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Maintenance News

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Denel signs agreement with German shipbuilding group

By: Keith Campbell     13th March 2017 South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). This agreement will allow Denel’s Maritime division to take responsibility for the maintenance of, and upgrades to, the South... 

Denel signs agreement with German shipbuilding group
Photo by South African Navy
The Valour-class frigate SAS Amatola

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Rope access solutions provider Skyriders Access Specialists is continuing maintenance work at a petrochemicals company, in Mpumalanga, as part of a five-year service contract that extends  to 2019. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn says the company is providing maintenance solutions for the... 

Rope access company continues maintenance for petrochemicals giant
HIGH STAKES Finding appropriately skilled personnel able to conduct maintenance procedure for Skyriders clients is a challenge

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

Trial castings successfully completed  at foundry
RAPID PROTOTYPING Investments in the rapid prototyping process have enabled the foundry to make new patterns to manufacture parts

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Extensive scope for  remanufacture of  locomotive components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL IS LEKKER South Africa’s developing its capacity to remanufacture locomotive engine components can enable it to become a hub to serve Africa

German-backed initiative to help increase use of solar energy in industrial processes

By: David Oliveira     3rd March 2017 The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) and the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) announced last month that they had teamed up for the international Solar Payback project, which aims to increase the use of solar thermal energy in industrial... 

JV completes Phase 1 of subway line

     3rd March 2017 Integrated firm AECOM and global firm Arup celebrated the completion of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) earlier this year. It is the first major expansion of New York City subway system done by the AECOM-Arup Joint Venture (JV) in... 

JV completes Phase 1  of subway line
Photo by Bloomberg
SUCCESSFUL PROJECT The completion of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway will improve travel for both city and suburban commuters on Manhattan’s east side

S Africa aims to improve poor maintenance of railway infrastructure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 The inability of local rail infrastructure to attract sufficient revenue has led to a deficiency in the required sustaining capital necessary for its maintenance, says professional services consultancy WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff infrastructure and transportation divisional director Vishaal... 

S Africa aims to improve poor maintenance of  railway infrastructure
Photo by Bloomberg
MANDATORY MAINTENANCE Several projects have been implemented or are under way to improve rail infrastructure in South Africa

Airport upgrade project sees over a million LTI-free hours achieved

     10th February 2017 Integrated firm AECOM has clocked up over a million lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free hours at the Kasane International Terminal project, where it is providing consulting and supervision services for the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana. The AECOM project team, which oversaw the achievement of... 

Airport upgrade project sees over a million  LTI-free hours achieved
MEANINGFUL ACHIEVEMENT The achievement of over a million lost-time injury free hours by AECOM allowed the team to fulfil its goal of ‘no injuries under my watch’

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd February 2017 With South Africa’s signing of the Paris Agreement at the United Nations twenty-first Conference of the Parties in 2015 requiring it to have met certain greenhouse-gas emission reduction targets from a mitigation and an adaptation point of view by 2020, this year’s Industrial Efficiency... 

Conference aims to foster low carbon economy
TRANSFORMING INDUSTRIES The Industrial Efficiency Conference aims to guide industries in energy, water and waste efficiency

Equipment firm launches new sit-on cleaner  

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 Industrial cleaning equipment supplier Goscor Cleaning Equipment launched the new M17 sit-on sweeper-scrubber, manufactured by cleaning equipment company Tennant, in November 2016.  

Equipment firm launches new sit-on cleaner
Equipment firm launches new sit-on cleaner

Improved technology boosts airport operations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 To provide more accurate information for airports across the country, the South African Weather Service (SAWS) has upgraded existing technology and implemented new weather-observing technology at all airports to detect harsh weather earlier. 

Robotic system simplifies refurbishment of track shoes

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 Earthmoving machine distributor Barloworld Equipment Southern Africa has unveiled a robotic system that improves the way in which the refurbishment of track shoes for Caterpillar bulldozers can be undertaken.  

Robotic system simplifies refurbishment of track shoes
IMPROVING REFURBISHMENT An automated refurbishment robotic system enables technicians to refurbish track shoes more easily

Road-rail vehicle firm tailors new offering to rail maintenance market

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 A new 20 t Crane road-rail vehicle (RRV) was launched to the South African market last month by Olifantsfontein-based rail systems manufacturer RailPro, and is intended to meet domestic requirements of rail infrastructure construction and general rail-related maintenance.  

