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Engineering News Features

Sector gets skills development boost

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th April 2021 The off-grid energy sector is continuing to grow, with shifts towards using standalone off-grid and renewable-energy-powered minigrid systems, as such systems can provide electricity in areas where current grid infrastructure cannot reach. However, despite the growth in the sector, there has been... 

Solar to offer relief for the grid

By: Nadine Ramdass     16th April 2021 Southern Africa is familiar with low levels of electricity access and frequent electricity power cuts, owing to dilapidating infrastructure and its inadequacy to provide electricity in rural areas. However, using alternative and more affordable energy sources, such as solar, wind and... 

Ethiopia develops auto industry

16th April 2021 Association body the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed by the Special Initiative on Training and Job Creation to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will encourage global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and component... 

Local manufacturer produces discreet armouring for passenger cars

By: Shannon de Ryhove     16th April 2021 An increased concern for the safety of people in light passenger vehicles is driving local safety glass manufacturer South African Bullet Resistant Glass (SABRG) to extend its operations to the full armouring of vehicles across the range, from double and single cab bakkies, to passenger cars and... 

Equipment ensures plant efficiency

16th April 2021 Heavy machinery supplier BLT WORLD distributes and supports a range of materials and container handling equipment, designed for optimum efficiency, reduced operational costs, enhanced safety and minimal maintenance in automotive assembly plants. “Automotive manufacturers are continually looking... 

Quality materials optimise automotive performance

16th April 2021 Geosynthetic manufacturer and supplier Fibertex specialists work closely with automotive manufacturers to design solutions for vehicles, using lightweight materials for high performance, enhanced comfort inside the cabin, extended service life and optimum safety on the road. “It is critical in... 

Industry 4.0 tech adoption requires forethought

16th April 2021 For the successful adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies, several considerations must be taken into account from both a technology and human standpoint, says technology solutions provider Dwyka Mining Services CEO Jamie van Schoor. “Changing mindsets to embrace technology adoption is no easy... 

Pandemic paves the way for Industry 4.0 course

By: Darren Parker     16th April 2021 A positive consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic is that it has accelerated the progression of Industry 4.0, as it has prepared us all for a life online, says industry education entity Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. One of CTC’s flagship offerings is the Artisan 4.0 training... 

Maintenance knowledge key in generator functionality

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th April 2021 Customers should be made aware about the care and maintenance required to keep a generator in good working order, and the type of generator most suited to their needs, says construction equipment hire and sales company Hire It director Richard Fraser. He explains that the maintenance... 

Second generation UPS launched

9th April 2021 Power management company Eaton has launched the second generation of its market-leading Eaton 93PM G2 three-phase uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in South Africa. The modular and scalable design of the 93PM G2 enables data centre operators to grow capacity and power protection in line with... 

New gensets developed

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th April 2021 Vertical manufacturer HIMOINSA developed a gas-powered generator set with maintenance periods that stretch for up to 10 000 hours, or 14 months of continuous work, highlights HIMOINSA Southern Africa senior sales engineer Warrick Taylor. The generator's estimated service life of 30 000 hours... 

New PEM generators launched

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th April 2021 Renewable-energy and hydrogen supply company Nel Hydrogen launched the MC250 and MC500 containerised large-scale proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers. The PEM electrolysers represent automated megawatt-class on-site hydrogen generators, using a modular containerised design for ease of... 

New tech enables generators to synchronise interoperably

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th April 2021 As technology is improving, newer controllers have been introduced to the market. This has seen portable air compressors and generator rental company Rand-Air generators having been fitted with the QC4003 controller developed by generator manufacturer Atlas Copco. 

Convenient label solutions for pharmaceutical goods

By: Theresa Bhowan     9th April 2021 With the dangers and high sensitivity associated with the handling of medical and pharmaceutical products, the accuracy of storage, maintenance and distribution processes are of utmost importance, says on-pack packaging company Pyrotec PackMedia GM Timothy Beattie. Consequently, the company has... 

Dryers used in fight against Covid-19

By: Theresa Bhowan     9th April 2021 Compressed-air treatment equipment importer Artic Driers has, in partnership with nongovernmental organisation Save-P, developed locally manufactured, low-dewpoint, heatless air dryers to combat Covid-19. These dryers were developed to be issued free of charge to hospitals and clinics where... 

Mine protocols adapted for Covid-19

By: Theresa Bhowan     9th April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected the mining industry, owing to employees often having to work in close proximity to one another and the consequent difficulty of isolating tasks. To mitigate these difficulties, America-based industrial medical support service provider Remote... 

Cylinder market expected to grow

9th April 2021 The global liquified petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder manufacturing market is projected to reach a market size of about $4.7-billion by 2026, with an average growth rate of about 3.6% during the forecast period, according to a report issued by market intelligence provider Transparency Market Research... 

