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New philosophy takes root in process control

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The industrial marketplace is getting selective in its choice of process control information-management systems, and there is a move away from the procurement of a packaged system, argues Xycom chairperson Roger Girdler. He explains that this trend is due to clients being more knowledgeable about... 

Power-quality monitoring system

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Engineering software solution provider TLC Software has installed an electrical-power quality-monitoring system at Columbus Stainless, Middelburg, on the main incoming electrical supply from Eskom. Columbus Stainless team manager Frikkie Jordaan explains how it has lost thousands of rands because... 

R170-million cheque-processing system to be implemented by bank

By: System Author     26th March 1999 A CONTRACT to implement a nationwide image-based cheque-processing proof- of-deposit (POD) solution has been awarded to National Data Systems (NDS) by Standard Bank of South Africa (SBSA). The installation will cover 16 nationwide sites, making this one of the largest installations of its kind in... 

African trade opportunities outlined

By: System Author     19th March 1999 For South African businesses, real opportunities exist in Africa, especially in the infrastructure, telecommunications and agro-industrial sectors, Engineering News can today report. “Many infrastructural projects in Africa are funded by the World Bank, the African Development Bank (ADB),... 

Potchefstroom software for nuclear project

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A program devel oped by Potchef- stroom University’s School for Mechanical and Materials Engineering, known as Flownet, is playing an important role in South Africa’s pebble bed modular reactor (PBMR) project. Developed over the past ten years, the unique code is able to solve... 

Cutting-edge features

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The advanced technical features of the Mazak computer numerically controlled (CNC) laser cutting machines have made this equipment the best-selling system in the world, maintains Skok Machine Tools MD Bobby Skok. The integration of advanced electronic and mechanical technologies delivers a... 

Enlightened IT listing empowers

By: System Author     12th March 1999 NEWLY-named black-empowerment technology group Ukukhanya, which means enlightenment, is surging towards its listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in May this year. Speaking at the official launch of the group’s new name, Ukukhanya chairperson Lungi Sisulu explained that it represented... 

Ice-cream maker opts for new solution

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Ice-cream manufacturer Ola, part of Unilever South Africa, was the first South African organisation to implement SAP’s solution for the consumer-products industry using the AcceleratedSAP (ASAP) fast-track methodology. The company is a leading manufacturer and marketer of ice-cream in South... 

Sale for electronic giant

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Electronics giant Altech has announced the sale of its 50% shareholding in African Defence Systems (ADS) to Thomson-CSF, the French-based leader in defence electronics. The multimillion-rand deal for the change of ownership took place on February 19 this year, and gives Thomson-CSF sole ownership... 

Local pigments-maker turns to IT

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a move to streamline production and management processes, and thus boost profitability at its Kwazulu-Natal-based plant, pigments manufacturer Tioxide has turned to information technology for a solution. In a multimillion-rand deal, it has selected an object-orientated business process... 

Web site for development corridor

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a pioneering step, the Mabopane–Centurion development corridor (MCDC) has become the first spatial development initiative to launch a virtual electronic community (VEC). Announcing this private-sector initiative iti On-Line divisional manager Lee Pienaar said at the launch in Centurion... 

Global survey forecasts huge growth in electronic commerce

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A SURVEY carried out by Wefa Group, on behalf of Visa International, has revealed that the worldwide market for commercial electronic commerce is expected to exceed US$1-trillion by 2003, representing an annual growth of 66% over the next five years. Last year about US$74-billion was spent... 

Every factory worker also a shareholder

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A Pretoria coating company, Advanced Surface Treatment (AST), is stretching the concept of black empowerment all the way to its shop floor with all its factory staff having a shareholding in the company. The company was formerly owned by Siemens and was bought by a group of predominantly black... 

R300m GSM network extension completed

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A R300-million extension contract for South Africa’s largest global systems mobile (GSM) operator, Vodacom, has been completed by Alcatel Altech Telecoms. This contract included the delivery of Evolium GSM base stations, micro base stations, base station controllers and the associated... 

Battle data enhanced

By: System Author     5th March 1999 In modern warfare, the volume of data generated is so great that humans can no longer assimilate it without the help of sophisticated machines. “This has spurred the introduction of computers to the battlefield, initially in the form of embedded processors such as radar and fire-control... 

Technology will not replace draughtspersons

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Although computer- aided design (Cad) and computer-aided manufacture (Cam) are the tools of the new century, draughtspersons will always play an important role in any new project development as every project needs working drawings, sketch plans and arrangement drawings for the building, maintains... 

Lack of Cad/Cam knowledge is a great challenge 

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A lack of sufficient knowledge about computer-aided design and manufacture (Cad/Cam) is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry at present, believes Adtech MD Gert Rossouw. He explains that, in general, users do not know the software well enough to produce good results on a continuous... 

Complete digital solution is vital to increase productivity in SA

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Providing a complete digital solution, which includes taking the inputs and outputs from computer-aided design (Cad) and computer-aided manufacturing (Cam) systems and managing the resulting engineering documents, is vital to increased productivity and lower operating costs in a business,... 

In-motion weighing system accredited

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Assized accreditation for use in trade, in . terms of the Trade Metrology Act 77 of 1973, has been awarded to the Datarail 100, an in-motion weighing system which was developed and produced by Kya Sand company SA Automation. This status was acquired in November 1998 and effectively permits the... 

