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Maintenance and Refurbishment

Monitoring system streamlines maintenance activities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Global test equipment manufacturer Fluke is enjoying significant market success following the launch of Fluke Connect ™, which combines high-quality test tools and digital technology to help small, medium-sized and large industrial companies streamline critical maintenance operations. 

Focus on flooring helps companies save

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Demand for the floor inspection services and maintenance programmes provided by concrete flooring solutions provider Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) has doubled in the last six months as companies grow increasingly aware of the importance of basing operations on solid ground, says CLF manager Angus... 

Focus on flooring  helps companies save
SMOOTH OPERATOR CLF provided a seamless 200-mm-thick, fibre-reinforced concrete floor for Value Logistics

Maintenance programmes crucial for mine cost management

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 In challenging economic times, mining companies are looking to ‘sweat’ their assets, and a key cost management strategy in this endeavour is the implementation of sustainable cost management programmes with structured and proactive maintenance programmes, says mining, materials handling and... 

Maintenance  programmes crucial for mine cost management
UPGRADE AND IMPROVE TAKRAF Africa’s redesign of a bucket-wheel reclaimer features three bolted segments that enable maintenance to be carried out only on the worn parts of the bucket wheel

Unique repair solutions have ‘unlimited’ applications

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Applications for industrial lining solutions provider Groupline Projects’ (GLP’s) Armacoat and Armasteel composite repair systems seem to be “unlimited”, as the company embarks on a quest to tailor the repair solutions – tried and tested in the mining sector – for other industries, says GLP GM... 

Unique repair solutions have ‘unlimited’ applications
AFTER The coatings are highly resilient and have, to date, proven to be completely durable, without a known failure

Specialised welding enhances refurbishment capabilities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Having proven the benefits of laser beam welding for the refurbishment of industrial components in a range of experimental projects, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is working to commercialise this specialised technique for the South... 

Specialised welding enhances  refurbishment capabilities
PRECISION WORK Laser welding is best used in combination with other welding processes for applications that require the highly specialised capabilities

Welding Alloys

     17th November 2017 Maintenance of plant and equipment very often goes hand-in-hand with the need for refurbishment of worn components owing to damage caused by wear. Higher levels of maintenance often reduce the need for refurbishment, but if the need arises, experts in wear protection Welding Alloys South Africa... 

Welding Alloys

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

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

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

Rope-access specialist successfully completes Eskom silo maintenance

By: Kimberley Smuts     13th November 2015 Rope-access specialist Skyriders removed coal hangups and conducted high-pressure washing on the internal silo surfaces at one of State-owned power utility Eskom’s silos. The project started in mid-July and was completed that same month. Removing the coal hangups required two teams of experienced... 

Rope-access specialist successfully completes Eskom silo maintenance
COAL HANGUPS SUCCESSFULLY REMOVED The Skyriders team spent five days and five nights removing the coal hangups, with the high-pressure washing of the internal silo taking three days

Swiss product range plays integral role in Maitland water pipe refurbishment

By: Malusi Mkhize     13th November 2015 Swiss-based waterproofing, protecting and reinforcing products supplier Sika provided the range of products used in the refurbishment of the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality’s main city water pipeline at the Maitland river mouth in the Eastern Cape. The pipeline which has not... 

Diagnosis technology simplifies fault detection

     13th November 2015 The anticipation of problems can reduce the risk of sudden failures and allow for maintenance to be scheduled at the most effective time thus reducing breakdown maintenance costs. In line with this, process automation technologies industry expert Emerson Process Management offer the PeakVue... 

Regular fire risk assessments important

     13th November 2015 Fire safety and security solutions experts Chubb Fire and Security South Africa offer fire risk assessments, which highlight any risks at a site and recommend the necessary changes that align with the requirements prescribed by the Department of Labour under the Occupational Health and Safety... 

Simpler machines better for maintenance – crane manufacturer

By: Malusi Mkhize     13th November 2015 When designing and manufacturing high-powered specialised lifting and materials-handling equipment for the African and global market, local crane manufacturer Condra Cranes has relied on simplicity, adhering to its dictum of manufacturing machines that are simple to operate and easy to maintain.... 

Thermal imaging technology a useful tool in preventive maintenance

By: Malusi Mkhize     13th November 2015 Thermal imaging technology has become one of the most valuable diagnostic tools for industrial applications as it detects irregularities that are normally invisible to the naked eye. As such thermal imaging allows for corrective action to be taken before costly system failures or fires can occur,... 

