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African Petrochemicals is renowned as the most trusted independent source for the latest essential news articles on developments in research and technology in the petrochemical industry for over a decade. Read about current issues affecting the industry and related sub-sectors. Obtain instant access to suppliers of petrochemical products and equipment, just click on the heading link above each article to read more!

African Petrochemicals welcomes professional contributions for publication in upcoming issues of the magazine. We encourage the submission of short articles dealing with leading-edge technological developments, project case studies and relevant industry news that will be informative to our readers. In each issue, we provide coverage on selected industry sectors, products & services according to a yearly features schedule.

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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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 […]

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Learner Grant Funding Opportunities for 2021-22

By Anesu T Ndoro, Business Developer at FDT Craft Training Centre The FDT Craft Training Centre is a division of the Fatlosang Development Trust which is a BBBEE level 1 entity with shareholding in Fluor South Africa. The Training Centre has been in existence for over 30 years and is an established, nationally accredited, reputable […]

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BMG’s Jasic range of welding products enhances efficiency and safety in metal working

BMG’s Tools & Equipment division supplies and supports an extensive range of welding products and systems, which enhance efficiencies and ensure safety during metal working in all business sectors. “BMG is committed to assisting industry create a healthy, clean and safe environment for welding procedures, through the supply of the latest equipment and advanced technologies, […]

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ToughSonic RTTC System Provides Improved Temperature Compensation

INSTROTECH Senix ultrasonic sensors have a temperature sensor inside the sensor technique to compensate for changes in ambient air temperature. As the ambient air warms or cools, the sensor body temperature follows slowly, and the embedded temperature sensor data is used to adjust the calculation for the speed of sound in a linear relationship. For […]

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FIBERTEX SA teams up with local facemask manufacturers to save lives during the covid-19 pandemic, through the supply of quality filter materials

Fibertex SA has stepped-up production of filter media, to meet high demand for quality components from local facemask and respirator manufacturers. This is in response to the Government’s call for every South African to wear a facemask in public areas, to help curb the spread of the Coronavirus. Fibertex facemask filter materials, which have been […]

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RAND-AIR: Service and support with every fibre of their being!

-Rand-Air’s recent long-term rental to the fibreglass industry Rand-Air is the recognised local rentals market leader, with a track record of 47 years in the industry. As part of the global Atlas Copco Group, Rand-Air offers a comprehensive range of TUV-certified oil-free, diesel or electric air solutions, lighting towers and a range of power (generators) […]

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BME’s greener blasts from processed used oil

For over three decades, Omnia group company BME has been incorporating used oil in its world-class emulsion explosives, making blasting greener and reducing environmental risk. This has made the company the leading consumer of used oil in the explosives sector, said Dr Rakhi Pathak, BME’s Senior Product Manager for Ammonium Nitrate Products, Initiating Systems and […]

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22 Oct 2020- E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER

Keep up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here The Secunda Petrochemical, IPP & Renewables Roadshow invites you People-focused design and new technology will transform public transport sector Leveraging communications technology to enhance physical security Cummins Filtration achieves 150% improvement in replacement hours at major mining company Engen and FoodForward SA […]

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What is this new IO-Link Technology?

IO-Link is the first standardized short distance, bi-directional, digital, point-to-point, wired, industrial communications networking standard (IEC 61131-9) worldwide.  It is used for communicating with digital sensors and actuators to either a type of industrial fieldbus or a type of industrial Ethernet.  The powerful point-to-point communication is based on the long established 3-wire sensor and actuator connection […]

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ABB technology improves energy supply reliability at Africa’s largest climate-controlled agricultural facility

ABB’s PCS100 AVC-20 solves utility power quality issues, securing productivity for sustainable hydroponic crop production facility in South Africa ABB technology is helping Africa’s largest climate-controlled agricultural facility, Dube AgriZone in Dube Tradeport, Durban, South Africa, to improve productivity. The installation of ABB’s PCS100 AVC-20 Active Voltage Conditioner has resolved voltage stability issues in the […]

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People-focused design and new technology will transform public transport sector

The public transport sector needs to embrace technology in order to meet its users’ needs better and ensure more streamlined integration of services. From tracking and GPS to smartphone payment and rating systems, a lot of efficiency can be introduced into the sector. “The fusion of new technology and people-focused design will lead to integrated, […]

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Limited-time special on ‘priced to go’ Bobcat attachments

Bobcat Equipment South Africa has launched a limited-time special on select ‘priced to go’ attachments as it makes way for new stock. With over 100 in the full range, this is an ideal opportunity for first-time buyers. The attachments can be used for Bobcat skidsteer loaders, mini excavators, telehandlers and B730 backhoe loaders. “We selected […]

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Cummins Filtration achieves 150% improvement in replacement hours at major mining company

Comprehensive trial using Cummins Filtration products results in service-interval extension for automotive equipment operating at various mine sites Cummins Filtration has supported one of South Africa’s largest mining companies in undergoing a comprehensive trial study to extend the service intervals for automotive equipment operating at mine sites. By extending the cycle replacement hours, the ultimate […]

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ABB supports launch of engineering scholarship programme for Africa

ABB is proud to announce its support of the inaugural Ashesi-ETH Master’s in Engineering Programme in partnership with two world-leading universities for technology and the natural sciences, namely ETH Zurich and Ashesi University Accra. Curated by ETH Zurich and Ashesi Accra and in close collaboration with leading global technology Swiss multinational companies ABB, Barry Callebaut, […]

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Leveraging communications technology to enhance physical security

By Jeremy Osborne, Senior Sales Manager at Infobip South Africa Crime remains an ever-present danger in South Africa, and this has driven a demand for private security services, citizens are turning to private security companies to ensure their safety. It is perhaps not surprising then that the private security industry in South Africa is among […]

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Is the planet telling us something?

Has mankind just pushed our habitat a step too far? I believe so! COVID-19 has smashed all the “normalities” that we knew – the ability to travel, to have friends and families at our houses, among many others. Not even mentioning the inability to cross our provincial borders, we have been deprived the privilege to […]

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Goscor Earthmoving Equipment delivers two SANY SY335C excavators to Wearne Quarries of KZN

Two SANY SY335C medium excavators from Goscor Earthmoving Equipment have been delivered successfully to Wearne Quarries of KwaZulu-Natal, reports Operations Manager Murray Leith. The aggregate producer mainly supplies crushed stone for cement manufacture and will use the excavators for hard-rock excavation and loading articulated dump trucks (ADTs). “The reason for selecting the SANY SY335C for […]

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Engen and FoodForward SA stand together for World Food Day

As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen has again moved to help marginalised members of society by partnering with FoodForward SA to commemorate World Food Day on Friday, 16 October 2020.  Adhering to strict COVID-19 measures, 12 employees from South Africa’s favourite petrol station company* helped FoodForward SA […]

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Rockwell Automation Acquires Cybersecurity Company

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), a global leader in industrial automation and digital transformation has announced that it has acquired Oylo, a privately-held industrial cybersecurity services provider based in Barcelona, Spain. Oylo is dedicated to providing a broad range of industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity services and solutions including assessments, turnkey implementations, managed services and […]

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‘No flash in the pan’: Betterect and DryTech achieve a trio of mineral concentrate drying plant successes

Betterect, a South African fabricator and erector of large processing equipment structures, undertakes steel fabrication projects within the mining, petrochemical and other industries, for clients as far afield as Austria, Italy, Germany and Australia, as well as throughout Southern and Central Africa. With more than four decades in the industry, they are the recognised leaders […]

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Green and integrated approaches could address food security challenges

Marking World Food Day, fdt Africa says stakeholders must collaborate across a broader value chain Agriculture and food production does not happen in isolation, and to maximise food production and address world hunger, stakeholders across a broad value chain have to start working more collaboratively and sustainably. This is according to advisors at Africa’s largest […]

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The E-Powerline Latest Newsletter

14 October 2020 14 October 2020:  Keep up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here The case for responsible handling and reporting of hazardous waste Engen brings much-needed relief to the Agricultural sector TDW Isolates Burning Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline for Repair Following Third-Party Strike Skyriders undertakes UT wall thickness testing […]

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Boosting scarce skills for mining’s mechanised future

Forging 21st century skills to boost productivity in South Africa’s mining sector, Murray & Roberts Cementation has further enhanced its training facilities to develop scarce skills in modern underground mining. The well-known Murray & Roberts Training Academy (MRTA) at Bentley Park near Carletonville in Gauteng now boasts a specialised Engineering Training Centre for trackless mining […]

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SKF Hybrid bearings improve reliability and uptime for Western Cape wind farm customer

SKF’s Renewables Segment team was instrumental in the bearings and rotating technology specialist company securing an order for the supply of three Hybrid bearings which deliver improved reliability and uptime for a customer operating a wind farm in the Western Cape. The customer, who is responsible for the operation of nine wind turbines in the […]

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Dekra Industrial: keeping industry ‘on the safe side’ with holistic NDT and solutions

Dekra is one of the world’s leading experts in industrial inspection and non-destructive testing (NDT), backed by 95 years in the industry, with the vision of being ‘the global partner for a safe world’. With a presence in more than 50 countries and on five continents, Dekra is committed to ensuring long-term safety, health, quality, […]

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Supporting and protecting the cleaning workforce

The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way people look at and think about those staff members who perform cleaning duties. In the past this was something that happened ‘behind the scenes’ and without anyone giving it a second thought. But now, understandably, there is a much bigger emphasis on this critically important […]

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Skyriders undertakes UT wall thickness testing at Tutuka

During the lockdown in June, rope-access specialist Skyriders undertook an inspection of pulverised fuel (PF) piping at Tutuka power station near Standerton in Mpumalanga for electricity utility Eskom during the Unit 6 outage. The six-day project was completed successfully by a specialist team using ultrasonic (UT) wall-thickness testing, a Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technique, explains Skyriders […]

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Lekela delivers another successful project as its fourth South African wind farm begins commercial operation

Lekela, the renewable power-generation company that delivers utility-scale projects across Africa, today marked another important milestone when its Perdekraal East windfarm began commercial operations. The Perdekraal East windfarm will add 110MW to South Africa’s national grid. It becomes the first wind farm from Round 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme to […]

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The case for responsible handling and reporting of hazardous waste

For most of us the term ‘hazardous waste’ conjures images of toxic sludge, depleted uranium garbage, or the ubiquitous green slime we’re so used to seeing on TV screens. The reality is that hazardous waste (any waste with harmful properties that pose a danger to human or environmental health) is an everyday thing. This presents […]

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Djembe Consultants and AfriLabs Unveil Report

Report Provides Rich Perspectives from Scaling Innovations and Entrepreneurship, to Transforming Education Towards a Skills-based Model of Collaborative Learning and Powerful Calls for Policy Enhancements to Help Women and Youth in the Informal Sector Djembe Consultants, the award-winning Africa-focused communications consultancy, today launched its latest Insights Report in partnership with AfriLabs, the largest pan-African network […]

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Rockwell Automation and Microsoft Expand Partnership to Simplify Industrial Transformation

Partnership aims to empower manufacturers with agility, intelligence, and scale to deliver digital transformation initiatives—from the cloud to the edge Rockwell Automation and Microsoft have announced a five-year partnership expansion to develop integrated, market-ready solutions that help industrial customers improve digital agility through cloud technology. By combining each company’s expertise in the industrial and IT […]

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Maintaining Backup Battery Systems for Maximum Usage and Reliability

Standby battery backup systems play a critical role in keeping essential operations functional in the event of a utility outage. Facilities like data centers, hospitals, airports, utilities, oil and gas facilities, and railways can’t operate without 100 percent backup power reliability. Even standard commercial and manufacturing facilities have backup power systems for their emergency systems, […]

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Full marks for Rand-Air’s campus contract!

Recently, leading equipment rental company Rand-Air ‘passed the test’ with flying colours, delivering a 24-hour turnaround hire to a tertiary education college in Gauteng. Since 1973, Rand-Air – a part of the global Atlas Copco Group – has developed a reputation as the recognised leader in supplying portable air, flow, lighting and power equipment to […]

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Engen brings much needed relief to the Agricultural sector

In response to severe drought across vast tracts of South Africa and the associated hardships experienced by many farmers, Engen partnered with AgriSA earlier this year to help support the agricultural sector by driving contributions to their Drought Aid Fund.  Over a six-month period, Engen contributed R1 to the Fund for every litre of participating […]

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De Beers Venetia Mine standardises on safety training from KBC Health & Safety (Pty) Ltd

When De Beers Group’s Venetia Mine had a requirement for safety training, it turned to specialist KBC Health & Safety, a provider of Onboarding, training and contractor management solutions throughout Southern Africa. Venetia and KBC have enjoyed a long-standing relationship since 2012, reports Technical Training Manager Koos Nel, who himself has been with the De […]

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TDW Isolates Burning Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline for Repair Following Third-Party Strike

Tulsa, Oklahoma- T.D. Williamson (TDW) crews isolated a ruptured 14-inch natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline while product continued to flare off, enabling repair while the system remained in service and creating the conditions for the fire to extinguish itself. The west Texas pipeline exploded after it was hit by a third-party contractor excavating the right-of-way […]

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E-POWERLINE NEWSLETTER- 08 OCT 2020

Keep up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here Published in this week’s newsletter: Toxic Gas Shelters – When Evacuation is Not an Option Siemens engineering efficiency in the interaction of SIMATIC PCS 7 Plant Automation Accelerator, SIMATIC PCS 7 and SIMIT Simulation Dick Williamson Wins Energy Industry Lifetime Achievement Award […]

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BMG’S new Fenner Quattro plus twin wrap heavy-duty twin wrapped wedge belts transmit 30% more power, even in tough conditions

New to BMG’s extensive range of Fenner power transmission components are 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 tough […]

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BT Industrial extends plastics-processing capacity to include polymer-based medical fabrics and components

BT Medical Devices is the latest group venture, initially focusing on FFP2 masks for front-line response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the future aim to enter other niche areas In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, BT Industrial has extended its plastics-processing capacity to include polymer-based medical fabrics and components. Its electrostatic melt-blown fabric is […]

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids acquires Pioneer Solutions LLC and strengthens Energy Portfolio Management

Acquisition will expand Energy Market Operations offering and empower energy-market participants with leading digital capabilities to navigate the evolving regulatory environment and renewable energy goals Hitachi ABB Power Grids has signed a definitive agreement to acquire US-based Pioneer Solutions LLC, a provider of industry-leading front-to-back-office Commodities/Energy Trading and Risk Management (C/ETRM) solutions, headquartered in Denver, […]

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Lyondellbasell and Sasol form Integrated Polyethylene joint venture

Houston and Johannesburg – LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) and Sasol (JSE: SOL, NYSE: SSL) today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture (JV) through which LyondellBasell will acquire 50 percent of Sasol’s 1.5 MM ton ethane cracker, 0.9 MM ton low and linear-low density polyethylene plants and associated infrastructure […]

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Bobcat supplies 25 skidsteer loaders to major DIY and building materials supplier

Bobcat Equipment South Africa has concluded a contract to supply 25 Bobcat skidsteer loaders to a major leader in Southern Africa in the hardware, home improvement, DIY and building materials sectors. The brand-new machines were supplied direct from the Bobcat factory, reports National Operations Manager Brian Rachman. “Our machines will be delivered to the respective […]

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Toxic Gas Shelters – When Evacuation is Not an Option

Emergency response planning is designed to minimise harm to personnel, the community and the surrounding environment. Removing personnel through evacuation is not always possible. A multitude of factors, including the lack of adequate pre-warning, will significantly impact the emergency action undertaken. As a primary means of protection, sheltering in place is the most survivable option when […]

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Siemens engineering efficiency in the interaction of SIMATIC PCS 7 Plant Automation Accelerator, SIMATIC PCS 7 and SIMIT Simulation

The interaction of the SIMATIC PCS 7 Plant Automation Accelerator (PAA), SIMATIC PCS 7 and SIMIT Simulation offers the highest consistency and efficiency in automation engineering. The electronic workflow ensures a smooth data exchange from plant and automation planning to process control technology to virtual commissioning and operator training. Engineering and simulation efficiency out-of-the-box  The […]

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Dick Williamson Wins Energy Industry Lifetime Achievement Award

TDW chairman emeritus recognized for significant contributions to pipeline safety and economy T.D. Williamson (TDW) Chairman Emeritus Richard B. “Dick” Williamson received the International Pipeline Conference Lifetime Achievement Award Sept. 30 during the International Pipeline Expo, held virtually from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The IPC Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a “person or group that has demonstrated through their work and actions that the safety and […]

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Industrial edge controller provides high availability for mission-critical redundancy

A consulting company specialising in emergency standby power control systems, load management control systems and monitoring solutions offers a host of technical services to other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), engineering firms, and end users that require quick, responsive engineering services of critical power systems. The company’s target market includes data centers, hospitals and municipalities that […]

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Tektronix Delivers Industry’s First 10 GHz Oscilloscope with 4, 6 or 8 Channels

SEE BEYOND THE NOISE WITH THE NEW 6 SERIES B MSO New 6 Series delivers significant innovation with increased bandwidth, lower noise and more channels than similar products in its class. COMTEST has announced the availability of the 6 Series B Mixed Signal Oscilloscope (MSO) which extends the performance threshold of the Tektronix Mainstream Oscilloscopes […]

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Creating a healthy company culture amid remote work and technology changes: Rockwell Automation experts share their insights

In another insightful executive webinar hosted on 30 September in partnership with Ernst & Young (EY), Rockwell Automation’s latest instalment of its Management Perspectives series discussed the future of remote work, including aspects of company culture, enabling technologies, and access to information. If you missed the webinar, see the recording online here (available after registration). […]

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E-commerce boom sees a demand for energy-efficient materials-handling equipment

The application of lithium iron phosphate (LiFeP04) battery packs allows supply chain to continue without disruption during Covid-19 pandemic Technology has played an integral role during this difficult year for every industry, but one sector that has perhaps seen the biggest gain is e-commerce. This has proven a key driver of warehousing and logistics demand. […]

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Electrical loggers help reduce facilities’ energy costs

Fluke 1732 and 1734 3-Phase Electrical Energy Loggers find opportunities for critical energy savings Energy is significant cost at any industrial facility, and while managers view energy as an unavoidable expense, it’s really a variable cost that can be monitored  and managed, significantly improving the bottom line. COMTEST’s Fluke 1732/1734 Three-Phase Energy Loggers are powerful […]

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MiX Telematics drives fleet and mobile asset management solutions

Established in South Africa during 1996, MiX Telematics has transformed into a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions available in more than 120 countries, with a network of more than 130 fleet partners worldwide. Apart from its local head office, the company has offices in the UK, the US, Uganda, Brazil, […]

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids launches open and scalable ecosystem for digitalisation of transformers

The manufacturer-agnostic TXpert™ Ecosystem to enable millions of dollars in savings through greater flexibility, efficiency and resilience in electricity networks Hitachi ABB Power Grids is delighted to launch the TXpert™ Ecosystem for digitalisation of transformers. The ecosystem is designed to drive data-driven intelligence and decision-making in the operations and maintenance of transformers and power grids. […]

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Rand-Air strikes gold – again!

