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Ideas that work for industrial development. The 6th CSIR Conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 The 6th Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Conference themed ‘Ideas that Work for Industrial Development’, will take place at the CSIR International Conference Centre, Pretoria East on October 5 and 6 this year. 

Finders reports strong H1 on Wetar production

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th September 2017 Copper miner Finders Resources reported a net profit after tax of A$41.7-million for the six months ended June 30, as its Wetar copper project, in Indonesia, continued to perform well. The company reported a net loss after tax of A$22.2-million in the previous corresponding period. 

Former Eskom R&D GM to facilitate electric tech transfer in Africa – EPRI

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s former research, testing and development GM Barry MacColl has joined international nonprofit organisation, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), as an EPRI International senior regional manager facilitating technology transfer in Africa. EPRI has... 

Dalradian considering ore sorting at Curraghinalt

By: Mariaan Webb     18th September 2017 Gold developer Dalradian Resources is considering investing in technology to separate high-grade gold from waste at the Curraghinalt project, in Northern Ireland, using ore sorting technology. The company recently had a bulk sample of 5 t of mineralised material grading 9.52 g/t tested by... 

World’s first electric truck in series production makes US debut


By: Irma Venter     18th September 2017 Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has launched the world’s first all-electric truck in series production, the Fuso eCanter, in the US. MFTBC is a member of the Daimler group. 

New business appointments at DEHN Africa

     15th September 2017 DEHN Africa (PTY) LTD has appointed a new managing director, Hannes Ackermann, and promoted incumbent technical manager Hano Oelofse to the position of technical director. DEHN Africa is the local subsidiary of Germany-based lightning and surge protection, earthing components and safety equipment... 

Staying online despite extreme lightning hazards: DEHN Africa keeps internet solutions provider up and running in all weather conditions

     15th September 2017 The subtropical climate of the greater Johannesburg area brings with it regular rain showers during the summer and this, in combination with its high elevation above sea level, makes the city particularly vulnerable to lightning strikes. Internet solutions provider Jenny Internet had a newly... 

Ramelius strikes deal with Newmont in Nevada

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th September 2017 Australian gold miner Ramelius Resources has struck a deal with US gold major Newmont Mining over its South Monitor land package, in Nevada. Under the terms of a farm-in and joint venture (JV) agreement signed this week, Ramelius could earn an 80% interest in the South Monitor gold project by... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Automation presents growth opportunities for industry

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The recent slowdown in major capital investment projects has resulted in  a challenge in the employment environment within the South African welding industry. This has prompted businesses to reassess opportunities and efficiencies within their current fabrication methodology, says welding and... 

It’s time to counter antinuclear propaganda

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th September 2017 Of all sources of electricity, nuclear is the safest, cleanest and cheapest. These are all easily provable assertions, yet, in the open forum of public debate about nuclear power, issues such as provable claims count for little. An unfortunate development in international public debate has been... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

NDT testing integral to safety foundation

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is Africa’s leading welder training organisation and also hosts the leading non-destructive testing (NDT) facility in Africa. The importance of NDT to the safety of structures must never be underestimated, SAIW systems and quality manager Harold... 

New acid gas scrubber up to standard

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 Testing, inspection and certification services provider TÜV Rheinland Quality Services South Africa has ensured that the design and fabrication of a new 15-m-long acid gas scrubber for one of South Africa’s largest fuel refineries has met all quality and safety requirements for pressure vessels. 

Rope access ensures successful inspection of cyclone

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 Using rope access, inspection company Skyriders Access Specialists overcame height challenges, as well as confined-space and limited-access options, to conduct critical routine inspection of a cyclone at a Northern Cape-based cement producer. 

Rope access pivotal in enhancing NDT inspection

     15th September 2017 The effectiveness of non-destructive testing (NDT) is enhanced by rope access, as it ensures the rapid deployment of skilled technicians to carry out this critical inspection work, posits industrial rope access specialist Skyriders. NDT is an ideal form of preventative maintenance, and is used... 

Welding key in driving economic growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Welding has been dubbed the “miracle career” by Johannesburg-based training institute, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), owing to the number of opportunities associated with it. Manufacturing is essential for economic growth and with welding forming a significant part of... 

Atlas Copco liquid ring vacuum pumps - resource-conserving plug-and play solutions

     14th September 2017 The tough construction and proven operating principle of AWS, AWD & AWL liquid ring vacuum pumps from Atlas Copco make them suitable for use in the most demanding of environments across all sectors, from food processing and petrochemical to construction. Pre-engineered and fully assembled... 

South African defence company setting up ammunition filling plant for foreign client

By: Keith Campbell     13th September 2017 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) announced on Tuesday that it was in the final phase of commissioning a new Universal Filling Facility, which will serve the needs of an international client. “We have worked with this client over the last four years to bring this... 

Free State micro-grid pilot offers new universal-access hope

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2017 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is piloting a micro-grid system in a rural Free State town that may offer a solution to electrifying other remote areas, where the cost of connection to the national grid is currently prohibitive, due to a number of factors such as difficult terrain. The... 

