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Maintenance News

IMESA to establish Harare branch amid regional collaboration drive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2013 Industry association the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) has called for greater integration and collaboration between South African municipal governments and municipal engineering structures in the Southern African Development Community member States. The... 

Gas-fired boilers exceed popularity of coal counterparts

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 The increasing conversion of existing coal-fired boilers to natural gas usage, owing to the changes in the price of natural gas, not only reduces emissions but also decreases boiler maintenance when compared with coal-fired boilers, says plant engineering and consulting company Carab Tekniva. 

Technological solutions for improving combustion efficiency, safety concerns

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 According to sources, more than 12 steam boilers in South Africa fail catastrophically each year as a result of undetected low water-level conditions, says specialist combustion optimization company Boiler Combustion Technologies.  

Stainless steel apparent consumption increases

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 South Africa’s stainless steel apparent consumption hit a high of 228 258 t last year, despite economic difficulties in most countries, as a result of a global financial meltdown, states the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

Vibration tester continues to assist in detecting mechanical faults

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Test and measurement distribution company Comtest, a distributor of Fluke electronic test equipment, is seeing continual growth in sales of Fluke 810 mechanical vibration testers, owing to an easy-to-use testing system. The Fluke 810 tester is used in all industries and requires mechanical... 

Local defence company confident it can ride out global downturn

By: Keith Campbell     10th May 2013 The global market for armoured and mine-protected vehicles has entered a downturn, local company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (Land Systems SA) reports. This is in part due to economics and in part due to a reducing operational tempo, particularly the start of the US and allied drawdown... 

Fair adds substance to National Development Plan – organiser

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd May 2013 The South African Industry and Technology Fair (Indutec) is actualising government policies and providing traction through adding real substance to the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) and the Preferential Procurement Policy... 

Increased demand for condition monitoring

By: Gia Costella     3rd May 2013 Drive engineering company SEW Eurodrive has recorded increased demand for its condition-monitoring service since it was launched at last year’s Electra Mining Africa event, especially from larger industries such as mining, mixing and bulk materials handling. Condition monitoring is carried out on... 

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. 

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