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Maintenance News

New body for South African defence industry launched

By: Keith Campbell     18th March 2016 South Africa’s National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) was formally launched by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula on March 3. “Today marks an historic day in the existence of the South African Defence Industry and its relationship with the South African government... 

New defence industry council to develop strategy for sector this year

By: Keith Campbell     18th March 2016 The National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) should have its strategy for the sector completed by the last day of November, Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube has affirmed. He was speaking at the official launch of the Council. This strategy will be the result of the efforts of a number of... 

Pumps focus shifting from buying to MRO

By: Nadine James     18th March 2016 Amid depressed commodity prices and expected increased interest rates, companies and government entities often spend less on capital projects, resulting in fewer new pumps being bought, but more focus on maintenance, repair and operations (MRO), says industrial components supplier RS Components... 

Pumps focus shifting from buying to MRO
ITT FLOWJET DIAPHRAGM PUMP One of the 400 pumps and accessories stocked by RS Components

Enamel steel versatility displayed in new tables

     11th March 2016 Global restaurant chain Nando’s has recently started using vitreous enamel steel as a new material for its table tops. The vitreous enamel steel for the tables is being supplied by vitreous enamel steel manufacturer and installer Vitrex. Durban-based interior design firm, Egg Designs, discovered... 

Enamel steel versatility displayed in new tables
CREATIVE TABLES The Portuguese roots of Nando's influenced the decision to opt for a 'kitchen table' concept for the new restaurant tables

New National Defence Industry Council to develop strategy for the sector during this year

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2016 The National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) should have its strategy for the sector completed by the last day of November, Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube stated on Thursday. He was speaking at the official launch of the Council. This strategy will be the result of the efforts of a number of... 

New National Defence Industry Council to develop strategy for the sector during this year
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
Defence Secretary Dr Sam Gulube

South Africa launches new body for the local defence industry 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2016 South Africa’s National Defence Industry Council (NDIC) was formally launched by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula on Thursday. “Today marks an historic day in the existence of the South African defence industry and its relationship with the South African government... 

South Africa launches new body for the local defence industry
Photo by SA Government
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula

Rail maintenance designer preserves investment in SA

By: Bruce Montiea     26th February 2016 Despite challenges, such as uncertain future business prospects, in the South African rail industry, heavy on-track maintenance machinery designer and manufacturer Plasser South Africa maintains a constant investment programme. The programme includes maintaining a suitable number of heavy... 

Fuchs Petrolub expands global reach

     12th February 2016 Global lubricant producer Fuchs Petrolub has expanded its stable with the acquisition of two recognised lubricant brands in 2015. 

Robust, nonclogging materials extend life of cooling towers

     5th February 2016 The upgrading of a cooling tower’s fill media with components constructed out of robust and non-clogging materials such as polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or stainless steel can lead to cost-effective ways of extending the life of a cooling tower. According to cooling tower... 

Robust, nonclogging materials extend life of cooling towers
RENOVATION Regularly upgrading the cooling tower reduces maintenance downtime

Gauteng road-rail vehicle innovator outlines semi-autonomous vision

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2016 South African road-rail vehicle (RRV) developer RailPro is pursuing a semi-autonomous-vehicle solution, which it believes could open up new market opportunities for its vehicles, which are currently employed primarily in maintenance and repair operations. The company has pioneered a solution that... 

Gauteng road-rail vehicle innovator outlines semi-autonomous vision

Genset components supplier offers repair, maintenance support

     4th December 2015 Genset building and electro-mechanical power provider Vert Energy Group is offering a holistic service to electro-mechanical power generation mining that encompass the supply of dependable components to generator manufactures through the support of repair and maintenance facilities throughout... 

Genset components  supplier offers repair,  maintenance support
GRANT ROBERTSON Providing backup for backup solutions to minimise downtime on prime and standby generators

Battery-powered bolting system designed for turbine maintenance

     27th November 2015 While there are battery-powered bolting solutions for wind turbine maintenance, the general consensus among wind energy industry stakeholders is that these solutions lack battery longevity and often succumb to overheating and bending, says bolting systems manufacturer Hytorc COO Jason Junkers.... 

Battery-powered bolting system designed for  turbine maintenance
LITHIUM GUN The battery-powered bolting gun is ideal for wind turbine maintenance

Microfiltration key in equipment maintenance in African conditions

By: Malusi Mkhize     27th November 2015 Africa’s extreme environment calls for more effective microfiltration applications to remove wear particles and dirt contamination from lubricants says microfine filtration solutions and vacuum automated and dehydration systems provider Filter Focus, COO Craig FitzGerald. “When new oil that has... 

Microfiltration key in equipment maintenance in African conditions
FILTERING TO THE LAST PARTICLE Microfine filtering extends equipment life span and components by up to ten times

Regular inspections, monitoring a must to improve turbine efficiency

By: Nadine James     27th November 2015 Systematic independent technical inspections and independent real-time, around-the-clock condition monitoring of wind turbines, which are rarely done in South Africa, will improve their operational efficiency, maintenance and life span, advocates Cape Town-based renewable-energy consultant... 

Regular inspections, monitoring a must to improve turbine efficiency
SMOOTH OPERATION Independent inspections ensure that wind turbines operate efficiently

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 About 900 potential artisans, representing the first intake at project services corporation Hydra-Arc’s Secunda-based artisan training facility, Mshiniwami Training Academy, are well on their way to completing their training.  

