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Maintenance News

Maintenance strategy ensures sustainability

     12th April 2013 The new rail-track infrastructure investments projects being undertaken by South Africa’s major rail operators – State-owned utilities Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa – calls for a suitable maintenance strategy to ensure the long-term sustainability of the assets and the... 

New maintenance centre for Russian helicopters set up by Denel Aviation

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2013 South African State-owned aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Denel Aviation has officially inaugurated its new MRO Centre for Russian Mil Mi-8- and Mi-17-family helicopters. The new service centre is a joint initiative with Russian Helicopters, the State-owned Russian company... 

Electronics major launches new controller and integration software 

By: Samantha Herbst     5th April 2013 Multinational electronics and electrical engineering group Siemens has officially introduced its new range of Simatic S7 controllers for medium- to high-end machine and plant automation to the South African industrial market. The new controller, launched with the latest version of Siemens’... 

Study shows energy-efficiency benefits of material flow cost accounting

By: Joanne Taylor     5th April 2013 Energy efficiency in foundries can be improved through the implementation of material flow cost accounting (MFCA), Environmental & Sustainability Solutions executive director Seakle Godschalk said at the recent Metal Casting Conference. MFCA is a tool for quantifying the flows and stocks of... 

Technical services provider launches SA crash-scene investigation course

By: Samantha Herbst     5th April 2013 Testing, certification, training and inspection service provider TÜV Rheinland South Africa has launched a crash-scene investigation course – the latest in its mobility division product offering – in collaboration with Northwestern University, in Illinois, which offers specialist knowledge on... 

Using the cloud to improve the management of business infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2013 Sending data from equipment, instruments and sensors in a building to cloud servers is an effective way of collecting the data and then performing analytics to monitor and manage the devices and systems to improve effective use, says IBM Smarter Planet Industry Solutions VP David Bartlett. “There... 

SA company wins international award for sewer rehabilitation

By: Gia Costella     29th March 2013 Subsurface pipeline construction and rehabilitation company Trenchless Technologies won the International Society for Trenchless Technology’s (ISTT’s) 2012 No-Dig Award for its work on a sewerage rehabilitation project, in Port Elizabeth.   

Denel Aviation launches new maintenance centre for Russian helicopters

By: Keith Campbell     27th March 2013 South African State-owned aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Denel Aviation officially inaugurated its new MRO Centre for Russian Mil Mi-8 and Mi-17-family helicopters on Tuesday evening. The new service centre is a joint initiative with Russian Helicopters, the State-owned... 

Supplementing maintenance resources growing trend in petrochemicals industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 Proactive maintenance is important to ensure the productivity and sustainability of petrochemical companies, with leaders in the field opting to supplement their maintenance resources with outsourced expertise and equipment, which allows them to concentrate on their core business, says welding-... 

Skilled jobs to be shed as Denel Aviation seals new maintenance contract with SAAF 

By: Keith Campbell     15th March 2013 The State-owned Denel defence industrial group announced on Thursday that it had reached a new agreement with the South African Air Force (SAAF) to replace the current Denel Personnel Solutions/Aero Manpower Group (DPS/AMG) contract, which expires at the end of March. The new arrangement will see... 

Training to facilitate adoption of high-quality lubricants in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th February 2013 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) maintains that, while South Africa is slowly embracing higher quality lubricants, owing to international original-equipment manufacturer-specified requirements from the US, Europe and Asia, the best-selling engine oil in South Africa remains... 

SA manufacturing output up 2% in Dec, below expectations

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     7th February 2013 Yearly growth in South Africa’s manufacturing production fell to 2% in December 2012 from 3.7% in the previous month and was below market expectations of 2.9%. Although subdued, seven of the ten manufacturing divisions, including the petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products... 

Integrating wireless technology and plant management systems can boost efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2013 Integrating wireless technology with industrial plant management systems that keep track of maintenance history and modifications, enables plants to be maintained more effectively and, hence, operate efficiently over an extended plant lifecycle, says industrial database software engineering... 

Over 500 aircraft maintenance specialists to be retrenched by Denel

By: Keith Campbell     25th January 2013 Denel Aviation last week confirmed that it will start to retrench the entire workforce of its Denel Personnel Solutions/Aero Manpower Group (DPS/AMG) with effect from the end of March. This is because the South African Air Force (SAAF) will not be renewing its current contract with DPS/AMG, which... 

Pipes, tubes manufacturer replaces anticorrosion system

     18th January 2013 Steel pipes and tubes manufacturer Robor’s galvanising division Robor Galvanizers has replaced the anticorrosion system at its galvanising plant.   

Denel Aviation retrenchments apparently unavoidable – Solidarity

By: Keith Campbell     15th January 2013 South African trade union Solidarity admitted on Tuesday that the retrenchment of all the employees of Denel Aviation’s Denel Personnel Solutions/Aero Manpower Group (DPS/AMG) now appeared to be inescapable. This followed from the first retrenchment meeting between unions representing the... 

Denel Aviation maintenance retrenchments confirmed 

By: Keith Campbell     15th January 2013 Denel Aviation has confirmed that it will start to retrench the entire workforce of its Denel Personnel Solutions/Aero Manpower Group (DPS/AMG) with effect from the end of March. This is because the South African Air Force (SAAF) will not be renewing its current contract with DPS/AMG, which... 

