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Fastening systems used at solar plants

15th October 2021

Industrial equipment supplier Actum Group has recently supplied its Ball-Lok cable ties for installation of cable management solutions at one of the largest solar plants in South Africa. 

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New machinery introduced

15th October 2021

In the past 12 to 24 months, fastener manufacturer Impala Bolt & Nut introduced new machinery to its existing range. These are highly specialised machines, purpose built for the fastener industry,... 

Potential growth for S African shipping sector

8th October 2021

The harbour and offshore services industry should consider ramping up their services to ships passing the South African coast, to about 10% of the total passing traffic, where every ship serviced... 

Working at Height

Company offers various techniques for working-at-height

24th September 2021

Rope access specialist Skyriders’ working-at-height training includes rope access, fall arrest or fall prevention and the fall protection plan. The company specialises in rope access & RPAS... 

iSober App

Digital Cloud base solution manage remote breath alcohol testing

17th September 2021

Breathalyser specialist Alcohol Breathalysers is in the early stages of rolling out its iSober Breathalyser App & Cloud Service which is a breath alcohol test management tool and can be downloaded... 

PPE designed for women now more accessible

17th September 2021

Owing to the rise of female employees in sectors such as construction, mining and engineering, which were previously male dominated, personal protective equipment (PPE) brands are looking at... 

KBC Health and Safety innovation manager

New safety learning programme launched

17th September 2021

Safety training solutions provider KBC Health & Safety introduced its microlearning training programme for employees in July this year. “We developed the microlearning training to focus on... 


Drug testing dipped during pandemic

17th September 2021

Breathalyser and drug testing equipment supplier ALCO-Safe has noticed a trend over the past 12 months, during which a number of companies discontinued drug testing and testing that requires... 

Covid-19 vaccinations can be made mandatory

17th September 2021

Owing to the latest guidelines provided by the Department of Employment and Labour, which stipulates that Covid-19 vaccinations can be made mandatory by employers, companies would need to update... 

Woman welding on shop floor

Company strives for gender parity for women

3rd September 2021

Electromechanical equipment manufacturer John Thompson is committed to recruiting and promoting more women in the manufacturing industry. The company’s yearly intake of apprentices encourages the... 

Welding register mitigates recruitment challenge

3rd September 2021

With fabrication companies finding it difficult to recruit welders for their operations, the Southern Africa Institute of Welding (SAIW) has launched the welding register to mitigate this... 

Institute launches flexible payment plan for courses

3rd September 2021

Owing to the challenges of Covid-19, the Southern Africa Institute of Welding (SAIW) has launched a flexible payment plan for its modularised courses, which it believes will benefit its members.... 

Institute set to open school in Middelburg

3rd September 2021

The Southern Africa Institute of Welding (SAIW) is set to open a satellite campus in Middleburg, Mpumalanga. Middleburg falls under the Steve Tshwete local municipality, which is one of 27 of the... 

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Company to release wearable personal dust-monitoring device

20th August 2021

Safety equipment supplier Trolex released its new XD One wearable, self-contained personal dust-monitoring device to the market in the second quarter of 2021. The technology used in the XD One... 

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Dust ramifications awareness needed

20th August 2021

"People should be aware of the ramifications of being exposed to dangerous fumes, chemicals and dust and the damage caused to mining and construction equipment by dust and other contaminants," says... 

Compliance solutions for foundries offered

20th August 2021

Air pollution engineering solutions company About Air Pollution offers the foundry industry solutions that ensure emission regulatory compliance. “About Air Pollution is a respected supplier of... 

An image of manufactured copper product at South African metals supplier Non-Ferrous Metal Works' premises

Company’s products adhere to global standards

13th August 2021

Metals supplier Non-Ferrous Metal Works (NFMW) manufactures semi-fabricated copper and brass extruded shapes that comply with international chemistry, physical tolerances and the mechanical... 

An image of copper wire in underground tunnel

Rising copper demand boosts scrap market

13th August 2021

Copper and copper alloys are significant materials in manufacturing with about 26-million tons of copper used globally in the production of electronic appliances, electricity, heating and... 

Dynamic Fluid Controls RF control valve.

Company’s products doing well in mining market

30th July 2021

Valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) is supplying valves to several mine projects, mainly because technological advancements in valve and pipeline solutions offer an alternative to using... 

GF Piping Systems Barracude DN200 valve

Valves prove advantageous for local mining

30th July 2021

Manufacturing company GF Piping Systems launched its Plastic Butterfly Valve 565 in April at its headquarter in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. The 565 valves, manufactured in Seewis im Prättigau,... 

Mining sector requires support from government

30th July 2021

The adoption of the Mining Charter III has led to some confusion in the mining sector, specifically on the local-content verification process, which means further insight and understanding of... 

The air compressors are accessible through the Internet of Things and can provide real-time operating and performance data anywhere globally

New range launched in March

9th July 2021

Compressor manufacturer Mattei launched its 55 kW, 75 kW and 90 kW range of Rotary Vane Xtreme Inverter- (RVXi-) controlled air compressors at a live online streaming event from Mattei’s global... 

The company’s high head pumps range comprises the PAS dry prime pump and the VAR wet prime pump.

