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Maintenance News

Company launches new product as diamond-media maintenance pads gain local traction

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th August 2015 Flooring solutions supplier Superb Flooring has launched the latest Blue Twister pad, with diamond media, onto the local market earlier this year. 

Implats sees off-gas cleaning system upgrade

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th August 2015 JSE-listed Altron subsidiary Powertech System Integrators (PTSI) is undertaking a R30-million wet electrostatic precipitator (Wesp) replacement project at platinum major Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) Rustenburg smelter, in the North West, which is expected to be commissioned by December. 

Implats sees off-gas cleaning system upgrade
SECONDARY WESPS Implats' sulphuric acid plant is currently running on the secondary Wesps

Ageing infrastructure increasing demand for system upgrades

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st August 2015 Ageing infrastructure in local healthcare facilities and hospitals, resulting in the cumulative obsoleteness of older fire-protection systems, has prompted several healthcare companies to request new or upgraded fire-protection systems, says Chimera Fire Protection Consultants director Leon... 

500 t crane rehab project completed

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Global lifting solutions provider Konecranes has rehabilitated two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Angolan National Oil Company’s (Sonangol’s) Integrated Logistic Services’ (Sonils’) oil service centre, says Konecranes Southern Africa technical and training manager for sub-Saharan Africa... 

500 t crane rehab  project completed
IN WORKING ORDER The cost to rehabilitate the two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Integrated Logistic Services’ oil service centre was more than R2-million

Excavator to lay sleepers in railway construction

     14th August 2015 Infrastructure and development group Aveng subsidiary Aveng Rail has bought a 20 t Hyundai wheeled excavator from earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) that will be used in the construction of about 60 km of rail track, near the coal-fired Majuba power... 

Screw splicing a reliable alternative to conventional belt repairs

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Engineering company Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) efficient belt fastener system – the Super-Screw splice – which was originally used as a temporary alternative to conventional hot and cold splicing, has proven to be significantly reliable as a permanent splice for certain conveyor belts. The... 

Screw splicing a reliable  alternative to conventional belt repairs
VERSATILE USE Super-Screw splices can be installed as temporary or permanent solutions regardless of the conveyor belt configuration, accessibility and the weather

Bandage system ideal for sealing water reservoirs

     7th August 2015 Ready-mix concrete supplier a.b.e. Construction Chemicals’ durajoint flexband joint bandage system offers a solution for waterproofing expansion and construction joints, including critical joint areas with high or frequent movement, says the company’s concrete repair and general construction... 

Bandage system ideal for sealing water reservoirs
POTABLE WATER APPLICATION a.b.e.’s durajoint flexband system is particularly suitable for sealing of joints in potable water concrete reservoirs and other water-retaining structures

Conference to home in on industry stakeholders delivering quality, value

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th August 2015 The 2015 Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa’s (Capsa’s) theme of technology delivering quality and value is intended to demonstrate the industry’s willingness to strive for value creation for all stakeholders through the delivery of excellence and quality, says event organiser... 

Conference to home in on industry stakeholders delivering quality, value
KEY INTEREST About 500 delegates, 30 sponsors and 50 exhibitors are expected to attend the conference, which has also attracted international interest

Institute advocates new asphalt pavement tech directions, trends

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th August 2015 South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to endorse new technological directions in the asphalt sector and to promote alignment with international pavement technology trends at this year’s Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa... 

Local manufacturer looks to tighten West African nation’s railways

By: David Oliveira     31st July 2015 Nuts and bolts loosening, tightening and torqueing solutions developer Slogging International’s Slogging Hammer is currently undergoing on-site trials at a railway project for a West African oil and gas exploration company. If these trials prove to be successful, about 6 000 units of the South... 

Local manufacturer looks to tighten West African  nation’s railways
OPERATOR SAFETY NO.1 The Slogging Hammer is significantly safer than the traditional method of using a wrench and sledgehammer to remove nuts and bolts

Integrated NDT qualification, certification approach set for 2017

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 To achieve international harmonisation in the qualification and certification of nondestructive testing (NDT) personnel, the national ISO 17024-accredited personnel certification body, the Southern African Institute of Welding - Certification (SAIW - Certification) is collaborating with national... 

Integrated NDT qualification, certification approach set for 2017
CERTIFICATION HARMONISATION The qualification and certification process will also accommodate the American Society for Nondestructive Testing SNT-TC-1A requirements

Strong African aviation growth predicted by US manufacturer

By: Keith Campbell     17th July 2015 US aerospace giant Boeing predicts, in its latest commercial market forecast, that over the next 20 years Africa (excluding Egypt, which the manufacturer includes in the Middle East) will need 1 170 new aeroplanes, worth $160-billion. VP: Boeing International - Africa Miguel Santos stressed to... 

VT course to meet industry requirements

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) nondestructive testing (NDT) department introduced an independent Visual Testing (VT) course as part of its training offering last month. VT was previously incorporated into SAIW’s welding inspectors course only... 

