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HVAC solutions improve mining operations

26th November 2021 Ensuring that the interior cabins of mine vehicles remain cool is essential for maintaining drivers’ health and safety, as well as ensuring operational efficiency on mines. Standard air conditioning systems may not withstand the extreme heat sometimes experienced on mining sites. Among the... 

SA green-tech company pilots 100% electric reefer trailers in The Netherlands

By: Irma Venter     18th November 2021 Four companies have initiated a nine-month pilot project in The Netherlands, which will see diesel refrigeration systems in semi-trailers replaced by zero-emission battery-electric prototypes.  This is the first time that refrigerated trailers are being run by 100% electric eco-sustainable power.  

Image of an electric reefer trailer with a modified Thermo King reefer engine (Advancer A400), in combination with a specialised battery system from Maxwell and Spark (70 kWh)
The four trailers in this pilot will have a modified Thermo King reefer engine (Advancer A400), in combination with a specialised battery system from Maxwell and Spark (70 kWh)

ISO certification of low profile loader leads to more local manufacture

3rd November 2021 Achieving ISO certification for the roll over protection structure (ROPS) and falling object structure (FOPS) of the Sandvik LH115I low profile loader is seen as a major boost for Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ South African operation. The ROPS and FOPS for the South African-built Sandvik... 

Image to show Sandvik’s LH115I low profile loader has achieved ISO certification
Sandvik’s LH115I low profile loader has achieved ISO certification

Modelling tool improves plant availability

29th October 2021 A new reliability model developed by Weba Chute Systems aims to help customers improve plant uptime and facilitate planning. The tool enables users to capture, store and calculate vital information about wear rates on different components within individual chutes. 

Image to show Weba Chute Systems’ reliability model helps improve uptime in plants
Weba Chute Systems’ reliability model helps improve uptime in plants

50 years of world-renowned loaders and trucks

9th September 2021 Sandvik is celebrating the fiftieth birthday of its Toro family of loaders and trucks for underground hard rock mines. The first loader was a Toro 100DH loader with a ‘massive’ 1.5-t carry capacity, manufactured in Tampere, Finland. The design and production facilities later moved to Turku and in... 

Image of the Toro TH663i loader
The Toro TH663i loader

Monitoring drivers’ health saves lives and reduces costs

26th August 2021 A cloud-based platform that utilises automation, artificial intelligence, integration capabilities, advanced features and smart algorithms to measure the state of a user’s wellbeing aims to help companies reduce driver-related accidents and incidents. The Valecus platform is supported by... 

Image of the Valecus wearable device monitors drivers' health data
The Valecus wearable device monitors drivers' health data

Tough tunnelling projects tackled by articulated haulers

20th August 2021 Rail travel is considered to be a greener mode of transport and the European region is set to see an increase in tunnelling projects, all of which will require robust and productive machinery.  Scottish manufacturer Terex Trucks details why its articulated haulers are particularly suited for use... 

Image of articulated hauler from Terex Trucks
An articulated hauler from Terex Trucks

Powerful, high-tech tractor enters African market

4th August 2021 The new 9R-Series tractor from John Deere offers more power, better technology and improved comfort and is billed as the company’s largest, strongest, most technologically advanced tractor on the market in Africa and the Middle East. Equipped with all the original 9R specifications, the upgraded... 

Image of the new 9R-Series tractor from John Deere
The new 9R-Series tractor from John Deere

New evaluation and development kits for automotive and industrial automation

28th July 2021 A series of evaluation and development kits targets fast and easy development for a range of applications in automotive and industrial automation. RS Components, a trading brand of Electrocomponents, a global omni-channel provider of product and service solutions, announced the new range of kits... 

Image of Infineon’s AURIX TriCore from RS Components
Infineon’s AURIX TriCore from RS Components

Water-based lubricants could further improve efficiency of electric vehicles

15th July 2021 As the demand for electric and other environment-friendly vehicles is set to increase, the efficiency and environment-friendly properties of key components is under scrutiny. Effective lubrication is essential for efficient rotation and water-based lubricants that could  be used to significantly... 

Image of a driver in an electric vehicle
Water-based lubricants could improve the efficiency of electric vehicles

Aluminium toolbox canopies for a range of applications

23rd April 2021 A South African aluminium canopy manufacturer affirms that its customisable canopies offer style, strength and durability with superior quality, functionality and an aesthetically pleasing design. The custom-made aluminium toolbox canopies are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of... 

Deluxe aluminium toolbox from Formprops
Deluxe aluminium toolbox from Formprops

Pre-owned equipment from around the world

23rd April 2021 A new website dedicated to the sale of pre-owned equipment from across the globe has been launched. Bell Equipment created the online solution to promote its pre-owned equipment through a dedicated global website, which is also accessible from the company’s website. 

