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Program aims to lower equipment repower costs

18th May 2022 Caterpillar is expanding its service replacement engine program for owners of equipment powered by its engines, giving new alternatives to a major engine overhaul. The program consists of four options, including new replacement engines, Cat Reman engines, short block engine replacements and... 

New hybrid drone for effective cargo delivery

13th May 2022 In places with undeveloped, limited or damaged infrastructure, time-critical transportation of cargo can be extremely difficult, risky, expensive and slow. Aergility Corporation asserts that its recently unveiled hybrid cargo vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)... 

The Aergility ATLIS drone
The Aergility ATLIS drone

Alcohol testing incorporated into time and attendance solutions

13th May 2022 ERSBio, specialists in customised biometric time and attendance solutions, has partnered with ALCO-Safe to incorporate standalone breathalysers with its advanced reporting capabilities and solutions. “Alcohol testing is a natural extension of time and attendance solutions, especially in... 

Image of breathalysier to show that ERSBio partners with ALCO-Safe to incorporate Alcohol testing into time and attendance solutions
Alcohol testing can now be incorporated into time and attendance solutions

Digitising health and safety compliance

13th May 2022 Compliance is a key focus for companies and can affect a licence to operate and help prevent costly incidents. The digitising of management compliance aims to remove the risk of non-compliance and enable easy, secure capture, storage, management and distribution of document compliance information... 

Image of computer screens and mobile phone showing HSEC Online cloud-based health and safety compliance solution
HSEC Online is a cloud-based health and safety compliance solution

Free advice on bearing maintenance practices

13th May 2022 A new service that provides free issue-specific bearing maintenance advice is now available from SKF. The company utilises a dedicated questionnaire to help customers learn more about bearing maintenance practices, to review and compare practices and to benchmark practices with similar companies... 

Photograph of worker carrying a tool box, to show that SKF provides free issue-specific maintenance advice
SKF provides free issue-specific maintenance advice

Technology helps improve building industry sustainability

6th May 2022 RIB Software, a multinational technology company providing solutions to the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, has partnered with Building Transparency, a non-profit organisation that has developed a free and open access tool targeted at reducing the impact of embodied... 

Diagram of buildings to illustrate that an open access Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator is now available from RIB Software and Building Transparency
An open access Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator is now available from RIB Software and Building Transparency

Digital transformation in the architecture, engineering and construction sector

6th May 2022 A digital twin technology platform is now available to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector, offering data insights, improved performance and enhanced project returns on investment. The cloud-based Autodesk Tandem software from WorldsView produces a digital reference model... 

Architectural model to illustrate WorldsView Autodesk Tandem – a digital twin platform for the AEC sector
WorldsView Autodesk Tandem is a digital twin platform for the AEC sector

On-site service boosts screening performance

25th April 2022 On-site technical services are recognized as an important part of helping to maximize uptime of screen media. Wire screening media manufacturer, Major, offers complimentary services to producers and contractors in the aggregates, mining, construction and recycling industries. It works closely... 

Image of an on-site technical service inspection to help maximize screening performance
On-site technical service helps maximize screening performance

Carbon Calculator helps mines to quantify and reduce carbon emissions

22nd April 2022 A reduction in fossil fuel carbon emissions is recognised as a major challenge for carbon-intensive industries such as mining and there is a growing use of innovative technologies to achieve this aim. "Accelerated net-zero mining starts with clever technology applied to carbon footprint," says... 

Image of mine site to show that MaxMine’s Carbon Calculator tool helps miners  quantify and reduce carbon emissions
MaxMine’s Carbon Calculator tool helps miners quantify and reduce carbon emissions

Students create digital service desk for SMMEs

14th April 2022 A digital service desk that helps small businesses to access subsidised digital transformation and compliance services, has been developed by graduate students. The service was created and driven by Forge Academy students who recently completed the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)... 

image of student to show that Forge Academy's SMME digital service desk was created by graduates
Forge Academy's SMME digital service desk was created by graduates

Free business travel toolkit for SMEs

14th April 2022 An online resource designed to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to manage business travel is now available at no cost. The toolkit launched by Flight Centre Travel Group’s Corporate Traveller is a monthly series that provides information to help facilitate safe, efficient and... 

Image of woman on a phone to show that Flight Centre has launched a monthly online information portal for businesses
Flight Centre has launched a monthly online information portal for businesses

Solutions for the metalworking industry

8th April 2022 Integrated solutions for surface preparation, material cutting, and finishing are available to the sub-Saharan Africa metalworking industry. PFERD-South Africa says that it offers a full-circle-service in the form of tailored solutions specific to each customer’s requirements. 