–Repeat hire to long-standing customer in the gold mining sector Rand-Air has been the established leader in the local portable air compressor and generator rental market for 47 years, recently also introducing pumps to its popular rental range. With a central ethos of exceptional customer service – coupled with the regular training and development of […]

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Conceptainer extends packaging and material handling solutions to include customised bottling service

New to Conceptainer’s range of specialist packaging services is contract bottling of almost any liquid product. “The company’s investment in new mobile bottling equipment, has extended our specialist packaging and material handling solutions to now include a complete customised bottling service, not limited to quick and efficient filling, capping, weighing and packing,” says Ken Mouritzen, […]

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New-generation Delta ME300 series compact vector control drive from EM

The Delta ME300 series from leading supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) is a new-generation compact vector control drive that inherits Delta’s superior drive technology with up to 60% volume reduction when compared to the previous Delta VFD-EL drives. This reduces the need for additional cost and provides more installation space in the control cabinet. Applications include single- […]

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Hi-tech tools enable Cummins to safely support customers in Covid-19 pandemic

A suite of high-tech tools called RemoteConnect is enabling Cummins to support customers while maintaining social distancing and travel restrictions implemented during the Covid-19 crisis. The tools, which allow experts to remotely see what technicians see in the field, were created by the Cummins Care team in 2017, prior to the Covid-19 crisis, to support […]

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SASOL joins the alliance to end plastic waste

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol South Africa is partnering with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (the Alliance) to extend its efforts to lessen the impact of litter on the environment.  In celebration of World Cleanup Day 2020, Sasol South Africa will participate in the ALL_TOGETHER GLOBAL CLEANUP, a global initiative to remove litter, one piece […]

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Atlas Copco takes the factory into the field with smart battery nutrunner range

Delivering safer, faster, more cost-efficient and traceable high torque bolt tightening for critical applications in the energy sector are the key objectives of a new range of cordless smart battery nutrunners, launched by Atlas Copco Tools and Industrial Assembly Solutions. Previously expensive and time-consuming installation and maintenance processes carried out using hydraulic wrench methods, on […]

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BMG launches a new user-friendly B2B online shopping platform

Hot-off-the-press news from BMG is the launch this month (September 2020) of the company’s new online shopping platform – BMG Online – which makes doing business in the industrial sector, even easier. “Although the planning, development and execution for our E-Commerce shopping portal go back over two years, the Covid-19 lockdown has had a material […]

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Standalone lightning warning system will minimise downtime at Petrochemical facilities

Lightning strikes the ground in the UK around 300,000 times a year and for many petrochemical manufacturing facilities they can play a significant role in disrupting operations. This could be anything from an increased risk of ignition due to static electricity to lightning strikes directly to the plant and process equipment.When a thunderstorm is in […]

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Thermal camera gets the job done right first time

COMTEST, local representative of Fluke has the new TiS60+ with patented Fluke IR-Fusion technology that allows users to see things that are invisible to the eye and reveal problems that cannot be detected with other tools. The unit establishes a baseline for equipment, and is simple for the entire team to use to detect temperature […]

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Latest Newsletter

Newsletter — 12 Nov 2020: Keep up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here Published in this week’s newsletter: African Petrochemicals Exhibitors: Roadshow Calendar- 2020/2021 COVID19: five steps to put cleaning regime front-and-center in any company HAW hose, fittings and onsite containers facilitate increased plant uptime Worley delves deeper […]

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GLTC offers cost-effective used and rental solutions to the agribusiness community

At a time when the agribusiness community in South Africa is looking for ways to reduce the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Goscor Lift Truck Company’s used and rental solutions offer cost-effective capital equipment options to the farming community. “We have pre-owned and rental units, and these are available with short lead times to […]

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New I/O Modules Simplify Device Connections in Hazardous Areas

Industrial producers can more easily and efficiently connect to devices in hazardous areas using the new Allen-Bradley 1718 Ex I/O modules from Rockwell Automation. The intrinsically safe distributed I/O modules provide EtherNet/IP connectivity to field devices in Zone 0 and Zone 1 hazardous areas. The 1718 Ex I/O modules can reduce wiring in industrial applications […]

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Using mining to kickstart our economy post pandemic

South Africa finds itself in an economic slump, which has been exacerbated by the arrival this year of the coronavirus. A position paper published recently argues that mining could improve the country’s financial outlook while also helping to achieve its social objectives, and this can be achieved by following a strategy that focuses on localized […]

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Hitachi ABB Power Grids expands Tropos portfolio with wireless strategy for industrial communications

New future-proof hybrid solution integrates cellular, self-healing broadband mesh technologies and partner sub-GHz technologies to enable a growing number of industrial applications Hitachi ABB Power Grids has introduced its new wireless communication solution with the launch of the next generation Tropos TRO600 portfolio. The business entity will introduce a hybrid wireless architecture, seamlessly integrating 2G, […]

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COVID19: five steps to put cleaning regime front-and-center in any company

The coronavirus pandemic has led to perhaps one of the biggest shifts ever in how any company or corporate entity approaches the question of cleaning and sanitizing. In the past, this function was something almost ‘hidden in the back office’ which no one really paid any attention to. This can certainly not be the approach […]

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High quality simple to use HVAC transmitters and hygrostats

Ensuring an environmentally friendly workplace, cleanroom operation or storage space for specialised products, that meet the most stringent parameters of humidity and temperature measurement can be achieved with the newly launched HVAC40 Thermo-Hygro Transmitter from Delta OHM. The HVAC40 has a unique design which gives high accuracy, greater connectivity, stability and operational simplicity. Managing Director […]

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Global marketplace launched for chemical market

An evolutionary digital marketplace, www.allsurplus.com backed by one of the world’s largest asset disposal companies, Liquidity Services, is set to change the way local chemical companies can purchase or dispose of assets to a truly national, regional and International buyer base. www.allsurplus.com  is an innovation of the global Nasdaq-listed Liquidity Services group, which is best […]

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SA has the capacity and experience to roll out large infrastructure projects

… But we do not have the luxury of endless consultations Charles Marais, Counsel, Hogan Lovells Johannesburg South Africa is facing a recession of enormous proportions following the Covid-19 health crisis, which exacerbated our existing economic woes. Infrastructure-led economic growth is generally considered to be a very effective way of recovery from a slump, and […]

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HAW hose, fittings and onsite containers facilitate increased plant uptime

Hose and fittings supplied by Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), along with its onsite hose & fittings container service, are aimed at increasing onsite productivity and profitability. Stocking a complete match system of Italian-manufactured Intertraco hose, collars and fittings allows HAW to guarantee high quality stock manufactured by a single supplier, providing complete product traceability. […]

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Werner Pumps: Ready to service jetting and vacuum requirements throughout African Continent

Werner Pumps, leading South African design, manufacture, supply and maintenance specialist in high-pressure jetting equipment, is positioned to meet the requirements of customers beyond the borders of South Africa. With interest in its products from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Namibia, the company is actively investigating opportunities throughout the African continent. Managing Director, Sebastian Werner, […]

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thyssenkrupp signs MoU with Wismut to deliver RUPHES

Ensure reliability of renewable South African energy – thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) signs MoU with Wismut to deliver Renewable Underground Pumped Hydroelectric Energy Storage (RUPHES) projects in depleted gold mines thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (tkIS) South Africa combines global expertise and expertise from Wismut, with local project execution know-how for efficient, reliable, flexible and cost-effective delivery […]

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Afrox declares earnings dividend for shareholders

Strong cash management and cash flow places company in a good position to take advantage of emerging opportunities, and maintain a dividend payment in line with dividend policy. On behalf of our shareholders and all stakeholders, the Board and management team publicly acknowledges the dedication and professionalism of our Afrox colleagues in delivering vital supplies […]

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WearCheck moves to Westville

Condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, recently relocated their head office and main laboratory from Pinetown to Westville, just outside Durban. The company’s Durban transformer laboratory also moved to the same premises. WearCheck’s new laboratory and offices are at No. 4 The Terrace, Westway Office Park, Westville. Managing director of WearCheck, Neil Robinson, says customers are benefiting […]

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Worley delves deeper

As open-pit mines reach their economic end of life, mine owners are considering the viability of transitioning their open-cast mining operations to underground. Drawing on their deep level mining expertise in South Africa, Worley assists mine owners around the world explore the feasibility of underground life of mine extensions and identify the most efficient and […]

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11 September 2020: E-Powerline Newsletter

Keep up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here Published in this week’s newsletter: The perfect tool for crane planning Guarantee efficient pneumatic performance with SICK’s multifunctional sensor Renewables in the times of Covid-19: more than a hiccup? SASOL invites interested parties to partner for the development of CO2 […]

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ABI Research names MiX Telematics as a global leader in its 2020 commercial telematics assessment

MiX Telematics (JSE: MIX, NYSE: MIXT), a leading global provider of connected fleet management solutions delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS), is proud to announce that it has been recognised as a top global leader in connected fleet telematics by  the highly-respected team at ABI Research. ABI Research Commercial Telematics Vendor competitive ranking analyses […]

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Guarantee efficient pneumatic performance with SICK’s multifunctional sensor

SICK Automation’s recently introduced multifunctional FTMg (Flow Thermal Meter for gases) flow sensor detects pneumatic system leakages well before pressure loss causes machine failure. It is engineered to output up to eight process parameters – flow speed, flow volume, cumulative volume, mass flow, cumulative mass, energy consumption, current pressure and temperature – and concurrently measures […]

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Skyriders assists Diesel Innovations with genset project at Helen Joseph

Rope-access specialist Skyriders assisted leading standby power solutions provider Diesel Innovations with the installation of ducting required for a genset project at Helen Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg. The project called for a large exhaust pipe from the ground installation up to the roof of the building, explains Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn. The 12 m […]

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Recovery of high quality 442 carat diamond at Letšeng mine using sensor sorters supplied by IMS Engineering

Using XRT Sorters supplied and maintained by IMS Engineering, Gem Diamonds Limited has recovered a high quality 442 carat Type II diamond at its Letšeng mine in Lesotho. On the 21st of August 2020, Gem Diamonds Limited (LSE: GEMD) recovered an exceptional 442 carat white Type II diamond at the Letšeng mine – the highest […]

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Fourth generation master data management enables unprecedented customer insight and understanding

Digital transformation has revolutionised business, but it has also created some unique challenges, including increasingly complex data environments. The common hybrid model of on-premise and multi-cloud means data is often trapped in multiple siloes, in unstandardised formats and frequently inaccessible to those who need it. This hinders operational efficiency and threatens regulatory compliance, but perhaps […]

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SASOL INVITES INTERESTED PARTIES TO PARTNER FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CO2 UTILISATION TECHNOLOGIES AT ITS SA OPERATIONS

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol is committed to reducing its overall impact on the environment and is developing and implementing on our climate change mitigation response to enable long-term resilience of the company through an updated strategy, Future Sasol and lower-carbon business operations.  We are currently exploring different initiatives and projects with the intent of […]

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Renewables in the times of COVID-19: More than a hiccup?

The Covid-19 pandemic’s abrupt arrival has disrupted the trajectory of many an industry and ushered in an unprecedented new socio-economic era. Seismic shifts in human behaviour have catalysed a major disturbance within the energy sector, on the sides of both supply and demand.  According to a recent report released by global management consultancy Kearney, global lockdowns […]

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Construction of Sulzer’s new Birmingham Service Center on track

Work on Sulzer’s new state-of-the-art service center in Birmingham, UK, is continuing to schedule. As planned, the building is now watertight, and attention is turning to the internal construction of the workshop area and the offices. Customers can expect the new facility to be open towards the end of autumn 2020, and in the meantime, […]

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THE PERFECT TOOL FOR CRANE PLANNING

Whether planning a new factory, plant or warehousing extensions, drawing up architectural plans or designs that accurately reflect crane space requirements will save time, eliminate cost wastage whilst enhancing productivity and safety. Architects, industrial designers and metal building manufacturers can now access vast amounts of crane related data and the Konecranes electronic crane catalogue by […]

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First Cut brings French flair from Forezienne to the South African woodworking and timber industry

Great business is often predicated on excellent relationships. This was the case, when some 20 years ago, leading local cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut began distributing the products of global French timber industry specialist Forezienne MFLS in South Africa. Forezienne was founded in 1977 and currently employs some 250 people. Manufacturing is […]

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Gender transformation is a strategic imperative for BI

As gender and ethnicity transformation is part of the strategic imperatives of Bearings International (BI), it focuses on building a strong talent pipeline by employing a number of young black individuals yearly and especially target females. These learnerships are a key element of BI’s skills development programme. While transformation continues to be a challenge in […]

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E-Powerline Newsletter- 03 Sep 2020

Keep up to date with all the new developments, trending in various industries. Click here Published: EMERSON expands commitment to advanced software solutions Skyriders assists Petchem company with maintenance during lockdown A shift in how businesses approach the concept of cleaning, post-COVID-19 SASOL selects seven Sasolburg SMMES to go through its business accelerator programme An […]

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Sharing leading expertise

Sulzer is restarting its customer seminars on separation technology and equipment Sulzer Chemtech’s teams in China are gradually restarting customized seminars on separation and mixing technologies for businesses in the manufacturing and processing industries. Customers are able to benefit from the company’s extensive theoretical as well as practical knowledge and experience. Sulzer, the leader in […]

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BIRAL CELEBRATES 45th ANNIVERSARY

This month sees the 45th anniversary of Biral, one of the World’s leading manufacturers of specialist meteorological instruments. Short for Bristol Industrial and Research Associates Ltd., Biral is engaged in continuous research and development in the meteorological field to bring innovative products to market. Its products are used across a diverse number of applications from aviation and […]

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Shell Global Solutions International B.V. has awarded Kongsberg Digital an enterprise framework agreement for the supply of Kognitwin® Energy, digital twin software

The agreement covers digital twin cloud-based services for the global portfolio of assets and capital projects within the Anglo-Dutch energy and petrochemical company’s upstream, integrated gas, downstream and manufacturing business lines. Shell has now signed an enterprise agreement with Kongsberg Digital for digital twin software to be deployed across its assets and capital projects. The […]

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Shutdown Battery option added to IQ range to provide continued operations in a power outage and fail-to-position functionality

Rotork has launched the IQT Shutdown Battery to provide further operational flexibility to the IQT3 range of part-turn 1-phase, 3-phase and DC electric actuators with the addition of a new integral battery option that provides fail-to-position functionality in explosionproof applications. This pre-programmed movement of the valve on loss of power or communications means our customers […]

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Extended warranty ensures peace of mind for Bobcat skidsteer owners

Skidsteer customers have peace of mind that warranties from Bobcat Equipment South Africa ensure protection against repairs due to any failures in materials or workmanship. In addition, an extended warranty greatly reduces a customer’s exposure to financial risk. “All Bobcat skidsteers (with the exception of the S18) now include an extended three-year, 4 000 hour […]

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SASOL SELECTS SEVEN SASOLBURG SMMES TO GO THROUGH ITS BUSINESS ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME

Johannesburg, South Africa – Sasol has selected seven small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) from in and around Sasolburg in the Free State to take part in its newly launched 24-month Sasol Business Accelerator (SBA) programme. The businesses are in the manufacturing, engineering services, engineering maintenance, hired equipment, HVAC and recyclables industries.  “They were selected […]

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EMERSON EXPANDS COMMITMENT TO ADVANCED SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

EMERSON EXPANDS COMMITMENT TO ADVANCED SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS WITH AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE OPEN SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, INC. (OSI INC.) Leading software provides real-time management and optimisation across the smart grid. Emerson (NYSE: EMR) today announced it has agreed to acquire Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI Inc.) for $1.6 billion in an all cash transaction. OSI Inc. is […]

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Internal inspection of machinery is a cinch with SKF Endoscope

The TKES 10 Endoscope Series from SKF is designed for fast, easy internal inspection of machinery with minimal need for machine disassembly, delivering significant savings in terms of both time and money to customers and end-users. “By helping to minimise the need for laborious and time consuming disassembly of machinery prior to inspection, this compact, […]

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An outstanding ‘paper trail’ of success for Rand-Air with Durban pulp and paper mill customer

The combination of a very long-standing relationship with a pulp and paper mill customer and Rand-Air Durban’s excellent teamwork ensured that the company was top-of-mind when it came to the customer’s power contingency planning earlier this year. Rudy De Vry, Area Manager for Rand-Air in KwaZulu-Natal explains that the customer has been associated with Rand-Air […]

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Visionary-B 3D assistance to prevent backward driving accidents

For one of Europe’s largest sugar manufacturers, the constant delivery of raw materials by truck after harvest and their redistribution by wheel loader, means a massive, continuous logistical effort. To prevent collisions and improve worker safety, Cologne-based sugar producer Pfeifer & Langen selected SICK Automation’s Visionary-B CV 3D driver assistance system for use at its […]

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A shift in how businesses approach the concept of cleaning, post-COVID-19

COVID-19 has created the biggest shift in how we think and look at the cleaning industry. Pre-pandemic, for most businesses, their cleaning routine has always been a back-office service and as unobtrusive as possible – with the basics becoming an everyday mundane task. Previously, the public never blinked an eye when going into public spaces […]

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Opinion piece: Full speed into the future with AI, so protect your data and don’t leave governance behind

By Hemant Harie, Managing Director at Gabsten Technologies To streamline processes, maximise resources and optimise data usage in the business, backup and Disaster Recovery (DR) processes now include Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) functionality. Operational data is where AI and ML have the potential to shine. Designed to track performance statistics, rates of […]

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Simplify bearing and machine noise detection with SKF’s Electronic Stethoscope TMST 3

The SKF TMST 3 Electronic Stethoscope is a high quality instrument that is used for the effective identification of troublesome parts through accurate pinpointing of bearing and machine noises. The device is supplied with two probes of differing lengths (70 mm and 300 mm) to facilitate access in hard-to-reach or recessed areas. The world-class headset, […]

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Babcock clears clinkers using Cardox technology

Finding innovative solutions for its customers is all in a day’s work for Babcock, which recently employed safe and highly effective gas expansion technology to eliminate clinkers from two ash bunkers and a bottom ash hopper at a coal-fired power plant. By combining the gas expansion technology with equipment developed and assembled locally, Babcock was […]

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Opinion piece: As the IoT drives data into the zettabytes, data management becomes more critical than ever

From laptops and PCs to mobile phones and tablets, wearables to smart TVs, the number of connected devices has grown exponentially – and this is only on the consumer side. There is also a plethora of sensors in everything from cars to fridges, manufacturing equipment to heavy machinery. These connected devices are collectively known as […]

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Zest WEG builds, equips custom e-house for Sasol

Zest WEG is leveraging its range of capabilities and local manufacturing facilities to supply a complete low-voltage substation to Sasol’s Prillan plant in Sasolburg. The custom-designed solution includes a double-storey E-house, transformers, variable speed drive (VSD) panels and distribution boards, according to Lukas Barnard, oil and gas specialist in Zest WEG’s business development team. The […]

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The FMCG main market – deploying technology in the new normal

Opinion Piece –Globally, the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market had to quickly adjust to the challenges that came with conducting a business in a world of social distancing, hand sanitiser and masks. Today, most formal retail outlets operate effectively within the parameters of prescribed health protocols and measures. However, for the informal sector, also known […]

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Bosch Rexroth TS 2 Transfer System brings ergonomic assembly concepts to life

Leading local door opening products manufacturer ASSA ABLOY South Africa recently upgraded its assembly line to a semi-autonomous production system engineered by Petrichor Concepts, a recently acquired and wholly owned subsidiary of FLSmidth South Africa. Accurately moving components to each workstation across the assembly line is achieved using a Bosch Rexroth TS 2 transfer system […]

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Chemical pump has set the standard worldwide

Since its introduction more than two decades ago, KSB’s MegaCPK pump has changed the way chemical companies throughout the world pump dangerous and volatile materials. The proven standardised chemical pump to DIN EN ISO 2858 / ISO 5199 and Directive 94/9/EC (ATEX) is especially used for handling aggressive liquids in the chemical and petrochemical industries […]

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Level measurement under extreme conditions

Ultimately, level measurement in LNG/LPG processes, just like in other applications, is always about answering the simple question, How much product is in the tank? However, obtaining an exact value is not easy. The products are often under pressure, cryogenic and highly explosive. Sensors from Vega have been operating successfully in all stages of the […]

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New Coupling to meet LPG Tanker Standard

As per a Bulletin issued by the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of Southern Africa (LPGSASA) and further legislated by the Department of Employment and Labour, Cam-and-Groove type Couplings are no longer permitted for use in gas tanker applications and should be replaced with a suitable Dry Break Coupling System. The industry has until 30 […]

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SASOL WARNS THE PUBLIC OF FRAUDULENT RFQS

Sasol is warning the public to be aware of criminals who are pretending to be from Sasol’s Supply Chain function, who are using fraudulent requests for quotations (RFQs) to extract personal information, goods and even money from unsuspecting businesses.  “Sasol has become aware of this new wave of phishing and procurement-related scams that are committed […]

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Empowering women in construction: Minister Patricia de Lille to open awards celebrations, encouraging female excellence in the built environment industry

Empowering women in construction: Minister Patricia de Lille to open awards celebrations, encouraging female excellence in the built environment industry Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille, will address finalists and attendees of the Empowerment and Recognition of Women in Construction Awards on 26 August. To attend the virtual address, register for the […]

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Engen brings food relief to Rustenburg community

As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen has partnered with the Gift of the Givers to provide food relief and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the community neighbouring the Engen Depot in Rustenburg.  Adhering to strict social distancing and all health and safety protocols, distribution took place at […]

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SASOL TO DONATE HYDROGEN AND METHANOL FOR FUEL CELLS TO POWER A FIELD ICU FACILITY AT PRETORIA’S 1 MILITARY HOSPITAL

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) on Wednesday, 19 August 2020, unveiled five methanol fuel cell systems and two hydrogen fuel cell systems, which will be used at Pretoria’s 1 Military Hospital as a primary source of power for the field hospital facilities established as part of Government’s response to COVID-19. The project is […]

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Engen is SA’s Coolest Petrol Station for the 11th consecutive year

Young South Africans have again hailed Engen as the “Coolest Petrol Station” in the Sunday Times Generation Next awards, reaffirming the company’s petroleum brand leadership in the eyes of the nation’s youth.  In a virtual awards ceremony that took place on Friday, 21 August, Engen beat out the competition to claim the top spot for the 11th consecutive year.   […]

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Best of both worlds with MoonDawn’s UV lights range

Amid rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in South Africa, MoonDawn Construction & Electrical’s UV lights range provides doctors with the best of both worlds to minimise the risk of infection within their working environments. That the COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on South Africa’s healthcare professionals is no overstatement. With each day spent on […]

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Leak detection has never been quicker and easier!

