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Maintenance News

Locomotives manufacturer to realign its maintenance strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2014 S outh Africa-based locomotives manufacturer and supplier Grindrod Locomotives aims to increase its annuity locomotive maintenance, repair and leasing to 50% of its total services by 2015, Grindrod Locomotives CEO Robert Spoon tells Engineering News. About five years ago, Grindrod Locomotives’... 

Maintenance vital to infrastructure sustainability  

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Operations and maintenance service contracts are imperative in ensuring the sustainable operation and maintenance practices of existing and future infrastructure, as they can strengthen maintenance provision activities, voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Lefadi... 

Maintenance vital to  infrastructure sustainability
Consulting Engineers South Africa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane discusses the need for operations and maintenance contracts for the public sector.

OEM registers significant service contracts demand increase

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen sub-Saharan Africa subsidiary Airgas Compressors has noted a significant increase in the demand for maintenance and service contracts, as well as a 300% increase in it services division in the past 14 years, Airgas Compressors assistant service manager... 

OEM registers significant service contracts demand increase
SERVICE RANGE Airgas Compressors offers field service, repairs, overhauls and maintenance contracts to Aerzener Maschinenfabrik roots blowers and screw compressors

Rail fleet maintenance backlog cleared

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has cleared its fleet backlog with the new locomotives being brought on board and old locomotives having been retired, TFR spokesperson Mike Asefovitz tells Engineering News. TFR plans to replace some of its aging stock with 1 400 new... 

Rail fleet maintenance backlog cleared
Photo by Duane Daws
REFIT PROGRAMME About 30 6E1 locomotives will be upgraded to 18E locomotives within this financial year

Spin filter technology reduces costly maintenance

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 A key benefit of Tshwane-based specialised engineering solutions company Rand Technical Services’ (RTS’) spin filter technology remains its maintenance-free features, which provide a compelling motivation for companies to use this technology, RTS MD Ian Fraser notes. Costly maintenance in... 

Spin filter technology reduces costly maintenance
LASTING INSTALLATION Rand Technical Services supplied dedicated back channel cooling to variable speed drive (VSD) panels in a control room on a mine in the Northern Cape

Water treatment units upkeep complete

     14th November 2014 Rope access specialists Skyriders has successfully completed the maintenance of six water treatment units, which form part of the water treatment plant at the Medupi power station, a greenfield coal-fired power plant near Lephalale, in Limpopo. Skyriders was originally approached and tasked with... 

Water treatment units upkeep complete
CONCRETE COMPLETION Skyriders was commissioned to complete maintenance on the entire water treatment building’s 6-m-high columns at the Medupi power station, in Lephalale, in Limpopo

Company relaunches SRB campaign

By: David Oliveira     7th November 2014 Global technology provider SKF relaunched its spherical roller bearings (SRBs) campaign in September to gather new momentum in the South African market for improved product penetration in key applications. SKF asset management business development manager Giscard Lailvaux tells Engineering News... 

Company relaunches  SRB campaign
EXPLORER SRB SKF relaunched its spherical roller bearings campaign, with its Explorer range, in September to gather new momentum in the local market

First stockholding of new bearing housings received

By: David Oliveira     7th November 2014 East Rand-based Bearings 2000 received its first stockholding of the complete range of FAG SNS plummer block bearing housings in September. The plummer block bearing housings were first launched in 2013, but were made commercially available to the South African market only in June this year. 

First stockholding  of new bearing  housings received
FAG SNS PLUMMER BLOCK HOUSING Design improvements on the FAG SNS plummer block housing range resulted in ease of operation while reducing total life-cycle costs

Heavy-duty bearing cuts machine downtime

By: David Oliveira     7th November 2014 Imported bearings and transmission products supplier Bearings International (BI) supplied the Link-Belt 5000 series bearing to a reputable Gauteng-based brick manufacturer, in September. BI Link-Belt product manager Lucas Pretorius notes that there were frequent bearing failures, including... 

Local company supplies split bearings to TPT

By: David Oliveira     7th November 2014 South African split bearings specialist OE Bearings secured a supply contract for four 500 mm cast-iron split bearings, last month, with State-owned port logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT). OE Bearings MD Warwick Steinhobel tells Engineering News that the bearings, which will be... 

Local company supplies split bearings to TPT
LENGTHY DOWNTIME The bucket wheels needed to be removed to replace the bearing, which took up to three weeks

Simple, robust hydraulic equipment for tough tasks

By: Dylan Slater     17th October 2014 Mining infrastructure systems company Becker Mining South Africa’s hydraulic rail benders, which have been developed for bending and forming rails on railway lines in heavy industrial and underground transport systems in mining applications, easily handle rail up to 40 kg/m. 

Simple, robust hydraulic equipment for tough tasks
EASY RAIL BENDING Becker Mining South Africa’s rail benders are powered by 25 t/250 kN hydraulic cylinders and activated by two-stage hand pumps

Aluminium growth boosts company

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 Owing to the continuous expansion of its specialised services in the aluminium industry, local furnace and industrial services company Dickinson Group of Companies has registered a 60% increase in business from this industry in the past 20 years. “We can now offer more products and services that... 