Lubricants continue to drive equipment performance

By: Malusi Mkhize     13th November 2015 South African petrochemicals major Engen’s two lubricant ranges - Engen Gengear XEP and PETRONAS Grease LiX Syn series – are just two recent additions to the range of lubricants which form part of its Fluidlink solutions to deal with equipment lubrication-related concerns and maintenance and... 

Water-blasting technology applied in airport maintenance

By: Malusi Mkhize     13th November 2015 Gauteng-based facilities maintenance, civil works and general construction specialist Tswelokgotso Trading Enterprise (TTE) has implemented a new water-blasting technology to effectively execute several of its maintenance projects including the OR Tambo International Airport maintenance project.... 

Water-blasting technology applied in airport maintenance
Photo by TTE
BLASTING THROUGH DIRT The SK3000 is an environmentally safe alternative to harmful chemicals used in other cleaning methods.

Maintenance integral to proactive asset management

By: Malusi Mkhize     13th November 2015 An intentional shift towards proactive asset management is one of the ways in which companies can prepare for the future, as proactive asset management offers an alternative to the current reactive asset management practices that are not working within a stressed economic market environment.... 

Maintenance integral to  proactive asset management
Photo by Duane Daws
EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE The success of asset management lies in coaching and training of artisans

Grindrod locomotives lead the way in loco rebuild initiative

     13th November 2015 "Over the years, much locomotive stock on the African continent has been made redundant due to a shortage of skills and component parts to perform technical maintenance over and above the standard cyclical maintenance requirements. Once a locomotive is unable to be brought back into service due... 

Grindrod locomotives  lead the way in loco rebuild initiative

Rail fleet maintenance backlog cleared

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has cleared its fleet backlog with the new locomotives being brought on board and old locomotives having been retired, TFR spokesperson Mike Asefovitz tells Engineering News. TFR plans to replace some of its aging stock with 1 400 new... 

Rail fleet maintenance backlog cleared
Photo by Duane Daws
REFIT PROGRAMME About 30 6E1 locomotives will be upgraded to 18E locomotives within this financial year

High-performance fan manufacturer to diversify industry focus

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Having been awarded significant contracts to retrofit fans at several mining operations in South Africa in the past two years, high-performance fan designer and manufacturer MechCaL will actively focus on establishing a footprint in other industries, such as steelmaking, MD Gavin Ratner tells... 

High-performance fan manufacturer to diversify industry focus
COST REDUCTION MechCal had repaired only 121 of 1 347 composite and steel impeller fans since initial installation in the mining industry in 2012

OEM registers significant service contracts demand increase

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen sub-Saharan Africa subsidiary Airgas Compressors has noted a significant increase in the demand for maintenance and service contracts, as well as a 300% increase in it services division in the past 14 years, Airgas Compressors assistant service manager... 

OEM registers significant service contracts demand increase
SERVICE RANGE Airgas Compressors offers field service, repairs, overhauls and maintenance contracts to Aerzener Maschinenfabrik roots blowers and screw compressors

Water treatment units upkeep complete

     14th November 2014 Rope access specialists Skyriders has successfully completed the maintenance of six water treatment units, which form part of the water treatment plant at the Medupi power station, a greenfield coal-fired power plant near Lephalale, in Limpopo. Skyriders was originally approached and tasked with... 

Water treatment units upkeep complete
CONCRETE COMPLETION Skyriders was commissioned to complete maintenance on the entire water treatment building’s 6-m-high columns at the Medupi power station, in Lephalale, in Limpopo

Lack of maintenance vision

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Ongoing challenges are faced by municipalities and State-owned enterprises that are struggling to operate and maintain their infrastructure, so much so that it severely hampers service delivery, says asset management company IHA Technology & Aviation director Allan Tarita. However, this problem... 

Lack of maintenance vision
Photo by Bloomberg
DRIVING STRATEGY A maintenance vision will drive the composition of a maintenance strategy that should include all facets of an organisation

Demand increase for preventative maintenance strategies

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Steel plant processing technology, equipment and services specialist SMS Siemag South Africa, a division of SMS Group, has registered significant demand growth for preventative maintenance in the local ferrous, nonferrous and ferroalloys industries, paired with a 10% to 15% increase in technical... 

Demand increase for preventative maintenance strategies
Photo by Duane Daws
PREVENTATIVE STRATEGY SMS Group assists the industry in monitoring predictive failure and scheduled shutdowns

Spin filter technology reduces costly maintenance

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 A key benefit of Tshwane-based specialised engineering solutions company Rand Technical Services’ (RTS’) spin filter technology remains its maintenance-free features, which provide a compelling motivation for companies to use this technology, RTS MD Ian Fraser notes. Costly maintenance in... 

