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Maintenance and Refurbishment

First phase of multimillion 
rand pipe project completed

13th November 2009 Polyurethane mouldings and pipe linings manufacturer Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) has completed the first phase of a multimillion-rand contract to supply Redline polyurethane-lined pipes for fly ash disposal at a Mpumalanga power station. 

New instrument for measurement and assessment

13th November 2009 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) technical resources division has extended its range of shock pulse method (SPM) condition monitoring systems to include the new VibChecker portable instrument, designed for reliable on-site vibration measurement and assessment. 

New maintenance-free 
inertial spin-filter technology

13th November 2009 Current industrial filtration methods often require costly maintenance and filter membrane replacement on an ongoing basis, reports Tshwane-based filtration solutions company Rand Technical Services (RTS). 

Solutions provider 
awarded $15m 
contract

13th November 2009 Engineering specialist solutions provider Kentz, through its operating unit Qatar Kentz has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth in excess of $15-million petroleum company Qatar Petroleum (QP). 

Automation division 
upgrades maintenance software

13th November 2009 Power generation firm Siemens’ industry automation division has upgraded the Simatic Maintenance Station software for the diagnosis and maintenance of plants and machinery. 

Facilities management industry weathers the economic storm

13th November 2009 When charting their way through choppy waters, many companies tend to put off paying for factors that are not deemed to be urgent or essential: take servicing the air conditioning system, for instance. Yet while maintenance of infrastructure can be neglected, ignoring it inevitably ends up... 

Mandela Bay 
metropolitan 
undergoes 
transformation for 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     13th November 2009 In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Mandela Bay Development Agency has unveiled a number of development projects in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan area, encompassing Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch, that will transform it into an entertainment, transport and business hub... 

Association supports government’s professional development policy

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 The South African Maintenance Association (SAMA) is currently engaged in a number of certification programmes and training initiatives with the aim of developing the local maintenance industry, and this includes organisational benchmarking, and providing accreditation for continuing professional... 

Metro awards extension to asset management contract

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 Asset Management Company Pragma Africa’s Asset Care Centre (ACC) contract for the centralised asset refurbishment and maintenance of the electricity division of the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality has been extended to 2010, reports Pragma Africa MD Alain Tait. 

Landmark hotel facelift completed

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 Building contractor Grinaker-LTA, part of the JSE-listed Aveng Group, last month completed the R160-million refurbishment of the landmark Rosebank Hotel, situated north of Johannesburg. 

French asphalt could find application in local roads and airports 

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 A French asphalt technology, namely high-modulus asphalt (HiMA), is a potentially viable alternative to conventional heavily-trafficked bitumen pavements, which often no longer offer road utilities long-term, and maintenance-free solutions, reports the Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Refurbishment projects reap higher yields

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 Property loan stock company ApexHi Properties is increasingly investing in the refurbishment of existing buildings in its portfolio at returns of between 10% and 12,8%, states ApexHi MD David Rice.  

Multimillion-rand makeover for local economic hub

14th November 2008 Property development company, Liberty Properties Development, a division of the Liberty Properties Group, earlier this year, announced a R1,77 billion refurbishment of the landmark Sandton City complex, reports the company.  

Holistic approach diversifies maintenance offering

By: Jonathan Faurie     16th November 2007 Diversified automation company, Rockwell Automation, has diversified its maintenance offering through its holistic approach to plant maintenance. 

Safety harnesses improve maintenance safety standards

16th November 2007 Diversified engineering company, Becker Engineering, has developed a range of safety harnesses that improves maintenance safety standards at worksites. 

Engineering company broadens maintenance offering

16th November 2007 In conjunction with industrial company Timken South Africa, diversified engineering company Bearing Man's bearings division has recently expanded its product service base. 

Maintenance systems merge maintenance data with parts ordering

By: Jonathan Faurie     16th November 2007 Engineering maintenance company Metrand has developed two computerised systems that have merged the data that is gathered through performing maintenance with parts ordering. 

Maintenance excellence awards hope to raise maintenance awareness standards

By: Jonathan Faurie     16th November 2007 The Southern African Maintenance Association (SAMA) is hoping to raise the awareness of maintenance standards through its maintenance excellence awards program reports SAMA president Herman Coetzee. 

