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Software crucial in project management

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     19th July 2019 Software solutions play a critical role in cost control to ensure that cost overruns on projects are avoided and, where possible, projects are delivered under budget to the benefit of the contractor and stakeholders, says computer software company Construction Computer Software (CCS) CEO Andrew... 

New electric compressor range introduced

12th July 2019 Compressor solutions provider and distributor Integrated Air Solutions has introduced the EG Series electric air compressor range. The EG Series is a product of air compressor manufacturer ELGi and Integrated Air Solutions has been the sole regional distributor for ELGi compressors since 2016. 

New electric compressor range introduced
OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE The smart custom designed and engineered ELGi Neuron Controller allows for seamless remote monitoring and control of the compressor’s overall performance

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     12th July 2019 Mining, industrial and processing solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies is the exclusive supplier of laser-based online gas analysers and monitoring recording equipment, from Norwegian company NEO Monitors; as well as, more recently, a range of both multiple channel and portable instruments,... 

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa
IAN FRASER South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly

Flexible modular drive system added to range

By: Cameron Mackay     12th July 2019 Automation solutions provider Schneider Electric has added the new Altivar Process Modular (APM) drive system to its range of Altivar Process variable-speed drives (VSDs), which were displayed at the company’s stand at the Africa Automation Fair, held in Johannesburg last month. “This is a... 

Flexible modular drive system  added to range
DRIVE FOR FLEXIBLE LOADS The APM drive system provides flexibility for end-users in terms of late changes to the load in the design and installation phase of a project

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Owing to the varied benefits which companies obtain as members of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), the association has created a tiered membership structure. 

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure
GROWTH FROM EXPORTS Growth in the mining, and food and beverage, sectors for stainless steel, led to consumption in South Africa increasing by 8.6% last year

CSG anticipates recovery in 2020 financial year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st July 2019 JSE-listed industrial contract services group CSG Holdings had a “satisfactory” first half, but a “disappointing” second half in the financial year ended March 31, owing to a challenging business environment and trading conditions. “This was aggravated by a few negative one-off events relating... 

Company to launch Kaiser units at IFAT Africa

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th June 2019 Distributor, repair facility and rental agent Octopus Electronics will launch industrial vehicle manufacturer Kaiser MORO’s Elegance truck at the IFAT Africa 2019 conference, which will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng, from July 9 to 11. Octopus Electronics sales... 

Denel confirms salary cut; union expresses shock and concern

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th June 2019 State-owned defence industrial group Denel confirmed on Tuesday that it will pay its staff only 85% of their salaries for this month. “Due to ongoing liquidity challenges we are now faced with unfortunate reality that the company is not in a position to fulfil the 100% salary obligation,” stated... 

Denel confirms salary cut; union expresses shock and concern
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Some of the Denel Group’s products on display – in the foreground, an Umkhonto naval surface-to-air missile, with a Badger infantry fighting vehicle behind, and just visible in the left background, a Seeker unmanned aerial vehicle

Comair’s new CEOs to press ahead with diversification strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2019 South African private-sector airline group Comair announced at the end of last month, via a Stock Exchange News Service release at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, that it was acquiring the “shares and claims” of Star Air Maintenance and Star Air Cargo. The deal involves paying the sellers... 

Building and construction applications get a coatings sustainability boost

14th June 2019 Multinational speciality chemicals producer Clariant aims to contribute more sustainability and safety solutions to meet the building and construction industry’s challenges, says Clariant flame retardants segment coating manager Achim Hennemann. Clariant offers pigment paste producers and... 

Building and construction applications get a coatings sustainability boost
AFTER FIRE TEST Strong intumescent formation with clear coat based on Exolit 855 after fire test

Lufthansa Technik subsidiary opens its first operation in South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th June 2019 Lufthansa Technik Maintenance International (LTMI) recently opened its new, and first, facility in South Africa. The facility has been established at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. A second facility is being set up Cape Town. Both facilities are initially intended to provide line... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable concrete structures

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 In the context of the struggling South African construction industry, owing to a lack of investment in infrastructure projects, extended and institutionalised knowledge about improving the durability of concrete structures is crucial to the competitiveness of the South African concrete industry,... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable  concrete structures
VITAL PRECEDENCE Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

Comair buys aircraft leasing, maintenance companies

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st May 2019 South African private-sector airline group Comair announced on Friday, via a Stock Exchange News Service release at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, that it was acquiring the “shares and claims” of Star Air Maintenance (Proprietary) Limited ((Pty) Ltd) and Star Air Cargo (Pty) Ltd. The deal... 

