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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 14 October 2021

View online- Click here Macsteel Upcoming Petrochemical Roadshows- Visitor Entry is FREE thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa to study Underground Pumped Energy… Improve plant efficiency, production and safety and reduce costs… Wear Check The global technology and market leader in power grids Minister Blade Nzimande launches CHIETA rural development programme Severe Polar conditions no match for Atlas Copco’s […]

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thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa to study Underground Pumped Energy Storage at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein gold operation

Leading international mining company, Sibanye-Stillwater, has appointed thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa to undertake an Underground Pumped Energy Storage Pre-Feasibility Study at Driefontein Gold Mine.  thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa is undertaking the study in collaboration with Wismut GmbH, a specialist mine closure and remediation company, that is federally owned by the German government.  The project involves repurposing unused […]

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Minister Blade Nzimande launches CHIETA rural development programme

Twenty co-operative members from Ulundi, who received training to manufacture beauty products using the natural resource of Aloe, were recognised at a certification ceremony in Ulundi yesterday. They are part of a total of forty individuals who are being upskilled to earn a sustainable living. The second group of trainees will begin the course in […]

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The global technology and market leader in power grids is committed to advancing a sustainable energy future for all

Further to its press release on July 1, 2021, the global technology leader today announced its evolution to Hitachi Energy. Formerly Hitachi ABB Power Grids, the business has renewed its Purpose to ‘advancing a sustainable energy future for all’. Speaking from its global headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Claudio Facchin, CEO of Hitachi Energy, commented, “At […]

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South Africa and PIMCO conclude first issuance in groundbreaking UNECA green energy programme

As part of its Sustainable Development Goal Seven Programme (the ‘SDG7 Programme’), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (‘UNECA’) is pleased to announce that the Development Bank of Southern Africa (‘DBSA’) and PIMCO have reached terms on their issuance of 3 Billion Rand (approximately 210 Million US Dollars) of debt securities, which signals the […]

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Improve plant efficiency, production and safety and reduce costs with SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1 automated machine health monitoring system

The ever-increasing demand for more infrastructure, goods, food, basically anything that consumers around the world require, is driven largely but a growing global population coupled with rapidly advancing technologies. This, in turn, puts mounting pressure on mines and industrial plants to produce more, faster and cheaper. High machine availability and worker productivity are key to […]

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Hazards and fire risk in the chemical-processing industry

A fire that broke out at the KZN Resins factory in Durban at the end of August has placed the spotlight on the extreme hazards associated with the chemical-processing industry (CPI), comments ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. These hazards can quickly lead to a cascading sequence of events, resulting in a potentially catastrophic loss. […]

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SKF Kenya relocates to focus on core competencies and expand the distributor network to boost customer service

SKF Kenya Ltd. recently relocated to new premises in a bid to increase efficiency, pass better value on to SKF Authorised Distributors and improve its service offering to customers. “It is our objective to add value to our customers so as to drive better performance from their installed assets with minimal operating costs,” states Managing […]

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Africa is ripe for investment

Yesterday, the South African Department of Trade and Industry met with SEW-EURODRIVE to discuss its R200 million investment into the country on site at the organisations new head quarters in Aeroton, Johannesburg. Critical conversation ahead oft he German Africa Investment Conference taking place next week. According to Deputy Minister Fikile Majola, a dynamic manufacturing base […]

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Severe Polar conditions no match for Atlas Copco’s rugged air compressor and nitrogen generator

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique was able to supply a complete solution when key customer, ProProcess, needed a high quality, rugged air compressor and nitrogen generator that would be able to deliver optimum and reliable operation at a plant located in the Polar Region. ProProcess was founded in 2009 as an engineering consulting firm by business […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 14 October 2021

View online- Click here Macsteel Upcoming Petrochemical Roadshows- Visitor Entry is FREE thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa to study Underground Pumped Energy… Improve plant efficiency, production and safety and reduce costs… Wear Check The global technology and market leader in power grids Minister Blade Nzimande launches CHIETA rural development programme Severe Polar conditions no match for Atlas Copco’s […]

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thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa to study Underground Pumped Energy Storage at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein gold operation

Leading international mining company, Sibanye-Stillwater, has appointed thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa to undertake an Underground Pumped Energy Storage Pre-Feasibility Study at Driefontein Gold Mine.  thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa is undertaking the study in collaboration with Wismut GmbH, a specialist mine closure and remediation company, that is federally owned by the German government.  The project involves repurposing unused […]

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Minister Blade Nzimande launches CHIETA rural development programme

Twenty co-operative members from Ulundi, who received training to manufacture beauty products using the natural resource of Aloe, were recognised at a certification ceremony in Ulundi yesterday. They are part of a total of forty individuals who are being upskilled to earn a sustainable living. The second group of trainees will begin the course in […]

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The global technology and market leader in power grids is committed to advancing a sustainable energy future for all

Further to its press release on July 1, 2021, the global technology leader today announced its evolution to Hitachi Energy. Formerly Hitachi ABB Power Grids, the business has renewed its Purpose to ‘advancing a sustainable energy future for all’. Speaking from its global headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Claudio Facchin, CEO of Hitachi Energy, commented, “At […]

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South Africa and PIMCO conclude first issuance in groundbreaking UNECA green energy programme

As part of its Sustainable Development Goal Seven Programme (the ‘SDG7 Programme’), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (‘UNECA’) is pleased to announce that the Development Bank of Southern Africa (‘DBSA’) and PIMCO have reached terms on their issuance of 3 Billion Rand (approximately 210 Million US Dollars) of debt securities, which signals the […]

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Improve plant efficiency, production and safety and reduce costs with SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1 automated machine health monitoring system

The ever-increasing demand for more infrastructure, goods, food, basically anything that consumers around the world require, is driven largely but a growing global population coupled with rapidly advancing technologies. This, in turn, puts mounting pressure on mines and industrial plants to produce more, faster and cheaper. High machine availability and worker productivity are key to […]

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Hazards and fire risk in the chemical-processing industry

A fire that broke out at the KZN Resins factory in Durban at the end of August has placed the spotlight on the extreme hazards associated with the chemical-processing industry (CPI), comments ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. These hazards can quickly lead to a cascading sequence of events, resulting in a potentially catastrophic loss. […]

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SKF Kenya relocates to focus on core competencies and expand the distributor network to boost customer service

SKF Kenya Ltd. recently relocated to new premises in a bid to increase efficiency, pass better value on to SKF Authorised Distributors and improve its service offering to customers. “It is our objective to add value to our customers so as to drive better performance from their installed assets with minimal operating costs,” states Managing […]

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Africa is ripe for investment

Yesterday, the South African Department of Trade and Industry met with SEW-EURODRIVE to discuss its R200 million investment into the country on site at the organisations new head quarters in Aeroton, Johannesburg. Critical conversation ahead oft he German Africa Investment Conference taking place next week. According to Deputy Minister Fikile Majola, a dynamic manufacturing base […]

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Severe Polar conditions no match for Atlas Copco’s rugged air compressor and nitrogen generator

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique was able to supply a complete solution when key customer, ProProcess, needed a high quality, rugged air compressor and nitrogen generator that would be able to deliver optimum and reliable operation at a plant located in the Polar Region. ProProcess was founded in 2009 as an engineering consulting firm by business […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 07 October 2021

View online- Click here WearCheck Upcoming Petrochemical Roadshows- Invite ZEST WEG Customers can now buy Online… WearCheck – condition monitoring specialists Sasol announces lead role in feasibility study for the Boegoebaai Exemplary service from SKF Zambia secures extension… Load Cells and Weigh Modules – VPG (VISHAY) Transducers Technical… VEGA Hytec Rustenburg establishes permanent site in Marikana […]

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Sasol announces lead role in feasibility study for the Boegoebaai Green Hydrogen Project

The Boegoebaai “green hydrogen” development has been designated a Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) in the South African National Development Plan and is located in the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The project’s location and classification as a SIP are key enablers to exploring Boegoebaai’s potential as a global green hydrogen hub. Sasol has been engaging […]

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WearCheck – condition monitoring specialists

Who provides expert condition monitoring? If that’s your question, then WearCheck is your answer. They offer a host of reliability solutions to keep plant operating at its peak, including the scientific analysis of used oil and other industrial fluids, and evaluation techniques including thermography, vibration analysis, balancing, laser alignment, motor current analysis and milling, to […]

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Upcoming Petrochemical Roadshows

We will help you reach your sales and marketing goals, allowing you the opportunity to: •             Meet active new buyers •             Boost your profile in the industry and add value to your brands •             Show your full product range in real life •             Without the liability of hotel, travel, fuel and not forgetting the most […]

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Engen upskills teachers with essential e-learning and AI skills

Engen, in partnership with Leap Africa, is upskilling its Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) teachers to prepare them for our rapidly evolving digital world.  With the Covid-19 pandemic forcing education systems to adapt and find alternatives to face-to-face teaching, mastering e-learning methods is becoming an increasingly important part of a teacher’s skillset.  “As the […]

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An innovative alternative to mechanical seals

BMG’s range of Garlock sealing products includes a versatile sealing system that replaces mechanical seals in industrial pump applications. Garlock’s Hydra-Just system is a reliable, leak-free rotary sealing system, which consists of a minimal number of components and comes completely split, eliminating the need for a costly dismantling process or backup equipment. Machinery can be […]

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Zutari assists African cities to respond to climate change

In Africa and the developing world, there is increasing acknowledgement of the importance of mitigating climate-change risk The recent release of the Working Group I Sixth Assessment Report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) once again confirms the risks and opportunities associated with climate change, particularly for Africa. A key finding highlighted in […]

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Atlas Copco’s cutting-edge compressor room optimisation solutions help users gain full benefit from their compressed air systems

Atlas Copco’s cutting-edge analysing, optimising and monitoring service solutions assist users in gaining the full benefit from their air compressor systems by maximising the overall efficiency of their compressed air installations through improved reliability and availability and significant reductions in energy consumption and CO² emissions. “The production of compressed air is one of the biggest […]

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Exemplary service from SKF Zambia secures extension of NDT Service Contract at leading copper mine

SKF Zambia Ltd was recently awarded a 12-month extension to their Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Services Contract by one of Zambia’s largest copper mines located in the country’s North-Western Province. SKF Zambia was also able to tie in Vibration Analysis (VA) services into the contract for over 44 mobile machines from the mine’s heavy equipment workshop. […]

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Cummins appoints new dealers in the Southern Africa region

Regional distribution network in Southern Africa boosted from six to 12 as Cummins continues to expand its Dealer network model Consistent with its strategic vision of innovating for customers to power their success, Cummins is constantly looking for new ways to serve its customer base. Therefore, it has implemented the Dealer model in Angola, Mozambique […]

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Southernwood Buy-Back Centre Officially Launched

Call-2-Action, a partnership between the Border-Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB), Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality (BCMM), POLYCO and the Buffalo City Metropolitan Development Agency (BCMDA) officially launched the Southernwood Buy-Back Centre on Friday, 1 October 2021 at the St. George’s Park in Southernwood. This is an initiative that was conceived in 2016, in an effort to […]

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ZEST WEG Customers can now buy Online – Anytime

Zest WEG has become one of only a few industrial companies to pioneer an E-Commerce facility linked to its new website, allowing its customers to make purchases online. Incorporated into the online purchasing facility on the new website are functionalities which include features such as technical tools and other capabilities including access to stock availability […]

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Kim Timm clinches major award at The Big 5 Women in Construction Awards 2021

Passionate about the role of women in civil engineering, Timm clinches Woman in Leadership of the Year title A dedicated structural engineer who is passionate about the role of women in civil engineering, Kim Timm (Pr. Eng.), Executive – Structures, Buildings and Places at AECOM was announced as the Woman in Leadership of the Year […]

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Atlas Copco celebrates 75 years of industrial excellence, innovation, and growth

A story of over seven decades of innovation leadership within the industrial sector and the journey of growth In modern business environments it is fundamental for businesses to pivot and for organisations to be extremely agile in their responses to market change. Companies must remain flexible in terms of their responses to market forces such […]

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Load Cells and Weigh Modules – VPG (VISHAY) Transducers Technical Note

WIND FORCES The effects of wind are very important in selecting the right load cell capacity and determining the correct amount to use in outdoor applications. In analysis, it must be assumed that the wind can (and does) blow from any horizontal direction. The Figure shows the effects of wind force on a vertical tank. […]

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International study verifies energy savings potential of Standards and Labelling Programmes – and SA is on track

The International Energy Agency (IEA) and 4E Technology Collaboration Programme (4E TCP) have released a report on the effectiveness of Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling (EES&L) programmes. Labelling electrical equipment such as, among others, residential appliances, electric motors, streetlighting, etc. according to their energy performance helps consumers to make informed purchasing decisions, saving them billions of dollars […]

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Rand-Air’s Megawatt Masters: power product training for value-driven solutions

Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division and an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions, has recently participated in a Competence Development Programme (CDP) aimed at upskilling sales and marketing teams, product specialists and sales engineers across the division globally, in the field […]

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Hytec Rustenburg establishes permanent site in Marikana

Hytec Rustenburg, part of the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group, established its first 24/7 satellite mine site at a prominent mine in the North West province. This enables Hytec SA to provide a tailored maintenance programme and stock a selection of critical hydraulic components, cylinders and consumables on site. This satellite branch caters for a […]

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Cape Town gets 2nd Engen Maths and Science School as national footprint hits 10

A second Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) has opened in Cape Town, pushing the total number of these Engen backed schools to 10 across South Africa.  Based at Manzomthomobo Secondary School in Mfuleni, it joins the EMSS based out of CPUT as the second school in the Mother City that offers free supplementary Maths, […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 30th September 2021

View online- Click here Astron SASOL commits to expanding its convenience and mobility offerings… Engen, eThekwini Parks and local community partner to green South Durban Petrocam Lubricants shakes up status quo – goes with Takealot to consumer Dekra Industrial BI launches new Rexnord RN series for demanding applications Thief Hatch Monitoring- Equipment monitoring Warning to Operators […]

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SASOL commits to expanding its convenience and mobility offerings for customers, announcing strategic partnership with Mcdonald’s South Africa

Sasol’s ambition is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future, while simultaneously growing its business and creating value for its stakeholders. Mobility is key to achieving this, and Sasol has an ambitious customer centric strategy to win in the market. This strategy is rooted in deep commitment to building a leading value proposition for […]

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Warning to Operators of Process Dams to Desilt as soon as possible

As the rainy season approaches, Integrated Pump Rental has issued a dire warning to operators of water storage and process dams to make sure that these are desilted as soon as possible and ready to accept additional rainwater. Managing director, Lee Vine says that the progressive build-up of silt over time would have caused many […]

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Thief Hatch Monitoring

Nearly half of all emissions in major oil basins come from storage tanks. Equipment companies and producers have been working together to install better and tighter sealing thief hatches – hatches used on tanks for manual access to product- for decades, but even the best thief hatch won’t seal if it isn’t closed. This may […]

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Materials Informatics: Industry Activity Steps Up to Accelerate R&D, Says IDTechEx

The ability to develop new materials and bring them to market ever faster is an obvious goal. There continues to be countless developments that improve chemistry and materials science R&D, but perhaps none represent the same paradigm shift that materials informatics offers. Major industry players are waking up to this as the technology matures. Overlooking this transition could be costly.  Materials informatics (MI) is based on using data infrastructures and leveraging machine learning solutions […]

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Top Four Tactics for DNS Infrastructure Defense

For something so important, we take a lot of the services provided by Domain Name System (DNS) for granted. But DNS availability is critical for anyone providing services or content across the internet, and there have been a number of high-profile, high-impact attacks against DNS over the years. For example, the 2016 Mirai attacks against DNS […]

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Petrocam Lubricants shakes up status quo – goes with Takealot to consumer

When hit with a global pandemic and the associated lockdowns mere months after launching in South Africa, coupled with a traditional dealer network unresponsive to new entrants and challenger brands, Petrocam Lubricants adopted an innovative approach to challenging the status quo and started selling its premium lubricants direct to the public through online store Takealot.com. Petrocam […]

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BI launches new Rexnord RN series for demanding applications

Industries include cement, fertiliser, power generation, steel, aggregates, mining and mineral processing The latest bearing solution for the most arduous and demanding industries is being launched by leading supplier Bearings International. The new Rexnord RN series of metric bearings offers cutting-edge design with unmatched ease of use, performance and durability. As a drop-in replacement for […]

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BMG’s Tsubaki SJ3™ sealed chains endure the harshest environments

BMG’s extensive range of Tsubaki high performance chains comprises engineering class SJ3 sealed joint chains, with improved sealing technology, designed to improve the reliability of many mechanical components exposed to harsh environments. “An important feature of the Tsubaki SJ3 series, is that extended bushing barrier seals prevent abrasive materials from entering and attacking chain joints, […]

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No sector unaffected by growing ESG demands

In a world facing challenges ranging from climate change to social inequality, every business sector will experience rising demands on its environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. “The importance of ESG issues has grown steadily in recent decades – building momentum from concerns around environmental and human rights, which are now front-of-mind for consumers and […]

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Engen, eThekwini Parks and local community partner to green South Durban

Engen has heeded the South Durban community’s call for assistance to help create safe spaces that are environmentally friendly.  In partnership with eThekwini Parks and local community representatives, Engen officially launched a project on 22 September 2021 that will help ‘green’ mutually agreed areas close to the Engen Refinery.  The launch was attended by eThekwini […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 23 September 2021

View online- Click here Astron Sasol and Imperial to Formalise Partnership to Co-Develop Southern Africa’s Hydrogen Mobility Ecosystem First-class solution for automatic high-precision flash point testing in the petroleum industry – Pensky-Martens flash point tester: PMA 500 Investing in our future means investing in skills development and apprenticeship SEDA Eplan Platform 2022 – Experience the New […]

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Ground-breaking Engen App delivers convenience to motorist’s fingertips

In a first for the Namibian petroleum industry, Engen have brought retail convenience to the fingertips of their customers by introducing a ground-breaking new mobile app.  Available for download from Google Play, the Apple App Store and the Hauwei App Gallery, the Engen App enables customers to order groceries and take outs at the click […]

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Sasol and Imperial to Formalise Partnership to Co-Develop Southern Africa’s Hydrogen Mobility Ecosystem

Sasol and Imperial Logistics have entered into an agreement to collaborate in exploring options and solutions for improving freight sustainability and efficiency in Southern Africa. The two companies will also be evaluating potential cross-border collaboration.  South Africa’s transition to a low carbon future requires bold innovation and investment in transformative technologies. A green hydrogen sector […]

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Pulse welding with Fronius TransSteel Pulse

Fronius is upgrading its TransSteel series with the addition of the pulse function. Not only does the pulsed arc allow faster welding speeds on thicker materials, but rework is reduced as the pulsed arc causes less welding spatter. The pulse mode makes it possible to bypass the intermediate arc, which is difficult to control and […]

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Working with Stainless Steel

Stainless steel (INOX) is often a first choice material to work with because of its corrosion resistance, longevity and cost-effectiveness. Working with INOX, however, does pose some challenges—especially if incorrect tools and processes are used. As part of their service to customers, PFERD South Africa offers guidance on working with stainless steel and ensure customers […]

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Investing in our future means investing in skills development and apprenticeship

By Yeshen Pillay, CEO, CHIETA Just like the people of South Africa, the chemicals industry has been shaped by the challenges of our past and strives for continued growth and prosperity. Heritage Month – a time where we celebrate our cultural diversity and history – strikes me as a suitable time to reflect on the […]

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Industrial Communication products that fit your application

Digitalisation has many faces. The networked industry is dynamic, flexible, and organised. IT systems at the office level are merging with the industrial level and create new demands on your company network. Application solutions from LAPP accompany you in your digitalisation process. We offer you our expertise for every application in your Industrial Communication. Main […]

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Energy efficiency ‘service providers’: A simple solution to going green, without capital outlay

Many businesses and individuals are aware of the importance of reducing their energy consumption; doing so offers benefits for the environment and a decrease in one’s utility bill. However, one of the biggest barriers to wider adoption of energy efficient technology is the capital outlay required to purchase, install, and maintain these systems. This is […]

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Kwikspace helps Northern Platinum Zondereinde mine meet space requirements

Requiring additional office and board room space, a kitchen unit as well as male and female ablutions for its Zondereinde mine in Thabazimbi, Northern Platinum approached Kwikspace for a solution. Kwikspace delivered four single wide units, resulting in a 150 square meter office and boardroom, male and female ablution block units measuring 3 X 6 […]

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First-class solution for automatic high-precision flash point testing in the petroleum industry – Pensky-Martens flash point tester: PMA 500

Full compliance with international standards With PMA 500, the flash point of petroleum products, biodiesel, solvents, chemicals, and fluxed bitumen is determined precisely, meeting international standards. The automatic flash point tester is in full compliance with ASTM D93, ISO 2719, and IP 34. Premium technology for the highest sample throughput With PMA 500 you are able […]

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Eplan Platform 2022 – Experience the New Look & Feel

It’s finally here – the new Eplan Platform 2022. And with it, solutions provider Eplan is heralding the future of electrotechnical engineering, with a focus on ease of use for both experienced users and for newcomers to the software. The intuitive user interface, based on use concepts most will already be familiar with, offers a […]

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Traction Transformers from ZEST WEG for Rail Network

As an established supplier to South Africa’s rail sector, Zest WEG will be supplying specialised traction transformers for new substations serving rail lines in Gauteng and the Western Cape. According to Dillon Govender, sector specialist – public sector business development at Zest WEG, work on the eight transformers ordered is currently underway, for delivery by […]

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SKF acquires lubrication filtration business

SKF has completed the acquisition of EFOLEX AB, a Gothenburg-based manufacturer of the Europafilter-branded industrial lubrication and oil filtration systems. EFOLEX offers offline filtration systems used in process manufacturing and energy industries. They currently have approximately 10 employees. Thomas Fröst, President, Industrial Technologies, says: “In addition to being an interesting stand-alone product, the Europafilter technology […]

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BIODIESEL – A COMPLEX MINEFIELD

The subject of biofuel is vast and often controversial, and very topical right now as the world seeks more sustainable fuel sources. Biofuels are energy sources made from recently-grown biomass (plant/animal matter), are continually replenished and have been around a long time. Biofuels are making a resurgence due to increasing oil prices, dwindling fossil fuel […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 16 September 2021

View online- Click here Astron Energy Easing the Headache of Large Motor Interchangeability SASOL, Haldor Topsøe Expand G2LTM; Licensing Collaboration to Grow Sustainable Synthetic Fuels and Chemicals Globally A clear pipeline of innovation: Class 0 oil-free air for petrochemical pipelines Zest WEG Energas to supply turnkey natural gas power plant Real-time oil condition analysis equipment set […]

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SASOL, HALDOR TOPSØE EXPAND G2LTM; LICENSING COLLABORATION TO GROW SUSTAINABLE SYNTHETIC FUELS AND CHEMICALS GLOBALLY

Haldor Topsøe and Sasol have expanded collaboration to jointly license and develop their technologies for sustainable liquid fuels and chemicals production through Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology.  Sasol and Topsøe currently offer integrated end-to-end solutions to produce synthetic fuels and chemicals. Topsøe’s SynCOR™ and Sasol’s Low Temperature Fischer-Tropsch™ technologies have been licensed into Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) ventures, most […]

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Real-time oil condition analysis equipment set to reduce South African plant operation costs

Oil condition analysis equipment that monitors equipment oil in real-time, enabling any anomalies in the oil to be detected at a very early stage, is now available across Africa from Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT). Sourced from England-based OEM Tan Delta, the range of oil monitoring and analysis equipment helps to minimise plant equipment operating costs. […]

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SKF strengthens analytics capability through acquisition

SKF has completed the acquisition of Rubico Consulting AB, an industrial consultancy firm with 10 employees based in Luleå, Sweden.  Rubico Consulting AB specialises in visualisation and analysis of signal data. This expertise will be integrated into SKF’s offer around the rotating shaft, as well as powering new technology areas such as bearings with fiber-optic […]

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Contract for pumped storage scheme access and rescue teams

A successful project at the Ingula pumped storage scheme in the Little Drakensberg escarpment in KwaZulu-Natal has resulted in leading rope access expert Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. clinching a similar project at the Drakensberg and Ingula pumped storage schemes, as well as the Gariep hydro power station on the banks of the Orange River […]

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‘Heroes of safety’ Dekra Industrial scoop 7th consecutive NOSCAR safety award

It is with great pride that Dekra Industrial SA announces their achievement of yet another prestigious NOSCAR safety award. The company has furthermore retained its place in in the NOSA five-star system and the NOSA integrated five star system during the period under review. The award, coveted globally by any company serious about business ethics […]

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Hudaco Power Transmissions enhances its industrial gearboxes offering

Hudaco Power Transmissions is leveraging its solid reputation and grounding in the geared motors sector to offer its customers an extended range of large industrial gearboxes and transmission solutions. Formerly known as Bauer Geared Motors South Africa, the company was founded in 1984 as the sole distributor in Southern Africa of the Bauer range of […]

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A clear pipeline of innovation: Class 0 oil-free air for petrochemical pipelines

Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division and an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions, recently took a bold decision which has changed the way its customer – and Rand Air – will approach future hires of a similar nature. Working in the […]

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Energas to supply turnkey natural gas power plant

An international manufacturer has awarded a contract to Energas for the delivery of a turnkey natural gas power plant in South Africa.     Load shedding, unreliable power supply and increasing electricity costs are realities that businesses in South Africa must contend with. This was a key factor in the decision by an international manufacturer to […]

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Easing the Headache of Large Motor Interchangeability

When companies look at replacing large motors which were purchased and installed 20 to 30 years ago, they often find that frame sizes are smaller – which means the new models do not fit on the old bases. The good news is Zest WEG has the answer: a custom-engineered adaptor plate which allows a smaller […]

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Conditioning unit raises quality of lubrication oil

Plug-and-play unit cools and filters lubricant as it circulates, which helps to extend machine service life and cut the need for maintenance SKF’s Oil Conditioning Unit (OCU) helps to prolong bearing lifetimes by improving the performance of lubricants in service. The plug-and-play unit cools and filters lubrication oil as it circulates. Cooling helps to improve […]

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Quality, Custom Rubber Hoses from Weir Minerals Africa’s Alrode Facility

As a leading South African producer of high-quality rubber hoses, Weir Minerals Africa designs and builds mining hoses for customers from 50 mm to 1,000 mm nominal bore up to 10 metres in length and up to 1,100 mm bends. “Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Alrode, Gauteng, comprises advanced semi-automated processes to produce both hard […]

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thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers is one of the leading suppliers of skid mounted Chlor-Alkali technology and plant solutions

thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers’ Chlor-Alkali technology is based on the electrolysis process, whereby a direct electric current is passed through an aqueous solution of Sodium or potassium Chloride (NaCI/KCl) in a membrane electrolyser, causing the chemical decomposition of the solution in chlorine gas, hydrogen gas and a solution of caustic hydroxide. Chlorine and caustic are […]

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New Hytec Klerksdorp Branch Manager appointed

Hytec Klerksdorp, a branch of Hytec South Africa, a Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, is now managed and directed by Cobus Nieuwoudt, recently appointed Branch Manager. The appointment, effective 1 July 2021, follows a six-month stint as acting branch manager, during which time Nieuwoudt proved his capabilities. Having joined Hytec in July 2015 as […]

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Opinion Piece: Managed services are the ideal solution to SME’s remote working challenges

By Raeford Liebenberg, Manager at Silvermoon, a Galix company The Work From Home (WFH) reality of today has presented Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) with new challenges around managing their IT. When everything was on premises and all employees came into the office, it was easy for IT support to fix problems, deploy updates and […]

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Today Only- FREE ENTRY to the Richards Bay Roadshow

Join us from 9:30 until 15:00 for the first-ever Richards Bay Everything Industrial Roadshow.

