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Dynamic changes for company on the move

By: System Author     25th June 1999 IN addition to the launch of a new name and logo to face a new era, Schneider Electric South Africa is moving to new premises in Midrand, Gauteng. The main reason for the move is to have one company with a single vision as, for the first time since the formation of Groupe Schneider in South... 

‘Transparent’ factory leads way in virtual technology

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The main focus of Schneider Automation is to build long-term strategic partnerships with its customers, both authorised system integrators (SI) and end-users. Within the realm of a complete turnkey solution in terms of electrical distribution, industrial control and automation, the company... 

Customer demand for innovative solutions

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A worldwide specialist in electrical distri- bution, industrial control and automation, Schneider Electric is active through a highly-skilled network of local and international partners, reports marketing manager Dudley Miller. These include distributors, systems integrators (SIs), panel builders... 

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

Sole SA importer is appointed

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Roodepoort-based importer and distributor of electrical switchgear, Anglo Allied Engineering, has been appointed sole importer of the Square D brand of electrical switchgear products in South Africa. Schneider Electric took over the Square D product globally in 1994, and had made a decision not... 

Plant-automation success story

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Hi-tech integration company IST Industria,l of Pretoria, is an appointed system integrator for Schneider Electric products. The company has, over the past eight years, completed various installations using many Schneider products. Its focus lies in the provision of innovative, cost-effective,... 

New Johannesburg gas owner by September

By: System Author     25th June 1999 One of South Africa’s few local government gas distributors, Johannesburg’s Metro Gas is to be privatised by the beginning of next year. The selection of prequalification bidders, of which there are expected to be between two to five local and international companies, should be... 

R2m Indian hydroelectric contract

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A CONSORTIUM, comprising Indian company Jaiprakash Indus-tries and a group of Canadian companies, has been awarded a C$500-million (R2-million) contract with the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in New Delhi, for the turnkey construction of the Chamera II hydroelectric development in... 

Novel plasma dross-treatment project hots up

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A dross-treatment project using plasma as the heat source is being researched by Eskom’s research and development section, Technology Research Investigations (TRI), together with an industrial partner. This type of system is already being operated by an international company in Canada using... 

Tobacco plant contract awarded

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Due for completion in July, RBF Technology has been contracted to carry out the electrical installation work on a Tanzanian tobacco plant as an extension of work undertaken last year. The contract comes from US-based Universal Leaf Tobacco and is for Tanzania Tobacco Processor’s plant in... 

Australian export order secured

By: System Author     18th June 1999 ELECTRIFICATION and refrigeration company Stantronic has completed an export order of self-contained refrigerated display cases to Australia. It was the Group’s ‘Cooltech’ branded vertical display chiller that was exported to one of Western Australia’s fastest-growing... 

Still no end in sight for Cahora Bassa tussle

By: System Author     18th June 1999 There has been no progress in resolving the stand-off between South Africa and Portugal over Cahora Bassa. The dispute over tariff charges for electricity emanating from the Cahora Bassa power station in Mozambique has been under way for three decades. The conflict arose due to differences... 

Hi-tech composite farm vehicles on show

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The chugging of diesel tractors made of steel and iron is slowly making way for the quiet whining of electric motors powering lightweight vehicles made of composite materials across the vast farmlands of South Africa. Well, at least on paper and in the minds of vehicle designers at the novel... 

Virtual gas gives robots fresh powers

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Neuroscientists and those specialising in artificial intelligence, working together at Sussex University, southern England, have made a world-first discovery which could revolutionise the sciences of robotics. By using nitric oxide, a gas integral to the neurology of the human brain, the workings... 

R188m solar project lights up rural towns

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Twinkling lights, the sound of up-to-the-minute television news broadcasts and lilting radio music are becoming part and parcel of nights in the rolling hills of rural northern Kwazulu-Natal. This follows the launch of a R188-million solar power project that is set to provide power to 60 000... 

Nine upgrade projects at Cape Town harbour

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Nine upgrade projects are under way at present at Cape Town harbour which will greatly enhance the capacity of the port. A deed of sale has been signed, finalising Portnet’s purchase of the old Eskom power station site adjacent to the harbour, and the parastatal has applied for funds with... 

Sports village an energy-efficiency model

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The athletes’ village being built for the seventh All Africa Games, in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, could serve as a model for future low-cost housing developments. The R80-million, 1 799-unit athletes’ village, situated on a 52 ha site located on the far east bank of... 

Fly ash producer is one of world’s largest

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Producing 1,2-million tons of fly ash a year from three plants based at Eskom’s Matla, Kendal and Lethabo power stations, Ash Resources is one of the world’s largest, GM Bert Dijkema tells Engineering News. Fly ash is used as a partial replacement (or extender) for cement in concretes... 