VT course to meet industry requirements
COURSE CONTENT Level 1 of the Visual Testing (VT) course focuses on general theory and application, while Level 2 enhances basic VT theory

Company launches new range of compressed air units

     10th July 2015 Precision products manufacturer Gast Group, a member of global fluidics manufacturer Idex Corporation, in March launched a new range of Jun-Air oil-less rocking piston-based compressed air systems, the 86/87R Series Systems. Idex Corporation health and science technologies division European sales... 

Data quality standards to have significant engineering applications

By: Schalk Burger     10th July 2015 Quality standards for data will provide significant benefits for engineering and technical disciplines, as reliable master data can then be sourced and transferred, which enables accurate management of engineering components and services, says data quality and management company Pilog Group... 

SAA Technical is targeting African markets

By: Keith Campbell     3rd July 2015 South African Airways Technical (SAAT), the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary of the South African Airways (SAA) group, is pushing strongly into the African market. This was reported at a recent media briefing by SAAT head of department: sales and marketing Mike Kenny.... 

KTH acquires 51% of Servest in landmark empowerment deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th June 2015 Investment holding company Kagiso Tiso Holdings (KTH) has acquired a 51% shareholding in Servest Group, in a transaction that values the group at about R4.5-billion. The deal would see Servest become the largest, majority black-owned, facilities management company in Africa, strongly positioning... 

KTH acquires 51% of Servest in landmark empowerment deal

SAAT spreads its wings over Africa

By: Keith Campbell     23rd June 2015 South African Airways Technical (SAAT), the aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary of the South African Airways (SAA) group, is pushing strongly into the African market. This was reported at a media briefing on Tuesday by SAAT head of department: sales and marketing Mike... 

SAAT spreads its wings over Africa
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Boeing 737 airliner undergoing MRO at SAAT

Fabricator completes maintenance project at PetroSA refinery

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th June 2015 Engineering company Steinmüller Africa, a subsidiary of Germany-based international engineering and services group Bilfinger, completed a planned maintenance project in March for State-owned national oil company PetroSA’s Mossel Bay-based Gas-To-Liquids refinery, in the Western Cape. Steinmüller... 

Fabricator  completes  maintenance  project at PetroSA refinery
Photo by Duane Daws
PLANNED MAINTENANCE Steinmüller Africa replaced the Synthol Reactor internal coil U section and structurally replaced and welded the pipe components at PetroSA's GTL refinery, in Mossel Bay

Free State welding training facility upgraded, reopened to attract skills interest

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th June 2015 Bloemfontein-based Louis Botha Technical High School officially reopened its welding centre earlier this month, after the facility had undergone a complete overhaul and upgrade, which was funded by local gas and welding company Afrox. Louis Botha is the latest of 12 high schools over the past two... 

Free State welding training facility upgraded, reopened to attract skills interest
SKILLS DRIVE Afrox’s initiative aims to upgrade technical facilities at 25 schools nationwide to support and enhance economic and skills development in South Africa

New welding technologies cultivate global competitiveness 

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th June 2015 Adopting new welding technologies and processes that will improve productivity and assist with cost reduction is critical for the local welding and fabrication industry to be globally competitive in terms of price offering, and service and product delivery, says South Africa-based gas and welding... 

New welding technologies cultivate global competitiveness
Afrox manufacturing industries business manager Johann Pieterse discusses how the PipeWorx Fieldpro meets industry's need for new technology

Training academy boosts local skills complement

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th June 2015 Engineering company Steinmüller Africa’s technical training academy is rapidly introducing young blood into its welder, boilermaking, rigging and fitting teams to boost the company’s on-site maintenance welding and cutting teams. Steinmüller Africa’s welding operations manager Morne Kidson notes... 

Training academy boosts local skills complement
ARTISAN CULTIVATION The training centres collectively specialise in welding, boilermaking, fitting and rigging and produce about 165 artisans over 24 to 48 months

Welding services specialist secures several petrochem contracts

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th June 2015 Following the completion of several local projects showcasing engineering and labour-broking services provider Fabricon Pipe & Labour Hire’s knowledge about welding processes and its swift project execution methods, the company has been awarded several new contracts in the local petrochemicals... 

Welding services  specialist secures several petrochem contracts
DECIDING FACTOR Fabricon was awarded the new multiproduct pipeline and Vopak projects because of its project execution methods, adaptability and rapid delivery

Welding supplier’s consolidation initiatives increase end-user benefits

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th June 2015 Welding products supplier Weldamax has embarked on several rightsizing and consolidation initiatives to mitigate the effects of a contracting local welding sector and the cost pressures that welding equipment end-users face. “Weldamax focused on premises rationalisation by consolidating the... 

Welding supplier’s  consolidation initiatives  increase end-user benefits
MARKET EDGE Weldamax’s brand of Thermamax welding equipment and consumables sales and market share have increased in the past year

Mothballed fibre processing plant costs R2.7m/y to maintain

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th June 2015 Owing to the production of poor-quality fibre by Sustainable Fibre Solutions, which was started using a R130-million loan from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in 2006, the processing plant has failed to penetrate the market and has been mothballed in an attempt to cut the recurring... 