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POSTPONED! The Durban Everything Industrial Roadshow

Please be advised the Durban Everything Industrial Roadshow is postponed due to the dreadful rainfall, Please contact us for further info- 084 894 9800

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7 September- Join us at the Durban Everything Industrial Roadshow

Postponed due to inclement weather and flood at the venue. VENUE: Amanzimtoti Golf Club Address: 1 GOLF COURSE ROAD, ATHLONE PARK,4126 Situated on the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, a mere 30 minutes from the new King Shaka International Airport. The Halfway House and newly renovated pub and veranda areas are ideal spots to meet your potential […]

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BI supplies cost-effective solutions for water and wastewater treatment

Increasingly stringent regulations for water and wastewater treatment have seen a significant investment in new treatment technologies and processes. In addition, the country’s ageing infrastructure requires constant maintenance to meet the growing demand for water. The water and wastewater treatment equipment market alone is growing at a CAGR of 7.4%, with huge growth expected by […]

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KBC hosts webinar to highlight important role women play in the mining industry

A holistic provider of Onboarding solutions in Southern Africa, as well as induction and other training solutions across the mining industry, KBC Health & Safety hosted a ‘Women in Mining’ webinar on Tuesday 31 August. Currently in South Africa, women account for 12% of the workforce in the mining industry, while this figure is 17% […]

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Aurex Constructors opens Bokhabane Training and Assessment Centre in Sasolburg

Aurex Constructors delivers quality Construction, Turnaround and Maintenance projects for blue-chip customers on some of the largest energy plants in South Africa. At the core of all successful projects is an experienced team led by highly skilled experts. Everyone who makes up the project team plays an integral role that contributes to the successful execution […]

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Solid ADTs for Durban Solid Waste

As part of its mandate to protect the environment and communities through safe waste management policies, Ethekwini Municipality’s Durban Solid Waste (DSW) department has invested in 22 30-tonne Volvo articulated dump trucks (ADTs) to be used at four landfill sites in KwaZulu-Natal. Supplied by Babcock, the exclusive distributor of Volvo Construction Equipment in southern Africa, […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 02 September 2021

View online- Click here Astron Energy Hot dip galvanizing versus zinc-rich paint Engen contributes to new sensory room… Encouraging & empowering women in energy… Vega Artic Driers puts a smile on elderly women’s faces Atlas Copco partners with distributor, BMG Future uncertain as consulting engineers… ZEST Weg Rand-Air shines a light on service excellence for new […]

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Encouraging and empowering women in energy: SANEDI drives a change in workforce demographics

As Women’s Month draws to a close, it is important to highlight how sector-specific initiatives can help make it easier for women to enter traditionally male-dominated environments. The “Women in Energy” initiative has been embraced by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), as they incorporate gender mainstreaming into achieving their mandate of promoting […]

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Hot dip galvanizing versus zinc-rich paint

Engineering and technical staff often get confused over the various terms bandied about in South African industry such as ‘galvanized’ or ‘cold galvanizing’ or ‘zinc-rich paints’. So, what’s the difference? It is metallic zinc in hot dip galvanizing that affords cathodic protection and barrier protection to galvanized steel. The extent of protection offered is directly […]

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Future uncertain as consulting engineers stand ready to serve

Finding solutions to momentous social, economic and environmental challenges in South Africa today demands – more than ever – the expertise of consulting engineers, but can the sector remain up to the task? The question is a real one, according to Vis Reddy, managing director of SRK Consulting (SA), as consulting engineering stands at a […]

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Rand-Air shines a light on service excellence for new customer in Kathu

Amid changing times and with economic demands driving companies to operate as rapidly and efficiently as possible, the need for swift solutions to achieve this has become essential. Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division and an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions, […]

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Artic Driers puts a smile on elderly women’s faces

To commemorate Women’s Day, Artic Driers partnered with Dr Tina Hollinshead and Storm’s Decadent Delights to provide some goodies to residents of The Whole of the Moon Old Age Home on 9 August.    Humanitarian heroes take up the call to improve the welfare of others. Giving back to the community is a business value that […]

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Atlas Copco partners with distributor, BMG Mozambique, to support customers in the region

In keeping with their customer-centric mind-set, Atlas Copco business areas, Power Technique and Compressor Technique, ensure seamless product and service delivery to their customers in Mozambique through their distributor, Bearing Man Group (BMG) Mozambique. Established in 1974, BMG has an aggressive global and African growth strategy and is always on the lookout for opportunities that […]

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Engen contributes to new sensory room at Sparrow Foundation School

Engen has stepped up to support Sparrow Foundation School by contributing to an innovative new sensory room that will provide disadvantaged learners with cognitive learning difficulties with the opportunity to access quality education.  The official unveiling of the school’s first sensory room – named the Starry Night Room – took place at Sparrow’s Melville-based campus […]

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Reduce CO² and costs: Ammonia & Urea Solutions from thyssenkrupp Uhde

Green ammonia is no longer a pipedream. What’s more, since ammonia is a high-density energy carrier, it is also suitable for offsetting the fluctuations in the availability of renewable energy sources. Traditionally, ammonia production has been based on natural gas or coal. Now, thanks to optimized technology, the economies of scale for plants producing up […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 27 August 2021

View online- Click here Astron Energy SASOL maintenance Secunda shutdown- From 30 August till the end of… Layher- More Possibilities. The Scaffolding System            Engen Monte Vista supports Step-by-Step school shoe project Comtest SICK Automation introduces smallest, award-winning laser motion control sensor Hytec South Africa Donates Truck to TT Thermal Suppliers Support for smaller W-Cape players […]

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Lovato multifunction timer sets timing parameters remotely – without powering application timer

Machine builders (and end users) now have the option to set timing and counting parameters on their application timers from their smartphone or tablet – without having to power the timer. The TMM1 NFC, a multifunction, multiscale, multi-voltage electric timer with near field communication technology and app, facilitates precise programming of a timer quickly and […]

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Announcement: Durban Everything Industrial Roadshow

Please be advised of the venue change for the upcoming Durban Everything Industrial Roadshow on the 7 September 2021 NEW VENUE: Amanzimtoti Golf Club Address: 1 GOLF COURSE ROAD, ATHLONE PARK,4126 Situated on the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, a mere 30 minutes from the new King Shaka International Airport. The Halfway House and newly renovated […]

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SASOL maintenance Secunda shutdown 2021

Secunda, Mpumalanga – From 30 August till the end of September 2021, the Sasol Secunda Operations plant will undergo a major facility shutdown for statutory maintenance to critical infrastructure and equipment. This year, our shutdown theme Own it is based on one of our core values, which is to Be Accountable. At Sasol, we believe […]

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Hytec South Africa Donates Truck to TT Thermal Suppliers

In December 2020, Hytec South Africa donated a TATA three-ton truck to TT Thermal Suppliers, Bosch Rexroth South Africa’s Lephalale-based reseller. “We can now get to our customers quicker with the new truck. The donation also has financial benefit as we no longer need to hire trucks to deliver to our customers,” says TT Thermal […]

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Future Industrial: Innovating new efficiencies through the removal of colloidal silica

With the potential to cause loss of revenue, and in worst-case scenarios shut a mine down completely, finding innovative ways to identify and mitigate the risks associated with colloidal silica is crucial if mines want to remain operational and optimise efficiencies, writes Daniel Verwey, Technology Manager at Protea Mining Chemicals. The Democratic Republic of Congo […]

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Richbay Chemicals Invites you

Join Richbay Chemicals at the upcoming Durban KZN Industrial Roadshow on the 7th September 2021– Visitor pre-reg, click here SUSTAINABLE CHEMICAL SOLUTIONS With manufacturing & distribution plants located in Richards Bay, Pietermaritzburg, Gauteng & Zimbabwe.  RICHBAY Chemicals offer a wide range of Cleaning, Maintenance, as well as Water Treatment Chemicals. WHO WE ARE Richbay Chemicals […]

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SICK Automation introduces smallest, award-winning laser motion control sensor

SICK Automation’s new Speetec laser motion control sensor – a non-contact optical sensor that accurately measures the speed, length and position of almost any material, from metal sheeting to newsprint paper – is now available in South Africa. Ideal target applications include cutting processes, packaging and printing, mechanical engineering, tire building or measurement and cutting […]

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Zutari co-creates long-term solutions for deep-rooted socioeconomic issues confronting local communities

The unrest and looting that recently blazed through large swathes of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has placed the spotlight firmly on communication and stakeholder engagement in order to develop sustainable solutions for underlying socioeconomic problems that many local communities are faced with. However, the key to success here is to ensure that these solutions are ‘co-created’ […]

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Chelsey Turner shines a bright light for Women in Engineering

If media reports on industry representation are to be believed, then Engineering is the most male-dominated sector in the STEM fields. This Women’s Month, Chelsey Turner, Segment Lead and Marketing Manager for the Infrastructure Segment at WorldsView, reflects on her experiences in the field and she believes that the future of women in engineering is […]

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Layher- More Possibilities. The Scaffolding System

The Company Layher, the world’s largest producer of high-quality system scaffolding, was established as a family company in 1945 in Eibensbach, Germany. Over the years, Layher has pioneered the development of advanced scaffolding systems and is consistently at the forefront of innovation, safety and quality. South African subsidiary, Layher (Pty) Ltd, has been based in […]

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Engen Monte Vista supports Step-by-Step school shoe project

Famed for its superior customer service and going the extra mile for its customers, Engen is committed to ensuring it consistently delivers its enduring brand promise, ‘With us you are Number One’. This was evident in the actions of Engen Monte Vista Convenience Centre who supported Metswalle Outreach with their Step-by-Step/Mandela Day School Shoe Project.  […]

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Specialist Instrumentation for Specialised Applications

Over 30 years of experience in the design and development of high-quality instrumentation for process industries puts Val.co, part of the GHM Group, at the forefront to supply specialist liquid level, flow, pressure and temperature instrumentation to industrial sectors from agriculture to water treatment. Val.co’s ability to design instrumentation and supply prototypes at relatively short […]

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Engen steps up to help Stellenbosch’s homeless this winter

Stellenbosch’s poor and homeless will feel warmer this winter after Engen, in partnership with StellCare Family Services, SAPS and the Gift of the Givers, distributed essential winter items amongst the community.  Collection points were set up at 10 participating Engen services stations in the Western Cape, with Gift of the Givers collectingdonated items as well […]

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Support for smaller W-Cape players in safely managing COVID-waste

With the third wave of the pandemic now in full effect, healthcare facilities and staff are having to manage growing quantities of hazardous medical waste in addition to their life-saving medical work. While bigger health facilities generally have an end-to-end waste management system in place, it’s the smaller health clinics or rural hospitals and their […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 19 August 2021

View online- Click here Astron Energy The Everything Industrial Roadshow 2021 Mining must actively attract, nurture female participation in the sector Engen’s Siza Khwela: Breaking through the gender door Breaking gender barriers in chemical manufacturing Allmech extends Runxin Range of locally available Valves Zest WEG A digital twin enhances asset productivity, maintainability & reliability in […]

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The Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of the Department of Small Business Development. Seda was established in December 2004, through the National Small Business Amendment Act, Act 29 of 2004. It is mandated to implement government’s small business strategy; design and implement a standard and common national delivery network for small enterprise […]

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Large-scale private power generation gets the green light – but some grey areas remain

By Jason van der Poel, Alexandra Felekis & Mzukisi Kota from Webber Wentzel (With technical input from Andrew Johnson of Zutari) The recent gazetting of amendments to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA) of 2006, which will increase the licensing threshold for embedded generation projects from 1 MW to 100 MW, is not […]

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CHIETA boosts growth for women entrepreneurs in chemical sector

In line with global trends to open more doors for women entrepreneurs and eliminate gender-related biases, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) is focusing on developing women-led small businesses to encourage their participation in the mainstream economy, particularly within the chemicals sector. According to the 2020 Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE)*, women […]

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VEGASWING 66 detects the level reliably and protects against dry run

In the LNG terminal in the port of Zeebrugge, the temperature is freezing cold all year round. And it’s no wonder, since liquefied LNG reaches temperatures between -161 and -164° C, creating an environment that pushes not only measuring instruments, but many other system components as well, to their limits. Nevertheless, failure is not an […]

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Proven: A digital twin enhances asset productivity, maintainability & reliability in the oil & gas industry

The ability to continue through the various production cycles unabated (zero unplanned downtime) in the up- and downstream oil & gas industries means that practical efficiencies using digitisation are essential. The most practical, accurate and efficient digitisation method to manage production cycle continuity in oil & gas is a digital twin – an accurate virtual […]

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Schmalz 2 mm-high floating suction cup solves limited accessibility challenges in confined automation processes

The recently launched floating suction cups SBS with thin geometry, by Schmalz, is only 2 mm high. Both the gripper and vacuum-generator are contained in only one component, and low-contact gripping makes them ideal for sensitive workpieces like thin copper foils and substrates. The minimal height means effective handling of very low-profile products like printed […]

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An uptick in innovation as embedded generation threshold is lifted

With sustainability at the heart of its business, Hitachi ABB Power Grids is committed to accelerating South Africa’s energy transition towards a carbon-neutral future By Malvin Naicker, MD, Hitachi ABB Power Grids The government’s announcement of an increase in the threshold for generation licence exemptions for embedded generation projects from 1MW to 100MW is likely […]

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Locally manufactured knife gate valves ensure dependable performance in harsh conditions

BMG and Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) – part of the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) of Invicta Holdings Limited – play a major role in the local valves sector, through the design, distribution, supply and support of a broad range of slurry related valves. Included in this range of FPV and KLEP valves are slurry knife […]

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How cleaning is changing – dimensions of clean that defines the new reality

With the arrival of COVID-19 in South Africa there were many predictions relating to the effects of the pandemic, from the number of infections and deaths, when the virus would peak, even down to national and provincial long-term projections .   But as even pre-emptive modelling did not account for the different variants of the […]

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WearCheck offers free transformer oil tests to looted businesses

Was your transformer negatively impacted by the civil unrest that decimated many businesses in KZN and Gauteng in July? If so, condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, are offering free transformer oil testing for the next six months, until February 2022, for any businesses whose buildings were vandalised during the riots. Gert Nel, transformer division manager for […]

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Engen’s Siza Khwela: Breaking through the gender door

Women’s Month affords South Africans time to step back and deeply reflect on the incredible contribution made by the mothers, sisters and daughters among us that all ensure the stability, progress and long-term development of our beautiful country.  August is also the perfect time for South African women to take stock and ruminate on their […]

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Allmech extends Runxin Range of locally available Valves

Allmech, leading South African manufacturer of boilers and supplier of water treatment components, is the sole official agent in South Africa for Runxin water treatment systems. The company has decided to extend the range of Runxin softener and filter valves it stocks to accommodate projects with budget constraints as well as smaller plants that need […]

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Dinah Tsebe – breaking gender barriers in chemical manufacturing

In an environment where change is the only constant, the key to success is transformational leadership – a style that empowers and helps teams to build a sense of community and trust. One company that is putting emphasis on this leadership style to accelerate the strategic imperative to bring inclusivity, defeminisation of the workplace and […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 12 August 2021

View online- Click here • Astron Energy• BI sets the benchmark for inclusivity as the bearings industry transforms• KBC fosters a proud family culture as it helps bring about ZERO• Service stars: Rand-Air women focused on agile service excellence• Steinmuller Africa• Engen Maths & Science School set me up to succeed• Sasol donates R10m to […]

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Service stars: Rand-Air women focused on agile service excellence

As a long-standing yet progressive industry pioneer, Rand-Air – an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions, and part of the global Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division – concertedly invests in gender equality and diversity, ensuring professional training and development opportunities for improved productivity, increased growth and innovation […]

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KBC fosters a proud family culture as it helps bring about ZERO HARM in industry

The family culture at KBC Health & Safety is what distinguishes the company from a run-of-the-mill corporate, says Learning Excellence Manager Gugu Ndimande, on the occasion of Women’s Day on 9 August. “You will bump into the Chairman, CEO, COO or engage with your Line Manager or colleagues, and the first thing you talk about […]

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Engen Maths & Science School set me up to succeed

“Women’s Month allows me to reflect on how proud I am to be a woman and recognise the progress I’ve made in my career and personal life,” says Wendy Alerson, a Senior Process Technician at the Engen Refinery in South Durban.  Speaking out to mark national Women’s Month in South Africa, Wendy’s message to her […]

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SICK Automation makes deep learning AI accessible & economical

Over the course of 2021, SICK Automation launched a set of deep learning software and services called dStudio, making Artificial Intelligence (AI) more accessible and economical to the southern African market. This software works with machine vision solutions and simplify quality inspection of components, assemblies, barcodes, surfaces, food produce, logistics and more. This offering is […]

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Skyriders provides rope access, confined-space services at Ingula

The Ingula pumped storage scheme in the Little Drakensberg escarpment in KwaZulu-Natal consists of an upper and a lower dam, each capable of holding about 22 million cubic metres of water. The two dams are 4.6 km apart and are connected by underground waterways that pass through a subterranean powerhouse with four 333 MW generators. […]

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Energas moves into a new, larger facility

To meet the growing industry demand for own power generation solutions, Energas has moved to a new, larger facility in the industrial hub of Jet Park.  In April this year, Energas moved from 6 Bravo Road in Jet Park, to a new facility at 4 Estee Ackerman Street, Jet Park. Product Manager Laetitia Jansen van […]

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NEW COMPACT IMAGER WITH AUTO HOTSPOT FINDER, ETHERNET & AUTO-OPERATION

New compact infrared camera Optris Xi 410 Robust and compact thermal camera with motorized focus Autonomous operation with automatic spot finder Software with exclusive analysis features included Small sized rugged camera with motorized focus  Temperature ranges:  -20 °C … 900 °C Designed for intensive use on industrial sites INSTROTECH, local supplier of Optris announces the […]

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Sasol donates R10m to help rebuild businesses and communities affected by recent unrests in SA

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol has committed R10 million to help rebuild businesses and communities that have been devastated by the recent unrests in South Africa, particularly in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.  The funds were raised through corporate donation, employee giving mobilisation and SMME support. Sasol Executive Vice President: Human Resources and Stakeholder Relations, Charlotte Mokoena, […]

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BI sets the benchmark for inclusivity as the bearings industry transforms

Creating awareness of the benefits and positive impact a woman can make in a male-dominated environment can also give more women a chance in certain roles never available to them previously, according to Bearings International (BI) Rosslyn and Pretoria Branch Manager Nanette Tewitz on the occasion of Women’s Day on 9 August. Nanette believes that […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 05 August 2021

View online- Click here Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries and weekly industry job openings. Dekra Industrial – Encouraging women in safety to ‘dream it… Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Diversity 360 vision accelerates female talent Skyriders takes women to new heights in the rope-access industry Zest Weg Swiftnova […]

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New hope for renewables to ease SA’s energy woes

There is a new urgency in South Africa’s energy sector following the lifting of the threshold for companies to produce their own electricity – and it could breathe new life into the renewable energy sector.  By Graham Abrahams, Senior Vice President, Electrification Products Division at ABB South Africa  President Ramaphosa’s recent lifting of the threshold for companies to produce their own electricity without a licence to 100MW has changed the […]

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NGK Introduces Carbon-Neutral City Gas to Reduce CO2 Emissions – All City Gas at Major Aichi Production Bases to be Replaced

Carbon-neutral city gas uses carbon-neutral liquified natural gas (LNG), which offsets (through carbon offset) the CO2 generated in the process from excavation of natural gas to combustion with CO2 credit (*). This will mark TOHO GAS’s first supply and our initial introduction of carbon-neutral city gas. Starting in August 2021, carbon-neutral city gas will replace […]

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Challenging the engine lubricants monopoly is a duty

Ridwan Gany, CFO at Petrocam Bringing an alternative product into a market with dominant incumbents is both a privilege and a challenge, not least because the status quo has held firm for so long. Compounding this, is the perception that any challenge, or substitute, to the dominant brands is of inferior quality. It is often […]

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Diversity 360 vision accelerates female talent

Ambitious diversity and inclusion targets to be achieved by 2025 through Diversity 360 vision Receiving training in the Diversity 360 programme developed by Hitachi ABB Power Grids has been of great assistance in comprehending the importance of inclusivity and cultural awareness in the workplace, according to Production and Test Manager Sibongile Ntombela. The company has […]

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Zutari provides design and site supervision services for three major bridges in LHWP Phase II

Leading consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has been awarded a contract by the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) for design and site supervision services for the Senqu Bridge, the Mabunyaneng Bridge and the Khubelu Bridge, all part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II. As part of a joint venture, Zutari […]

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Proper workplace and home cleaning measures: a reminder of the steps to follow

The focus on using the correct cleaning products and whether they are suitable for specific surfaces as well as the correct application, has shifted to disinfecting additional surfaces more frequently. By not following the correct steps, and if a surface is not cleaned first, the efficacy of the disinfection process can be compromised or even […]

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RBM increases ore volume measurement accuracy with time-of-flight sensor incorporating multi-echo technology

Richards Bay Minerals required a solution that accurately measured mass flow of product on a conveyor belt with high precision and repeatability. It also had to be less maintenance intensive than conventional conveyor belt scales. The KwaZulu-Natal-based mining house selected the Bulkscan volume flowmeter from SICK, which was installed without removing the existing belt scales […]

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Skyriders takes women to new heights in the rope-access industry

Women have made significant inroads in the rope-access industry, thanks to diversity and inclusion initiatives on the part of leading players like Skyriders, which has a number of female technicians and even a supervisor. “it has been quite amazing to see how far women have come in such a male-dominated industry. I would like to […]

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Kwikspace supplies 100 classrooms across KwaZulu-Natal

Kwikspace has begun the delivery of 100 classrooms across the ILembe District Municipality to accommodate the increasing number of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) students. The COEGA Development Corporation (CDC) awarded the framework tender to Kwikspace in August 2020, following the Education Department’s (KZN) recognition of the lack of essential facilities. All classrooms are supplied with lighting, electrical […]

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Dekra Industrial – Encouraging women in safety to ‘dream it and achieve it’

Dekra Industrial, a leading provider of non-destructive testing (NDT), inspections, advanced NDT technologies, aims to be the global partner for a safe world with the support of a dedicated team of people striving to ensure long-term safety, quality, and environmental protection. Testament to this ethos is Dekra Industrial RSA’s encouraging approach to gender equality and […]

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Excelling through service: Rand-Air’s brand values realise agile sustainability

Amid increasingly competitive industrial and fluctuating economic environments, quality and service excellence has not only become a significant advantage, but also a vital performance differentiator, defining and enhancing long-term business success. Notably, service excellence is paramount in ensuring sustainable financial and operational management; as well as facilitating and securing all-important customer relationships – and in […]

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TLT-Turbo Africa Bridge Mining Ventilation Market Gap

Based on client feedback and an extensive track record in the mining industry, ventilation fans and systems manufacturer, TLT-Turbo Africa have announced the extension of their current Auxiliary and Booster Fan range to include variants that are able to provide flexibility to clients on all underground ventilation performance requirements. Following the launch and subsequent market […]

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Using Correct Lubrication to get the most out of Plain Bearings

Plain bearings are renowned for their ability to operate for many years under heavy loads and in extremely harsh operating conditions with little wear or need for attention. This makes them a good choice for intense applications. However, in order to get the most out of them over the long term, it is important to […]

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Swiftnova Engineering Raises the bar in excellence with welding certification

Issued by Grindrod Limited on behalf of its subsidiary, SwiftNova Engineering Specialist fabricator, SwiftNova Engineering (SwiftNova) has been certified with ISO 3834-2 Comprehensive by accreditation body TUV Rheinlund AG. The certification is a globally-recognised welding quality requirement which signifies the company’s competencies relating to the welding process from design phase to final handover. The certification […]