Compressed air production is integral for manufacturing plants but it is also one of the largest energy consumers. Air leaks amplify the load on a compressor, leading to higher electricity consumption and an up to 30% loss of total compressed air production capacity. SKF’s TKSU 10 ultrasonic leak detector is able to quickly and accurately […]

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Skyriders assists petchem company with maintenance during lockdown

When a major petrochemical company in Mpumalanga identified an opportunity to carry out some essential maintenance work on two storage tanks during the lockdown, it turned to rope-access specialist Skyriders to provide the best solution possible in the limited time available. Not only did Skyriders carry out the maintenance work successfully, it also did so […]

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thyssenkrupp locally engineers and manufactures mobile disinfectant trailer to fight COVID-19

In a bid to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa (tkISSA) has locally engineered, designed and manufactured a custom-designed, portable Sodium Hypochlorite disinfection trailer unit for spraying disinfectant in COVID-19 hotspot areas to help curb the spread of the virus. The primary way that the extremely contagious virus spreads is from person […]

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Betterect’s bolted thickeners for FLSmidth: Collaboration and alignment for a perfect fit in record time

Betterect, a leading South African specialist in steel fabrication and the erection of mining, petrochemical and other industrial equipment has, for over four decades, undertaken projects throughout Southern and Central Africa; as well as for clients as far and wide as Austria, Italy, Germany, Finland, Russia, Brazil and Australia. More recently, Betterect has pioneered the […]

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PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS FOR ARTIFICIAL LIFT

Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence applications in artificial lift systems have seen a growth in importance recently and are no longer a “nice to have” but essential tools for design, optimisation and failure prediction. Real time optimisation techniques help to optimise the production, however, do not necessarily holistically consider the equipment reliability and best operating […]

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A Safety Manager’s Guide to Peer-to-Peer Wireless Connectivity

Every day, in facilities across the world, workers take on jobs without having all the information they need to get them done safely. More often than employers would like to admit, this lack of important information compromises worker safety. Part of the challenge is that many facilities rely on traditional equipment, including gas detectors, that […]

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SIMPLIFY YOUR PLANT OR MILL GEARBOX CHECKS FROM 15 STEPS TO 5

Instead of time-consuming “down days” to check gearbox oil levels in your plant or mill, Lubrication Engineers (LE) suggests visual on-the-run maintenance checks. Mark Jones, Lubrication Reliability Consultant at LE for the Georgia region of the USA, says that traditionally, there are about 15 steps that need to be taken to check a gear box […]

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Air Products Reallocates Corporate Social investment (CSI) Funding To Help Fight COVID-19

Air Products prides itself in the innovative work they do in the communities in which they operate through their corporate social investment (CSI) efforts. The projects are strategically focused on the youth and education and are all structured according to a specific framework. However, in times like these, as we face the global COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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Top Five Healthcare Industry Storage Challenges and the solutions from LSE

The modern healthcare industry is developing at a faster pace than ever and requires innovative storage solutions. This is not only necessary in response to the Covid-19 pandemic but is relevant across every touchpoint in the healthcare sector. Good deliverability of health products and services place extra importance on storage solutions and handling systems that […]

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Attend the Africa B2B Virtual Event

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR NEW CLIENTS, WANTING TO SELL YOUR PRODUCTS & SERVICES AND NEED LEADS? Join us on the 9 – 10 September 2020 for 2 full days of virtual face-to-face business meetings with new clients and service providers at Africa B2B. Our business matchmaking provides you with an opportunity to meet, network, engage […]

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Cummins Zambia partners with CAMFED to empower 500 women entrepreneurs over a three-year period

Cummins Zambia has partnered with CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education) as part of the global Cummins Powers Women initiative. It is sponsoring a project to empower 500 bright young women over the next three years to start up their own businesses, explains Cummins Zambia General Manager Meshach Kwegyir-Aggrey. “Our aim is to train these women […]

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EMERSON INVESTS IN INMATION SOFTWARE

Investment will enhance Emerson’s Plantweb™ digital ecosystem with advanced data management capability to help span the IT/OT needs of customers. Emerson (NYSE: EMR) today announced it has made an equity investment in inmation Software GmbH, a global software platform developer that further deepens Emerson’s data management and integration capabilities, helping customers in process, discrete and […]

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Netcare Hospital uses Kwikspace units for COVID-19 testing

Kwikspace has supplied two modular buildings to Netcare Kuilsriver Hospital in Cape Town to be used as COVID-19 screening facilities; the units were manufactured and delivered in just three weeks. The hospital required additional testing facility space as patients were previously being screened in the causalities unit. “We have received many enquiries of this kind,” […]

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New Range of Bosch Rexroth AquaSensors

Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT) recently launched the Bosch Rexroth AquaSensor range of humidity sensors. Branded Humidity Sensor WGM, the range was developed to serve as a preliminary warning system on any hydraulic application, and continuously monitors application oil RH (moisture) and temperature. An ideal solution for pro-active maintenance, these […]

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AECOM offers municipalities a complete service for landfill management

The recent fire at the New England Road landfill in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal has raised awareness about the myriad issues facing the proper management of such sites throughout South Africa. Infrastructure company AECOM can offer municipalities a complete service for landfill management, according to Technical Environmental Services (TES) Practice Lead Renier Pretorius (Pr.Sci.Nat). Traditionally, TES focused […]

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Betterect and RGM: an uplifting and long-standing collaboration

Betterect is a South African specialist in steel fabrication and the erection of large industrial structures and processing equipment across the continent, within various industries including the mining, petrochemical and industrial sectors. With over 46 years of experience in the pan-African market, over half of those have been in close collaboration with RGM Cranes – […]

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SASOL INVITES BIDDERS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF TWO 10MW SOLAR PHOTO-VOLTAIC (PV) FACILITIES AT ITS SOUTH AFRICAN OPERATIONS

Sasol is inviting interested Bidders to participate in a Request for Proposals (RFPs) process for the development of two embedded 10MW Solar Photo-Voltaic (PV) facilities at its South African operations – one in Secunda, Mpumalanga and another in Sasolburg, Free State – as part of its response to climate change.  The closing date for submissions […]

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Rotork launches Lifetime Management Services

The new Lifetime Management service changes the way that Rotork Site Services (RSS) operates, with a stronger focus on ensuring the most appropriate response based on the criticality of the customer’s application. The new four tiered approach proves optimal for identifying the unique needs of a customer and providing appropriate support. These tiers are Health […]

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No ordinary thread-lockers

As a testament to its constant innovation and product quality, the Pratley Pratlok® range of thread-locking anaerobic adhesives clinched a Technology Top 100 Award upon its launch in the 1990s. The expanding range continues to make inroads in the mining, automotive, industrial, engineering and DIY sectors. “We remain the market leader, especially as our products […]

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Rand-Air: Female ‘powerhouses’: the power of women to make a positive impact in the industrial sector

As the established leader in the local portable air compressor and generator rental market, Rand-Air forms part of the global Atlas Copco Group. Through the regular training and development of its people and investment in the latest technology, Rand-Air maintains a sound track record of customer service excellence and exceeding customers’ expectations. Both Atlas Copco […]

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KONECRANES STATE-OF-THE-ART CUSTOMER PORTAL HELPS KEEP CRANE MAINTENANCE ON TRACK

Investing in cranes and lifting systems for a plant or factory is one of the biggest financial undertakings that a company considers. Issues such as operator performance, safety management, maintenance and equipment monitoring are key elements to keep lifting equipment working smoothly and efficiently. Today, through digitisation, maintenance activities and cranes usage as well as […]

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Kwandokuhle Nkosi says be strong, even when it’s not easy

“Where there is resistance, I will always have persistence,” is a mantra that drives Kwandokuhle Nkosi, the manager of Engen Honeydew Convenience Centre, who has defied stereotypes to earn the respect of her majority male staff at the popular service station located on Beyers Naude Drive in Gauteng.  A firm believer that gender bias falls […]

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Engen salutes nursing hero who continues to reach for the sky

Despite having her dreams put on pause by COVID-19, registered nurse Zandile Mawela remains determined to obtain her Master’s degree and work overseas.  Over the past few months, Zandile has been one of the many heroic healthcare workers who has played a crucial role in the fight against the pandemic, working as a locum and […]

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Launching Africa B2B Virtual Event

Looking for new Clients?Do you want to sell your Products and Services? Imagine having 2 days with potential new local and international clients to network, engage and to sell and showcase your products and services! Current market conditions as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, have limited the opportunity for sales meetings. Companies are looking […]

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SOLENOID VS. CERAMIC VALVES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Selecting the right valve goes beyond understanding the function it needs to serve. It’s also important to factor in cost efficiency, durability and maintenance considerations. In some cases, according to Lionel Maasdorp, MD at Allmech, leading South African manufacturer of boilers and supplier of water treatment components, switching from a solenoid valve to a ceramic […]

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How to ensure boilers and combustion equipment are performing efficiently, avoiding unnecessary costs whilst not compromising on safety

Overview Boilers and combustion equipment can become an expensive problem for a company or home if assessments are not conducted on a regular basis to ensure performance levels are running at an optimum. Various catalysts can result in inefficient performance which can be avoided, thereby saving on the life cycle of the equipment and unnecessary […]

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Bureau Veritas Technical Center Africa consolidates technical competence

Bureau Veritas is on hand to support mining, power, oil and gas, and rail to manufacturing and process across the globe with technical excellence in a safe and trustworthy manner Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, continues to spark the interest of clients across all industries with engineering expertise […]

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EMERSON PUBLISHES 2019 CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REPORT

Report underscores the company’s commitment to building a more sustainable future. Emerson (NYSE: EMR) today announced the publication of its 2019 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report (https://www.emerson.com/documents/corporate/2019-emerson-corporate-social-responsibility-report-en-us-6594742.pdf) which highlights how the company combines industry-leading technology and ground breaking innovation to make a positive impact on employees, customers and communities around the world. “At Emerson, we […]

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SA BUILT AIR DRYER – A NEW SOLUTION FOR WASTEWATER PLANTS

The SA series of air dryers locally manufactured by Artic Dryers International in Johannesburg, offers an ideal solution for cleaning and drying compressed air for wastewater plants.  According to Allen Cockfield CEO of Artic Driers, any compressed air system in wastewater plants has its own challenges – the process agitates and aerates the wastewater as […]

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SKF factories to be carbon neutral by 2030

Since 2015, SKF has decreased its manufacturing carbon footprint by 36% and is already operating two carbon neutral factories. Today, SKF announces its aim to achieve a fully carbon neutral manufacturing footprint by 2030. The 2030 target will cover SKF’s own manufacturing operations, i.e. SKF’s scope 1 and 2 emissions. It will be achieved by […]

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‘Smart Objects’ ease the way to smarter machines

As an OEM, you don’t need a data scientist to tell you the demand for smarter, IoT-enabled machines is intensifying. You’re on the front lines and must address customer requirements for equipment that not only collects more data – but also shares it with information systems in useful ways. Integrating smart machines at the end-user […]

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NEW ULTRASONIC ‘ALLROUND’ FLOWMETER FOR VAST RANGES

Bi-directionally transmitted ultrasonic waves provide precise results of volume flow as the result of their transit time difference. Installed in any position, the units can measure ranges of 1:250. INSTROTECH announces the release of Kobold’s new DUK flowmeters, for measuring, monitoring, metering and dosing of low viscosity fluids.  Working on the principle of the difference […]

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GEOQUIP MARINE PROUDLY SUPPORTS DOMINION ENERGY IN FLAGSHIP U.S. WIND FARM DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Leading offshore geotechnical engineering and drilling company Geoquip Marine has secured a contract to work on the development of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va, USA. The Geoquip Marine vessels deployed on this project are docked in Newport News, Virginia. and the CVOW project is being […]

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Reliable and safe operation of CNG stations with SICK FLOWSIC500

SICK’s FLOWSIC500 gas meter, used in State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic’s (SOCAR) transfer and measurement stations, has shown to meet stringent CNG production protocols. To produce, transport and store CNG, natural gas needs to be compressed to very high pressures. Due to this, high demands are often placed in terms of the purity of […]

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Rand-Air ‘goes like the wind’ to provide lighting and power in the Eastern Cape

Rand-Air is the recognised leader when it comes to the provision of portable air and power in the local rental market. Based on an entrenched ethos of exceeding customers’ expectations and through the regular training and development of its people, the company services a wide variety of sectors including the renewable energy industry. Located in […]

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Getting a visual on COVID-19 screening with thermal cameras

By Laurence Smith, Executive at Graphic Image Technologies When South Africa moved to lockdown level 3 on the 1st of June 2020, roughly eight million people went back to work. Although companies had prepared by disinfecting their workplaces, providing the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), implementing physical distancing and screening measures, businesses remain concerned about […]

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Skyriders back on-site at Kusile power station as lockdown eases

Rope-access specialist Skyriders is back on-site at the Kusile power station project in Nkangala, Mpumalanga after the recent easing of the lockdown restrictions to Level 3. The company has been sub-contracted since July 2012 to carry out work at height safety, bolting, rigging and painting, as well as the installation of piping and roof and […]

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thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions’ multi-disciplined approach in the stand against COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic tightens its grip, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions is assisting customers to maintain operational efficiencies through sustainable service delivery and innovative technologies. “The global economic crisis, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, has put the drive for efficiency into top gear,” states Philipp Nellessen, CEO of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Sub Sahara Africa. […]

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FEVER SCREENING SYSTEMS – WHEN TEMPERATURE MATTERS

Viral epidemics like SARS, MERS, swine flu or the current coronavirus / COVID-19 have created a worldwide demand for infrared cameras able to screen for fever conditions in humans. INSTROTECH, South Africa’s leading provider of test & measurement instruments, representing Optris in South Africa, offers an excellent solution. The Xi 400 and Pi 450i cameras […]

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Health and safety, when using public transport

When it comes to public transport, there is a responsibility both on operators and on commuters to make the required changes to their travel and commuting behaviour. This is the only way in which we can hope to keep coronavirus infection rates under control. The comment comes from a manufacturer and distributor of cleaning products INDUSTROCLEAN, […]

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Celebrating Mandela Day amidst the global crisis in trusted and authentic Madiba style

Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification services, enjoys a strong ethos of actively demonstrating social responsibility by regularly supporting communities through education, technical, safety and environmental societal causes. Following on the comprehensive 2019 month-long July Mandela Month campaign, the company recently launched a 12-month corporate social responsibility program, Employees Building Communities. […]

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SMEC South Africa appoints Logashri Sewnarain as CEO

Engineering and infrastructure consultancy firm SMEC South Africa is pleased to announce the promotion of Logashri Sewnarain to Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective August 1, 2020, following the retirement of Kostas Rontiris. Joining SMEC in 2018, Logashri brings over 24 years’ experience in managing major roads projects in South Africa as a senior level Professional […]

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Engen builds brand new bathrooms at Langalakhe High School

In commemoration of Mandela Day and Madiba’s vision to help create a world that is equal and just, Engen has pledged R2.5 million to help government fight the eradication of pit latrines in schools across South Africa. As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen is collaborating with Sanitation […]

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Helping learners at new LEAP school return to safe education with new community hall

Johannesburg, July 14, 2020 – Today, Total South Africa has sponsored the creation of a community hall for the Langa Education Assistance Program (LEAP) Science and Maths School, which has now officially opened in Diepsloot, Johannesburg.  Due to the COVID-19 social distancing regulations, the launch took place virtually via a video address to community members. […]

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BABCOCK – Their unwavering commitment to safety pays off

As a company that carries out the majority of its projects and services in high-risk environments, Babcock’s ongoing safety accolades prove that it does not pay lip service to safety, and that every employee in the organisation matters. In 2018 Babcock’s unwavering commitment to safety earned the company a Health and Safety award in the […]

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More entrepreneurs benefit from skills development programme offered by COENG in partnership with Anglo American Platinum

Saturday, 4 July was graduation day for 14 entrepreneurs who successfully completed the COENG Business Skills Development Programme. The three-month course, presented by COENG in partnership with Anglo American Platinum, provided the entrepreneurs with training in valuable business basics like general management, finances, human resources, marketing, safety and quality management, and entrepreneurship. Held in Mokopane, […]

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New Engen 1app pushes all the right buttons

Engen has announced the arrival of their new Engen 1app, which conveniently offers motorists a safe and contactless way to pay. As South Africa eases the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, many more motorists are expected on the road and visiting Engen, the country’s favourite petrol stations*, says Seelan Naidoo, Engen General Manager: Retail. “In preparation, we […]

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Travel in the time of COVID-19

The global airline industry has been dealt a devastating blow by the coronavirus, with many tried and tested carriers having to close their doors. The industry, though driven by public demand, has also been blamed for accelerating the spread of global pandemics like Covid-19. As South Africa begins to open its economy and ease its […]

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Pump manufacturer’s message to Southern Africa

Hundreds-of-millions of people throughout Southern Africa who rely on KSB pumps for their everyday water and sanitation, electricity, agriculture and industrial requirements can remain safe in the knowledge that the pump manufacturer is fully supporting its products through the Covid-19 pandemic. KSB Pumps and Valves in South Africa has worked tirelessly through trying times to […]

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Engen pledges R1m fuel to FoodForward SA

Despite the easing of the lockdown restrictions, many South Africans remain in dire need of help. Ever mindful of its role as an agent of positive change, Engen continues to focus on supporting organisations assisting vulnerable communities. South Africa’s favourite petrol station company* on Tuesday, 30 June announced another partnership with an organisation reaching out […]

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Rand-Air’s TwinPower generator hire to Diva Nutritional Products: a doubly powerful solution!

