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Copper electrowinning technology for Africa

13th May 2022 Metso Outotec has been awarded a contract for the delivery of advanced electrowinning equipment to a copper cathode production plant in Africa. The company’s scope of delivery includes the supply of basic engineering and equipment for the copper electrowinning plant expansion. The offering for... 

Detectable injection-moulded components vital for food processing industry

25th April 2022 A new detectable compound based on the engineered plastic acetal copolymer (POM-C) has been specially developed for injection-moulded components used in the food processing industry. Ensinger is launching TECACOMP POM ID 1055303 which has been optimised to ensure that its components have good... 

Image of Ensinger's new detectable compound TECACOMP POM ID 1055303
Ensinger's new detectable compound TECACOMP POM ID 1055303

Artificial intelligence for South African consumers

22nd April 2022 A number of new artificial intelligence of things (AIoT) innovations have recently been launched in South Africa. Products unveiled by Hong Kong-based consumer electronics and smart manufacturing company Xiaomi include its smart vacuum and mop, electric scooter, and smart watch.  

Image of Xiaomi's robot vacuum mop and self emptying station and Mi electric scooter are now available in South Africa
Xiaomi's robot vacuum mop and self emptying station and Mi electric scooter are now available in South Africa

Latest material‑optimised mounting solutions revealed

22nd April 2022 A number of innovative new products will be on show at the upcoming Intersolar 2022 in Munich, Germany. Among the exhibitors will be the solar mounting system manufacturer Schletter Group, presenting its latest products and solutions, that are said to focus on the use of less material, better... 

image of solar panel to show that Schletter Group has introduced material optimised mounting solutions
Schletter Group has introduced material optimised mounting solutions

Reducing geyser heating costs

31st March 2022 There are a range of technologies available to help reduce a household’s electricity costs, including the use of solar thermal systems and heat pumps. However, it is noted that these technologies may also incur hidden costs such as service and maintenance costs, as well as reduced efficiencies... 

Image of an Xtend ceramic elements used to reduce geyser heating costs
Xtend Elements supplies ceramic elements to reduce geyser heating costs

Industrial gear units to be assembled locally

10th March 2022 Generation X.e industrial gear units, including geared motors, industrial gears (IGs), variable speed drives (VSDs), automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) and servo motors will all be assembled in SEW-EURODRIVE’s new factory in Johannesburg, South Africa. “To cater for our growing customer base in... 

Image of A SEW-EURODRIVE industrial gear unit
A SEW-EURODRIVE industrial gear unit

Updated bulk bag discharging system offers improved convenience, safety and cleanliness

17th February 2022 A newly designed bulk bag discharger is set to revolutionise the way users load, untie, retie, remove and collapse bulk bags. Flexicon's new BULK-OUT BFC bulk bag discharging system promotes the flow of bulk solid materials that have solidified during storage and shipment, automatically... 

Image of the Flexicon bulk bag discharger with integral bulk bag conditioner and bag dump station
Flexicon bulk bag discharger with integral bulk bag conditioner and bag dump station

South African manufacturer achieves API-600 certification – first in Africa

9th February 2022 A 100% black-owned, Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment company has achieved its vision of manufacturing its own range of valves, becoming the first company in Africa to be granted an API-600 licence and certification.  Starting out as an importer and distributor of industrial valves,... 

Image of products supplied and manufactured by LVSA Group
LVSA Group supplies and manufactures valves for a range of industries

Rubber lining increases wear life

8th February 2022 Rubber lining is a highly skilled process which, when done correctly with the correct type and thickness of rubber, can contribute considerably to the life and profitability of a plant, affirms Weir Minerals Africa product manager: rubber products, hoses and spools Yatheen Budhu. Budhu notes that... 

Image of Linatex premium rubber that helps reduce long-term wear
Linatex premium rubber helps reduce long-term wear

Specialised induction bending solutions for South African industries

8th February 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 can bend thick-walled piping

Local diesel pumps reduce lead times

8th February 2022 Locally assembled pumps which draw on readily available components allow for delivery within tight timeframes, offering efficient service and optimal uptime. Integrated Pump Rental has the in-house capacity to design and build fit-for-purpose diesel-driven pumps within a short lead time. “Our... 

Image of Integrated Pump Rental manufacturing facility
Integrated Pump Rental designs and builds pumps to required specifications

Locally designed and assembled bolt-on upgrade for VW and Audi models

31st January 2022 A range of locally produced turbos are currently being exported to customers in the US, the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Designed by the founder and CEO of TurboDirect SA Chris Kambouris, the new turbos have been thoroughly evaluated, assessed and tested, with outstanding feedback from... 

