RTS Africa fills a gap in the local hydrogen generation market with Nel Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers

Nel Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers

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Analytics Predictions 2019: Machine Learning & Data Efficiency

Adopting machine learning to enhance not just the accuracy of models but also drive efficiency is critical to amplify a key asset – the analytic team – and stay competitive.

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What’s The Future Of Manufacturing? An Expert View

By Cameron Wilson Manufacturing is changing fast. Advances like 3D printing, virtual design technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and more integrated communication between the actors in the entire production chain are creating new opportunities. “In the past we’ve had mass production as a major manufacturing paradigm, and we’ve had lean manufacturing,” said Li Zheng, Professor, PhD Supervisor and Vice President at Tsinghua University in Beijing. “But now we’re seeing a new paradigm.” In that paradigm, engineers, scientists, designers and everyone else involved in manufacturing can do things they could only dream…

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Mitak foundry: global castings heavyweight offers highest quality HCWI mill and ore-chute lining solutions.

– improving wear life for better grinding performance and lower cost-per-ton milled High chrome white irons (HCWI) are renowned in mining ore processing plants for their hard-wearing, abrasion-resistant qualities. They have proven ideal for highly durable mill liners and for protecting ore-chutes. The Johannesburg-based Mitak is one of the largest dedicated HCWI foundries globally. “Mitak was established in 1973 and, over the years, we have developed a great understanding of the HCWI alloy range. This has laid the foundation for our competence and capability,” says Graham Anderson, Business Development Director…

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Women of Steel: ‘tempered’ by empathy and experience and taking the industry forward

Despite the many women making a sterling contribution to many facets of the local steel industry today – from management, finance and procurement, sales, marketing, production and on the shop floor itself – the pivotal role women play in this sector is not widely known and seldom acknowledged. With this in mind, the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) recently held what is envisaged as the first in a series of events to highlight and showcase the increasingly influential role which women are playing in the sector. Speakers included…

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Rand-Air moves on to ever ‘hire’ levels of customer service with brand new Durban depot

The staff at Rand-Air’s Durban depot have set themselves ambitious targets. Branch Manager Rudi Devry and his team have recently taken occupation of new premises, a move which will assist in realising their growth objectives. Devry explains that their former premises were rented and, after six years, the lease had come to an end. “That was part of the reason for the move, but we also wanted to find premises in Durban’s South Basin which would be closer to our major customers such as the oil refineries and the motor…

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First Cut cuts steel processing costs with the BLM SC425 sawing machine

First Cut cuts steel processing costs with the BLM SC425 sawing machine

Sawing is one of the fundamental activities in any manufacturing, steel processing or fabrication business. The more efficiently this can be carried out, the more profitable the business will invariably be. Available locally from leading cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut, the BLM SC425 – a semi-automatic upstroke circular sawing machine – will bring higher levels of efficiency to any manufacturing or fabrication business. The sawing machine is ideal for making straight or angled cuts in steel tubes or profiles, thanks to the SC425’s convenient rotating head. While…

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Will SA manufacturers survive the fourth industrial revolution?

Over time we have seen how mechanisation; mass production; computers and automation have greatly impacted manufacturing industries – proving time and again that nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.   Now, as we teeter ever closer to Industry 4.0 – the fourth global industrial evolution that is set to be as pivotal if not more than its three predecessors put together — the most important question for South African manufacturers is whether we are ready to meet global competitors at the forefront of technology innovation.…

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New economic zones are no cure-all for manufacturing

Stumbling blocks for the success of special economic zones include legislation and alignment with other policy decisions and incentives, writes Amanda Visser The approval of six special economic zones (SEZs) in the 2018 budget has been welcomed, but some industry players warn they are not a panacea to restore manufacturing to its rightful place in the economy. Issues that remain stumbling blocks for the success of SEZs include legislation, consistency and alignment with other policy decisions and state incentives. According to the Manufacturing Circle, which represents medium to large manufacturing…

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Factory output surges on higher consumption of food and drinks

Annual South African manufacturing output growth accelerated to 2.5% in January from December’s figure, which was revised down to 1.8% from the 2% Statistics SA originally published. This was less than Bloomberg economists’ predictions, whose consensus was 2.8% growth, but matched Investec’s forecast. The boost came from food and beverages, which grew 10.1%, contributing 2.5 percentage points to the total; basic iron and steel, nonferrous metal products, metal products and machinery, which grew 4.3%, contributing 0.8 of a percentage point; and motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment,…

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