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  • Coca-Cola South Africa has selected Atlas Copco's ZT132 VSD Full Feature (FF) compressor for the company's new ‘green' Valpré Spring Water bottling plant that was recently opened in Heidelberg, south-east of Johannesburg.
  • BMG, which is committed to optimum safety standards, is encouraging and assisting the mining sector to adhere to legislation which requires that measures are taken to prevent roll back incidents which might cause workers from being injured during conveying operations. "The Mine Health and Safety Act states that the installation of incline conveyor belts must include the fitting and use of one or more devices to prevent run-back or run-on to prevent injury by materials or minerals falling from a conveyor belt," says Carlo Beukes, BMG's power transmission product manager. "Tsubaki back stop cam clutches - designed for safety in high or low speed applications meet the requirements of this legislation."
  • Booyco Electronics has introduced the first locally designed and manufactured IS certified USB to RS485 media converter - suitable and readily available for general use on the South African market. This innovative new converter complements the company's existing range of IS products which are available on an "off the shelf" basis, or as part of a comprehensive installation.
  • Eazi Sales & Service, a major supplier of access platforms in Africa and sole distributor of JLG equipment, recently delivered a JLG 1350SJP telescopic boom lift to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) for application in the Mombasa Harbour, the second largest port on the eastern seaboard in terms of tonnage and containers handled. The boom lift will be used in the maintenance of rubber tyre gantries (RTGs) and ship to shore gantries (STGs) in this port, regarded as the gateway to central Africa.
  • Honeywell has announced that Hamburger Pitten, a leading global producer of containerboard, has upgraded its production line with the installation of two Honeywell Experion® MX Quality Control Systems (QCS) systems, which will be used to improve product quality.
  • Metso is to supply minerals processing equipment to Taigang Group Lanxian Mining Co Ltd (TISCO), the largest stainless steel manufacturer in China, with delivery cheduled for the first quarter of 2012.
  • Mine Support Products (MSP), part of the DCD-DORBYL Group as well as the Robor Group, has introduced the Rocprop MK II, a new small diameter support prop developed specifically for the South African mining industry. MSP's award-winning Rocprop, widely acknowledged by mining houses around the world as one of the world's leading underground mining roof support products, is a compact mechanical prop designed for underground mining applications. It displays high energy absorption characteristics over a large closure range and at high convergence rates. Rocprop is able to apply an active, 20 t support resistance. The mechanical yield mechanism enables controlled closure over a large yield range.
  • While many areas within South Africa recently battled with the unusually heavy snow falls this last winter, forward-thinking emergency services based in Lesotho decided to equip their medical and ambulance vehicles with ‘snow chains' from Johannesburg-based OMSA Pewag. Renowned for providing the strongest tyre protection chains in the world, the company offered tyre chains with added traction specifically for use in snow and mud enabling emergency vehicles to continue carrying out their services in the snow-bound areas of rural Lesotho.
  • Since its inception, Rand-Air has provided a variety of sectors with its high-quality compressors and generators for hire. Regularly supplying its Atlas Copco machines to the surface mining sector, the company recently extended their services by supplying a number of compressors for use underground. Louwrens Erasmus, GM of Rand-Air, explains that the situation arose when a major stakeholder of Rand-Air's, who had maintained a stockholding of compressors at the mine, decided to relinquish the project at the mine. "This left the mining house in a quandary as they had come to rely on a regular source of compressed air for the drilling on their exploratory projects. We have typically avoided hires of this nature because of the arduous environmental conditions found underground. However, we are cognisant of the fact that our customers rely on us for the high service levels we have become known for in the industry. As a result we carefully weighed up the pros and cons of the situation and pulled out all the stops to accommodate this," he adds.
  • Effective, fit-for-purpose lubrication is integral to moving surfaces in almost all industrial and machinery applications, from conveyors, chains, shafts and cables, to steering axles, pivot arms and lift points. Although a large number of systems and component sets are supplied as ‘maintenance free' or ‘sealed for life', there are many more that require regular lubrication to ensure effective long term operation. SKF's Lubrication Application Centre (LAC), part of the SKF Solutions Factory Africa in Witfield, is fully equipped to present complete lubrication solutions to diverse industry applications and to address the demands of maintenance professionals responsible for modern machinery and associated components.