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Zutari offers pro bono services to #RebuildSA

Consulting engineering firm Zutari is offering its services for free in August to support the #RebuildSA efforts in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Targeted are public facilities like clinics and schools, as well as small businesses that had property damaged or burnt during the recent unrest. “We have mobilised our staff in the local office here in KZN […]

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IPR rebuild gives unreliable water pump new life

When a leading company in the petrochemical sector lost patience with the lack of reliability of a trailer mounted water pump, Integrated Pump Rental delivered a cost effective solution: refurbishment. The water pump’s constant breakdowns meant that an intervention was required, but budgets were constrained. When consulted, Integrated Pump Rental was able to offer the […]

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BMG’s Tsubaki pin gear drive units for harsh conditions including rotary kilns

BMG’s comprehensive range of Tsubaki power transmission components encompasses pin gear drive units that replace conventional gear rack systems. “Tsubaki standard series (Steel) and the S series (Stainless Steel) pin gear drive units are a combination of a pin structure wheel/rack and a sprocket with a special high strength tooth profile that engages continually and […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 29 JULY 2021

View online- Click here Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries and weekly industry job openings. Astron Energy Sasol Secunda Shutdown’s Supplier Vaccination Drive Engen’s growing footprint in the Democratic Republic of Congo BMG IZA calls for a new zinc refinery to be built in South Africa WSP […]

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New electronic flow switch with display

The new model FSD-4 electronic flow switch from WIKA offers full flexibility in monitoring and controlling flow based on the velocities of liquid media. The switch points of the model FSD-4 can be freely configured very easily via the 3-button operation directly on the instrument or optionally via IO-Link. The model FSD-4 can output both […]

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Masslift Africa keeps their promise of reliability by ploughing back into the community

Making a positive impact on society remains one of Masslift Africa’s fundamental driving forces, whether through enabling businesses to scale up their operations or directly creating job opportunities. As a purpose-driven organisation, Masslift Africa is acutely aware of its role in contributing to a more equitable and sustainable society.  To that end, Masslift Africa supported […]

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Pursuing reinvention: What it Means to Macsteel Fluid Control

Too often these days we accept convention for the sake of time and predictability. We know what works and we stick to it because it’s a safe bet. A tried and trusted formula. But if we don’t embrace the uncertainty of change, innovation is impossible. Macsteel Fluid Control understands that its clients are looking for […]

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Retrofitting obsolete alarm annunciators

~ Cost-effective safety-critical alarm systems for the nuclear industry ~ When it comes to industrial alarm annunciators, many facilities suffer from issues relating to obsolescence management. As many former alarm system manufacturers are no longer in business, sites haven’t updated the original systems that were installed decades ago. Here Gary Bradshaw, director of critical alarm […]

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WSP and Golder integration is a pivotal moment for ESG in Africa

In April 2021, WSP Global Inc. announced the acquisition of Golder, a global consulting firm with over 60-years of experience in providing earth sciences and environmental consulting services. The addition of Golder increases WSP’s global workforce by 7,000 people and makes it the leading environmental consulting firm in the world with approximately 14,000 of 54,000 […]

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New revenue stream for chemical industry

Investing in cryptocurrencies has become a reality for individuals and businesses in the chemical and chemistry industry with the release of a new crypto collecting hotspot that is designed to earn money while providing a long-range Wi-fi network for the Internet of Things (IoT). Similar in appearance to a traditional Wi-fi router, the SenseCAP M1 […]

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thyssenkrupp’s cutting-edge technologies helping to develop renewable hydrogen-based economies on the African continent

“The global development of renewable hydrogen-based economies has the potential to convert Africa from an essentially developing continent and largely commodity exporter to a leading global producer and exporter of clean energy in the form of green hydrogen,” says Rajend Govender, newly appointed CEO of thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa.   The growing global demand for green […]

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IZA calls for a new zinc refinery to be built in South Africa

South Africa is in desperate need of a zinc refinery to assist with the vast quantities of galvanized steel likely to be taken up by the government’s ambitious infrastructure development plans. “If we intend to rebuild our water and wastewater plants as well as the national rail network, then we need to refine our own […]

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SASOL SECUNDA SHUTDOWN’S SUPPLIER VACCINATION DRIVE

Secunda, Mpumalanga – Sasol Secunda Operations will on Monday, 26 July 2021, launch a massive five-day COVID-19 vaccination drive in partnership with the government of Mpumalanga. This is in preparation for its upcoming annual maintenance shutdown, which is expected to involve nearly 20 000 workers this year, among them Sasol employees. While Sasol will do its […]

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Engen’s growing footprint in the DRC

Engen continues to expand in the Democratic Republic of Congo and so spread its retail fuel and convenience customer experience across the country, with the recent opening of two new Engen service stations.  “As always, convenience and customer service are key determinants of our success and we are excited to bring these two new service […]

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Big manufacturers take the lead in the drive towards a circular economy

We all want to see a South African future with zero waste to landfill, cleaner and safer communities, financially viable and stable management of waste, and to allow our natural systems to regenerate for generations to come. But the shift to a more circular and sustainable system will not come from somewhere or someone else. […]

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Multi-application Guided Wave Radar Level Transmitters

INSTROTECH offers Kobold’s NGR, a robust, maintenance-free level sensor that uses TDR technology (time domain reflectometry) for the precise level measurement and monitoring of oil- and water- based liquids, grinding and hydraulic oils as well as mixtures with cleaning, degreasing and care products.  The NGR can also work in deposit-forming and foaming liquids. The NGR’s […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 22 JULY 2021

Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries and weekly industry job openings. Click here to view online Astron Energy Sasol- Updated Statement Dekra Industrial – providing a wealth of NDT and inspection opportunities… Sasol to offset Carbon Tax with ‘Carbon that Counts’ WearCheck saves money for customers FENNER […]

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Repurposing Fossil Fuel Assets: New Options Available Says IDTechEx

The obvious is not necessarily the ideal. Oil majors with gasoline stations are offering electric-vehicle charging stations. However, electric vehicle ranges will double in only four years and that does not just mean half the number needed per vehicle: many will be able to charge only at home. Yes, there is rapid adoption of electric […]

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WearCheck saves money for customers

Ensuring industrial machinery operates at peak performance with reduced maintenance costs – this is the domain of condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck. WearCheck’s first laboratory opened in South Africa in 1976, and the company flag now flies proudly over  14 world-class laboratories in nine countries across Africa and beyond. As leaders in the preventive maintenance field, […]

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Sasol to offset Carbon Tax with ‘Carbon that Counts’

With the recent introduction of the Carbon Tax Act in 2019, large industry will once again be required to submit details on carbon emissions as part of their annual tax submission to SARS. As the deadline looms for the payment of the 2020 carbon tax, South Africa’s large greenhouse gas emitters like Sasol, ArcelorMittal, Exxaro […]

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Big manufacturers take the lead in the drive towards a circular economy

We all want to see a South African future with zero waste to landfill, cleaner and safer communities, financially viable and stable management of waste, and to allow our natural systems to regenerate for generations to come. But the shift to a more circular and sustainable system will not come from somewhere or someone else. […]

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FENNER QUATTRO plus twin wrap heavy-duty wedge belts transmit 30% more power, even in tough industrial conditions

New to BMG’s extensive range of Fenner power transmission components are high-performance Fenner Quattro Plus Twin Wrap (TW) wedge belts, that transmit 30% more power than conventional belts. “These maintenance-free wedge belts, with a wrapped chloroprene rubber construction, have a two-ply higher modulus polyester cord outer jacket to reduce belt elongation and improve stability in […]

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Skyriders takes women to new heights in the rope-access industry

Women have made significant inroads in the rope-access industry, thanks to diversity and inclusion initiatives on the part of leading players like Skyriders, which has a number of female technicians and even a supervisor. “it has been quite amazing to see how far women have come in such a male-dominated industry. I would like to […]

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SKF bearings expertise helps to harvest more energy from waves

Bearing selection software – backed up by expert knowledge – helped CorPower Ocean to specify the most appropriate bearings for a new design of wave energy converter. SKF’s expertise in bearings has helped CorPower Ocean to optimise the design of a new class of wave energy converters. CorPower’s compact wave energy converter works by oscillating […]

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Sasol- Updated Statement

Sasol observes with concern the unrest in South Africa that has compromised the safety, wellbeing and security of communities and citizens. We have activated our emergency response protocols across our various facilities and are working with law enforcement agencies to ensure we protect our people, property and infrastructure. The safety and wellbeing of our employees […]

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Dekra Industrial – providing a wealth of NDT and inspection opportunities in Southern Mozambique and pan-Africa

Notwithstanding recent unfortunate conflict in Northern Mozambique, Dekra Industrial remains fully committed to Southern Mozambique, the sub-Saharan region and the rest of the African continent, with its many projects and possibilities. Headquartered in South Africa’s Mpumalanga town of Middelburg, Dekra Industrial RSA is active in the provision of NDT, inspections, advanced NDT technologies – as […]

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Identifying eco-friendly cleaning products

The decision making process when it comes to purchasing cleaning products is mostly driven by product performance, price, brand, and ease of use. Environmental impact usually features lower down on the list although eco cleaning minimizes health risks to employees and consumers, reduces pollutants in the environment and impacts a business’ ecological footprint. “The pandemic […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 15 JULY 2021

Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries and weekly industry job openings. Click here to view online Astron Energy VEGASWING 66 detects the level reliably and protects against dry run Sasol Agrees Sale of Sodium Cyanide Business Zest Weg 3 Ways to Simplify Gas Detector Maintenance Getting to […]

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48 years of ‘refined’ service to South Africa’s pivotal petrochemical sector

A substantial economic contributor to South Africa, the petrochemical sector produces refined oil products and chemicals, which provide the foundation for manufacturing industries to drive the downstream production of thousands of end-use products. As such, the highest considerable care – combined with the most stringent safety, quality equipment and operational continuity – is non-negotiable for […]

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Hempel launches Hempafire Pro cellulosic fire protection coatings in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

World-leading coatings manufacturer Hempel today launches its Hempafire Pro range of passive fire protection coatings in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The products maintain the stability of steel structures in the event of a fire for up to 120 minutes to enhance building safety. Passive fire protection (PFP) coatings insulate steel during a fire, […]

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Averda wins big at PMR Awards

A national survey on waste management companies in South Africa has awarded Averda South Africa with four category wins. The 2021 PMR Africa Awards has recognised Averda with Diamond Arrow Awards in the Industrial Cleaning, Medical or Healthcare Risk Waste, and Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Waste categories, receiving the highest ratings in each category. Respondents judged […]

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In times of Covid, even your waste needs extra care

As South Africa faces a third wave of coronavirus infections, it has never been more important for each of us to do our part to keep ourselves, and others, safe. Obviously, that means wearing masks and keeping our distance. But it also means we need to take extra care with how we handle our waste. […]

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Getting to Grips with Grease Composition

Grease is made of three main components – base oil, thickener and additives. The base oil makes up the biggest part of the mix (normally between 80% – 95% by weight of a typical grease). Understanding the basics of grease composition helps to ensure that you choose the best grease “structure” for your specific application. […]

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Hytec Services Africa appoints new partner to support growing mine market in Zimbabwe

Hytec Services Africa has appointed a new Zimbabwean sales and distribution partner – Pace International – to offer the entire scope of Bosch Rexroth SA Group products and services to the actively growing mining industry in the country. This appointment is in line with Bosch Rexroth SA Group’s strategy to grow its distributor network across […]

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‘Powering up’ the African connection – Alexander & Poole, Anderson Power Products boosting local solutions footprint

Alexander and Poole, a long-standing manufacturing enterprise and sole African distributor of Anderson Power Products’ (APP’s) quality electrical connectors that are renowned to achieve the highest levels of durability and performance, continuously strives to enhance its solutions offering to industry. To power up awareness of APP’s pioneering and innovative role in electrical connectors, its product […]

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3 Ways to Simplify Gas Detector Maintenance

Your workers are depending on you to make sure the gas detectors they rely on each day are working properly and will alert them to potential hazards. Because of this, your job is incredibly important—but it can also be challenging, and often overlooked until there’s a serious problem. It can be difficult to know when […]

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Sasol Agrees Sale of Sodium Cyanide Business

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol South Africa has concluded an agreement to sell its sodium cyanide business to a South African, B-BBEE empowered subsidiary of Draslovka Holding a.s (“Draslovka”), a Czech-based company specialising in cyanide production, for a consideration of R1,46 billion, (subject to customary closing adjustments). The transaction is part of Sasol´s ongoing, strategy-aligned, asset […]

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VEGASWING 66 detects the level reliably and protects against dry run

Ice cold monitoring In the LNG terminal in the port of Zeebrugge, the temperature is freezing cold all year round. And it’s no wonder, since liquefied LNG reaches temperatures between -161 and -164° C, creating an environment that pushes not only measuring instruments, but many other system components as well, to their limits. Nevertheless, failure […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 8 JULY 2021

Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries and weekly industry job openings. Featuring: Astron Energy    SASOL and IDC formalise partnership to co-develop South Africa’s hydrogen economy Air Liquide finalizes the acquisition of the biggest oxygen production site in the world in Secunda, South Africa Zest Group SKF […]

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SKF Training Solutions upskill key customer’s maintenance teams

The SKF Training Solutions Department recently upskilled the maintenance team of key customer, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, through the presentation of a customised training course on bearing mounting and dismounting best practice procedures. Armed with this necessary skillset, the thyssenkrupp maintenance team is now able to carry out equipment repairs faster with less rework […]

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Bosch Rexroth is electrifying subsea process automation with the world’s smallest electric subsea valve actuator

Bosch Rexroth has engineered a disruptive innovation for electrically actuating valves in the subsea process industry. Called the SVA R2 Subsea Valve Actuator, it is the world’s first electric actuator that can replace conventional hydraulic cylinders with field-proven safety technology – and without taking up additional space. It has an integrated electric controller that offers […]

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SASOL and IDC formalise partnership to co-develop South Africa’s hydrogen economy

Sasol Limited (Sasol) and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited (IDC) have concluded a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) to jointly develop and shape an enabling environment to advance South Africa’s green hydrogen economy. Underpinning the MOC is acknowledgement by the parties that South Africa is in a unique position to leverage its world […]

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Air Liquide finalizes the acquisition of the biggest oxygen production site in the world in Secunda, South Africa

Air Liquide has finalized the acquisition of Sasol’s 16 Air Separation Units (ASU) located in Secunda, South Africa announced on July 29, 2020. Air Liquide will operate this site – the biggest oxygen production site in the world – with a plan to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30% to 40% within the next ten […]

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Engineering solutions during challenging times demand quality components, including Stainless Steel fasteners

BMG – engineering solutions specialists – continues to provide engineering components and support services to all sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The BMG team is committed to making sure industry continues to operate as safely and efficiently as possible during this challenging time. It is absolutely critical – especially while we are all vulnerable – […]

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Delivering Global Energy Efficiency to Critical Industries

MOVIGEAR® is a decentralised drive technology system from SEW-EURODRIVE that offers key industries the ability to save on operating costs, while providing the latest in energy efficiency technology. As a sector leader, SEW-EURODRIVE ensures that the latest global solutions are quickly implemented in South Africa, thus supporting critical industries important to the country‘s growth and […]

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WorldsView launches leading Topcon laser scanner

WorldsView recently launched Topcon’s leading 3D GLS-2200 laser scanner, a flexible, survey-style solution with user-friendly processing software that reduces lengthy surveying processes into fast workflows. An upgrade from its GLS-2000 predecessor, it has integrated HDR image capture technology that delivers high-quality, colourised 3D point cloud data with reduced noise, across a wide range of applications. […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 1 JULY 2021

Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries and weekly industry job openings. Atmospheric Distillation Analyzer: Diana 700 SKF strengthens forestry sector footprint by increasing uptime for leading Limpopo lumber mill customerMinistry Of Petroleum Launches First Oil Licensing Round Steinmüller Africa seizes maintenance & repair opportunities in power sector […]

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Innovating around cooperatives to create more jobs

By Yershen Pillay, CEO, Chemical Industries Training Authority (CHIETA) Cooperatives play a fundamental role in job creation, economic transformation and the creation of sustainable livelihoods. In fact, data from the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) suggests that cooperatives provide jobs or work opportunities for approximately 280 million people across the globe. Cooperatives’ all-important role will again […]

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BI meets the demanding requirements of the food and beverage industry

The food and beverage industry maintains a fine balance of priorities and requirements. Customers need dependable low and no-maintenance (sealed for life), cost-effective food-grade solutions that can withstand the rigours of corrosive, acidic, wet and excessively hot environments, with a focus on hygiene and food safety standards. Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) has a range […]

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Cummins ReCon® Parts and Engines reduce downtime and running costs

Engines from Cummins have a global reputation for delivering exceptional value over the entire lifespan of the equipment. However, a time is eventually reached when major components need to be replaced or overhauls performed. Here is where Cummins ReCon Parts and Engines are an ideal solution to reduce downtime and costs, according to Israre Marjan, […]

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‘Class 0’ compressed air from Rand-Air drives automotive production processes

An essential component to national economic growth, South Africa’s automotive industry is inextricably linked to various upstream and downstream production processes, which require ‘clean-room’, immaculate manufacturing and assembly conditions, to ensure exceptional final products. As an integral part of the automotive manufacturing process, the use of compressed air is present throughout – from vehicle assembly […]

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COVID-19 has accelerated industrial automation – PCMP

While businesses have been considering for several years how industrial automation might alter the future of work, South Africa’s leading industrial systems integrator, PCMP, believes that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this imperative.     Black swan events like the COVID-19 pandemic may be unpredictable, but do leave a long-lasting impact. Through the turmoil, there is pressing […]

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High Performance Tools for High Tech Industries

Aviation, gas turbine and power generation are industries synonymous with specialised materials, high safety standards and strict protocols, especially with the sensitive materials involved and critical components that require extreme precision of manufacturing, maintenance or repair. PFERD, manufacturer and supplier of tools for work on surfaces and material cutting, offer high-performance tools that meet the […]

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Schneider Electric Innovation Day 2021: Uncover the Power of Digitisation in Driving Sustainability

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, will be hosting its 2021 Innovation Day on 6th July 2021. The live virtual event will bring together thought leaders from around the world and across industries to discuss and deep dive into how digitisation can be used to drive business growth and […]

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Steinmüller Africa seizes maintenance & repair opportunities in power sector

Many utility power plants are approaching the end of their design life, with engineers conducting life extension studies for boilers and related auxiliary equipment. In order to accommodate a changing operating environment, redesigning components and equipment to replace those which have reached the end of their useful life is increasingly common practice, says engineering, manufacturing, […]

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SKF strengthens forestry sector footprint by increasing uptime for leading Limpopo lumber mill customer

A prominent lumber mill in Limpopo is reporting increased and consistent production since SKF installed state-of-the-art software to allow for better control of maintenance and lubrication procedures, thus preventing component failures and subsequent unplanned and costly plant stoppages. According to Eddie Martens, Product Manager – MaPro, at SKF, the lumber mill had been facing frequent […]

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids joins 450 MHz Alliance to develop critical communications solutions

Global deployments of the 450 MHz spectrum will drive mission critical and business critical internet of things (IoT) applications and new business models across industries.  Hitachi ABB Power Grids has joined the 450 MHz Alliance, which brings together carriers, spectrum owners and equipment, terminal and solution vendors to drive development of mobile networks in the […]

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SA teachers get a glimpse of the future at sasol 5th annual technical teachers conference

23 June 2021 Johannesburg, South Africa – South African teachers will this week get a glimpse of what the future holds for their learners at the Sasol 5th Annual Technical Teachers Conference, which kicks off today and is being held virtually. Organised and hosted by the Sasol Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and […]

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THE LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 24 JUNE 2021

Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries and weekly industry job openings. Zest Weg Ministry Of Petroleum Launches First Oil Licensing Round Averda secures ESG status upgrade Vega Measurement Technology ABB awarded collaborative MES agree-ment, supporting Sappi’s digital transfor-mation across its entire production fleet SICK optimises cement plant […]

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Women engineers help bring about meaningful change in the world

Women contribute positively in the engineering sector through innovative and creative solutions that make a great impact in local communities and around the world. This is the message from Confidence Tshilande, a professional geotechnical engineer at leading consulting engineering company Zutari, on the occasion of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). Taking place annually on […]

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Averda secures ESG status upgrade

Averda announces that its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating has been upgraded by Sustainalytics, one of the leading global ESG ratings agencies. Averda, a private waste management solutions and recycling company operating in emerging markets reported that they had secured the highest rating amongst its peers in the facilities maintenance sub industry with an […]

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Legrand’s Atlantic Stainless Steel cabinets for electrical components

Legrand’s Atlantic stainless steel cabinets have been designed for safe use in corrosive conditions and in areas requiring a high level of hygiene. These enclosures are designed for maximum safety and the ordered arrangement and optimum protection of electrical components, like terminal blocks, switches and sockets, fuse carriers, safety transformers and circuit breakers. According to […]

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SICK optimises cement plant conveying with accurate flow measurement solution

Heidelberg Cement AG in Lengfurt, Germany, needed a solution for the accurate metred supply of secondary material on its conveying system. Subsequent to a plant conversion, the original conveyor was repurposed and measures to ensure compliance with the defined clinker mineralogy process had to be undertaken. For defined clinker, the output values of the installed […]

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Ministry Of Petroleum Launches First Oil Licensing Round

POLITICAL PROGRESS AND STABILITY SEES SOUTH SUDAN OPEN UP ENERGY SECTOR FOR INVESTMENT The Ministry of Petroleum (MoP) of the Republic of South Sudan, is honored to announce the launch of the country’s first Oil Licensing Round. The MoP has identified new exploration blocks with potential hydrocarbons and has compiled crucial data to provide to […]

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Engen reflects on helping tomorrow’s leaders shine this Youth Month

Unemployment, and especially youth unemployment, are arguably the most pressing issues facing our country. It is why Engen is firmly committed to playing its part in uplifting and creating opportunities for South Africa’s youth.  June being Youth Month allows Engen to reflect on the ongoing assistance it provides gifted South Africans via targeted social investments […]

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First Cut ‘sharpens’ its total solutions offering with new welding division

With more than 65 years of industry experience, First Cut is a leading South African provider of   cutting, welding and grinding consumables and equipment. Since producing its first band saw blade in 1956, the company has grown its offering substantially over the years, meeting the needs of a vast range of industries through a total […]

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ABB awarded collaborative MES agree-ment, supporting Sappi’s digital transfor-mation across its entire production fleet

ABB Ability™ Manufacturing Execution System for pulp and paper to be implemented across Sappi’s production assets worldwide ABB has been selected by Sappi Limited to support a major digital transformation project across its global manufacturing footprint in Europe, North America, and South Africa. The rollout of ABB’s Ability™ Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for pulp and […]

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Bosch Holdings celebrates 60 years of innovation in engineering.

