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SKF launches resilient mount Vibracon kit at SMM 2016

     21st October 2016 SKF is using the SMM 2016 trade fair (Hamburg, 6-9 September) to introduce a new one-box kit version of its proven Vibracon technology for the quick, accurate and clean alignment and chocking of resilient mounts. SKF has introduced a new Vibracon kit for the clean and permanent alignment and... 

2016 steel awards uptake proves to be the most successful

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 For this year’s Columbus Stainless Steel Awards, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has doubled the number of judging panellists, increased the number of awards and winners, having received more than 50 project entries, which followed the addition of ten more... 

Awards sponsor commits to promoting welding profession

     21st October 2016 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen’s (Afrox’s) sponsorship of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Steel Awards 2016 Student category is part of its commitment to promote the welding industry and to encourage the youth to consider this as... 

Rail Road Association to hold inaugural career expo

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st October 2016 In support of Transport month, the Rail Road Association (RRA) of South Africa will host an inaugural career expo day this month for all rail industry players to meet learners and youth to expose them to the opportunities in the industry. According to RRA officials Trevor Mohlala and Mesela... 

Schalk Venter

     21st October 2016 This week we feature Schalk Venter, CEO of African Oxygen, an industrial gases and welding technologies company 

Stainless steel art becomes part of community upliftment centre

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 The 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association art category award finalist for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s Helenvale Resource Centre project is unusual as it is not often that community project budgets allow for art work, let alone those conceived of stainless steel,... 

Increased interest in machine tools trade exhibition

By: Victor Moolman     14th October 2016 With the machine tools market having grown significantly over the past few years, exhibition specialists Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery plans to expand Machine Tools Africa by extending it from one hall at the Nasrec exhibition centre, in Johannesburg, to two halls in 2017. 

New range showcased at Electra Mining

     14th October 2016 Hytec, Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT), Hydraulic & Automation Warehouse (HAW), Hytec Services Africa and Hytec Engineering – all part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group – collaborated at Electra Mining Africa 2016 to showcase their range of products and solutions for the hydraulics... 

First Cut: A cut above the rest for 60 years - and a laser-sharp vision for the future

     10th October 2016 60 seconds make up a minute and 60 minutes an hour. One might ask what 60 years would comprise. To First Cut, a leading South African manufacturer and distributor of capital equipment, cutting consumables and precision measuring tools to a broad range of industry sectors - from metal and... 

Babcock delivers plant services for strategic pipeline project

     4th October 2016 Babcock’s commitment to delivering trusted engineering support services to industry saw their plant services division assisting Transnet in successfully completing one of the country’s most ambitious engineering and construction projects to date. Babcock supplied mobile cranes and other... 

Non-Slip Characteristics Of Die-Line Enhance Walkway Safety

     3rd October 2016 Excellent non-slip characteristics is only one of the advantages the Mentis Die-Line range of positive grip pressed section walkway product offers users. Available in three forms, namely planks, mats and walkways, this locally manufactured walkway grating has a positive serration which ensures... 

Optimum Safety With Apex Safety Screens

     3rd October 2016 Apex Welding and Safety Screens are made from a specially formulated P.V.C. material and provide optimum safety in workshop environments where harsh ultra-violet light and dangerous u.v. radiation occurs during welding and grinding processes. This locally manufactured safety screen incorporates a... 

MB Crusher: A journey into the heart of MB

     27th September 2016 Within 15 years since its establishment, MB CRUSHER has completely revolutionized crushing concepts: with its crushers directly applicable to heavy equipment machines MB has dramatically changed the logic approach to work, unfolding unthinkable scenarios. The range over the years has expanded and... 

Babcock invests in fully automatic CNC bending machine for their high pressure pipe fabrication facility

     22nd September 2016 Babcock is focused on rapidly responding to customers’ challenges by delivering trusted solutions and investing in best in class technology. With boiler experience dating back to 1891, Babcock is Africa’s most established and experienced boiler supplier, and offers a full range of specialised... 

High efficiency, safety and quality in local build of dragline base

     19th September 2016 Vereeniging-based DCD Heavy Engineering is nearing completion of a 380 ton base for a Caterpillar dragline excavator destined for a coal project in Mpumalanga. At 18 meters in diameter, and comprising 16 individual sections, the contract to manufacture the base locally was awarded to the company... 

Flooring installation wins safety award

By: Kimberley Smuts     16th September 2016 Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC) Flooring was awarded its second Master Builders Association (MBA) North Safety Trophy in July for installing the flooring of petrochemicals group Sasol’s new head offices in Sandton, Johannesburg. KBAC Flooring supplied and installed Interface carpet tile. The... 

Coating solutions from Thermaspray for wear protection of glass product manufacturing tools

     15th September 2016 Joint venture companies Thermaspray and Surcotec have a combined technical expertise and experience of over three decades in offering a comprehensive range of coating solutions that protect against wear and extend the service life of tools used in the manufacturing of glass products. Most... 

PEM® Type MSO4™ microPEM® Self-Clinching Standoff Fasteners

     15th September 2016 PEM® Type MSO4™ microPEM® self-clinching standoff fasteners from PennEngineering® enable components to be mounted and/or spaced in compact electronic assemblies, especially suiting applications where space may be extremely limited for attachment hardware.  These stainless steel fasteners install... 