Road-rail vehicle firm tailors new offering to rail maintenance market
LIFTING CAPABILITY The crane rail-road vehicle offers the benefits and low-operating costs of a regular truck with ease of access to rail lines

86 MW Northern Cape solar photovoltaic plant connected to national grid

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 Developed on a remote site 50 km south-west of Prieska in the Northern Cape, the 86 MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska photovoltaic (PV) project was connected to the national grid in October, thereby finalising the project on schedule, on budget and reaching full grid code compliance in good time for... 

86 MW Northern Cape solar photovoltaic plant  connected to national grid
MEGA POWER The 86 MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska photovoltaic project has the capacity to power 86 000 homes

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd December 2016 With the drive to a greener economy and sustainable management of the environment, specialist cleaning service provider Spill Tech is well positioned for considerable growth in the Western Cape owing to its rapid spill response service concentrating on hazardous waste, says Spill Tech chairperson... 

Considerable growth opportunities for sustainable environmental management
WASTE MANAGEMENT Opportunities introduce new waste technologies, as the future of the spillage response will move toward more environment-friendly methods

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

Company offers aftermarket maintenance services for various industries

By: Aarifah Nosarka     11th November 2016 Opencast mining and mineral processing equipment specialist Tenova Takraf Africa offers maintenance and refurbishment services through its Tenova Client Support Services business unit, currently operating from the company’s headquarters in Kempton Park, Gauteng. The unit comprises 1800 m2 of... 

Company offers aftermarket  maintenance services for various industries
BRADFORD BREAKER Tenova Client Support Services has upgraded several Bradford Breakers

Improved dispatch times reduce maintenance delays

By: Aarifah Nosarka     11th November 2016 Self-lubricating bearing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings is ensuring that its internally lubricated polymers and polymer bearings for fishing boats are exported faster to Mauritius to ensure prompt maintenance. “Vesconite Bearings has been engaging with its courier company to speed up delivery of... 

Improved dispatch times reduce maintenance delays
BOAT MAINTENANCE Internally lubricated polymer bearings for fishing boats increase maintenance intervals

Need for regular periodic maintenance on roofing systems emphasised

     11th November 2016 The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) says although certain roof systems require less intense maintenance than others, all roofing systems should be checked periodically and maintained accordingly. “The best preventive measure one can implement in the care of a roof... 

Need for regular periodic maintenance on roofing systems emphasised
ROOF MAINTENANCE All roofing systems should be checked periodically and maintained accordingly

New tech recommended for refurbishment

     11th November 2016 Vinyl flooring and protection solution specialist Polyflor South Africa marketing director Tandy Coleman recommends two modern technology methods of removing bitumen from floors during floor removal. “Bitumen can be very difficult to remove. Over the years many methods have been tried, some with... 

New tech recommended  for refurbishment
FLOOR ADHESIVE Bitumen is less affected by moisture than any other adhesive products

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Split roller bearing specialist OE Bearings installed 500-mm-diameter split bearings last month on the third of three stacker reclaimer bucket wheels at the Port of Saldanha Bay, in Western Cape. 

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay
SALDANHA BUCKET WHEEL Three of the bucket wheels at Saldanha Bay have been fitted with new split roller bearings from OE Bearings

Industrial supplier receives authorisation

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Bearings 2000 has been appointed as an ABB authorized value provider for Dodge mounted bearings, gearboxes and power transmission products. 

Industrial supplier receives authorisation
Photo by Duane Daws
DODGE CERTIFIED DISTRIBUTOR Bearings 2000 is an authorised value provider for Dodge bearings

Supplier introduces diaphragm valve to African market

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Valves supplier Astore Africa officially introduced the DK diaphragm valve to the African market at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition, held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in September. Astore Africa product manager Francois van Vuuren notes that the DK range, developed by Italian industrial... 

