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Engineering News Features

Fatalities draw attention to health and safety standards

By: Halima Frost     21st June 2024 Recent tragic events, resulting in the loss of over 40 construction workers' lives across three sites last month, have brought heightened attention to both the wellbeing of construction personnel and the effectiveness of regulatory oversight. The fatal construction-related incidents were recorded... 

Eastern Cape road projects planned

21st June 2024 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced in March that it expected to inject close to R2-billion into the Dr AB Xuma local municipality, in the Eastern Cape, when it implements its road maintenance projects over the next three years. The roads agency said it will... 

Mixed-use project completed

21st June 2024 Privately owned construction company GVK-Siya Zama has worked “around the clock” to complete the redevelopment of Cape Town Station, in the Western Cape, into a mixed-use residential and retail space. This despite experiencing one of Cape Town’s wettest winters in ten years last year, which... 

Firms can boost sustainability through maintenance

21st June 2024 In a press release published last month, national welding supply store franchise Unique Welding commented that the welder is widely regarded as the “premier athlete” within the realm of metal craftsmen, as welding, as a profession, demands resilience in the face of harsh working conditions.... 

Mining company empowers youth through trade training

21st June 2024 Empowering young people through skills development is crucial for fostering progressive and sustainable socioeconomic activity, and laying solid foundations within communities, and is an essential component of community upliftment, says iron-ore miner Kumba Iron Ore.   Over a four-month period,... 

Firm launches robots for industrial processes at US event

21st June 2024 Industrial automation and robotics company Comau debuted its new S-Family of “small yet powerful” robots at Automate 2024 – North America’s leading automation show. The event took place from May 6 to 9 in Chicago. The first two high-speed robots, with payloads of 13 kg and up to 18 kg, are... 

Thermamax TITAN adjustable solar helmet

21st June 2024 The welder is widely regarded as the premier athlete within the realm of metal craftsmen, bearing a significant level of responsibility, as a defective welding seam could potentially lead to catastrophic and even fatal accidents in extreme circumstances. Investing in a high-quality welding helmet... 

Engineering with integrity

21st June 2024 Parnis Manufacturing specialises in serving the medium to heavy engineering market, boasting a wealth of experience in this industry since 1975. Its products are meticulously crafted to meet customers’ unique designs and technical specifications. Throughout the manufacturing process, their team... 

Company improves solutions offering

By: Trent Roebeck     21st June 2024 Waterjet cutting company Aquajet is tackling the challenges of the waterjet cutting industry head-on while reducing wastage of abrasive materials. “Making changes to enhance our accuracy, speed and cost effectiveness allows us to effectively manage market fluctuations and customer needs,” says... 

Institutes promote sustainable development

By: Trent Roebeck     21st June 2024 Members of welding professional body the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) stress the importance of high-quality welder education and training strategies to help catalyse the “reindustrialisation” of developing countries – including many of the countries on the African continent – and... 

Companies to improve railway operationality

By: Trent Roebeck     14th June 2024 Construction Group Enza Construction and electrical engineering and infrastructure development company Tractionel Enterprise are assisting in the process of reviving South Africa’s rail and freight sector operations, thereby contributing to the country’s rail infrastructure development and... 

Tech enhances tunnel safety

14th June 2024 Manufacturing company and surface specialist SURTECO states that it ensures greater safety in Norway's tunnels, owing to the preeminece of safety in tunnels, which is a priority in Scandinavian countries. It is, therefore, understandable that one of the world's first linear multifunctional LED... 

Camera surveillance benefits sector

14th June 2024 Despite the pivotal role played by South Africa’s public transport systems, recent minibus taxi strikes show the public transport system’s vulnerabilities, in the form of the effects such action has on commuters and the economy, says Axis Communications. The Western Cape experienced damages to... 

‘Highly technical’ phases start at Msikaba

14th June 2024 The Msikaba Bridge project, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, is progressing significantly, says construction company Concor project director Laurence Savage, who notes the structure is now entering technically challenging phases. The Msikaba Bridge forms part of the South African National Roads... 

Innovation, investment key to advance infrastructure growth

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2024 While challenges such as funding constraints and skills shortages persist, the roads and bridges sector is poised for growth through strategic investments and technological advancements. By addressing challenges and leveraging innovation, South Africa can achieve significant improvements in its... 

Strategic training vital

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2024 As South Africa continues to invest in its infrastructure, the role of institutions such as civil engineering industry body the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) in providing high-quality training will remain pivotal. The future of South Africa’s infrastructure depends on the... 

Challenges, opportunities abound for industry

7th June 2024 In an address at the World Cement Association (WCA) yearly conference, WCA director Emir Adiguzel outlined the significant challenges and transformative opportunities facing the global cement industry. The conference – held in Nanjing, China on May 20, 2024 –  brought together industry leaders,... 

Firm to operate power plant for Nigerian cement facility

7th June 2024 Innovative technology provider Wärtsilä has signed a ten-year operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement for a captive power plant to provide energy for a Nigerian cement production facility. The new cement plant is owned by components manufacturer and metal fabrication company Mangal Industries... 

Anchor bolts provide security in bolted construction elements

7th June 2024 In a continuous drive for product improvement, specialist designer, manufacturer and supplier of structural and precast concrete construction elements Peikko South Africa has introduced the HULCO range of anchor bolts. This makes the company a good choice for securely anchoring concrete or steel... 