It was inconceivable for the founders of Bosch Holdings in 1961 to have known that 60 years later, the company would have expanded into a global operation, offering consulting engineering, skills development and project finance solutions throughout South Africa, into Africa and internationally, having executed projects in over 120 countries. Bosch Holdings has been involved […]

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Check Genset Diesel Injectors as Fire Risk Rises

South Africans have been dismayed by a spate of destructive fires around the country, highlighting the need for diesel-powered fire pump systems to be at the ready and in good working order. Andrew Yorke, director at Germiston-based Reef Fuel Injection Services, says the drier season approaching in most provinces is once again raising the fire […]

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Resistance Thermometers Designed for Hazardous Areas (ATEX Applications)

INSTROTECH offers Kobold’s TWL resistance thermometers, specifically designed to be used in hazardous areas. The DIN-compliant products are supplied with ATEX approvals for ignition protection Exd or Exia. The Kobold TWL resistance thermometers comprise a rugged installation fitting made of stainless steel with thread, flange or weld-on connection, a connection head out of aluminium casting […]

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Rand-Air’s committed fleet renewal makes agility count for customers

As the market focuses increasingly on improving operations to ensure profitability and sustainability, businesses require swift access and reliability from the latest technologically-advanced products and solutions, which will offer the highest quality and efficiency. As such, Rand-Air – an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions, […]

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BMG’s Transfluid K series constant fill fluid couplings

BMG’s extensive portfolio of Transfluid couplings encompasses constant fill fluid couplings that have been designed to withstand operation in difficult conditions, including hazardous environments. The K series comprises three main elements – the driving impeller (pump) that is mounted on the input shaft, the driven impeller (turbine) mounted on the output shaft and the cover, […]

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Workplace cleaning is about more than just COVID19, and more than just soap and water

The modern-day working environment has been irrevocably changed by the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. But safety, health and cleanliness measures for your office or factory is about much more than fighting COVID19, and it involves much more than just soap and water. “The pandemic is an understandable first issue to think of when one […]

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The Latest E-Powerline Newsletter- 18 June 2021

Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries and weekly industry job openings. KSB Pumps- Chemical Engineering with Pumps Competition Tribunal Gives Sasol/Air Liquide Transaction the Green Light Celebrating Youth – Armed with a plan and ambition sets Anelisa on his way New B2C online shopping platform for engineering consumables Atmospheric […]

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Tank Alarm monitoring to keep Kenya fuelled

~ How alarm systems are used for managing tank overfill conditions ~ If not monitored correctly, loss of containment from a tank or storage vessel could pose a serious safety risk to people or the environment. This is why Burhani Engineers, the company installing overfill protection systems in Mombasa’s largest tank storage facility, needed reliable, […]

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Atmospheric Distillation Analyzer: Diana 700

Perfection from the first drop The distillation at atmospheric pressure is a crucial test to maximize the yield of different petroleum products out of crude oil based on their boiling range characteristics. The distillation behavior also provides important information about composition, properties, and behavior during storage and use. This affects the safety regulations as well […]

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Emerson Publishes Environmental, Social and Governance Report

Report showcases company’s sustainability framework, new goals to advance diversity, equity and inclusion Emerson (NYSE: EMR) today announced the publication of its 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, highlighting how the company develops and delivers technologies, software and services to enable greater sustainability, efficiency and safety for essential industries while supporting communities worldwide. As […]

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Masslift Celebrates Focus on Youth Development

The upskilling and development of South Africa’s youth is critical to ensuring economic growth and a prosperous future for the next generation. Masslift Africa is making an impact on unemployment by providing employment opportunities, skills development, and mentorship to the forklift industry’s next generation of professionals and artisans. In doing so, the firm has fostered […]

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Flexible Finance Options for Jetting and Vacuum Trucks

In a tough economic climate, many businesses are looking for ways to streamline their finances. Werner Pumps, leading South African design, manufacture, supply and maintenance specialist in high-pressure jetting equipment, offers flexible finance arrangements to help customers manage their cash-flow and access the equipment they need. “We realise that while our jetting, vacuum and recycling […]

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AECI Mining Explosives develops alternative booster technology

Storage and transporting of explosives and its associated raw materials come with a fair amount of risk.  Explosive manufacturers have a responsibility to its customers, the communities in which it operates and the public at large to ensure its safety. AECI Mining Explosives has once again addressed this issue through innovation. It has developed a ground-breaking […]

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We are hiring

African Petrochemicals & Everything Industrial- Media & Roadshow Company The Ideal candidate must have the following: Candidate Requirements Required qualifying appointment criteria: – Own Laptop – Cellphone – Sales experience: Must have a proven track record (3 years) within the industry – Good communication skills – Administration of all clients (Maintaining client database) – Must […]

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Chieta Brings Light to Missing Middle Students Challenge

A project which aims to find sustainable and tangible solutions to South Africa’s “missing middle” students’ crisis has been launched by the Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA), in light of Youth Day. The country is currently faced with a considerable number of students that fall into funding gap where they cannot afford to […]

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids helps power South Africa to a greener energy future

The move towards decentralised power grids and a large-scale adoption of renewable energy will significantly alter the energy market in South Africa. “The introduction of renewables is making the energy space really interesting right now. This quick, easy-to-deploy, relatively low-cost generation infrastructure is now making an appearance in many countries,” comments Stuart Michie, Lead Sales […]

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Correct lubrication enhances bearing performance

“The effects of friction and the resulting wear of moving components is reduced by effective lubrication. To achieve optimum bearing performance and extended life, correct lubrication is as important as the appropriate selection of each bearing. Although a general multipurpose grease is adequate in many applications, more arduous operating conditions demand the careful choice of […]

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Celebrating Youth – Armed with a plan and ambition sets Anelisa on his way

Youth Month allows Engen to reflect on the ongoing assistance it provides gifted South Africans like Anelisa Gazi who is fast developing into a business leader of tomorrow via the company’s graduate development programme.  Hailing from Khayelitsha in Cape Town, Anelisa matriculated from Thembelihle Senior Secondary before completing a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Taxation […]

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Competition Tribunal Gives Sasol/Air Liquide Transaction the Green Light

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol is pleased to announce that the Competition Tribunal has approved its sale of 16 air separation units (ASUs) to Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa Proprietary Limited (Air Liquide). This concludes the final outstanding suspensive condition from the agreement. The approval was received subject to various conditions relating to future ownership […]

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Test System Takes Measurement Data From Test Tools to Smart Phones and the Cloud

The largest suite of connected test tools in the world Maintenance teams make better, faster decisions by having immediate access to historical records of the machinery to be maintained and review measurements in real time with team members and supervisors. Yet historical data is usually only accessible back in the office, and team members are […]

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E-Powerline Newsletter- 11 June 2021

Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries and weekly industry job openings. Lapp ZA Engen Computer School celebrates first S. Durban Community graduates of the year Air Products New B2C online shopping platform for engineering consumables Advanced plastics for longer chemical equipment life Vega                      Scatec’s winning bid brings SA into […]

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Lubrication Basics

Friction and lubrication are concepts that most people understand, but probably rarely think about. Yet both are central to various aspects of everyday life. Callum Ford, National Marketing Manager at Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa, believes that a foundational understanding of friction, lubrication and viscosity will help anyone working with machinery or mechanical equipment to […]

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SKF pumps up the volume in lubrication management

Robust pump from SKF delivers grease to large automatic lubrication systems, for demanding applications such as excavators, loaders and other heavy machinery. SKF has developed a hydraulic barrel pump for large automatic lubrication systems, which helps reduce the risk of machinery failure. The BPH30 pump is available with or without sensors and can be configured […]

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New Compact Capacitive Sensor

INSTROTECH, local representative of SELET has a new design for a series of capacitive sensors with more compact dimensions than traditional sensors on the market – 40 mm in total, of which 33 mm is the threaded section for the flush version, and 50 mm in total, for the non-flush version.  New constructive technology played […]

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Article: Guarding against APTs in an evolving environment requires the right combination of technology and strategy

The cyberthreat landscape is constantly evolving, as cybercriminals continue to find vulnerabilities to exploit. Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) are a growing concern that businesses need to guard against. While these highly targeted attacks are as common as more broadly-targeted events, they are devastating when successful, exposing sensitive data that could ruin business reputation, not to […]

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‘Tipping the scales’: Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group weighs up well with cutting-edge services to Klerksdorp customer

The investment in customers’ businesses through a solutions-driven approach, continuous, personal interactions and outstanding customer service ensures long-standing and strong relationships, with notable achievements in operational efficiency. For Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group (B.E.D.), which supplies a vast product range to a wide variety of industry sectors – including agriculture, mining, materials handling, working at […]

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S600 Compressed Air Purity Analyser to ISO 8573 Standards

Compressed air quality is critical to a wide variety of end users.   Compressed air can contain a wide range of impurities, these include, water vapour sucked into the air compressor from atmosphere, oil from the compressor station, and airborne particles from the compressed air distribution system and/or the air intake of the compressor. These contaminants […]

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Epiroc bolsters its digital portfolio through the acquisition of MineRP

The global productivity partner for mining and infrastructure customers, Epiroc, is proud to announce the conclusion of the acquisition of the software company, MineRP. This leading company specialises in increasing productivity for mines through integrated planning, execution and analytics. “The acquisition is a perfect fit due to the synergies between the two companies,” says Integration […]

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Advanced plastics for longer chemical equipment life

Technologically advanced materials have revolutionised many applications in the industrial environment with engineered plastics able to outperform and outlast steel in heavy-duty applications such as bearings, bushes and protective housings. They have also enabled modern manufacturers to develop strong and durable solutions for age-old problems such as protecting cables, reducing wear and providing flexible control […]

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Engen Computer School celebrates first S. Durban Community graduates of the year

Another 60 members of the South Durban community have had their chances of entering the workplace improved after graduating from the Engen Computer School.  The group, who enrolled in February 2021, graduated on 4 June, and are excited to put their new skills into practice.  Over the past decade, Engen’s free computer skills training has […]

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Zutari supports World Environment Day call for ecological restoration

Leading consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari supports the call for ecological restoration, which is the theme for World Environment Day 2021 on Saturday 5 June, as being critical in addressing the infrastructure, development and sustainability challenges in Africa. “This is critical not only for key issues like water security, but also for sustainability […]

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Scatec’s winning bid brings SA into the future with progressive renewable energy

Renewable energy power producer Scatec has announced the awarding of their bids to supply South Africa with 150 megawatts of dispatchable power through the use of renewable energy. The bid has been awarded as part of the national Risk Mitigation Independent Power Procurement Plan (RMIPPP) by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy.   It […]

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BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing X-series for the railways sector

Bolt security is essential for optimum safety in all industries, particularly in the railway sector, where demands on rail lines and train components are under increasing pressure, as trains and railway networks become more sophisticated. “Bolt loosening anywhere on railway infrastructure and rolling stock can be costly and even fatal if a train is in […]

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Locally manufactured valves ensure dependable performance in harsh conditions

Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) – which was launched recently by the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) part of Invicta Holding Limited – designs and locally manufactures a comprehensive range of FPV and KLEP slurry related valves that complies with stringent quality and safety standards. The AFS manufacturing plant in Benoni is equipped with advanced equipment and […]

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E-Powerline Newsletter- 3 June 2021

Vega measurement Total is Transforming and Becoming TotalEnergies Announcement: Appointment of Responsible Welding Coordinator Aurex Constructors Bosch Rexroth SA conducts first virtual commissioning Cathodic Protection (CP) Systems AECI Mining fortifies its supply chain amid COVID-19 disruptions Keep an eye on flow with a Sight Glass Flow Indicator Lapp ZA The ‘X’ factor: Dekra IOL and […]

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Keep an eye on flow with a Sight Glass Flow Indicator

INSTROTECH offers Kobold’s DAI flow indicator, suitable for horizontal and vertical installations. Available in metal or plastic types with matching process connections from DN 15 to DN 200. The plastic versions with sight glasses are made of borosilicate glass that is able to withstand temperatures of up to +260 °C. Kobold DAI features: Connection: G1/2“… 3, 1/2” […]

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Cummins marine segment benefits from oil-price surge

The surge in the oil price has helped Cummins’ marine segment, especially in the Middle East, where its clients are contractors and service providers to major players like Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Saudi Aramco, etc. Considering the oil exploration activities in the region, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the preferred docking site […]

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Adapting Data collection to the ‘New Norm’

Auto finance and insurance experts say the sector is in recovery Marius van Reenen, Chief Operating Officer of MiX Telematics Africa, joined a panel discussion with industry peers at the recent F&I Summit to talk about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry and how many business sectors in South Africa are starting […]

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Hytec’s Smart Inspection App revolutionises hydraulic inspection and servicing

Hytec South Africa has developed a new app that simplifies the inspection and servicing reporting processes for its customers. The ‘Smart Inspection” app enables inspection and service reports for hydraulic systems to be completed via cell phone or tablet and emailed to the relevant Maintenance or Section Engineer in real time. The app has a […]

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AECI Mining fortifies its supply chain amid COVID-19 disruptions

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges for supply chains globally. To avoid severe supply disruptions of explosives to mines, AECI Mining put together a business continuity plan that addressed anticipated risks and challenges well ahead of the hard lockdown. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an imperative to reconfigure the mining supply chain by highlighting […]

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The ‘X’ factor: Dekra IOL and AfricaX partnership drives exponential expansion of pan-African digital training

With the digitalisation of learning and training having been accelerated and expedited by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (‘4IR’) and the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dekra Institute of Learning (IOL) and AfricaX Academy – both trusted platforms for digital education and learning across a range of industry sectors – have entered into a revolutionary strategic partnership. This […]

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Rwanda: African Development Bank extends $84 million in financing to boost electricity access

Abidjan, May 31, 2021 – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved  $84.22 million in loans and grants to electrify nearly 80,000 rural households in south Rwanda. The project will advance the country’s goal of universal electrification and benefit small businesses and youth.   The funds comprise a loan of $36.77 […]

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‘Green’ industrial processes with Rand-Air steam boilers rental solutions’ environmental benefits

Local industry is increasing its efforts to achieve more effective carbon footprint reduction by using ‘greener’ equipment – or via the implementation of ‘green’ production processes. Rand-Air, an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions – and part of the global Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division […]

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Michelin Partners with the Soweto Motorbike School to Help Tackle Youth Unemployment

Michelin Tyre Company South Africa is proud to announce its partnership with the Soweto Motorbike School, a skills development initiative based at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg. The partnership is part of a concerted drive from Michelin to support the South African national government’s economic reform response to youth unemployment. Michelin built the school a full […]

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New Kaspersky Machine Learning for Anomaly Detection predicts breakdown of production processes

Kaspersky Machine Learning for Anomaly Detection, designed to reveal deviations in production processes at the earliest stage, is now generally available as a commercial product. The detector is empowered with ML algorithms that analyse telemetry from machinery sensors. It warns of machine malfunctions by raising alerts as soon as manufacturing process parameters (tags) begin to […]

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Announcement: Appointment of Responsible Welding Coordinator

Thermaspray is pleased to announce the appointment of Pieter Venter as our Responsible Welding Coordinator, as required by ISO 3834, effective from 26 April 2021. Pieter is immensely qualified for the position with a BEng (Metallurgy) and BEng Hons (Metallurgy) from the University of Pretoria, a Master of Engineering (Materials and Welding Engineering) from the […]

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Top 10 industries under attack

Research from the 2H 2020 NETSCOUT Threat Intelligence Report highlights the impact of COVID-19 on DDoS attack activity.   As the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a massive shift in internet usage, cybercriminals quickly pounced, launching more than 10 million distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks aimed at crippling targets with a heavy reliance on online services. Attack frequency […]

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Total is Transforming and Becoming TotalEnergies

Paris, May 28, 2021– At the Ordinary and Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting, shareholders approved today, almost unanimously, the resolution to change the company’s name from Total to TotalEnergies, thereby anchoring its strategic transformation into a broad energy company in its identity. In tandem with this name change, TotalEnergies is adopting a new visual identity. “Energy is […]

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KBC provides specialised training for Musina housing project

KBC Health & Safety, in conjunction with De Beers, BMH Africa and Worley, is involved with a flagship housing project in Musina, Limpopo Province. The project is expected to stimulate further economic development in the area. KBC worked closely with contractor BMH Africa from the inception of the project to determine the precise training needed […]

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Bosch Rexroth SA conducts first virtual commissioning

In a first for Bosch Rexroth South Africa, Group Company Hytec Services Africa (HSA) conducted its first online-based commissioning of a 3 000 kN thickener drive for a Madagascan-based mine. The power pack had been purchased in 2019, but due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions in that country, technical personnel were unable to commission the system on […]

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Cathodic Protection (CP) Systems

Cathodic Protection is a method of protection for iron and steel structures against electrochemical corrosion. It takes place through the application of an electrical DC current and stops the corrosion reaction from occurring. To prevent damage to costly structures like pipelines and tanks from corrosion, protective measures must be taken. Corrosion and Cathodic Protection First, […]

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Deregulation and Technology Will Fulfil South Africa’s Power Needs

By Caspar Herzberg, President, Middle East and Africa, Schneider Electric South Africa has long dominated Africa’s growth charts. And I believe that South Africa has the potential to be the fastest growing economy on the continent again. There’s one issue that we must address, and that’s the issue of electricity. Simply put, South Africa must […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter- 27 May 2021

The Latest African Petrochemicals Publication Allmech Global testing, inspection and certification company strives to create a world of trust Market alert: For genuinely cool performance avoid ‘hot’ fake connectors! Aurex Constructors Used Oil Generators urged to recycle responsibly to protect the environment                              Digitising Agriculture with SICK’s 3D Environment Monitoring Sensors Vega Measurement Introducing ‘climate-smart’ mining […]

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100 nitrogen generators for the industrial sector and counting as demand surges

Meeting a rapidly growing demand in the industrial sector Nitralife – a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of nitrogen generation equipment since 1996 – recently achieved the milestone of having supplied more than 100 customised Nitracut generators to the fabrication and industrial sector over the past four years. “With each new sector and […]

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Regenerating lubrication oils cuts costs and reduces CO2 emissions

SKF RecondOil’s Double-Separation Technology (DST) system removes even the smallest of particulates, which helps to keep lubrication oil in prime condition – reducing ongoing costs and improving environmental performance. An oil-recovery system, which SKF has used to regenerate lubricant at two of its production plants, is now available to customers as a service. SKF RecondOil’s […]

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Blow to local steel industry as Mozambican LNG projects falter

A major blow has been dealt to the South African steel fabrication industry following the decision by French oil company Total to declare force majeure on its Mozambique LNG project at the end of April due to an attack by Islamic State-linked militants the previous month. Total acquired a stake as operator from the Anadarko […]

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Local Instrumentation & Process Control Company Turns 40

This year, INSTROTECH celebrates 40 years in the business of providing industrial electronics, instrumentation, calibration equipment and solutions in the process control and instrumentation industry.  Founded by Dave Howcraft in 1981, Instrotech has evolved appreciably from offices in Kya Sands, to the Comtest Group HQ in Linbro Business Park, Gauteng, when Instrotech was acquired by […]

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Digitising Agriculture with SICK’s 3D Environment Monitoring Sensors

SICK Automation is leading the agricultural digitisation era (Farming 4.0), with its visual perception solutions for mobile agricultural machines and harvesting robots. Called Visionary Snapshot Cameras, the range is tailored for 3D environment monitoring, allowing mobile equipment to navigate, increase safety and enhance production processes. Visionary technology from SICK inherent in these cameras make them […]

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Cummins Arabia announces the official launch of Cummins Kuwait

Cummins has announced the addition of Cummins Kuwait to its strong distribution network. Cummins Kuwait is a subsidiary of Cummins Arabia, a joint venture between Cummins Inc., USA and the Olayan Group of Companies, Saudi Arabia, to serve as distributor of Cummins products and solutions in the GCC countries of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the […]

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SRK brings Africa’s voice to EU responsible sourcing process

As the European Union (EU) works to ensure responsible and sustainable sourcing of minerals for its low-carbon future, SRK Consulting is contributing its expertise to an EU-funded stakeholder platform project on the governance of raw material sourcing in the EU. The RE-SOURCING project – funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme […]

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Two-Gas detection with one small, reliable monitor

New lightweight two-gas monitor offers more accurate alarms and minimizes maintenance with a two-year runtime. COMTEST has Industrial Scientific’s Tango® TX2, a new two-gas monitor that increases site safety by allowing users to detect two gases with one small, reliable monitor. The Tango TX2 helps organisations reduce project shutdowns from false alarms, increase worker trust […]

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Used Oil Generators urged to recycle responsibly to protect the environment

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT MONTH – JUNE 2021 As June marks National Environment Month, protecting our ecosystems falls firmly in the spotlight.  Of particular importance, is ensuring that hazardous waste does not pollute the natural environment. Used lubricating oil is a hazardous waste that, if irresponsibly dumped, can severely contaminate our water resources. One litre of used […]

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Training on the correct and safe use of angle grinder consumables offered at PFERD Academy

The correct handling and application by operators of cutting and grinding machinery are not only critical in terms of operator safety, but also for the longevity of the machine, effective and efficient use of the consumables, as well as the quality of the overall end result. This is why, PFERD South Africa is offering operator […]

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Introducing ‘climate-smart’ mining on the road to Industry 4.0

By Eduardo Aparicio, Local Business Area Manager, Motion, South Africa, ABB Reducing our carbon footprint to mitigate the impact of climate change, as outlined in international treaties like the Paris Agreement, and accelerating the journey to the all-electric mine, is a business priority for many mining companies and their customers. This is an important focus […]

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Rockwell Automation Addresses the Power of Machine Learning for Predictive Control in Minerals Processing

Mineral processing plants are inherently complex, with wide-ranging resource-intensive operations. Mines are looking to achieve significant process objectives to lower energy and plant costs while making better use of water and energy resources. At the same time, they are tasked with meeting regulatory requirements and dealing with workforce challenges. To address these complexities and to […]

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TRAFO distributes world-leading temperature control relays

Italy-based temperature control relay specialist TECSYSTEM has appointed Trafo Power Solutions – a leading local supplier of dry-type transformers – as its distributor in sub-Saharan Africa. TECSYSTEM has, for over 40 years, been developing and manufacturing electronic and electromechanical devices for controlling temperature on equipment such as transformers, motors, generators and variable speed drives. “We […]

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Market alert: For genuinely cool performance avoid ‘hot’ fake connectors!

Despite the demand for genuine, original equipment-manufactured (OEM) products and parts, the supply influx of imitation products is often inevitable. However, a disturbing inflow of imitation, inferior products – under the guise of a false Anderson Power Products trademark – are posing significant safety and operational performance threats to uninformed buyers. “Anderson Power Products (APP) […]

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Global testing, inspection and certification company strives to create a world of trust

In a fast-changing world Bureau Veritas is mission bound to create a world of trust by reducing client risks, improving their performance and helping them innovate to meet the challenges of quality, health, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. As a world leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) the company’s name has, for almost […]

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Latest Newsletter- 20 May 2021

In this edition: The latest Industry News l The latest African Petrochemicals Publication l Weekly Job Openings The latest African Petrochemicals publication Lapp- your partner for high performance cabling solutions! Lapp Kabel is one of the leading supplier of cable, wires and cable accessories Hitachi ABB Power Grids participates as an official partner in the Swedish pavilion […]

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Bosch Rexroth Egypt open for Business

To satisfy the demand for high-quality hydraulic, pneumatic and automation solutions in the country, Bosch Rexroth Egypt has opened for business. Established in June 2020, and located in the country’s capital, Cairo, Bosch Rexroth Egypt will expand to offer the full availability of Bosch Rexroth products and a wide range of complementary products, service and […]

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Xerotech to develop next-generation battery safety technology for European Space Agency

Xerotech, a leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion battery systems, announced today that it will qualify one of its core proprietary battery safety technologies for space applications in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA). “This is a very exciting project with ESA under the Building Blocks General Support Technology Program (GSTP), that will enable Xerotech […]

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New wireless torque technology

Sensor Technology has launched a new range of non-contact torque sensors based on a full four element strain gauge bridge design, complementing its existing non-contact sensors that use surface acoustic wave (SAW) detection. Designated the TorqSense SGR510/520 series, the new units have a 250% overrange reading capacity, allowing sudden spikes in torque to be measured […]

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Aurex Constructors Job openings

Aurex Constructors are seeking for dynamic individuals to join their Shutdown Team in Secunda for our September Campaign 2021, for the following positions: Piping Superintendent         Field SuperintendentWelding SuperintendentField EngineerJunior EngineerProject EngineerQuality Control InspectorSafety Officers Email your CV to recruitment@aurex.africa Closing date: 28 May 2021

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Wide range of LOCTITE® instant and structural bonding adhesives available from BI

Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) carries a wide range of instant and structural bonding adhesives throughout its extensive branch network in South Africa, reports Offer Marketing Manager Victor Strobel. The range of instant-bonding adhesives available gives a varied fixture time from two to 50 seconds. These are versatile, and able to bond dissimilar products with […]

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Updated app extends use of super-precision bearings

An updated app from SKF extends access to information on super-precision bearings – allowing users to combine bearings into sets. SKF has updated the app that gives users instant information on super-precision bearings. Super-precision manager app allows users to scan a code on the product packaging, or on the bearing itself, to access product data, […]

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids participates as an official partner in the Swedish pavilion during the World Expo in Dubai

knowledge nation and encourage the export of sustainable Swedish technology. Hitachi ABB Power Grids will be an official partner of the Swedish pavilion during the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, which will be inaugurated in October 2021. The purpose is to contribute to the positioning of Sweden as an innovative and competitive knowledge nation where […]

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CSG Advances MTN’s Digital Ecosystem for Next Era of Growth and Business Transformation

CSG® (NASDAQ: CSGS) today announced a multi-year extension to its long-standing relationship with MTN South Africa, the largest mobile network operator in Africa. As part of this new agreement, CSG is advancing and enhancing MTN’s digital ecosystem. This includes migrating MTN’s enterprise and consumer customers to a new end-state systems architecture that will drive future […]

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EXPLORE Group expands to offer data analytics services arm targeting SME financial services businesses

Data insights within 24 hours promise to boost business decisions and competitiveness EXPLORE Insights is gearing to offer SME  financial services companies in South Africa a crucial data analytics service aimed at delivering real time insights within 24 hours.   “Building an internal analytics capability is expensive and complex.  Our aim is to quickly, seamlessly and […]

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SKF induction heaters can take the heat!

SKF’s small (TIH 030m) and medium (TIH 100m) induction heaters are equipped with several advanced designs that optimise their performance, efficiency and handle-ability, delivering subsequent time and energy savings to the customer. Owing to their compact and lightweight design, (the TIH 030m and TIH 100m weighing only 20,9 kg and 42 kg respectively), these induction […]

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RS Components extends global franchise agreement with STMicroelectronics

RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solution partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has significantly extended the scope of its supply chain agreement with STMicroelectronics (ST), a world leader in semiconductor design and manufacturing. This new phase in the relationship between the two companies will result in […]

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Rope access, drone combo deployed at Limpopo coal-fired power station inspection

A combination of rope access and drone technology allowed for a maintenance inspection at a coal-fired power station in Limpopo to be undertaken in record time, reports Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn. “This was another great example of the synergy between traditional rope access and our Elios SkyEye drones,” comments Zinn. A two-person rope-access team […]

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids enables Minnesota Power to deliver more clean and affordable hydropower to the U.S. Upper Midwest region

One of the world’s largest deployments of series capacitors helps increase the transfer capability and reliability of the transmission connection between Manitoba and Minnesota Hitachi ABB Power Grids announced the successful commissioning of a 500 kV – 1400 MVAr series capacitor bank, one of the largest in the world, on March 31, 2021 for Minnesota […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter- 13 May 2021

Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here Aurex Contructors Measuring viscosity is now as easy as 1,2,3! BI is a leading industrial solutions provider to the cement industry Allmech- Runxin Range Runxin range of unique ceramic ball valves Innovations in Ceramic Ball Valves Anton Paar on-site density […]

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The only intrinsically safe portable density meter from Anton Paar – buy online

Have your portable digital density meter in your lab within 3 days and your traceable density result ready in 3 to 5 seconds. Save time and buy DMA 35 Ex Petrol from the Anton Paar Webshop – including ISO 17025 calibration. Enjoy the following benefits: Anton Paar Webshop: Log in and enjoy 24/7 online shopping. […]

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Single-pair Ethernet saves effort and costs

Home improvement stores often use catchy slogans to encourage customers to finally try their hand at DIY – to remodel their kitchens, redesign their gardens, or even build a tool shed. Toward this end, they offer numerous “light versions” of professional devices and promise an optimal, cost-effective solution for the desired project. The downsizing trend […]

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Runxin range of unique ceramic ball valves

About Allmech Allmech was founded in 1995 and has grown over two decades to become one of South Africa’s leading boiler manufacturers and suppliers to the water treatment industry. Allmech offers a comprehensive range of electrical, gas and oil-fired boilers with water treatment to suit. With a customer base stretching from its head office in […]

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RS Components extends its range of RS PRO sensors

More than 340 new products added offering customers a comprehensive choice of factory automation sensor solutions RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has announced the expansion of its popular RS PRO sensors range to give customers a comprehensive choice of […]

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Babcock International keeps the fires burning with mill maintenance contract

Babcock is helping to keep South Africa’s power going, following the award of a mill maintenance contract at a major power plant. Babcock’s diverse scope of work for the five-year contract covers the day-to-day upkeep of the milling plant as well as outage repairs, quality and inventory support, and on-site training and upskilling of the […]

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Measuring viscosity is now as easy as 1,2,3!

Condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, recently launched a quick, cost-effective viscosity test kit known as the WearCheck Rheo-stick. Technical manager for WearCheck Steven Lumley, elaborates, ‘It is important to know the viscosity (thickness) of a lubricant because this determines its film strength and its efficiency in preventing friction between moving parts. Thick oil has a high […]

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BI is a leading industrial solutions provider to the cement industry

The wholesale value of building and construction materials sold in South Africa has seen an increase of over 40% since January 2020. “Cement remains a major focus. This has fuelled our own growth in turn, and we do not expect it to plateau anytime soon,” comments Sharon van Niekerk, Business Development Leader (BDL) for Cement, […]

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On-site demolition assessment service for industrial and mining sector

On-site demolition assessment is a professional service provided to large mining houses and industrial clients by Jet Demolition. Here experienced staff conduct on-site investigations of existing infrastructure. The main aim is to determine the cost, resources and schedule details of future closures. More crucially, however, it is an opportunity for early involvement in final closure […]

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Amtec Techniquip adjusts to new realities

To keep up with the changing face of the education sector, particularly ways of teaching/learning, Amtec Techniquip has developed new exciting products to assist with distance learning at a time when learners cannot physically access their engineering learning institutions.     That the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the traditional education system, especially ways of teaching/learning, is no […]

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Digital density measurement redefined

Petroleum products have a long way to go from the drill hole to their final destination. While they pass through the refinery, are transported via pipelines and tankers, stored in terminals, and run through blending procedures, quality controls are needed throughout the entire process. You can achieve this with Anton Paar’s splash-proof and portable density […]

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Laser Measurement Sensor- Reliable Sensing with Best-In-Class Excess Gain

Key Benefits Reliable Sensing with Best-In-Class Excess Gain As a new addition to Banner’s measurement sensor offering, the Q4X600 analogue sensor expands the types of applications Banner can solve. The Q4X600 features reliable sensing range from as close as 25mm and as far as 610mm. Increased excess gain allows this high-resolution sensor to detect even […]

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Innovations in Ceramic Ball Valves

Automatic and manual ceramic ball valves offer a cost-effective alternative to solenoid valves and provide better wear resistance. Various innovations mean that these valves are now suitable for a greater number of applications than ever before. Lynette Morrey, Business Development Administrator at Allmech, leading South African manufacturer of boilers and supplier of water treatment components […]

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Latest E-Powerline- 6 May 2021

Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here Anton Paar- Density Measurements Aurex Constructors successfully delivers the Auto-Thermal Reformer project for Sasol in Sasolburg Dekra Industrial’s five million serious injury-free man hours milestone achievement Aurex Constructors – Empowering South Africa RICHTER – QMD™ MAGNETIC DRIVE PUMP Engine […]

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Product Communication Etherline

Meet our new family members for IndustrialCommunication: ETHERLINE®ACCESS, our product family for IndustrialEthernet systems.

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Dekra Industrial’s five million serious injury-free man hours milestone achievement

DEKRA Industrial recently reached a major milestone, achieving five million serious injury-free man hours of operational safety. This milestone achievement is testament to the fact that as 96-year old global safety stalwart, the company is leading by example. And many more safe hours are on the horizon! DEKRA Industrial’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager […]

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Aurex Constructors successfully delivers the Auto-Thermal Reformer project for Sasol in Sasolburg

South Africa, May 2021 – Aurex Constructors was awarded the Auto-Thermal Reformer (ATR) B Train shutdown project by Sasol at their chemical operations facility in Sasolburg. The project team successfully completed this challenging, highly technical job almost 40 hours ahead of schedule. The project team executed mechanical, rigging and piping work on the ATR B […]

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Averda secures a $30m Green Loan to invest into a circular economy

Averda, a leading waste and recycling company operating across the emerging world, is pleased to have concluded a successful refinancing of its $148m term loan, including a $30m Green Loan from syndicate leader HSBC. Green lending refers to a lending dependent on environmental criteria for the planned use of funds. Averda’s MD Justice Tootla explains […]

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Stafsjö HX The story – Greater demand calls for action

In 2011 Stafsjö received a request from a worldwide known OEM supplier based in the Pulp and Paper Industry. They wanted a technically fast and reliable valve capable of operating within a broad range of pressures, pulp concentrations and temperatures. The development team at Stafsjö got down to work and the story of the 20 […]

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Engine oil filtration and the role of the correct lubricant

Filters have been standard equipment on engines since 1935, to remove abrasive particles from air and oil before circulation through the engine, thus protecting it. However, filtration has developed since then and today, lubrication products with specialist additives enable the use of more compact full flow filters. This is because detergency and dispersancy (the property […]

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RICHTER – QMD™ MAGNETIC DRIVE PUMP

Richter Chemie-Technik Germany, a global leader in PFA lined pump and valve solutions for more than 60 years, recently launched the QMD™ magnetic drive pump. The QMD series of magnetic drive pumps were designed to anticipate the fast growing Asian market. The main objective was to serve the local chemical market with a competitive pump […]

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WearCheck helps companies comply with technical safety requirements

WearCheck’s advanced field services (AFS) division offers a wide range of specialist monitoring techniques which include rope testing, technical compliance (TC) and non-destructive testing. Here, some of the different TC techniques are discussed. According to Johan Stols, WearCheck’s TC manager, the ultimate goal of the TC division is to ensure that all the components that […]

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Compact Reflex Photoelectric Sensor for Glass Bottle Detection

INSTROTECH is offering the SELET model OCV56T/C photoelectric sensors (block type) for optical detection of bottles (glass or PET with a good degree of transparency), of any shape, depth or colour.  The operating principle of the OCV56T/C sensor is based on a high-tech optical system, ensuring an excellent result if normal optical sensors are not […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter- 30 April 2021

Click here to view online In this edition, we featured: KSB Pumps and Valves   Engen RTT to shape the future of RSA’s liquid fuels industry SASOL and SONATRACH Raffineria Italiana partner to bid for regional hydrogen valley proposal    AltGen- Your top executive search solutions provider to the Renewable Energy sector Vega Instruments Eplan is providing […]

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Rand-Air’s ‘future-fit’ females – shaping up for agility and sustainability

To successfully navigate the business landscape of the future, companies need to continuously adopt new strategies to ensure they are ‘future-fit’: enabling resilience, agility, sustainability and longevity. These strategies include changes in work processes, the implementation of new workplace tools, improvement in communications and the empowerment of employees – both personally and professionally – to […]

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Catching the particle matter measurement accurately

Industrial areas are often associated with high levels of air pollutants as a result of their manufacturing or processing activities. Owners and developers of construction sites, mining and chemical processing plant, smokestacks, combustion engines and power plant are becoming more aware of this type of pollution, or Particle Matter (PM) as it is called, due […]

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Non-Genuine parts affect performance and warranty, warns Cummins

Counterfeit products illegally make use of Cummins trademarks, copyrights and/or patents. A counterfeit product is any Non-Genuine product with a Cummins logo, whereas so-called ‘will-fit’ parts are usually reverse-engineered and invariably do not meet Cummins’ specifications. “The performance will not be the same as with genuine parts, given that manufacturing and testing standards are not […]

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BMG’s new integrated geared motors for high efficiency

BMG’s new NORD DuoDrive unit – an integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched NORD IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit in one compact housing – has been designed for optimum system efficiency. “By installing the motor and the gear unit in one single housing, the lightweight DuoDrive offers many benefits, […]

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Engen RTT to shape the future of RSA’s liquid fuels industry

April 23, 2021- Engen, a proudly South African brand and a progressive energy and solutions partner committed to enriching lives for a sustainable future, announced today that it will be proceeding with its Refinery to Terminal (RTT) conversion initiative. This considered decision was not taken lightly and follows an extensive strategic evaluation of Engen’s refining […]

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A paradigm shift in the making for renewable energy demand?

“Renewable energy demand has grown by an impressive 8% from 2019 to 2020, during a year where energy consumption and industry output has slumped across most of Europe,” says Tom Lindberg, Managing Director at ECOHZ – commenting on new statistics from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB). Lindberg suggests that a paradigm shift can be […]

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AltGen- Your top executive search solutions provider to the Renewable Energy sector

Focused on renewable energy, technology and sustainability recruitment, employment and consulting services in Africa, AltGen facilitates growth for the game-changers by building their teams with professionals that share their vision and mission as well as have the technical skills to execute on their mandates. Since 2012, AltGen has played an important role in Renewable Energy […]

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SASOL and SONATRACH Raffineria Italiana partner to bid for regional hydrogen valley proposal

Sasol and Sonatrach Raffineria Italiana (SRI) have formed a Temporary Association of Companies (ATI) to collaborate on developing hydrogen production projects. The resolution of the Sicilian Regional Council n. 47 of 29 January 2021 nominates Sicily to be the seat of the National High Technology Center for Hydrogen (“Hydrogen Valley”). An expression of interest for […]

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APEX Strip Curtains stops cold air in its tracks

Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are an inexpensive way to cover a door opening and prevent the ingress of hot or cold air, dust and other pollutants while still allowing easy passage for both personnel and vehicular traffic. This product is ideal for installation in small, medium and large openings. Manufactured from specially formulated PVC […]

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Sensor solutions for Mobile Automation

Modern commercial vehicles as we know them today are intelligent, flexible and networked. However, the requirements of robustness and longevity remain the same, because the vehicles and machines are permanently exposed to harsh environments. Regardless of whether subject to hot or cold environments, high shock or vibrations, water, mud or dust, these machines must function […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter- 22 April 2021

Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. In this edition: Anton Paar Equipment   Engen steps up to support brave Cape Town firefighters and displaced students  Chemical pump acceptance testing from the comfort of an armchair SASOL to explore potential of cleaner aviation fuels with world class partners […]

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Eplan is providing a first look at the upcoming version

Sneak Preview of the Eplan Platform 2022 At the Hannover Messe Digital Edition, solutions provider EPLAN will be presented a first look at the coming EPLAN Platform, being launched in summer. A completely new user interface with ribbon technology and dark mode is in tune with current software trends and further ensures ease of use. […]

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Automatic extinguishing solutions in recycling facilities and incineration plants utilizing heat detection

Author: Frank Preiss Frank Preiss is Managing Director of FireDos GmbH. FireDos are experts in proportioners and monitors for firefighting, focusing on customer service and their in-house-developed leading technology. First published in Gulf Fire, Issue 22 – April 2021‘. With a growing awareness towards the environment and resources, the amount of recycling and incineration facilities […]

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids launches EconiQ™– exceptional solutions for the environment

The EconiQ™ portfolio of products, services and solutions contribute towards a carbon neutral-future and accelerate the green energy transition Zurich, 21 April 2021 – Hitachi ABB Power Grids today launched EconiQ™ – its portfolio of products, services and solutions that are proven to deliver exceptional environmental performance. With EconiQ, the global technology and market leader […]

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Rockwell Automation and Comau Partner to Simplify Robot Integration for Manufacturers

Collaboration offers industrial customers easier, smarter, and more productive ways to design, deploy, and manage robot applications Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, and Comau, a global leader in industrial automation and robot manufacturer, announced on 20 April that they are joining forces to give businesses worldwide vital […]

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Engen steps up to support brave Cape Town firefighters and displaced students

Devastated by the fire that broke out on Sunday, caring South African brand Engen offered immediate assistance to emergency staff, fire fighters and displaced University of Cape Town students.  After the district commander at the Roeland Street Fire Station indicated that water was a priority, Engen acted swiftly and dropped off 3 500 bottles of […]

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Hempel protects the ground-breaking O2 tidal energy turbine

World-leading coatings supplier Hempel has provided coatings to protect the Orbital O2 tidal energy turbine – the world’s most powerful tidal turbine. Hempel’s ambition is to become the leading global coatings solution provider for the global renewable energy segment. O2 is set to operate at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in the Orkney Islands in the […]

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The Tensor IxB platform from Atlas Copco reinvents the Manufacturing Industry

Atlas Copco continues to evolve their Smart Connected Assembly. The Tensor IxB platform is a collection of hand-held cordless tools, which share an integrated controller platform. This is the first generation of Atlas Copco tools with integrated controllers – all innovatively designed to enable future requirements of customers. With the Tensor IxB platform, customers get […]

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Werner Pumps now offering service fleet support

To ensure that customers receive not only top-quality machinery, but reliable and helpful aftersales service and support, Werner Pumps, leading South African design, manufacture, supply and maintenance specialist in high-pressure jetting equipment has created a service fleet of three vehicles. MD Sebastian Werner explains that the fleet is available to service Werner Pumps’ customers in […]

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Fire shuts down one of Gauteng’s largest hospitals

A fire that broke out at the dispensary store of the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on Friday 16 April took the entire weekend to extinguish. One of the biggest hospitals in Gauteng, it will be closed temporarily for a week to assess the situation. More than 400 patients were evacuated, with a further […]

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Chemical pump acceptance testing from the comfort of an armchair

Local pump manufacturer, KSB Pumps and Valves has launched an innovative online acceptance test procedure that no longer requires customers nor their engineering teams to be present when acceptance testing takes place. The service was initially implemented to curb expenses that are usually incurred through travel and accommodation to test centres. The remote pump acceptance […]

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‘Full steam ahead’ with Rand-Air’s steam boiler rental solution

Steam, as a thermal energy source, has been integral in multiple industrial processes since the 17th century. As such, its application has extended to steam locomotives, processing facilities, refineries, chemical plants, hospitals; as well as the food and beverage and textile sectors. The use of steam boilers is particularly popular in South African industry currently, […]

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One tool for installing, testing, maintaining solar panels or photovoltaic systems

Fluke IRR1-SOL Solar Irradiance Meter COMTEST, Fluke’s local channel partner, has their new IRR1-SOL Irradiance Meter, designed from the ground up to simplify the installation, commissioning, and trouble-shooting of photovoltaic arrays, measuring irradiance, temperature, inclination and direction of the solar array in a single handheld tool. With a rugged, compact design, a protective carrying case, […]

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Air Products Welding – Focus on the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process

Air Products prides on outstanding customer service, innovation and a secure supply of industrial gases, but more importantly, is the technical expertise provided to customers in terms of the application of the range of gases supplied. The welding fabrication process takes place when two or more parts of material are fused together by using pressure, […]

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SASOL to explore potential of cleaner aviation fuels with world class partners

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol Ltd (Sasol) today announced it will work alongside a consortium comprising Linde PLC (Linde), ENERTRAG AG (ENERTRAG) and Navitas Holdings (Pty) Ltd (Navitas) – the LEN Consortium – to bid in concept for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) under the auspices of the German Federal Government’s H2Global auction platform.  The […]

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SASOL AND TOYOTA South Africa motors form green hydrogen mobility partnership

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) today announced the formation of a partnership to commence exploration of the development of a green hydrogen mobility ecosystem in South Africa.  Underpinning the partnership is Sasol’s broad experience in the production, use and marketing of grey hydrogen and aspiration to play a leading role in […]

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4IR offers significant opportunities to manufacturing sector

There is an argument to be made that Africa has to an extent missed out on the opportunity for large scale industrialisation given that many of the conditions that allowed for industrialisation to take place at scale in the West – and in some Asian economies – are in fact structurally absent for most African […]

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Hudaco Power Transmissions enhances its industrial gearboxes offering

Hudaco Power Transmissions is leveraging its solid reputation and grounding in the geared motors sector to offer its customers an extended range of large industrial gearboxes and transmission solutions.Formerly known as Bauer Geared Motors South Africa, the company was founded in 1984 as the sole distributor in Southern Africa of the Bauer range of products, […]

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Massive project to help JHB children’s home shine again

The degradation of Johannesburg’s inner city has become a headache for city managers and buildings being ‘hijacked’ is no longer news. This is especially true in Hillbrow which is known for high levels of population density, unemployment, and poverty. Crime has soared and rubbish strewn streets are commonplace leaving some historic buildings to fall into […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter

15 April 2021 In this edition: Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here SASOL and AIR LIQUIDE to launch the Renewable Energy Procurement Programme for SA operations Water stress can put business models in jeopardy                             Digital transformation is the key to improving financial services CX What […]

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Say goodbye to Gas Maintenance headaches

If you purchase gas detectors, you’re responsible for ensuring that the instruments are working properly and will alert workers to potential hazards. But it can be difficult to know when there is an issue, what the issue is, how long it could take to fix it, and how much it will cost. The good news […]

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All ‘charged up’: Anderson Power Products connectors boost battery performance

Various industrial sectors in South Africa – including the materials handling equipment sector – rely on machinery and industrial vehicles for swift, safe and cost-efficient operations. This machinery is mainly powered by long-lasting internal combustion engines; as well as standard-issue lead-acid batteries – and the increasingly popular lithium-ion batteries – which need to be charged […]

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Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering adds sootblowers to industrial boiler offering

Babcock’s Ntuthuko Engineering business has recently completed the acquisition of Diamond Power Speciality (Pty) Ltd from Babcock & Wilcox (B&W). Babcock Ntuthuko Engineering (BNE) will henceforth be responsible for the sales, service and support of new sootblowers and the existing installed base of Diamond Power sootblowers in southern Africa. Ian Farrell, General Manager at BNE […]

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Pump and valve innovator finds a test rig technology that talks the torque

To analyse the long term performance and reliability of hard working valves and pumps, serial innovators Manchester-based Bifold Group has adopted radio frequency based torque transducers from Sensor Technology Ltd for two of its specialist test rigs. An inter-generational commitment to advancing science and engineering has seen Bifold transform from a 19th century mining lamp […]

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Bosch Rexroth Ghana marks successful milestone with Shell Nigeria pump repair project

Bosch Rexroth Ghana recently completed repairs to contaminated HPU double pumps on the Framo Crude Oil Pumping System belonging to Shell Oil and Exploration in Nigeria. The hydraulically driven submerged cargo pumps are used to provide safe, efficient and flexible cargo handling of liquid cargo. This project was completed ahead of deadline and also provided […]

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Unique crystal-clear DIY glass adhesive

Formulated and manufactured for glass-to-glass repairs or projects, Pratley UV Bond is a single-part, crystal-clear glass adhesive that cures in direct sunlight or under a UV light or torch. Being the only crystal-clear DIY glass adhesive on the market, sales of Pratley UV Bond have increased significantly since its launch in 2013, explains Pratley National […]

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Skyriders offers on-site work-at-height and confined-space training

Rope-access specialist Skyriders, which also operates the Heightwise Training Academy in Midrand, recently conducted a basic fall-arrest course on-site for the Idwala Industrial Holdings lime-processing plant in Vereeniging for workers involved in general maintenance work. This proved an ideal solution for the client’s specific training requirements, as Skyriders was able to incorporate a practical component […]

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BMG offers a refurbishment, fabrication and replacement service to sugar mills throughout Africa

The BMG team works closely with sugar mill engineers in the industry’s off-crop period each year, to refurbish and replace worn components in preparation for high productivity in the upcoming season. Dorstener gearboxes have been used on diffuser drives, mill drives and feeder tables for many years and three of these planet carriers recently needed […]

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RS Components Partners with Geekulcha to hack for a difference

The Annual Geekulcha Hackathon took place recently and saw more than 100 coders developers and programmers challenge each other in an online contest. This anticipated event has become a highlight in the African developer ecosystem. This year, the event went virtual, offering ‘hackers’ the chance to develop and code from the safety and comfort of […]

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Create the right ambience for customers with LEDVANCE Smart Home+ from RS Components

Voice or app controlled smart lighting system offers electrical installers new ways to add value to private residences by providing intuitive, personalised lighting for improved comfort, security and energy efficiency Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 April 2021 – RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial […]

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Zutari enhances its digital engineering skills with latest handheld scanning technology

Many of South Africa’s assets have outdated or missing records. Whether privately-owned or part of State infrastructure, missing records are unfortunately a common problem. Without accessible data, professional teams are hamstrung at the outset of projects, having to make assumptions on the layout, composition and condition of facilities. Surveying buildings is a time-consuming activity, often […]

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SASOL and AIR LIQUIDE to launch the Renewable Energy Procurement Programme for SA operations

13 April 2021 Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol and Air Liquide are inviting bidders to participate in a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for the supply of renewable energy to Sasol’s South African operations. An international integrated chemicals and energy company, Sasol’s core business is leveraging technologies and the expertise of its people to build and […]

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What consumers need to know about the new standards for hand sanitisers

The pandemic has caused the need for “hygiene on the go” with hand sanitiser becoming a staple item for many. The global use of hand sanitiser surged in the last year resulting in the arrival of many new, inexperienced manufacturers whose product packaging often did not include basic information such as the relevant safety information […]

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ABB sets course for sustainable river transport with ten all-electric Lisbon ferries

Group press release | Zurich, Switzerland | 2021-04-12 ABB secures landmark contract with Spanish shipbuilder Astilleros Gondán to supply all-electric power solution for fast 40-meter urban passenger ferries transporting up to 540 passengers each across Lisbon’s Tagus river. The ten new ferries will be operated by the public ferry company Transtejo, S.A. and will replace the existing fleet serving […]

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Digital transformation is the key to improving financial services CX

By Harkrishan Singh, Director, Application Development at AlphaCodes If the customer is king, the customer experience (CX) could be considered the most important factor in determining business success. This is especially true in financial services, where CX is a primary differentiator and a poor experience could mean losing customers to the competition. With the Covid-19 […]

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Water stress can put business models in jeopardy

South Africa’s recent droughts are teaching businesses a life-changing lesson: we can no longer simply assume that clean water will always be available to keep operations running smoothly. According to Gert Nel, partner and principal hydrogeologist at SRK Consulting, responsible water management is becoming a cornerstone of any sustainable business model – with investors starting […]

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Engen and Caring4Girls visit Tshedimosetso and Kanana Secondary schools

On April 7th, 550 learners at Kanana Secondary School in Orkney in the North West Province and 323 female learners at Tshedimosetso Secondary in Klerksdorp received hygiene hampers, ensuring that the girl learners remain in school during their monthly cycles for the remainder of the year.  In November 2020, Engen committed R1 million to the […]

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8 April 2021- Latest E-Powerline Newsletter

Dear Reader, Please see below the E-Powerline Newsletter. Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. In this edition we cover the latest news from Major funding for a gas manufacturing plant. Small business success story. Expert setup advice from a leading manufacturer in SA. New range of motors. Sustainability […]

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South African gas start-up, Bluedrop, receives major funding

Financial close heralds start of construction of a modern state of the art Liquefied Petroleum Gas cylinder manufacturing plant. Bluedrop, expected to create 110 direct jobs Johannesburg, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 – Johannesburg based South African start-up Bluedrop, has secured a R300 million investment from J. Sassoon Group, a US, Washington DC based private equity […]

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Setting up your valves for success

Most valve damage is caused by installation and related issues, says JP Thysse, Senior Technician at Allmech, leading South African manufacturer of boilers and supplier of water treatment components. This includes: water damage to motor and electrical components, damage caused by power spikes, debris (sand, grit or stones) stuck in the valve, erosion or other […]

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Threat Intelligence Report: Dramatic Increase in Multivector DDoS Attacks in Q1&2 2020

4.8 million attacks, combined with a 126% rise in 15-plus vector attacks and a 31% increase in throughput, increases mitigation difficulty COMTEST, local representative of NETSCOUT has completed a report on entitled  “1H 2020 Threat Intelligence Report”, which deals with the dramatic impact cybercriminals have had during the COVID-19 pandemic. Attackers focused on COVID-era lifelines […]

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How a big business built a small one: Verigreen Packaging – a Durban success story

Pinetown-based Verigreen Packaging Pty Ltd is a thriving small business and managing director Gareth Elcox says it represents a textbook example of how big businesses can partner with smaller ones for everyone’s benefit. Founded in 2016, Verigreen Packaging now employs 20 people and produces millions of lubricants’ packs every year. The key catalyst in its […]

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Protea Automation Solutions Wins Award from Land Ametek for Single Largest Order Intake During 2020

Land Ametek Process & Analytical Instruments is represented in South Africa by Protea Automation Solutions, part of the highly successful Protea Technology Group. “Land and Protea have a business relationship going back decades and we are extremely proud and honoured to receive this award for 2020” says Gary Johnston Chief Executive of the Protea Technology […]

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Agile Approach Sees Masslift Africa Through Lockdown

Agility has been a defining factor for the businesses that were able to weather 2020. According to the leadership team at Masslift Africa, the way agility manifests itself in your business depends on whether you can adapt your leadership style to get the most out of your team during very trying times. Chief Executive Officer, […]

