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Construction Machines, Materials & Equipment

Design tools for the architecture, engineering and construction industry

2nd June 2022 Autodesk’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Collection was developed to provide specialists with a set of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools and a cloud-based data environment on a single package. The company explains that its AEC Collection... 

Dealership expands access to compact equipment across Southern Africa

13th May 2022 Light and compact equipment specialist Wacker Neuson has announced the appointment of a new dealership, AFGRI Equipment, in a move that expands its agricultural and construction footprint across the Southern African region. AFGRI Equipment is recognised as a prominent retailer of leading global... 

Image of earth moving vehicle to illustrate Wacker Neuson has announced the appointment of its new dealership, AFGRI Equipment
Wacker Neuson has announced the appointment of its new dealership, AFGRI Equipment

Ensuring concrete longevity

25th April 2022 Extending the service life of concrete flooring requires a multi-faceted approach, including the selection of the most appropriate treatment and ensuring that the product is correctly applied. Cortec asserts that its line of MCI Technologies offers a range of treatments, such as its MCI-2026... 

Image of industry flooring to show that Cortec offers a range of treatments to help ensure concrete longevity
Cortec offers a range of treatments to help ensure concrete longevity

Artificial intelligence optimises crusher performance

31st March 2022 A new fragmentation monitoring solution has been developed to meet a growing demand for downstream monitoring and optimisation solutions in the mining sector. The technology is said to use the latest deep neural network artificial intelligence, or AI, framework with hybrid 2D and 3D particle size... 

Image of Orica's FRAGTrack Crusher automated tool optimises fragmentation monitoring
Orica's FRAGTrack Crusher automated tool optimises fragmentation monitoring

Tips to ensure accurate mitre cuts

25th February 2022 A mitre refers to a cut across a workpiece at an angle other than 90° to the edge. A mitered joint connects one piece to another at an angle. The most common mitre angle is 45°, with two 45° mitres fitting together to create a 90° corner – such as in a picture frame. Using the correct tools and... 

Image of Kreg tool that helps to create accurate mitre joints
Kreg tools and equipment help to create accurate mitre joints

New software for civil and infrastructure design

14th October 2021 Autodesk, the multinational developer of software products and services for architecture, engineering, construction and other sectors, has announced the 2022 release of its Civil 3D and InfraWorks software. Distributed across Southern Africa by WorldsView, the new software capabilities and... 

Illustration to show how Civil 3D and InfraWorks software enables more complex and accurate designs
Civil 3D and InfraWorks software enables more complex and accurate designs

Concrete admixtures help save water

22nd September 2021 Water-reducing admixtures for concrete can be used to help contractors support water conservation efforts, which are seen as particularly important in a water-scarce country such as South Africa. Chryso highlights that its admixtures were used to reduce water and improve workability during the... 

Image of CHRYSO’s Profilm 19 evaporation reducer that helps control evaporation
CHRYSO’s Profilm 19 evaporation reducer helps control evaporation

Quality cement helps save infrastructure costs

9th September 2021 By ensuring that a high quality of cement is used in infrastructure, South Africa is investing for a stronger future, according to AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes. The company offers a range of cements developed for specific applications, such as its All Purpose Cement that... 

Image of AfriSam cement being used in a large infrastructure project
AfriSam cement being used in a large infrastructure project

Settling disputes in the civils sector

3rd September 2021 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) provides a vital service to settle disputes for the civil engineering industry, helping to maintain fairness and stability in the sector. Through the BCCEI’s Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC), dispute referrals are resolved as... 

Image for the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry that helps settle disputes for the civil engineering industry (image supplied by Concor)
The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry helps settle disputes for the civil engineering industry (image supplied by Concor)

Software monitors concrete strength

3rd September 2021 Concrete strength can be difficult to estimate, as it does not always develop at the same speed – with temperature and weather conditions affecting how fast or slow the strength of a structure develops. Having insight into the strength of concrete helps contractors determine when the concrete can... 

Image of CHRYSO’s Maturix software solution that enables the maturity of concrete to be measured on site
CHRYSO’s Maturix software solution enables the maturity of concrete to be measured on site

Steel sheet piles used in construction projects

1st December 2020 Sheet piles are sections of sheet steel with interlocking edges that are driven into the ground to provide earth retention and excavation support. Steel sheet piles have been used for many years in various types of construction projects such as tunnel portals and in marine settings for riverbank... 