Comair buys aircraft leasing, maintenance companies
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Boeing 737-800 of Kulula

Company advances health and safety in petrochemicals industry

31st May 2019 Cold-cutting techniques developed by demolition contractor Jet Demolition have introduced a new benchmark for health and safety in the petrochemicals industry - a highly volatile and hazardous work environment. 

Companies collaborate for maintenance work at petrochem provider

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Industrial rope-access company Skyriders Access Specialists collaborated with engineering consultants SSA Acoustic and Specialised Inspections to conduct maintenance work at one of South Africa’s leading petrochemical manufacturers.  

Habasit presents range of timing belts for drive technology

24th May 2019 Last month, conveyor and processing belts manufacturer Habasit presented its complete timing belt portfolio at leading trade fair for integrated automation, motion and drives Hannover Messe Fair. The range of applications for timing belts in drive technology and intralogistics is significant. The... 

Habasit presents range  of timing belts for  drive technology
HIGH-PERFORMANCE BELTS These Flex belts are ideal for transporting heavy loads and are therefore suitable for use in high-performance conveyor systems

BMG extends supply of gearboxes and variators

24th May 2019 Engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG), as exclusive distributors for gears and drives manufacturer Varvel Group in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 40 years, has extended the supply of Varvel gearboxes and variators for small- and medium-power applications.... 

BMG extends supply of  gearboxes and variators
TRACKING THE SUN BMG’s Varvel worm gearboxes are installed on solar panels to ensure that they are in an ideal position to track the sun

New motor released to electric drives and controls industry

24th May 2019 Automation technology solutions provider Tectra Automation’s new MS2N Synchronous Servo Motor is the company’s latest innovative product offering to the electric drives and controls industry. The MS2N servo motor range combines high dynamics with compact dimensions and energy efficiency, with... 

New motor released to electric drives and controls industry
VERSATILITY IN APPLICATION The MS2N includes over 50 motor types in six motor sizes, five motor lengths and more than 20 fully configurable options

Company introduces new ACS6080 drive

24th May 2019 Automation technology provider ABB has expanded its all-compatible drives offering to include the ACS6080 medium voltage (MV) drive for critical applications. The new drive introduces an innovative control technology, developed by the company, that brings high-performance motor control to... 

Company introduces new ACS6080 drive
VERSATILE CONTROL The ACS6080 controls all types of AC motors including induction, synchronous and permanent magnet, without the need for different software

New VSD software offers energy savings

By: Cameron Mackay     24th May 2019 Electrical and energy solutions provider Zest WEG Group is deploying a new plug-and-play variable speed drive (VSD) software solution that achieves automatic energy savings when used with any standard electric motor. The solution was developed by WEG Group software engineers in Brazil. 

New VSD software offers energy savings
LIGHTEN THE LOAD While there are a variety of different sized motors that will have different efficiencies, energy savings increase exponentially as the load decreases

New products launched at Nampo Harvest Day

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) will launch its Agri HUB bearings and the blue and white Agri Grease sachets at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day that will be held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. The Agri HUB bearings have been designed... 

New products launched  at Nampo Harvest Day
NUTS TO MISS IT Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands

Partnership aims to enhance local fluid power sector

3rd May 2019 Incorporated fluid power technology provider Hyflo Southern Africa has been incorporated into engineering products and service provider Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division. 

Partnership aims to enhance  local fluid power sector
OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH PARTNERSHIP With access to BMG’s central support functions, including engineering, technical expertise and manufacturing skills, Hyflo can further improve its service to its customer base

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa

3rd May 2019 The well-established partnership between engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) and power management solutions provider Eaton Hydraulics has been enhanced with the accreditation of BMG’s Johannesburg head office facility - BMG World - as the exclusive Eaton... 

BMG World accredited as Eaton’s exclusive warranty centre in Africa
NICKY MULLER The warranty centre’s local team is headed up by Muller and has benefited from a recent skills upliftment programme

Hydraulic fluid reduces energy consumption

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 Multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil’s Mobil DTE 10 Excel 46 hydraulic lubricant oil has reduced paper and plastics packaging manufacturing company Mpact Plastics’ energy consumption by 7%. Mpact Plastics – based in Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal – intended to reach the group’s national... 

Hydraulic fluid reduces energy consumption
ESSENTIAL OILS When the oil reaches the end-of-life phase and must be disposed, high-performance oils can be formulated to have a reduced environmental impact

Company making inroads into embedded generation generators

By: Halima Frost     26th April 2019 The global trend of moving towards decentralised embedded generation has encouraged power solutions manufacturer Himoinsa to work with its research and development (R&D) teams to enable its generator sets, or gensets, to feed excess power back into the grid. Himoinsa has conducted R&D on this... 

