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Repurposed EV batteries aids in power storage

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 Energy storage solutions are a viable approach in assisting with embedded-electricity solutions, and one such solution is using repurposed electric vehicle (EV) battery cells, battery equipment supplier REVOV tells Engineering News. “Automotive-grade cells are manufactured specifically for use in... 

South Atlantic Cable System reports surging traffic

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2021 The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has reported significant ten-fold increase in traffic since September 2018, when the 6 156 km intercontinental subsea cable went live, nearly halving latency between Africa and the Americas and opening an express digital connection to accelerate digital and... 

Using continuously galvanized steel for light steel frame building

13th October 2021 Simon Norton, Africa Desk, International Zinc Association Light steel frame building (LSFB) is not the same as prefabricated or ‘kit’ buildings, as it is rather a building method. Another term is ‘off-site’ construction, due to the fact that a lot of the manufacturing takes place in factories,... 

Innovation brings benefits and poses challenges  

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2021 Integrating technological innovation into mining industry practices can result in reduced costs, increased productivity and improved worker safety. However, it also presents an unexpected challenge, as replacement motors, in particular, are now bought as smaller iterations, and often do not fit... 

New asynchronous range available

8th October 2021 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s team of electric motor designers and engineers has worked closely with global electric motor specialists to develop high-efficiency Synergy electric motors, to set the local benchmark for heavy-duty, high-efficiency motors, says BMG electric motors business... 

Successful transverse launch of Ashton Arch bridge a South African first

7th October 2021 The newly-completed Ashton Arch is South Africa’s first concrete tied-arch bridge constructed using a transverse launching method. Infrastructure consulting firm AECOM was responsible for all engineering aspects of the project, with the emphasis on road and bridge design, as well as project and... 

Rail infrastructure vandalism causes safety risk, train delays in Cape Town

By: Reuters     6th October 2021 Vandalism to fibre optic cables in Cape Town has resulted in delays across several main railway corridors. Commuters have been advised to use alternative transport as the vandalism has resulted in a telecommunications outage that poses a safety risk to train services. 

Innovative wireless sensor approach could make exploration cheaper – Prof  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 An innovative wireless sensor method of mapping the subsurface of the earth could make exploration cheaper and mining safer, says Professor Musa Manzi, the award-winning director of the Seismic Research Centre of the School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. The method, which... 

Lightning protection requires careful consideration as digitalisation of mining expands 

By: Donna Slater     30th September 2021 With the increased use of electronic and digital systems in modern mines comes the issue of lightning protection, which Wits Mining Institute's Professor Ian Jandrell suggests can be addressed in unique and simple ways, stemming from careful consideration and clear understanding. He gave a... 

Spillage solutions encouraged for mines

24th September 2021 Oscillating systems technology manufacturer OST-Africa’s range of materials handling, screen and transmission products includes a spillage solution designed to prevent production losses across diverse sectors.  

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