Spin filter technology reduces costly maintenance
LASTING INSTALLATION Rand Technical Services supplied dedicated back channel cooling to variable speed drive (VSD) panels in a control room on a mine in the Northern Cape

Fabricator awarded chemicals and energy group’s maintenance contract

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen sub-Saharan Africa subsidiary Airgas Compressors has noted a significant increase in the demand for maintenance and service contracts, as well as a 300% increase in it services division in the past 14 years, Airgas Compressors assistant service manager... 

Fabricator awarded chemicals and energy group’s maintenance contract
CONTRACT SCOPE The contract for Sasol entails service of pressure vessels, storage tanks, heat exchangers and pipes according to Sasol’s specifications

Locomotives manufacturer to realign its maintenance strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2014 S outh Africa-based locomotives manufacturer and supplier Grindrod Locomotives aims to increase its annuity locomotive maintenance, repair and leasing to 50% of its total services by 2015, Grindrod Locomotives CEO Robert Spoon tells Engineering News. About five years ago, Grindrod Locomotives’... 

Locomotives manufacturer to realign its maintenance strategy

Maintenance vital to infrastructure sustainability  

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Operations and maintenance service contracts are imperative in ensuring the sustainable operation and maintenance practices of existing and future infrastructure, as they can strengthen maintenance provision activities, voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Lefadi... 

Maintenance vital to  infrastructure sustainability
Consulting Engineers South Africa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane discusses the need for operations and maintenance contracts for the public sector.

Higher-quality lubrication reduces maintenance

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Wear control, lubrication and filtration company Filter Focus has assisted Germiston-based precious metals refiner Rand Refinery in significantly reducing its operational expenditure from R2.4-million to about R1-million in the past eight months by changing the refinery’s lubrication and... 

Higher-quality lubrication reduces maintenance
MAINTENANCE ACHIEVEMENT Many industries have reported a 2% to 10% productivity increase, owing to the correct use of predictive maintenance practices and use of correct lubrication

Automotive company reduces maintenance costs by installing LEDs

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 Lighting division of electronics company Philips South Africa, Philips Lighting Solutions, is undertaking a maintenance and refurbishment project at a warehouse owned by a Johannesburg-based automotive company. Philips Lighting Solutions compared the consumption and maintenance requirements of... 

Compressor with minimal parts requires less maintenance

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 Tshwane-based specialised engineering solutions company Rand Technical Services (RTS) has recently become the pan-African distributor and principal agent of Norway-based compression and storage solutions company Hystorsys’ gas compression technology, which has minimal mechanical parts and,... 

Hand-held power drive simplifies pipe maintenance in confined areas

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 The Ridgid 690 hand-held power drive is ideally suited to the maintenance of pipes that are located in confined areas where there is no space for larger threading tools, industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial tells Engineering News. “A section of pipe that needs be replaced... 

Hand-held power drive simplifies pipe maintenance in confined areas
Photo by Ngage
PIPE MAINTENANCE SIMPLIFIED The Ridgid 690 is an ideal maintenance tool for any industry using half-an-inch- to two-inch-diameter pipes

Direction, vision and leadership needed to move maintenance function forward

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 There is a resurgence in the desire to find direction, create vision and support this with good leadership to move the maintenance function forward in South African organisations, says skills and training company Alusani Skills & Training Network course leader Allan Tarita. “Until recently there... 

LED solutions offer substantial savings, says LED Lighting SA

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 More mines are using light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires to reduce the maintenance costs associated with lighting, South Africa-based solutions, design and manufacturing company LED Lighting SA tells Engineering News. “Replacing old lighting systems, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and... 

Rubber lining extends chute maintenance period sixfold

     15th November 2013 A Linatex rubber solution proposed by mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa has effectively extended the maintenance period on a jig overflow chute at commodities major GlencoreXstrata’s Boshoek ferrochrome smelter complex, near Rustenburg, by six times, compared with the durability of... 

Maintenance contract achieves early gains

     15th November 2013 Supplier to the global cement and mineral industry FLSmidth has reduced unplanned outages by more than 5% since implementing a maintenance contract six months ago at diamond miner Debswana’s Jwaneng diamond mine, in Botswana. Jwaneng is a long-standing FLSmidth customer and has bought a variety... 

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