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New products showcased at Propak Cape

By: Victor Moolman     20th October 2017 Product identification solutions provider Pyrotec PackMark will focus on showcasing its newly launched ultra-portable Anser U2 handheld printer the 9405 Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) coder and the C340 laser from product identification and traceability solutions manufacturer Markem-Imaje at Propak Cape... 

Blockchain technology set to shake up business in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th October 2017 The advent of blockchain technology is set to radically change the way businesses operate, several speakers at the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit have said. “Blockchain is so much more transformative than even the Internet revolution because it allows you to transact,” said media and marketing... 

Technologies that cut manufacturing costs

     13th October 2017 The cost of production remains the biggest pressure point for local manufacturers, but there are technology-driven solutions to reduce costs, contends Dereshin Pillay Local manufacturing firms continue to face blustering headwinds – from heightened global competition from the likes of China and... 

SA manufacturers still operating with Third Industrial Revolution models

By: Keith Campbell     13th October 2017 South African industry needs to find ways of adapting and using the technologies driving the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industrial Revolution 4.0) to remain globally competitive yet maintain and create jobs in a high-unemployment environment. So argued productONE MD Charles... 

Bunch of old bananas or building materials of the future?

By: Reuters     12th October 2017 Potatoes reborn as insulation, peanuts processed into partition boards and mushroom bricks that grow in five days - just some of the ways the building trade could change its wasteful ways and construct virtuous new cities. In a report released on Wednesday, international engineering firm Arup set... 

South Africa 'in limbo' regarding the rapidly arriving Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Keith Campbell     6th October 2017 South Africa is underprepared for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 4.0. However, it is not badly underprepared. This was reported by AT Kearney Associate Mark Saunders at the Sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria, on Friday. Industry... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution prioritises innovation – Davies

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has highlighted the challenges being posed to the South African economy, and especially industry, by what is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. He was delivering the keynote address at the sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

2nd Manufacturing Indaba Eastern Cape planned for the Province

     4th October 2017 Manufacturing Indaba Eastern Cape (MIEC) a yearly provincial event, and part of the national Manufacturing Indaba will be hosted on the 20th October 2017 at The Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth. Nwabisa Makunga, the deputy Editor of both the Herald and the Weekend Post will be... 

3D-printed metal component passes auto giant’s quality tests

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

Cutting complexity from coding

     19th September 2017 Every business involved in production and packaging aims for optimum efficiency in their coding processes. No organisation can afford the frustration of unnecessary break-downs or down-time due to complex maintenance problems. In this environment, the demand for reliable, innovative coding... 

Companies urged to join the digital revolution

By: Kim Cloete     6th September 2017 Companies have been advised to join the digital revolution, as innovations and technology start to change the nature of jobs and work in the rail and other industries. Siemens Mining and Freight Solutions global head Thomas Bieg on Wednesday said there would be huge demand for people with skills... 

Revolutionary industrial changes set to shift the heavy haul industry

By: Kim Cloete     4th September 2017 Heavy haul rail operators across the world have been urged to adapt to rapid advances in technology and improvements in cybersecurity. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change everything. The rise in technology will be profound, but it will also open up bridges for us,” World Economic Forum... 

Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-prints an aluminium thermostat cover

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

German group starts 3D printing of parts for bus brands

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

Atlas Copco’s new rotary vane vacuum pump series – cooler, quieter and up to 15% more efficient

     10th August 2017 Atlas Copco’s new GVS A rotary vane vacuum pumps feature a very compact design, fewer components, excel in reliability and are up to 15% more efficient making them ideal for a wide range of both industrial production and research applications. The new generation GVS A which is completely... 

Celebrating Women In The Signage And Printing Industry

     8th August 2017 Women are increasingly making their mark on the traditionally male-dominated signage and printing industry. For those who want to enter this industry, or want to grow their businesses, the Sign Africa and FESPA Africa expo, co-located with Africa Print and Africa LED, offers many opportunities... 

Platinum industry redoubling marketing efforts in the midst of oversupply

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 Marketing is immensely important for the platinum sector, which is battling a pervasive weak price environment, with the metal trading at about $925/oz, compared with the all-time high of $2 270/oz in 2008, and an oversupplied market. Marketing of the metal’s various uses has only increased in... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

3D Printing A Breakthrough For Rapid Prototyping

     11th July 2017 The use of 3D printing by Multotec over the past two years has proved this technology’s ability to produce prototypes for customers quickly and cost effectively, according to Multotec Manufacturing technology manager, Chris Oldewage. “Our 3D printing facilities bring designs to life, and allow... 

