Posts tagged as CSIR

South Africa signs STI partnership agreement with Malaysia

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, features editor, EngineerIT A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on 23 April 2014 by the South African Minister of Science and Technology, Derek Hanekom and the Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Datuk Dr. Ewon Ebin. Speaking at the signing ceremony in Cape Town, Minister Hanekom said, […]

Safety is not the only driver of automation and robotics in mining

  With frequent – and now in some sectors of the mining industry, ongoing – strikes the question arises: should more automation be deployed in mines?  I posed this question to Dr. Declan Vogt , strategic research manager at the CSIR Centre for Mining Innovation.  “I believe that it is the way we are heading!”  […]

Helping SA companies to be more competitive

Offerings and products of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Subcontractor and Partnership Exchange (SPX) programme have been incorporated into the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The SPX programme recently reported a positive impact on local industrial manufacturing companies. Ashley Bhugwandin, who heads up the TLIU, […]

SA digital laser a world first

  by Hans van de Groenendaal, EE Publishers South African researchers have developed the world’s first digital laser, creating many new applications for laser technology Conventional laser devices commonly consist of mirrors, energy (light) and a casing containing a medium, for example crystal or glass. The medium changes the frequency of the light to create […]

Small investment brings significant energy and financial savings

  ArcelorMittal Saldanha Works in the Western Cape, a steel producer mainly for the export market, was recently praised by donor partners of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project (IEE Project) for the significant energy-efficiency improvements that it has achieved through its participation in the project. The plant served as a pilot site for the […]

Small investment for significant energy and financial savings

  ArcelorMittal Saldanha Works in the Western Cape, a steel producer mainly for the export market, was recently praised by donor partners of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project (IEE Project) for the significant energy-efficiency improvements that it has achieved through its participation in the project. The plant served as a pilot site for the […]

Mapping renewable energy sites

  The CSIR has released a map with initial identification of geographical areas best suited for the roll-out of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects in South Africa. These results form part of the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) that the CSIR is conducting for wind and solar energy, on behalf of the national Department […]

Training course in compressed air system optimisations

The Industrial Energy Efficiency Project was initiated in response to the growing need to improve the capability of South African industry to use available energy resources more efficiently and productively, now and in the future. A two-day training workshop in Compressed Air System Optimizstion will take take place in Durban,Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. The dates for […]

The importance of technical innovation

Prof. Saurabh Sinha, director: Carl & Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics, Dept.: Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng., Univ. of Pretoria; Dr. Gordon Day, past IEEE president and Dr. Waldo Kleynhans, senior researcher at Meraka Institute, CSIR and extraordinary senior lecturer, University of Pretoria. Former president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the […]