Steel sheet piles from Pilequip, used in a marine project
Steel sheet piles from Pilequip, used in a marine project

Fast-tracking construction of biotech facilities

7th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic poses major challenges for pharmaceutical companies, specifically related to the development and mass-production of new vaccines and medicines in existing production facilities. A new partnership between Siemens and Exyte aims to offer end-to-end solutions for the... 

Model of a biopharmaceutical facility consisting of pre-configured ExyCell modules and an integrated power supply by Siemens
Model of a biopharmaceutical facility consisting of pre-configured ExyCell modules and an integrated power supply by Siemens

Application-driven release agents bring flexibility to the concrete industry

26th June 2020 Formwork is recognised as a crucial aspect of the production of quality concrete, and moulds are similarly key in the manufacture of precast elements. To achieve the desired aesthetics of concrete finishes, such as surface texture and colour, formwork surfaces require adequate preparation in... 

CHRYSO offers a range of application-driven formwork release agents
CHRYSO offers a range of application-driven formwork release agents

Ready-mix concrete reinforces durable construction of Brakpan reservoir

11th June 2020 The City of Ekurhuleni, as part of a commitment to address water capacity constraints within its region, has embarked on building 29 reservoirs during the period 2018 to 2021. This will see a combined storage capacity of 550 Mℓ being added to the infrastructure. The construction of a new... 

AfriSam ready-mix concrete used in the construction of the new Brakpan reservoir
AfriSam ready-mix concrete used in the construction of the new Brakpan reservoir

Finishing products enhance building aesthetics

11th June 2020 A range of supplementary building products aims to provide superior quality to finishes and improved overall aesthetics on building projects. Manufactured from galvanised steel sheet which is expanded into mesh, Mentis Angle Beads are designed for internal and exterior plaster use. Expanded metal... 

Mentis Plaster Stop provides a straight edge and finish for plaster at openings and abutments
Mentis Plaster Stop provides a straight edge and finish for plaster at openings and abutments

Kariba dam plunge pool stabilised

17th April 2020 An ambitious project at Kariba dam will see the building of a temporary coffer dam downstream of the main wall, allowing the deep plunge pool at the base of the Kariba dam to be drained, reshaped and stabilised. The aim of the project is to reduce the backward scour in the pool, created by water... 

Multi-million Euro engineering project to reshape the plunge pool at the base of the Kariba Dam wall
Multi-million Euro engineering project to reshape the plunge pool at the base of the Kariba Dam wall

Thermal imaging for in-depth building inspection

1st April 2020 A built-in thermal imager combined with moisture hygrometer and multi-spectral dynamic imaging is designed to help users quickly troubleshoot moisture problems in buildings. The all-in-one, thermal-enabled moisture meter with hygrometer provides users with a more comprehensive understanding of... 

The FLIR thermal imaging sensor guides users to the source of building-related issues
The FLIR thermal imaging sensor guides users to the source of building-related issues

Range of hand saws on offer

1st April 2020 A number of new hand saws are now available from specialist retail stores across South Africa. The range includes the following options: 

Tork Craft hand saws
Tork Craft hand saws

Precast concrete shelters protect equipment

20th February 2020 Railway signalling units, batteries and equipment for cell phone towers, security surveillance electronics, photo-voltaic systems, wind farms and other high-value support and back-up equipment are often the target of theft or damage due to their accessibility. Precast concrete equipment shelters... 

Precast concrete shelter to secure equipment
Precast concrete shelter to secure equipment

Concrete crushers for reinforced concrete applications

14th February 2020 Three new concrete crusher models promise improved operator safety and productivity for a variety of demolition applications, including top-down and interior demolition. The crushers aim to achieve a high power-to-weight ratio while maintaining operator safety. 

Thermal imaging simplifies building management

6th February 2020 A building inspection system that combines a built-in thermal imager with moisture hygrometer and multi-spectral dynamic imaging has been introduced. The all-in-one, thermal-enabled moisture meter aims to give users a full understanding of problem areas in a building, by enhancing Infrared Guided... 

Dumper swivels in small spaces

6th February 2020 A swivel site dumper designed for small to medium jobsites and crowded or confined areas, has been introduced. The dumper measures 3.95 m in length and 4.41 m in width and features forward and swivel tipping mechanisms, allowing the load to rotate 90° on either side before being tipped. This... 

