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Manufacturing

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. 

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

Effective lubrication key to smooth operation of electric motors

10th September 2021 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Lubrication improvements are said to significantly increase the reliability of electric motors and premature motor failure can most often be attributed to bearing failure because of inefficient lubrication. Lubricants have a finite lifespan and re-lubrication is... 

Image of GreaseMax automatic lubricator from Delta Distribution
GreaseMax automatic lubricator from Delta Distribution

Tools tailored to the agricultural sector

3rd September 2021 Agriculture is a vital part of the South African economy and ensuring the smooth running and maintenance of farming equipment is essential to its success. Farms often operate maintenance and repair workshops on site, for regular maintenance or repair of equipment and require tools that are both... 

Image of PFERD tools specifically designed for agriculture and related industries
PFERD manufactures and supplies tools specifically designed for agriculture and related industries

Energy efficient ventilation for the mining sector

20th August 2021 Mining companies are increasingly focused on finding energy efficient solutions for ventilation, a trend which has been noted by ventilation solutions company, TLT-Turbo Africa. The company identified a gap in the mining ventilation market as demand increased for fans in the size range between 1... 

Image of the MC2000 ventilation solution from TLT-Turbo Africa
The MC2000 ventilation solution from TLT-Turbo Africa

Polymer bearings promise high precision and rigidity

4th August 2021 A new range of bearings made of high-performance polymer has been developed to ensure precise and easy movements in linear technology. The bearings consist of an aluminium housing and a thin liner, which helps to ensure smooth and quiet operation combined with high rigidity. 

Image of bearings made of iglidur W360 high-performance polymer
Bearings made of iglidur W360 high-performance polymer

Tube-fitting and forming technology helps boost fuel economy and reliability

28th July 2021 A truck-mounted loader crane manufacturer is said to have significantly lowered its fuel consumption thanks to a reduction in tube weight, while also eliminating tube failures. Eaton asserts that by switching to its Walterscheid tube-fitting and forming technology, the manufacturer, which is a... 

Image of Eaton's Walterscheid WALFORMplus-SR system
Eaton's Walterscheid WALFORMplus-SR system

Locally manufactured ceiling tiles launched

22nd July 2021 A new light-weight ceiling tile, locally manufactured in 6.4 mm thickness, is designed to be easy to handle and install. Manufactured with a 100% recyclable gypsum core, the low maintenance tiles are said to be easy to clean and provide a degree of sound insulation.  Saint-Gobain’s Gyproc... 

Image of Gyprex L ceiling tiles from Saint-Gobain’s Gyproc division
Gyprex L ceiling tiles from Saint-Gobain’s Gyproc division

Advanced plastics prolong manufacturing equipment life

24th June 2021 Technologically advanced materials have revolutionised many applications in the industrial environment with engineered plastics able to outperform and outlast steel in heavy-duty applications such as bearings, bushes and protective housings. They have also enabled modern manufacturers to develop... 

igus polymers are used for even the toughest applications
igus polymers are used for even the toughest applications

Custom-engineered solar inverter stations for large-scale PV plants

21st May 2021 A complete range of central inverter stations for photovoltaic power generation plants have recently been introduced in South Africa. Aimed at supporting the move to cleaner, renewable solar energy, the stations are designed to suit the specific requirements of solar power plants and are said to... 

The WEG ESW 750 centralised inverter station, housed in a 12 m container installed on site
The WEG ESW 750 centralised inverter station, housed in a 12 m container installed on site

Composite anti-slip cleats make stairways safer

14th May 2021 A range of stairway cleats manufactured from fully composite polymer offers a number of innovative new features. Made in Nano555 high visibility green – said to be the most visible colour to the human eye – the anti-slip stair nosing is designed to give every step a clear line and a defining... 

The U-Tred Pro anti-slip solution from Amco Industries
The U-Tred Pro anti-slip solution from Amco Industries

Aluminium toolbox canopies for a range of applications

23rd April 2021 A South African aluminium canopy manufacturer affirms that its customisable canopies offer style, strength and durability with superior quality, functionality and an aesthetically pleasing design. The custom-made aluminium toolbox canopies are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of... 