Bell Equipment has a website dedicated to promoting its pre-owned equipment
Bell Equipment has a website dedicated to promoting its pre-owned equipment

Innovative new pump for no-flat-tyre fill

12th March 2021 Next generation technology has been used to develop a new pump that can mix virgin tyre fill with rubber crumb, polyurethane (PU) grind, or both rubber crumb/PU grind, while delivering faster grind speeds and reduced clean-up time. Carlisle TyrFil has introduced the latest extension to its... 

The AutoFil-GenII from Carlisle TyrFil
The AutoFil-GenII from Carlisle TyrFil

Converting electric forklifts to use lithium-ion technology

5th March 2021 Converting electric forklifts to use lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery packs as a power source is an easy and efficient process and can also contribute to significant cost-savings and enhanced energy efficiency, according to a South African supplier and distributor of industrial... 

A CHASE Technologies technician installing a LiFePO4 battery pack into an electric forklift
A CHASE Technologies technician installing a LiFePO4 battery pack into an electric forklift

Locally manufactured range of lubricants and chemical products

26th February 2021 SPONSORED POST: South African manufacturer of special lubricants and allied chemical products, Spanjaard, offers a wide variety of products for a range of applications and sectors. Automotive 

Spanjaard offers a variety of products for a range of applications and sectors
Spanjaard offers a variety of products for a range of applications and sectors

Driver assistance technology improves safety on mines

26th February 2021 The application of new advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in the mining sector is proving to be a valuable tool in safety innovation across operations in Southern Africa. The world’s leading diamond producer, De Beers Group, highlights that it has implemented the  intervention as a major... 

De Beers Group is pioneering advanced driver assistance systems in the mining sector
De Beers Group is pioneering advanced driver assistance systems in the mining sector

Integrated video-based solution for enhanced driver and vehicle safety

12th February 2021 A new integrated video-based fleet management solution offers a single interface experience, enabling users to access and manage both vehicles and in-vehicle cameras simultaneously. Telematics provider Webfleet Solutions, part of Bridgestone, has collaborated with global video telematics provider... 

The WEBFLEET Video fleet management solution
The WEBFLEET Video fleet management solution

Biggest battery-powered railway maintenance vehicle launched

29th January 2021 A new railway maintenance vehicle is said to be the world’s biggest battery-electric machine designed to keep railways safe and clean. The machine can be used to vacuum away stones, trash and other obstacles from the tracks, melt snow, as well as function as a towing vehicle for, among other... 

Railcare's battery-powered railway maintenance vehicle, using Epiroc's battery technology platform
Railcare's battery-powered railway maintenance vehicle, using Epiroc's battery technology platform

Formula 1-type electric motors for mines

22nd January 2021 The switch from diesel to electric power is seen to be gathering pace in the mining industry, as the benefits of reduced emissions and lower vehicle and machinery operating costs become evident.  Electrification specialist Equipmake, has a range of high performance, cost-effective advanced... 

Expanded view of Equipmake’s spoke motor
Expanded view of Equipmake’s spoke motor

State-of-the-art electric superbikes arrive in South Africa

14th January 2021 Electronia South Africa, an importer and distributor of electric vehicles (EVs), has signed an exclusive deal with Energica Motor Company Italy, to become the official agent for the first ever electric superbikes launched in the country. The Italian company designs and manufactures electric... 

Energica electric Superbikes are available from Electronia South Africa
Energica electric Superbikes are available from Electronia South Africa

Bakkie-specific additive range for the South African market

8th January 2021 A new additive series tailored to the needs of multipurpose vans, known in South Africa as ‘bakkies’, has been developed specifically for the local market. The Bakkie Series Additive range from Liqui Moly focuses on cleaning and protecting fuel systems and engines, with the objective of saving... 

An additive range from Liqui Moly has been specifically developed for bakkies
An additive range from Liqui Moly has been specifically developed for bakkies

New battery-electric loader unveiled

14th October 2020 A new battery-electric loader has been introduced as the world’s first 18 t battery loader. The LH518B from Sandvik has been designed around the loader’s Artisan battery system and electric driveline, with the objective of maximising the potential of battery technology. In designing the loader,... 

The LH518B battery-electric loader from Sandvik
The LH518B battery-electric loader from Sandvik

Steel spacer plate for CAT 3500 engines, now available in South Africa

22nd September 2020 A new steel spacer plate is now available for CAT 3500 series engines. The part is said to be more corrosion-resistant than the standard aluminium or cast iron product and includes a number of additional modifications. Now available from IPD South Africa, the IPD steel spacer plate is for CAT... 

