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Maintenance News

SA's asphalt roads get concrete treatment

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 Although there are no major concrete roads being built in South Africa at the moment, concrete is making significant advancements into the roads industry through its increased use in the rehabilitation of asphalt roads, reports Cement and Concrete Institute roads expert Brian Perrie. 

Success for young BEE concrete-repair firm

By: marisa rodrigues     24th May 2002 In just its fourth year of operation, what is reportedly the only black-owned specialist concrete repair company in South Africa, Liyaphuma Construction, considers itself to be among the top five companies in this field in the country. 

Firm spreads net of service centres across Southern Africa

     3rd May 2002 Since the formation of Sauer-Danfoss in May 2000 as a result of a merger between Sauer-Sundstrand and Danfoss Fluid Power, Danfoss has made significant progress as the distributor of Sauer-Danfoss hydraulic components in Southern Africa. 

Buying original parts has big advantages

     26th April 2002 The purchase and use of original-equipment manufactured (OEM) parts has a myriad of advantages most of which are not often considered during the buying process, says pump manufacturer CH Warman Group research and development technical manager Pieter Jordaan. 

Cost savings through pump repair, rather than replacement

By: nkolola halwindi     26th April 2002 Although some companies insist on brand new pumps, this may not be always necessary if all they can do is repair their pumps, reports Benoni-based specialist pump repairer and spare parts supplier company Braybar Pumps sales manager Diane van der Walt. 

Furnace repair carried out

     19th April 2002 RBF Industrial Technology, a division of Set Point Industrial Technology, has been awarded a contract by Samancor Chrome’s business unit Ferroveld, for the repair of a furnace, design engineer Harry van Greuning reports. 

Navy promises local support

By: Keith Campbell     19th April 2002 THE South African Navy (SAN) is planning to make more extensive use of South African industry to support its fleet in the coming years and decades. 

Value-chain focus for maintenance projects

     8th March 2002 Millions of rand are spent every year in South Africa in an effort to minimise maintenance costs and maximise uptime by using the traditional approach of building all systems and infrastructure first. 

Public works maintenance on fast track

     8th February 2002 Following the approval to proceed with the repair and maintenance of an additional 146 prisons and 41 military bases across the country, the Department of Public Works will be spending a total of R26-million in the next five weeks on consultancy fees carried out in its repair and maintainence... 

State in big maintenance push

     25th January 2002 The National Department of Public Works has appointed a further 81 professional engineering firms to spearhead the repairs and maintenance programme on an additional 146 prisons and 41 military bases as part of its strategy to address maintenance backlog on state's fixed properties. 

R1,4bn State maintenance extended to 179 prisons

     22nd January 2002 The R1,4-billion repair and maintenance programme (Ramp) by the National Department of Public Works has now been extended to include all 179 prisons in South Africa. 

Incentives for maintenance excellence

     23rd November 2001 One of the most important direct and visible ways to uplift the status of the maintenance practitioner is to provide incentives and rewards for people and organisations that are excelling in the maintenance environment, maintains the Southern African Maintenance Association (Sama). 

Lab maintenance contract awarded

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd November 2001 An air-filtration and maintenance firm has been awarded a contract to service bio-hazard safety cabinets at National Health laboratories nationwide. 

Making window cleaning easy

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd November 2001 Not only does air pollution affect glass surfaces, but the lixiviation of the concrete and brickwork of buildings causes greyish films or irritation stripes on glass surfaces. 

New maintenance management software

     23rd November 2001 Work and asset maintenance management have been boosted with the launch of software giant MRO Software’s Maximo 5.0, an Internet-based enterprise asset management solution. 

New system for producer

     23rd November 2001 Local company Pragma has assisted Clover SA in improving its asset measurement. 

Proactive maintenance mooted

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd November 2001 Since the end of World War II, there has been a wealth of information gathered on maintenance, replacement and reliability. 

Remote maintenance system launched

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd November 2001 A new era in distributed control systems (DCS) has dawned with the introduction of Centum CS 3000 for remote maintenance service to monitor internal registers, output patrol and possible future failure. 

System reduces transformer maintenance

By: nkolola halwindi     23rd November 2001 Maintaining transformer insulation in a properly dried-out -state to reduce ageing can be a difficult and costly capital process requiring capital intensive equipment and significant transformer outages. 

Malawi embraces South African road technology

By: Marcel Chimwala     16th November 2001 Malawi – A Malawi contractor for South Africa's Con-Aid International, JV Homepride and Business Associate, has launched a South African road-maintenance product, Con-Aid chemical soil stabiliser in Malawi. 

Lift quality slash blamed on bad maintenance

By: Deborah Spicer     12th October 2001 Lift manufacturers’ efforts to ensure that buildings’ transport needs are adequately catered for are being hampered by the trend towards the outsourcing of building maintenance. 

30% of State engineer on auction block

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     28th September 2001 Thirty per cent of the shareholding of each of Rotek Industries subsidiaries Rotek Engineering (RE) and Roshcon will be owned privately from February next year, a Johannesburg firm appointed to advise the government on the long-awaited restructuring tells Engineering News. 

End of resource wastage

     7th September 2001 Mismanagement of most implementations of computerised maintenance systems (CMMS) can result in huge financial losses, particularly to small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs). 

Scot-Rack

     31st August 2001 Scot-Rack designs and manufactures light- and heavy-duty scaffolding, made from SABS 657/1 hot-rolled round tube. 

Innovative vehicle for rail upkeep

     27th July 2001 The re-engineering of its maintenance programme remains a top priority for national carrier Spoornet, which has announced a breakthrough in this field. Spoornet assistant chief engineer for infrastructure maintenance Danie Barnard 

Poor upkeep blamed for square collapse

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2001 The collapse of Strijdom Square, in Pretoria can most probably be attributed to a lack of maintenance on the structure, says Gauteng transport and public works department Jack Van der Merwe. 

Communication will be the focus in 2001

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

Internet improves MRO supplies

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

New division for crane modernisation and rehabilitation

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

New technology replaces chrome coating

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

R40-million full-service contract boosts productivity

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

Switch in battery technology advocated

By: System Author     24th November 2000 Maintenance 

French navy to use Simon’s Town again

By: System Author     27th October 2000 For the second time under an arrangement between France and South Africa, the French Navy is to use the Naval Dockyard at Simon’s Town to carry out maintenance work on a ship from its Indian Ocean fleet. 

Graphic display at rail exhibition

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Africarail 2000 

Maintenance in a minute

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Pumps 

New valve cuts maintenance costs at power stations

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Electricity power generation & transmission 

State utility striving to be the best

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Electricity power generation & transmission 

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