Half-mask respirators prevent the spread of silicosis among SA miners

     12th September 2016 The Department of Health’s Tuberculosis (TB) Strategic Plan for South Africa reveals that the country’s mining industry may have the highest incidence of TB in the world. For every 100 000 mineworkers, about 3 000 to 7 000 are infected with TB, according to the official statistics. The risk of TB... 

Afrox secures LPG deals worth R1bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th September 2016 Local welding and gas solutions provider Afrox on Friday reported that it had signed additional deals within the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) sector totalling R1.1-billion. The first contract will see the company provide LPG to major Lesotho distributor Gordon Enterprises over a ten-year period,... 

Certification enables company to work on rail projects

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 Metal fabricator Fabrinox received the EN 15085 certification last month. This enables the company to work on rail infrastructure projects in South Africa, the rest of Africa and European Union (EU) countries. 

Company training ensures technical expertise

     9th September 2016 Global electrical, automation, mechanical and consumable products provider Elquip Solutions aims to ensure that its customers have access to quality tools and equipment by ensuring that its personnel are trained and certified to offer quality service. 

EWN&S Enterprises

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th September 2016 Established in Nigel in 1976, EWN&S Enterprises has been suppliers of industrial gases, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), welding equipment and consumables and safety wear to various industries in Gauteng ever since. 

Importance of nondestructive testing emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 Regular testing and certification of equipment used in the engineering industry remains important to ensure that degradation of equipment is minimal, comments inspection and testing solutions provider Non-destructive Testing and Inspection Solutions (NIS). NIS spokesperson Jannie de Beer details... 

SAIW continues to make significant contributions to education

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 Despite there being a decline in enrolments in inspector and competent persons courses for welding, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) continues to be well positioned to make a significant contribution to capacity building through its education and training programmes. 

SAIW inspects high quality welding operations in France

     9th September 2016 Following the announcement late last year by the South African government that it would be going out on tender for the procurement of 9.6 GW of nuclear power, a delegation from France, which is interested in bidding, visited the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) as part of its mission to... 

Testing laboratory receives accreditation

     9th September 2016 The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) testing laboratory at SAIW’s headquarters has been ISO 17025 accredited by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) and according to SAIW executive director Sean Blake, this is a significant step in the expansion of the services... 

Welding industry seeks new alternatives  

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 With fewer projects being available in the power generation and petrochemical sectors, South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Sean Blake says that for those seeking welding industry opportunities alternative sectors have to be considered. 

Afrox posts higher H1 earnings on back of restructuring, clinches various contracts

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th September 2016 Owing to the completion of its restructuring process during the last year, JSE-listed Afrox reported a 7.6% increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation to R523-million for the six months to June 30. Headline earnings a share were up 10.4% to 76.5c apiece. 

SMS group to supply two new wire rod mills to Guangdong Guoxin Industrial

     7th September 2016 Chinese Guangdong Guoxin Industrial Co. Ltd. has awarded SMS group ( the order to supply the mechanical core components and the complete electrical and automation package for a new wire rod mill complex. The new complex will be built in the Sino-German Development Zone, Jieyang... 

MechCaL Boosts Production Processes with Automation Technology

     6th September 2016 MechCaL has invested in cutting edge technology to enhance the productivity, efficiency and production performance of their manufacturing facility. They have procured a Yaskawa Motoman Robot to carry out several vital tasks that will enhance the already cutting edge design of MechCaL’s advanced... 

ABB introduces the IRB 1660ID, the market’s most versatile compact robot

     1st September 2016 Munich, Germany (June 21, 2016) - ABB Robotics today unveiled its latest compact robot for arc welding and machine tending, the IRB 1660ID. The most versatile robot in the mid-size class, the new robot’s Integrated DressPack makes it easier to program and simulate predictable cable movements,... 

High performance ID robot for arc welding and machine tending

     1st September 2016 When shorter cycle times, unmatched versatility, and a smaller more powerful wrist matter - ABB’s new IRB 1660ID is the robot of choice.   

Weld Purge your Pipes at a low cost with Weld Purge Film®

     30th August 2016 When tubes and pipes of certain materials, such as stainless steel, titanium, nickel alloys and zirconium are welded together, it is desirable to purge the oxygen out of the inside of the weld zone to prevent it from reacting with the hot metal and causing oxidation, porosity and corrosion.... 

TNPA to launch marine training centre in Cape Town

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 As part of government’s Operation Phakisa programme aimed at fast-tracking economic growth in the oceans economy, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is creating a marine training centre at the port of Cape Town for skills development and job creation. The new facility will be located at... 

Dramatically reduce Weld Purging times with QuickPurge®

     22nd August 2016 Time after time, welders, supervisors, quality control personnel and others are kept waiting, sometimes for many hours, for stainless steel or titanium pipes to be purged of oxygen ready for welding. In addition, all involved are watching the expensive inert argon gas flow away to waste after it... 

Fit-For-Purpose Wear Solutions

     22nd August 2016 Pressure on maintenance budgets coupled with the need to increase productivity while reducing unplanned downtime in the mining, quarrying and power sectors of the market presents a unique set of challenges. One of the most obvious ways to cut costs is to look at areas in the plant where excessive... 

Huta Łabędy issues FAC to SMS group for new HF welded tube line

     16th August 2016 SMS group has been granted the final acceptance certificate for the new 12 ¾-inch ERW (Electric Resistance Welding) welded tube line installed at Huta Łabędy´s works in Gliwice, Poland. The plant is designed to produce tubes with diameters from 4 ½ inches to 12 ¾ inches, wall... 

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