Deluxe aluminium toolbox from Formprops
Deluxe aluminium toolbox from Formprops

Effectively sealing doorways keeps cold air at bay

23rd April 2021 Finding ways to effectively seal large doorways is particularly important during winter, as preventing the flow of cold air helps to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures and ensures productive working conditions. General purpose strip curtains are useful for closing off doorways to prevent... 

Apex high speed doors offer efficiency in operation as well as durability
Apex high speed doors offer efficiency in operation as well as durability

Lighter pitched roof system for solar installations

15th April 2021 A pitched roof system that has been developed to include new profile geometries and connecting elements, promises to be lighter, more load-bearing and easier to install. The new product line has been launched in Europe and will be available to international markets in the near future. 

The ProLine ProRail from the Schletter Group
The ProLine ProRail from the Schletter Group

Locally manufactured composite liners for large SAG mills

1st April 2021 The greater use of larger semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mills to improve productivity in the mining industry is widely recognised and the move has necessitated the development of new liner designs to improve mill efficiency and liner wear life. The traditional use of steel liners in large SAG... 

Multotec is developing and applying new liner designs for large-scale mills
Multotec is developing and applying new liner designs for large-scale mills

Wear liner plate is a ‘green steel’ alternative

5th March 2021 A long-life wear liner plate featuring a chromium carbide overlay that is said to outlast quenched and tempered products by a factor of eight, offers significantly reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with a carbon footprint seven times smaller per application, translating into an 80%... 

Modular chutes and bins from Rio-Carb
Modular chutes and bins from Rio-Carb

South African large screens for Nigerian iron-ore mine

5th February 2021 Large screens designed and manufactured in South Africa are being supplied as part of a process solution for an iron-ore mine in Nigeria. Weir Minerals Africa is supplying a range of solutions to the mine, including equipment for screening, washing and grinding, as well as two of the largest... 

Weir Minerals Africa general manager comminution, Tiisetso Masekwameng and technology group leader separation, Steven Hunter, with one of the company’s large screens
Weir Minerals Africa general manager comminution, Tiisetso Masekwameng and technology group leader separation, Steven Hunter, with one of the company’s large screens

Non-invasive ventilator manufactured in South Africa

5th February 2021 A new non-invasive ventilator manufactured in South Africa boasts state-of-the-art functionality for safe and easy application in a homecare or clinical environment. The device is intended for therapy of spontaneously breathing patients who suffer from respiratory insufficiency and conditions... 

The Cube 25 NIV non-invasive ventilator from Etion Create
The Cube 25 NIV non-invasive ventilator from Etion Create

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

Locally manufactured LED floodlight range extended

15th January 2021 Two new sizes of light-emitting-diode (LED) floodlights are now available, suitable for various settings, such as warehouses, industrial halls, loading bays, recreational sports facilities, building façades or general area lighting. BEKA Schréder has added the OMNISTAR MICRO and MINI to its LED... 

The OMNISTAR MICRO and MINI floodlights from BEKA Schréder
The OMNISTAR MICRO and MINI floodlights from BEKA Schréder

Pushing the limits of plastic pipes

11th December 2020 SPONSORED POST: Well-laid plastic pipe has a maintenance-free work life of more than 50 years, and in some cases 100 years. Built on years of innovation and experience, Sizabantu’s PVC-O pipes present the ultimate future for water and sewer infrastructure. Research suggests that as much as 60% of... 

Molecor TOM PVC-O large-diameter pipes in the field
Molecor TOM PVC-O large-diameter pipes in the field

Accurate chute solutions with the help of 3D scanning technology

11th December 2020 Three-dimensional (3D) scanning technology is now being successfully used to generate highly accurate 3D models of on-site conditions, allowing for more accurate and effective design and installation of chute solutions. According to transfer point specialist Weba Chute Systems & Solutions,... 

Weba Chute Systems & Solutions uses 3D scan data to generate accurate models of on-site conditions
Weba Chute Systems & Solutions uses 3D scan data to generate accurate models of on-site conditions

Locally manufactured safety eyewear offers protection with style

13th November 2020 SPONSORED POST: A new range of prescription safety lens solutions to meet the needs of demanding occupations and industry, is now locally manufactured for the South African market. Leading eyewear chain, Torga Optical Group has partnered with German company, Uvex, to manufacture and market... 

Torga lens manufacturing facility in Cape Town
Torga lens manufacturing facility in Cape Town

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
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