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CIP pumps suitable for sector
Published: 25 May 18
With the pharmaceutical industry requiring sterile equipment, industrial pumps distributor Verder Pumps says its Packo cleaning-in-place (CIP) pumps ensure the best cleaning and self-draining capability to prevent contamination. Verder Pumps introduced the PRP and CRP+ series of pumps to the South African industry last year as the most suitable for CIP processes.
Entry-level energy management solution launched
Published: 25 May 18
The Simatic Energy Manager Basic solution has been designed for entry-level energy management, and includes Web-based dashboards and access to a cloud-based open Internet of Things analytics platform, as well as a mobile application (app) to monitor consumption data, says industrial control equipment multinational Siemens. “The scalable energy management system links energy and production data, which enables users to calculate the productivity of energy consumption. The solution enables users to visualise in detail energy flows and consumption values in processes and assign them to the relevant users or cost centres, as well as identify changes,” the company says.
New shafts to enhance motor performance New shafts to enhance motor performance
Published: 25 May 18
Industrial equipment multinational Siemens is extending its portfolio of Simotics synchronous-reluctance motors to include the two new shaft heights, the AH90 and AH225, thereby addressing calls from renowned manufacturers of pumps, fans, compressors and machine builders in general for different shaft heights. The motors are available in a power range between 0.55 kW and 45 kW, and now also with rated speeds of 1 500 rpm and 3 000 rpm. In conjunction with the recently launched Sinamics Reluctance Control License, precise encoderless closed-loop torque control is possible down to a standstill. The licence enables field-oriented (vector) closed-loop control even when at a standstill – reliably eliminating the possibility of the synchronous motor stalling at any time even if the load inertia is not known.
Commissioning under way following VSD supply Commissioning under way following VSD supply
Published: 25 May 18
Following Gauteng-based SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa’s supply of a Movitrac LTP B variable speed drive (VSD) for a slurry application to a new mine in Zambia, tests have been completed and commissioning of the pump is under way. The mine required a 110 kW VSD for an urgent slurry application, and turned to SEW over the December 2017 shutdown period for immediate assistance.
Company offers technical advisory for clients Company offers technical advisory for clients
Published: 25 May 18
Industrial supplier BMG’s total plant management solutions encompass a technical advisory service on correct chain selection - a critical factor in any power transmission system. “By investing in quality branded power transmission chain, significant cost savings are achieved. Although the global trend is focussed towards cost reduction to protect margins, it is important when it comes to procurement, that the total cost of ownership (TCO) is considered above initial cost savings,” says BMG power transmission business unit manager Carlo Beukes.
Alternative drive systems for offshore operations Alternative drive systems for offshore operations
Published: 25 May 18
Owing to increasing safety requirements and more stringent environmental regulations, use of electric drive technology has become the subject of ever stronger debate in the offshore sector. Its higher precision and better dynamics and efficiency are winning over more and more users on the high seas. In cooperation with industrial gearbox and geared motors supplier
Partnership brings alternative backup solutions to medical sector
Published: 25 May 18
Integrated solutions provider Meditech South Africa (SA) and global data protection and management company Commvault have partnered to bring alternative back-up solutions to the South African medical sector. “We [Commvault] were brought in by Meditech to specifically solve a number of issues at the request of quite a number of its end-users,” says Commvault Healthcare senior director Fred Mills.
African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices
Published: 25 May 18
African infrastructure projects are meeting, and sometimes setting, global engineering best practices, says infrastructure and engineering multinational AECOM Africa civil infrastructure lead Darrin Green. Large-scale engineering projects worldwide require a range of technical, multidisciplinary engineering, including geological, geotechnical and environmental work, to ensure their effectiveness and sustainability from their design and operation to decommissioning and rehabilitation.
Decreasing investment causes industry lull Decreasing investment causes industry lull
Published: 25 May 18
There is likely to be a lull in growth for the foreseeable future in construction and the property development industry, owing to reduced government expenditure on large-scale infrastructure projects and uncertainty in private-sector investment markets, says global engineering professional services firm WSP Commercial Civils Africa director of customer experience and strategic growth Francois van Rensburg. “Surveys have highlighted that forecast growth in the industry between 2017 and 2021 is expected to be more moderate than the review period between 2012 and 2016.”
Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive
Published: 25 May 18
With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of instead minimising the total cost of ownership (TCO). “One of the biggest challenges the industry faces . . . is a lack of government spend on new, large construction projects. In 2010, we saw countless projects for new stadiums, roads, airports and port upgrades. Unfortunately, since then, we have not seen that level of activity in the industry and the truth is growth in construction relies on government spend.”
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