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CNC Machines to produce components for isotope separation facility 

     26th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators will be manufacturing and producing components for a medical isotope facility in Pretoria.  

Afrox invests R10-million on upgrades to Special Gases Propellant Plant

     26th April 2017 Since 2011, Afrox has invested over R10-million in upgrades at its Special Gases Propellant Plant in Roodekop, effectively positioning the company as a well-established supplier to South Africa’s FMCG personal care market. Personal care propellant requires that stringent quality standards are met... 

Zuma again stresses drive for ‘radical economic transformation’ at launch of Free State SEZ

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2017 The 103 ha Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone (MAP-SEZ) in Harrismith, in the Free State, forms an important part of government’s SEZ Programme, which is aimed at ensuring excluded areas of the country are developed and able to contribute to the country’s economic growth. Speaking at the... 

Connecting RFID to cloud systems such as MindSphere boosts efficiency and quality

     25th April 2017 • Simatic RF600 MindSphere link with OPC UA • First RFID system with data transmission to MindSphere • OPC UA enables seamless communication with third-party applications • Project engineering via web interface in the browser With the launch of new firmware release V3, the Simatic RF600 RFID... 

MindSphere with new partners, new applications and extended connectivity

     25th April 2017 • New infrastructure, app and technology partnerships • Extended connectivity simplifies link-up to machines and plants • New apps for industrial security and condition monitoring Siemens is driving forward the expansion of its cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere with new... 

Wireless becomes key integrated component of enterprise systems

     24th April 2017 Wireless networks have traditionally been viewed and managed as an ‘add-on’ to the corporate network, but new security threats demand that they now be integrated into the heart of the enterprise, says Fortinet. The traditional approach to enterprise wireless was to treat it as an independent... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant, in Rosslyn, will start in the first half of 2018. 

Pressure, temperature transmitter launched for downhole applications

     21st April 2017 Last month, US-based Emerson Automation Solutions introduced the Paine 328-12-0010 pressure and temperature data logger and digital transmitter for process measurement and data logging in downhole drilling applications. The company notes that downhole drilling operators need to measure pressure... 

Revised framework for SA auto sector expected by year-end

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 The framework for the government support programme to replace the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) is “currently under consideration and should be announced by the end of 2017”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa director Nico Vermeulen.... 

Gravico’s strategy for the new economy

     20th April 2017 As part of its strategic consolidation in response to ongoing changes in South Africa’s heavy engineering industry, the DCD Group is consolidating aspects of its manufacturing capacity and expertise into its Gravico Heavy Engineering joint venture. According to DCD chief executive officer Digby... 

Franklin Electric 4” NextGen submersible motors available after four years of development

     20th April 2017 Following a two-year design and laboratory test phase and a further two years of field testing, the new generation of Franklin Electric’s 4” submersible motors was launched into the southern African market last year. The new design, which was introduced to the European market in 2012, includes... 

SA landmine detection pioneer in big US defence contract

     20th April 2017 In a breakthrough for South African military exports to the US and allied countries, Boksburg-based DCD Protected Mobility is contracted to provide more than 20 of its unique Husky 2G landmine detection vehicles to the US Department of Defence. According to Cornelius Grundling, general manager of... 

Cutting-edge machine tools supplies come alive at industry event

     20th April 2017 Local machine tools suppliers together with their international principals will be showcasing the latest technology and innovation at Machine Tools Africa. Taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May, visitors will see machine tools in action with many daily demonstrations... 

Edenville’s coal wash plant nearly ready for shipment to Tanzania

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2017 The coal wash plant for use at Edenville Energy’s Rukwa coal mine has been delivered to port in the UK and inspected and cleared by the appropriate authorities, ready for shipment to Tanzania. The first of the shipments is expected to leave the UK this month and will take six weeks to arrive in... 

SIDENOR places order with SMS group for modernization of bar mill in Basauri

     19th April 2017 The Spanish company SIDENOR ACEROS ESPECIALES, S.L. has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for the modernization of its bar mill in Basauri. The goals of the modernization are to achieve a more effective rolling process and an improvement in material properties. The SMS group scope... 

BMW Group SA to start X3 production in the first half of 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

Company seizes opportunities in power sector

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Many utility power plants are approaching the end of their design life, with engineers conducting life extension studies for boilers and related auxiliary equipment. To accommodate a changing operating environment, redesigning components and equipment to replace those which have reached the end... 

HFO plant’s commissioning process under way

By: Nadine James     14th April 2017 Specialised oil and gas equipment supplier Energas Technologies started the commissioning process last month for the heavy fuel oil (HFO) storage facility it specifically designed for multidisciplinary engineering firm DRA Global. Energas’s scope for the project included the fabrication,... 

Increased demand for SD flooring

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Static control solutions provider Altico completed two static dissipative (SD) flooring installations last month for the electronic repairs franchise weFix at Balito Lifestyle Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as at the Vaal Mall, in Gauteng. 