Image of a locally designed Turbo kit from TurboDirect SA
Locally designed Turbo kit from TurboDirect SA

Rubber compound revolutionising mine site mill operations

31st January 2022 A premium-grade rubber compound that offers superior wear life and performance in mill lining applications has been developed in response to demand for higher-wearing rubbers for mill lining systems. Weir Minerals says that its Vulco R67 rubber is an optimum material which is manufactured with... 

image of the inside of a discharge end of a ball mill, fitted with spiral lifters and rubber grates
Inside the discharge end of a ball mill, fitted with spiral lifters and rubber grates

Inventory for sugar manufacturers

31st January 2022 The latest edition of the ABB Ability Sugar Library has been released, enhanced with new functionalities to serve as a control engineering inventory for sugar manufacturers. The library aims to help reduce engineering costs and development timelines, simplify expansions, eliminate errors in... 

Proactive service improves performance and reliability

21st January 2022 On-site plant operators are often under pressure to keep production running at the expense of routine and necessary maintenance, leading to unscheduled breakdowns and reduced equipment performance and reliability. With its ‘prevention is better than cure’ philosophy, SEW-EURODRIVE’s Service... 

Image of SEW-EURODRIVE’s DriveRadar
SEW-EURODRIVE’s DriveRadar enables proactive maintenance

Expanded range of medical equipment

21st January 2022 PENTAX Medical is expanding its offering, which includes the PENTAX Medical ONE Pulmo single-use bronchoscope, and will soon include the Slim DEC Duodenoscope PlasmaTYPHOON+, and PENTAX Medical DEC hygiene pack. To treat patients for standard procedures, reusable and semi-disposable endoscopes... 

Image of the PlasmaTYPHOON and PlasmaBAG from PENTAX Medical
The PlasmaTYPHOON and PlasmaBAG from PENTAX Medical

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

Automation solution upgrades brickmaking plant

14th January 2022 A local clay brick manufacturer has upgraded its brickmaking plant using advanced digital solutions for factory automation. The rustication process used to make the textured face bricks is a masonry technique that involves chamfering the edges of a brick to allow the mortar joints to be set back,... 

Image of Maxolution for factory automation from SEW-EURODRIVE
SEW-EURODRIVE helped upgrade a local clay brick manufacturer using advanced digital solutions based on Maxolution for factory automation

Modular automation housing solution

15th December 2021 esmo group, a full-service systems integrator, has unveiled new configurations of UniCell, its cross-industry compact automation housing solution for manufacturers. The enclosure is an all-in-one offering that enables manufacturers to streamline and optimise processes, helping to improve... 

Image of The esmo UniCell automation housing solution
The esmo UniCell automation housing solution

Efficient motors help save energy for desalination plants

3rd December 2021 Desalination plants are known to require large amounts of electrical energy to pump high volumes of water through their systems. The use of high efficiency motors in such applications helps to ensure the efficient and cost-effective running of desalination plants.  “Desalination plants employ... 

An aerial view of a desalination plant
An aerial view of a desalination plant

Milestone for local pump manufacturer

3rd December 2021 Integrated Pump Rental recently delivered its largest pump ever to a customer in the mining sector. Driven by a Kirloskar DV8 engine, the auto-prime Sykes MH300 pump with stainless steel pump end was built at the company’s Jet Park facility in the east of Johannesburg. “The sheer scale of the... 

Image of Sykes MH300 pump from Integrated Pump Rental delivered a unit to a customer in the mining sector
Integrated Pump Rental delivered a Sykes MH300 pump unit to a customer in the mining sector

South African company leads advances in proximity detection technology

3rd December 2021 The use of proximity detection systems (PDS) or collision prevention systems (CPS) is seen as a major contributor to improved safety in the mining sector and a number of technological advances have enabled even more flexibility and stability of the systems. South Africa‑based Booyco Electronics... 

Image of Booyco Electronics proximity detection systems
Booyco Electronics proximity detection systems have evolved to include the latest technology

Fire pumps meet global standards

26th November 2021 A fire system that meets European EN 12845 standards is in growing demand from South African customers. This is according to Grundfos sales engineer commercial building services South Africa Mark Muller, who explains the rationale behind the company’s Hydro EN fire pump systems. 

Image of an installed Grundfos fire set
An installed Grundfos fire set

On-site oxygen production helps save costs

19th November 2021 Oxygen is critical to a variety of industries and is used in a range of applications, such as improving the control of heating patterns, increasing furnace efficiencies by lowering fuel consumption and for reducing particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions. Oxygen can also be used with fuel gases... 

Image of Atlas Copco's GP+ Oxygen Generators that produce oxygen on-site
Atlas Copco's GP+ Oxygen Generators produce oxygen on-site

Locally manufactured products for new gas, helium project

18th November 2021 Locally manufactured transformers, switchgear and substations are being supplied to South Africa’s new onshore natural gas and helium project, Tetra4 by local electrical equipment specialist Zest WEG. The company has been contracted to supply a 7 MVA 33/11 KV transformers and two 1.5 MVA 6.6/0.4... 