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ABB launches world’s fastest, most sensitive drone-based gas leak detection and greenhouse gas measuring system

Quebec City, Canada | 2021-04-01 HoverGuard™ will transform safety and environmental measurement capabilities for operators of millions of kilometers of pipelines traversing the globe. Pipelines often cross inaccessible terrain to supply industrial and domestic gas. Operators of these networks must ensure the safety, integrity and reliability of their pipelines but accurate detection of odorless and invisible gas […]

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Cloud migration considerations: Test the waters before jumping in

By Adiel Kader and Uthmaan Hendricks, Enterprise Solutions 365 So, you want to migrate to the cloud. It seems that everyone does. In a world changed by a virus outbreak, there isn’t one industry saying, “I don’t think cloud is for me”. Cloud solutions have become increasingly popular as businesses, individuals and even government agencies […]

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CorrISA – World Corrosion Awareness Day – 21st April 2021

You are cordially invited! The purpose of the day is to create awareness around corrosion and for experts to  present their latest findings on corrosion. A lack of awareness or understanding of scientific and technical aspects of corrosion phenomena, which are indeed  complex, is often observed, and results in an under estimation of the importance […]

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Turck Banner- S15C In-Line Converters

Key Benefits Bring more operations online Are you using IO-Link to enable OEE analytics yet still have remote pockets where critical equipment should be continuously monitored during operations? We can help. The Banner S15C Modbus to IO-Link converters can be used at the end of a Modbus communication line, very near the IO-Link Master. Now, […]

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AECI releases its first-ever dedicated sustainability report for “a better world”

AECI released its first-ever dedicated Sustainability Report today, providing demonstrable proof and tangible measures for its bold, new strategy and vision of shaping “a better world”. The Sustainability Report includes a Sustainability Framework with 10 overarching goals for “a better world” in the areas of Mining, Water, Food Systems and Chemistry as well as Responsible […]

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ZEST WEG gives motor users another efficiency boost

In the face of rapidly rising electricity costs in South Africa, Zest WEG is phasing in IE4 super‑premium efficiency motors in its WEG W22 range from April 2021 – which will save on customers’ bottom lines and help reduce the load on the national grid. According to Fanie Steyn, electric motors manager at Zest WEG, […]

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Merging of Multi Alloys operations with EMVAfrica gives rise to end-to-end specialised alloy and stainless steel solutions under one umbrella

Multi Alloys, the leading stockholder and supplier of special alloys in South Africa, is proud to announce that its business shall merge with EMVAfrica as from 1st May 2021. EMVAfrica has been a major shareholder in Multi Alloys and the two businesses have worked in close association since 1997. As from May 2021 Multi Alloys […]

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Engen supports Caring4Girls feminine hygiene initiative at Bakwena and Lesele Secondary schools

On March 31st, 134 learners at Bakwena Secondary School in Brits in the North West Province and 151 learners at Lesele Secondary School in Boons, North West received hygiene hampers, ensuring that the girls remain in school during their monthly cycles for the remainder of the year.  In November 2020, Engen committed R1 million to […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter

01 April 2021– Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. SASOL’S response to the climate action 100+ Report Engen steps up again to support Gugulethu school for differently abled learners Learning from day Zero with Water Heroes Green banks and national climate funds have a key role in mobilizing […]

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Maintaining security is key during digital transformation in the financial services sector

By Sarthak Rohal, VP – IT Services at AlphaCodes The financial services landscape is changing rapidly as banks face increasing competition from technology-based financial services – from newly established banks to retailers offering mobile transactional banking accounts. Innovation is key to growing the customer base, and this requires digital transformation. While cloud is a major […]

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ABB and Amazon Web Services steer fleets to an all-electric future

ABB and Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company,announced a collaboration to jointly develop a cloud-based digital solutionfor the real-time fleet management of electric vehicles (EVs). The solutionwill optimise the efficient use of EVs and speed up the electrification oftransport fleets, helping fleet operators worldwide maintain 100 percentbusiness continuity as they transition to fully […]

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Engen steps up again to support Gugulethu school for differently abled learners

Engen has again stepped up to support Tembaletu School for Learners with Special Education Needs, this time by contributing to the renovation of the school’s play area and soccer field.  In 2020, Engen answered a call from the office of the South African presidency and contributed exercise therapy, electronic devices, and sports resources to the […]

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SASOL’S response to the climate action 100+ Report

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol notes the assessment report by investor coalition Climate Action 100+ (CA100+). It is regrettable that this has already been publicly released and commented on (including in a news article on News24 on 23 March 2021) while Sasol was not provided an opportunity to further comment. We therefore wish to record that we […]

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BMG says yes to South Africa’s Youth Employment Service (YES) Programme

BMG – part of the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) of Invicta Holdings Limited – is participating in South Africa’s Youth Employment Service (YES) Programme, which is a joint initiative between the Government and private sector. This programme, which hopes to create one million work opportunities for unemployed black youth and transform their lives, also offers […]

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Aurex Constructors awarded Adams 10-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Kathu, Northern Cape

South Africa, March 2021 – Aurex Constructors are delighted to have been awarded the Adams 10-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project by SOLA towards the end of December last year. The experienced project team has commenced with mobilising resources onto the project site in Kathu in the Northern Cape who are in the initial stages […]

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Reversing the Move to Cities Explained by IDTechEx

While technologies are emerging for cities to be independent in food, water and energy, safe and pleasant, progress is mostly poor and global warming threatens migrants overwhelming cities. By all means, let us see the smart city advances take place that are in the IDTechEx report, “Smart Cities Market 2021-2041: Energy, Food, Water, Materials, Transportation […]

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Learning from day Zero with Water Heroes

Although the countdown to day Zero no longer scares South African citizens,the current Covid-19 pandemic has put more pressure in areas who continue tolive with little to no running tap water. This means citizens in these areasare unable to practise washing their hands often to prevent the spread ofthe Coronavirus. As most of us continue […]

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Green banks and national climate funds have a key role in mobilizing funds for low-carbon, climate-resilient development in Africa: report

The African Development Bank and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have joined forces to produce a study of the role of green banks and national climate change funds in mobilizing finance to support low-carbon, climate-resilient development in Africa. The ground-breaking study, released on Tuesday 23 March, is expected to underpin development of a multi-country climate […]

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The real life hybrids

A new modelling approach helps engineers to understand the real-world benefits of hybrid bearings SKF engineers have solved one of the great mysteries of bearing performance. They are now applying their findings more than 260 times a day to help customers design machines for some of the world’s most demanding applications. The root of that […]

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Engen Namibia receives coveted Diamond Arrow Award

Engen Namibia received a Diamond Arrow Award, at the annual Professional Management Review (PMR) awards ceremony which was held on 15 March 2021 in Windhoek at the Safari Court Hotel. Engen Namibia was recognised as the “The most admired petroleum/diesel brand in Namibia”. Managing Director of Engen in Namibia, Christian Li, says the award recognises […]

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Rand-Air committed to excellence in safety with first female SHEQ officer and new ISO standard

While South African industries continuously focus on improving their manufacturing health and safety standards, Rand-Air – an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps) and lighting solutions, and part of the global Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division, aims to establish a leading role in health and safety. “Rand-Air, while prioritising safety […]

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Screw-in Temp Sensors

A wide range of measurements – always in view! INSTROTECH offers Kobold’s MMA range of industrial temperature probes, or insertion resistance thermometers (with/without transmitter).  The MMA is engineered using 316 stainless steel and incorporates high accuracy Pt100 resistance sensors with analogue output options. The MMA is delivered standard with M12 or DIN 43650 plug electrical […]

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BME blasts its way to SA record

Another South African record for the largest electronic detonator blast has been broken by blasting and explosives leader BME. The blast was conducted by BME, an Omnia Group company, at the end of 2020 at a manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. Using its well-proven AXXIS™ electronic initiation system, BME was able to […]

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Tetra Pak and Rockwell Automation collaborate to advance performance for powder manufacturers

Collaboration merges industry-proven processing solutions with leading process control architecture. Resulting capabilities are set to improve quality consistency, enhance efficiency and reduce variability, redefining industry performance metrics. Tetra Pak and Rockwell Automation have announced a strategic business collaboration for Cheese and Powder Solutions. The combined business expertise will deliver data and technology to reduce variability […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter

25 March 2021– Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Vega Radiometric Sensor The Water-Wise City is a smart choice to optimise Africa’s water infrastructure Water for rural Botswana: From dam to tap Don’t stop until you’re proud, says Cape Town top matriculant African Petrochemicals Easter Special Anton Paar […]

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AECI Mining Explosives sets a new benchmark for bulk explosives

Following extensive research and development, AECI Mining Explosives has launched a significantly enhanced version of its bulk emulsion explosives.  Appropriately dubbed Powergel X², the name indicates that the product can be used in extreme blasting conditions namely hot holes as well as in reactive ground conditions. A much needed addition to AECI’s product offering is […]

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KSB commits further investment into Namibia

The newly appointed managing director of KSB Pumps and Valves (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd, DeWet van Wyk will head-up the recently established KSB Pumps and Valves Namibia, a company formed out of a long history of service to Namibia’s people by one of the world’s leading pump manufacturers – KSB. The evolution from a sales office […]

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RS Components expands its industrial control line card to equip customers with the latest IIoT technologies

Over 2,000 added items include the latest IIoT sensors and machine safety systems for Smart Manufacturing developments RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has expanded its industrial control portfolio with a range of IIoT-enabled technologies from SICK. As a result […]

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Resilient infrastructure is key to a sustainable future for data centres

Deeshon Munshi, Business Manager – Data Centres & Telecoms (Middle East & Africa), Cummins International Data Centre Day, observed on Wednesday 24 March this year, is a global movement aimed at generating awareness about the importance of data centres. Cummins is an active sponsor of this movement to teach the next generation best practice in […]

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COVID-19 pandemic highlights need for HSE compliance

By Louise Woodburn, General Manager, KBC Health & Safety 24 March 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for fully compliant health, safety and environment (HSE) policies and procedures in businesses. This is an unintended positive outcome of the current situation in which the world finds itself. The coronavirus has made companies sit up […]

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The Water-Wise City is a smart choice to optimise Africa’s water infrastructure

The concept of the Water-Wise City, as outlined by the International Water Association (IWA), is a key initiative to assist cities conserve this precious resource. What’s more, Water-Wise Cities are liveable, resilient, sustainable and productive. “It is all about diversifying and integrating the urban water cycle into the design of robust waterways, stormwater, groundwater, wastewater […]

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Now on board at KLINGER: Thomas Pipe Products completes the product range in South Africa

Thomas Pipe Products becomes KLINGER Pipe Products. South Africa’s leader in pipe repair clamps and couplings can now supply worldwide.On July 1, 2020, KLINGER South Africa took over Thomas Pipe Products (TPP), a local leading company specializing in pipe repair clamps and couplings. TPP’s product range perfectly completes the KLINGER group’s portfolio. Growth through acquisitions […]

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Ghana’s leading organisations have embraced the unified customer experience

By Olufunmilayo Okubena, Country Manager at Infobip Ghana 24 March 2021 While enterprises across the globe are increasingly leveraging multiple channels to talk to their customers, Ghana’s business landscape is not yet as far along as it should be in terms of the adoption of unified communication solutions. Whereas online engagement channels are being used […]

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Werner Pumps invests in in-house capabilities with CNC machinery

Werner Pumps, leading South African design, manufacture, supply and maintenance specialist in high-pressure jetting equipment, has installed and commissioned new CNC equipment at its headquarters in Springs. The R3 million investment in the cutting-edge Haas machinery has enabled the company to cut production time on some components by 50% or more, helping to speed up […]

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Water for rural Botswana: From dam to tap

Water- A scarce resource in many parts of Africa and a growing concern across the globe. In Botswana, water scarcity is a real crisis created by an increasing population, inevitably leading to a sharp increase in water demand and a low and inconsistent rainfall. Siemens South Africa together with its Solution partner in Botswana, Moreflow, was able […]

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Don’t stop until you’re proud, says Cape Town top matriculant

Living by the philosophy, don’t stop until you are proud, drives Kirsten Prins. Following an exceptional set of matric results, the Milnerton High School alumnus certainly deserves a moment to take a bow.   Prins, who attended the Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) in Cape Town for supplementary tuition, achieved an incredible 93.5% average […]

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The rise of e-learning might just create the next generation of automation enthusiasts we need

By Canninah Mapena, Managing Director, Rockwell Automation Africa Attending high school during a global pandemic is sure to be interesting, and perhaps a bit disappointing, for our teenagers. It’s all work and no play for many South African students, who are tasked with getting through their workload with minimal social and physical interactions. This means […]

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Smart cities promote best practice in urban sustainability

A ‘smart city’ is much more than a city that is digitally enabled and brimming with technology. It is a city that leverages innovation to achieve its desired outcomes – and here innovation does not necessarily mean only technology. This is the view of Carshif Talip, Expertise Leader, Urban Planning and Land Infrastructure at Zutari. […]

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Risk-averse industry due to Covid-19 sees ASP Fire on an upward path

Its designation as an essential services provider during the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in ASP Fire attending to requests for assistance countrywide, from Tzaneen in the north to Pinetown in the East and Cape Town in the South. “ASP Fire has always maintained a strong service-based relation with its clients. This has resulted in a number […]

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Rugged New Fluke TIS20+ Thermal Camera with unexpected features

TiS20+ with touchscreen IR-fusion; Point-Shoot-Fix; Asset Tagging saves hours of image sorting COMTEST, local representative of Fluke, has the new Fluke TiS20+ handheld thermal camera that puts the power of thermal imaging at users’ fingertips, saving time with the right level of infrared and analysis.  Whether inspecting heating, ventilation and air conditioning on a rooftop, […]

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Top Engen Maths and Science student dreams of F1

A career in Formula One motorsport beckons for Engen Maths and Science School leaner Thiyashan Pillay, not as a driver, but rather as an engine designer.  An alumnus of Durban High School, Thiyashan achieved 97% for Maths and 93% for Science, scooping seven distinctions and a 92% average for matric.   This stellar set of […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter

18 March 2021– Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Featured: Anton Paar     Welcome to New Viscometry!    United Electric Controls One Series Safety Transmitter                    Rising above the challenges – Engen applauds top EMSS matrics Remote Audit : Get your IS0 9001 Certification without leaving your office KLINGER South Africa’s valve […]

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DOT Safety Footwear Signs JCB

The DOT Safety Footwear group is proud to announce and reveal, the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement with the world-renowned, UK based, J.C Bamford Excavators Ltd (JCB). This agreement will allow DOT to exclusively distribute the premium range of JCB Safety Footwear throughout Southern Africa under license. DOT is proud to be associated with […]

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Award Winning Company, Combilift & Award-Winning Author, Emer Conlon – A Great ‘Combi’nation

An exciting new children’s book has been launched today 24th November 2020 just in time for Christmas!With Combilift’s unique portfolio of forklifts, the company is revolutionising the way businesses handle and store materials, especially long and awkward loads, or when space is limited.  Employing more than 600 people in their headquarters in Monaghan and with customers […]

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SA should expect a surge in medical waste during 3rd wave of pandemic

Waste and recycling company Averda, which has extensive medical waste treatment operations in South Africa, reports that they treated over 600 000 kilograms of Covid waste in January this year. “This represents a significant increase in volumes from previous months which we were used to as a company,” says Justice Tootla, Managing Director of Averda South […]

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KLINGER South Africa’s valve refurbishment program: reduce, reuse, and recycle

With valve refurbishment, the customer can minimize expense and material usage. KLINGER South Africa refurbishes industrial valves and monitoring systems. After years of leadership in valve and gasket development and production, KLINGER was ready for a new challenge: could they offer their customers refurbishment services, thereby closing the entire product life cycle? KLINGER South Africa rose […]

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Elios SkyEye remote-access drone used for Sappi inspection

Skyriders has made short work of backpass ducting inspection at a chemical recovery furnace at the Sappi Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga. This is a fully-integrated kraft mill producing pulp for newsprint and containerboard, as well as for in-house use, with a 210 000 t/y capacity. Initially another company was approached to carry out the […]

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Remote Audit : Get your IS0 9001 Certification without leaving your office

As part of our remote services, we offer you a range of audits and certifications that audits are conducted remotely. By utilizing online meetings, the audit is partially or even entirely online. Remote audits offer our customers many benefits, including lower costs, and increased flexibility and efficiency. To learn more about remote audits and what kinds […]

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Diesel Generators in the Data Centre – When is Bigger Better?

By David Matuseski, PE, Mission Critical Technical Leader Finding the best combination of generator size and system architecture is a goal for all data centre designers. Many times, a larger generator can provide unique advantages. When you combine large generators into a paralleling system, you can achieve a whole new level of advantages. The data […]

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BI rolls out countrywide stock of IE1 motors from ABB Africa

Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) now has sufficient stock of IE1 motors from ABB Africa to be able to supply the local market in accordance with the new partnership between the two companies, reports BI Offer Marketing Manager Victor Strobel. Already a distributor of ABB Dodge gearboxes, BI has been an ABB Mechanical Power Transmission […]

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United Electric Controls One Series Safety Transmitter

The One Series Safety Transmitter from United Electric Controls is a pressure or temperature monitoring transmitter switch that provides a NAMUR NE 43 standard 4-20 mA analog output. It has a programmable high-capacity solid-state safety relay output enables the fastest emergency shutdowns. The One Series Safety Transmitter is certified for use in SIL 2 functional […]

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Sasol issues US dollar senior notes

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol Limited (“Sasol”) herewith announces that its wholly owned subsidiary Sasol Financing USA LLC (the “Issuer”) has priced an offering of US$-denominated, SEC-registered notes (the “Notes”), including $650 million of senior notes due 2026 (the “2026 Notes”) and $850 million of senior notes due 2031 (the “2031 Notes”). The 2026 Notes […]

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Opinion piece: How technology offers a very real solution to SA’s aging water infrastructure

By Jacques Squire, Water & Wastewater Segment Lead, Southern Africa, International Operations, Schneider Electric In the wake of National Water Week (15 to 22 March), the spotlight is again placed on the country’s water infrastructure, its numerous challenges, and feasible and sustainable solutions that can optimise the supply of this basic human right. However, to […]

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Welcome to New Viscometry!

Progress and innovation, high-precision craft, and the passion for research – these values define Anton Paar. Components produced with the highest attention to detail, innovative measuring principles, and well-designed user interfaces represent our standard of quality. For more than 20 years, Anton Paar has provided viscosity measurement solutions for the petroleum industry. Building on our strong technological leadership, […]

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Rising above the challenges – Engen applauds top EMSS matrics

The Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) matric class of 2020 achieved stellar results, proving yet again the crucial role played by the Engen supported supplementary maths and science classes.  Despite an extremely disruptive year, the EMSS Grade 12s showed high levels of resilience and drive by attaining an impressive 84% pass rate, of which […]

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Staying productive and protected in times of load shedding

By Raeford Liebenberg, manager at Silver Moon, a Galix company South Africa is going through a well-documented economic hardship and this has been perpetuated by our current energy provision woes.  Load shedding undoubtedly places strain on our daily operations, however, with people Working From Home (WFH) it has added an additional layer of complexity. Managing […]

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BMG’s range of Hydraforce valves includes proportional valves and controller solutions

BMG – distributors of the Hydraforce range of proportional valves in Southern Africa – works closely with Hydraforce engineers and customers in diverse industries, to design and manufacture customised hydraulic control solutions, which enhance performance, value and durability of mobile equipment. “A thorough understanding of the latest fluid power technologies is critical for the design […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter

11- March 2021– Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Everything Industrial- connecting your brand to the industry WEST COAST MINER installs slurrysucker for pond dredging Skyriders              Every liquid has a fingerprint and now it can be measured in real-time Air Products                       Lincoln Lubrication SA cements deal to […]

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Everything Industrial- connecting your brand to the industry

We are excited to announce the Everything Industrial website and newsletter.  We provide the latest news from people on the move & a focus on products & services from the multi-sector industries. Through this new initiative, we will cover all aspects of business by providing the latest news about industry trends, people on the move […]

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Rockwell Automation Named One of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies for the 13th Time

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, was recognized by Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies.   The recognition honors companies who understand the importance of leading, making hard but values-based […]

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Cummins Inc. continues to challenge gender inequality through its Cummins Powers Women programme

International Women’s Day on 8 March marked the programme’s third year Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced it has surpassed $20 million in giving to community partners through Cummins Powers Women as the programme enters its fourth year. Through supporting a wide range of programmes from on-the-ground mentoring and teaching of women and girls, to financial […]

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Imperial enters strategic partnership with MiX Telematics

MiX Telematics (JSE: MIX), a leading global SaaS provider of connected fleet management solutions, today announced an agreement to be the preferred telematics provider for Imperial (JSE: IPL), a leading African focused provider of integrated market access and logistics solutions. This strategic business partnership allows for the alignment of data and reporting across Imperial. Imperial […]

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Growing your brand without breaking the bank

For brand owners who are prepared to rethink their approach as they look for a competitive edge, there’s a way to avoid the commoditisation trap or, at the very least, differentiate their product’s appearance on shelf. Do you believe that on-pack communication solutions and devices are reserved just for big brands with big marketing budgets? […]

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Lincoln Lubrication SA cements deal to install automated fire suppression systems at Nigerian cement plant

SKF Group Company, Lincoln Lubrication South Africa’s Africa Export division recently received approval from a leading cement producer in Africa to supply, install and commission 51 Muster II Automated Fire Suppression (AFS) systems at its cement plant in Nigeria. The systems will be installed on drill rigs, crawler excavators, dump trucks, wheel loaders and other […]

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Now, maintenance can be proactive instead of reactive!

Initiate preventative programs with Fluke’s newTiS55+ and TiS75+ Thermal Imagers COMTEST, local representative of Fluke, has their new TiS55+ and TiS75+ thermal imagers, easy-to-use series of infrared cameras that easily transform plans for preventive maintenance (PM) programs into reality. These cameras offer technicians and contractors who need quality images and feature-rich cameras, an option for […]

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Emerson launches a complete suite of digital solutions for operators monitoring corrosion and erosion

Operators can drive plants to their maximum capability and avoid costly incidents with a fully integrated corrosion and erosion monitoring suite of software and service solutions Emerson introduces a complete corrosion and erosion monitoring portfolio with digital capabilities and full integration with the Plantweb™ digital ecosystem through the new Rosemount™ 4390 series of corrosion and […]

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WEST COAST MINER installs slurrysucker for pond dredging

Following a successful one-week trial, heavy minerals company Tronox Mineral Sands took delivery of a SlurrySucker dredging unit from Integrated Pump Rental. The SlurrySucker will remove sand from the process dams near the Tronox mining operation on South Africa’s West Coast. This installation enhances the safety and efficiency of the dredging process, which previously had […]

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Skyriders deploys rope access for Carlton Centre winch inspection

The Carlton Centre is a 223-m-high, 50-storey skyscraper and shopping centre in downtown Johannesburg that is the second-tallest building in Africa after The Leonardo in Sandton, as well as being the tallest office building. Towards the end of last year, South African Load Testing Services (SALTS) was tasked to carry out load testing on four […]

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Potential new iron ore super cycle bolsters prospects for Rosond

A potential new super cycle in terms of the iron ore price bodes well for drilling technology provider Rosond of Midrand. The iron ore price increased by 74% in 2020, outperforming all other metals by a significant margin and closing on a ten-year high of US$180/t in December. Anticipated to ride an upward wave for […]

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SKF South Africa – empowering women in leadership roles

SKF South Africa, part of the global bearing and rotating technology specialist SKF Group, pledges its continued commitment to the development of women’s socio-economic empowerment through education and encouraging female appointments in leadership, influential and engineering positions. South Africa has come a long way in terms of gender equality and women empowerment since the historical […]

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EMERSON introduces digital maturity tool to help companies target digital transformation priorities

Resource helps companies quickly self-assess operations, identify opportunities for highest potential return on investment. Manufacturers seeking to leverage new digital technologies to transform their businesses can turn to Emerson’s new Digital Maturity Quick Index to self-assess their operations and identify opportunities that deliver the highest potential return on investment. Global technology and software company Emerson […]

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Every liquid has a fingerprint and now it can be measured in real-time

A new radio wave-based analysis technology, developed by the Finnish high-tech company Collo, makes it possible to continuously monitor the state of any liquid in industrial processes, be it thick slurries, resins, adhesives, coatings, emulsion, beer, water or any other fluid. Collo’s technology is based on an electromagnetic resonator that emits a continuous radio frequency […]

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BMG’s Swagefast lockbolt pins and collars increase productivity and reliability in heavy-duty, high-vibration applications

BMG has been appointed exclusive distributors of Swagefast fastening systems in Southern Africa throughout Africa (effective January 2021.) BMG’s locally manufactured Swagefast lockbolt pins and collars ensure increased productivity and reliability in heavy-duty, high-vibration applications – especially where structural integrity is critical and where safety cannot be compromised. “Swagefast lockbolt pins and collars – which […]

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ABB urges greater adoption of high-efficiency motors and drives to combat climate change – global electricity consumption to be reduced by 10%

In a new white paper, ABB reveals potential for significant energy efficiency improvements in industry and infrastructure enabled by the latest and most high-efficiency motors and variable speed drives. ABB calls on governments and industry to accelerate adoption of the technology to help combat climate change. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), industry accounts […]

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WEG takes soft-starters to next level with SSW900 range

The new WEG SSW900 soft-starters are the ideal choice for complete motor control and protection. These units allow quick and simple access to application information and configuration settings in any installation throughout a wide range of industrial segments where a three-phase induction motor needs to be controlled. With its well-structured menu interface, the WEG SSW900 […]

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Dekra Industrial: moving ahead, one safe and strategic step at a time

“Dekra Industrial’s sole reason for existence is safety,” says Johan Gerber, Director at Dekra Industrial RSA, and it is evident that these are more than just words. Since 1925, when Dekra began its journey into safety services in the international automotive industry, the company has continued to pursue a strategy which enshrines and elevates the […]

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siFramo Launches in South Africa

A first for its kind in Africa, siFramo is a non welded support system that saves time, money and labour. 15 years ago, Sikla pioneered siFramo: a versatile, multifunctional, and high load bearing modular steel support system. SiFramo is the only system with 1-Screw technology in the world and is now available in South Africa. […]

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Growing niche for dry-type transformers in oil, gas projects

Demanding safety requirements in the oil and gas sector are being met by custom-designed dry-type transformers from specialist company Trafo Power Solutions. “We are seeing growing success in the application of dry-type transformer technology in this industry, where all equipment must be safe to use in hazardous areas,” says David Claassen, Trafo Power Solution’s managing […]

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Exact determination of fuel consumption

INSTROTECH has KOBOLD DOE, an oval gear flowmeter, categorised as positive displacement flow technology. When liquid flows through this positive displacement flowmeter, two oval geared rotors measure a constant volume per rotation, within a precisely machined measuring chamber. With each rotation, a constant volume of liquid is measured. The rotation of the oval gears is […]

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Understanding Lubricant Additives

The best way to protect your equipment is to apply the right lubricant at the right time and in the right quantities. This is the philosophy at Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa. But, says Callum Ford, National Marketing Manager, there’s one more principal worth bearing in mind: a good lubricant can become a great lubricant […]

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Engineers still deliver in challenging times

During a recent Subsea campaign on an offshore wind field, Imenco provided an ROV tool for bolt tensioning. During the campaign the tool performed the equivalent of a 658 500 ton lift. Lead designer Erling Iversen says; “Even if this total was divided by four tools and multiple cycles, it`s still a great accomplishment to do […]

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Filtration Systems: Figuring out what you need

Filtration is used in almost all industrial applications and is integral to many processes. Anelia Hough, water treatment consultant at Allmech, explains that it’s an important step used in production processes for everything from automotive products to food and beverage, pharmaceutical, chemical and coatings, building services, water treatment, oil and gas, nuclear and contained systems. […]

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RS Components supports Schneider Electric’s platform for managing and controlling low voltage loads

Minimising time spent on specifying individual items of equipment and allowing more focus on maximising overall system efficiency RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has added TeSys™ island from Schneider Electric to its portfolio. This object-oriented digital load management solution […]

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Key appointments and promotions made at waste management company Averda

Waste management company Averda has appointed two rising stars, Mariam Ansari and Brindha Roberts, as Director of Plastics Recycling and Group Director of Sustainability, respectively. These global appointments reflect Averda’s strategic focus on fostering the circular economy in the emerging world as well as its commitment to staff diversity at a senior level. A Durban […]

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Skyriders deploys rope access for Carlton Centre winch inspection

The Carlton Centre is a 223-m-high, 50-storey skyscraper and shopping centre in downtown Johannesburg that is the second-tallest building in Africa after The Leonardo in Sandton, as well as being the tallest office building. Towards the end of last year, South African Load Testing Services (SALTS) was tasked to carry out load testing on four […]

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BMG’s NSK HPS spherical roller bearings for demanding environments 2021

BMG’s range of high-performance NSK spherical roller bearings is perfectly suited to operate in demanding environments, including foundries, forges and die-casting applications. The NSK HPS range, which has a running life nearly double that of conventional bearings of the same size, also ensures reduced maintenance costs, substantial energy savings and downsizing in product design. The […]

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NEED FOR SPEED?