Battery-converter backpack offers freedom of movement

31st January 2020 Internal vibrators are used in the construction industry to help process concrete as quickly as possible and to make concrete stronger and more resistant. A battery-powered internal vibrator system that aims to allow an operator to work faster, more comfortably and safer, is now available. 

Construction Computer Software

15th November 2019 CCS serves some of the world’s largest construction and engineering companies and the team believes they create the trends that are shaping the industry. Their cutting-edge innovative software solutions are both intelligent by design and fit-for-purpose. CCS strives to bring new technologies to... 

Construction Computer Software

Genesis Manpower Administrators

15th November 2019 Genesis Manpower Administrators is one of the leading manpower and payroll administrators with a proven track record for delivering solutions to human resource needs and requirements. We strive for success by continually maintaining the correct balance between clients and the manpower that we... 

Doosan International SA (Pty) Ltd

15th November 2019 Portable Diesel Compressors, Generators, Hydraulic Rockbreakers   

Doosan International SA (Pty) Ltd

Sika

14th November 2019 Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products. Sika’s products are used in almost every aspect of modern living, from building bridges, dams, roads and harbours to high-rise buildings. Sika’s product lines feature high... 

a.b.e. Construction Chemicals

11th November 2019 a.b.e. Concrete Repair and Protection range of products include epoxy and cementitious systems. 

a.b.e. Construction Chemicals

Lighter hybrid chain has combined advantages

31st October 2019 A plastic-steel hybrid chain for the vertical guidance of cables and hoses has been developed. The new supply system is said to be 50% lighter than conventional steel chains owing to the use of polymers and is said to provide 50% more unsupported lengths than plastic energy chains. 

Warranty extended on pedestrian rollers

17th October 2019 The manufacturer of a range of pedestrian rollers has extended its warranty from 6 to 24 months. The portfolio of pedestrian rollers is suited to applications that require the compaction of asphalt and granular material. The design features a tapered frame to enable compaction against walls or... 

Angle grinders with interchangeable accessories

3rd September 2019 A new range of angle grinders for grinding metal or cutting wood and plastics has been made available to the South African market. A key feature of the range is the speed and ease at which attachments can be changed. Grinder accessories can be changed with one click and without any loose parts or... 

Lightweight pneumatic nailer launched

21st August 2019 A lightweight pneumatic nail gun with a fine precision nose, has recently been launched. The tool weighs 0.97 kg and has a rear exhaust for quieter operation. The swivel coupler plug allows for freedom of movement and lessens the load on the wrist. 

Polymeric concrete solutions for the mining industry

1st August 2019 Machinery and equipment in the mining industry are often in need of repair and maintenance. The harsh operating environment leads to problems such as abrasion, chemical damage, corrosion, impact and wear. Vibrations in the mining environment can lead to equipment wear and fatigue, resulting in... 

Automation for precast hollow-core slab production

23rd July 2019 A new automatic modifier for precast hollow-core slab production has been launched. The machine allows for the marking and digging of cutting lines and openings and aims to reduce concrete consumption in precast plants. Elematic’s Modifier E9-1200m is used for digging openings and recesses and... 

Festoon systems for electric bulk materials handling machinery

2nd July 2019 Festoon systems provide mobile supports for electrical cables or pneumatic and hydraulic lines and deliver a feed of energy, data, air and fluids to electric mobile bulk materials handling machinery in various sectors, including mining and industry. As the carriers of these resources, this... 

Precast concrete slabs speed up housing delivery

19th June 2019 South Africa’s massive backlog in affordable housing has seen a continued demand for precast hollow core concrete slabs. “With rapid urbanisation and the increased premium on land in urban areas, multi-storey residential designs are now the norm,” says Elematic SA director Craig Webber. “This... 

Precast concrete slabs speed up housing delivery

New crushing and screening model launched

4th June 2019 A new crushing and screening solution, with advanced protection features, has been launched.  The new model restricts noise and dust emissions and enables more sustainable construction operations in cities. It was developed to enable crushing operations in regulated urban areas, while protecting... 

Demolition robot extends its reach

21st May 2019 A new remote-controlled demolition machine was showcased at World of Concrete 2019 in Las Vegas. The mid-sized robot is 1.2 m wide and can handle attachments weighing up to 500 kg. The three-part arm rotates 360° and extends 6.5 m vertically and 6 m horizontally. 

The Brokk 300 demolition robot with 360° rotating arm
The Brokk 300 demolition robot with 360° rotating arm
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