Image of a locally manufactured 7MVA transformer from Zest WEG
The locally manufactured 7MVA transformer from Zest WEG, ready for transportation to site

New technology extends the life of long-travel energy chains

12th November 2021 Polymer energy chains are used in ports, logistics centres, mines and other industries to safely guide cables and hoses to reduce damage and abrasion, as well as to help provide an orderly and safe environment around equipment. Advanced new glide pads and roller chain links for quick retrofitting... 

Image to show  new glide pads and roller chain links have been developed to extend the life of igus E4.1 energy chains
New glide pads and roller chain links have been developed to extend the life of igus E4.1 energy chains

Spotlight on knee protection

5th November 2021 Knee guards offer protection for users working in cramped conditions, such as underground mining or where work needs to be carried out at floor level, such as tiling, wooden flooring and plumbing. The Paramount ‘Orange’ knee guard was first developed in Germany to help protect miners’ knees in... 

Image of person wearing KneeLok knee guards  designed to be comfortable, durable and effective
KneeLok knee guards are designed to be comfortable, durable and effective

Local content drives gearbox solutions for Southern Africa

4th November 2021 Local content, assembly, testing, commissioning and repair services, as well as local experience and expertise is key to a range of industrial gearbox solutions being distributed throughout Southern Africa. Hudaco Power Transmissions, formerly Bauer Geared Motors South Africa, has Southern Africa... 

Image of  Hudaco Power Transmissions gear motors
Hudaco Power Transmissions gear motors

ISO certification of low profile loader leads to more local manufacture

3rd November 2021 Achieving ISO certification for the roll over protection structure (ROPS) and falling object structure (FOPS) of the Sandvik LH115I low profile loader is seen as a major boost for Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions’ South African operation. The ROPS and FOPS for the South African-built Sandvik... 

Image to show Sandvik’s LH115I low profile loader has achieved ISO certification
Sandvik’s LH115I low profile loader has achieved ISO certification

Modelling tool improves plant availability

29th October 2021 A new reliability model developed by Weba Chute Systems aims to help customers improve plant uptime and facilitate planning. The tool enables users to capture, store and calculate vital information about wear rates on different components within individual chutes. 

Image to show Weba Chute Systems’ reliability model helps improve uptime in plants
Weba Chute Systems’ reliability model helps improve uptime in plants

Isolation solutions reduce damage caused by screens

22nd October 2021 Screens vibrate more when starting and stopping, which can cause damage to infrastructure and reduce the lifespan of a machine. Isolators between the screen and the floor are meant to absorb vibrations and prevent damage to surrounding infrastructure, however, the transient phases of a screen can... 

Image of A Kwatani screen fitted with torsional springs
A Kwatani screen fitted with torsional springs

Helping to optimise compressed air systems

22nd October 2021 A number of solutions are available to help users to maximise the efficiency of compressed air installations through improved reliability and availability and reductions in energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. “The production of compressed air is one of the biggest energy... 

Image of a compressor room to illustrate Atlas Copco's compressor roomoptimisation solutions help users gain full benefit from their compressed air systems_1022
Atlas Copco's compressor room optimisation solutions help to optimise compressed air systems

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

Specialised traction transformers for SA rail 

1st October 2021 As an established supplier to South Africa’s rail sector, Zest WEG will be supplying specialised traction transformers for new substations serving rail lines in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The company is supplying six 6 MVA units that will step down from 88 kV to 1220 V and two more 6 MVA units... 

Image of One of the eight WEG 6 MVA traction transformers for new substations serving rail lines
One of the eight WEG 6 MVA traction transformers for new substations serving rail lines

Custom-engineered chute solutions

1st October 2021 The in-house engineering capability and expertise of a leading chute designer and manufacturer were recently demonstrated in a specialised chute application for a local platinum mining customer. Working in conjunction with a hydraulics specialist, a chute solution was developed for an application... 

Image of Weba's drawing office and design team works to continuously improve transfer point solutions
Weba's drawing office and design team works to continuously improve transfer point solutions

Cycle wear gears up to support local talent and social development

23rd September 2021 An international cycling kit company headquartered in Cape Town has launched a collaborative programme with local artists, while also supporting a local non-governmental organisation (NGO). Premium cycling kit manufacturer, Ciovita, aims to unite fashion, form, function and community in an... 

Image of Ciovita cycle wear launched in collaboration with local artists and in support of social development
Ciovita has launched a range of cycling wear in collaboration with local artists and in support of social development

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

Custom-made rubber hoses produced locally

16th September 2021 South African rubber hose manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa designs and builds mining hoses from 50 mm to 1 000 mm nominal bore up to 10 m in length and up to 1 100 mm bends. The hoses are designed to the specifications of customers around the world, using an option of Linatex, Linard, Linagard... 

Image of Linatex rubber hoses manufactured by Weir Minerals Africa
Linatex rubber hoses manufactured by Weir Minerals Africa
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