Supplier introduces diaphragm valve to African market
DK DIAPHRAGM VALVE DK series is suited to industrial applications, specifically those pertaining to chemical and industrial processes or water purification

Track system to benefit railway contractors

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Railway track manufacturer Tubular Track adviser and business development head of T-Track Global Jaap van der Merwe believes that contractors awarded Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) tenders can use Tubular Track’s tubular modular track (TMT) to build and rebuild track and platforms... 

Track system to benefit  railway contractors
PRASA INTERCHANGE The Tubular Modular Track product allows for rebuilding and rehabilitation of railway tracks

Engineering consultancy to guide GTL projects in Qatar

     21st October 2016 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin was awarded an engineering consultancy and support services contract by Qatar-based company Oryx Gas To Liquids (GTL), a joint venture between petroleum company Qatar Petroleum (51%) and South African energy and chemicals company Sasol (49%) for its... 

Engineering consultancy to guide GTL projects  in Qatar
KEY CONTRACT SNC-Lavalin has established a five-year agreement with Oryx GTL to provide engineering consultancy services on projects at the Qatar-based GTL facility

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Oil, gas and petrochemicals services provider A.Hak Industrial Services (A.Hak) will introduce a Robotic online storage tank floor inspection service in South Africa before the end of this year. This new technology eliminates the need for storage tanks to be decommissioned for lengthy periods for... 

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks
PRODUCT MODIFICATION A.Hak can now inspect furnace tubes as small as 3” in diameter

Initiative enlightens communities about infrastructure concerns

     7th October 2016 An Umgeni Water team hosted an event in June at the Mhlabatshane dam in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu district to inform and educate attendees, as part of a commitment to assist in the protection of communities that live close to bulk water storage and treatment infrastructure. Umgeni Water abstracts,... 

Initiative enlightens  communities about  infrastructure concerns
UMGENI WATER The provision of infrastructure, such as dams, is accompanied by certain risks to people who live close to this infrastructure

Municipalities need to prioritise water infrastructure – KPMG

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With infrastructure being a vehicle for economic development, global consulting firm KPMG says government and municipalities should prioritise infrastructure projects, especially in the water sector where there is a growing demand. “The challenges in the water industry have not changed that much.... 

Airbus to assist with Rooivalk upgrade, as it reaffirms Africa commitment

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Moroco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

Industrial group wins contract for 500 elevators and escalators

     23rd September 2016 Diversified industrial group ThyssenKrupp has been awarded a contract to manufacture, supply, install and maintain more than 500 elevators and escalators for the red line north, green line and two additional major stations of Qatar capital city Doha’s upcoming metro network, which will be... 

Industrial group  wins contract for 500  elevators and escalators
ESCALATOR INSTALLATIONS Thyssenkrupp will be installing new elevators and escalators throughout Doha’s upcoming metro network

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised  

By: Sascha Solomons     9th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) highlights that regular testing of samples from ropes forms a vital part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation. “Testing ropes in service helps the users . . . to understand the condition in which the ropes are in order to make an informed... 

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised
CSIR mining initiatives acting business manager Riaan Bergh discusses the need for rope testing in the engineering industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New brake test centre launched for South African market

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 Powertrain components and vehicle-safety products developer, manufacturer and supplier Federal-Mogul launched its new brake test centre, which received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) last month. Federal-Mogul operations manager Reegan... 

New brake test centre launched for South African market
SANAS ACCREDITED Being SANAS registered ensures credibility as well as legitimate compliance reports

Aviation bureau approves maintenance service provider

     26th August 2016 Aerospace engineering and component services provider Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, earned certification by civil aviation authority the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) as an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) in April this year.  

Manufacturer hires external company for machine cleaning

     26th August 2016 Multinational Voith Industrial Services has supplied a team of 40 employees to take over the machine cleaning responsibilities at the headquarters of compaction technology and manufacturer Bomag, in Boppard, Germany. 

Manufacturer hires external company for machine cleaning
MACHINE MAINTENANCE Voith will be providing maintenance to Bomag

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

South African students receive technical training in Berlin

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 As part of its domestic commitment to address South Africa’s shortage of engineers, global engineering firm Siemens is placing three top-performing South African grade 12 students in the Siemens Apprenticeship Scheme, thereby granting them a place to undergo further training in Germany.  

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