Range standardised for mining and construction

9th July 2021

In 2020 Atlas Copco Power Technique announced the launch of its PAC H centrifugal pump range, which consists of four models, for high-pressure applications. The pumps have been designed to reduce... 

Further investments in compressor range made

9th July 2021

Rand-Air, an established provider of air, nitrogen, power, flow, steam boiler and lighting solutions, further invested in the XATS1200 compressors in its fleet in April.   The compressors,... 

STANDARD PROCEDURE The machines get a minor service after 2 000 hours and a major service after 8 000 hours

Compressors to be used in a project in Mpumalanga

9th July 2021

As the authorised distributor of compressor manufacturer Detroit Air Compressors’ SR Eco Series, compressed air equipment supplier and service provider Tru Compressor Solution will supply two large... 

AS GOOD AS NEW The company is required to repair two bus tube bundles and fabricate four new bus tube bundles using vital copper components

Company secures local fabrication contract

1st July 2021

Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is ordering a bill of materials to begin fabrication for a contract that it secured in October 2020, under the leadership of Thos Begbie sales engineer... 

A truss has certain details, such as the edge distance, design and specifications, which engineers use to guide them when assembling trusses

Steel shortage delays building projects

18th June 2021

The shortage of steel and an increase in the steel price have led to delays in projects for the light-steel-frame building and roofing sector, says construction materials supplier Izinga Roofing... 

Short-term rental solutions offered

28th May 2021

Forklifts and materials handling equipment supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) offers companies short-term rental solutions for its equipment. “The importance of flexibility cannot be... 

Tippers assist materials transport

28th May 2021

Niche container products supplier Specialised Container Agencies (SCA) designs and manufactures a range of containerised bulk materials handling equipment that ensures safe and efficient offloading... 

JACK OF ALL TRADES The robust earthmoving machines are suitable for operation in various industries such as roadworks, mining, construction, agriculture and landscaping

Company boosts range with new grader

28th May 2021

Construction equipment supplier HPE Africa has supplied various companies with earthmoving equipment for mining applications across the country in recent months. The equipment includes Hyundai... 

BUILT FOR PURPOSE The robust new machines have been designed to create a higher level of efficiency to save fuel, while maintaining optimum power levels

Earthmoving offering a success in local market

28th May 2021

Doosan’s excavators and wheel loaders are in demand at various mining operations, including the Doosan DX300 and DX520 excavators, which are currently used for material processing and handling at a... 

PFERD South Africa’s products are geared for 4IR applications, including robotics and AI

Industry 4.0 – investing in smart infrastructure and education

21st May 2021

Some may argue that Africa has missed out on the opportunity for large-scale industrialisation owing to its unpredictable economies while others point out that the technology that characterises the... 

Companies are considering processes and systems to assist them in working smarter and how they can be innovative businesses through technology and automation

Fair to host virtual event

21st May 2021

Exhibition organiser Reed Exhibitions will host the AATF Virtual Connect! online virtual event, scheduled to take place in September 2021. The virtual event will be held in place of the live event,... 

The manufacturing industry is good at machine learning and deep learning, and if you combine enough of those two processes, you could get to AI

Endpoints security can mitigate cyber attacks

21st May 2021

As a result of cyberattacks increasing rapidly in terms of their severity and complexity in the manufacturing industry, companies have to look into manufacturing endpoint-security as a line of... 

Tech enables global competitiveness

21st May 2021

Key technologies, such as automation and the automatic control of systems, are transforming industries, enabling companies to remain competitive in a global market, says South African Council for... 

Edge tech a preferred computing option in data storage

21st May 2021

Owing to 90% of manufacturing sites not being connected to cloud or data centres, information is held in disparate, siloed systems, says telecommunications company BT digital manufacturing head... 

Data growth increases need for digital infrastructure

21st May 2021

The significant proliferation of new-enterprise data that is being generated and processed outside of a data centre and cloud network requires digital infrastructure in multiple locations, says... 

The drive for larger blasts where the mine’s scale and geology allow for them - has several benefits for an operation

Group introduces new blasting brand

30th April 2021

Blasting technology is moving mining towards a more sustainable future, a trend spurred by the recent launch of blast services provider BME’s Blast Alliance brand on April 1, says BME MD Joe... 

DOWN TO THE T client devices, such as desktops or laptops used by end-users, must be of adequate specification

Mines shift towards cloud-based ERP

30th April 2021

With mining companies often operating in remote locations and having to adapt to poor communications infrastructure and sensitivities regarding data security, companies must have a deployment... 

UKWAZI TEAM Mine planning processes are critical for cost saving and revenue enhancement of the mine

Local mine planning on par with global offering

30th April 2021

South African mine service providers are on par – or even slightly advanced – compared with international peers in terms of mine planning and software offering, says Ukwazi Mining business... 

The power behind BLU-X is not only the data collected but also the meaningful insights generated that will enable utilities to make informed decisions

Tech assists water utilities improve sewer systems

23rd April 2021

Water technology company Xylem Africa offers the BLU-X wastewater network optimisation technology to water utilities for better control over the performance and capacity of their sewer system... 

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