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Maintenance News

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. 

Big Namibian road contracts on offer

     24th January 2003 THE Roads Authority of Namibia is inviting contractors to prequalify for the first of two contracts to upgrade a 168,8-km section of highway between Rosh Pinah and Aus in the southern region of the country. 

Chapman’s Peak drive reconstruction starts

     24th January 2003 The Chapman’s Peak Drive reconstruction project has begun, almost three years after the scenic coastal route between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Western Cape was closed because of several hazardous rock falls. 

Aviation company opens test cell at Lanseria airport

By: marisa rodrigues     17th January 2003 The maintenance division of aviation company ExecuJet South Africa offers the local aviation industry a unique service in aircraft maintenance. 

Diagnostics firm enters local market

By: Zonika Botha     17th January 2003 Diagnostic technology supplier Automated Reasoning, of the US and Europe, is looking to gain entry into the South African market and is already working closely with a client in the oil refinery industry together with its local distributor Trilan, Engineering News can report 

R19,5m upgrade for W coast fish-meal plants

     17th January 2003 Food and allied services company the Oceana group is using the lull in the fishing season to upgrade its three fish meal plants at a total cost of R19,5-million. 

Equipment maintenance system developed

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd November 2002 Technology group AspenTech has developed an electrical equipment maintenance system for one of the country’s largest petroleum producers and intends to supply this system as an official company product in the near future. 

New paradigm achieves success in Sasolburg

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd November 2002 A unique approach to plant maintenance has been implemented at Sasol Chemical Industries and is achieving good results for a number of companies within the group. 

Company calls for plant optimisation

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd November 2002 The development of an asset performance management system (APMS), known as On Key APMS, by local company Pragma Products, brings maintenance management and asset performance measurement into a new era internationally. 

Maintenance outsourcing market growing

By: marisa rodrigues     22nd November 2002 With four key asset management contracts underway, electrical engineering company ABB’s local service division seems to have found a firm footing in the South African market. 

Joburg commits R1bn a year to capital spending

By: Kenneth Creamer     15th November 2002 Maintaining a capital spend of about R1-billion a year over the next two to three years is a key strategic objective of the City of Johannesburg, Councillor Kenny Fihla, who heads Johannesburg’s Mayoral Committee on Finance, Strategy and Economic Development, reported in a briefing earlier... 

Pump company introduces service kits

     11th October 2002 One of the world’s leading manufacturers of pumps, mixers and aerators, ABS Pumps, has introduced a series of kits for the user servicing process pumps. 

Rivonia emerges as Africa's cell-repair hub

By: Zonika Botha     11th October 2002 Ever since its opening in March this year, the Exactmobile Repair Hub, in Rivonia, Johannesburg North, has handled between 450 and 600 Nokia cellphone repairs a day, making it the single-largest cellphone repair facility in Africa. 

One-stop diesel service centre is launched

By: Taryn Leicher     4th October 2002 With the launch of Power Torque Diesel, a one-stop diesel service and 4x4 centre situated in Jet Park, East of Johannesburg, co-owner Gerald Da Costa observed that the idea behind Power Torque is to “create an improved workshop environment for the expansion of car servicing and for improved... 

Electric-motor repair firm launched

     20th September 2002 A new electric motor repair company has been launched. 

Beware over-maintenance, says company

     6th September 2002 Maintenance of machinery can be an expensive exercise, not only in terms of the cost of spare parts and labour, but also lost production due to machinery breakdowns or plant stoppages for unscheduled maintenance, says Bearing Man MD Greg Till. 

Shutdowns can be minimised

By: nkolola halwindi     6th September 2002 Although shutdowns may be necessary, worldwide cleaning equipment and solutions company Nilfisk-Advance sales manager Stephen Tregoning believes they can be avoided by investing in equipment maintenance programmes. 

Working on the railroad . . .

By: Keith Campbell     6th September 2002 AS part of its regular track maintenance programme, Spoornet replaces rails and sleepers as these have a limited economic life. 

Criminals destroying rail network

By: Keith Campbell     30th August 2002 CRIMINALITY has become a major issue regarding the maintenance of State-owned national railway company Spoornet’s infrastructure. 

Petrochemicals giant standardises on gearboxes

     26th July 2002 Since the inception of Sasol in the early 1980s, four generations of Hansen industrial gearboxes, which amounts to approximately 3 000 units, have been delivered to five Sasol collieries, namely Middelbult, Brandspruit, Bosjesspruit, Twistdraai, and Syferfontein, and to Sasol Synfuels, in Secunda. 

Gearbox refurbisher's acquisition completes its service offering

By: vanessa vasques     26th July 2002 Gearbox refurbishers Canterbury Mining and Engineering (CME) is now able to supply complete project engineering services to its clients after its acquisition of B & W Gear Consultants and its partnership with French gear manufacturer CMD. 

Zim colliery compressor refurbished

     19th July 2002 Earlier this year, IMS Engineering was awarded a contract by Wankie colliery in Zimbabwe for the refurbishment of a steam turbine and compressor to as-new condition. 

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