Mothballed fibre processing plant costs R2.7m/y to maintain
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister Ebrahim Patel

Defence Minister hopes defence budget will grow to 2% of GDP over time

By: Keith Campbell     29th May 2015 South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed the hope that the defence budget will be significantly increased over the next five years. She did so while addressing the media in her recent budget vote media briefing. The 2015/2016 defence budget comes to R44.5-billion,... 

Air-process machinery branch to provide fast, cost-effective service

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen Airgas Blowers and Compressors is opening a new branch north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal in June. KwaZulu-Natal Airgas branch manager Earl Houston tells Engineering News that the branch will be operational from June 1, noting that the facility will be... 

Air-process machinery branch to provide fast, cost-effective service
ROBUST CONTRIBUTION The product offering for the KwaZulu-Natal region will include the Aerzen Delta Blower Generation 5 roots type blower for the sugar production industry

Mata secures European accreditation for aircraft maintenance courses 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2015 East Rand-based Mega Aero Training Academy (Mata) has secured European accreditation and recognition for its aircraft maintenance courses. The Safomar Group subsidiary and College Ireland on Wednesday signed an agreement to enable Mata students to obtain European Aviation Safety Agency- (Easa-)... 

Mata secures European accreditation for aircraft maintenance courses
East Rand-based Mega Aero Training Academy has secured European accreditation and recognition for its aircraft maintenance courses. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer

Drive solution reduces energy consumption of plants

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Energy can constitute up to 90% of the life-cycle costs of drive systems that have not been enhanced, notes specialist drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. The company addresses this issue using its effiDRIVE energy-saving solutions, which are based on SEW-Eurodrive’s proven modular concept. 

Drive solution reduces energy consumption  of plants
MECHATRONIC EFFICIENCY The Movigear drive technology meets premium efficiency IE4 and can result in up to 50% energy cost savings in drive system applications

Exclusive range of unbalanced motors for Africa launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Specialist vibrating-equipment supplier Joest South Africa launched an exclusive range of unbalanced motors, specifically for use in Africa’s harsh operating conditions, in March. The range has been developed in partnership with an established Europe-based vibrating-motor manufacturer, which has... 

Exclusive range of  unbalanced motors  for Africa launched
KEY BENEFIT The replaceable stator housing pack of the motor allows for easy maintenance and increased life and improved efficiency

Koeberg generators, tank replacement projects still on track

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 Technical resources provider, Lesedi Nuclear Services, remains on track to complete its portion of the steam generator replacement (SGR) project in 2018 at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape. Lesedi Nuclear Services, part of the South African SGR... 

Koeberg generators, tank replacement projects still on track
ON TRACK The scope of work of the South African SGR consortium at the Koeberg nuclear power station include removal and off-loading of the old steam generators

New Maydon Wharf technology ‘a first for SA’  

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 SSAXSYS JV, a joint venture (JV) between construction group Stefanutti Stocks and enterprise development partner AXSYS Infrastructure has set the completion date for construction at Maydon Wharf, in Durban, in South Africa for December 2016. The contract to start construction was signed on April... 

New Maydon Wharf technology ‘a first for SA’
PROJECT APPROACH Sucessfully upgrading the berth will require using a phased approach with limited construction access minimising disruption to the available quay space at the Port of Durban, which is already under capacity

Rope access maintenance could reduce power station shutdown durations

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 Rope access use can assist in speeding up maintenance and shortening the duration of shutdowns and planned outages at State-owned electricity entity Eskom’s coal-fired power stations, states industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists marketing manager Mike Zinn. “Rope access... 

Rope access maintenance could reduce power station shutdown durations
ACCESS ALTERNATIVE Inspections and maintenance at some power stations are performed using ropes, reducing the need for expensive, and time-consuming traditional access systems

‘Flagship’ gearbox orders to new coal-fired builds completed

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th May 2015 Gearbox designer and manufacturer Hansen Transmissions South Africa has completed the supply of 384 Hansen M4 air-cooled condenser (ACC) drives each to State-owned power utility Eskom’s coal-fired Medupi power station, in Limpopo, and the Kusile power station, in Mpumalanga, last month. While the... 

‘Flagship’ gearbox orders to new coal-fired  builds completed
MEGA-DELIVERY The Medupi ACC drive order was the single biggest order received by the Sumitomo group worldwide, and became a material reference project

Davies sets up broad-based ownership task team amid codes outcry 

By: Terence Creamer     8th May 2015 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has defended the new codes for Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEEE), but has also moved swiftly to deal with the fallout arising from the controversial last-minute decision to downgrade recognition for broad-based ownership schemes and employee... 

Davies sets up broad-based ownership task team amid codes outcry
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Manufacturing standards evolving, says industry body

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Significant changes are currently under way in the concrete industry, with amendments being made to design codes, construction standards, material specifications and test methods for concrete, says technical services provider to the cement and concrete industry, The Concrete Institute (TCI).... 

Manufacturing standards evolving, says industry body
CHANGING CONSTRUCTION CODESIndustry specifications in the construction industry ensure that the public and the company overseeing construction are protected

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation processes at the design stage of... 

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members

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