Rand-Air’s long-term rentals give customers peace of mind, by providing a turnkey solution which keeps costs predictable and downtime minimal. Featuring only the best products and round-the-clock service, many companies prefer this rental option instead of taking on the cost and responsibility of capital equipment ownership themselves. Cindy Ross, Rand-Air Area Manager for the Western […]

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Engen Namibia sponsors fuel to aid COVID-19 screenings

Engen Namibia has donated fuel valued at N$100 000 to the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), who are working closely with the Ministry of Health and Social Services to help fuel mobile clinics in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Engen Namibia managing director, Christian Li applauded the WBCG for their initiative in […]

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Energas launches new coating solution from Protectoseal

PROSHIELD™, a new coating solution from Protectoseal that prevents media build-up in vapour control safety equipment, is now available in southern Africa through sole distributor, Energas Technologies. As chemical and related processing technology becomes more complex, the need for safe and efficient support equipment for these operations has become more critical. With that in mind, […]

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Torquing about advanced pump controller

Factory automation continues to develop year on year and pumps are increasingly required to supply real time operating data to control networks so that their performance can be monitored and adjusted to meet constantly changing production requirements Hard wiring a sensor into a pump’s rotating drive shaft usually requires the use of a delicate slip […]

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HOW ARE INFRARED CAMERAS CALIBRATED, AND HOW DOES AMBIENT TEMPERATURE AFFECT READINGS?

Calibration Source BR400 and Ambient Temperature Referencing Source BR20AR Infrared thermometers are calibrated with the help of reference radiation sources, so called black bodies. These radiant sources are able to produce different temperatures with a high stability. Knowing the exact value of the radiation temperature is essential for the calibration process. It can be measured […]

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Chemical disinfectants: New amendments provide greater protection to consumers

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a dramatic increase in the demand for disinfectants to help mitigate against the spread of this deadly virus.  Now, more than ever, the need for safe disinfecting products that do not pose unnecessary risk to consumers is critical.   In 2017, the Department of Trade and Industry published […]

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Celebrating Youth Day – The future is bright for young Capetonian

Dharfeur Hendricks, who despite having an incredibly challenging childhood, plagued with learning difficulties and bullying is one of many, whose horizons have opened widely thanks to Engen. Dharfeur who grew up in Wynberg, Cape Town and attended Wynberg Boys, said his early school years were not happy times. “I was diagnosed with ADHD and I […]

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AFROX ACHIEVES LEVEL 1 STATUS UNDER SA’S B-BBEE REGULATIONS

African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) has achieved Level 1 status under South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment regulations. This is an historic achievement for Afrox and will open doors to many more contracts awarded on the basis of a company’s contribution to uplifting fledgling black businesses, confirmed managing director Schalk Venter. “Afrox is committed to changing […]

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New Managing Director of Rockwell Automation for Sub-Saharan Africa announced

Contributing her strong industry expertise in mining, minerals, metals, power, energy, oil & gas, Canninah Mapena has been appointed as the managing director of Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa. Effective from 1 June, Canninah Mapena is now heading up Rockwell Automation’s activity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Operating from the company’s offices in Randburg, Mapena will lead the […]

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Celebrating Youth Day – Engen’s Simone Leeuw says happiness and success are a choice

Simone Leeuw, who matriculated from Fairvale Secondary School and grew up in Wentworth, South Durban, an area known for its many socio-economic challenges is an inspiration to many in her community. “My personal philosophy is happiness and success are your choice,” says Simone.  “You can’t go through life waiting to see if you’re going to […]

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COENG partners with Anglo American Platinum to offer skills development to small businesses in Limpopo

South Africa is infamous for its double-edged sword of unemployment and skills shortages, with almost a third of South Africans remaining jobless while local industries bemoan the lack of appropriate talent to fill the increasingly complex tasks required of the modern business. At the same time, the country’s poor economic growth rate means businesses are […]

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Big boost for Namibian bunkering as Engen secures services of 2000 MT Barge

Engen has enhanced bunkering supply in Namibia by acquiring the exclusive services of a 2000 MT Barge, which will be made available to rigs, support services and offshore passing vessels lying at anchorage, for the bunkering of Gasoil (10 PPM and 500 PPM) at the ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz. Managing Director of Engen […]

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Real data storage partnerships – key to businesses surviving online trading spike during COVID-19 pandemic

By Hayden Sadler, Country Manager at Infinidat, South Africa In order to meet the unprecedented spike in online demand for orders and deliveries during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a strong relationship with a data storage vendor has become crucial. This is due to the nationwide lockdown and restrictions resulting in many businesses having to reposition […]

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A comprehensive end-to-end waste management program is now an essential part of corporate sustainability

A comprehensive waste management program is an important part of any organisation’s overall sustainability goals. Waste that companies produce that has the potential to do some of the greatest environmental harm. As business and manufactures start to reopen many retain their objectives of “zero waste to landfill”. This goal acknowledges that it is not possible […]

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Project delivery in a post-COVID-19 world

Having successfully undergone a major business transition in the last 12 months, Worley has weathered the storm in a rapidly changing environment, seamlessly delivering strategic and operational objectives through innovation, strength and determination to deliver. Worley sees its ability to adapt as key to the company’s resilience, and a major driving force towards a transition […]

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Skyriders makes a meal of cleaning project at food-processing plant

Usually called upon to conduct maintenance, repair and inspection services at large-scale industrial structures such as smokestacks and petrochemical tanks, rope access specialist Skyriders recently completed an unusual project at a major food-processing plant. “Our scope of work was to carry out general routine cleaning in inaccessible areas,” Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn explains. A […]

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Automotive Ethernet testing simplified with new analysis software

PicoTechnology, represented locally by COMTEST, has released a new BroadR-Reach decoder/analyzer package that simplifies Automotive Ethernet integration testing and debugging. The package includes a novel non-intrusive Software Directional Coupler to separate up- and downstream traffic on full-duplex communication lines. BroadR-Reach allows multiple in-vehicle systems to simultaneously access information over single unshielded twisted-pair cables. The technology […]

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SMART-Q queue-management system from EM is ideal for Level 3

Businesses that anticipate to resume operations under Level 3 of the lockdown in South Africa face the challenge of not only complying with social-distancing regulations, but ensuring that proper customer-flow management is in place. An innovative solution called SMART-Q from Italian visual and acoustic signalling device leader Sirena is available exclusively from leading supplier ElectroMechanica […]

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Tektronix New TBS2000B Series of Digital Storage Oscilloscopes

Developed for both engineers and educators, with easy-to-use controls, automated measurements and built-in instruction features COMTEST is pleased to announce Tektronix Inc.’s new TBS2000B Series of Digital Storage Oscilloscopes that was developed to meet the performance, usability and affordability needs of both engineers and educators. The TBS2000B scopes extend the performance of the TBS2000 portfolio […]

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Engen retailers support over 6 000 Diepsloot families with food hampers

Caring Engen fuel retailers from Johannesburg and Tshwane have completed another delivery of food hampers to Diepsloot families, taking their total deliveries of basic necessities over the course of the national lockdown to 6 350. A final delivery of 350 food parcels and other essential items was delivered to the elderly and infirm on 28 May, […]

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Air Products Commissions Second Nitrogen Plant at Tronox Mineral Sands in Empangeni

Air Products On-Sites Projects Team recently celebrated the successful commissioning of the second Prism® Nitrogen production unit at Tronox Mineral Sands in Empangeni, KZN. The plant will be owned and operated by Air Products and will supply high purity Nitrogen on an “over the fence” basis to Tronox. The plant uses Air Products proprietary Prism® […]

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Rockwell Automation Issues 2019 Corporate Responsibility Report and Launches New Online Hub for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Content

Report showcases powerful stories of the company’s impact across the three pillars of its corporate responsibility and sustainability strategy. MILWAUKEE — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), has announced the launch of the annual Corporate Responsibility Report (CRR), highlighting the company’s efforts during 2019. The CRR reflects Rockwell Automation’s commitment to placing corporate […]

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Achieving energy efficiency with correct lubrication

With colder winter weather setting in across the country and the possibility of electricity supply uncertainties arising again as South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown eases, companies will be looking for ways to take the best possible care of their equipment and reduce their energy consumption. The economic blow of global shifts in supply and demand in […]

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Data backup and analytics – improving the retail CX during tough times

By Hemant Harie, MD at Gabsten Technologies The retail industry faces the challenge of delivering a consistent experience across all channels, including online and physical storefronts. It is also becoming increasingly critical to deliver tailored offerings that meet the needs and interests of individuals – a blanket approach to marketing is simply no longer sufficient. […]

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Restart Your Business with BV

Bureau Veritas is on hand to support business resumption with appropriate health and safety conditions across all sectors Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, has developed a suite of solutions to support companies of all sizes as they restart business activity.   Didier Michaud-Daniel, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “More […]

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IS YOUR BUILDING COMFORTABLE?

When was the last time you did a health check on your work environment? Monitoring the quality and temperature of the air, airconditioning, heating, ventilation, outside weather and even the amount of people utilising the space and what they are wearing, are all environmental and personal factors that contribute to thermal comfort levels. Thermal comfort […]

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Digitalization of gas production: DTEK Oil&Gas creates virtual workstations

DTEK Oil&Gas has created a virtual server that significantly increases the efficiency and safety of the 3D field modeling process. The virtual server was created for geology and field development specialists, who create 3D models of gas condensate fields in Petrel software package and work with over hundred gigabytes of data. The virtual server will […]

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New wireless sensors enable automated machine monitoring for reliable rotation in heavy industries

SKF has released a compact and cost-effective vibration and temperature sensor for monitoring the condition of rotating parts on heavy industrial machinery. Designed principally for use as part of an SKF Rotating Equipment Performance (REP) solution, the sensor – called the SKF Enlight Collect IMx-1 – enables customers to reduce both expensive unplanned downtime and […]

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Independent report confirms excellent measurement performance of Michell’s OptiPEAK TDL600 process moisture analyzer

Michell Instruments, locally represented by Instrotech, is pleased to announce that an independent report confirms excellent measurement performance of Michell’s OptiPEAK TDL600 process moisture analyzer. A new report undertaken by DBI Gas- und Umwelttechnik in Leipzig has demonstrated that the OptiPEAK TDL600 from Michell Instruments offers stable, accurate and repeatable measurements of moisture in natural […]

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Three energy trends for data centres

In 2017, a group of researchers estimated global data centres could use 25% of the world’s electricity by 20251. This is more electricity than any country in the world, including the US. This prediction is not materialising thus far, and raises the question of how much energy and electricity data centres actually consume? The world’s […]

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Condumax II On-Line Hydrocarbon Dew-Point Analyzer

Automatic, on-line measurement of hydrocarbon and water dew point in natural gas Michell Instruments, locally represented by Instrotech, offers the Condumax II On-Line, a fully self-contained hydrocarbon dew point analyzer, using the proven “Dark Spot” hydrocarbon dew point measurement principle from the highly successful Condumax instrument. Combining a hydrocarbon dew point cell and water dew […]

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Port of Mossel Bay – backbone of SA’s Fishing, Oil and Gas sectors

Since the commencement of the national lockdown on 27 March 2020, the Port of Mossel Bay has been playing a critical role in the provision of essential services – with special emphasis on the fishing and oil and gas sectors. Vessels and Volumes handled Despite the uncertain times, the port has successfully handled seven Liquid […]

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MENA Major new global energy transition research report launched by law firm Ashurst

A new research report by international law firm Ashurst has shown growing interest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region from G20 investors in renewable energy, energy transition and decarbonisation technologies – but companies in the region lag behind their overseas counterparts. The report, Powering Change: Energy in Transition, compiles the views of […]

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Reality of drone delivery unveiled – Myths, mistakes and the way forward revealed New Government testing initiative opens the way to fast growth for UK drone industry

The UK Government’s new initiative* to find a fast way to deliver medicines and supplies via air drones, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, was welcomed today by one of the world’s leading experts on drone technology.   Robert Garbett*, who is Founder of Drone Major Group*, Chairman of the Drone Delivery Group*, and Chairman […]

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The pandemic has accelerated the pace of digital transformation – is your business ready for the ‘new normal’?

While digital transformation has ostensibly been on top of the CIO’s agenda for years, the reality is that many businesses have been slow on the uptake. Recent events like the lockdown in South Africa and across the world have forced their hand, and those that were on the back foot are now scrambling to keep […]

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Industrial UPS first for ABB at major local petrochemical company

Industrial sectors such as petrochemicals cannot afford production downtime due to electrical power failure or disturbances When a major petrochemical producer in Mpumalanga required an industrial UPS solution, Proconics selected the PowerLine DPA 20-120 kVA modular three-phase UPS system from ABB in South Africa. Many industrial sectors such as petrochemicals cannot afford any production downtime […]

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Tips for employers to enhance hygiene and health of employees in light of Covid-19

As South Africa eases lockdown regulations some businesses have been allowed to operate but under strict hygiene conditions, while others are preparing and strategising on reopening slowly. While employers are under pressure to adhere to strict Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations in the workplace Emma Corder, Managing Director of industrial cleaning equipment manufacturer Industroclean, offers […]

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Engen helps bring food relief to South Durban community

As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen has partnered with the Gift of the Givers to provide food relief to the South Durban community, distributing 1 000 food hampers to residents impacted by the national lockdown and COVID-19 pandemic. Collection of the pre-packed food parcels kicked off on […]

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Five tips to manage energy use while staying at home

Covid-19 continues to impact many aspects of our lives. Many are now required to stay at home in an effort to curb the spread of the pandemic. One of the many implications of staying at home will be the changes in your home’s energy usage. Historically, a family on average incurs $200 of energy bills […]

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Dodging cyberattacks – the time has come to focus on prevention, not reaction

By Simeon Tassev, Managing Director and Qualified Security Assessor at Galix In terms of risk versus reward, cybercrime is a highly lucrative industry. Research from Atlas VPN suggests that cyberattacks generate more than $1.5 trillion in revenue each year, and this figure is growing. This indicates that incidents of cybercrime are on the increase globally, […]

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SOLUTIONS FOR RETURN TO WORKPLACE COMPLIANCE

Never has there been a time when the safety of people within the workplace been so immensely critical as it is now, as millions of South Africa’s workforce slowly return to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s places of work need to be meticulously prepared and managed to comply with Department of Employment and […]

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How TES can provide vital resources to support healthcare and business during lockdown

By Theresa Ackerman, Manager of Operational Excellence at T-Systems South Africa Temporary Employment Services (TES) or as we call it Expert on Demand,  can play a key role in assisting both essential services and ordinary businesses to seamlessly continue operations by immediately providing the right resources with the appropriate skills and expertise, while also assisting […]

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Engen and Agri SA team up to bring relief to SA’s Farmers

As farming communities around South Africa continue to be severely affected by severe drought, Engen has partnered with Agri SA to help drive contributions to their Drought Aid Fund, which ensures that farms remain in production and that jobs and food security are protected. For every litre of participating Engen lubricant sold nationwide, R1 will […]

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NEW TOOL CAN TURN 50 HOURS OF THERMOWELL DESIGN TIME INTO 15 MINUTES

Emerson’s Rosemount Thermowell Design Accelerator eliminates the largest pain point of temperature process design – manual thermowell iterations – significantly increasing operational efficiencies and cost savings. Emerson today introduced the Rosemount™ Thermowell Design Accelerator, a free online thermowell design tool  that eliminates manual thermowell iterations facing process design engineers when sizing thermowells. It is easy […]

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SA Private Sector’s exemplary COVID-19 response

How one Conscious Company is doing the extraordinary to help the ordinary South Africa has been applauded by the World Health Organization for managing to control the spread of the coronavirus far more successfully than developed countries to date. Since the announcement of the first COVID-19 case the government has worked tirelessly to ensure that […]

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SKF collaborates with wireless specialist LumenRadio to enhance automated machine monitoring

By collaborating with wireless specialist LumenRadio, SKF has developed a new wireless sensor as part of a condition monitoring system for improving rotating equipment performance programs on a scale previously considered uneconomic. LumenRadio began in areas such as professional lighting, its products are used to monitor, and control sophisticated light shows remotely. The company has […]

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Tektronix’ Industry-First with New All-In-One 2601B-PULSE System SourceMeter®

COMTEST is pleased to announce Tektronix Inc.’s new 2601B-PULSE System SourceMeter® 10μs Pulser/SMU Instrument, integrating a high-speed current pulser with DC source and measurement functions in one instrument. The new system incorporates PulseMeter™ technology for sourcing current pulses as short as 10μsec at 10A and 10V without the need to manually tune the output to match […]

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T-Systems’ new Cyber Defence Centre brings agile, leading edge security to SA enterprises

By Lukas van der Merwe, Specialist Sales Executive: Security, T-Systems South Africa T-Systems South Africa has relaunched its Security Operations Centre (SOC) as a Cyber Defence Centre (CDC), offering its advanced cyber defence portfolio, which leverages the latest leading-edge cognitive technology, to customers as a managed service. Lukas van der Merwe, Specialist Sales Executive: Security […]

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Engen fuels frontline health workers in the fight against COVID-19

As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen is supporting the fight against COVID-19 by contributing R1 million worth of fuel to the Department of Health for the usage of frontline health workers, to power their emergency response vehicles. “It is these vehicles that will be used to transport […]

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ARC1 with the latest NB-IoT and LTE-M mobile communications technology

UPGRADED ARC1 INSTROTECH – proud representative of Keller in SA – has announced the upgraded of ARC1, the IoT communications module, to the latest transmission technology with NB-IoT (narrow band) and LTE-M. Keller was able to adapt the firmware and integrate the hardware (new transmission module) in no time at all, thanks to a modular […]

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Rand-Air enables sales staff to provide strategic support and solutions tailored to South African customers’ requirements

In the age of the fourth industrial revolution and beyond, customers have ready access to a wealth of technical resources at the click of a button. In parallel with this digital awakening, customers’ requirements have become more intricate, causing astute companies to adapt their communication approach and service offering. The role of the salesperson, for […]

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Compact infrared thermometers ideal for spot measurement or thermal images

INSTROTECH, local representative of Optris – leading manufacturers of non-contact temperature measurement devices – has launched CTratio, offering many improved parameters and new features such as the low bottom temperature of 275 °C, a maximum ambient temperature of up to 315 °C without cooling, and a green sighting laser. Spot Measurement or thermal imaging? A […]

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Boosting generator life with insulated bearings

Bearings within wind turbine generators are increasingly exposed to high frequency electrical currents, but can be protected by fitting insulated versions which even work under conditions of high humidity, Alexander Strobel, Application Engineer at SKF explains. Bearings must withstand some tough conditions – and one of the most challenging is inside a wind turbine generator: […]

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The role of TES in creating youth employment opportunities in healthcare

By Theresa Ackerman, Manager of Operational Excellence at T-Systems South Africa Despite the increasing rate of unemployment in South Africa, businesses can play a meaningful role in creating sustainable job opportunities for the youth, those that are most affected. The opportunity lies where Temporary Unemployment Services (TES) can facilitate the sharing of skills of tech-savvy […]

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Engen helps educate communities about COVID-19 pandemic

As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen is supporting the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by branding 35 spaza shops across the country with important personal safety measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Engen’s public education drive sees the walls of the popular township convenience […]

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Skyriders to offer external training at its Midrand academy

The Midrand-based training academy established by rope access specialist Skyriders in 2010 will soon offer external training, Marketing Manager Mike Zinn reports. The training is fully accredited by the professional body known as the Institute for Work at Height (IWH). Working at height continues to pose a major hazard in the construction industry. Research conducted […]

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Better data collection from hazardous areas

A sensor that monitors rotating equipment performance is now certified for use in hazardous areas, extending condition monitoring into new applications and industries.  SKF has gained hazardous area approval for its QuickCollect sensor, which collects vibration and temperature data. The new approval, to both European and International standards, allows the sensor to be used in […]

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Healthy Buildings in Focus: Aurecon achieves first WELL certification in Africa for Exxaro head office developed by Growthpoint Properties

The flagship Exxaro head office in Centurion is the first building in South Africa to achieve Silver Level WELL certification for Core and Shell by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). This demonstrates a strong commitment from building owner Growthpoint Properties and the professional team to support health, well-being and comfort via the built environment. […]

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Interoperability within healthcare is needed now more than ever

Many of our healthcare facilities still run legacy systems that operate in silos, which means that when moving data, it needs to go through a streamlining process first. As this information is raw data, it might not correspond with other system architectures, meaning that information might not be in a format that can be used […]

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Namdock’s fabrication expertise helps Walvis Bay hospital get ‘ship-shape’ and ready to combat COVID-19

Established Namibian ship repair company Namdock, situated in Walvis Bay on the west coast of Africa, has the health and well-being of its valued staff, community, clients and suppliers at heart during this extraordinarily challenging and uncertain time. “While national infection rates and fatalities are currently low, COVID-19 has the potential to trigger a major […]

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COMTEST TRADING FOR 15 YEARS

COMTEST – SA’s leading provider of test & measurement and communications equipment, and solutions and specialized systems, is proud to mark their 15-year trading milestone in 2020. Barend Niemand, Comtest CEO says, “COMTEST has representation throughout South Africa and with our bold, worldwide export sales-drive, COMTEST’s vision includes adding new products to the existing range, […]

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How can IT help win the COVID-19 epidemic?

