Manually operated production equipment

A Swaziland based engineering company offers a variety of manually operated production equipment aimed at small industries.
Products include wire processing machines and equipment for making items such as paper bricks and clothes pegs. Although their factory in Matsapa is relatively new, New Dawn Engineering (NDE) has been developing approp A Swaziland based engineering company offers a variety of manually operated production equipment aimed at small industries.
Products include wire processing machines and equipment for making items such as paper bricks and clothes pegs. Although their factory in Matsapa is relatively new, New Dawn Engineering (NDE) has been developing appropriate technology since 1984.
The company is known for its comprehensive approach to development, design and manufacture of labour-intensive production equipment, says research and development manager Crispin Pemberton-Piggot.
NDE also provides training in the design, building, maintenance, use and economics of its own products, and also in customer specified projects and programmes.
Wire processing
The company offers a number of wire processing machines such as a barbed wire maker, a chicken wire jig and coat hanger jig. The latter is a low-cost design innovation for the manufacture of wire coat hangers. It consists of a hardened steel necking and hook rolling tool and a base with pins sticking up. The jig is simple and easy to use – the production rate is typically 300-500 per day.
Paper bricks
The paper brick maker recycles waste paper and cardboard into combustible bricks that can be used in place of firewood in a stove. The paper can be burned alone or it can be mixed with many combustible fuels like wood chips, grass or coal dust. Paper is a very good binder and should be used in combination with any other waste fuel that is available.
The brick maker moulds at a rate of about 1 every 45 seconds.
Clothes pegs
Springs for clothes pegs can be made from ordinary 1,6mm lightly galvanized wire with a small jig and a pair of pliers. Springs left over from broken peg halves can be re-used.
Casting new clothes peg halves from scrap aluminum is one alternative to importing more product. The cost of producing then is about USC4 each.
NDE: Tel +268 518-5016 or 518-4194; fax +268 518-5016; info@newdawnengineering.com