Image of a metal grinder to show that PFERD offers a range of solutions for the metalworking industry
PFERD offers a range of solutions for the metalworking industry

Sars tax terminology now available in all official languages

31st March 2022 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has launched a multilingual version of its tax terminology publication. The publication contains 450 terms in all official languages, namely Sesotho, Setswana, Sepedi, Tshivenḓa, Xitsonga, IsiNdebele, Siswati, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa and Afrikaans, with an... 

Image of cover of Sars multilingual version of its tax terminology publication
Sars has launched a multilingual tax terminology publication

Regulatory compliance improves safety and consumer confidence

31st March 2022 Ensuring that fully compliant electrical products are used in residential and industry installations is key to protecting the health and safety of the public and the environment against unsafe or hazardous products. The SAFEhouse Association is a nonprofit, industry organisation formed to help... 

Image of a Member of the SAFEhouse association conducting routine testing to ensure compliant products
Members of the SAFEhouse association conduct routine testing to ensure compliant products

Application facilitates environmental, social and governance data collection

24th March 2022 An all-in-one  environmental, social and governance (ESG) management solution has been developed to help  organisations comprehensively manage and report on ESG and sustainability performance. IsoMetrix recently launched the ESG application (app), built on its IsoMetrix Lumina software as a... 

Image of person with binoculars to illustrate that IsoMetrix has launched its new ESG application
IsoMetrix has launched its new ESG application

Digital platform connects electricity producers and consumers

11th March 2022 A new digital platform aims to help clients source alternative means of energy production by offering guidance related to technical decisions, the selection of installation partners and legal and funding solutions. Standard Bank Group’s PowerPulse platform facilitates navigation of the solar... 

Local partner brings global ad-tech solutions to digital publishers

11th March 2022 Canada-based, global ad-tech specialist MonetizeMore has entered South Africa through a partnership with SiSebenza. MonetizeMore is an advert (ad) optimisation business focussed specifically on increasing the ad revenue of large traffic websites. It does this through programmatic advertising,... 

Image of the PubGuru reporting tool from MonetizeMore
The PubGuru reporting tool from MonetizeMore

Numerical analysis now available to a wider range of industries

3rd March 2022 Numerical analysis is used to accurately analyse the fluid dynamic behaviour of almost any boiler system, heat exchanger or boiler auxiliary equipment and Steinmüller Africa is now positioned to take its suite of process, mechanical and piping engineering services to a wider range of industries.... 

A picture of the Computational Fluid Dynamic model of an entire boiler
A picture of the Computational Fluid Dynamic model of an entire boiler

App links tradespeople to new customers

26th January 2022 A new free-to-download application (app) is designed to be a one-stop business management tool, allowing on-call trade specialists to access job requests. “The TOD Hero app really is like an Uber for people who need plumbers, handymen, locksmiths and electricians in real time,” says TOD CEO and... 

Image of trade specialists using the The TOD Hero app to connect to customers
The TOD Hero app connects on-call trade specialists to customers

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

Time-definite cross-border deliveries across Africa

21st January 2022 FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. has launched its International Priority Express (IPE) service, which provides a wider range of time-definite international priority shipping options to its customers. The service provides customers in Africa with delivery by 10:30 or noon to... 

Image of a FedEx aeroplane to illustrate the  launch of its International Priority Express service
FedEx has launched its International Priority Express service

Powerful new tool in field of reality capture

21st January 2022 A US-based robotics startup has unveiled a new real-time colourised point cloud visualization on a handheld light detection and ranging (Lidar) scanner. Exyn Technologies says that its ExynPak tool is a world’s first, allowing users to capture precise, colourised three-dimensional (3D) models 20... 

Imag of ExynPak tool that llows users to capture precise, colourised three-dimensional models
ExynPak allows users to capture precise, colourised three-dimensional models

Live car tracking app simplifies safety

14th January 2022 A progressive web application (PWA) platform from Netstar, a subsidiary of Altron, offers an easier, more efficient way for customers to track vehicles. The MyNetstar PWA is said to be quicker to install, more environment friendly to run and uses less phone memory than traditional applications... 

Image of a person using a mobile phone
Netstar has launched its MyNetstar mobile tracking service

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

Unlocking the value of vehicle data

10th December 2021 Many players in the auto industry have overlooked the immense opportunities to monetise vehicle data, especially considering how other industries are generating huge value from data, says KeyTec CEO Michael Roberts. Tapping this data not only creates new revenue opportunities for the auto... 

Image of driver and fleet of cars to show that KeyTec helps fleet managers to optimise the use of vehicle data
KeyTec helps fleet managers to optimise the use of vehicle data

Filter technology helps purify air

10th December 2021 A new range of air conditioners includes state-of-the-art technology designed to purify atmospheric air with the use of anti-bacterial systems and specialised dust filters. The new AR9500 Wind-Free air conditioner from Samsung features a PM 1.0 filter, which has an electrostatic charger to give... 

