its range of time switches with the launch of a new generation of digital time switches for industrial, commercial and domestic environments. This range was launched at the end of 2013 and is designed for... 

New generation digital  time switches for ideal control
TIME CONTROL Electrical specialist Legrand’s new generation of digital time switches is suited for air-conditioning systems, thermostats and pressure sensors

SA’s first accumulator testing solution developed

14th March 2014 Automation distributor Tectra Automation has developed South Africa’s first solution for the pressure testing of hydraulic accumulators for recertification processes required by law. Tectra Automation, which is a member of the drive and control company Hytec Group, was recently approached by... 

SA’s first accumulator  testing solution developed
TESTING SOLUTION The accumulator testing solution developed by automation distributor Tectra Automation can accommodate 1 ℓ to 150 ℓ accumulators

Cable vital for communication systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has introduced a new variable-frequency drive (VFD) power cable to its range of Topflex cables that can be used in the industrial sector, as well as in motor and control applications. The Topflex 620 VFD cable was launched in Chicago, in the... 

Cable vital for communication systems
TOP APPLICATION The Helukabel Topflex cables can be used in any industrial applications, such as measurement and control

All-in-one thermostat solution brought to market

14th March 2014 Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric last month introduced a new series of room controllers, which provides a solution that integrates a thermostat/temperature sensor and programmable room controller in a single unit. “The SE8000 series room controllers are designed with a... 

All-in-one thermostat solution brought  to market
ROOM CONTROL The new SE8000 series of room controllers can enhance operational efficiency

Company stays abreast of new developments

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 As an instrumentation and electrical construction company, B&W Instrumentation and Electrical marketing manager Ken Nel says the company is very training-orientated with regard to new technological developments in its industry. “We continuously train employees to keep up to date with the current... 

Instrumentation firm broadens product range

14th March 2014 Electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation supply and implementation company Magnet has extended its range to include energy management specialist Schneider Electric’s new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system. The Accutech range of instruments, which is designed for... 

Instrumentation firm broadens product range
ACCURATE TECHNOLOGY The new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system is designed to reduce installation costs

Real-time operational intelligence changes operations

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Global manufacturing, industrial and mining operations are benefitting from new technology that analyses operations, detects and predicts faults and communicates with technicians using mobile devices and applications from America-based manufacturer and supplier General Electric. General Manager:... 

Real-time operational intelligence changes operations
OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY The real time operational intelligence software called Proficy Mobile detects and predicts faults during operations

Bearings distributor sells new system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Germany-based manufacturer Schaeffler Group’s FAG brand SmartCheck measuring system, for the monitoring of machines and plants, makes a valuable contribution to optimising processes and ultimately reduces life-cycle cost (LCC) and the total cost of ownership (TCO), states bearings and... 

Bearings distributor  sells new system
SMART CHECK A key function of Schaeffler’s new SmartCheck system is to monitor machine vibrations

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 The new version of the InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking system, designed for marking hot, primary metals or steel products, which was launched in mid-2013, has an improved controller, which increases the marking speed and can print machine-readable information, or two-dimensional codes, says supplier... 

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code
MARKING SMART The new InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking machine can print on uneven surfaces and machine-readable information or two-dimensional code onto hot steel products

Barloworld reports decline in back orders as mining demand softens

By: Irma Venter     29th November 2013 Barloworld has reported an 18% increase in operating profit, to R3.53-billion, for the year ended September 30, compared with the previous financial year. Revenue was up 11% to R65.1-billion. 

New user-friendly machine tools in South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th October 2013 A modern computer numerically controlled (CNC) turning machine must be productive, flexible and easy to operate, says local machine tools distributor Retecon MD Hans-Peter Neth. He tells Engineering News that the new monoBlock and CTX ecoline series of machine tools from global machine tools... 

New user-friendly  machine tools  in South Africa
INTERFACE OPTIONS The CTX ecoline machine practice-orientated SLIMline user interface is available with Operate 4.5 on Siemens 840D solution line or Heidenhain CNC Pilot 640

From one playing field to another

By: Tracy Hancock     27th September 2013 Former Springbok rugby captain Gary Teichmann talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about how he handles rucks in the business world to keep his company in play.  

From one playing field to another
A GOOD SPORT Gary Teichmann traded in the rugby field and sportsmanship for the boardroom and business acumen

Afgri moving to mitigate the effects of weak SA poultry market 

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2013 A good early harvest of yellow maize in the eastern parts of South Africa did not remove the sting from poor performances in a difficult poultry industry, says JSE-listed agricultural services and processing business Afgri CEO Chris Venter. Drought in the western part of the country meant a poor... 

Afgri moving to mitigate the effects of weak SA poultry market
Afgri CEO Chris Venter discusses the company's performance amid severe poultry industry conditions. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Darlene Creamer.

SA moving to secure its share of world aquaculture growth

By: Samantha Herbst     26th July 2013 South Africa’s aquaculture industry, though still in its infancy, has been identified by government as a key priority sector because of its potential to supplement dwindling wild-caught fish stocks with cultured fish products. 

SA moving to secure its share of world aquaculture growth

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 South Africa’s agriculture sector faces a number of serious challenges and constraints. The spatial-zoning policies enforced before and during apartheid resulted in the extreme marginalisation of black farmers and foresters. Secondly, domestic producers face stiff competition from low-priced... 

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 South Africa’s agriculture sector faces a number of serious challenges and constraints. The spatial-zoning policies enforced before and during apartheid resulted in the extreme marginalisation of black farmers and foresters.  

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

Forestry group moves ahead plan to integrate Sabie site, extract more value 

By: Samantha Herbst     10th May 2013 Forestry and forest products group York Timbers is hoping to break ground early next year on its R1.5-billion site integration project at its Sabie facilities, in Mpumalanga, once it receives a record of decision from the Department of Environmental Affairs on its environmental-impact assessment... 

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