Troubled local aviation maintenance company to be taken over by American group

By: Keith Campbell     8th January 2013 US takeover and turnaround specialist American Industrial Acquisition Corporation (AIAC) has, South African trade union Solidarity reported on Tuesday, agreed to buy South African aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Jetworx. The South African company was the MRO business of... 

Cape Town refurbishment project creates local jobs

By: Gia Costella     16th November 2012 Engineering, management and technical services provider Aurecon is creating jobs in Cape Town through its involvement with the city’s Community Residential Units (CRU) programme, which is set for completion in June 2015.   

Energy service systems, solutions provider experiences success with maintenance focus

By: Gia Costella     16th November 2012 Energy service systems and solutions provider Clyde Bergemann Africa executive director for after-sales service Badrish Nathoo says the company plans to continue driving the success of its after-sales service offering.   

Soot blowers to decrease mill downtime, costs

     16th November 2012 Industrial soot blower manufacturer Agram completed a boiler maintenance project at paper producer Sappi’s Enstra mill, in Springs, at the end of August.   

Successful rig maintenance contract could lead to future business

By: Gia Costella     16th November 2012 The successful completion of the upgrade and refurbishment of Italian oil and gas industry contractor Saipem’s semisubmersible rig, Scarabeo 3, by shipyard company DCD Marine, last month, could lead to Saipem bringing more business to Cape Town. DCD Marine GM Gerry Klos tells Engineering News... 

Training provider aims to change perception of maintenance

By: Gia Costella     16th November 2012 Training provider Alusani Skills & Training Network is trying to change the industry’s perception – from regarding investment in maintenance as a huge cost to regarding it as a strategically competitive advantage, says trainer Allan Tarita.   

Siemens to place emphasis on customer, partner support

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2012 Multinational technology conglomerate Siemens will focus on training and support for customers and partners, as well as excellence in customer service worldwide and in Africa, says Siemens Industry Middle East and Africa VP Raymond Padayachee. 

Electricity business development under way

By: Yolandi Booyens     26th October 2012 The three-year operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement for petrochemicals giant Sasol New Energy’s gas engine power plant project in Sasolburg, which was signed in May this year, will open many doors for power plant solutions and services provider Wärtsilä, says Wärtsilä Solutions Support... 

Climate control apparel introduced in SA

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2012 The sole South African agent for US-based climate-control apparel designer and manufacturer TechNiche International, TechniSun Solutions, supplied 20 HyperKewl cooling vests to State-owned utility Eskom last month for use at one of its major maintenance projects. The HyperKewl vests were... 

SA marine repair firm wins semisubmersible rig contract

By: Joanne Taylor     19th October 2012 Shipyard company DCD Marine has been awarded a contract by Saipem to upgrade and repair the Saipem-owned semi-submersible rig, Scarabeo 3. 

Developing markets reluctant to rent equipment, prefer buying

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Global temporary power provider Aggreko has recognised that many companies in developing countries still prefer to buy, rather than rent, stand-by power equipment, despite the numerous benefits of renting the equipment, especially during times of economic difficulty. “If you look at the more... 

Engineering firm undertakes its largest refinery maintenance shutdown

By: Chantelle Kotze     7th September 2012 Global engineering specialist solutions provider Kentz is undertaking its biggest-ever refinery maintenance shutdown at the Natref refinery in Sasolburg, this year. 

Conveyor belt safety important

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st August 2012 As safety risks are a big concern for industry because they can potentially result in loss of life, production and machinery damage. As a conveyor management company Electrotron does continuous research and development in staying abreast of new technology and ensuring conveyor belt safety, says... 

Small plant staged-approach automation to boost productivity

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2012 A staged approach for the automation of smaller plants and across the sites of smaller companies can help in developing productivity and cost-control capabilities, while leaving room for the future expansion of automation, says industrial automation giant Invensys Wonderware software portfolio... 

Global network of facility management specialists emerges

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2012 A network of building systems and facility management experts can enable facility managers to compare costs and efficiencies, and they can use software programs based on international best practices to dramatically improve their building’s efficiency, says energy efficiency equipment and... 

SAA Technical, Pratt & Whitney sign engine repair and overhaul deal

By: Keith Campbell     6th July 2012 South African Airways Technical (SAAT) and US aeroengine maker Pratt & Whitney recently signed an agreement for the repair and overhaul of the latter’s JT9D-7R4G2 jet engines. This deal is potentially worth R233-million and will run for 42 months. It will ensure that SAAT’s jet workshop will be... 

Lubrication automation improves operator safety

     15th June 2012 Lubrication systems supplier SKF’s new-generation automated lubrication systems meet the requirements for effective lubrication of moving surfaces integral to almost all industrial and machinery applications.  

Rail agency benefits from energy retrofit project

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 Integrated building technology solutions and services provider Honeywell Building Solutions has secured a R300 000 rebate from State-owned power utility Eskom through the implementation of an energy retrofit project at the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa’s (Prasa’s) Durban station, in... 

Rope access company seeks permanent contracts

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 Rope access specialist Skyriders aims to secure permanent contracts at all State-owned power utility Eskom’s power stations in the future. 

Supplier questions utility’s maintenance procedures, Eskom denies claims 

By: Yolandi Booyens     18th May 2012 Split bearings supplier Sekela Bearings says it has a product that will reduce what it claims to be an unusually high bearings consumption at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Arnot power station, in Mpumalanga. 

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