ABB is to install advanced collaborative robotics for medical laboratories and hospitals, starting with a new healthcare hub at Texas Medical Center in Houston, US, in October. The new facility at Texas Medical Center’s innovation campus will focus on non-surgical medical robotics systems, a global market that is estimated at nearly 60 000 non-surgical medical robots by 2025.

Marthinusen & Coutts, a division of ACTOM, has successfully completed overhauls on a 70 MVA generator set for South 32’s Metalloys – within six weeks – and a major repair at Eskom’s Ingula pumped storage hydro-electric plant, which is the largest rewinding project ever conducted in South Africa. These achievements showcase a local capacity to take full control of large mechanical and electrical refurbishments.

Research into nanomaterials in South Africa was formalised in 2005 with the publication of the National Nanotechnology Strategy and its 10-year plan, but there remains a need for technologies to be developed and employed for large scale local manufacture of these materials. SAIChE IChemE President, David Lokhat compiles a technology overview.

In his opening message for African Fusion this month, SAIW President and Eskom’s chief welding engineer, Morris Maroga urges against taking hasty and expedient decisions. Short term thinking doesn’t help anyone and yields only short term gains, but if we succeed in putting the economy back on track, everyone will gain for the foreseeable future, he says, before urging fabricators and manufacturers to focus on developing properly skilled young people for the future: “Without skilled people, it is impossible to realise an African continent with thriving economies, peace and prosperity – and there is no better time to upskill employees than now.”

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