Laser-coding guide dispels misconceptions, enhances technology

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 Global coding and marking specialist solutions provider Markem-Imaje, represented in Southern Africa by product identification solutions provider Pyrotec, has produced a guide focusing on laser-coding technology that aims to help manufacturers meet the technical challenges commonly encountered on... 

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     14th April 2017 The Department of Science and technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project, aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

BlueRock improves diamond recovery since upgrades

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th April 2017 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds on Thursday reported that since it restarted operations at its Kareevlei mine, recovered grade has been improving from an initial 1.53 carats per hundred tonnes (cpht) to the most recent results of 3.02 cpht. The company late last year embarked on a thorough overhaul... 

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2017 The South Deep gold mine, in Westonaria, Gauteng, is set to steadily ramp up production using a fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies, while ensuring improved personnel health and safety, as well as morale. The... 

South Africa’s hydrogen fuel cell programme making steady progress

By: Keith Campbell     13th April 2017 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is pleased with the progress being made by the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) research, development and innovation (RDI) programme. This is a natural resources beneficiation project aimed at increasing the market for the country’s platinum reserves by... 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 Construction at the Khobab Wind Farm has begun in earnest with the arrival of various wind turbine components. 

SA urged to focus on producing components for battery supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2017 South Africa can use the development and local production of various battery components in global energy storage supply chains to develop local industrial capacity, says University of the Western Cape South African Institute for Advanced Material Chemistry director Professor Vladimir Linkov.... 

Trade expectations hit low point in March and will decline further, warns Sacci

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) seasonally adjusted six-month trade expectations index (TEI) declined from 61 in February to 51 in March – the weakest level since April 2016. The non-seasonally adjusted TEI weakened even more markedly and declined from 63 to 51... 

SKF bearings put Scuderia Ferrari in the driving seat

     11th April 2017 With the Formula 1 season started, SKF strengthens its 70-year association with Scuderia Ferrari by providing the team with bearings expertise and customised parts. The 2017 Formula 1 season is upon us, and SKF is right at the heart of it again, extending its long association with Scuderia... 

Incledon, Xesibe Construction on track with Ncera irrigation scheme

     11th April 2017 Quality fluid-conveyance solutions provider Incledon is supplying the bulk pipeline to main contractor Xesibe Construction for the Ncera macadamia project for the Eastern Cape’s Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. Incledon’s scope of work comprises the supply of 2.4 km of 400 mm... 

South Korean fishing vessels install Vesconite Hilube stern tubes and rudder bearings

     11th April 2017 Two South Korean fishing vessels installed Vesconite Hilube stern tubes and rudder bearings at Port Louis dry dock, Mauritius, last month and the month before. The vessels, with a gross tonnage of 441t and 578t, came into the port separately, with a week’s interval between their entries. It was... 

Printed titanium parts expected to save millions in Boeing Dreamliner costs

By: Reuters     11th April 2017 Boeing Co hired Norsk Titanium to print the first structural titanium parts for its 787 Dreamliner, a shift that the Norwegian three-dimensional (3-D) printing company said would eventually shave $2-million to $3-million off the cost of each plane. The contract announced on Monday is a major... 

SA’s junk status will increase costs in auto production chain, warns analyst

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2017 The effects of Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings having downgraded South Africa to junk status will wash “through the entire value chain of automotive production”, warns Frost & Sullivan Mobility Africa programme manager Craig Parker. The impact of the downgrade, leading to a weaker rand, among... 

SKF helps the Ducati Team gear up for MotoGP 2017

     7th April 2017 With this year’s MotoGP season underway, SKF will continue to propel the Ducati Team with its specialist expert support and superior quality parts SKF’s high performance parts and specialist technical knowledge are once again helping the Ducati Team prepare for success in this year’s MotoGP World... 

Construction of Northern Cape wind farm ramping up as first components arrive

By: Dylan Slater     7th April 2017 Construction of the Northern Cape-based Khobab Wind Farm has begun in earnest with the transportation and arrival of various wind turbine components to its construction site in the Hantam municipality, 60 km north of Loeriesfontein, both in the Northern Cape.  

Consulting engineer develops process for projects

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Project work for global engineering company Hatch’s Environmental and Social Services Group (Hatch ESSG) is picking up significantly, owing to its continual evolution of the Hatch project life-cycle process (PLP) that includes a strong focus on integrating the social, community and environmental... 

Cordless die grinder introduced onto market

     7th April 2017 Tools and dies manufacturing company Milwaukee introduced its new M18 Fuel Die Grinder in January. “When faced with a situation that requires grinding in tight spaces or irregular surfaces, mechanical and metal fabrication professionals will most often turn to a die grinder to get the job done,... 

Getting It Right

     7th April 2017 In an article citing law firm Spoor & Fisher, which was published in our March 24, 2017, edition as part of the Automotive Components feature on Page 32, we inadvertently referred to the company as Spoor & Fischer. The error is regretted. 

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