New High-Speed Pyrometer CT 4M From Optris With very fast processes, requirements for the pyrometers used for temperature measurement are especially onerous. Typical examples are plastics processing machinery, such as those used for blow-molding PET bottles, which work on very short cycle times. Another application is the monitoring of rail vehicles, where the temperature of the wheelset […]

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Zutari co-creates integrated solutions to address energy security

Increasing electricity tariffs and ongoing load shedding has resulted in a lot of interest from private-sector clients to guarantee their energy security independent of electricity utility Eskom, according to newly-appointed Zutari Energy Unit Leader Janice Foster. Coupled with the global move towards ‘green’ energy, much of this interest is in renewable energy. An example of […]

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Human assets are instrumental in protecting your virtual and physical assets

By Canninah Mapena, Managing Director, Rockwell Automation Africa While digital transformation and the move to the Connected Enterprise offer brilliant benefits to organisations – improved visualisation, better and faster data acquisition and processing, remote support, and informed decision-making – there is industry-wide concern that the “smart” enterprise is increasingly vulnerable. More connected technology may mean […]

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Cable, components and critical space exploration

ABB provides Ty-Rap™ cable ties for NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission As NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover begins exploring its new planetary home after landing on 18 February 2021, it’s operating with the world’s most advanced technology while being equipped with Ty-Rap™ cable ties from ABB, the same ties that are widely used on earth. […]

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Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) is launched

Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) part of Invicta Holding Limited, has established a new company – Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) – that specialises in the design and manufacture of slurry related valves. (Effective 1 October 2020). “ESG’s strategy to further expand its fluid technology services, through the launch of an in-house manufacturing facility, strengthens the Group’s […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter

18 February 2021– Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Sulphur emission enquiry | Pretoria and Johannesburg region Electrocomponents collaborates with industry specialists to develop revolutionary new method of inspecting petrochemical storage tanks Cleaning industry should not forget lessons learned from pandemic Schneider Electric accelerates its sustainability strategy, comes […]

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Sulphur emission enquiry | Pretoria and Johannesburg region

Sasol can confirm that recently our Secunda Operations in Mpumalanga have been stable with no operational incidents that have/could have resulted in an increase in sulphur emissions. High resolution analysers (on point sources), which monitor our emissions, report levels below the limits prescribed by our atmospheric emissions licenses under which we operate. Sasol is committed […]

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Rio-Carb R-C700 wear liner plate is the ‘green steel’ alternative

As a market leader in wear solutions for the mining and related industries, R-C700 long-life liner plate from Rio-Carb offers the benefit of significantly reduced greenhouse (GHG) emissions for its customers. This is because these liners, featuring a chromium carbide (CrC) overlay, outlast quenched and tempered products by a factor of eight. Therefore the carbon […]

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Magnetic Target Switch for Position Sensing in Standard-duty and Extreme-duty Operation Environments

TopWorx MTS features globally approved certifications and specifications, helping to avoid approval delays Emerson, a global leader in fluid control and pneumatics technology, has released its TopWorxTM Magnetic Target SwitchTM (MTS) to provide ready-to-install, universally-certified position sensing for explosion proof and intrinsically safe applications. The hazardous locations-approved TopWorx MTS joins the TopWorx GOTM Switch in […]

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OMRON Announces the World’s First Integrated Controller for Fully Automated Robotic Production Systems

New solution brings innovation into manufacturing in virtual and remote environments OMRON has announced the launch of the world’s first “Robotic Integrated Controller”, the new NJ501-R, based on OMRON’s industry leading NJ series of machine controllers for industrial automation. With the integrated controller, it is possible to automate advanced and complex manual work and simulate […]

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Cleaning industry should not forget lessons learned from pandemic

Workplace health and safety measures should be considered as non-negotiable elements that can never be neglected. This, says specialised cleaning services provider Fidelity Cleaning Services, should be seen as the single biggest lesson learned from 2020. “The pandemic has tested most aspects of the South African economy, and the cleaning sector is no exception. We […]

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Electrocomponents collaborates with industry specialists to develop revolutionary new method of inspecting petrochemical storage tanks

RS Monition and DesignSpark help multidisciplinary consortium, Project nautilUS, to develop sustainable, intrinsically safe robot for tank inspection Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), holding company for RS Components and a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, is helping to revolutionise the way periodic inspections of petrochemical storage tanks are carried out in order […]

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African Development Bank and Mozambique LNG Area 1 Project win Multilateral Deal of the Year Award for $24 billion global syndicated finance

The Mozambique Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Area 1 Project and the African Development Bank have jointly received the prestigious Global Multilateral Deal of the Year 2020 award by the print and online publication Project Finance International (PFI). The project, the single largest foreign direct investment in Africa to date with a value of over $24 […]

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Demag to supply three process cranes for “Green” Power Generation at E.ON BIOMASS POWER plant in Hürth

Demag, Germany, will supply Green Steam Hürth GmbH, a subsidiary of E.ON, with three process cranes equipped with grabs for a heat and power plant project. The project comprises the build of a biomass power plant with an output of 20 MW of electricity and 87 MW of heat energy at the site of the […]

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How to troubleshoot conveyor belt challenges

Some of the toughest maintenance challenges at manufacturing facilities are presented by large belt-driven conveyor systems. These critical assets require gear oil for their gearboxes, electric motor grease for the motors, and grease for multiple lubrication points – particularly bearings. Improper lubrication and contamination can cause premature wear, or even worse, create unplanned downtime. Recurring […]

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Schneider Electric accelerates its sustainability strategy, comes top in Corporate Knights ranking of world’s most sustainable corporations

· Company announces six long-term commitments, with aim to reach eleven concrete sustainability goals by 2025 · Becomes world’s most sustainable corporate, according to Corporate Knights 2021 Global 100 ranking Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, today doubled down on its long-standing strategy to embed environmental, social and […]

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THE E-POWERLINE LATEST NEWSLETTER

12 February 2021– Keeping you up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Upcoming events High-level pressure sensors for complete systems                             Genset failure can cost companies dearly during load shedding The impact of 5G in the business – are South African organisations ready               IGS TUFFss online TSA: Safe application during plant […]

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BMG’s durable scraper chains safely remove waste materials from beneath boilers and burners

BMG’s Power Transmission division supplies a wide range of conveyor chain that ensures efficient and trouble-free transport of slag granulates, ash or smelting residues from beneath boilers, burners and furnaces. According to BMG specialists, conveying dry or wet ash is one the most challenging applications a chain can be subjected to. “Conventional chains installed in […]

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IGS TUFFss online TSA: Safe application during plant operation

Thermal Sprayed Aluminum (TSA) is a recognized optimum solution to corrosion under insulation (CUI).  In the past, TSA applications were performed during turnarounds, disrupting schedules and other activities due to noise, fumes, and grit blasting. Bo Andersen, a thermal spray expert and innovator, said: “Plant operators were forced to make tradeoffs between turnaround duration and […]

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40th anniversary is cause for Hire It to celebrate continued growth

From its humble beginnings as a construction equipment hire and repair business established in 1981, to the official launch of its tough, cost-effective Kwagga equipment range, this year sees Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. celebrate its 40th anniversary. Another milestone in 2021 is the 70th birthday of Doug Fraser, originally in charge of sales and […]

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The Future Evolution of Batteries for Stationary Applications by IDTechEx

IDTechEx recently released an update of the report “Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage 2021-2031”. The report investigated the recent development of batteries for stationary energy storage, showing the forecast of battery installations and market size. The “Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage 2021-2031” report shows the fast-growing scale of this market, analyzing the main technologies involved in this energetic revolution. The way […]

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EMERSON Europe, Middle East & Africa users conference to focus on enablingsmarter, safer, more sustainable operations

Emerson Users Exchange Live 2021 EMEA online conferenceonline conference offers new insights and innovations that are driving performance improvements for manufacturers Emerson Users Exchange Live 2021 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will highlight practical innovations and solutions to help industrial manufacturers achieve performance improvements by running their operations smarter, safer and more sustainably. With […]

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The impact of 5G in the business – are South African organisations ready?

Many organisations and industries are seeing a major digital revolution, and with all the data generated it is apparent that existing networks are going to struggle to cope with future connectivity needs. This is where we will see 5G stepping in, the fifth-generation cellular wireless iteration and latest technology in mobile connectivity that delivers 100 […]

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Genset failure can cost companies dearly during load shedding

A back-up power supply such as gensets is critical to reduce overall electricity demand during load-shedding. However, it is vital that such important equipment is maintained properly and serviced regularly to be able to cope with such outages. Genset failure due to a lack of proper maintenance poses a significant business risk. Here you are […]

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High-level pressure sensors for complete systems

KELLERs standard product catalog covers most applications for pressure measurement technology. However, there are often great benefits to optimising pressure sensors specifically for use and integration into higher-level complete systems. KELLER’s modular product design offers great flexibility and allows customer-specific adaptations to be made without causing soaring costs – even for small production runs. Sharing […]

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Launch of new Aisle Master Order Picker: Aisle Master-OP

Combilift officially launched the latest addition to its product portfolio in a virtual press conference on February 3rd. The NEW Aisle Master-OP (AME-OP) is a pioneering stand-on electric powered model that combines the advantages of a narrow aisle articulated forklift and an order picker for versatile operation in warehousing applications. The development of this model […]

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Disaster recovery and cloud data protection are top priorities for businesses post-pandemic

By Gerhard Fourie, District Channel Manager for Commvault South Africa The global Covid-19 pandemic significantly accelerated the adoption of cloud technologies around the world, but particularly in South Africa. Where many businesses may have been lagging behind when it came to adopting cloud-based solutions, being forced to lock down and enable a remote workforce was […]

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THE E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER

4 February 2021 Firm local base sets up ZEST WEG for Africa growth SMC virtual tour- Explore our South African Headquarters Skyriders installs Honeywell lifeline system for large commercial bank in Sandton Africa Energy Indaba – The business meeting of choice for the African energy sector Exciting year ahead for Weir Minerals in Africa and […]

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Specialised transformers from Trafo for LNG plant

Twenty custom-designed transformers are being prepared by dry-type transformer specialists Trafo Power Solutions for a liquified natural gas (LNG) plant being constructed in northern Mozambique. The 20 transformers feature a specialised design that ensures high levels of ingress protection, according to David Claassen, managing director of Trafo Power Solutions. These units – ranging from 400 […]

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Africa Energy Indaba

1 – 5 March 2021 Virtual Event The business meeting of choice for the African energy sector The Africa Energy Indaba is the continent’s definitive energy event, providing an agenda that influences energy policy for Africa. Attended by Ministers and private sector decision-makers, the prestigious event serves as the ideal platform for achieving Africa’s energy vision for a sustainable energy future and keeping abreast of global energy competitors in […]

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Afrox, sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products, has recently completed a new made-to-order speciality gases plant in response to rising market demand for complex gas mixtures

The complex gases produced at the new gravimetric filling plant will be Afrox’s main source of all made-to-order gas mixtures, supplying customers throughout South Africa and its neighbouring countries. Designed for improved accuracy and efficiency, the new automated facility in Germiston allows for up to 16 fixed line input components, which can be increased by […]

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The digital era calls for a cybersecurity mesh approach to protect against attacks

As digital transformation continues to accelerate, driven in large by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, organisations can no longer depend on a traditional network and perimeter-based approach to cybersecurity to protect their critical data. With the adoption of the Work from Home (WFH) culture, organisations have to deal with distributed workforces and architecture. This means traditional […]

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Top SRK experts gather to integrate climate change services

As climate change climbs the rankings of business risk, SRK Consulting recently gathered over 50 of its specialists in a virtual workshop to integrate and strengthen its climate change services. Organised by SRK’s South African Climate Change Reference Group led by Ashleigh Maritz, Philippa Burmeister and Lisl Pullinger, the two-day event included nine parallel sessions […]

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Exciting year ahead for Weir Minerals in Africa and Middle East

Weir Minerals Africa is focused on partnering with customers to drive efficiencies using its proven technology-driven solutions.   According to Grant Ramsden, Regional Managing Director of Weir Minerals Africa and Middle East, the company’s successful evolution over a century and a half continues with a strong sustainability vision for the modern mining, minerals processing and […]

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Skyriders installs Honeywell lifeline system for large commercial bank in Sandton

While many large commercial buildings are facing budgetary constraints for maintenance purposes, it is imperative that facilities managers do not opt for inferior systems that could compromise the health and safety of workers. Rope access specialist Skyriders is busy assisting with the installation of a permanent horizontal lifeline system from Honeywell at a large commercial […]

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SMC VIRTUAL TOUR

Explore our South African Headquarters Your tour of our world class show room Have you always wanted to get see our World Class Show Room? Then join us on a 360 ° tour through our new virtual showroom. Come in and experience our virtual show room.With one click you can find out more about our […]

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Bosch Rexroth South Africa appoints new Group Marketing Manager

The Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies has promoted Gillian Allin to the position of Group Marketing Manager effective 1 January 2021. Gillian fills the shoes of recently retired Willem Gijzelaar, having reported to him for 10 years while fulfilling the role of Group Marketing Communications Specialist. She joined the Bosch Rexroth South Africa […]

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Zutari board appoints Teddy Daka as Co-CEO as it re-enters Middle East market

Zutari is bringing previous Aurecon Group Chair Teddy Daka on-board as Co-CEO with current CEO Dr. Gustav Rohde. It follows Zutari’s successful launch last year after demerging from the global Aurecon group and a recent decision to re-enter the Middle East market. This strategic development is critical to address the shifting market conditions faced by […]

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Nifty Nitrogen! Rand-Air’s nitrogen generators offer agile advantages to industry

It is crucial for companies, whether they specialise in chemical manufacturing, electronics, fabrication, food and beverage or other sectors, to have a reliable and specific supply of industrial gas for production purposes. Notably, oil refineries and other industries have very specific and exact operational requirements for the use of nitrogen gas in particular, to enhance […]

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FIRM LOCAL BASE SETS UP ZEST WEG FOR AFRICA GROWTH

Establishing a strong local manufacturing base in South Africa has been integral to Zest WEG’s success over the past decade, building the economy and providing an important springboard into Africa. This process has aligned closely with the strategic approach of Brazil-based parent organisation WEG, which prioritises its member companies’ capability, efficiency and innovation on a […]

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BMG’s SEIM spindle screw pumps efficiently handle a wide range of liquids at different flows and various pressures

BMG – exclusive distributor of SEIM screw pumps throughout Africa – supplies and supports the full range of SEIM spindle screw pumps, flow meters and in-line relief valves. “These robust pumps and related products – which are manufactured to stringent quality specifications in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 standards – are designed for dependable use in […]

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New generation longspan shelving now available in southern Africa

Leading South African intralogistical supplier Logistics Systems Engineering (LSE) is introducing its new Constructor range of Longspan Shelving 3 (LS3) to the southern African market. Introduced to the European market earlier this year by LSE’s solutions partner Gonvarri Material Handling, the new generation of longspan shelves feature improved versatility with a large selection of accessories […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter

Just released: Keep up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. BI warns against the unforeseen costs of using counterfeit bearings          Local management team buy-out SNC-Lavalin SA and rename the business Aurex Constructors Vert Energy appointed as distributors for Yanmar industrial engines and power products New Inverter Enhances QuickStick HT Intelligent […]

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BI warns against the unforeseen costs of using counterfeit bearings

Downtime, consequential damage, reduced lifespan, poor performance and safety are just some of the dangers of using counterfeit bearings, which are increasingly prevalent across South African industry, warns Andrew Altree, Product Manager at leading supplier Bearings International (BI). Major bearing brands distributed by BI included are FAG and INA. Customers sometimes think they can nab […]

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Saipem: awarded FEED contract for Virginia Gas Project in South Africa

The contract concerns the development of an LNG plant with the production of liquefied Helium San Donato Milanese (Italy), January 27, 2021 – Saipem has been awarded a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract by Renergen, a South African emerging integrated renewable energy company, through its 100% controlled subsidiary Tetra4. The contract concerns the downstream development of the Virginia […]

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SICK Automation introduces first in SA berm monitoring system

Safety berms are critical for the safe movement of heavy machinery in open pit operations. Continued berm integrity is therefore also critical, as is ongoing monitoring to ensure berm integrity. SICK Automation has developed the SICK Advanced Object Detection LiDAR System (AOS LiDAR) which offers high reliability for outdoor applications. Using an outdoor scanner, safety […]

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Drilling contractor Rosond transitions into technology provider

Transforming the way that drilling is traditionally carried out in the mining industry, Rosond of Midrand is combining automation, software and data analytics and machine learning to create a next-generation drill rig as it transitions into a drilling technology provider. “We really believe that this is going to be a future game changer,” comments MD […]

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Digital Enterprise solutions join Hitachi’s Lumada Portfolio of Digital Solutions and Services

Introducing Lumada Asset Performance Management, Enterprise Asset Management and Field Service Management ZURICH, January 27, 2021: Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Hitachi Vantara today announced the integration of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ Digital Enterprise (DE) flagship solutions within the Lumada portfolio of advanced digital solutions and services for turning data into insights. The two Hitachi […]

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Bosch Capital works with CBSS to advance the LEGUAAN Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) water quality monitoring tool

Bosch Capital has been appointed by environmental and water governance, risk and compliance specialists – CBSS – to support the commercial development of the new LEGUAAN™ Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) water quality monitoring, data visualisation and reporting tool. This project is supported by the WADER programme of the Water Research Commission (WRC). CBSS has developed this water […]

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Local management team buy-out SNC-Lavalin SA and rename the business Aurex Constructors

Led by Vice President Stuart Kent, the South African management team of SNC-Lavalin SA successfully completed a management buy-out of the local entity on 10th December 2020. Building on the success of SNC-Lavalin SA the management team remains the same people that customers have grown to know and trust. The management team of the South […]

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Networked beer tanks delight both landlords and breweries

 IOT – The Internet of Things starts with a sensor The Internet of Things (IoT) offers “smart” solutions that help make life easier and more convenient, improve and streamline processes, and receive information in good time that was previously unavailable or difficult to acquire. Smart solutions are highly personalised but always begin with an object […]

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Tektronix releases TekDrive, groundbreaking data collaboration software

COMTEST, local representative of TEKTRONIX, has announced the availability of TekDrive™, the first native oscilloscope-to-cloud software solution to facilitate global data collaboration directly on an oscilloscope, PC, phone or tablet. Created to enable ultimate ease and accuracy in data accessibility and collaboration, TekDrive provides engineers the ability to instantaneously share and recall data directly on […]

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BMG’s high-temperature furnace belts offer a service-life of more than three times that of conventional belts

BMG’s Light Materials Handling division supplies and supports a comprehensive range of belting products which is suitable for use in diverse sectors, including high-temperature applications, like glass bottle manufacturing. “Because of extreme heat generated from furnaces in glass bottle manufacturing plants, we recommend the installation of flat top chains, that run efficiently at a safe […]

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New Inverter Enhances QuickStick HT Intelligent Conveyor System Performance

The QuickStick HT intelligent conveyor system from Rockwell Automation is designed to transport large loads with the intelligence of independent cart technology. The most common applications for the technology are in the automotive industry. However, it is also well-suited for heavy-load material handling, ride conveyance and hazardous material handling, including glovebox applications. The industry-leading system […]

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Emerson receives 2021 IOT breakthrough award for ‘analytics platform of the year’

Real-time data and analytics are key drivers for optimising operational performance, asset health and plant safety Emerson (NYSE:EMR), a global automation technology and software company, has received the “IoT Analytics Platform of the Year” award for its Plantweb Optics™ Analytics software. The honour, part of the 5th annual IoT Breakthrough Awards, recognises Emerson’s analytics software […]

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E-Powerline Newsletter- 21 January 2021

Keep up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. In this edition: BMG advises on how to optimise efficiency and extend the service life of solar-powered pumping systems by selecting the correct drives ‘Get connected’ with genuine parts from Anderson Power Products – putting the power back in the end-user’s hands […]

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Helping South African power grid brave thunderstorms

Hitachi ABB Power Grids PEXLINK line surge arresters can safeguard transmission lines from lightning strikes, ensuring ‘business as usual’ for everyone in the country South Africa is the leading services destination, regional manufacturing hub and the most industrialised country in Africa.[1] This makes it imperative to be supported by access to reliable power. To maintain […]

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Rand-Air: When Class O means top-class medicine!

