Archive for November, 2013

Electrical engineering firm opens local factory

Electrical engineering company AMP Control has established a technology and manufacturing facility in Johannesburg. The company offers electrical equipment including flameproof gate end boxes, substations and a wide range of transformers for use in the mineral and metal mining, industrial and utility  sectors. The company currently operates from separate facilities in Denver and Wadeville, but […]

Containerised substations for colliery

Gauteng-based JB Switchgear Solutions was recently awarded a contract by Exel E&I for the supply of three containerised substations for Shanduka Coal’s Wonderfontein Colliery near Middelburg in Mpumalanga. These  substations contain motor control centres, PLC and marshaling panels, plant DBs, UPSs and fire suppression systems. A variety of VSDs and soft starters were also included. […]

LV switchgear for diamond mine

JB Switchgear Solutions recently won a contract for the design, manufacture and supply of low voltage switchgear equipment for the new Red Area tailings treatment plant for Venetia Diamond mine in Limpopo province. The entire plant is built as a modular construction.The company’s scope included seven specially designed outdoor kiosks, one containerised MCC substation complete […]

Safety light curtains and light grids

The safety light curtains and light grids from Ifm Electronic have been developed in accordance with current standards and certified by TÜV Süd. They meet the requirements type 2/SIL2 or type 4/SIL3, helping personnel to stay on the safe side, no matter what areas are to be protected. Versatile versions in a slim design are […]

Valves for assembly close to the actuator

The new, lightweight AV03 valve system from Bosch Rexroth has an ultra-compact design thanks to a diagonal arrangement of the valve components – making it ideal for assembly close to the actuator. The result is a lower pressure drop across the system, and optimised performance. Technical designers always try to position pneumatic valves as close […]

Industry focused solutions at Agritechnica

SKF showcased a series of innovative technologies that improved reliability and performance in agriculture machinery and equipment applications at the Agritechnica 2013 Exhibition. The company demonstrated how solutions from its Off Highway segment helps to improve efficiency for agriculture machinery and equipment applications at the exhibition. The SKF stand showed a range of offers that enhance […]

Is the electronic manufacturing industry in SA dead?

  by Murison Kotzé, Tellumat Electronic Manufacturing Despite tough times, the manufacturing industry has seen some improvement over the  last 18 months. The market remains very competitive, with many companies competing for a limited number of customers. The majority of the electronic manufacturing in South Africa is either for local companies (many of whom export […]

Past president’s farewell message

Dirk Engelbrecht It was a privilege and a special experience to serve the members as president of the ECA. What an experience to get used to “roller coaster rides”, what an achievement it was to complete the rides without derailing! It was a year full of challenges but I must admit that, although our newly-appointed […]

Report of the National Contractual Committee

The revision of the Principal Building Agreement (PBA), the Nominated Selected Subcontract Agreement (N/S S/C), Minor Works Agreement (MWA) and the Contract Data and Preliminaries documents have been completed. Download the pdf

Three-phase brushless DC companion device

Microchip announces a new three-phase BLDC motor gate driver with power module: the MCP8024.  This new device includes functions that power dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs) and PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) with capabilities to drive six N-channel MOSFETs.  Customers can implement improved performance and high robustness, providing increased efficiency and lowering system cost while reducing time […]