The COVID-19 epidemic has found our world smart and progressive, ready more than ever to deal with an epidemic, but unfortunately, not enough to prevent its eruption on a global scale. While many medical institutions around the world are collaborating, most are still built on computing infrastructures that are not designed to support sudden, urgent […]

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Engen donates fuel and funds to help fight COVID-19

As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen has pledged its support to the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) and the COVID-19 Relief Fund, in an effort to play a small part in helping fight and overcome the pandemic. Engen donated 10,000 litres of diesel worth P94,800 to the BDF, […]

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Robust oxygen analyzer ensures quality of N2 for oil and gas industry in challenging conditions

A major supplier of nitrogen generators has selected Michell’s XTP601 oxygen analyzer to ensure N2 quality as part of its engineered systems for the oil and gas industry in the middle east. The containerised or skid-mounted nitrogen generating systems have to withstand the large variations in ambient temperatures found in deserts and tropical areas which […]

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Leveraging Enterprise Collaboration for digital transformation in mining

Unlocking the full value of the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform from Dassault Systèmes for the mining industry With bulk commodity prices continuing to rise from their lows in 2016, and precious metals continuing to struggle, the mining industry is increasingly turning to technology to cut costs and improve efficiencies. Solutions and systems that have been tried-and-tested in […]

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CAPACITIVE LEVEL SWITCH FOR FLUID PASTY AND POWDERY MEDIA

Martens, part of the GHM Group of Companies, has introduced their MLC 437 Capacitive Level Switches for use principally for the registration of limit levels, full/empty signals in pipes and tanks in fluid, pasty and powdery media, and for the dry running protection of pumps. Jan Grobler, Managing Director of GHM Messtechnik SA commented “The […]

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Engen fuel retailers bring hope and relief to Diepsloot community with 1000 food hampers and basic supplies

As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen fuel retailers from Gauteng brought some hope and relief to the people of Diepsloot by distributing 1 000 food hampers and basic supplies, including blankets, on Friday, 17 April. This marks the second distribution by the group in just one week, […]

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BMG’S VACON 100 AC DRIVES ENSURE ENERGY SAVINGS, HIGH PRODUCTIVITY AND EFFICIENT PROCESS CONTROL

BMG’s VACON® 100 AC drives have been designed to save energy, optimise process control and improve productivity in many sectors, including processing, mining and minerals, industrial HVAC, marine and water, as well as chemical, oil and gas industries. VACON 100 INDUSTRIAL and VACON 100 FLOW drives are suitable for a wide range of variable torque […]

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Engen Computer School focused on post-lockdown reopening

The Engen Computer School is firmly focused on resuming classes when the national lockdown ends, ensuring that the first intake of 2020 students graduate and are afforded an opportunity to follow the shining example of two recent graduates of the course. Classes were halted in late March when government announced the national lockdown, leaving the […]

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Westermo launches next generation industrial Ethernet switch platform

Westermo has developed a next generation industrial Ethernet switch platform to meet the needs of future data communication networks. The platform is ideal for handling big data and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications driven by global developments such as urbanisation and infrastructure investments. Integrating hardware, software and network design support, the new switch platform […]

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Babcock improves large bore welding efficiency by 50%

On the back of recent successful welding trials at a major power station, Babcock’s engineering business is ready to roll out a semi-automated welding solution for high pressure pipe welding that doubles process efficiency by drastically reducing welding time, and process-related wastage. The semi-automated process is the culmination of three years of developmental trials which […]

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TLT-Turbo GmbH Response to the Coronavirus

Global ventilation fans and systems manufacturer, TLT-Turbo GmbH, today stated their formal response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The company has highlighted its operational resilience, reassuring clients that TLT-Turbo remains operational while prioritizing the health and safety of its employees and complying to regional legislature where required. “TLT-Turbo is closely monitoring developments around the spread […]

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thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions forecast large demand for hypo in SA

Disinfect streets of COVID-19 hotspots with mobile modular unit – thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa (tkISSA) to provide low cost, robust, mobile design to dilute and spray disinfectant for use in COVID-19 hotspots The South African lockdown will help flatten the curve as a result of social distancing.  As COVID-19 is extremely contagious, the right […]

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Rope access used to inspect fire water system at pulp-and-paper plant

When a pulp and paper producer required inspection and maintenance of its fire water system, it turned to rope access specialist Skyriders to provide a quick and cost-effective solution. Skyriders’ experience in the petrochemical and power generation industries stood it in good stead with this flagship project. “Our experience and track record with hazardous and […]

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Keeping the water flowing and lights burning

Critical pumps in the provision of water and sanitation services, as well as pumps used in the generation of electricity are being fully supported during the nationwide Covid-19 lock down period. Major supplier, KSB Pumps and Valves, has far-reaching contingency plans in place to ensure that any of its mission-critical pumps and other pumping infrastructure […]

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Engen supports Mauritian NGO’s in the fight against COVID-19

As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen is supporting Mauritian NGO efforts to reach vulnerable communities during national lockdown, thereby playing a small part to help flatten the curve. Joining hands with the M-Kids Organisation Youth Council, Engen has donated free fuel to ensure that food kit distribution […]

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Plugging the IT skills gap in South Africa

Information Technology (IT) skills in South Africa and the rest of Africa are becoming increasingly hard to find. A difficult situation is exacerbated by an unemployment rate which recently peaked at 29% in the final quarter of 2019. The highest it’s been in 11 years, it’s clear that the responsibility for solving unemployment is too […]

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ROUND-THE-CLOCK DEWATERING

ROUND-THE-CLOCK DEWATERING Integrated Pump Rental is a specialist pump rental organisation that caters to the needs of all sectors including mining, construction, wastewater, energy and general industry. The company, a member of the GiGi Investments Group of Companies, was established to meet the growing demand for rental pump solutions. submersible drainage and dewatering pumps, slurry […]

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ARCA – Around the Turbine

At the heart of a power station are the steam turbines. They serve as a generator or mechanical drive for pumps und compressors. For its operation a network of valves is built around the turbine. Steam inlet valves direct the steam flow into the turbine while extraction valves withdraw the steam from the different intermediate […]

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Public-private partnerships are key to unlocking South Africa’s gas potential and energy security

The South African economy is expected to grow by 0.9% and will hover around 1% over the next three years amid a persistent threat of load shedding. The country remains dependent on coal for electricity even though global demand for cleaner energy is on the rise — with natural gas and LNG (liquefied natural gas) both being […]

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The importance of protecting your data – at rest and in flight

By Lukas van der Merwe, Specialist Sales Executive: Security at T-Systems South Africa In its recent research, the Ponemon Institute shows that a data breach costs South African companies on average $3.06 million – nearly R50 million. This is somewhat above the international benchmark, with the study showing that globally the average cost of lost […]

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CLEANING WITH LESS WATER?

How new cleaning technology can help businesses be water-wise without compromising on hygiene In South Africa, images of people in the town of Graaff Reinet queuing to collect water from a local charity are visual reminders that climate change is impacting the availability of the planet’s most precious resource — water. The multi-year drought affecting a string […]

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HYDRAULICALLY DRIVEN DEWATERING PUMPS ADDED TO INTEGRATED PUMP RENTAL FLEET

No two pump rental applications are unlike, and it is this understanding that has positioned Integrated Pump Rental as one of the leading pump rental operations in South Africa. Managing director, Lee Vine, says that some dewatering applications are simple plug-and-play operations where access to electric power is not an issue, but others, especially in […]

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Small torque – an essential ingredient for developing the next generation of engineering systems

The growing demand for high speed miniature and micro machines has prompted Sensor Technology Ltd to develop a torque monitor that can accurately measure down to 10mNm (ten milliNewton-metres). This capability is combined with a 50kHz bandwidth so that even the most fleeting of transient torques can be recorded with accuracy. Engineering design has a […]

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Engen’s new transport fleet – staying ahead of the game

Engen, South Africa’s favourite petroleum brand*, has taken another step towards reducing its carbon footprint and meeting the needs of its current and future customers after adding 17 new Euro 5 vehicles to its bulk transport fleet. The 17 technologically-advanced Volvo vehicles, as well as 14 new semi-trailers vehicles, were officially handed over at the […]

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Getting to the core: faster drilling and reduced fuel costs with Rand-Air’s new DrillAir compressors

In a first for Rand-Air, the company has acquired Atlas Copco DrillAir Y1260 variable high pressure (21 to 35 bar) compressors. This new technology – from the world’s leading manufacturer of drilling equipment – has been scientifically designed around pressure and flow for a wide range of high-capacity drilling applications. These two new units are […]

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DIRTY WATER NO PROBLEM FOR SYKES WATER TRANSFER RANGE

Water transfer applications in many industries across Africa must often deal with unpredictable water quality, so it is important to specify a pump built for African conditions – tough, reliable and robust. According to Henru Strydom, Sykes product specialist at Integrated Pump Rentals, the hardened stainless steel internal components on its range of Sykes auto-prime […]

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BMG launches recently upgraded Fenagrid Premium grid couplings and coupling grease February 2020

BMG has extended its range of power transmission components to include its recently-upgraded Fenagrid Premium grid couplings. Fenagrid Premium taper grid steel flexible couplings accommodate angular, parallel and axial misalignment between driving and driven machines. These grid couplings also absorb considerable torque overloads, achieving smoother running, with consequent reduction of wear and tear on machinery. […]

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Cummins scales up the gas-power game with the new C25G natural-gas generator series

Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) introduced its latest gas product innovation, the C25G gas generator series, to the global power generation markets during the 2020 Middle East Energy (MEE) show at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the UAE from 3 to 5 March. The C25G series is engineered to deliver superior fuel efficiency, with a […]

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION A BONUS WITH IPR’S SLURRYSUCKER®

The need to incorporate environmental preservation techniques on site has become an ongoing and critical action point for the global mining and industrial sectors. Ensuring water contaminated spaces do not negatively affect surrounding areas is one such area where slurry and dewatering pump specialist Integrated Pump Rental can assist through its SlurrySucker® slurry removal solution. […]

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University of Cape Town chooses Tektronix instruments for electrical training laboratory

Thanks to Tektronix and Comtest, UCT Physics students Now Enjoy Newly Refurbished Electrical and Electronic Engineering Facilities COMTEST, local partner to TEKTRONIX, recently assistedthe University of Cape Town (UCT) physics department in refurbishing their electrical training laboratory. All of the existing analogue oscilloscopes were replaced with 132 new Tektronix TBS1052B-EDU digital oscilloscopes.  These state-of-the-art instruments […]

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Worley appointed by Group Technology, a division of Sasol South Africa (Pty) Ltd, as engineering contractor partner

Following the official signing ceremony on 22 January 2020, Worley has been appointed by Group Technology, a division of Sasol South Africa (Pty) Ltd, as the engineering contractor partner. The five-year agreement will see Worley providing engineering, procurement and construction services for Sasol’s capital projects portfolio, including efficiency improvement and environmental initiatives, from front-end engineering […]

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Factors to consider before moving into the cloud

Gerhard Olivier, Solutions Consulting Manager at First Technology National advises that when migrating workloads and applications into the cloud, several important factors need to be considered. He says, “Prior to any migration into the cloud, a comprehensive assessment of network capabilities and bandwidth requirements is a must. It is also essential to examine each application’s […]

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3 Oval Wheel Flowmeters for Multiple Applications

Low Cost, High-End or High Pressure INSTROTECH has on offer 3 Kobold oval wheel flowmeters, that give precise flow measurement for all viscous, non-abrasive clean liquids, and can be used in a number of diverse applications, such as measurement of fuel consumption for small aircraft, motor boats, and mobile power generators. Applicable media are all […]

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Vacuuming on another level with new Goscor 30UR upright vacuum

Goscor Cleaning Equipment has launched its Goscor 3OUR, an upright vacuum that changes the game in vacuuming with a range of innovative features.    Latest from leading industrial cleaning equipment solutions provider, Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE), is the Goscor 30UR upright vacuum. The new machine – a culmination of feedback from the cleaning industry and years […]

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Engen Win: Ventersdorp farmer gets a birthday surprise

Theunis Bouwer from Ventersdorp is the lucky recipient of a brand-new Massey Ferguson tractor, compliments of the Engen Win a Tractor competition.  The handover of the R465 000 tractor took place on 19 February at the Ventersdorp Hinterland Co-op. Bouwer, who purchased 800L of Engen’s Agritrac Super Universal Oil in November last year, said the prize […]

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Rockwell Automation Strengthens Control and Visualisation Portfolio with Acquisition of ASEM

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) recently announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Italy-based ASEM, S.p.A., a leading provider of digital automation technologies. ASEM provides a complete range of Industrial PCs (IPCs), Human-Machine Interface (HMI) hardware and software, remote access capabilities, and secure Industrial IoT gateway solutions. ASEM’s high-performance automation solutions enable The […]

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New Sales Manager for Hytec Engineering

Koos Botha has been appointed to the position of Sales Manager for Hytec Engineering, effective February 2020. Koos joined the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group in 2016 as a Product Key Account Manager at Hytec South Africa. He brings extensive experience and sales management expertise to his new position. Hytec Engineering, a member of the […]

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Meet SignalHawk, the latest in Handheld Spectrum Analyzers

COMTEST has announced that the latest offering from Bird, leading RF and tech provider, expands it’s highly sought-after SignalHawk family of rugged, handheld spectrum analyzer products by adding the SH-60S-AOA Angle of Arrival spectrum analyzer and the SH-60S-TC.  This means a good balance of price and performance up to a frequency range of 6 GHz. […]

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BMG’s products and solutions for welding fume extraction

BMG’s Tools & Equipment division has introduced a range of specialist products, systems and services to assist industry to create a healthy and safe work environment, by reducing the risks associated with welding and cutting fumes, grinding dust and oil mist. “Global industry has instituted new legislation – even in agriculture – to protect workers […]

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Stefanutti Stocks Ghana successfully completes AME Project at Newmont’s Ahafo Mine

Stefanutti Stocks Ghana, a subsidiary of Stefanutti Stocks (Pty) Ltd – an industry stalwart and South Africa’s foremost listed construction group – has added another successful African project to its track record, with the completion of a major plant expansion project for mining client Newmont Gold Ghana. The project achieved commercial production on schedule and […]

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Cummins Zambia successfully commissions new coolant plant in Kitwe

Cummins Zambia has completed a coolant plant project in Kitwe on the Copperbelt that received approval from the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) in 2019. The ‘plug-and-play’ plant will produce two types of coolant, namely ES compleat Hybrid (Blue) and ES compleat OAT (Red). PLC-driven and automated, the plant has the capability to carry out […]

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New Production Manager for Hytec Engineering

Neil Griezel has been appointed as the Production Manager for Hytec Engineering, effective March 2020. Neil joined the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group in February 2015 as a Production Manager, Hytec South Africa, Johannesburg. Hytec Engineering, a member of the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies, is one of Africa’s largest manufacturers of hydraulic […]

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ENGEN PARTNERS WITH GIFT OF THE GIVERS TO AID NATIONAL HUMANTARIAN RELIEF EFFORTS FOR SOUTH AFRICANS

South Africa’s favourite fuel brand*, Engen has committed to fuel the work of humanitarian disaster relief organization, Gift of the Givers to the tune of R2 million annually for the next three years. Today’s cheque handover to Gift of the Givers was attended by Engen Chairman, Dato’ Sri Syed Zainal Abidin, Engen Managing Director and […]

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PICO TECH RANGE OF PC OSCILLOSCOPES NOW SELLING ONLINE

COMTEST is pleased to announce that the range of Pico Technology’s PC oscilloscopes and data loggers is now available for on-line purchase on their website, www.comtest.co.za Pico Technology – designer and manufacturer of PC-based test and measurement equipment since 1991 – provides innovative, high-quality, cost-effective alternatives to traditional test equipment and data acquisition products.  PICO’s innovation, experience and […]

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WearCheck expands in West Africa

South African condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, today upgraded their laboratory in Tarkwa, Ghana into a state-of-the-art testing centre which can now conduct transformer oil, coolant and fuel analysis – amongst a host of additional services – as well as traditional used oil analysis. Tarkwa’s new laboratory – now housed in a building a block away […]

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Skyriders receives recognition for a customised solution

Well-known for its innovation in devising customised solutions for specific client requirements, rope-access specialist Skyriders recently received recognition from a major petrochemical producer for achieving a significant reduction in its maintenance costs, and boosting health and safety at the same time. The recognition was for a methodology devised by Skyriders to assist with removing bulky […]

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Tektronix Expands Performance Oscilloscopes with New 13 GHz and 16 GHz Models

New DPO70000SX Series Scopes Offer Key Advantages for High-Speed Serial Standards for Consumer, Automotive, Military/Aerospace Applications COMTEST is pleased to announce Tektronix Inc.’s expansion of its scalable DPO70000SX Series Performance Oscilloscope to include new 13 GHz and 16 GHz models. The new offerings allow engineers to take advantage of the high sample rate and low […]

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Anzi Plant & Mining Services flourishes in civils, mining thanks to Goscor

A three-year-long relationship with the Goscor Group has allowed Anzi Plant & Mining Services to grow its footprint in the civils and mining industries in the Western and Northern Cape. The company has an extensive fleet capable of meeting the arduous demands of both sectors. This includes 12 SANY SY956 front-end loaders and two 50 […]

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BMG hosts Food Beverage Expo in Cape Town on 20 February 2020

BMG is organising a Food & Beverage Expo at the Hazendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, on 20 February 2020. “This specialist food and beverage event – which follows the success of the Johannesburg expo held in September last year – will showcase BMG’s extensive solution services for this growing industry,” explains Mark Barbour, Group Product […]

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Compact infrared camera for laser machining processes

Measures up to 1900 °C Temperature measurement in processes where lasers are used, provides major challenges for infrared measurement technology.  For example, the camera needs to be insensitive to the laser’s scattered light. INSTROTECH, local representative of Optris – leading manufacturers of non-contact temperature measurement devices – has launched Optris PI 08M, ideally suited to […]

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Legrand launches new USB chargers units and monoblocs 2020

Legrand’s new USB chargers, which meet the latest electrical standards in South Africa, have been developed for quick installation, enhanced safety, user convenience and modern design. Legrand’s new 16 A RSA monoblocs feature both the old and new RSA 2P and E sockets, as well as USB A-type and C-type connectivity for high-speed charging of […]

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Magnetic Inductive Flowmeter

INSTROTECH now offers Kobold’s MIS magnetic inductive flowmeter, especially developed for measuring medium-sized flow of conductive liquids in pipes.  Operated by electromagnetic measurement, a voltage is induced in a conductor moving through a magnetic field. The electrically conductive measuring agent acts as the moved conductor. The voltage induced in the measuring agent is proportional to […]

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Aurecon takes bold steps to transform into an African-focused business

Engineering, design, and advisory company Aurecon Africa has taken a bold step to demerge from the global Aurecon brand to position itself as a business aimed at the African market. In October 2019, Aurecon officially announced the separation of the African business from the Aurecon Group, effective from 1 January 2020. While being part of […]

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BLT WORLD’s solutions for excessive dust in conveyor systems in bulk handling

BLT WORLD works closely with ScrapeTec, to offer diverse industries in Africa advanced solutions for conveyor systems used in the handling of abrasive materials with excessive dust. “AirScrape®, DustScrape, TailScrape and SpeedScrape products, which encompass the latest technology, have been developed by ScrapeTec, to provide dependable solutions for specific problems – like dust, spills and […]

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Rise Up launches Gender Equity initiative in SA with support from Cummins Inc.

