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Maintenance and Refurbishment

Utility invests in live-line maintenance system

By: Jill Stanford     18th June 2004 ESKOM Distribution Western Region has acquired a highly specialised live work unit, which is the first device of its kind in South Africa and the only one that can be used for live line maintenance work on a new line design called the monopole double circuit structure. 

Fast-tracking aviation maintenance

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th June 2004 Africa’s biggest aircraft maintenance facility, SAA Technical, last week launched a state-of-the-art multipurpose docking system, which will give technical staff easy access to various types of planes. 

Boron composites may repair ageing aircraft

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th June 2004 A composite technology which has been stagnant in South Africa for the past five years could well be the solution for cost-effective repairs of commercial aircraft, especially in Africa, where air traffic is predicted to double by 2010. 

RG Maintenance

11th June 2004 RG Maintenance Services specialises in the manufacture, design, installation, modification, load testing, upgrading, repair and service of all types of overhead cranes, jib structures, gantries and auxiliary lift equipment. 

SA’s ageing switchgear in dire need of replacement

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th June 2004 This week …switchgear, but, first, some basic explanations. 

Manufacturer continues to promote rubber-lined butterfly valves

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 Last year Gauteng-based Premier Valves relaunched its range of concentric disc rubber-lined butterfly valves, previously known as the Rockwell BA butterfly valve, on the back of a new appreciation for the durability of the design, particularly in the power-generating industry. ? 

Upgraded turbocharger centre for Kwazulu-Natal

By: tom robbins     30th April 2004 Power and automation group ABB has opened a new upgraded Durban turbocharger service and sales centre following internal criticism from the division’s Swiss-based head office. 

Smart company expects to double size in five years

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal engineering group Duys has the contract to repair every single aluminium potshell in Southern Africa, totalling 1 706 units from three smelters, two of them in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Encoder is suitable for mining industry

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 A new generation of Hengstler absolute encoders offers industry a viable, future-oriented solution for industrial-control engineering and integrated motor feedback applications. 

Maximising maintenance by servicing service technicians

By: Karel Smrcka     5th March 2004 If a production line comes to a standstill, the maintenance team has to be given precise information on the problem as quickly as possible. 

Regulator prioritises power distribution sector as network deteriorates

By: Deborah Spicer     28th November 2003 South Africa’s electricity distribution network has deteriorated to such an extent that the National Electricity Regulator (NER) will be introducing interventions in the sector, after having been more concerned with other issues in the past. 

Rail tanker locomotives to be upgraded

By: Laura Franz     28th November 2003 GE Transportation Systems in South Africa, together with its local black economically-empowered implementation partner DCD-DORBYL’s Rolling Stock Division (RSD), has been selected to supply and implement the latest GE microprocessor ‘Brightstar’ locomotive modernisation... 

Maintenance system upgrade in the pipeline

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 Manufacturing execution systems company, AspenTech, plans to upgrade its electrical equipment maintenance system, called Maintenance-Link, to be used in all equipment, such that it is no longer limited to electrical equipment. 

Concrete roads require much less maintenance, argues institute

21st November 2003 As many as 30% of the trucks traveling on the country’s roads are substantially overloaded and wreak havoc on the condition of the South African road network, according to 2002 research. 

Empowerment company seeks joint venture

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 Black empowerment company Empowerment Industrial Maintenance (EIM), specialising in mechanical engineering maintenance services in the petrochemicals industry, seeks a joint-venture partner. 

Maintenance is about much more than software implementation

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 The Southern African Maintenance Association (Sama) says there are several methods, technologies and software available to assist companies in the practice and management of maintenance. 

Welding equipment proving its worth in rail maintenance

21st November 2003 Parastatal Transnet reports success in the use of its most advanced mechanised welding equipment, purchased from Arc Engineering, as part of its programme for the upgrading of existing rail lines. 

Asset management system fine-tuned

21st November 2003 Cape-headquartered Pragma Products has increased the functionality of its On Key enterprise asset management system to enable real-time interface ability with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and enhanced asset identification and asset assessment capabilities. 

Partnership is the key to maintenance success

21st November 2003 Long-term plant service and maintenance contracts have developed between L&C Steinm 

Neural networks take the guesswork out of maintenance

By: Karel Smrcka     24th October 2003 Complex mechanical equipment requires preventive maintenance, but this is often carried out on a subjective basis. 

