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Maintenance News

Initiative enlightens communities about infrastructure concerns

     7th October 2016 An Umgeni Water team hosted an event in June at the Mhlabatshane dam in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu district to inform and educate attendees, as part of a commitment to assist in the protection of communities that live close to bulk water storage and treatment infrastructure. Umgeni Water abstracts,... 

Municipalities need to prioritise water infrastructure – KPMG

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With infrastructure being a vehicle for economic development, global consulting firm KPMG says government and municipalities should prioritise infrastructure projects, especially in the water sector where there is a growing demand. “The challenges in the water industry have not changed that much.... 

Airbus to assist with Rooivalk upgrade, as it reaffirms Africa commitment

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Moroco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

Industrial group wins contract for 500 elevators and escalators

     23rd September 2016 Diversified industrial group ThyssenKrupp has been awarded a contract to manufacture, supply, install and maintain more than 500 elevators and escalators for the red line north, green line and two additional major stations of Qatar capital city Doha’s upcoming metro network, which will be... 

Industrial group  wins contract for 500  elevators and escalators
ESCALATOR INSTALLATIONS Thyssenkrupp will be installing new elevators and escalators throughout Doha’s upcoming metro network

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised  

By: Sascha Solomons     9th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) highlights that regular testing of samples from ropes forms a vital part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation. “Testing ropes in service helps the users . . . to understand the condition in which the ropes are in order to make an informed... 

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised
CSIR mining initiatives acting business manager Riaan Bergh discusses the need for rope testing in the engineering industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New brake test centre launched for South African market

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 Powertrain components and vehicle-safety products developer, manufacturer and supplier Federal-Mogul launched its new brake test centre, which received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) last month. Federal-Mogul operations manager Reegan... 

New brake test centre launched for South African market
SANAS ACCREDITED Being SANAS registered ensures credibility as well as legitimate compliance reports

Aviation bureau approves maintenance service provider

     26th August 2016 Aerospace engineering and component services provider Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, earned certification by civil aviation authority the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) as an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) in April this year.  

Manufacturer hires external company for machine cleaning

     26th August 2016 Multinational Voith Industrial Services has supplied a team of 40 employees to take over the machine cleaning responsibilities at the headquarters of compaction technology and manufacturer Bomag, in Boppard, Germany. 

Manufacturer hires external company for machine cleaning
MACHINE MAINTENANCE Voith will be providing maintenance to Bomag

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

South African students receive technical training in Berlin

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 As part of its domestic commitment to address South Africa’s shortage of engineers, global engineering firm Siemens is placing three top-performing South African grade 12 students in the Siemens Apprenticeship Scheme, thereby granting them a place to undergo further training in Germany.  

Company emphasises importance of fire detection maintenance

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 Although fire detection is generally seen as a grudge purchase and done only when it becomes a legal requirement, fire and electronic security solutions systems integrator FS-Systems points out that building owners have a moral obligation to ensure that all occupants of their facilities are kept... 

Dust suppression system in high demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Since the launch of environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions’ retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) system last year, market demand has increased greatly, says I-CAT technical manager Morne van Wyk. This demand can be attributed to the R-SDR system having eliminated the... 

On-line reconditioning service reduces downtime

     5th August 2016 Furnace and industrial service provider Dickinson Group offers an on-line tyre and trunnion roller surface reconditioning service, which enables worn or damaged running faces of tyres and rollers to be machined while the vessel is in operation, thereby reducing downtime. The company explains that... 

On-line reconditioning service reduces downtime
EFFICIENT OPERATION Dickinson's on-line reconditioning service eliminates inherent costs of downtime and consequential loss of production

Inspection device to provide safety in rail operations

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a prototype survey and inspection device (SID) to survey and inspect South Africa’s railway lines, which is intended to improve safety and operations. Along with reporting on the condition of the rail infrastructure, the SID... 

Inspection device  to provide safety in  rail operations
DEBUT The CSIR's survey and inspection device (SID) was debuted at Africa Rail 2016

International interest in small SA firm’s inspection robot

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2016 Barely launched on to the market, a South African designed and developed inspection robot has already won local orders and attracted international interest, with potential overseas clients set to come to this country to examine it. The machine is the Ryonic Modular Inspection System, or RMIS,... 

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

Possible change in  NDT training
NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING South Africa and many other African countries have sustainable market capacity for only one NDT industrial sector

Government needs to be more creative in addressing spatial inequality – Sisulu  

By: Anine Kilian     5th July 2016 Although South Africa had celebrated the delivery of 4.3-million houses and housing subsidies since 1994, earlier this year, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Tuesday stressed that enormous challenges remained. “We need to understand the scale of the problem in South Africa. We are... 

Procurement management pay-as-you-use solution launched

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2016 Master data quality company Pilog has developed a content-as-a-service (CaaS) offering for procurement management using its detailed item description repository and international standards-based methods developed over 20 years. This will enable companies and departments to quickly and easily... 

Procurement management pay-as-you-use solution launched
THEO PRINSLOO Companies can use the system to meet the changing demands of their market with high accuracy, increasing agility and reducing waste

Clamps remain a trusted product across projects

By: Victor Moolman     17th June 2016 Distributor of connection systems for steelwork Structural Fixing Systems has been providing products from UK-based fastener systems manufacturer Lindapter for South African projects since 1976. 

Clamps remain a trusted product across projects
GAUTRAIN Structural Fixing Systems has supplied the Gautrain project with Lindapter products

Drives company envisions new developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The depressed economy and tightened budgets have not diminished the need for quality products, but rather increased demand for German-made products, notes German industrial drives and motors multinational SEW-Eurodrive. SEW-Eurodrive MD Raymond Obermeyer indicates that although mining and mineral... 

Drives company envisions new developments
RAYMOND OBERMEYER German products are synonymous with quality and innovation, as they continuously produce high-quality products

Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

Local company awarded German welding agency
WERNER SMIT The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods, in conjunction with energy solutions service provider Energy Partners’ solar division, has rolled out a solar programme, which is about 60% complete.      The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of... 

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme
PROGRAMME ROLL-OUT As part of the solar programme Pioneer Food’s Klerksdorp Mill in the North West has a 752 kW rooftop installation

Tricky hydro scheme checks completed

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 Difficult-to-complete inspections, high up at a water-storage scheme, in KwaZulu-Natal, were easily completed within the allotted time using  rope access.  Rope access solutions provider Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn notes that the operation – which took place after the conclusion of one... 

Tricky hydro scheme checks completed
ROPE ACCESS The shafts inspected at a KZN hydro scheme were over 700 m long, 6 m in diameter and with 25˚ slopes

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief advanced manufacturing officer Thamsanqa Jiyane

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... 

Ingula set for completion next month
INGULA POWER STATION The new hydropower station nears completion

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
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