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Maintenance News

Ingula set for completion next month

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Mechanical engineering contracting company SA FIVE Engineering says State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme’s commissioning is set to be completed by the end of next month. “The construction of Ingula is complete and only the commissioning needs to be done. Unit 3 and Unit... 

Lubricants to aid equipment life span

     6th May 2016 International oil and gas industries company and platinum sponsors at this year’s African Utility Week, Shell, will be focusing on the promotion of its commercial lubricant products at the event, which can aid in maintaining equipment used in renewable energy generation. 

Lubricants to  aid equipment  life span
Photo by Duane Daws
DECREASING MAINTENANCE COSTS Shell’s range of commercial lubricants can prolong the lifespan of various equipment, including wind farm turbines, used to generate renewable energy

US IoT company to acquire South Africa satellite access company

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2016 US machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) company Orbcomm will acquire South African advanced satellite and remote asset-control and management company Skygistics to expand its geographic footprint in the African M2M and IoT markets, says Skygistics chairperson Kevin Eborall.... 

US IoT company to acquire South Africa  satellite access company
NEIL HATTINGH Improvements in communications capabilities and reduced data latency across Africa is expected to improve customers’ quality of service

Ekurhuleni budget maintains ‘pro-poor' stance

By: Samantha Herbst     28th April 2016 In an attempt to maintain a pro-poor stance on public spending aimed at improving social development, the City of Ekurhuleni will inject R3.5-billion of its 2016 budget for into its community empowerment package, Mintirho Ya Vula Vula. Tabling the budget vote for the city on Thursday, mayoral... 

Ekurhuleni budget maintains ‘pro-poor' stance

Cape Town receives new technology for sewer construction

     22nd April 2016 The AVN 800 XC Herrenknecht micro-tunnelling machine (AVN 800), which will be used for a sewer project, has been delivered to the City of Cape Town’s Water and Sanitation at a cost of R10.6-million. 

Excessive water restrictions impact on sewage treatment systems

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 Extreme and prolonged water restrictions could have a negative impact on the sewage treatment system if it is not managed properly says the Water Research Commission (WRC). 

Excessive water  restrictions impact on sewage treatment systems
TREATMENT PLANT The impact of a draught on the sewerage system is still being researched

IFAT highlights sewage treatment technology

     22nd April 2016 Owing to economic necessities and new legal regulations dictating the course in the international water and sewage industry, trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management IFAT – taking place from May 30 to June 3 in Munich, Germany – will showcase how the environmental... 

IFAT highlights sewage treatment technology
IFAT TRADE FAIR The water sector at IFAT will show how the industry is responding to water and sewage crises around the world

Rural sewage treatment improved by new membrane

     22nd April 2016 Water, energy, air and hygiene solutions specialist ImproChem believes that a critical contributor to a healthy population is a well managed sewage process. Owing to this, the company has designed membrane bioreactors (MBRs) for the treatment of sewage at plants in rural municipalities. 

Rural sewage treatment  improved by new membrane
SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT The steps needed to clean sewage might decrease significantly

Wireless solution retrofitted for optimum plant efficiency

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th April 2016 Instrumentation and process automation company Endress+Hauser is recoding temperatures in the roll neck bearings – used in a rolling mill – by implementing its wireless solution, the WirelessHART, to optimise plant efficiency for a heavy plate manufacturer. By installing the WirelessHART, the... 

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

By: Dylan Slater     8th April 2016 Defence vehicle systems company Denel Land Systems (DLS) is continuing to update and broaden the versatility of the Casspir family of mine-protected vehicles – a move that is not only safeguarding the South African-developed platform, but also helping the vehicle to shed its controversial past... 

Casspir vehicle shedding its apartheid links as it takes on peacekeeping role

Remanufacturing combats plant maintenance challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 With more sophisticated components being used in diesel engines today, maintenance has become more of a challenge  for plant operators and this has been exacerbated by the continued lack of available skills. Diesel engine component remanufacturer, Metric Automotive Engineering says this situation... 

Remanufacturing combats plant maintenance challenges
ONGOING CHALLENGE There is a need for plant operators need to cater for all the different machines in terms of parts stockholding

First phase of N8 highway rehabilitation due for completion in June

By: Samantha Herbst     31st March 2016 The first of two contracts that will see the rehabilitation of the N8 highway between Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu is due for completion in June, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) revealed on Thursday. Sanral embarked on the two-contract upgrade owing to a significant... 

First phase of N8 highway rehabilitation due for completion in June

Airline industry group joins European inquiry into aviation aftermarket support and services

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2016 The European Commission’s (EC’s) investigation into allegations that aviation original-equipment manufactures (OEMs) have abused their dominant market positions has been joined, in the role of a complainant, by the International Air Transport Association (Iata). The association announced this on... 

Airline industry group joins European inquiry into aviation aftermarket support and services
Photo by IATA
Tony Tyler

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... 

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