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Design Engineering and Manufacturing

Cost-effective, environment-friendly composite decking

22nd January 2021 The design and manufacture of composite decking products have undergone a number of advances since first being introduced as an alternative to timber boards, with cost competitiveness and performance noted as the two main drivers of innovation in the market. Whether for use in decking, cladding... 

3D scanning technology helps create chute designs

15th January 2021 Three-dimensional (3D) scanning technology is being used to generate 3D models of on-site conditions, allowing for more accurate design and installation of chute solutions. Transfer point specialists Weba Chute Systems & Solutions, explains that it uses the technology to rapidly gather detailed... 

3D scanning  technology helps create chute designs
Weba Chute Systems & Solutions uses 3D scanning to gather detailed measurements of large infrastructure

Improved turbine technology on offer for SA’s wind energy market

13th November 2020 The development of a direct drive, gearless wind turbine by Zest WEG is seen as key to the company’s plans to grow its client base among wind farm developers in South Africa and the rest of Africa.   The company notes that its 4.2 MW wind turbine solution is an addition to its initial offering of... 

Improved turbine technology on offer for SA’s wind energy market
WEG’s direct drive gearless wind turbine solution promotes higher energy efficiency

High impact, durable 3D-printed material revolutionises digital manufacturing

11th September 2020 A digital manufacturing solution for a growing number of medical devices, athletic wearables and personalised audio products, has recently been announced. The solution is hailed as breaking traditional productivity and functionality barriers associated with 3D printing and expanding the world of... 

High impact, durable 3D-printed material revolutionises digital manufacturing
3D-printed hands-free door openers to help prevent the spread of infection

Innovative thermal energy storage chain

26th February 2020 Academics at the University of Nottingham, in the UK have developed thermal energy technology for a range of applications including buildings, greenhouses, cold storage and industrial processes. The patented ChainStore technology is being promoted by Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences and... 

Innovative thermal energy storage chain
Researchers at the University of Nottingham holding a sample of ChainStore

New products for the 5G future

20th February 2020 A number of new products aimed at addressing requirements for the manufacture and performance of advanced electronics devices, have been showcased. On display at the 2020 IPC APEX tradeshow in San Diego, California, the products are seen as solutions for the needs of 5G, or fifth generation,... 

Recognition for intelligent toilet

14th February 2020 A so-called intelligent toilet has been recognised as an honouree in the CES 2020 Innovation Awards in the smart home category. Products recognised as the honourees scored above the threshold set for their respective product categories. 

Insulated panel van keeps cold chain on the move

10th January 2020 A Cape Town-based company dealing in fruit products, juices, dry ingredients and frozen products, has had the interior of a panel van delivery vehicle fully insulated. The idea to insulate the panel van was borne out of an effort to improve the maintenance of the cold chain for short distance... 

Electric engraver makes its mark

6th December 2019 An electric engraver can be used to engrave words, designs, patterns or other types of art on a range of materials and objects. The engraver can be used to personalise or label belongings such as tools, school equipment, toys, key rings, name badges and jewellery. It can be used on materials such... 

Simplifying lead screw design

29th November 2019 A new lead screw configurator enables lead screws to be designed and machined without computer-aided design (CAD) programmes. A lead screw, or translation screw, is used to translate turning motion into linear motion in a machine.  

Engineering Top Tech (Pty) Ltd

15th November 2019 ETT is a leader in the field of innovation, design and manufacturing of specialised mobile equipment for Mining and Industry. Our solutions are aimed at improving productivity and safety and are currently deployed in over twenty countries around the world.  Our products include Mining: Water... 

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. 

Artificial turf scores at the Moses Mabhida stadium

24th October 2019 The 9 000 m² run off that surrounds the central soccer pitch at Durban’s iconic Moses Mabhida stadium has been clad in artificial turf imported from Europe. The artificial grass was designed using four different shades of greens and browns to resemble natural lawns found in South Africa. The turf... 

Artificial turf scores at the Moses Mabhida stadium

Modular solutions for the mining, quarrying, construction and recycling industries

1st October 2019 Modular design and implementation aims to limit capital expenditure and reduce wasteful expenditure by selecting only the components required for a specific application. The concept is especially applicable to so-called just-in-time manufacturing, which is geared towards making just what is... 

Surface profile gauge updated

11th June 2019 Surface profile gauges are used to measure the profile height of a surface. The degree of the surface profile affects a coating’s overall performance and determines aspects such as adhesion, coverage and volume of coatings used. To ensure correct surface preparation, the profile height of a... 

Robotic platform wins design competition

28th May 2019 A design for a new robotic platform won the prestigious Drexel University’s annual College of Engineering senior project design competition. The Swerve robotic platform was placed first out of eight competing teams that were given only six minutes each to present their entries. A project... 


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