Women began gathering at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange early on Friday 13 September 2019 in support of the planned high-profile #SandtonShutdown protest against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The protest came a day after national crime statistics indicated that violent crimes and murder had risen alarmingly. Despite many South African policies that promote women’s and girls’ rights, […]

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Network Metrology Training Kit and NI/AWR Microwave Office Connected Partnership

PicoTechnology, represented locally by COMTEST, have added significant functionality and value to their low-cost, high-performance Vector Network Analyzer, by joining the NI/AWR Connected Partner community. The PicoVNA Interface wizard integrates and tightly couples highly affordable Vector Network Measurement within the market-leading Design–Simulate–Implement process flow of Microwave Office and the AWR Design Environment. Component, system and […]

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Legrand SA appoints EDS UPS as an official Legrand UPS systems partner

Legrand – specialists in electrical and digital building infrastructures – has appointed Engineering Data Systems SA (EDS UPS) as official Legrand uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems partners. (Effective December 2019) EDS UPS, with strong technical capabilities in servicing and supporting UPS systems locally and throughout Southern Africa, is now authorised to supply, install and commission […]

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Proof-of-delivery process management and automation vital to improve businesses’ cashflow

On average, an accountant spends 25-30% of their time looking for documentation to resolve queries, or resending documents to customers to ensure payment is made. By utilising technology to automate the control and distribution of invoices and linked statements, companies can expect to achieve a 10 to 35% improvement in their monthly cash collections. Over […]

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Engen pledges the first R2.5m to help eradicate pit latrines at schools

As a company that cares deeply about the communities in which it operates, Engen has heeded a call from government and pledged an initial R2.5 million in support of Sanitation Appropriate for Education (SAFE), which aims to eradicate pit latrines in schools across South Africa. Engen, South Africa’s favourite petrol brand*, is partnering with the […]

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Derek Halstead-Cleak appointed Kwikspace CEO

Derek Halstead-Cleak has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kwikspace, Africa’s largest manufacturer of prefabricated buildings, effective January 2020. Halstead-Cleak previously served as Non-Executive Director on the Kwikspace Board from November 2018, and as Chairman of the Board from June 2019. He has held various senior level positions throughout his working career, providing both operational […]

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Fibertex distributes Dura-Line’s sub-soil drainage pipe and associated accessories used in conjunction with Fibertex geotextiles and composite drainage systems

Fibertex SA is a supplier of Dura-Line’s cable conduit, sub-soil drainage pipe and associated accessories. “Dura-Line components, which meet stringent quality specifications, are used in conjunction with Fibertex geotextiles and composite drainage systems in various industries, including civil engineering, construction and agriculture,” explains Joe Anderson, Technical Sales Representative, Fibertex SA. “Included in the Dura-Line range […]

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Getting ‘in the frame’: Why building and construction industry contractors, sub-contractors and consulting engineers should be members of SASFA

The Southern African Light Steel Frame Association (SASFA) has become a beacon of inspiration, source of support and an empowering network for its members. Professionals in the industry – from building and construction contractors and sub-contractors to designers, power tool manufacturers, architects and engineers – find value in SASFA membership, in what is undeniably a […]

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Vert Energy’s maintenance and refurbishment service for electric power generation and electro-mechanical power transmission

Vert Energy is well-positioned to assist businesses and manufacturers curtail the negative financial and productivity effects of power outages, through the supply and support of a wide range of globally recognised components and systems. “We understand the critical role electric power generation performs in every industry and we know how important it is to have […]

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BMG Offers Filtration Solutions for Efficient Contamination Control

BMG’s Fluid Technology division is committed to improving operational efficiencies for customers in all industries, by providing essential filtration, separation and purification technologies. “With broad technical capabilities and an extensive range of quality-branded fluid power components, BMG is able to offer total process, filtration and lubrication management solutions, even in chemical and corrosive environments, as […]

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New General Manager of Hytec Engineering

Andre Lindeque has been appointed as the new General Manager of Hytec Engineering, effective 1st February 2020. Hytec Engineering, part of Bosch Rexroth South Africa, is the hydraulic cylinder specialist for mobile and industrial applications. One of Africa’s largest cylinder manufacturers, Hytec Engineering’s products are used across Africa’s mining, materials handling, steel, oil and gas, […]

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The search for the XL 40 Under 40 is underway

Antwerp XL is searching for the breakbulk industry’s 40 most dynamic and influential professionals under the age of 40 in a new initiative celebrating the next generation of the industry. Professionals working in the industry are encouraged to self-nominate if they are under 40, or nominate eligible colleagues if they believe they have contributed significantly […]

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Skyriders assists consulting engineer with smokestack inspection

Rope-access specialist Skyriders recently showcased the extent of its inspection techniques by assisting a consulting engineering company with tests needed  prior to the design of a modification to a large smokestack for a major petrochemical producer. Marketing Manager Mike Zinn explains that rope access was necessary to perform various concrete inspections and sampling on the […]

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Harnessing the business power of WhatsApp

Today, customers demand more than ever before from brands, including fast, personalised, reliable and free two-way communication. Organisations that have realised how important it is to reach their customers where they are and on a communication channel that they know and trust, are increasingly looking to WhatsApp Business API (Application Program Interface) as their preferred […]

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CHOOSING THE BEST STEAM BOILER FOR YOUR NEEDS

With so many types and makes of steam boilers on the market, from electrode to gas, diesel or coal-fired options, it’s difficult to know which one is best for your specific requirements. Given the safety issues of operating steam boilers, the capital outlay required and the running and maintenance costs, it’s important to understand your […]

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Rand-Air temporary generator hire a ‘power of good’ for mining companies

Many South Africans have recently experienced the frustration of mains power outages. While for the private citizen, the lack of electricity for an extended period is an inconvenience, for companies such as mining operations the consequences are much more serious. In renting generators to mines, there are two aspects to consider. First of all, there […]

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Meet SiganlHawk, the latest in Handheld Spectrum Analyzers

COMTEST has announced their latest offering from Bird, leading RF provider and tech leader, expanding it’s highly sought-after SignalHawk family of rugged, handheld spectrum analyzer products with the addition the SH-60S-AOA Angle of Arrival spectrum analyzer and the SH-60S-TC, offering a balance of price and performance up to a frequency range of 6 GHz. The […]

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Bosch Rexroth pneumatic training rigs installed for Coca-Cola bottler

The first on-site Bosch Rexroth pneumatic training rigs have been installed in Africa. The rigs were supplied to Nairobi Bottlers Ltd, the base for Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Kenya, by Bosch Rexroth Kenya, in collaboration with Bosch Rexroth South Africa’s Training Department. The pneumatic rigs were manufactured and supplied by Bosch Rexroth Germany and assembled at […]

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BIRAL WELCOMES NEW INTERNATIONAL SALES MANAGER

Meteorological equipment specialist Biral is expanding and has taken on an experienced International Sales Manager to add to its growing team. The company appointed Artur Miller last month as its International Sales Manager, where he is responsible for the sales of its complete range of Biral meteorological sensors to both new and existing customers. In […]

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Keep ethylene cool under pressure

Complete compressor overhaul in less than 20 days When an industry relies heavily on one piece of equipment, continued reliability is essential and must be ensured by means of routine maintenance. For a world leading petrochemical company on Teesside, UK, compressors are key in processing ethylene. Sulzer was able to deliver a high quality and […]

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Averda aces high-risk Koeberg clean-up job

Averda South Africa’s Specialised Industrial Cleaning (SIC) team recorded what is believed to be a world first by completing a high-risk clean-up of two tanks at Koeberg Nuclear Power Station end of last year. The refuelling water storage (PTR) tanks have been in use to store contaminated radioactive water for some 40 years and needed […]

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SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. sets the benchmark for Industry 4.0 in South African industry

With the advent of Industry 4.0 set to change the face of industry and production, SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. has a range of solutions for its concept of the Lean Sm@rt Factory. This is based on the paradigm shift introduced by new technologies such as big data, embedded computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud […]

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thyssenkrupp stacks up efficiencies

thyssenkrupp is an industry pioneer and world leader in the manufacture of stackers, drum reclaimers and other stockyard machines. Moving with the Industry 4.0 tide, the global engineering specialist has introduced new technology that improves stacker efficiency and performance. thyssenkrupp stackers are responsible for stockpiling an extensive range of materials at mines, quarries and ports […]

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Is your business at risk by being too ‘trusting’? Take a zero-trust approach

As organisations continue to implement digital transformation and adopt emerging technologies, it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure their networks against cyberattacks, as the ecosystem in which their critical information resides has become significantly more complex. The pervasive nature of the Internet and the adoption of technologies such as mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT) […]

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Whether portable diesel or stationery electric, for every application Rand-Air has a compressor to blow you away

In its 46 years of operation, Rand-Air has built up an enviable reputation in the mining industry for the quality of its compressors and the excellence of its service. The company supplies either portable diesel compressors or stationary electric compressors, each of which have particular applications. All Rand-Air compressors use screw compression elements to produce […]

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Ice-cream factory switches from coal boilers to HPCMS station

An ice-cream factory has replaced its old coal-fired boilers with more efficient and ‘green’ natural gas fired boilers.     When looking for an efficient solution to switch from its old and inefficient coal fired boilers, an ice-cream factory looked for a trusted product from a reputable supplier. Egoli Gas supplied the factory with an HPCMS […]

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Economical magnetic-inductive flowmeters

INSTROTECH now offers Kobold’s MIK, a compact, magnetic-inductive flowmeter, combining a large measuring range, from at 0.01 l/min and currently to 700 l/min, and six different measuring tube sizes, from G ½ male to G 2 ¾ male; perfect for users with smaller to medium-sized measuring ranges.  MIK measures the flow rates of electrically conductive […]

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SKF reveals: Load sensing bearings with fiber optic sensors designed to speed up product development

Designers can accelerate the design cycle by analysing bearing loads quickly and accurately thanks to the addition of fiber optic based SKF’s Load Sensing Bearings – for pumps and compressors Gothenburg, Sweden, 24 October 2019: SKF released the world’s first commercial load sensing bearing based on its proprietary fiber optic sensing technology. A technology, as […]

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Rockwell Automation to Acquire Avnet to Expand Cybersecurity Expertise

Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK) recently announced it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held Avnet Data Security, LTD, an Israeli-based cybersecurity provider with over 20 years’ experience providing cybersecurity services. Avnet offers a full set of IT/OT cyber services and solutions ranging from assessments, penetration testing, network and security solutions, and training to […]

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NEW THERMAL FLOW MEASUREMENT WITH ADVANCED ELECTRONICS INCLUDING IO LINK

Honsberg has launched the new OMNIPLUS-F thermal flow sensor measurement device enabling users to use only one device for applications which previously required three. Additionally, the OMNIPLUS-F has a uniquely designed larger screen giving a large high-resolution display with greater visibility. The OMNIPLUS-F enables measurement of flow, speed, temperature and volume of fluid media with […]

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New Rand-Air GM to build further on the company’s firm foundation

Since its inception in 1973, Rand-Air has been driven by a simple yet highly effective operational ethos – to exceed customer expectations at all times. The company has underpinned this with a fleet of top-quality equipment and unmatched customer service levels; and prospered to such a degree that, in a synergistic move in 1998, leading […]

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Engen KlevaKidz spreads life-saving safety messages to vulnerable children

Engen KlevaKidz is an annual campaign that engages and educates young learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety. In 2019, it reached 78 schools and shared crucial safety messages with 48 812 young learners in five provinces. Engen is South Africa’s leading marketer of illuminating paraffin. Branded Laurel Paraffin, the energy source is […]

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Electricity supply solutions for power challenged cities

Property developers are experiencing increasing constraints with the availability of suitable electrical supply for new developments. The population density in cities resulted in a lack of adequate electricity supply infrastructure. Developers are buying houses on large properties and converting them into high-density, multi-storey dwellings. There is not enough transformers and cables available to supply these […]

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THE FUTURE OF LOYALTY

Shell, in partnership with Minipos, has launched V+: a new programme that rewards you every time you visit a Shell Minipos, exclusive to Shell, has launched a new rewards programme which is available at participating Shell service stations – and just in time for the holidays. Announced on December 1 and exclusive to Shell, V+ […]

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Atlas Copco donates safety equipment & promotes safety consciousness at Manger Care Centre

Atlas Copco places safety consciousness at the core of operations and is committed in its drive to promote a safety-first culture not only amongst its employees, customers and suppliers, but also in communities. Walking this talk, the company recently donated personal protective equipment (PPE) and delivered a safety dialogue to the Manger Care Centre’s Eden […]

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Infobip enables WhatsApp Business API for ChatFin – simplifies SA vehicle license renewals over WhatsApp

Infobip, a global cloud communication company for businesses, and a leader in omnichannel customer engagement has enabled WhatsApp Business API for ChatFin, a leading fintech company who recently introduced their latest platform – ChatBack.  The platform simplifies consumers everyday tasks by providing rich content customer dialogue over WhatsApp delivering the underlying capability for the launch […]

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Rope-access service from Skyriders keeps lights on at major warehouse

Rope-access specialist Skyriders has helped keep the lights on at a 75 000 m2 warehouse in Midrand for a major retailer. The company was called on to provide a maintenance service for the lighting, replacing globes that had failed, and highlighting any faults to be attended to by a third-party electrician, Marketing Manager Mike Zinn explains. […]

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Air Products’ Liquid Nitrogen and Cryo-Save – storing stem cells, saving lives

Stem cell transplantation is perceived as a major breakthrough in medical history and it has been used in medical procedures for more than 50 years. More than 1 million blood stem cell transplants have been performed across the world and play an important role in the treatment of bone marrow failures, blood disorders, immune deficiencies, […]

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INDUSTRI Tools and Equipment has been established to supply and support all industrial sectors in Southern Africa

INDUSTRI Tools & Equipment has recently been launched (1 September 2019) – as part of the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) of Invicta Holdings Limited – to supply and support all industrial sectors in Southern Africa. Through the consolidation of six independent tooling companies – Man-Dirk, Tool Quip & Allied, SA Tool, Sibuyile Industrial Supplies, Gem […]

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Engen enables education with dignity for Diepsloot Schools

Today marks the official handover of a water and classroom project at Diepsloot Secondary School No. 3 in Johannesburg, after 38 Engen service station owners undertook an eight-month task to transform the schooling facilities, by providing the most basic needs for children, many of whom live below the breadline. Over the years, franchisees (retailers) who […]

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Crushing the efficiency barrier – thyssenkrupp Eccentric Roll Crusher

thyssenkrupp has, for over two hundred years, provided state-of-the-art products and services to meet the eclectic needs of mining and industry. With customers increasingly demanding optimal crushing performance from their equipment, thyssenkrupp’s Minerals Processing division, a specialist in comminution, designed, developed and manufactured the compact and robust Eccentric Roll Crusher (ERC) which is taking crushing […]

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RTS Africa Technologies principal H2Scan opens new Environmental Conditioning Laboratory to further ‘refine’ hydrogen detection in gas process streams

Hydrocarbon fuels are essential for our daily existence. However, extracting usable fuels from crude oil is a complex process in which hydrogen plays a cardinal role, as the correct levels of hydrogen in a refinery process stream largely determine the quality of the final product. “At RTS Africa Technologies, we have been distributing H2Scan hydrogen […]

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Skyriders oversees snagging at new silo for coal-mining company

When a major coal-mining company in Limpopo built a new silo as part of its ongoing expansion, Skyriders (Pty) Ltd. became involved upfront in specifying the type of rope-access anchors needed for future inspection and maintenance. This also allowed Skyriders to assist with the final snagging process of the new silo before official handover to […]

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Keeping heating costs down with Viessmann 200 gas-condensing boiler

Over the past few years, there has been a significant shift from coal to natural gas. This has been largely driven by low natural gas prices and increases in electricity rates. The cost of heating your home, particularly during the colder winter months, makes up about 60% of energy bills. With ever-impending load shedding and […]

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COMPACT IR CAMERA WITH INDUSTRIAL ACCESSORIES

INSTROTECH – local representative of Optris, global leader in infrared camera technologies – has announced an addition to the Compact Line, the Xi 80 and Xi 400, now with new industrial accessories for use in rough conditions. The system has a modular design and as a result, the water cooled housing, the air purge unit […]

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Fixed-Mount IR Cameras for research analysis

The first fully-radiometric infrared cameras with software plug-ins to deliver continuous temperature monitoring for research, science and engineering applications For precise research, science, and engineering applications, just seeing heat is not enough, it needs to be measured and analyzed as well. COMTEST is offering the new Fluke RSE300 and RSE600 Infrared Cameras, the first fully-radiometric, […]

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Free truck driver health screenings in the Western Cape

Engen Driver Wellness took centre stage this month, bringing health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. In celebration of National Transport month, the programme visited the Engen Winelands 1 Stop on October 28th Engen Driver Wellness aims to improve occupational health and wellness among long-distance truck drivers […]

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Water treatment plant achieves high plant availability

EPC meets objectives with maintenance contract Benefits at a glance • Safety of drinking water ensuredbecause of consistent quality measurement of critical locations • 100% plant availability and accurate readings from all analyzers 24/7 at all locations • Water treatment plant increased efficiency because of optimized chemical treatment and energy • Increased plant availability • […]

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Fibertex SA and Specifying Techniques host CPD seminar for AAB in Botswana

Fibertex South Africa and Specifying Techniques, in conjunction with The Architects Association of Botswana (AAB) hosted a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) seminar in Gaborone recently. “This forum – which was the first of its kind hosted by the newly formed AAB – forms part of the association’s accredited CPD programme, which is designed to improve […]

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BP invests in forest carbon offsets leader Finite Resources

• BP Ventures invests $5 million into Finite Resources, Inc • Investment allows Finite Carbon, a subsidiary of Finite Resources, to launch voluntary carbon offsets program for businesses • Investment aligned with BP’s advocacy for a price on carbon BP Ventures has invested $5 million in Finite Resources Inc, parent company of Finite Carbon, a […]

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CEO Circle selects BT Industrial as one of seven national champions

Industrial solutions provider BT Industrial, with Kgomotso Lekola as Founder and Managing Director, recently received a prestigious CEO Circle Entrepreneurs 2019 Award. The adjudication panel consisted of Discovery CEO Adrian Gore as Chairman, Investec CEO Fani Titi, Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub, and Sasol CEO Bongani Ngqababa. BT Industrial was selected as one of seven medium-sized […]

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SAISC Steel Awards – what makes a good Steel Awards entry?