New cement enhances road durability

7th June 2024 Construction materials supplier AfriSam’s new AfriSam Roadstab Cement is a specialised, high-quality composite cement engineered specifically for road stabilisation tasks. This cement is designed to optimise the properties of soils used in road construction, notably by reducing the plasticity and... 

Increased competition, challenges facing S African cement sector

7th June 2024 Cement producer Sephaku Cement notes that, over the last 20 years the cement industry has evolved and fragmented, which has, in part, resulted in challenges related to ineffective enforcement of regulation and quality standards, and excess capacity, in addition to the relatively new challenges of... 

Additives protect gears in industrial transmissions

7th June 2024 Industrial equipment supplier BMG has introduced the Cera Tec high performance additives to its range of industrial lubricants. The additives offer significant resistance to high temperature and pressure, effectively protecting gears in various sectors, including sugar mills, mining, chemical... 

Revolutionising corrosion protection: The power of Belzona’s innovative solutions

7th June 2024 Corrosion is an insidious enemy of industrial assets, silently deteriorating structures, machinery and equipment across a range of industries. Whether it is the pipelines in an oil refinery, the hull of a marine vessel, or the machinery in a manufacturing plant, corrosion can strike anywhere,... 

Cost-effective corrosion technology excels in harsh climates

By: Nadine Ramdass     7th June 2024 Corrosion control specialist Cortec’s migrating corrosion inhibitors (MCIs) technology offers a cost-effective solution to extend structural service life in high-temperature areas, such as those in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, says Cortec public relations manager Ana Juraga. The high... 

Enhanced steel grade meets demanding needs

By: Nadine Ramdass     7th June 2024 Stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, has improved on the “workhorse” 3CR12 utility steel by adding the high-strength 3CR12HP400 version to meet the requirements of demanding applications. 3CR12HP400 offers the necessary corrosion resistance, along with the... 

Expo benefits from proven formula

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      7th June 2024 Trade show organiser Specialised Exhibitions, a division of independent events organiser the Montgomery Group, says this year’s A-OSH EXPO – to be held from 11 to 13 June at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand – will follow a proven formula that continues to highlight the latest exhibitor... 

Enhancing healthcare access for mining employees - A Medshield perspective

7th June 2024 At the heart of South Africa's mining industry – a cornerstone of the nation's economy – lies a crucial need often overshadowed: healthcare. 

Company uses card mechanism to incentivise safety

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      7th June 2024 To address a multitude of workforce challenges, financial services company adumo Payouts advocates for the adoption by employers of behaviour-enhancing incentivisation for employees, and increased financial literacy among blue-collar workers in the mining, manufacturing and construction... 

Targeted training to address potential workplace hazards

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      7th June 2024 In fostering an awareness of safety in the workplace, adult-based education and training provider the DEKRA Institute of Learning (IOL) stresses the importance of targeted occupational health and safety training, which provides crucial information on workplace hazards.  The company highlights the... 

Company highlights updated products

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      7th June 2024 Alcohol testing equipment supplier ALCO-Safe has added two devices to its service offering.  The first product is a wall-mounted device that aids access controls at the entrances of any site. This device links to the access system, through WiFi, local area networks and/or Bluetooth, and can... 

FlameBlock develops pioneer solution to extinguish lithium-ion battery fires

7th June 2024 Passive firefighting specialist FlameBlock has developed the FlameBlock Lithium Black (FLB), a uniquely formulated fire extinguishing agent designed specifically to extinguish lithium-ion battery fires.  Speaking to Engineering News this month, FlameBlock director Ferdi van Zyl, who co-developed... 

Alcohol Breathalysers (Pty) Ltd

4th June 2024 Alcohol Breathalysers supplies the iBlow10 no-contact breathalyser, a high speed no-contact alcohol breathalyser screener for testing drivers at road blocks and workers entering industrial sites and mines. The iBlow10 provides up to 12 tests per minute without the use of mouth pieces and offers... 

V-belt range improves HVAC system uptime

31st May 2024 Industrial equipment supplier BMG reports that the reduced life of V-belts operating in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) sector is a major concern to the industry, despite users implementing rigorous system inspection programmes in an effort to counter this trend. BMG... 

BUTEC positioning itself as significant player in Southern Africa

31st May 2024 A s one of Africa’s largest  electro mechanical contractors and facility management service providers, BUTEC aims to solidify its position as a significant player in the Southern African market through its ability to offer top-notch turnkey solutions.  

Household appliances receive carbon footprint certification

31st May 2024 Ten models among three products of multinational major appliance and consumer electronics manufacturer Samsung Electronics’ Digital Appliance Business division have obtained Product Carbon Footprint certification from global climate consultancy Carbon Trust. The certification measures and... 

HVACR firm acquired to bolster portfolio

By: Halima Frost     31st May 2024 As a way of meeting the growing need for energy efficient heating and cooling solutions, South African corporate and investment bank Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Corvest has partnered with UK investment firm Bay Tree Private Equity and alternative investment funds manager and adviser Westbrooke... 

Invest in IE3 motors before MEPS enforced

By: Tracy Hancock     31st May 2024 The time is right for South Africa and Africa, in general, to invest in IE3 motors, especially with minimum energy requirement standards (MEPS) expected to come into effect by the end of the year, says drive engineering specialist SEW-EURODRIVE electronics business development manager Willem... 

Wedge belts transmit 30% more power

31st May 2024 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s extensive range of industrial belting manufacturer Fenner’s power transmission components encompasses high-performance Fenner Quattro Plus Twin Wrapped (QPTW) wedge belts, which transmit 30% more power than standard Fenner drivebelts. Suitable for... 

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