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Local firm sets sights on global laser industry

By: System Author     12th March 1999 South African laser and electro-optic systems company Scientific Development & Integration (SDI), of Pretoria, is set to become an international participant in the laser industry with the announcement of a strategic alliance with global laser company Edinburgh Instruments, of Scotland. “SDI... 

Laser rangefinder is an eyeful in Europe

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Electro-optical company Eloptro, of Kempton Park, Gauteng – a division of Denel – has introduced an eye-safe handheld laser rangefinder (LRF) known as the LH-40, which will be aimed mainly at the advanced European military market, regional marketing manager Roberto Bruzzaniti tells... 

Funding a dying light

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The level of funding for laser research at South African universities is now at a crisis point, reports University of Natal Department of Physics Professor Max Michaelis. “We can only just afford to keep our laboratories running, and there is no opportunity of doing anything... 

National facility to focus SA laser sector

By: System Author     12th March 1999 The proposed national laser facility being considered by the government at present will be able to combine the laser forces of South Africa, Optical Energy Systems (OES) business unit manager Bultie Nel tells Engineering News. “Such a laser centre will support industry and promote the... 

Sorghum-quality project

By: System Author     12th March 1999 SORGHUM is a critically-important food crop in Sub-Saharan Africa due to its drought tolerance. However, a problem with sorghum is that the quality of its protein in terms of digestibility is inferior to that of other cereal foods, especially when sorghum foods are cooked. In 1996, CSIR Foodtek,... 

Flexible belt range

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A RANGE of Uni-Chain flexible modular plastic belts and accessories that meet stringent international specifications required by the food and beverage industry is distributed by Bearing Man’s belting division. The belting has approval from the US Food and Drug Administration and from the US... 

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... 

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... 

300 laser-based alignment instruments in SA

By: System Author     12th March 1999 At present there are at least 300 laser-based instruments for the alignment of rotating shafts installed in South Africa, and most of them are used on a daily basis, reports John Crane Flexibox sales and marketing manager Gordon Stuart. This type of laser instrument is constantly reducing in... 

Armaments face-lift

By: System Author     5th March 1999 With even the Minister of Defence, Joe Modise, not always having been an over-enthusiastic supporter of Armscor, the organisation has the unenviable task of changing its 50-year old face into, not quite a Mona Lisa, but less reminiscent of the previous situation. Armscor is the official armaments... 

Defence firm reacts to Asian onslaught

By: System Author     5th March 1999 Although powerful enough to stop an army in its tracks, the armour and artillery systems manufactured by LIW – best known for the G5, G6 and Rooikat – could not protect the company against the effects of the ‘Asian flu’. The Far East and Middle East represented LIW’s... 

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... 

Participation required in environment studies

By: System Author     5th March 1999 It is required by law that any company in South Africa which undertakes an environmental impact assessment (EIA) or commissions an environmental management programme report (EMPR) must employ an independent public participation practitioner. “The Department of Environmental Affairs and... 

Acid-plant contract completed

By: System Author     5th March 1999 A BIG electrical and instrumentation contract for the NCP Isipingo tartaric malic acid plant has been completed by B&W Electrical, of Alberton, Gauteng. The company was called upon to supply and install the new distribution, low-voltage distribution, instrumentation and lighting and small power.... 

R94-million roll-out for innovation drive

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Funding to the value of R93,6-million will be provided by the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (Dacst) to local innovators over the next three years. Dacst chief economist Johan Neethling tells Engineering News that the 19 projects funded by the department at present are mostly... 

Local government the key to development

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Local governments hold the key to development in South Africa, Provincial Affairs and Constitutional Development Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa said at a conference that included industry specialists from around the world, and local representatives from local and municipal government. Moosa was... 

Dolphin Coast takes lead in private water

By: System Author     26th February 1999 French water, sanitation and electricity services company Saur is on schedule with its R1-billion 30-year contract to supply water and sanitation services to the borough of the Dolphin Coast, the greater Ballito Bay area, in Kwazulu-Natal. Dolphin Coast is the first of two pilot projects –... 

Modderfontein complex faces renaissance

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A PRIME slice of real estate in the heart of Gauteng, development in Modderfontein – an explosives and chemical manufacturing complex – has resulted in development taking place around it rather than absorbing the area into the urban fabric. This is no longer the case, since more land... 

Big leisure complex plan for west coast

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Proposals are being invited for a public–private partnership to develop an estimated R50-million to R90-million hotel and resort-type complex in Langebaan on the West Coast. The 3 ha site fronting the Langebaan lagoon comprises the grounds of the demolished Langebaan Lodge, belonging to the... 

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