SA–Spanish power agreement

By: System Author     5th March 1999 SOUTH Africa’s national electricity company, Eskom, has signed a framework agreement for co-operation with Spanish electrical utility company Union Fenosa, Engineering News can today report. “The agreement we have signed with Eskom is a very open framework agreement, which provides... 

Hi-tech for stock exchange

By: System Author     5th March 1999 THE information technology (IT) subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed financial services company Peregrine Holdings, Peregrine Systems, has won a contract to install Hermes, its electronic share-trading system, at stock-broking firm Standard Equities, edging out stiff competition... 

Re-engineered Cad product available soon

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The updated version of IBM’s Catia system, version 5, is a re-engineered, next-generation computer-aided design (Cad), manufacturing and engineering solution where the customer gets a platform-independent solution that tackles the needs of any size company and across the extended... 

Cad/Cam aids conceptual idea generation

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Computer-aided design (Cad) and manufacture (Cam) allow traceability of a development process, the generation of conceptual ideas and provide data to manufacturing partners for the manufacture of prototypes and for serial production of products in quantities, Delkon MD Johan Delport tells... 

South Africa in Skybridge bid

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A TOP South African telecommunications, electronics and information-technology company is bidding for the supply of equipment worth R1-billion for a global broadband communications network based on a swarm of satellites, Engineering News can today report. The network will comprise no fewer than... 

Updated version of remote tank-monitoring system released

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A Johannesburg instrumentation company has launched an updated version of its remote tank-monitoring system, comprising changes in its software-based features. N&Z Instrumentation divisional manager Mark Heilbrunn states that its new Datascan remote telemetry unit (RTU) has added features that... 

Mill products software solution developed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 South Africa’s metals, forest products and textiles industries have been leading the way for their sectors globally in the enterprise software market. They have been working with world enterprise company SAP to further develop SAP’s core enterprise solution, R/3, making it more... 

Broadening the scope of Cad package use

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The challenge that computer-aided design (Cad) company IMSI faces is to change the notion that Cad packages are for professionals alone. Therefore, it has introduced the Turbocad range, which offers three variations – professional, standard and designer, reveals GM John Rundle. The three... 

R9m hi-tech upgrade

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A new monobloc computer nume- ric-controlled deep-drawing press with automatic sheet lubrication and loading has been installed at City Metal Products in Mobeni, Durban, following an investment of more than R9-million in this hi-tech production equipment. The new machine enables the company to... 

Mark Hill Microsoft Southern Africa

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Full name: Mark Jeffery Hill Position: MD Microsoft Southern Africa Main activity of the company: Software development Date and place of birth: June 18, 1964, Vereeniging, Gauteng Education: BSc Computer Science, MSc Engineering, Witwatersrand University, 1987 First job: Electrician’s... 

Revamped line bolsters coil production

By: System Author     26th February 1999 The introduction of innovative production- line techniques by Carrier subsidiary Recam International has resulted in a dramatic increase in productivity at its Johannesburg plant. The responsibility of implementing these changes lies with Recam manufacturing director Yves Provost, whose... 

Web-user survey highlights importance of Internet as business tool

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE Internet is fast becoming a valuable business tool and, according to the South African Web-User Survey, it is estimated that 43% of Web users surveyed have already made a purchase on the Internet, and that 89% intend to so in the near future. In line with this trend, Billcad Holdings, a... 

SA cell network plans R1bn ’99 capex

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Cellular-phone operator MTN is to spend more than R1,2-billion this year as part of its drive to increase capacity and improve its quality of coverage. This investment follows hot on the heels of a previous R1-billion investment which began in June last year, and which is due to be wrapped up by... 

Fast-track second licence for fixed-line operator

By: System Author     19th February 1999 THE issuing of a licence for South Africa’s second fixed-line telecom operator should be seen as a matter of urgency, Transtel chief executive Alf Schulze tells Engineering News. Transtel is the telecom business unit of Transnet. “The government needs to fast-track the process of... 

Portable remote comms device

By: System Author     12th February 1999 AN inexpensive, easy-to-use handheld device which uses cellular technology for mobile communication has been developed in South Africa by Accord R&D, a subsidiary of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Accord Technologies. The robust device can be adapted to suit a myriad of applications in any... 

Massive R1,2bn IT deal is clinched

By: System Author     12th February 1999 THE professional-services division of PQ Africa, Q Data Consulting, has purchased all the assets and goodwill of Sasol’s information technology (IT) division for an undisclosed sum in a comprehensive outsourcing agreement heralded as a strategic breakthrough for both companies. The... 

Virtual private network on offer in S Africa

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Costing an initial R50-million, Telkom’s ‘intelligent network’ (IN), which allows the company to offer virtual private network (VPN) services to corporate clients, is beginning to bear fruit. “I must stress that our VPN is a voice-based, person-to-person service including... 

Modelling software upgrade gives big boost to engineers

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Adding a new dimension to engineering and industrial design, engineering-software leader Bentley Systems, of America, has further refined and developed its modelling software, Bentley Africa MD Keith Schorah tells Engineering News. The MicroStation/J is the latest advance by the company in... 

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