Image of the AR9500 Wind-Free air conditioner from Samsung
The AR9500 Wind-Free air conditioner from Samsung

Prepaid water meter offers convenience and reliability

10th December 2021 A wall mounted prepaid water meter is said to be ideal for use in instances where the sub-metering of water consumption is required, such as rental properties, residential complexes or for body corporates. The PPU Amanzi WM unit is programmed to stop the flow of water once the prepaid credit is... 

Image of PPU Amanzi WM prepaidwater meter from JKNV Energy
The PPU Amanzi WM prepaidwater meter from JKNV Energy

Energy efficient ceramic elements now available

26th November 2021 Ceramic elements are seen as cost-effective alternatives to solar thermal and heat pumps, reducing water heating costs and saving energy. XTEND ceramic elements have been shown to save up to 25% on water heating costs over the life of the element, compared to standard resistive heating elements.... 

Image of and XTEND ceramic element
XTEND ceramic elements are available from Plumblink

SMEs of Tomorrow - Tips to Drive Growth in 2022

26th November 2021 Employing over half the workforce, driving significant growth in the private sector, and representing some 98% of all businesses, SMEs are the lifeblood of the South African economy. 

SMEs of Tomorrow - Tips to Drive Growth in 2022

HVAC solutions improve mining operations

26th November 2021 Ensuring that the interior cabins of mine vehicles remain cool is essential for maintaining drivers’ health and safety, as well as ensuring operational efficiency on mines. Standard air conditioning systems may not withstand the extreme heat sometimes experienced on mining sites. Among the... 

Image of an HVAC system being completed at Booyco Engineering’s manufacturing facility
An HVAC system being completed at Booyco Engineering’s manufacturing facility

Focus on digital education in schools

19th November 2021 The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) is working with the private sector to roll out programmes that enable broad based digital education in schools across the country. Project Liberate envisions a Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) hub that focusses on education and... 

Image of training workshop to show that Macrocomm Group are working with government to provide broad based digital education to learners
Macrocomm Group are working with government to provide broad based digital education to learners

Seasonality and Small Business: How SMEs can plan for the festive season

18th November 2021 Although South Africa’s economy has shown some signs of recovery, the true cost of the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest in July this year must still be calculated. 

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Greater access to business funding is crucial for SMEs

12th November 2021 Running a business is a long game that requires flexibility, adaptability, and capital. To keep it moving in the right direction is an ongoing commitment. Just as a business has gathered the funds to get off it’s feet or has started to make a profit, there comes occasions when extra funding is... 

Greater access to business funding is crucial for SMEs

On-demand support for connectivity solutions

12th November 2021 A leading provider of audio visual (AV) and information technology connectivity and management solutions, has announced that it is establishing a local presence in Johannesburg, South Africa. ATEN International will provide support and a virtual interactive showroom for hands-on training and... 

Image of ATEN International's Johannesburg showroom
ATEN International offers training and product demonstrations at its Johannesburg showroom

Consumers hungry for Otima’s affordable kid’s lunchboxes

By: Tracy Hancock     13th September 2021 Launching its 850 ml kid’s lunchboxes last year, Johannesburg-based plastics manufacturer Otima Plastics is operating at full production capacity to meet demand, manufacturing 60 000 kid’s lunchboxes a month. The price point of the product is a major driver of demand, says Otima domestic and... 

Otima’s affordable kid’s lunchboxes

Settling disputes in the civils sector

3rd September 2021 The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) provides a vital service to settle disputes for the civil engineering industry, helping to maintain fairness and stability in the sector. Through the BCCEI’s Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC), dispute referrals are resolved as... 

Image for the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry that helps settle disputes for the civil engineering industry (image supplied by Concor)
The Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry helps settle disputes for the civil engineering industry (image supplied by Concor)

Aftermarket services guarantee reliable pumps

3rd September 2021 Ensuring that pumps perform consistently requires the support of a number of aftermarket services, such as access to critical spares and experienced staff to maintain units to original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards. Even the best quality pumps need to be supported with a full range of... 

Image of Integrated Pump Technology staff maintaining pumps to OEM standards
Integrated Pump Technology staff maintain pumps to OEM standards

Business intelligence platform gives companies a competitive edge

28th July 2021 A new artificial intelligence- (AI-) driven data analytics solution is designed to empower businesses to surface precise and actionable insights through self-service data preparation and augmented analytics. The end-to-end self-service BI Platform, which combines a newly-launched augmented... 

Image of Zoho Corporation’s Business Intelligence (BI) Platform used for a range of data insights
Zoho Corporation’s Business Intelligence (BI) Platform can be used for a range of data insights
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