We have been involved in many projects over the years, ranging from the Navy, South African Large Telescope (SALT), all the way to the Space sector. Although we cannot list all of our projects here, below are some notable ones we have worked on.
SumbandilaSat (previously ZASAT-002)
The SumbandilaSat is a South African micro earth observation satellite, launched on 17 September 2009 on a Soyuz-2 launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. We were tasked to manufacture various components for the satellite including all the outer panels of the satellite you see below. The University of Stellenbosch, Sunspace and CSIR were all key players in constructing SumbandilaSat.
CSIR Davit System
The CSIR has provided the South African Navy with the technology to improve the carrying capacity of existing ships and the rapid deployment of interception teams in counter piracy activities. The technology was requested by the Navy to establish quick-reaction capabilities during interdiction operations, follow, board, search and seizure operations, as well as operations to and from beaches. The system allows for teams to be rapidly deployed and recovered back on board, while the ship is underway. We at ERC Engineering manufactured six Davit System Base Frames with its spare bins and accessories which in turn mates with the crane to form the complete Davit Crane System. We also had a large role to play in the manufacturing, testing and installation process of these Davit Systems for CSIR as well as the South African Navy.
BERMI – Barrel Erosion Research Measuring Instrument
The Barrel Erosion Research Measuring Instrument (BERMI) is designed to measure the internal profile (i.e. lands and grooves) of a large 155mm caliber artillery weapon around the Center of Rifling to a very high degree of accuracy. It provides sufficient measurements of the barrel’s internal profile to enable researchers to quantify barrel erosion very accurately and to visualize the wear on the barrel’s profile. Up to 4000 radial measurements can be taken at various points along the barrel.