Instrumentation company measures up

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Leading South African supplier of ac electrical transducers, dc signal conditioners and measurement systems Measurtronic was acquired by the Stratcon group of companies in 1993. Stratcon comprises Measurtronic, Stratford Engineering, a mechanical power transmission company which is celebrating... 

Stray-current damage combated

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Gauteng firm Westward Electric has embarked on an exercise with Sasol Synthetic Fuels to monitor the company’s rotating machines on all electrical equipment in the gas circuit, air-separation and oxygen plants, reports technical director Sherwin Jerrier. The company will assist the... 

R19m reactor contract strikes sparks

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the successful completion of the instrumentation and electrical installations of all seven Sasol Advanced Synthol (Sas) reactors in February, Gauteng firm Apollo E&I Construction has established itself as a competitive participant in the petrochemical industry, reports MD Piet van Rensburg.... 

R16m wastewater-works upgrade motors ahead

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Independent motor control centre (MCC) manufacturer and turnkey electrical-services company Electron, of Bramley, Gauteng, is busy with the R16-million Wildevo 

A leading pioneer celebrates 100 years

By: System Author     28th May 1999 leading supplier of equipment in the field of electrical and electronic engineering, including motor control centres (MCCs), celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year. The year has also brought a change in the names of group companies worldwide from the previous name of Klockner Moeller.... 

New electric-motor company opened in Gauteng

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Cape Town-based electric-motor imports and distribution company Motorelli has decided to spread its wings, and has opened a branch in Gauteng. Director Mark Schell reports that Motorelli has also awarded subdistributorships to a number of companies at the beginning of the year, including... 

Progress on water project flows on

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Electrical installations on various pumpstations and treatment plants on the estimated overall US$350-million North–South Carrier water project in Botswana is being executed by Johannesburg-based turnkey electrical projects company RBF Engineering. Work comprises a network of four... 

R1-million equipment for large chrome mine

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Rosslyn-based buyer and seller of new and reconditioned electric motors, Benco Machines, has supplied a contracting chrome mine with equipment to the value of R1-million. Regional manager Johan van Vuuren reports that the contract entailed the supply of rebuilt electric motors, reduction... 

New gearbox, motor firm

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The recent acquisition of Fenner Power Transmission (FPT SA) by Bearing Man has resulted in the significant extension of the company’s existing geared-motors division. An entirely new gearbox and geared motor company, Power Drives, has been established, with a new corporate identity under... 

International exhibition for Jhb

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Drives and controls are invaluable tools to industry because they act as a vital interface between the power supply and industrial processes, be they manufacturing or mining. Without them, industry simply could not function. With a market value of around R160 million, drives and controls are... 

R40-million electrical contract secured

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Electrical and electronics company Standard Electrical Group has been awarded a R40-million electrical contract for the commercial re-development of Old Mutual’s Menlyn Park shopping centre in Pretoria. The Stantronic Group arm will reroute and install an entire high-tension reticulation... 

New vector control for traction applications

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Johannesburg variable-speed drive (VSD) manufacturer Motor Control Systems (MCS) has completed development on its new vector-control drives, which will be used for traction applications. This is intended to complement its existing range of scalar control drives, and will focus on underground... 

Range of electro-pneumatic valves

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A NEW range of electro-pneumatic pressure-regulating valves from Mannesman Rexroth Pneumatic is being marketed by Tectra Automation, of Maraisburg, Gauteng. These valves have a range of functions, offering the user a valve for every application. Process variables such as power, quantity and speed... 

Tied up in big cost-conversion dilemma

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Local copper manufacturers have applied a rod conversion cost which is determined in US dollars, causing a dilemma in the South African cable-manufacturing industry. “We fail to understand how local producers of copper can quote certain prices in an international currency,” comments... 

Hi-tech system to boost air-passenger safety

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The safety of air passengers, the cost of energy and the health of premature babies could all benefit from the application of chromatic sensing, a technique developed in the department of electrical engineering and electronics at the University of Liverpool in north-west England. The technique is... 

New power station technology punted

By: System Author     21st May 1999  

R22-million-worth of contracts secured

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Cable manufacturer African Cables has actively pursued new markets for its products and, as a result, it has experienced phenomenal growth in its exports in the last six months. Orders totalling more than R22-million have been secured during this period for contracts in the Far East and the... 

Low-quality imports abound

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Greater use should be made of local manufacturers due to the proliferation of low-quality imported products being dumped on the South African market, says Republic Transmission joint MD Joachim Livonius. The 19-year-old gearbox and actuator manufacturer, which deals mainly with the valve... 

Digital villages to empower communities

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The hi-tech world of information technology (IT) is opening up for South Africa’s historically-disadvantaged communities through the establishment of ‘digital villages’ by Gauteng IT leader Microsoft SA. The company’s community investment programme aims to bring the... 

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