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Reduced lead time for popular rear eject bodies

8th April 2022 Rear eject truck bodies are engineered and manufactured to fit a specific truck body chassis and are designed to be easy to operate in the cab, reducing dumping and spreading time by eliminating the need to stop and raise the truck body. A variety of industries, including general construction,... 

Ultra-portable drone solution simplifies wind turbine blade inspections

4th March 2022 A new drone solution has been specifically developed to enable wind blade inspections in areas where site access is difficult or where complex logistical barriers require a quick, highly portable blade inspection solution. Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories, a Swiss company pioneering unmanned aerial... 

Image of Sulzer Schmid's ultra-portable drone solution for  wind turbine blade inspections
Sulzer Schmid's ultra-portable drone solution for wind turbine blade inspections

Numerical analysis now available to a wider range of industries

3rd March 2022 Numerical analysis is used to accurately analyse the fluid dynamic behaviour of almost any boiler system, heat exchanger or boiler auxiliary equipment and Steinmüller Africa is now positioned to take its suite of process, mechanical and piping engineering services to a wider range of industries.... 

A picture of the Computational Fluid Dynamic model of an entire boiler
A picture of the Computational Fluid Dynamic model of an entire boiler

Motors and VSDs for world’s highest-grade copper mine

31st January 2022 Zest WEG is supplying a range of motors and variable speed drives (VSDs) for the second phase of the Kamoa-Kakula project, one of the world’s highest-grade copper mines, located on the Central African Copperbelt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. For the first phase of the project, Zest WEG... 

Image of a WEG high voltage motor being lifted into position on site at Kamoa-Kakula
A WEG high voltage motor being lifted into position on site at Kamoa-Kakula

Collaboration expands field design applications

26th January 2022 A global software company has partnered with consulting and engineering specialists to provide an enhanced service to its client base of global asset operators.  Data visualization company FutureOn, provider of state-of-the-art visual engineering for the energy sector, has formed a strategic... 

Image of visual workflows for early-stage subsea engineering work
Visual workflows for early-stage subsea engineering work

Specialised induction bending solutions for South African industries

14th January 2022 Induction bending is the process whereby a straight pipe is precision-bent by a specially engineered machine. The front of the pipe protrudes through an induction coil and is clamped into position. The induction coil is heated to a specified temperature and then the arm of the machine moves in a... 

Image of Steinmüller Africa’s induction bending machine, bending thick-walled piping
Steinmüller Africa’s induction bending machine, bending thick-walled piping

Energy efficient ceramic elements now available

26th November 2021 Ceramic elements are seen as cost-effective alternatives to solar thermal and heat pumps, reducing water heating costs and saving energy. XTEND ceramic elements have been shown to save up to 25% on water heating costs over the life of the element, compared to standard resistive heating elements.... 

Image of and XTEND ceramic element
XTEND ceramic elements are available from Plumblink

CAD software now SANS accredited

29th October 2021 Autodesk’s latest version of AutoCAD, the Plant 3D 2022 Toolset, has been accredited to South African National Standards (SANS) and is available on the applications (app) library. AutoCAD is computer-aided design (CAD) software used by architects, engineers and construction professionals to... 

Image to show Autodesk’s latest version of AutoCAD allows users to create and edit P&ID’s and 3D model
Autodesk’s latest version of AutoCAD allows users to create and edit P&ID’s and 3D model

Process effectiveness systems ensure quality chutes

14th October 2021 Process effectiveness systems help to ensure that custom-designed chutes can be produced to specification and to the highest quality. According to Weba Chute Systems ISO systems manager Izak Potgieter, process effectiveness ensures detailed protocols for each stage of the ordering, design and... 

Image of computer illustrating detailed protocols ensure optimum quality of Weba's custom-engineered chute systems
Detailed protocols ensure optimum quality of Weba's custom-engineered chute systems

Locally developed spiral elevator for Australian mine

7th October 2021 A specialised spiral elevator has been designed, engineered and manufactured by South African vibrating equipment specialist Kwatani. The 450 kg custom spiral elevator was developed for a mobile containerised sorting plant for a diamond mine in Australia. “The client had very specific functional... 

Image of The Kwatani spiral elevator feeder in operation on site at a diamond mine
The Kwatani spiral elevator feeder in operation on site at a diamond mine

Electric powered forklift for tough working conditions

7th October 2021 In line with the growing demand for electric powered equipment, a new multidirectional, electric powered forklift has recently been launched. Irish materials handling company Combilift launched its Combi-XLE as an addition to its existing range of electric models. With up to five ton’s lift... 

Image of The Combi-XLE electric powered forklift from Combilift
The Combi-XLE electric powered forklift from Combilift

Industrial gearboxes for highly demanding environments

22nd September 2021 Mining, whether underground or above ground, is recognised as one of the most challenging operating environments for precision-engineered industrial gearboxes.  SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa highlights its successful supply of conveyer drives capable of operating in an extremely hot and humid... 

Image of SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa's conveyer drives
SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa was contracted by a new copper mine in the DRC to supply conveyer drives

Solution for replacing outdated large motors

22nd September 2021 Replacing large motors purchased and installed 20 to 30 years ago is often a difficult undertaking as frame sizes are smaller and new models do not fit onto the old bases. A custom-engineered adaptor plate is now available to allow a smaller frame to fit on the existing base, simplifying large... 

Image of old motor: Zest WEG provides solutions for replacing old motors that are on hard-to-modify bases
Zest WEG provides solutions for replacing old motors that are on hard-to-modify bases

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... 

Eva-Last composite cladding and decking
Eva-Last composite cladding and decking

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... 

Weba Chute Systems & Solutions uses 3D scanning to gather detailed measurements of large infrastructure
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... 

WEG’s direct drive gearless wind turbine solution promotes higher energy efficiency
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... 

3D-printed hands-free door openers to help prevent the spread of infection
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... 

Researchers at the University of Nottingham holding a sample of ChainStore
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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