Aluminium growth boosts company
KEY SERVICES PROVIDER DRS Mozambique has been rendering site-wide smelter services to the aluminium industry, which include pot delining and relining

Helicopter company rebrands and transforms

By: Keith Campbell     19th September 2014 The recently rebranded Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA, previously Eurocopter Southern Africa Limited or ESAL) is, in parallel with the rebranding, undergoing a transformation to improve its service to its customers. The rebranding process follows the restructuring of the Airbus Group... 

Pretoria to host engineering asset management congress next month

By: Schalk Burger     5th September 2014 The ninth World Congress on Engineering Asset Management (WCEAM) will be held at the International Convention Centre, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, in Pretoria, from October 28 to 31 and will explore complementary disciplines that constitute the body of knowledge on engineering... 

New academic chair to develop knowledge in maintenance engineering industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     22nd August 2014 A newly established academic chair at the University of Pretoria, co-funded by minerals solutions company Weir Minerals, will perform fundamental research in the maintenance engineering industry to provide key skills for a growing industry.  

Generic trade preparation programme aims to plug skills gap

By: Schalk Burger     15th August 2014 Bridging and specialised courses that provide school-leavers and unemployed youth with the necessary industry entry qualifications to a trade, as well as expose them to how industry works and the technologies used in industry, can help to prepare them for training and apprenticeship courses to... 

Generic trade preparation programme  aims to plug skills gap
Photo by Duane Daws
EXPOSURE All stakeholders must cooperate to expose school children, youths and unemployed adults to industrial activity to enable a smooth transition from school into the workplace

Metrorail refurb to run for 15 years, CTLE rail theft being resolved

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2014 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will continue refurbishing its existing Metrorail fleet for another 15 years, despite the R51-billion acquisition of 600 new trains of six cars each, signed last year. Not all the new coaches will come on stream at once, which means the existing... 

Metrorail refurb to run for 15 years, CTLE rail theft being resolved
Photo by Duane Daws
A Metrorail coach in need of refurbishment

Manufacturing contracts 4.4% in Q1 as post-recession effects linger

By: Natalie Greve     14th July 2014 Confirming that the South African economy had “struggled” to fully recover after the 2009 recession, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) statistician-general Pali Lehohla said on Monday that the manufacturing industry was a sector not immune to the downturn, having contracted by 4.4% in the first... 

Manufacturing contracts 4.4% in Q1 as post-recession effects linger

Merseta advocates practical trade experience to plug South Africa’s technical gaps

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2014 The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) advocates artisan training, coupled with workplace experience, as a way of developing technical skills that are in demand, which will create high-quality jobs and more technically qualified... 

Metallurgical plant maintenance stimulates technical services

By: David Oliveira     11th July 2014 The South African arm of Germany-based metallurgical plant and rolling mill technology provider SMS Siemag has registered significant growth in its technical services over the last two to three years. SMS Siemag South Africa MD Pieter Bezuidenhout notes that the growth, despite the lack of major... 

Waterblocking protects cables

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th July 2014 As the penetration of water or the existence of moisture in cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cables is an “unacceptable problem” associated with the life span of certain cables, especially under the influence of high electrical stresses, longitudinal waterblocking is an appropriate means of... 

Waterblocking protects cables
Photo by Aberdare Cables
MEANS OF PROTECTION Waterblocking is achieved by filling the free space within cables with materials that prevent water spreading

Preliminary work for new builds conducted

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th June 2014 While work is progressing at State-owned power utility Eskom’s new build projects, Eskom group capital acting group executive Dan Marokane says the utility has conducted preliminary work for potential additional new build projects. These projects include a third coal-fired power station,... 

Preliminary work for new builds conducted
Photo by Duane Daws
NEW BUILD PREPARATION Eskom is awaiting government direction regarding the proposed new nuclear and coal–fired power station builds

Construction on Dunnottar rail industrial park to start 2015 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2014 The first 20 trains in the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) ten-year, R51-billion deal to procure 600 new trains, should be shipped from Brazil by the end of 2015, said Gibela CEO Marc Granger on Thursday. Speaking in Johannesburg, he said PRASA should start using these first new... 

Construction on Dunnottar rail industrial park to start 2015
Gibela CEO Marc Granger discusses the timeline of the R51-billion rolling stock programme. Camerawork and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Minimum qualification level for municipal technical managers advocated

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th June 2014 To improve the current relationship between municipalities and municipal engineers, there must be a renewed appreciation for the skills and experience of these engineers, professional technical and management support services provider AECOM’s SA East district business line leader for water Hennie... 