Aircraft maintenance: preparation in 3D

By: Karel Smrcka     10th October 2003 The Aitram program for virtual aircraft maintenance offers many advantages, including learning by doing, reduced training time, cost and risks, and complex learning material that can be taught in an easy comprehensive manner. 

Rail utility awards big welding contract

By: nkolola halwindi     10th October 2003 The sole local manufacturer and supplier of Thermit welding consumables and equipment, Thermitrex, has been awarded a R50-million two-year contract with Spoornet for the supply of Thermit welding consumables and equipment for Spoornet’s railway maintenance projects in Mozambique. 

Kappa Engineering

3rd October 2003 Kappa Engineering is a general engineering company specialising in the manufacture of hydraulic cylinders and associated parts to customer specifications, and the repair of all hydraulic cylinders. 

SA firm completes Zambian bridge maintenance contract

3rd October 2003 Construction company Murray & Roberts Roads and Earthworks returned to the interior of Zambia to restress the cable stays on the landmark Luangwa Bridge, as part of a maintenance programme. 

Digital data from the underground

By: Karel Smrcka     26th September 2003 Cities’ ageing sewage pipe networks should ideally be regularly surveyed for cracks and weaknesses, but traditional inspections based on closed-circuit television (CCTV) images can be unreliable and inaccurate, since they depend on the subjective interpretation of video images of video... 

Kelvin retrofit programme on schedule

By: Martin Czernowalow     19th September 2003 Independent electricity producer Kelvin Power Station announced earlier this month that the first phase of a multimillion-rand retrofit programme is on schedule and will be completed by November, following the completion and commissioning of the first two units last month. 

R1bn Arnot spend signals return of growth in the energy sector

By: Zonika Botha     22nd August 2003 About a R1-billion will be spend over the next three years to refurbish Eskom’s second-oldest operating power station, Engineering News can report. 

Probe launched into Transnet scrap contract

18th July 2003 A forensic audit investigation is to be conducted into the allocation of a non-ferrous scrap metal contract by transport utility Transnet. 

R14,4m worth of SA tractors for Zim tobacco growers

13th June 2003 In its biggest single transaction to date, GMG Power, of Isando, Johannesburg, has clinched a deal to supply the Tobacco Growers Trust (TGT), of Zimbabwe, with 101 Same tractors valued at R14,4-million. 

A prayer for building maintenance men

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     30th May 2003 It so happens that from time to time I get involved in projects which are to do with remedial work or revamp work to buildings. 

Growth surge for electrical motor repair specialist

By: Taryn Leicher     30th May 2003 Specialist in motor repairs and maintenance Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) has experienced a surge in market growth within the group, and has established itself as a market leader in the local high-voltage and low-voltage environment, reports newly-appointed MD Gavin Garland. 

Lasers keep trains on the right track

By: Karel Smrcka     18th April 2003 Intercity express trains (ICE) in Europe travel at speeds of up to 300 km/h, subjecting the wheels to considerable load. To detect possible damage at an early stage, German researchers have developed new ultrasound and laser-testing systems. 

Duvha set for refurb after explosion

By: Deborah Spicer     18th April 2003 The rebuilding of the damaged portion of Duvha power station, in Mpumalanga, will begin this month, power station manager Johan Prinsloo has confirmed. 

Composites combat bridge wear-and-tear

By: Karel Smrcka     4th April 2003 Advanced fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites have gained significant ground in the construction industry thanks to their extensive and cost effective use in the strengthening of existing structures. 

New move to reduce Kelvin’s emissions

By: Joanne Delaurentis     28th March 2003 A multimillion-rand contract for the second phase of the particulate retrofit programme at Kelvin power station, east of Johannesburg, has been awarded to Bateman Howden. 

Oil refinery backs supplier empowerment

28th February 2003 Black economic empowerment (BEE) has been taken a step further at Engen’s Durban oil refinery thanks to two of its service providers joining forces to form BRG5M. 

R22m N1 upgrade contract awarded

By: Zonika Botha     14th February 2003 Local construction giant Murray & Roberts has been awarded a R22-million tender by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) to construct an asphalt overlay on the N1 from the Rivonia interchange, up to, and including, the Buccleuch interchange, in Johannesburg. 

2002 a boom year for pipe and tube industry

24th January 2003 Last year was a good year for the pipe and tube market in South Africa, mostly as a result of a boom in the mining industry, especially the platinum mining industry. 

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