Mining Safety News Safety(c) 2017, showcases latest French technology at African Utility Week 2017ElectroMechanica (EM) showcased the latest technology from Socomec of France at African Utility Week 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 16 to 18 May. EM, a specialised direct importer and wholesale distributor of high-end industrial electrical products, motor control switchgear and electronic automation products, is the exclusive distributor for Socomec in South Africa. The company exhibited as part of the French Pavilion at African Utility Week 2017, Socomec Technical Sales Engineer Yoann Guinamant highlights. Socomec is of particular interest to the utility sector due to products such as the DIRIS Digiware system, described as an innovation hub to facilitate connection and configuration. “EM takes pride in supplying only the best technology possible for the diverse industries it targets. Our DIRIS Digiware is the most effective solution for metering consumption and monitoring the quality of electrical energy,” Guinamant stresses. In terms..., 23 May 2017 11:41:48 GMTBI appoints new Regional Manager for KZN branchLeading distributor Bearings International (BI), a member of the Hudaco Group, has appointed Trevor Veeradu as the new Regional Manager at its KwaZulu-Natal branch in Durban. Veeradu has been promoted to his new role following a stint as Junior Sales Representative since 2015. His main function to date has focused on contacting new and existing customers to discuss their specific needs, and how BI can offer a total solutions approach. This involved constant site visits and referrals, and identifying new business opportunities. “BI prides itself on offering comprehensive and effective solutions to meet our customers’ engineering requirements. Our specific strength is that we can tailor resolutions for individual problems and applications,” Veeradu comments. He has also been involved with quoting successfully for larger-scale maintenance projects and contracts. Veeradu’s career experience to date includes Sales Manager for Argento Industrial Supplies in Isithebe,..., 23 May 2017 11:38:52 GMTFederal-Mogul Motorparts Launches Mid-Range Wagner QSTM Aftermarket Brake PadsFederal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal- Mogul Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: FDML), has launched Wagner QS® application-specific brake pads for commercial vehicles. The new range is targeted to meet the expectations of workshop and fleet operators who are looking for reduced parts cost with no compromise on safety. Designed, tested and certified to meet the most demanding expectations and supported by the Federal-Mogul Motorparts global distribution network, Wagner QS brake pads provide a highly cost-effective option for workshops and fleet operators. "The competitive positioning of a reliable and affordable range adds a new option to the market for commercial vehicle brake pads," said Mark Bonney, Braking & Wiper Product Manager, South Africa, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “By offering high-value products that still meet such demanding quality standards, we enable operators to safely extend the economic life of their vehicles.” The new brake pads..., 23 May 2017 11:36:15 GMTElectric and pneumatic internal and external vibrator rangeA complete range of electric and pneumatic internal and external vibrators from OLI is available locally from leading supplier Bearings International (BI). OLI is the world’s top-selling manufacture of electric and pneumatic vibrators, BI Product Manager Lewis Hiepner comments. “Originally specialising in immersion vibrators for concrete consolidation, OLI is now the global leader in vibration technology.” OLI has three main divisions offering optimal solutions for all requirements. Industrial Vibrators focuses on vibrating equipment, Flow Aids looks at problems of flowability, and Concrete Consolidation specialises in reliable and efficient concrete compaction. With a centrifugal force of up to 26 000 kg, and with multiple voltage options, the OLI range is suited for a range of applications, from food and beverage to mining, foundries and recycling. Motor bodies, bearing flanges and shafts are designed using Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), a step-by-step..., 23 May 2017 11:34:59 GMTDriving efficiency in the South African automotive industryLeading automotive manufacturers in South Africa have standardised on gear motors, Variable Speed Drives (VSDs), and control systems from SEW-EURODRIVE in order to maintain export quality in terms of international supply agreements. The major drive in the local automotive industry is to adhere to increasingly stringent standards for the global factories of the main multinationals. “South Africa has been lagging a bit in this regard, but we are getting up to speed. What gives SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa the upper hand is that we are a recognised leader internationally in terms of drive technology for the automotive industry,” Sales Manager Clive O’Reilly comments. The automotive industry is particularly strong in South Africa due to such factors as cheaper labour and manufacturing costs. “Two of the automotive OEMs we deal with have international supply agreements with us, which means that every single manufacturing facility across the world has standardised..., 