Sustainable Plant Maintenance Needs Balanced Decision Making

     12th September 2017 Adequate budgets for mine plant maintenance – to ensure minimal downtime and optimal performance – need to be based on a strategic management approach that can balance the mine’s production targets with its maintenance requirements. According to general manager SA Services at Multotec, Garth... 

Necsa re-establishing its nuclear pebble fuel production capability

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. This was reported by Necsa CEO Phumzile Tshelane at a media briefing at Pelindaba on... 

Trends in commercial property and the changing nature of risk

     8th September 2017 Pieter van den Berg – Commercial Segment Lead, Eaton Africa Region The business and commercial property landscape is changing as a result of mass urbanisation and population growth, in fact 64.3% of the current South Africa population lives in urban areas. As a result buildings are now being... 

Cost-effective workforce housing supports oil refinery shutdown

     8th September 2017 Prefabricated buildings manufacturer Kwikspace Modular Buildings helped to facilitate a smooth turnaround process during a three-month shutdown at one of Southern Africa’s largest crude oil refineries this year, through the supply of modular housing for critical staff. 

Mobile units ensure flexible fire protection at oil refineries

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech commissioned a second firefighting trailer-mounted (FTM) unit for a South Africa-based crude oil storage depot last month, providing a highly portable and flexible solution to complement the depot’s existing large-scale foam and water cannon system. 

Passenger pooling startup attracts interest from Daimler unit

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Daimler Buses’ subsidiary EvoBus has secured a minority investment in CleverShuttle. Based in Berlin, Germany, CleverShuttle pools passengers travelling in a similar direction together in an electric vehicle, driven by a professional driver. The startup’s app determines the fastest and cheapest... 

Retractable spray injectors important cost savers

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Retractable spray injectors not only increase the ease and safety of performing inspection and maintenance activities at oil refineries but can also potentially reduce operational downtime and contribute to significant cost savings, says spraying systems provider Monitor Engineering MD Grant... 

Strategic planning ensures successful turnaround on refinery upgrades

     8th September 2017 Creative thinking and sound preparation enabled engineering firm MegChem to assist oil company Chevron with large-scale upgrades at its Cape Town refinery in a turnaround period of ten weeks, says MegChem director Louis Odendaal 

Stratex identifies cash-saving optimisation opportunities at Crusader’s Borborema

By: Samantha Herbst     7th September 2017 Aim-listed gold and exploration company Stratex has completed an extensive due-diligence review into ASX-listed Crusader Resources’ Brazil-based Borborema gold project, identifying potential optimisation opportunities that are expected to yield material economic gains and lower upfront capital... 

Cost-effective workforce housing supplied to support major oil refinery shutdown

     6th September 2017 Whilst South Africa is heavily dependent on petroleum products to keep the economy running, major refineries need to periodically suspend or circumvent crude oil production to conduct routine maintenance, renovations and repairs. Kwikspace Modular Buildings (Kwikspace) – a leading manufacturer of... 

Olympic Dam’s SMA expansion delivers first ore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th September 2017 Mining major BHP has produced its first ore from the high-grade underground expansion at the Southern Mining Area (SMA) of its Olympic Dam operations, in South Australia. The miner previously abandoned plans to expand its openpit operations at Olympic Dam, opting rather for an underground... 

Quality, Regular Maintenance Give Engines Multiple Lives

     1st September 2017 Users of equipment driven by diesel engines can look forward to many more years of economical operation if they understand that these modern engines are designed for two, three or more ‘new lives’ between overhauls; but proper maintenance goes hand-in-hand with quality remanufacturing to make... 

SA Meter Taxi Association and YooKoo Ride ready to take on Uber

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 The SA Meter Taxi Association — which has been unhappy about growing competition from ride-sharing app, Uber — on Thursday said it had began registering drivers who will use YooKoo Ride, which it described as a “taxi hailing app for smart phones”. The move indicates a shift from physical... 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), through its use of its Safari-1 research reactor and its subsidiary company, NTP Radioisotopes, is one of... 

Load banks allow for variable power factor loading

     1st September 2017 The combined Asco Froment load bank (resistive/inductive) with Sigma load control and instrumentation hardware, allows for fully variable power factor loading and can test generators up to 800 kVA at 80% load, says Southern Africa Asco power switching and control components electric motor... 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), through its use of its SAFARI-1 research reactor and its subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes, is one of... 

Greece says Eldorado mine arbitration to start in September

By: Reuters     31st August 2017 Greece plans to start an arbitration process next month to settle its differences with Canada's Eldorado Gold over its gold mine development plans in northern Greece, its Energy Minister said on Thursday. Greece had previously planned to start the process this month. 

Maiden profit reported at Orocobre

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     31st August 2017 Dual-listed Orocobre has delivered a maiden full-year net profit after tax of A$19.4-million on the back of the first full financial year of commercial production at its Olaroz lithium facility, in Argentina. The ASX- and TSX-listed company has reported record production of 11 862 t of lithium... 

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