The Reason Behind GirlCAD

It was February 2014. It was Thursday afternoon. I was seated in the tutorial room along with the rest of the first year engineering students. There was a cumbersome board in front of me. To my left another girl frantically sharpened her pencil. The girl in front of her looked on the verge of tears. […]

MEPS: Not a Day Too Soon

In a country where most electric motors are not energy efficient, the announcement by government of its plans to introduce Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) is not a day too soon. This is the view of Fanie Steyn, Manager Electric Motors at WEG Africa, who says the company has argued for these MEPS for many […]

Large Investment in Local Production 

Following the successful completion of its Phase One expansion at its Isando facility, Fuchs Lubricants SA is on track with the next phase of the project. Commencing earlier this year and expected to be completed in 2024 at a total cost of R218 million, Phase Two will see a 40% increase in lubricants production capacity, […]

Mechanised Mine Training

Murray & Roberts Cementation has launched a ‘mock-up’ facility for underground mechanised mining. Tony Pretorius, Education, Training and Development Executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation, says the new installation is a quantum leap for mining-related training in Africa. Located at the Murray & Roberts Training Academy at the company’s Bentley Park complex near Carletonville in […]

Efficient Pinch Valves

Included in BMG’s extensive portfolio of industrial slurry valves is a range of pinch valves, which have been developed to control the flow of liquids, powders, solids and abrasives in many industries. Explains Willie Lamprecht, Sales Manager, Fluid Technology division, BMG, “Pinch valves have been added to our product offering, enhancing our wide range of […]

Does Automation Threaten Jobs? 

In 2022, the industrial manufacturing sector contributed 11.4% towards the overall GDP (R3 trillion). Today, around 1.5 million people work in industrial manufacturing, and are witnessing progression at a rapid pace within the sector. Vinesh Maharaj, PwC South Africa’s Smart Manufacturing Lead, says, “New technologies are changing the face of manufacturing. Factories are becoming increasingly […]

Robotic Tasks Made Easy

A new low-cost modular robotics kit from motion plastics manufacturer, igus, makes automation extremely easy and affordable for manufacturing companies in South Africa. Cost-effective automation is the best possible solution for gripping, turning, pivoting and placing items and returning them to their initial position, especially in the case of simple pick-and-place tasks performed over a […]

Embracing Predictive Analytics

Industry 4.0 is driving manufacturers to increasingly harness and use Big Data to enable responsive, optimised outputs. However, investment in technologies is irrelevant without data analytics to understand the internal and external factors impacting on a business. Big Data gets bigger every year, and manufacturing companies are increasingly able to collect data from a vast […]

Zinc and Wastewater Plants

Zinc coatings are an effective corrosion protection method for wastewater treatment plants as they are compatible with a range of metal materials when coated onto steel. Zinc is resistant to various corrosive agents present in wastewater, provided it is duplex coated with a powerful organic coating. Zinc can withstand high temperatures and pressures and mechanical […]

 Analysing an Oil Filter

Used oil filters provide lots of clues about the oil condition. Inspecting a dissected filter reveals information about the filter itself when looking for collapsed media, bad seals or weak points that developed during use. The debris remaining in the used filter also indicates important facts about the machine’s health. Here, we discuss three different […]