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Maintenance News

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

Asset management consulting services offered

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 The African branch of strategic asset management consulting company GMC Global, which is part of the SMEC Group, opened in May this year and is actively engaging with a number of clients, GMC Global Africa regional manager Schalk Prinsloo tells Engineering News. The global company has completed... 

Automotive company reduces maintenance costs by installing LEDs

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 Lighting division of electronics company Philips South Africa, Philips Lighting Solutions, is undertaking a maintenance and refurbishment project at a warehouse owned by a Johannesburg-based automotive company. Philips Lighting Solutions compared the consumption and maintenance requirements of... 

Compressor with minimal parts requires less maintenance

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 Tshwane-based specialised engineering solutions company Rand Technical Services (RTS) has recently become the pan-African distributor and principal agent of Norway-based compression and storage solutions company Hystorsys’ gas compression technology, which has minimal mechanical parts and,... 

Direction, vision and leadership needed to move maintenance function forward

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 There is a resurgence in the desire to find direction, create vision and support this with good leadership to move the maintenance function forward in South African organisations, says skills and training company Alusani Skills & Training Network course leader Allan Tarita. “Until recently there... 

Hand-held power drive simplifies pipe maintenance in confined areas

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 The Ridgid 690 hand-held power drive is ideally suited to the maintenance of pipes that are located in confined areas where there is no space for larger threading tools, industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial tells Engineering News. “A section of pipe that needs be replaced... 

Hand-held power drive simplifies pipe maintenance in confined areas
Photo by Ngage
PIPE MAINTENANCE SIMPLIFIED The Ridgid 690 is an ideal maintenance tool for any industry using half-an-inch- to two-inch-diameter pipes

LED solutions offer substantial savings, says LED Lighting SA

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 More mines are using light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires to reduce the maintenance costs associated with lighting, South Africa-based solutions, design and manufacturing company LED Lighting SA tells Engineering News. “Replacing old lighting systems, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and... 

Maintenance contract achieves early gains

     15th November 2013 Supplier to the global cement and mineral industry FLSmidth has reduced unplanned outages by more than 5% since implementing a maintenance contract six months ago at diamond miner Debswana’s Jwaneng diamond mine, in Botswana. Jwaneng is a long-standing FLSmidth customer and has bought a variety... 

Rubber lining extends chute maintenance period sixfold

     15th November 2013 A Linatex rubber solution proposed by mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa has effectively extended the maintenance period on a jig overflow chute at commodities major GlencoreXstrata’s Boshoek ferrochrome smelter complex, near Rustenburg, by six times, compared with the durability of... 

For SA Air Force, strategic partnerships with local industry are crucial

By: Keith Campbell     8th November 2013 In a recent media briefing, South African Air Force (SAAF) Chief Lieutenant-General Fabian Zimpande Msimang highlighted the mutual importance of the relationship between his Service and the local aerospace and aviation industries. “Strategic partnerships are being forged with the aviation... 

  For SA Air Force, strategic partnerships with local industry are crucial

Company boasts $72-million in locomotives projects

By: Carina Borralho     8th November 2013 Locomotive supplier RRL Grindrod Locomotives is expanding its manufacturing facilities in Pretoria, Gauteng, to keep up with growing demand and future projects, with the expansion set to be complete by the end of 2013. Owing to the continent’s rich mineral reserves and the consequent demand for... 

Expansion in line with customer demand

By: Zandile Mavuso     25th October 2013 Secunda-based process engineering company CDE Process built a new drafting and piping department in the first quarter of 2013, which is expected to be fully operational by the end of October. 

Time-in-state metric can improve production processed, equipment efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2013 A time-in-state metric (TISM) enables continuous evaluation of process and equipment condition against an ideal condition or baseline. TISM provides early warning of deteriorating operating and equipment conditions that may impact operational efficiency, says operational risk management company... 

Predictive maintenance leads to longer asset life, better performance

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2013 Predictive maintenance technologies can help companies effectively extend the use of assets, improve their performance, increase their safety and prevent unplanned downtime, says business intelligence consultancy BITanium Analytics director Nadine Shenker. Predictive maintenance is complex, owing... 

Need to adapt to growing water demands

By: Carina Borralho     11th October 2013 A large portion of South Africa’s  water infrastructure has fallen into a state of disrepair and many of the facilities are being operated at much higher capacities than the original design intended, water management company Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies South Africa tells Engineering... 

Manufacturing to come under the spotlight at new event

     4th October 2013 The Manufacturing Circle, in association with marketing and public relations management company Siyenza, has launched the yearly Manufacturing Indaba, set to take place on November 12 and 13 at Gallagher Estate, in Midrand. 

Namibia a keen buyer of new lift

By: Timothy Sibanda     27th September 2013 Elevator and escalator engineering company Schindler, part of Schindler Group, says it has been inundated with orders for its new lift that was launched in April – the Schindler 5500 – especially from Namibia, and is supplying about 20 across Southern Africa. 

Namibia a keen buyer of new lift
NEXT GENERATIONSchindler 5500’s light-emitting diode lighting and Sleep Mode can provide significant energy savings over time and, thus, reduce the environmental footprint of a building

Southern Africa distributor receives top award for scissor lifts sales

By: Timothy Sibanda     27th September 2013 Sole distributor of Genie products in Southern Africa Goscor Hi-Reach won the award for Best Performance for Scissor Lifts, which have achieved good sales figures in South Africa, at this years annual Genie Awards. 

SA’s rope access industry growing

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2013 South Africa’s rope access industry is growing, owing to the high demand for jobs that require cost-effective means of doing work at height, says rope access specialists Skyriders Access Specialists marketing manager Mike Zinn. “The rope access industry can be divided into two main sectors in... 

SA’s rope access industry growing
EASY ACCESS Barriers to entry in the rope access industry are relatively low, which, ironically, is a major industry challenge

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 The use of thermal spray has in recent times gathered momentum in oil refineries because it prevents the aging and replacement of various types of equipment and tubing components, says wear, corrosion, hard-facing and applications product supplier Weartech technical manager Adam Wintle. Weartech... 

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries
THERMAL SPRAY NATURE All thermal spraying processes rely on the same principle of heating a feedstock, accelerating it to a high velocity, and then allowing the particles to strike the subtrate

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