The IPD steel spacer plate for the CAT 3500 series engines
The IPD steel spacer plate for the CAT 3500 series engines

Updated automotive datalogging system now available in SA

18th September 2020 A satellite-based datalogging system for the automotive industry is now on sale in South Africa. A key element of the updated model is the touch screen, one of a number of features designed to appeal to a broad audience of car testers, racers and anyone interested in accurately and scientifically... 

The VBOX PerformanceBox Touch datalogging system from Racelogic
The VBOX PerformanceBox Touch datalogging system from Racelogic

3D printed materials for automotive and industrial sectors

21st August 2020 A new range of three-dimensional (3D) printing capabilities and services designed primarily for automotive and industrial customers, is now available. The expansion of Henkel’s additive manufacturing services, also known as 3D printing, aims to provide support with 3D printable materials - from... 

A Henkel engineer working with a customer to optimise a 3D printed part
A Henkel engineer working with a customer to optimise a 3D printed part

‘Steel of the future’ offers higher performance and lower costs

14th August 2020 Operations in tough working environments require robust industrial components and equipment that is able to withstand demanding work loads such as extreme vibration, compression and tension. High-yield strength steel is designed to work under intense load stresses without leading to equipment... 

Trailmax uses Strenx 700 E and Strenx 700MC on its I-beam chassis and other parts
Trailmax uses Strenx 700 E and Strenx 700MC on its I-beam chassis and other parts

8.95-inch in-car media display unit launched

7th May 2020 A new in-car media display unit is designed to deliver immersive quality that features anti-glare touchscreen technology and a range of connectivity options.   The 8.95-inch in-car dashboard unit aims to promote safer and smarter driving habits from South African road users, by enabling drivers... 

Sony’s XAV-AX8050D display unit
Sony’s XAV-AX8050D display unit

Discounts to support automotive retail customers through unprecedented times

8th April 2020 CDK Global International has outlined significant changes to billing in April to help support customers through the current Covid-19 epidemic. CDK Global is a worldwide provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries.... 

CDK Global provides integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive industry
CDK Global provides integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive industry

Rugged sealed connectors for automotive applications

20th March 2020 A range of heavy-duty sealed single- and multi-pin plastic and metal interconnection devices is now available. RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents, announced the availability of the A Series of automotive connectors from Amphenol. 

Rugged sealed connectors for automotive applications

New tyre size for heavy machinery

13th March 2020 A new size has been added to a range of tyres designed for the heaviest of machinery and the most difficult terrain in forestry, earthmoving and road maintenance In 2018 Nokian Tyres launched the Nokian Tractor King, designed to combine the strength of an earthmoving tyre with a new kind of lug... 

Nokian Tractor King offers a range of tyre sizes
Nokian Tractor King offers a range of tyre sizes

New roof rack for Land Rover Defender

6th February 2020 A new roof rack engineered specifically for the 2020 Land Rover Defender 110, has been launched. The rack is said to combine core overlanding quality with a design that matches the exterior styling of the Defender 110. It is designed with an aluminum tray, a 3CR12 stainless-steel vehicle mounting... 

Automotive fan belts rebranded

23rd January 2020 Automotive aftermarket fan and multi-V belts from Continental were rebranded during the second half of 2019 for the South Africa and sub-Saharan African markets, a change that has aligned the company’s local product line-up with global markets. Production of the belts shifted from the company’s... 

Tomorrow’s tyre uses today's technology

12th December 2019 Tyres that are aligned with the requirements of electric and autonomous driving in both individual and shared mobility scenarios are seen as a part of new technology solutions for the mobility of the future. Electrified tyres that feature sensors built into the structure of the tyre, have... 

Built-in sensors in the tyre of the future
Built-in sensors in the tyre of the future

R1-million vehicle tracking warranty

29th November 2019 A R1-million limited recovery vehicle tracking warranty has recently been launched. The warranty assures that the book value of a vehicle, up to R1-million, will be paid out if the stolen vehicle is not recovered. 

Real-time vehicle filter monitoring

29th November 2019 Information on the status of vehicles is crucial for fleet operators of agricultural machines, construction machines and heavy duty commercial vehicles, to ensure optimum maintenance and the smooth operation of vehicles. Operators have previously had to rely on experience or fixed intervals to... 

Trysome Auto Electrical

15th November 2019 Trysome Auto-Electrical Engineering (Pty) Ltd, is the largest, single-source supplier of auto-electrical, heavy-duty components, collision avoidance systems and associated technical services in southern Africa.  

HHC (Pty) Ltd

15th November 2019 Hoisting and handling controls is the sole distributor in Southern Africa for the full range of Sicmemotori AC and DC electric motors. These superbly engineered and highly reliable motors are extensively used in the following market sectors: 

HHC (Pty) Ltd

FHS

14th November 2019 Manufacturer of earth moving, military and truck exhaust systems. 

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