Minimum qualification level for municipal technical managers advocated
ENGINEERING ASSISTANCE AECOM suggests that more operation and maintenance services should be outsourced to the private sector in areas where municipalities lack capacity

Roads, infrastructure restoration key focus 

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th June 2014 Roads infrastructure management agency Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) plans to complete the repairs of nine rain-damaged bridges in Johannesburg as soon as possible to continue with its key focus of restoring the asset value of roads infrastructure in the City of Johannesburg, in line with its... 

Roads, infrastructure restoration key focus
Johannesburg Roads Agency MD Skhumbuzo Macozoma discusses the core programmes comprising the agency’s response plan.

Technology can solve South Africa’s water problems  

By: Carina Borralho     30th May 2014 In addition to a possible water shortage predicted by 2020, South Africa’s water problems are being exacerbated by other challenges, such as leaking pipes, ageing infrastructure and poor municipal administration, resulting in billions of public funds being wasted every year, says consulting... 

Technology can solve South Africa’s water problems
WRP MD Ronnie McKenzie discusses M2M applications.

Additional pumps supply for power stations

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th May 2014 Pumps and pump components manufacturer, servicer and supplier APE Pumps received R11-million worth of pumps supply, installation and refurbishment contracts for State-owned power utility Eskom’s power stations this year, APE Pumps GM Richard Rudling tells Engineering News. While APE Sangus –... 

Additional pumps supply for power stations
PUMPS SUPPLY APE Pumps will supply cooling water recirculation pumps to various Eskom power stations

Mining strike aggravates already weak SA steel market – AMSA

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2014 South Africa’s largest steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) does not expect South Africa’s weak domestic steel market to show any sign of recovery until after June, and has warned that the protracted platinum industry strike is exacerbating already weak trading conditions across the... 

Mining strike aggravates already weak SA steel market – AMSA

Valve manufacturer expands servicing facilities

     9th May 2014 Valve and pump manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves Southern Africa (KSB) continues to invest in service equipment and facilities to meet growing demands for workmanship that is able to meet strict local regulations and satisfy international quality standards, says KSB valves services manager Ryan... 

 Valve manufacturer expands servicing facilities
Photo by Duane Daws
SERVICE INVESTMENT KSB Pumps has expanded its facilities to meet growing servicing demand

Wastewater treatment upgrades to support economic growth

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th April 2014 Water infrastructure management entity Amatola Water expects to complete key sanitation projects for the OR Tambo district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, by 2016, states Amatola Water interim CEO Mzimkulu Msiwa. Amatola Water was appointed as the implementing agent for about 20 water and... 

Wastewater treatment upgrades to support economic growth
INFRASTRUCTURE FOCUS Amatola Water will implement refurbishments and expansions at the Mthatha wastewater treatment works

Gasifier mechanics replaced after 40 years

By: David Oliveira     21st March 2014 Energy and chemicals group Sasol received four stainless steel rotating grate castings from South Africa-based steel castings manufacturer Steloy in July 2013. Steloy sales and marketing director Wynand Labuschagne notes that although certain components of the gasifiers, such as the grate... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV will start detail design of the... 

Company to install multimillion-rand control and instrumentation system
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation

Information software new trend for local industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th March 2014 Industrial Software and real-time operations management solutions company Wonderware will launch its new situational awareness graphics software and alarm management software at its X-Change User Conference for Industrial Automation and Information Software, in KwaZulu-Natal, next month. The... 

Information software new trend for local industry
NEW METHOD The new situational awareness software by Wonderware provides new methods for managing manufacturing and operating plants

Accreditation scheme held up as way of ensuring safety compliance

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2014 A safety control system uses cards to ensure that contract workers have completed safety induction programmes so that those who access a company’s or a client’s work sites are aware of the risks, says UK safety access management subsidiary Safety Pass Alliance South Africa (SPA (SA)) MD Gavin... 

African growth providing lift for global helicopter group’s SA unit

By: Keith Campbell     14th February 2014 Over the past few years, Kenya has emerged as the biggest single market for Eurocopter Southern Africa Limited (ESAL) as the aviation sector in that country has boomed and the Nairobi government has sought to strengthen its law enforcement, security and conservation agencies. ESAL receives new... 

    African growth providing lift for global helicopter group’s SA unit
Photo by ESAL
RISING MARKET An Airbus Helicopter AS350 Squirrel of the Kenya Forest Service preparing for take off

Company launches oil-condition sensor

By: David Oliveira     7th February 2014 South Africa-based wear control, lubrication and filtration company Filter Focus launched the SmartMon-Oil condition-monitoring sensor onto the South African market last month. Filter Focus COO Craig FitzGerald tells Engineering News that this in-line unit, which is manufactured by US-based... 

Infrastructure Bill’s aims embraced, but questions raised about its proposed methods

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2014 The Infrastructure Development Bill has been introduced with the laudable aim of overcoming delays, bottlenecks and shortcomings in the integrated planning and implementation of infrastructure projects. But there has also been broad-based criticism of the proposed legislation, the first to be... 

Infrastructure Bill’s aims embraced, but questions raised about its proposed methods

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