Adhesive company launches new product range

16th November 2007 Adhesive company Henkel Loctite Adhesives announces a complete range of national science foundation (NSF) registered maintenance products that are specially formulated for use in the food processing industry. The range includes threadlockers, retainers, instant adhesives, sealants, lubricants and... 

Maintenance platforms emphasise safety, stability

17th November 2006 Supplier of rough terrain equipment Manitou has announced the launch of a range of self-propelled electrical platforms for maintenance applications. 

Ten-year success story at Secunda steam plants

17th November 2006 Ten years down the line, the coal-mill and feeder mainte-nance contract won by BBP Service and administered by Steinm 

Maintenance crane delivered to iron-ore mine

17th November 2006 Condra has completed and delivered the giant 150-ton maintenance crane ordered by Kumba Iron-Ore for the primary crusher plant at its Sishen mine. 

Magnetic bedknife attachment cuts maintenance costs

17th November 2006 The turf division of CSE Equipment Company has launched a new magnetic bedknife attachment system for the efficient maintenance of commercial mowing machines. 

Refillable lubricator designed for maintenance work

17th November 2006 Engineering consumables supplier Bearing Man’s Simalube lubrication system is an automatic single point refillable lubricator, designed for use during maintenance in diverse applications, including paper and pulp, materials handling, food production and sewage and water treatment works. 

Correct procedures crucial in motor maintenance, storage

17th November 2006 “The electric motor - one of the most widely used power units applied in industry, as virtually all machines depend upon it - boasts unique features that contribute to its extreme efficiency and enable it to cope with an arduous operating environment. 

Perfect paint job will enhance building maintenance

17th November 2006 The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute strives to create a more informed paint consumer and assists quality paint manufacturers in their efforts to produce and promote quality paints. 

Hoists promise improved safety levels

17th November 2006 Becker Engineering’s hand-operated machines for suspended access and man-riding applications are designed to provide improved safety for workers undertaking maintenance procedures at heights. 

New portable working tools available

17th November 2006 Equipment supplier Becker Engineering’s extensive range of equipment for maintenance procedures now includes new portable working tools, which offer heaving lifting power and smooth, precise control when moving, positioning and aligning machinery and equipment. 

Researchers take multidisciplinary approach to mine-road maintenance

17th November 2006 Research forms an integral part of the activities of the University of Pretoria’s engineering, built environment and information technology (Ebit) department. 

Locally-developed condition monitoring system for cranes

17th November 2006 Motornostix, a South African company established by Korbitec has developed a unique condition monitoring system for cranes. 

Aviation maintenance operation exploits new opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     8th September 2006 One of the country’s most important centres of aviation techncial expertise, and the largest and most advanced aircraft maintenance provider on the African continent, SAA Technical (Sat), is implementing a strategy of expansion and diversification of its activities. 

Cryogenic treatment reduces maintenance costs

By: Nelendhre Moodley     18th November 2005 Market leaders are always at the helm of the latest developments and are often the pioneers in new trends and methodologies. 

Extension ladder ideal for maintenance jobs

By: Nelendhre Moodley     18th November 2005 The steady increase in business growth, especially those involving large contracts, has Active Alarms, based in Springs on the East Rand, investigating a number of options intended to increase efficiency in dealing with maintenance projects. 

US asset-management group seeks new SA markets

By: Nelendhre Moodley     18th November 2005 Since its first contract with Sasol’s Synfuels project in Secunda, in the Mpumalanga Province nearly two years ago, Strategic Asset Management of Connecticut, in the US, has been focusing on expanding into other areas in South Africa. 

Keeping on-site maintenance costs in check

By: Nelendhre Moodley     18th November 2005 Along with the recent revamp of offices, workshop and parts-storage facilities, Chloorkop-based Tennant SA is adopting a new approach to service. 

Customers demanding longer-lasting products

By: Nelendhre Moodley     18th November 2005 Having recently launched a range of polished plasters which include a trowel-on-marble wall coating that gives the effect of marble and granite, Midrand-based StonCor reports that its focus is on developing longer-lifespan products. 

Nonstop African service

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2005 South African aviation company Naturelink has become the official service centre for Africa for civil aircraft manufactured by the Brazilian company Embraer. 

Skills development part of engine giant's pledge to Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2005 Rolls-Royce will be providing the SAAF with lifetime support for the Rolls-Royce Adour 951 engines that will power the SAAF’s new BAE Systems Hawks. 

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