The 2019 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards were an unmitigated success with a record number of entries, a record level of sponsorship and an unprecedented diversity of entries. However, the question that has to be raised is what makes an entry strong for this key event on the local steel industry’s […]

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Engen Driver Wellness in the spotlight this Transport Month

Engen Driver Wellness once again takes centre stage, bringing health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. In celebration of National Transport month, Engen officially kicked-off its annual programme on 21 October at Engen Gateway Truckstop in Musina. Engen Driver Wellness aims to improve occupational health and wellness […]

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KlevaKidz paraffin safety campaign turn ten

The annual Engen KlevaKidz paraffin safety campaign which is celebrating its tenth year, once again puts super hero safety educator, Mr Wise in the starring role. Engen KlevaKidz is an educational campaign that uses industrial theatre to engage and educate young learners across South Africa about the importance of paraffin safety. The 2019 edition launched […]

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Bringing noise and maintenance back on track

SKF lubrication systems optimize operations on tramways in Mainz, Germany. Mainz is the capital and largest city of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. Located on the Rhine river at its confluence with the Main river, it is regarded as a major transport hub in southern Germany and for European distribution. The city has […]

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AVK Southern Africa: Developing products and people

AVK Southern Africa is proud that it develops products that make a difference now and in future. Renowned for their superior quality, AVK products are locally manufactured. Now, leading the way and using available resources in the most rewarding and sustainable way is not the only thing AVK is well-known for. AVK does a lot […]

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Goodbye to brick-and-mortar companies, hello to digital platforms

How do existing businesses transform successfully into platform companies? This is the focus of noted strategist and business leader Bramhope Group CEO Isak Marais. He holds an MBA from the Henley Management College. A sought-after and respected speaker and opinion leader, Marais has authored numerous industry-specific articles. “The Bramhope experience is similar to those of […]

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ABB to support Asia–Pacific clean energy project

ABB will deliver automation, electrification and instrumentation solutions for the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project. ABB is providing instrumentation and electrification solutions to power Australia’s first Hydrogen Liquefaction and Loading Terminal at the Port of Hastings in Victoria as part of the ‘world-first’ HESC project. © Kawasaki Heavy Industries The HESC pilot project […]

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Fee-based business models for a better future

SKF is urging users of rotating equipment to rethink the way they pay for bearings and related items. In the traditional transaction-based model, suppliers’ profits depend on numbers of parts sold and not on improvements in machine performance. There’s fundamental conflict of interest, as longer component life means fewer sales for the supplier. SKF is […]

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African mines gear up with refurbishment service from SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd

A convenient and cost-effective option for ageing African mines, some of them 50 to 60 years’ old, is to have their geared units professionally and cost-effectively refurbished by SEW-EURODRIVE (Pty) Ltd. Supplementing its refurbishment capability, the drive engineering specialist can also offer a drop-in gearbox replacement service. Geared units are particularly difficult to refurbish or […]

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Mapei cementitious adhesive now available in ultra-white

Chemical and adhesive manufacturer, Mapei, has released an exciting new ultra-white, high-performance cementitious adhesive for use in ceramic, porcelain and especially natural and engineered stone tiling applications.  The all-new Keraflex S1 Express Ultra-White adhesive is a rapid setting, deformable S1 cementitious adhesive with extended open time that is suitable for a wide range of applications […]

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Tsubaki BS-F backstop cam clutches

New to BMG’s extensive range of Tsubaki cam clutches, is the recently launched BS-F series, designed for high-speed inclined and long overland belt conveyors and bucket elevators used in the mining and bulk handling sectors. Tsubaki backstop cam clutches are designed to prevent reverse rotation of drive shafts, offering a simple and cost-effective means to […]

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INMED school beneficiary leads the way in aquaponics training

An innovative adaptive agriculture project at a full-service school in Ekurhuleni – led by INMED South Africa, with funding from Air Products South Africa – has set the benchmark for introducing new technical skills such as aquaponics in schools. This is in line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s directive via his State of the Nation address […]

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Hytec Sasolburg Open Day

Hytec South Africa recently opened its first branch in the Free State. The new Sasolburg branch, strategically located in close proximity to key customers in the area, recently held an Open Day to showcase its new state-of-the-art facility and service offering in the region. With a large stockholding and service and repair equipment, the new […]

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EPC, IPP & Renewables Roadshow

African Petrochemicals is proud to host the EPC, IPP & Renewables Roadshow Conveniently hosted at the Swiss Country Club in Midrand, this location is central to all major players within the industry. The exhibitors will be showcasing their products and services relevant to your industry! Not to be missed…Join us on this ideal business to […]

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A day of fun and giving back on Bumbanani Day 2019

This year’s Bumbanani Day at Doulos Care Centre, held on Saturday 12 October, was a huge success and a day well spent giving back to the community. Launched in 1994, Bumbanani Day is an Afrox community volunteering initiative, and is part of Afrox’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. The initiative focuses on hands-on involvement by Afrox […]

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Tektronix Simplifies Power Efficiency Testing with New Double Pulse Test Software for AFG31000

Can Now be Performed in Less Than a Minute COMTEST is pleased to announce the availability of Tektronix Inc.’s new software plugin for its AFG31000 Arbitrary/Function Generator, making it possible to perform crucial double pulse testing in less than a minute, and thus saving a significant amount of time when compared to alternative methods. With […]

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ARCA Anti-Surge Control Valves in Operation

Arca supplies its extensive range of valves to nearly all types of industry. An important part of the product range are valves for turbines and turbo compressors, especially anti- surge control valves. Arca manufactures its ECOTROL® series of valves Type 8C / 6N / 6H and 130, from DN50 / DN2“ to DN700 / DN28“ […]

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SKF automatic lubrication proving popular in supply ship applications

Automatic lubrication boosts safety and prolongs the service life of marine wire rope. Gothenburg, Sweden, 12 September, 2019: The harsh environments experienced by supply ships and their limited down-time between jobs means that maintenance of standard components, such as wire rope, is both essential and challenging. The SKF automatic lubrication solution for wire rope is […]

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LE SOUTH AFRICA INTRODUCES OIL-SPILL-EATING ENZYME TECHNOLOGY TO LOCAL MARKET

Oil spills can be deadly, killing microscopic organisms, thus damaging entire food chains, and causing severe environmental damage. To combat oil spills, Oil Spill Eater II (OSE II) was developed in 1989 in the USA and has been used to clean up more than 44 000 spills since. Approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Game-changing digital solutions for mines from SKF

With digitalisation seeping into the mining industry and transforming day-to-day procedures, this sector is enhancing its Industry 4.0 operation and process compliancy. As a preferred supplier of premium brand products and services to customers in the mining sector, SKF South Africa aligns with this revolution to assist customers in increasing their productivity and profitability. “One […]

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Actop Asphalt to showcase its capabilities at Capsa 2019

Actop Asphalt, a leading South African manufacturer of hot and cold asphalt, will use the 12th Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa (Capsa 2019) to showcase its cutting-edge prowess in asphalt production. At Capsa 2019 – to be held from 13-16 October at Sun City, South Africa – visitors can look forward to interacting […]

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EMERSON ADVANCES DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION WITH INDUSTRY’S MOST COMPREHENSIVE OPERATIONAL ANALYTICS PORTFOLIO

Enhanced Plantweb™ digital ecosystem simplifies analytics decision making. Following years of strategic investment and innovation, Emerson has developed the industry’s most comprehensive operational analytics portfolio, delivering actionable insights to address industrial manufacturers’ most pressing operational challenges. “The amount of data created in a manufacturing facility today is unprecedented, and there’s a great deal of hype […]

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SKF and FANUC demonstrate edge platform technology solution for machine tool industry

SKF and FANUC demonstrated an edge platform technology solution for automated anomaly detection of machine tool health at EMO Hannover Fair. By using FANUC’s Industrial IoT Platform, FIELD system and SKF’s IMX condition monitoring technology as the basis, end-users will be able to predict spindle health using vibration, temperature, speed and process data. The results […]

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Cummins supports rail customers in Africa with durable, hi-tech engine range

One of the most demanding applications for engines is rail operations. With Africa investing significantly in continent-wide transportation networks, this is an area where Cummins’ unique experience, expertise, and technology stand to play a critical role, according to Cummins Application Engineer Gerhard Potgieter. The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) offers a full line of ratings, with […]

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2019/20 #LIMITLESS INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME IN FULL SWING

Johannesburg. The second edition of Sasol and SAFA’s #Limitless internship programme is underway. Banyana Banyana’s Thato Letsoso and UWC Ladies player Puleng Moremi have been selected for this year’s programme after their successful interviews in September. The internship, which will run from October 2019 to September 2020 will see the two candidates gain work experience at […]

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ABB high-voltage inverters selected for European clean energy production

High-profile solar projects within Central Europe are adopting high-voltage string inverter solutions such as ABB’s award winning PVS-175 to deploy highly efficient photovoltaic (PV) installations and improve yields. ABB high-voltage inverter technologies have been deployed within the Netherlands, Italy and Spain as utilities look to increase GW capacity on large-scale PV installations. In 2018, Europe […]

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COMPACT ENCLOSURES SIMPLIFY HIGH TEMPERATURE PROCESS ANALYTICAL APPLICATIONS

Intertec’s new Hot Box for outdoor process sampling applications can deliver high temperatures up to 150°C/300°F in compact footprints. The new hot boxes employ a combination of conduction and convection heating assisted by a novel air circulation system. Protective enclosures are usually necessary for analyzer applications, and are a major contributor to overall costs. The […]

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Rockwell Automation Names Sebastien Grau as Regional Sales Director for Middle East, Turkey and Sub Saharan Africa

Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, has announced the appointment of Sebastien Grau as regional sales director for the Middle East, Turkey and Sub Saharan Africa. Welcoming Sebastien to his new role, Rockwell Automation EMEA president Susana Gonzalez said: “We are excited that Sebastien has joined our team and […]

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Skyriders gets a window on Lusaka hotel industry

Once the tower cranes have been dismantled and the scaffolding removed from a high-rise development, fixing any additional snagging issues poses a major headache for the professional team. This was the scenario that confronted the Hilton Garden Inn, part of the redevelopment of the mixed-use Society Business Park in Lusaka. Following the recent refurbishment of […]

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TLT-Turbo Introduces the Next Generation of Mechanical Vapor Recompression

TLT-Turbo GmbH, a global ventilation fans and systems manufacturer, has launched a new range of mechanical vapor recompression fans, with ceramic hybrid bearings that provide an exceptionally long operational lifespan. Integrating the latest ventilation technologies, this fan offers numerous advantages regarding performance efficiency, minimal maintenance and high reliability. The TLT-Turbo fan for mechanical vapor recompression […]

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What are the consequences of using a non-DSP for medical procedures?

By Tony Singleton, CEO of Turnberry Management Risk Solutions In an effort to ensure quality service in the face of medical inflation, many Medical Aid Schemes have implemented networks of Designated Service Providers (DSPs). This helps control costs and means Medical Aids can offer discounted plans that restrict members to these networks. For members of […]

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Zwick for Molten Sulphur or Sulphur Tail Gas

If you work with Molten Sulphur or Sulphur Tail gas, please take time to read more. Design engineers at Zwick in Germany have looked at solving on-going problems being experienced with valves on sulphur units. Typical valve problems on large bore line sizes range from seizing of the packing to severe seat damage when valve […]

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ARCA Valves receives prestigious award

For the year 2018 / 2019 ARCA has been awarded with the quality label “Innovative through Research “by the “Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft“ (German Association for the Promotion of Science and Education). The award honours researching companies for taking responsibility for nation and society. With ARCA research and development activities have a long tradition […]

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Nordic Paper and SKF sign agreement aimed at increasing productivity

SKF and Nordic Paper have signed a five-year fee- and performance-based contract. The agreement aims to improve Nordic Paper’s productivity, health and safety and sustainability performance. Nordic Paper is a pulp and paper manufacturer with operations at four sites, producing craft and natural greaseproof paper. The site in Säffle, which produces greaseproof paper, is covered […]

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MINEARC EDITORIAL: CONVERTING SHELTER-IN-PLACE LOCATIONS TO ZERO VULNERABILITY SAFE HAVENS

While it is not uncommon to find shelter-in-place or safe haven locations designated across chemical facilities, what varies is the level of protection offered at these sites. Functionality can range from merely a muster point (shelter-in-place) to a positively pressurized room (safe haven). Either way, when determining if a room is acceptable for the job, […]

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thyssenkrupp brings the test laboratory to the customer’s doorstep

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa (tkISSA) has streamlined the sample testing process with the recent development of a mobile containerised High-Pressure Grinding Roll (HPGR) test unit. By enabling customers to test samples on site, this eliminates the costs, time delays and complex logistics related to the transportation of samples for testing purposes. The inspiration to […]

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Silent running: SKF reveals Silent Series ball bearings for spindles

SKF has unveiled its Silent Series super-precision angular contact ball bearings (ACBBs) for the production of grease-lubricated spindles. The Silent Series super-precision angular contact ball bearings have been developed in direct response to key issues faced by manufacturers of machine tool spindles. They identified that minimising noise and vibration levels during operation was key to […]

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Can technology companies assist the public sector in reaching 4IR goals?

By Saurabh Kumar, CEO of In2IT Technologies South Africa Predictions about technology are at best speculative. Even recently we saw two of our planet’s brightest and most successful minds, Jack Ma and Elon Musk, disagree fundamentally about where technology is leading us. They were specifically debating Artificial Intelligence (AI): Ma sees a future where AI […]

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Advanced sealing solutions for wheel end maintenance from SKF

Industry estimates illustrate that up to 90% of premature wheel bearing failures are a result of incorrect seal installation and subsequent leakage of lubricant. “Scotseal PlusXL from SKF is the ideal solution as the seal is easily installed without tools, not only helping to eliminate costly ‘do-overs’ but also extending wheel end life,” states André […]

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Veolia upgrades water treatment plant for Mozambique bottling plant

Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently commissioned a new water treatment plant for Refrigerantes Spar Mozambique Lda, a bottling plant contracted to bottle Coca-Cola and other soft drink products in Mozambique. Veolia replaced the entire water treatment plant, which treats a nominal flow of 15 m3/hour (with a peak of 20 m3/hour) of water from […]

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Kwikspace helps upgrade school in the Northern Cape

In line with the National Department of Basic Education’s Accelerated School’s Infrastructure Development Initiative (ASIDI) programme, schools across the country are being upgraded. ASIDI affects all schools constructed from inappropriate materials like mud and asbestos, as well as those without sanitation, electricity and water, in an effort to make them safe and conducive to learning […]

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Powermite optimistic about growth potential in Zambia

Powermite boasts a solid presence in the Zambian mining, crane and processing plant sectors through its agent, F.S. Musonda Trading Limited. This collaboration sees customers across the region gaining access to Powermite’s world-class range of electrical and mechanical equipment for moving machinery. “As part of the prominent Hudaco Group of Companies, we are extremely proud […]

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4D cleaning headlines i-team SA’s office launch

At its office launch, headlined by the demonstration of its 4D cleaning showroom, i-team South Africa showcased how its innovative cleaning technologies usher in a new era in cleaning.   Having announced itself to the South African market at this year’s ISSA Cleantex Africa, which took place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 04-06 […]

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EMVAfrica’s Cape Town branch office goes next level

EMVAfrica has carved a niche in the local industry as a single-source solutions provider that specialises in corrosion resisting alloys such as stainless steel and other specialist alloys. The company boasts a solid Western Cape presence which spans well over a decade through its subsidiary E-Metals Cape, which was incorporated into the EMVAfrica brand in […]

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BLT WORLD – radial telescopic belt conveyors for efficient stockpiling of bulk materials

BLT WORLD’s custom-designed solutions for bulk material conveyor projects, include telescopic belt conveyors, which are suitable for stacking all types of bulk materials. According to BLT WORLD specialists, the use of radial telescopic conveyors is the most efficient method to stockpile material, as this system makes huge volume stockpiles with no segregation. “Our research shows […]

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Vert Energy appointment announcement

Vert Energy – specialists in electric power generation and electro-mechanical power transmission – has appointed Jacques Opperman as sales and support engineer for DEIF power management products. For further information Mr Ryan Robertson, Sales and Marketing, Vert Energy 11 Voyager Street, Linbro Park, Sandton / PO Box 3817 Dainfern Johannesburg 2055 Telephone: 086 111 VERT (8378) […]

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ALLMECH – SOLE AUTHORISED AGENT FOR RUNXIN VALVES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Allmech, leading South African manufacturer of boilers and supplier of water treatment components, is the sole official agent for Runxin water treatment system valves in the country. Lionel Maasdorp, General Manager at Allmech, says the company has been South Africa’s only authorised agent for Runxin for 11 years. “The valves are produced by Wenzhou Runxin […]

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Bendi forklifts fit the bill for Two-a-Day

Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) recently delivered two Bendi B320 forklifts to Two-a-Day (TAD), one of the leading fruit growing, packing and marketing companies in Africa. The Bendi B320’s narrow aisle area, which increases pallet space on given floor area, influenced TAD’s buying decision.         Located in the Overberg area, east of Cape Town, TAD is […]

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New head of thyssenkrupp Technical Training Academy spearheads training centre excellence

Employee development remains a core focus for thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, a company that continues to raise the bar in technical proficiencies, digital technologies and industry standards not only in South Africa but throughout the African continent. Central to this drive is the Technical Training Academy which opened its doors in Q4 2018 at […]

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BMG – Danfoss VLT AutomationDrive FC 300 series for variable speed control 2019

BMG’s range of Danfoss electronic, mechanical and intelligent ‘mechatronic’ devices, includes the VLT® AutomationDrive FC 300 series, designed for variable speed control of all asynchronous and permanent magnet motors on most industrial machines or production lines – even in demanding applications and challenging environments. The Danfoss VLT AutomationDrive FC 300 series, with intelligent drive functions, […]

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Legrand launches a new range of plugs 2019

Legrand has introduced a new range of plugs to the local market, that not only meets the latest electrical standards, but also has advanced features, enhanced aesthetics, user convenience and offers simple installation. Legrand’s newly-designed plugs – available in two standards (old and new South African) with white or magnesium finishes – have a modern, […]

