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Longest Production Train in the World

11th July 2019 In an unprecedented move, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) successfully ran a 375 wagon manganese train. The testing of the train took place on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 over a distance of around 861 km, from Sishen to Saldanha. The test train is four (4) kilometres long and will be a production... 

Mining the benefits of Industry 4.0

10th July 2019 Mining companies have become much better at investing in the mines of today – but what about investing in the mines of the future? Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the fusion of production, information and communication technologies, offers a significant opportunity... 

South Africans to prepare ‘smart heavy haul industry’ roadmap

3rd July 2019 The South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) hosted a three-day technical workshop in Johannesburg in late 2018 as part of preparations for the 2019 International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference to be held in Narvik, Norway, from June 10 to 14. Ten countries are a part of the IHHA... 

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique

2nd July 2019 Atlas Copco Compressor Technique specialises in Smart Air Solutions that deliver accurate, quality air at point of use at the lowest possible cost to customers and end-users.  Cutting-edge air, gas and vacuum compressor technology is applied across the business area’s extensive range of small,... 

Opinion: Why solar is an attractive solution for small firms 

27th June 2019 In this article, South African Photovoltaic Industry Association programme manager Niveshen Govender outlines the business case for those small firms weighing an investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Increased demand and technological advances have attributed to the significant decrease... 

People are dying from pollution in South Africa 

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2019 In Pullens Hope, your eyes itch and your nose clogs. It’s easy to figure out why. On the right side of the main street of the dilapidated village east of Johannesburg is a fenced-off electricity substation with a red sign warning of pollutants. On the left, a power plant belches emissions from... 

Atlas Copco South Africa moving with the 4IR times

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2019 Amid a global rise in smart factories that form part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, industrial equipment supplier Atlas Copco South Africa is taking its vision of a smart factory to a higher level. The company calls its concept the “Smart Connected Assembly – Powered by Data” and says it... 

Cargo Carriers calls for a holistic approach to carbon reduction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2019 South Africa has implemented a carbon tax to honour its international commitment to reducing green-house gases (GHGs). While an important and commendable move by government, the premature taxing of businesses that emit carbon from industrial processes and through the combustion of fossil fuels... 

Factory of the Year embraces local design and 3D technology for printing of first Factory of the Year awards trophies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2019 A.T. Kearney has commissioned locally-designed and 3D-printed trophies for its inaugural Factory of the Year (FotY) award in South Africa. According to Igor Hulak, Partner at A.T. Kearney, embracing technology is central to the philosophy underpinning the awards. “3D printing is one of the key... 

Exxaro says Eskom woes to hit coal production

By: Reuters     26th June 2019 Exxaro Resources expects its coal production to fall by 5% by volume in the first half of 2019, mainly due to reduced demand from struggling state-owned power utility Eskom, it said on Wednesday. It added it expects domestic coal demand and pricing to remain stable for the remainder of the year,... 

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