The pharmaceuticals industry requires a pristine manufacturing environment to ensure the integrity of the final product, which must meet the strictest levels of hygiene. A key enabler in producing these sterile ‘clean room’-standard manufacturing conditions lies in the application of oil-free compressed air. Leaders in the field of portable air, power, flow and lighting solutions, […]

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New smokestack instrumentation a towering success thanks to Skyriders

When electrical, mechanical and control engineering expert Proconics was recently called upon to install new gas-monitoring instrumentation at a major petrochemical producer, it turned to rope-access specialist Skyriders to provide the secure access and work-at-height required for the trunking, tubing and cabling. This followed an earlier project whereby Skyriders was called upon for its inspection […]

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BMG advises on how to optimise efficiency and extend the service life of solar-powered pumping systems by selecting the correct drives

BMG’s electromechanical specialists, with extensive experience in gearing, have extended their solutions service to include solar inverters and drives, which are designed to enhance efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) systems. “PV modules – which use daylight to generate electricity – are gaining popularity globally as a form of renewable energy that is clean, emission-free, sustainable, safe […]

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Blending Platforms are the answer to safe disposal of hazardous liquid and sludge waste

Regulations were introduced in South Africa in 2019 which puts a responsibility on the waste sector to safely dispose of hydrocarbon-based materials at landfill sites. Hazardous liquid and sludge can no longer be dumped, and this is where blending platforms enter the frame. These new state-of-the-art Blending Platforms allow the industry to transform hazardous waste […]

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Engen Sunset Beach offers a slice of Andiccio24

Engen’s fast-food convenience offering is flourishing, and Cape Town customers can now enjoy a slice of Andiccio24’s delicious pizza at Engen Sunset Beach Convenience Centre in Milnerton.  Opened officially on 4 December 2020, Engen Sunset Beach operates 24/7 and offers customers a diverse range of convenience services along with and Andiccio24’s gourmet Italian cuisine.  Conveniently […]

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GETI 2021: petrochemicals professionals believe “new normal” has already arrived

Petrochemicals workforce believes social distancing, workspace flexibility and reduced headcounts are here to stay 61 per cent of respondents believe the sector is resilient to the changes it faces Training and mentorship is the resilience-building measure most requested by professionals LONDON, UK, 12 January 2021, The fifth annual Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest energy […]

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‘Get connected’ with genuine parts from Anderson Power Products – putting the power back in the end-user’s hands

Alexander & Poole (A&P) was founded over 4 decades ago in 1980 and today is the sole distributor for the Southern African region of Anderson Power Products (APP) electrical connectors, renowned to achieve the highest levels of durability, reliability and performance. While Anderson Power Products has a sound reputation for the manufacture and distribution of […]

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Bosch Munitech makes a substantial investment in the latest technology, offering geospatial services in line with stringent global standards

The Bosch Holdings group of multi-disciplinary consulting engineering companies has used laser scanning and 3D modelling technology successfully for over seven years, to ensure accuracy and efficiency of engineering deliverables. Bosch Munitech’s new Faro S150 Plus scanner – the first of its kind in South Africa – is designed to capture up to 2-million points […]

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Nord-Lock X-series washers for safe and secure bolt joints 2021

BMG’s range of Nord-Lock bolt securing systems includes the X-series washers, designed for optimum bolt security, even in the most demanding operating conditions. These bolt securing washers have been developed to safely secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads. The wedge-effect design of this series prevents spontaneous bolt loosening and an integrated […]

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A NEW POWER PARTNERSHIP. Vert Energy is set to supply and support Yanmar industrial engines and power products in southern Africa

Vert Energy has been appointed by Yanmar as the official distributors in Southern Africa for Yanmar industrial engines from the 1st of January 2021 “What’s exciting for the African market is easy access to the globally respected Yanmar brand through local specialists, offering a dependable service and technical support, in line with stringent international standards,” […]

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New Safety Switch from Rockwell Automation Provides Interlocking on All Types of Guard Doors

The new Allen-Bradley® Guardmaster® 440G-EZ electromagnetic interlocking switch can help protect people, processes and equipment. By providing the physical interlocking of guard doors, the safety switch allows access to a potentially hazardous area only when the area is safe. This can help keep people safe and protect a process from unplanned downtime to improve productivity […]

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Deep caption press release: Handwashing CSI initiative – keeping communities

While good hygiene is always recommended, the stark reality is that in South Africa today, many of our schools do not have access to safe, clean running water. This fact has been exacerbated more than ever during 2020, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, when washing hands is a priority first defence against the virus and, […]

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Purchasing cleaning products moves online

The coronavirus has been a trendsetter in its own rights, causing a shift in the way businesses continue to keep doors open and seeing the public adjusting homelife. One of the biggest trends has been in cleaning and hygiene, making it top of the list with everyone having to make sure that their workspace and […]

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Keeping the crane wheels on the straight and narrow

When a mining operation based in the Copper Belt of Zambia found themselves with an unexpected increase in wheel and flange wear and repair costs on a newly installed crane, they asked Konecranes, Johannesburg to inspect and advise what the problem could be. “Konecranes CraneQ Crane Geometric Survey and RailQ Runway Survey are what make […]

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Price does not always determine engine oil quality

New entrant to SA oil market puts its oil where its mouth is Paying more for an engine oil does not necessarily mean you are getting a superior product. Similarly, if you pay less for a lubricant, it doesn’t always mean you are buying a lower-grade oil, says Petrocam Lubricants CFO Ridwan Gany. The implications […]

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Sulzer Academy encourages knowledge transfer for operators and maintenance specialists

Pump training can encompass many aspects from design and operation to maintenance and rerates, it all depends on the trainees and what they want to get out of the course. Sulzer has developed a flexible and dynamic range of courses that are tailored to suit the customer. Learning more about important pieces of equipment, such […]

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Forward planning and innovation ensure Bureau Veritas Southern Africa migrates from normal to next normal

Bureau Veritas continues to support and serve customers under new working conditions The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new – Socrates Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification services, has recently migrated at pace from the once normal working […]

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Local management team buy-out SNC-Lavalin SA and rename the business Aurex Constructors

Led by Vice President Stuart Kent, the South African management team of SNC-Lavalin SA successfully completed a management buy-out of the local entity on 10th December 2020. Building on the success of SNC-Lavalin SA the management team remains the same people that customers have grown to know and trust. The management team of the South […]

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Handwashing CSI initiative – keeping communities healthy!

While good hygiene is always recommended, the stark reality is that in South Africa today, many of our schools do not have access to safe, clean running water. This fact has been exacerbated more than ever during 2020, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, when washing hands is a priority first defence against the virus and, […]

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ZEST WEG – 40 years and growing in Africa

Four decades in Africa has seen Zest WEG investment in a powerful manufacturing base and grow a significant footprint across sub-Saharan Africa. This strategy is underpinned by its investment in technology and skills transfer between the company and its holding company WEG in Brazil. Zest WEG’s four decades in Africa have produced a powerful local […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter

Blast Resistant Buildings – Is your Site Covered? Gas-to-power options emerge on SA energy scene Industry 4.0 Skimping on boiler maintenance creates costs down the line Breathers and spin-on elements form part of BMG’s filtrations solutions New MicroHAWK V- and F-Series smart Cameras simplify code reading and inspection with ultra-small footprints Price does not always […]

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Skyriders to tap into need for ongoing inspection, maintenance during Level 1 in 2021

Bringing its drone capabilities to bear in a larger portion of the market is the major opportunity for Skyriders going into 2021, affirms Marketing Manager Mike Zinn. Having being issued with a Remote Operating Certificate (ROC) from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) will now allow the rope-access specialist to offer a complete service. […]

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“SMMEs are vital to rebuilding SA’s economy”

In President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to Parliament on 15 October 2020 regarding South Africa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, he highlighted the importance of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) in rebuilding the country’s economy. Central to his plan is the goal of reindustrialising the economy by focusing on growing the approximately 3.5 million small businesses. […]

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Breathers and spin-on elements form part of BMG’s filtrations solutions

BMG’s Fluid Technology’s filtration solutions comprise a wide range of fluid power components and systems, which are supported by the team’s broad technical capabilities to ensure fluids – including oil, fuel and lubricant oil – operate within the required cleanliness standards. “Proficient filtration disciplines in all industries – especially chemical and corrosive environments and arduous […]

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Is your training provider ready for Industry 4.0?

The Colliery Training College (CTC), is a training center for artisan and mining skills in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. CTC has been part of the coal mining industry since 1964 and is supported and owned by the prominent mining houses in the area namely Anglo-American Thermal Coal, Seriti, Exxaro, Glencore, Izimbiwa Coal, Kanga Coal, and South32. These […]

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New MicroHAWK V- and F-Series smart Cameras simplify code reading and inspection with ultra-small footprints

The V/F400 and V/F300 Series Smart Cameras are the latest additions to OMRON’s popular MicroHAWK line that offers both codes reading and vision inspection capabilities.  The powerful yet compact MicroHAWK V/F400 and V/F300 Series Smart Cameras simplify applications by offering the possibility to combine code reading and vision inspection into a single, highly compact device. These smart cameras are suitable for the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industry as well as […]

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How Africa can get more from its minerals

South Africa’s rich mineral deposits could be key to boosting the country’s economic growth, especially post Covid-19. While the local mining industry has emerged relatively unscathed, the pandemic has highlighted the need to build a stronger economy that is resilient in the face of future threats. One of the key areas where South Africa can […]

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Price does not always determine engine oil quality

New entrant to SA oil market puts its oil where its mouth is Paying more for an engine oil does not necessarily mean you are getting a superior product. Similarly, if you pay less for a lubricant, it doesn’t always mean you are buying a lower-grade oil, says Petrocam Lubricants CFO Ridwan Gany. The implications […]

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Air Products’ Freshline™ Offers Definite Benefits for Retailers and Customers

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drastic changes to the buying patterns of consumers, the value of Air Products’ Freshline™ solutions were highlighted as a key aspect of the success of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). By using products packaged in this particular way, consumers have peace of mind that the products will […]

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Skimping on boiler maintenance creates costs down the line

A comprehensive boiler maintenance programme not only keeps your boiler up and running reliably, but also ensures equipment longevity and improves safety for employees. However, many companies try to save costs on water treatment to reduce operating costs and meet production demands. While this can save money in the short term, it may have the […]

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Rockwell Automation expands visualization offering, provides customers greater reliability, security

New VersaView 6300 industrial PCs and thin clients allow users to create a single, secure and dependable visualization system 20201203 Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) has released new industrial PCs and software to markedly improve the reliability and security of visualization applications. Visualization systems are often among the most expensive plant floor systems to maintain and […]

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Industry 4.0

Terms such as digitization and Industry 4.0 are heard almost everywhere today. But why? Industry 4.0 is the term used to describe the fourth industrial revolution, which means: after mechanization, mass production and the digital revolution, we are now in the era of digital networking of machines, products and IT networks. In this context, IoT, […]

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Gas-to-power options emerge on SA energy scene

As South Africa races against the clock to fill an electricity supply gap of some 2,000 MW between 2019 and 2022, gas-to-power projects will play a significant role. Government’s recently launched risk mitigation independent power producer procurement programme (RMIPPPP) has stirred the interest of a number of private players in the gas-to-power sector, according the […]

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SA urged to support responsible waste management efforts

The holiday season is here and while many of us are starting our holiday shopping, wrapping gifts for family and friends or finalising our travel plans, the waste sector is preparing for an increase in the amount of both waste and recycling material. South Africa alone produces approximately 95 million tonnes of waste per year, […]

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Dekra Industrial ‘goes nuclear’ with safety on steam generator replacement project at Koeberg

Dekra is widely recognised as a global expert in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection. With a presence in more than 50 countries on five continents, and a proud history of 95 years in the industry internationally, Dekra is dedicated to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection across all industries. Dekra Industrial RSA continues its […]

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Blast Resistant Buildings – Is your Site Covered?

A blast-resistant building (BRB) is a reinforced structure designed to reduce the harm to personnel and equipment in the event of an accidental or deliberate explosion. BRBs are common within petrochemical plants, including manufacturing and chemical processing facilities, as well as oil refineries and defence sites. BRBs mitigate the effects of explosions, providing protection for humans, the […]

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Zutari develops electro-desalination water treatment solutions for industry

With South Africa still experiencing a drought in many areas, industries that rely heavily on water for their processes will need to take a more sustainable approach and consider alternative water sources in their future planning. The challenge is to ensure growth while building resilience to external stresses such as long-term water scarcity. It is […]

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Specialist Lubricant for high-temperature applications

Lubrication products used in certain applications are subjected to much harsher conditions or higher temperatures than others. By choosing products specifically designed for challenging circumstances, you can protect your equipment, improve performance, and save on maintenance and repair costs. This is why Lubrication Engineers (LE) believes in continuously improving its products and creating solutions for […]

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Plant optimization for fertilizer manufacturers

Upgrading designs and materials: Using retrofit projects to improve efficiency and reliability Fertilizer and other chemical manufacturing processes rely on several key pieces of rotating equipment to maintain efficient production rates. Using a preventative maintenance approach to uphold the reliability and efficiency of equipment is an important strategy. In addition to this, retrofit projects enable […]

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Latest E-Powerline Newsletter- 26 Nov 2020

African Petrochemicals BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL!- Up to 50% OFF BMG’s Steimel SF series lubricant and feed gear pumps Engen brings drought and fire relief to farmers 4IR and its positive impact on waste sector Travelers cautioned to stay safe during Festive Season travel Vega controls SA Fibertex offers advanced solutions in filtration for a cleaner […]

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Cummins appoints new dealers in North and West Africa

New dealers are in-country representatives in a key growth area for Cummins in Africa Cummins has appointed a range of new dealers as in-country representatives in the key growth area of North and West Africa, according to Sales and Business Development Manager Franck N’Guettia. “The focus is on supporting our customers.” Following the closing down […]

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Pernille Fritz Vilhelmsen new CPCO in Hempel

Pernille Fritz Vilhelmsen has been appointed Executive Vice President & Chief People & Culture Officer and member of the Executive Management Board in Hempel A/S. She succeeds Peter Kirkegaard, who has accepted a new opportunity outside Hempel. Pernille has been Talent Management Director at Hempel since she joined from Maersk Line in 2017, and she has delivered remarkable results in […]

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4IR and its positive impact on waste sector

COVID-19 has fast-tracked digital transformation and spearheaded the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) during 2020. This transformation has become essential to not only help businesses be at the forefront of global trends but is being used to help them expand and retain clients within all sectors and at the end of the day to support with […]

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Keeping the clean room more than clean

Industrial, manufacturing and scientific Clean Rooms by the very nature of their activities are required to maintain extremely high levels of ‘cleanliness’. This means that it is imperative to monitor differential pressure, temperature and humidity to be compliant with local and international Clean Room regulated standards. The Delta OHM HD50CR multi-functional Clean Room Logger/Transmitter device […]

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BMG’s Steimel SF series lubricant and feed gear pumps

BMG’s range of Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps – the SF series – is used mainly on oil lube systems in mines, steel works, power stations and general industry. “SF heavy duty pumps, which offer pulsation-free pumping delivery, are designed to pump any grade of lube oil, including high viscosity oils. These pumps are […]

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Travelers cautioned to stay safe during Festive Season travel

Thousands of long-distance travelers are expected to make use of public transport in December as they make their way home from the big cities and metros to spend the Festive Season holiday with family and friends. “As we have seen this year, the movement of people is one of the easiest and quickest ways in […]

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Rand-Air generators and lighting towers shed light on manganese mine’s production

As part of the global Atlas Copco Group and widely recognised as the local equipment rental leader, Rand-Air delivers portable air, power, lighting and flow solutions into a variety of industries; while its agile, customer-centric service, safety and quality consistently assists customers to successfully meet their operational requirements. A case in point was the recent […]

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Wabtec collaborates with Stone Three to enhance your Bottomline

Wabtec’s Digital Mine collaborates with Stone Three to help expand solutions that help increase yield and optimize process Wabtec (NYSE: WAB) announced today that its Digital Mine organization is collaborating with Stone Three to further expand reach and capabilities around optimizing mineral processing plants through machine vision based smart sensor technology, consultative data analysis and […]

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Engen brings drought and fire relief to farmers

Engen, South Africa’s favourite petrol station*, has stepped up to assist drought-stricken farming communities in Sutherland in the Eastern Cape as well as areas in the Free State that suffered damaging fire outbreaks in October.  As a company that cares, Engen has joined hands with longstanding customer THT, NGOs, AfriForum and NPO Beginet to ensure […]

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Fibertex offers advanced solutions in filtration for a cleaner environment

Fibertex Nonwovens – a leading manufacturer of a comprehensive range of nonwovens and performance-based materials used in diverse industries – has over the course of 50 years, developed advanced filtration solutions that contribute to a cleaner environment. “The global operation is committed to creating filtration solutions of tomorrow, today. Together with dedicated partners and customers, […]

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E-Powerline Newsletter- 19 Nov 2020

E-Powerline Newsletter- 19 Nov 2020: Keep up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here Published in this week’s newsletter: Lubrication filter carts – the ideal way to flush systems TOTAL agri 400 at Nampo park voted best event in SA national cross-country championship Keeping Mission-Critical Assets in Operation During the Pandemic BMG […]

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Varel Energy Solutions Announces Rebrand, Recommitting to Innovation in Drilling and Downhole Solutions

Varel International Energy Services (Varel), a long-standing provider of drilling and downhole solutions, today announced its redefining vision for business growth supported by a fresh, new brand enabling a strong narrative around Varel’s people, approach and customer experience.  The enterprise announces Varel Energy Solutions (VES) as the new company name and image, effective immediately. The […]

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It’s a further 2 years on a Senegalese gold mine for Lincoln Lubrication’s Africa Export Team!

Excellent service on the lubrication systems of mobile equipment on a gold mine in West Africa over the past two years has delivered increased uptime and substantial cost savings, earning Lincoln Lubrication South Africa’s Africa Export team an extension of their service contract by another 24 months. When the Senegalese gold mine started losing mobile […]

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SASOL divests from gabon upstream oil assets, advancing future Sasol strategy

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol Gabon S.A. (Sasol) and VAALCO Gabon S.A. (VAALCO) have signed a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) that will see VAALCO acquire Sasol’s 27.8% working interest in the Etame Marin block offshore Gabon (Etame). In addition, VAALCO is acquiring Sasol’s 40% non-operated participating interest in Block DE-8 offshore Gabon (DE-8). The effective […]

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Opinion piece: The value of SaaS offerings in a post-COVID business environment

By Johan Scheepers, Country Head at Commvault SA The increased need to implement and execute digital transformation strategies in South Africa has further increased the need for companies to switch to enterprise, cloud-driven IT spending. Companies who have not migrated their operations to be cloud-based are piling up and this is where digitalisation has become […]

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Keeping Mission-Critical Assets in Operation During the Pandemic

IGS executed two essential maintenance projects in the Middle East during September, amidst peak COVID-19 restrictions in the region. HVTS Cladding for Oilfield Equipment in Oman In Oman, IGS applied HVTS cladding inside a flow-splitter: oilfield equipment critical for hydrocarbon production, and crucial for the economy. Through the Oil Company’s direct support, special permission was […]

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Lubrication filter carts – the ideal way to flush systems

One of the challenges faced when a lubricant becomes contaminated is that it affects the entire machinery system. This means the whole system needs to be flushed to prevent further damage to costly equipment. Lubrication Engineers (LE) offers a solution in the form of a “kidney-loop” filtration cart. “Filtration carts are useful for several applications,” […]

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TOTAL agri 400 at Nampo park voted best event in SA national cross-country championship

It was a case of success first time around for the TOTAL AGRI 400 in the Free State, round three of this year’s SA Cross Country Series (SACCS) Championship, which has won the Best Event of the Year award. The award was announced at the annual awards function in Johannesburg last night.  The TOTAL AGRI […]

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LEKELA completes its first portfolio of South African wind farms as 140mw Kangnas comes online

140MW wind farm in the Northern Cape of South Africa successfully begins operations The project will provide clean, reliable energy whilst eliminating approximately 450,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year Kangnas joins four other completed wind farms in the 600MW portfolio owned and operated by Lekela-led consortium across South Africa Lekela, the renewable power generation […]

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SENIX offers a wide range of OEM & custom ultrasonic sensors

INSTROTECH, local representative of Senix Corporation, has on offer the smart and rugged ToughSonic line of ultrasonic non-contact Distance and Level sensors, a value-add partner for the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Custom Sensor markets.  For over 30 years, Senix has been engineering and manufacturing custom ultrasonic devices for OEM world-wide, and custom-built Level and […]

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Jet Demolition crowned ‘Best of the Best’ at World Demolition Awards 2020

Beating top competition from the US, Canada and Australia, South African demolition specialist Jet Demolition of Randburg was crowned ‘Best of the Best’ at the World Demolition Awards (WDA) 2020, in addition to winning the Explosive Demolition category, in an online awards ceremony on 12 November. The ‘Best of the ‘Best’ accolade is bestowed on […]

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NOSCAR award: The ‘heroes of safety’ win again!

DEKRA Industrial SA’s formidable reputation as the leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspections has received further endorsement, with the recent win of a NOSCAR Safety Award. This is acknowledged as a very prestigious accolade and confirmation of excellence in the field of occupational health, safety, environment and risk management — bringing DEKRA Industrial closer […]

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KBC Risk Solutions offers digital safety technology and expertise

KBC Risk Solutions from KBC Health & Safety consists of digital safety technology and hands-on SHEQ experts to offer companies value-adding risk solutions. “Our in-depth understanding of the relevant legislation means we can best advise businesses on how to safeguard their employees so that they can return home safely at night,” comments KBC Risk Solutions […]

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BI is up to date with the latest quality standards thanks to BSI

Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) is up to date with the latest quality standards thanks to the services provided by the BSI Group South Africa. These standards are ISO 9001-2015, ISO 14001-2015 and OHSAS 18001-2007, reports BI SHEQ Manager Peter Oliphant. BSI (British Standards Institution) is a business standards company that equips businesses with the […]

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LATEST E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER

Just released: Keep up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here The East London- Everything Industrial Expo Breathing fresh air into old coal power stations Bureau Veritas partners with TWAA, innovative digital female-driven mentorship platform in support of women in business in Africa Zutari assists UCT to become a net zero water […]

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Diagnostic Videoscopes enable maintenance teams to diagnose problems without tearing down equipment

The videoscope probes are IP68 rated to stand up to the dirtiest, harshest industrial work environments While videoscopes are commonly used in many applications, industrial inspections require a powerful, high-resolution videoscope that clearly displays the condition of internal equipment components. High-resolution videoscopes allow industrial maintenance teams to quickly identify equipment issues and schedule preventive maintenance […]

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SASOL secures more than 100 000 carbon offsets credits to progress its climate change ambitions

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol has secured more than 100 000 carbon offset credits from Bethlehem Hydro, a South African independent power producer (IPP), in fulfilment of its obligations under the new South African carbon tax regulations.  The transaction is one of the first carbon offset transactions under the South African Carbon Offset Administration System (COAS) […]

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Skyriders licenced to operate its fleet of SkyEye drones

Rope-access specialist Skyriders has been issued with a Remote Operating Certificate (ROC) from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). This means it is now certified to deploy its SkyEye drones outdoors within civil airspace, thereby dramatically extending the scope of its inspection services for clients, reveals Marketing Manager Mike Zinn. Skyriders operated the Elios […]

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BMG launches a new range of durable Tsubaki Titan Chain for improved wear life in demanding conditions

BMG’s power transmission division has launched the new Tsubaki Titan chain series which offers significant improvements in wear-life in demanding applications, including abrasive and dusty conditions. “Selecting the right chain for every job is critical, especially in harsh conditions where dust and abrasive particles infiltrate moving parts and significantly shorten the lifetime of standard chain. […]

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Breathing fresh air into old coal power stations

AGL Energy Limited undertook a successful transformation of an old coal plant to a modern flexible gas engine power plant to support more renewables into the South Australian power system Eskom’s latest Request for Information to propose new uses for decommissioned coal-fired power stations, is an opportunity to devise creative solutions to what would otherwise become a […]

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Waste management companies urged to help limit landfill fires

Fires at landfill sites happen maybe more often than you think, and no landfill goes unscathed. There have already been several landfill fires this year in South Africa alone. There are several contributing factors which can lead to fires, but whether as a result of arson or the exposure of materials on site, the huge […]

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Infrastructure to pave way for a global recovery from coronavirus pandemic

An ambitious infrastructure build and maintenance programme, consisting of a reliable pipeline of bankable projects using public funding to leverage private and other forms of financing, is key to stimulate economic activity and employment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. This was the message from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Joint Sitting […]

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Bureau Veritas partners with TWAA, innovative digital female-driven mentorship platform in support of women in business in Africa

Empowering women in leadership using innovation to boost development  There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish – Michelle Obama Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification, is proud to announce the launch of its “BV Women in Africa Mentorship Program” a strategic collaborative partnership with TWAA, an innovative […]

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Zutari assists UCT to become a net zero water university by 2050

Implementation of a Sustainable Water Management Strategy developed by Zutari will result in a reduction of 429 ML of the annual municipal water demand at UCT by 2050, equivalent to over 170 Olympic-sized swimming pools In working towards its goal of being a net zero water campus by 2050, the University of Cape Town (UCT) […]

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Compact TRUE-RMS meter for accurate electrical installation and troubleshooting

Fluke’s new compact 110 True-RMS Multimeter for electrical troubleshooting COMTEST, local representative of Fluke, introduces the new Fluke 110, a versatile multimeter for accurately measuring voltage, continuity, resistance and more. Fluke multimeters have long been trusted by both residential and commercial electricians for all of their essential electrical measurements.  The new 110 is the ideal […]

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DEMAG THE KINGPIN OF UNIVERSAL CRANES

In over 200 years of crane manufacture and supply, Demag’s range of universal cranes still offer a superior lifting option that is hard to dispute, especially with over 800,000 Demag cranes installed in over 60 countries with 63,000 remote connections. “Demag’s universal cranes offer the largest range in the industry and come with a pedigree […]

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“voestalpine Böhler Welding and Afrox Ltd. form Joint Venture for the manufacture of welding consumables

voestalpine Böhler Welding and Afrox Ltd. are excited to announce the strengthening of their presence in the South African and Sub-Saharan African region by forming a joint venture to manufacture welding consumables. Afrox has contributed its current welding consumables factory located in Brits, a town in the North West province of South Africa into a […]

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BMG’S new ie5+ motor generation from NORD Drivesystems

BMG and German precision engineers, Getriebebau Nord entered a partnership agreement in 1996 to assemble, distribute and support NORD DRIVESYSTEMS throughout Southern Africa. BMG has made a substantial investment over the years to ensure assembly, stockholdings and technical support for the Nord range are in line with stringent international quality, safety and environmental standards. “NORD […]

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Making sure your lifting equipment stays safely on track

Lifting equipment applied at mining sites is a major CAPEX expenditure, and one that has to reflect a positive return on investment for mining companies. Preventative maintenance scheduling plays a crucial role in ensuring that the financial and operational costs of crane equipment for a mining operation is valid. Konecranes, a leading supplier of cranes […]

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Thinking small to get big projects right

With favourable movements in most commodity prices against a backdrop of uncertainty from COVID-19, the minimum viable project model is appealing for small and large miners alike. “Large-scale complex ventures can take many years to develop, even longer to achieve payback and usually involve significant upfront capital expenditure,” says Alan Langridge, Technology and Expert Solutions […]