Increase in tanks demand presents challenges

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2021 Despite a global increase in stainless steel tanks production over the past 12 months – particularly for the food and beverage sectors – some subsectors are facing challenges, says stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless market development manager Lerato Mashigo. “The food and beverage sector... 

New range of air driers introduced

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2021 Compressed-air treatment supplier Artic Driers International has launched a new range of locally manufactured air driers – the SA Series – for cleaning and drying compressed air in food and beverage applications. The SA Series range of heatless desiccant pressure swing driers embodies a simple,... 

Almar ISOTainers – the ultimate bulk liquid storage solution

9th April 2021 Almar have a wide range of ISO Tanks available in South Africa including food grade and chemical grade tanks which are internationally approved to meet global safety standards and are inspected before and after each use.  These bulk storage tanks have the capacity to carry up to 26 000 litres of... 

Wieland South Africa

9th April 2021 Wieland South Africa (Pty) Ltd, situated in Edenvale, Johannesburg, South Africa produces high quality products according to DIN & BS specifications, accompanied by fast turnaround times. We boast two manufacturing divisions including: Finned Tubes:  

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

New warehouse structure erected with bolted tech

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa completed its scope of work on the new car spare parts supplier Spare Pro warehouse in Germiston, Johannesburg. Peikko South Africa was contracted to provide a bolted connection solution for the 18 500 m2 facility, which is highly... 

Structa Konsult

2nd April 2021 Structa Konsult is a consulting eng-ineering company specialising in the evaluation, design and certification of a range of industrial and civil structures.  Established in 2014, Structa Konsult is a 100% subsidiary of the Structa Group and provides support to the group’s growing range of products.  

Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a worrying impact on the outlook for infrastructure projects, with the expected “backed-up pipeline” a growing concern, says engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa structures functional GM John Anderson. “While there are obvious... 

Firm expands service offering

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Consulting engineers firm Knight Piésold Southern Africa has added a hydrogeology and groundwater department to its service offering while expanding its mine services offering since the start of the year. “We are providing the full infrastructure spectrum for the mining sector, which includes... 

Triple warehouse project under way

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Civil engineering company Icon Group is conducting the bulk earthworks for three warehouses that will be constructed in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. The triple warehouse project is being developed by property developer JT Ross Property Group on a 40 000 m2 site, with all three warehouses being of equal... 

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

New sealant enhances passive fire protection

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Sealant technology provider Den Braven’s Fire Protect hybrid sealant is a “one-for-all” sealant that encapsulates the concept of passive fire protection, which is integral when designing a building or structure. The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating... 

Sperosens

2nd April 2021 Fire protection infrastructure management in the mining industry. The Sperosens group of companies is an established and respected provider of Fire Protection and Telemetry solutions to the African mining and industrial sectors.   

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand  

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has had a productive first quarter, with numerous projects being completed or nearing completion last month. These projects include implementing or upgrading fire-detection and -protection systems for a hotel in Honeydew, Gauteng; a citrus pack house in... 

College introduces digital artisan training

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 In addition to the initial training of artisans, during which they are taught how to work with hand-held and power tools, artisan and mining skills training college Colliery Training College (CTC) has introduced Artisan 4.0 training. Although the need to carry and use physical tools will remain,... 

Toolkit caters for agriculture sector

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 Tools manufacturer Jonnesway’s customised Agri toolkit is a solution comprising tools that have been selected by farmers, for farmers. “The Jonnesway Agri toolkit has become a key offering under bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International’s agri-smart banner,” says Jonnesway... 

Tools suitable in many industries

2nd April 2021 Tools and equipment distributor BMG’s versatile Slogging Hammers and Wheel Sloggers are used in many industries to loosen and tighten bolts and nuts quickly and easily. “The Slogging Hammer and Wheel Slogger tools – which form part of BMG’s extensive range of tools and equipment – ensure highly... 

Manufacturer expands abrasive products range

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 German-owned abrasive products manufacturer PFERD South Africa is continuing with product line extensions for its coated and bonded abrasive products to meet market needs. This follows the manufacturer’s having noticed a steady shift in the market towards hand-held power tools that can improve... 

Dust control creates safer working conditions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 Diamond tools and equipment manufacturer Diamond Products’ dust control attachments ensure that operators are no longer required to wear additional attachments or tools when using hand-held power tools. Dust control attachments are usually placed at specific parts of a hand-held and power tool to... 

Sarens is the global leader and reference in crane rental services, heavy lifting, and engineered transport

30th March 2021 At Sarens Siba, we have the noble mission to be the reference in crane rental services, heavy lifting, and engineered transport for our clients in the region of Southern Africa.  With state-of-the-art equipment and value engineering, we offer our clients creative and intelligent solutions to... 

Mining: Mine Planning & Software

By: Liezille Vermeulen     29th March 2021 Mine planning involves comprehensive data acquisition, detailed mine design, mine scheduling and financial analysis for operating mines and potential mining projects. The feature will provide an overview of this space, highlighting new products and services as well as companies currently... 

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