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation
UPSKILLING INDUSTRY The Mshiniwami facility can cater for up to 1 200 students, based on workplace-learning rotation schedules

R40m investment to boost trailer company’s supply, service offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2015 In its drive to become a “one-stop truck and trailer shop”, local commercial trailer manufacturer Paramount Trailers has invested more than R40-million in two new divisions – Paramount Trucks, and a service, repair and refurbishment factory – at its 75 000 m2  Midvaal manufacturing facility in... 

R40m investment to  boost trailer company’s supply, service offering
Photo by Duane Daws
MULTIFUNCTIONAL DEMAND An increase in the sale of multifunctional trailers can be attributed to shorter transporting contracts and the increasingly varied nature of transported cargo

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... 

Internet of Things to lead to new ways of working, business models

By: Schalk Burger     13th November 2015 Barriers to entering many industries and professions are rapidly changing and decreasing, as devices connected to and pay-per-use services over the Internet provide lower-cost access for start-ups and individuals, says T-Systems South Africa Intervate Sharepoint division head Peter Reid.... 

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... 

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

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... 

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

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.... 

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... 

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,... 

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.

Bearings manufacturer introduces new ball and roller range

By: Nadine James     6th November 2015 Local bearings manufacturer GB Bearings will introduce a new range of ball and roller bearings in the first quarter of next year, says company export sales and stock products manager Alec Cutting. He tells Engineering News that the crossover market between white metal bearings and ball and roller... 

Bearings manufacturer introduces new ball  and roller range
ALEC CUTTING The product manager says that the GB Bearings plans to increase exports to Europe

Engine remanufacturer expands locomotives services 

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2015 Germiston-based large-engine remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering has invested in new equipment to extend its services to larger engines for the locomotives industry, says operations director Andrew Yorke.  

Engine remanufacturer  expands locomotives services
Metric Automotive Engineering operations director Andrew Yorke tells Engineering News about the company’s latest investment

Improved split roller bearing design may assist in reducing maintenance costs

     6th November 2015 Split roller bearings, designed specifically for proactive maintenance requirements, may assist with the industry-wide trend of companies reducing their maintenance budgets and staff to cut costs, says specialist bearings manufacturer Cooper Bearings product manager for Southern Africa Matthew... 

Improved split roller bearing design may assist in reducing maintenance costs
SPLIT ROLLER BEARING DESIGN The carbon chrome steel bearing's design allows for easy removal and quicker maintenance

Steam locomotive operator undertakes refurbishment contract   

By: Dylan Slater     6th November 2015 Germiston-based nonprofit association and steam locomotive operator Reefsteamers Association is undertaking a dual refurbishment project on two mainline steam locomotives to return them to full operation.  

Steam locomotive operator  undertakes refurbishment contract
steam locomotive expert Shaun Ackerman tells Engineering News about Reefsteamers’ newly refurbished locomotive wheel lathe. Cameraperson: Dylan Slater.

SA companies should seek more UN business

By: Keith Campbell     16th October 2015 South African businesses have been encouraged to increase their participation in the United Nations (UN) procurement processes. UN Procurement Division Field Procurement Service Chief Sean Purcell pointed out recently that the amount of goods purchased by the UN from South African companies... 

Desalination plant feasibility studies support proactive water planning

By: Mia Breytenbach     9th October 2015 Engineering, management and specialist technical services firm Aurecon has undertaken two desalination plant feasibility studies for South African water utilities, following the successful completion of technical studies and investigations, construction-phase contract management, project... 

Desalination plant feasibility studies support proactive water planning
PROPOSED SCHEME The Lower Thukela bulk water supply scheme will include a 55 Mℓ/d water treatment plant and a high-lift pumpstation at the water-treatment works

Versatile organic coating gains market acceptance

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Polyurea, a 100% organic compound that can be used as a wear- or waterproofing coating, is gaining rapid market acceptance, owing to its application techniques and composition, says chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals. 

Versatile organic coating gains  market acceptance
ROOFTOP WATERPROOFING Polyurea can be applied to rooftop waterproofing projects in a safe and fast manner

DBSA bullish on loans ramp-up as it reports record disbursements of R13bn in 2015 

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2015 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) – which disbursed a record R13-billion during 2015, from R12.7-billion in the prior year – remained optimistic that it could ramp up loan disbursements to R25-billion a year by 2018 as it sought to give greater emphasis to its developmental mandate.... 

DBSA bullish on loans ramp-up as it reports record disbursements of R13bn in 2015
Finance Minister and DBSA govenor Nhlanhla Nene and DBSA CEO Patrick Dlamini on the role of the bank in driving infrastructure development. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.9.2015

Strategic partnership enhances guy line lubrication

By: Dylan Slater     11th September 2015 The imminent strategic partnership between wear control company Filter Focus and broadcasting signal distributor Sentech will result in faster, safer and more efficient application of lubrication to transmission tower guy lines in South Africa, says Filter Focus COO Craig FitzGerald. 

Strategic partnership  enhances guy  line lubrication
VIPER IN ACTION The Viper collar at work on a wire rope

Chevron refinery completes planned maintenance and inspections

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 Comprising a network of Caltex service stations and a refinery, as well as a sizeable supply and trading organisation, Chevron South Africa  recently restarted production at its Milnerton-based refinery, in Cape Town, shortly after one if its most significant and successfully planned maintenance... 

Chevron refinery completes planned maintenance and inspections
MAINTENANCE INSPECTION COMPLETED Chevron South Africa recently restarted production at its Milnerton-based refinery, in Cape Town

Industrial equipment distributor launches best-in-class products

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Industrial and agricultural equipment supplier and distributor Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), a division of leasing and capital equipment group Eqstra Holdings, will be launching new products and showcasing its comprehensive range of construction and heavy equipment at this year’s BAUMA... 

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