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SASOL RESPONSE TO COOPERATIVE AND POLICY ALTERNATIVE CENTER (COPAC) AND SOUTH AFRICAN FOOD SOVEREIGNTY CAMPAIGN (SAFSC)

Sasol is firmly committed to playing our part in transitioning to a lower-carbon economy. We support the Paris Agreement goal and South Africa’s Nationally Determined Contribution. We supported the South African government in signing up to the Paris Agreement and our position remains committed to the goal contained therein. We are in the process of […]

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TLT-Turbo Introduces the Next Generation of Mechanical Vapor Recompression

TLT-Turbo Introduces the Next Generation of Mechanical Vapor Recompression TLT-Turbo GmbH, a global ventilation fans and systems manufacturer, has launched a new range of mechanical vapor recompression fans, with ceramic hybrid bearings that provide an exceptionally long operational lifespan. Integrating the latest ventilation technologies, this fan offers numerous advantages regarding performance efficiency, minimal maintenance and […]

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Air Products Continues 50th Birthday Celebrations with Prestigious Golf Day

Air Products invited key customers and distributors to a prestigious golf day at the Glendower Golf Club in Edenvale on 18 September 2019 as part of the company’s 50th birthday celebrations. Golfers received special treatment during the entire day and won great prizes. More importantly, it was an opportunity for guests and key Air Products […]

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Cummins Powers Women is making a lasting impact on women and girls in Africa

At Cummins, engineering solutions that build prosperous communities has been part of who we are since our company’s founding. We continue this legacy through the Cummins Powers Women Program, our most ambitious community initiative ever. Cummins Powers Women unites our leaders and employees around the world in finding solutions to gender inequality in our communities, reinforcing […]

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The brands we love! Engen remains SA’s favourite petrol station

For the ninth consecutive year, South Africans have backed Engen as their favourite petrol station, with the company extending a hearty “THANK YOU” to all their customers for this kind endorsement! The “Favourite Petrol Station” honour was attributed to Engen in the 2019 Sunday Times Top Brands*, which recognises brands that have earned top consumer […]

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PROTECT YOUR EQUIPMENT WITH SMART LUBRICATION ACCESSORIES

One of the most effective ways to keep your machinery running smoothly is to keep equipment well lubricated. But to ensure your lubrication is effective, you need to monitor your lubricant and keep moisture out of the system. To do this, Lubrication Engineers (LE) South Africa suggests installing oil sight glasses and replacing the standard […]

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REDUCE RISK OF LIGHTNING HAZARDS AT WORK WITH STANDALONE WARNING SYSTEM

Lightning strikes the ground in the UK around 300,000 times a year, putting at risk those who are often outdoors in exposed, unsheltered locations. Although there is no full-proof protection from lightning, measures can be taken to reduce the risk of getting struck. With this in mind, meteorological equipment specialist Biral is offering its BTD-200 […]

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Prowalco Tatsuno has been at the forefront of the forecourt since 1961

Prowalco Tatsuno, a Bud Group Company, has the largest and most sophisticated pump-service infrastructure on the African continent. It provides this service under contract or on an ad hoc basis to all of the major oil companies in South Africa from its branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. Prowalco Tatsuno also has service operations […]

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The SAISC Steel Awards celebrates diversity in South Africa’s steel construction industry

The 2019 entries for the SA Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards contained an unprecedented level of diversity. This ranges from building type, size, ownership and construction/property value, from cost-effective to high-end. There has also been enormous diversity reflected in both the aesthetic and functional use of steel in construction: from light steel frame […]

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Sulzer GTC Wins Award with SIBUR KSTOVO for Benzene Production Complex Modernization Project in Russia

Sulzer GTC Technology has signed an agreement with JSC SIBUR-Neftehim (SIBUR) to provide its licensed pyrolysis gasoline (pygas) processing technologies, including design of the fractionation, first and second stage hydrotreating, aromatics extraction and thermal hydrodealkylation technologies for the modernization of a benzene production facility at SIBUR’s Kstovo olefins production plant near Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. The […]

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De Beers, Debswana give insight into digital transformation at 5th Natural Resources Forum

Leading mining companies Debswana and De Beers gave key presentations about how they are implementing digital transformation in their operations at the 5th Annual Natural Resources Forum, hosted by French software leader Dassault Systèmes, at The Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton on Wednesday 11 September. Accessing data from over 1 km underground is a particular challenge […]

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Case study: ZNDC gains a competitive edge with PCI compliance certification from Galix

The Zambia National Data Centre (ZNDC) is a dedicated data centre wholly owned by the Government of Zambia and is one of the companies under the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).the IDC is the business management arm of the Zambian government. ZNDC delivers a variety of secure, reliable and affordable solutions to customers from three dedicated […]

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MOBILE CO2 MEASURING DEVICE

The measurement of CO2  emissions throughout industry is a critical activity. Across many industries CO2 leaks in equipment resulting from non-maintenance, mechanical damage or wear and tear can impact on the wellbeing and safety of not only employees but also on the manufacturing processes involved, for example in the food, beverage and refrigeration industries. Adding […]

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CLEAR VISIBILITY – KOBOLD’s SELF-CLEANING FLOW INDICATOR FOR LIQUIDS

To check the flow processes in pipeline systems and for insight into the interior of process pipes, many flow indicators are used in which the flowing medium sets a rotor turning and thus to a large extent visibly signals a flow.  INSTROTECH is offering Kobold’s DAA self-cleaning flow indicator, with the unique characteristic of the rotor […]

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Viscosity-Compensated Plastic Flowmeter and Switch for liquids

INSTROTECH is offering Kobold’s VKP plastic flowmeters that operate on a special suspended float principle with cylindrical measuring tube and spring-loaded float with orifice.  The float in model VKP-3 has slots mounded onto the outside, which protect the instrument from soiling by “capturing” dirt particles.  The danger of the float jamming is thus considerably reduced […]

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Extended component lifespan, enhanced reliability from premium SKF brand

With the escalation of inferior product fitment to equipment, one of the fastest growing project houses in South Africa chose SKF South Africa as the preferred supplier of their first power transmission product. “As the customer was reluctant to have products in the plant that were not of prime quality, SKF was the perfect choice […]

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New LPG storage tanks arrive at Port of Richards Bay

Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Richards Bay welcomed the arrival of four new 5650-ton liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage bullets on Thursday, 12 September on board the vessel XIN LU. The bullets are for the R1 billion, 22600-ton capacity mounded LPG facility which is being developed at the port by Bidvest Tank Terminals […]

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Bespoke Cummins power generation solution for offshore application in the Gulf

Cummins Arabia has collaborated with Speedy International to develop a bespoke power generation solution for an offshore application in the Gulf oil-and-gas sector that required continuous electrical power. It was able to deliver a fully-customised solution engineered to perform through any adverse weather conditions. Two Cummins C440D5 units, enclosed in a customised soundproof and weatherproof […]

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Significance of regular lift truck audits

Forklift safety is an important part of overall warehouse and site safety. To ensure a safe working environment, the importance of regular lift truck audits cannot be reiterated enough. Forklifts have changed dramatically over the years, but the basics of good equipment management haven’t changed nearly as much as the lift trucks themselves. The precepts […]

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EMERSON’S NEW EIGHT-PATH METER OFFERS HIGHEST ACCURACY FLOW MEASUREMENT FOR NATURAL GAS CUSTODY TRANSFER

Daniel 3418 reduces installation costs by accommodating compact piping designs while providing superior measurement accuracy in custody transfer applications Emerson has introduced the Daniel 3418 Eight-Path Gas Ultrasonic Flow Meter, which delivers highly accurate flow measurement in natural gas custody transfer applications with reduced upstream piping requirements and without flow conditioning. The Daniel 3418 compensates […]

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SKF – a single source supplier of world-class Power Transmission solutions

SKF delivers superior quality end-to-end power transmission solutions for virtually any type of application in industries such as agriculture, sugar, cement, coal, and minerals processing. SKF’s comprehensive range of conveyor chain, belt drives, wedge belts, standard and specialist couplings, locking elements and rapidly detachable bushes, combined with specialist services, conveniently give customers access to all […]

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Transforming brick-and-mortar companies into effective digital platforms

While the Fourth Industrial Revolution has been welcomed as ushering in a new digital age in many traditional industries, senior management is grappling with how best to implement it in their businesses, and what digital tools are best to use. Assisting brick-and-mortar companies with a smooth transition to a digital platform is the speciality of […]

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SASOL CONCLUDES FIRST LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS WITH COMMUNITIES IN MOZAMBIQUE

After extensive negotiations, Sasol has concluded 2 Local Development Agreements (LDAs) with the communities of Inhassoro and Govuro districts in Inhambane Province, where the Pande/Temane gas fields and Central Processing Facility (CPF) are located. The LDAs represent a tripartite agreement between Sasol, local communities and district governments and are aimed at aligning the priorities of […]

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Fibertex SA and Specifying Techniques collaborate in construction and mining sectors in Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique

Fibertex SA and Specifying Techniques collaborate closely in Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique, to optimise the efficiencies of geosynthetic products used in construction and mining projects. “The Specifying Techniques team, with a thorough understanding of project specifications required by civil engineers, architects, quantity surveyors and contractors, matches Fibertex geosynthetic products to the exact requirements of every […]

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Wirtgen Slipform Pavers Lay Precise Pavements for Beijing New International Airport

Four Wirtgen slipform pavers are playing an important part in the construction of the apron area for the new Chinese airport. The airport is scheduled to start operations on September 30, 2019, Beijing New International Airport and is predicted to be the world’s largest airport on its completion. Beijing’s mega-airport Beijing is the main passenger […]

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The future imagined for used oil sees SA embracing a closed loop economy

South Africa needs to move towards a more circular economy and away from the traditional focus on diversion from water and soil resources. Moving towards a more circular economy – which is based on the principle of using, recycling, and reusing in an (almost) closed loop – could deliver opportunities including reduced pressures on the […]

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Cummins Closes on its Acquisition of Hydrogenics: Hydrogenics Strengthens Cummins’ Fuel Cell Capabilities & Adds New Hydrogen Production Technologies

Columbus, Ind. – Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) today announced that it closed on the previously announced acquisition of fuel cell and hydrogen production technologies provider Hydrogenics Corporation. “We are thrilled to welcome the Hydrogenics employees to the Cummins family,” said Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. “Hydrogenics is one the world’s premier fuel cell […]

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GCE attains ISO 9001:2015 certification

In a milestone achievement that asserts an uncompromising stance towards quality, Goscor Cleaning Equipment has attained the ISO 9001: 2015 certification.   Quality has always been a top priority at Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE). According to MD Gregory Venter, the recent successful ISO 9001: 2015 certification is testimony to the leading cleaning equipment supplier’s relentless focus […]

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Next-Gen dashcams can revolutionise risk for the insurance industry, reducing fraudulent claims

By Laurence Smith, Executive at Graphic Image Technologies The insurance industry is built to provide cover for drivers and businesses to insure against the loss, damage or liability that occurs as a result of a vehicle accidents, theft, hijacking or fire. The premiums for covering such vehicular-related events have traditionally been calculated based on reactive […]

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FIXING LUBRICATION STORAGE CAN HELP AVOID 90% OF CONTAMINATION

According to research by Lubrication Engineers (LE), 90% of all lubrication contamination occurs before the lubricant is ever applied. “Only 10% of lubrication contamination happens after the oil has been applied to the machinery, mainly thanks to human error or cross-contamination within the machine itself,” says Callum Ford, National Marketing Manager at LE South Africa. […]

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Data Backups – Start with what you can’t afford to lose

By Chris de Bruyn, Operations Director at Gabsten Technologies Toy Story 2 almost didn’t happen. Somewhere during the 3D animated movie’s production, an administrator accidentally destroyed all of the movie’s data assets, including the meticulously crafted models and animations. Were it not for the technical director, who made backups to continue her work at home, […]

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Another 68 South Durbanites graduate from Engen’s Computer School

The Engen Computer School in Wentworth held a graduation ceremony on 5 September where 68 proud community members received certificates for completing an End User computing course. Over the past decade, Engen’s free computer skills training school has transformed many lives in South Durban, boosting graduates’ prospects of finding employment. “Including yesterday’s graduates, just over […]

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Latest Varispeed VSDs from BI offer best performance-to-cost ratio

From bearings to variable speed drives (VSDs), motors, gearboxes, sprockets and chains, leading supplier Bearings International (BI) is able to offer total solutions for a diverse range of customers, applications, and industries, according to Offer Marketing Manager Victor Strobel. Being part of the broader Hudaco Group allows BI to leverage synergies across a broad range […]

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ABB to supply comprehensive digital control solution for new Gulf Ply mill in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Trade Press Release ABB systems will help new paper mill to optimize quality and reduce downtime ABB has been selected to supply a mill-wide distributed control system (DCS) and quality control system (QCS) for the Gulf Ply Paper Company’s new paper mill in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Based on ABB Ability™ System 800xA, the solution includes […]

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HyperScale – putting secondary storage to work

It is a myth that organisations have to be huge to leverage HyperScale solutions. The simple truth is that data is growing a lot faster than storage budgets, which is proving challenging to businesses that do not have the resources of their larger counterparts. As a result, enterprises are having to rethink how they use […]

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Compact SKF Multilog IMx-8 sets the benchmark in machine health monitoring

The sophisticated and affordable Multilog IMx-8 from bearing and rotating specialist, SKF, delivers reliable, fit-for-purpose machine health monitoring to a diverse range of industrial applications. Forming part of SKF’s highly popular IMx-16 and -32 channel condition monitoring platforms, this latest 8-channel unit was initially targeted at the offshore wind and marine sectors. But now the […]

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HF launches Kenya’s first WhatsApp Banking

The Group promotes financial inclusion in Kenya by launching WhatsApp Banking, unlocking the opportunity for millions of new consumers to experience an improved way to initiate day-to-day secure banking activities and digital product purchases from within the chat application NAIROBI – HF has launched the HF WhatsApp banking solution to offer customized mobile banking services […]

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Rand-Air’s training – investing in the ‘art of management’ to remain fresh and relevant

For any company to function successfully – and continue to be fresh and relevant in today’s ever-changing and challenging economic climate – a range of skills such as those found in sales or in the technical disciplines are required. However, these will not be effective without effective management expertise to integrate and provide strategic direction […]

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Brrr it’s cold in here – Maxiflex cold storage solutions

Focused on maintaining constant temperatures for the cold chain industry, Maxiflex offers superior-quality industrial doors and dock loading equipment ideally suited to cold storage and freezer environments. As a local industry pioneer, the company is dedicated to providing entrance solutions which seal in the chill to prevent product spoilage and contamination whilst enabling customers to […]

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BMG hosts Food & Beverage Expo 19 and 20 September 2019

BMG is organising a Food & Beverage Expo at the BMG World distribution and engineering facility in Droste Park, Jeppestown, on 19 and 20 September 2019. “This specialist food and beverage event will showcase BMG’s extensive solution services for this growing industry,” explains Mark Barbour, Group Product & Sales Manager, BMG. “We believe our two-day […]

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Energas supplies skid-mounted HPCMs to Mozambican client

Leading supplier of high-end and specialised equipment to the oil and gas industries in Africa, Energas Technologies has supplied high-pressure customer metering solutions to a customer in Mozambique.       Energas specialises in the supply of complete skid-mounted HPCMs (high-pressure customer metering stations) for natural gas. The skid-mounted stations are designed, shop fabricated and assembled, fully tested […]

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Commvault Acquires Hedvig to Accelerate its Strategic Vision

Acquisition Addresses Challenges with the Acceleration of Data Fragmentation Commvault, a leading provider of software for the management of data across cloud and on-premises environments, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire software-defined storage (SDS) innovator, Hedvig, for total consideration of $225 million, which includes the purchase price and ongoing […]

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Its ladies only at Atlas Copco’s Women’s Day celebration

Atlas Copco’s female employees play a valuable role in ensuring the seamless operation and success of the company. To celebrate and show appreciation for the hard work of these talented ladies, the global industrial engineering specialist hosted its annual Women’s Day brunch on 16 August 2019. “Our remarkable ladies demonstrate their loyalty and dedication towards […]

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Machine health monitoring at customers’ fingertips with SKF Enlight QuickCollect

Bearings and rotation specialist, SKF, is empowering customers to monitor machine health without the need for extensive training or diagnostic expertise through its innovative Enlight QuickCollect. Designed to make it easy to collect and interpret valuable machine data, SKF Enlight QuickCollect is helping customers to optimise their rotating equipment performance. Previously, in order to collect […]

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EMERSON ACQUIRES SPENCE AND NICHOLSON STEAM TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT LINES FROM CIRCOR INTERNATIONAL

Acquisition adds profitable products and strengthens Emerson’s final control portfolio Emerson (NYSE: EMR), a global engineering and technology company, today announced it has acquired the Spence and Nicholson product lines from Circor International (NYSE: CIR). The acquisition complements Emerson’s broad portfolio of steam system solutions for process industries and commercial buildings. The Spence and Nicholson […]

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Monitor water levels and flows from mobiles

A new water monitoring station that measures levels, flows, flumes and stage discharge via cloud networks has been launched to assist in the mitigation of the effects of floodwaters, stormwater, and protect against compromised storage dams. Distributed by local technology integrator, Euca Technologies, on behalf of one of the world’s leading logging and monitoring system […]

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ATEX ENCODER – Absolute Profibus Through Hollow Bore

INSTROTECH has announced SCANCON’s Model: SCH88BEX, a new ATEX absolute encoder with Profibus Interface. It’s a strong, compact (89mm footprint), cost-effective, through hollow bore encoder. Engineered for rugged conditions, it’s reliable for extra harsh environments, and is the encoder of choice for Zone 1 & 2 applications. The SCH88BEX encoder has hybrid sensing technology and features optical technology for the […]

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First ever ABB electric propulsion to be installed on board a bulk carrier

ABB enters new market segment with order to install Azipod® electric propulsion on board two dry bulk carriers from Germany’s largest bulk carrier company Oldendorff Carriers. Two self-unloading dry cargo transshipment units will be the first bulk carriers in the industry to feature ABB’s Azipod® electric propulsion. Both vessels, due for delivery to Oldendorff Carriers […]

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SASOL ANNOUNCES BENEFICIAL OPERATION OF WORLD-SCALE LOUISIANA ETHANE CRACKER

LAKE CHARLES, La., UNITED STATES — Sasol announced our world-scale U.S. Ethane Cracker reached beneficial operation on 27 August 2019. Sasol’s new Cracker, the heart of our Lake Charles Chemicals Project (LCCP), is the third and most significant of the seven LCCP facilities to come online and will provide feedstock to our six new derivative units […]

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GAS DETECTOR FOR MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS

COMTEST – local representative of Industrial Scientific, global leader in gas detection – has on announced a new version of the Ventis Slide-on Pump. The new pump is compatible with both Ventis MX4 and Ventis Pro Series Multi-Gas Monitors and is ideal for workers who typically wear their gas monitors for personal protection but occasionally […]

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Engen Refinery to undergo planned routine maintenance

Engen Refinery, South Africa’s second largest oil refinery, is set to undergo a planned maintenance Outage. Starting on 2 September 2019, this scheduled activity forms part of the refinery’s ongoing maintenance programme, with 21 days planned for reformer regeneration activities and 63 days for maintenance of the plant’s alkylation unit. Sykry Hassim, General Manager of […]

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Portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit from Cummins Filtration is a reliable in-the-field solution

The Fleetguard® FK36000 portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit is a reliable solution for testing fuel cleanliness in the field, according to Cummins Filtration mining sales manage