09 May 2017 11:50:36 GMTPremium pays superior dividendsOver its 17-year existence, Road Milling and Sweeping has carved itself a niche rental business to become the largest privately-owned operator of milling machines in South Africa. With a clear understanding that the success of a business of this nature largely depends on machine uptime, the company has vested its trust in premium Wirtgen milling machines over the years, a decision that is continually paying dividends. From humble beginnings back in 1999 with a single Wirtgen 1000C milling machine, Road Milling and Sweeping (RMS) today owns a strong 21-unit fleet of milling machines, making it the single biggest privately-owned operator of such specialised gear in South Africa. Founded by Cecil Aling and a business partner at the time, today the family-owned business is being steered by two of Cecil & Glynn Aling’s three daughters, Leigh Cameron and Lesley Kafka, who share their father’s passion for anything mechanical, but with a premium taste, of course. RMS has stuck..., 09 May 2017 11:47:29 GMTAutomotive industry to phase out environmentally-unsafe refrigerantsIn line with the latest legislation in Europe, which came into effect at the beginning of the year, the automotive industry is required to phase out current environment-damaging refrigerants being used, and replace these with green alternatives. Automotive air-conditioning systems currently run on R134a refrigerant. However, HFO1234yf has been introduced as the next-generation gas for car air-conditioners, according to speciality chemicals and gas supplier A-Gas South Africa. R134a, or 1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane, is a haloalkane refrigerant with thermodynamic properties similar to R12 (dichlorodifluoromethane), but with insignificant ozone depletion potential, and a somewhat lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1 300, compared to 2 400 for R12. HFO1234yf, or 2,3,3,3-Tetrafluoropropene, is the first in a new class of refrigerants with a GWP rating one 335th that of R134a, and an atmospheric lifespan about 400 times shorter. HFO1234yf has similar cooling properties to R134a, which..., 09 May 2017 11:44:34 GMTSkyriders cements its relationship in the Northern CapeThe flexibility of rope access was recently put to the test when Skyriders completed an inspection project on a kiln at a major cement producer in the Northern Cape. The inspection project was focused on the mill area, where a small cyclone in the middle meant that the four-person Skyriders team had to gain access to the ducting from the top, at a height of 30 m. “Access had to be gained from this approach as there was no manoeuvring space within the cyclone itself,” Skyriders Inspection Manager Gerhard Kemp comments. Another challenge was that there was no area opening either, which meant a new access hole had to be made just below the cyclone. “The benefit of this is that it provides a future inspection manhole whenever the ducting needs to be inspected again in future,” Kemp highlights. The inspection revealed a small hole in a bend of the ducting. “We were able to pinpoint the problem area precisely, which allowed the client to open up the cyclone..., 09 May 2017 11:40:47 GMTThree Decades of Experience Makes HAMM the World Leader in Oscillation CompactionOver 30 years ago, HAMM became the first roller manufacturer to offer an oscillation drum for tandem rollers, and these rollers have become an integral part of its product offering. In the past five years alone, the specialists for compaction technology have delivered more than 3,000 machines with this innovative technology. Today, one in four of the tandem rollers made by HAMM is equipped with an oscillation drum. With more than 30 models to choose from, HAMM has by far the widest offering of oscillation rollers in the world. And only HAMM builds oscillation tandem rollers in the compact class, as well as soil compactors with oscillation compaction capability.   Successful pioneers In the 1980s, HAMM pioneered the development of oscillation compaction and was long the only supplier in the market. Customers were quick to appreciate the benefits of this technology. In the meantime, oscillation has proved itself and become successfully established in the market.   Fast,..., 02 May 2017 10:08:31 GMTComplete service solution for vehicle maintenanceSome workshops and fitment centres also lack the necessary expertise, which only adds to breakdown costs. Consumers should identify a reliant workshop, and build a trustworthy relationship. “These days the first thing that comes to mind when one has to service and maintain a vehicle is the cost. It seems that the service interval always comes at the time of the month where one should decide whether the money should be spent on the vehicle, or some other necessity for the family,” comments Albertus Steyn, Senior Technical Advisor, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “What one forgets is that this vehicle is a very important part of one’s day-to-day operation, and how reliant one is on transportation. This vehicle does not only get you to work and back in time, but also assists in getting your children to school safely. If it breaks down due to lack of maintenance, one only appreciates its value that much more,” Steyn elaborates. Servicing and maintaining a vehicle..., 02 May 2017 10:04:21 GMT