Daimler Buses initiates 3D printing of specialised, replacement parts

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

From Tesla cars to underwear, metal makers seek new markets

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2017 The world’s biggest mining companies would like you to put more zinc in your zucchini and copper in your socks and dental floss. While builders and manufacturers remain the biggest metals users, producers are confronting the end of a Chinese industrial boom that fueled surging global demand and... 

Cape Town to host supply chain jamboree

By: Dylan Slater     2nd June 2017 Supply chain operations management association Sapics will focus on ‘Business Unusual’ for its upcoming yearly Sapics conference and exhibition for supply chain professionals, whereby delegates will be equipped to meet challenges linked to factors such as poor infrastructure and political... 

RS Components introduces a pair of high-quality 3D printers enabling production of customised parts for robotics

     22nd May 2017 Use of professional 3D printers provides fast development solution for specialist parts in robotics applications   Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 May, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced two... 

Mining Maverick lured out of hiatus by billion-dollar gold dream

By: Bloomberg     18th May 2017 Frank Giustra likes to see big where others think small. The Canadian mining magnate’s latest target is a subterranean patch of red earth in southwestern Mexico. In January his new undertaking, Leagold Mining, bought the Los Filos mine from Goldcorp for $350-million. It wasn’t the openpits... 

How to survive and thrive from technology disruptions - SAPICS

     9th May 2017 Global industry already employs over a million working robots, and robotic devices perform about 80% of the work in car manufacture. Along with drones, 3-D printing, big data and machine-to-machine communication, these new technologies are transforming the business world – and supply chain... 

Avezzano mill – Line 2 rebuild and conversion project, Italy

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 The project will rebuild and convert the Burgo Group’s Line 2 into a modern brown-packaging-paper machine. 

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... 

Fast, accurate bottle coding

     4th April 2017 Designed for accuracy, quality, line efficiency and ease-of-use, the Markem-Imaje SmartLase series offers the ideal solution for coding on lightweight PET bottles with no risk of piercing, even when the walls of the bottle are very thin. Whether you’re coding mineral water, carbonated soft... 

High-temperature reactor phoenix emerging from PBMR ashes? 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2017 Early-stage research into the possible revival of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) has yielded a revamped reactor concept that incorporates an entirely new operational philosophy, as well as the use of construction materials and manufacturing techniques that were either not considered or... 

Treasury shoots down nuclear deal allegations

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2017 National Treasury on Sunday set the record straight on news that was circulating on social media of a nuclear deal allegedly signed by incoming Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. African National Congress (ANC) member Sibusisiwe Mngadi had alleged on Facebook earlier on Sunday that “the nuclear deal... 

Global car manufacturer tests 3D printing for production

     24th March 2017 Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company is testing three-dimensional (3D) printing of large-scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer at the Ford Research and Innovation Centre in Dearborn, in the US.  

DuPont Performance Materials Announces High-Performance Materials for 3D Printing

     22nd March 2017 DuPont Performance Materials announces participation in the 3D printing industry at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group Conference by showcasing high-performance materials in filament forms of DuPont™ Hytrel® thermoplastic elastomers, DuPont™ Zytel® nylons, and DuPont™ Surlyn® ionomers. Proven... 

New system expands product range

     17th March 2017 The condition monitoring equipment range from technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has been expanded by the newly launched portable SPM Leonova Diamond Aligner (SPM Leonova) system. 

Ford tests large-scale 3D printing

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2017 Ford Motor Company is exploring how large one-piece automotive parts, like car spoilers, can be printed for prototyping and future production vehicles. Ford is the first automaker to pilot the Stratasys Infinite Build three-dimensional (3D) printer.   Capable of printing car parts of practically... 

Ford Tests Large Scale 3D Printing with Light-Weighting and Personalization in Mind

     7th March 2017 Ford Motor Company is testing 3D printing of large scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer Ford is the first automotive company to trial this technology with Stratasys, and is currently exploring potential applications for future production vehicles, like Ford Performance... 

Air force base sends 60 cadets for training

     24th February 2017 From next year, the South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 cadets to a military academy in Saldanha in the Western Cape each year to pursue their first degree in their chosen fields. This will include future pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians and other support mustering. 

Burner management systems market anticipates 5.5% growth by 2024

     27th January 2017 The global market for burner management systems (BMS) is projected to be worth $7.39-billion by 2024, expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5% in that period, explains market research service provider Transparency Market Research (TMR). 

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