Company making inroads into embedded generation generators
DUCKS IN A ROW If installed and maintained correctly, a genset can minimise operational costs on site

Collaboration will lead to sector transformation for water and sanitation sector

26th April 2019 The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Gugile Nkwinti reiterated government’s commitment for collaborative efforts to lead transformation of the water sector as the department prepares to launch the Phakisa Process for Water and Sanitation. The Process seeks to address sector challenges and ensure... 

Collaboration will lead to sector transformation for water and sanitation sector
Photo by Creamer Media
GAME-CHANGER Phakisa for Water and Sanitation will change the department and the sector as a whole

New technologies to increase wastewater plants’ capacity

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     26th April 2019 The East Rand Water Care Company (ERWAT) is implementing new technologies at its plants to increase the treatment capacity. ERWAT is set to commission the Nereda technology in June 2019 at the Hartebeestfontein wastewater treatment works (WWTW) to increase its capacity from 63-million litres a... 

New technologies to increase wastewater plants’ capacity
WASTE TREATED Wastewater should be seen as a valuable resource, as it can be reused

Rolls-Royce affirms the importance of the African market

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th April 2019 Africa is a important market for the aeroengines business of renowned British industrial technology company Rolls-Royce, the company’s VP Customers: Africa Kevin Evans tells “Engineering News”. “We see Africa as a large and growing market, one of strategic importance to us.”  

Versatility key to Vanguard embracing Industry 4.0

By: Thabi Madiba     19th April 2019 The heavy lifting and abnormal loads sector has embraced Industry 4.0 and incorporated many new technologies, such as three-dimensional (3D) modelling of heavy lift solutions and real-time data monitoring, says heavy rigging and lifting company Vanguard lead sales and project manager Dale Huddy.... 

Oxygen tanks successfully installed

By: Thabi Madiba     19th April 2019 In February machine moving and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros successfully installed new oxygen tanks at 27 provincial hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, after removing redundant oxygen tanks. Lovemore Bros was awarded the contract from gas supplier Afrox and industrial gas supplier Air Liquide in... 

Software upgrade for Sky Eye Elios drones in the pipeline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th April 2019 Rope-access company Skyriders Access Specialists will partner with a local software company to advance the current software on its Sky Eye Elios drones, as it continues to refine the technology in line with its ongoing inspection and maintenance work at various industrial plants this year. 

Software upgrade for Sky Eye Elios drones in the pipeline
POWER RIDE Skyriders’ rope access and drone solutions gives the company an edge in the industry

Company launches loose-lay flooring range

By: Thabi Madiba     12th April 2019 With vinyl flooring continuing to gain much more traction in the market, owing to beneficial properties and an appealing aesthetic, vinyl flooring and wall-protection solutions specialists Polyflor South Africa (SA) has launched the Polysafe QuickLay polyurethane reactive (PUR) collection for... 

Company launches loose-lay flooring range
ADHESIVE-FREE FLOORING The specially formulated studded emboss works as a barrier and allows for moisture to escape from the subfloor

Cost-saving focus prompts heat exchanger design

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th April 2019 The increased importance of reducing capital, operating and maintenance costs has made the assessment of multiple options and variable parameters for heat exchanger design essential to find the most optimum solution, says engineering company Steinmüller Africa boiler process group leader Warwick... 

Demand for concrete flooring continues to increase

By: Thabi Madiba     12th April 2019 The demand for concrete flooring continues to grow at a robust rate, as more commercial, retail and residential customers opt for polished concrete, says diamond tools and equipment manufacturer Diamond Products director Brian Clark. This robust growth is reflected in the company’s increase in... 

Demand for concrete flooring continues  to increase
STAIN AND SLIP RESISTANT Concrete can achieve a high-quality and aesthetically pleasing polished finish

New machine collection for floor preparation launched

By: Thabi Madiba     12th April 2019 Floor grinders and dust extractors manufacturer HTC Sweden AB launched a new line of smaller grinders and dust extractors, the Start and Grind collection, to assist flooring contractors when preparing floors, earlier this year in Sweden. The collection will be launched in South Africa in the... 

New machine collection for floor preparation launched
QUINTIN BOOYSEN There is a huge lack of knowledge on industrial flooring requirements, which leads to small contractors delivering inferior-quality flooring

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine

10th April 2019 UK industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Wednesday that it had agreed an accelerated inspection programme for its Trent 1000 TEN turbofan engines with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This stems from the company’s work to address the earlier than expected deterioration... 

Rolls-Royce, European aviation regulator, agree accelerated inspections for new engine
Photo by Rolls-Royce
The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 production line
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