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Statute of limitations

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th April 2017 In South Africa, for some crimes, the right to institute criminal proceedings lapses 20 years from the time the offence was committed. And so I am going to tell you about some of the things I did 20 years ago. They are not crimes, let me add – just things I did. I worked with a guy called B. He... 

Richards Bay plant to make pearly whites from industrial slag

By: African News Agency      11th April 2017 It’s hard to avoid references to a phoenix while thinking about a deal being inked on Tuesday that will turn industrial waste into a pearly white pigment … and put hundreds of people to work. A technology partnership between Johannesburg-based Nyanza Light Metals and Avertana of New Zealand will... 

Sport ground lightning protection from touch and step potentials

     27th February 2017 The Rio Olympics 2016 serve as a reminder that sporting events can gather thousands of unsuspecting people from all walks of life together into one big space – an open sport field. Statistics show that the highest frequency (45%) of South African lightning strikes occur in open areas, including... 

RS Components Introduces Hotcap™ High-Operating Temperature Radial-Leaded Ceramic Capacitors From Vishay

     1st July 2016 RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of the new HOTcap™ series of radial-leaded multilayer ceramic capacitors from Vishay that meets the extreme operating conditions demanded by automotive applications. The K…H... 

High Voltage coils – making quality cost effective

     22nd June 2016 For industries operating and maintaining high voltage motors and generators, a cost effective, timely and planned repair schedule is crucial to maintaining productivity. Central to this regime is the use of high quality, precision manufactured stator coils, available through a local and trusted... 

Radar offers robust solutions

     27th May 2016 International instrumentation engineering enterprise Kobold Messring has introduced its Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) technology to its Kobold NGR components. The components, which use microwave or guided radar, offer a robust and low-maintenance solution for level measurement and monitoring.... 

WTA Urges Industry To Maintain Transformers

     1st February 2016 Transformers have often been referred to as one of the most efficient pieces of equipment developed by mankind and, as this apparatus has limited moving parts, majority of individuals believe it to be maintenance free. There could be nothing further from the truth, according to Andre Mans, COO of... 

Cooling ICT environments: where to next?

     14th October 2015 Data centres are essential to the digital economy; but they are also significant consumers of energy. Estimated to consume 2% of the world’s total energy, they consume roughly ten times more energy per square metre than the average office, with their cooling systems the prime culprits for this... 

Distribution enclosures comply with international standards

By: Kimberley Smuts     18th September 2015 International electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand last month announced that its range of XL³ modular power distribution enclosures comply with the new IEC 61439 standards, which replaced the previous IEC 60439 standards. The  XL³ cabinets and enclosures are used for... 

Taiwan machining firm looks to Africa as it outlines export ambitions

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th July 2015 For the remainder of the year, Taiwan-based electrical discharge machining (EDM) company Excetek aims to distribute 95% of its global production into regions such as Africa, Asia, Europe and America. 

Local developers to launch asbestos-free cement-board insulators

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Electrical insulation and high-temperature electrical insulation specialists Insulectric and Interhom have partnered with the Department of Science and Technology’s Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) to develop asbestos-free cement-board insulators. This partnership was... 

New laboratory represents major quality impulse Volt Electric Motors

     6th March 2015 With the opening of a new laboratory for incoming goods, Volt has given a major impulse towards its target for continuous quality improvement.  The new laboratory is used for mechanical and electrical tests as well as analyzing the behavior of incoming sub-assemblies. The mechanical laboratory is... 

SA space scientists in the hunt for the elusive Sprites

By: Keith Campbell     28th November 2014 The Space Science division of the South African National Space Agency (Sansa) is focusing its attention on space research in the South Polar region and in the upper atmosphere, with particular interest in phenomena called Transient Luminous Events (TLEs), but more informally known to scientists... 

Regulatory improvement calls  

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 The Thermal Spray Association of Southern Africa (TSASA), a subcommittee of nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) aims to increase thermal spray use while improving standards in local industrial sectors. TSASA chairperson Adam Wintle tells Engineering... 


     12th September 2014 Established in 1953, Wilec is a leading manufacturer and supplier of products used in the electric rotating machine and transformer repair and manufacturing industries. The company’s product line-up includes round and strip conductors, rotating machine insulation materials, transformer insulation... 

Company develops alternative to using pure helium for laser welding

By: Jonathan Rodin     14th March 2014 Industrial gases and engineering company the Linde Group launched its Lasgon series in central Europe in the 1990s as an alternative to using pure helium for laser welding that conserves the gas and has an increased adaptability to welding, says welding, cutting and gas products supplier Afrox... 

SA vitreous enamel steel cladding panels used internationally

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 South African-based vitreous enamel-product manufacturer Vitrex is supplying projects in the Sultanate of Oman, in Asia, and in the UK, with its Vitraclad panels. The company’s most recent local project was in April 2012, when it supplied Vitraclad vitreous enamel steel cladding panels for the... 

Firm expands local cable offering

     13th July 2012 Cables and accessories supplier Webb Industries, part of JSE-listed Jasco Group, now distributed US-based cabling product manufacturer Times Microwave Systems’ SilverLine range of coaxial cables in South Africa. 

SABS revising standard to define water tree retardance

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th July 2012 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is revising the SANS 1339 standard for medium-voltage cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cables to further mitigate the phenomenon of water trees in this type of cable, manufacturer Aberdare Cables chief engineer Antony Falconer tells Engineering News. 

SF6 gas should be bad news for those who believe in global warming 

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     6th July 2012 There is a gas called sulphur hexafluoride, or SF6, for short. Most housewives are fully knowledgeable about SF6 and buy it with the groceries. Or not really.  

Company Announcement: KROHNE launches OPTIFLEX 2200 C/F level meter

     18th June 2012 KROHNE introduces the new OPTIFLEX 2200 C/F level meter for liquids and solids at Achema 2012 


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