Rand-Air’s committed fleet renewal makes agility count for customers

As the market focuses increasingly on improving operations to ensure profitability and sustainability, businesses require swift access and reliability from the latest technologically-advanced products and solutions, which will offer the highest quality and efficiency.   As such, Rand-Air – an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions, and part of the global Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division believes in pursuing constant fleet renewal to ensure customers receive the best fit possible: the right fleet, at the right time and at the…

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Business finance bootcamp helps SMEs grow

Business finance bootcamp helps SMEs grow With millions of livelihoods depending on them and contributing an estimated R1.5 trillion to the economy annually, South African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the country’s economy. Nevertheless, following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, small business owners must consider the importance of financial planning to survive and grow their businesses sustainably. Small business funder Lulalend has partnered with OnlineX to host the Business Finance Bootcamp, a free 5-week webinar series that provides insights from the best industry experts to…

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Africa presents opportunity for new Tetra Pak/Synercore partnership

Johannesburg, South Africa (22, June 2021) – Tetra Pak has announced the establishment of a collaborative partnership with food research, application, and ingredient company Synercore Food Holdings.   During the journey from farm to factory to fork, the food supply chain can encounter any number of health hazards. Tetra Pak’s partnership with Synercore has the objective of leveraging its technology and food solutions to accelerate innovation in health and safety regarding the commercialisation of shelf-stable food products in Africa. The challenge of food safety and security in Africa is no…

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First Cut ‘sharpens’ its total solutions offering with new welding division

With more than 65 years of industry experience, First Cut is a leading South African provider of   cutting, welding and grinding consumables and equipment. Since producing its first band saw blade in 1956, the company has grown its offering substantially over the years, meeting the needs of a vast range of industries through a total cutting solutions approach with the supply of band saw blades, circular saw blades, hacksaw blades, plasma and laser cutting machines and a broad range of cutting consumables. While as sharp as ever in providing ‘business…

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SICK optimises cement plant conveying with accurate flow measurement solution

Heidelberg Cement AG in Lengfurt, Germany, needed a solution for the accurate metred supply of secondary material on its conveying system. Subsequent to a plant conversion, the original conveyor was repurposed and measures to ensure compliance with the defined clinker mineralogy process had to be undertaken. For defined clinker, the output values of the installed measurement technology must be absolutely reliable to ensure correct cement properties.   It is nigh impossible to identify the mass flow of material on a conventional belt scale. In this instance, the conveyor belt is…

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South Africa to revamp ailing port system, says Ramaphosa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa’s National Ports Authority (NPA) will operate as a stand alone business under the aegis of state-owned freight logistics group Transnet, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday, as the country tries to overhaul some of the world’s worst-performing ports. A report last month ranking container ports by the World Bank and IHS Markit saw South Africa’s major ports at the bottom of the list, with Durban faring the worst among local peers by coming in at 349 out of a total of 351 ports assessed…

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Automotive Component Sector Tackles Significant Skills Gaps

Lecturers need to be empowered through continuous learning and workplace exposure to ensure students are well-equipped to tackle the challenges of the industry. Reform needs to focus on both improving the technical and soft skills students acquire during their studies and ensure these skills are aligned to industry. Students need to be taught technical skills relating to new technologies and new manufacturing processes, as well as soft skills such as creativity and critical thinking. These skills need to be aligned with industry and QCTOs.   The inaugural High Gear Quarterly…

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The 11 Commandments of Digital Banking for Your Business

Darryl Knopp, senior director for portfolio marketing at FICO, provides guidance based on experience The trouble with following conventional wisdom is that it is always changing. Proximity to the branch matters. Branches are closing. Multi-channel. Omni-channel. Digital first. Digital only. Mobile first. Mobile only. Friction is bad for customer experience (CX). Friction is good for risk management. Trust is critical. Trust is overrated. Customers want automation. Customers want control. Blindly following conventional wisdom never produces a straight path and rarely results in you arriving at your desired destination, which explains…

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: Procuring the right safety footwear is key to female workers’ comfort and wellbeing

By Predahni Naidoo, Brand Manager at Sisi Work Safety Industries’ requirements for safety footwear and other Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) have historically been male dominated, but this trend is changing rapidly. More and more women are entering the workforce, including areas of ‘hard labour’ like mining, manufacturing and construction. This means that more women require PPE, and herein lies the challenge. Procurement officers tend to simply purchase smaller sizes of men’s safety wear to cater to their female workforce, but a woman’s body is not smaller than a man’s, it…

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To expand the scope of the training offered to customers, and to ensure they are equipped to meet the electro-hydraulic demands in industry, Bosch Rexroth South Africa has launched a course on electro-hydraulics. It has been tailored to meet the electro-hydraulic educational requirements of anyone working in the industrial or mobile hydraulic industry, from technicians, mechanical fitters, earth moving equipment mechanics and millwrights to engineers. The five-day hydraulic course (hosted at the Bosch Rexroth Hydraulic Training Department, Kempton Park, Gauteng) focuses on the electrical control of hydraulic systems by using push buttons, relays, proximity and pressure switches, etc., differing from the manual actuation of normal on/off hydraulics. The course enables a better understanding of the electrical control systems and develops the candidate’s fault finding techniques. A total of 10 practical exercises are completed over the five days. By equipping technicians with the tools to systematically fault-find in electro-hydraulic circuits instead of just replacing parts until the circuit works, they can proactively prevent downtime and reduce company costs. “Without the physical completion of these exercises, the candidate will not have that ‘hands on’ feel for the subject and practice the art of following the hydraulic and electrical schematic,” explains Arthur Sanderson, Technical Trainer, Bosch Rexroth South Africa. Bosch Rexroth South Africa is an accredited training provider with MerSETA. This course is unit standard aligned (Unit Standard 13115), and is currently in the process of CPD verification with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). The course includes an assessment which consists of a theoretical and practical paper. The latter requires the design and assembly of an electro-hydraulic circuit. Candidates must achieve 70% on both assessments to be deemed competent. Enquiries and bookings may be directed to the Bosch Rexroth Hydraulic Training Department (tel 011 979 4630) or to Sanderson (tel 011 396 7157). “Interest in this course is high and courses already scheduled were booked very quickly,” Sanderson concludes. “It is therefore recommended that interested parties book a month in advance.”

New power system enables sustainable and otherwise impossible lithium mining in areas without grid access, unlocking global market supply Delivers average 27% CapEx saving and 20% CO2 reduction Accelerates mining decarbonisation   Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and Wärtsilä, a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, have partnered to create a sustainable, uninterrupted power solution for the most remote lithium mines in the world. The holistic fit-for-purpose power system includes tailored power supply…

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