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Maintenance News

Eskom reports maintenance progress as big users express concern 

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2012 South Africa’s Energy Intensive User Group (EIUG) has raised concerns that, despite lower than expected electricity demand and power buy-backs, electricity utility Eskom is failing to fully deal with its maintenance backlog, which could jeopardise security of supply should demand begin to pick... 

Systems integration can help improve industrial operations

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2012 Consistent control and operation across different plants and systems can be accomplished by networking existing systems and controls into a single industrial operation control platform, ensuring that operations can be managed in a sustainable and profitable manner, says process control and... 

Tariff increase, raw price hike boost Rand Water profit

By: Henry Lazenby     5th April 2012 State-owned water utility Rand Water increased it profit before tax to R465-million for the six months ended December 31, on the back of a 12.9% tariff increase implemented on July 1, 2011, and a raw water price increase of 6% on April 1, 2011. The group’s profit margin widened by 0.9% to... 

New DRC airline to take to the skies next month 

By: Henry Lazenby     7th March 2012 A new air operator, Korongo Airlines, will start operations from the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Lubumbashi from April 16, linking previously cut off regions in central Africa with Johannesburg, in South Africa, and Brussels, in Belgium. CEO Christophe Allard told Engineering News... 

PLC data can help boost industrial productivity

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2012 A supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) system, which aggregates the data received from a factory’s programmable logic controllers (PLCs), can be used to fully trace every change made to the system, whether manual or automatic, says technology distributor Anytech zenon Scada specialist... 

Afrox earnings up 65%, misses 2011 sales objectives

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2012 Despite a difficult financial year, which saw significant plant impairments and a strategy gear-shift, JSE-listed gas supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) on Thursday said earnings a share for the full-year ended December 31, were up 65%, to 91.6c. However, South Africa’s slower-than-expected... 

Zuma unveils plans for new heritage projects  

By: Henry Lazenby     10th February 2012 South Africa would proceed with, and undertake a number of new heritage projects this year, including new museums and centres in memory of South Africa’s Apartheid struggle, President Jacob Zuma announced this week. These include the 1980 Matola Raid museum in Maputo, in Mozambique, the Ncome... 

Refinery undergoes scheduled maintenance and inspection

By: Dimakatso Motau     10th February 2012 The Chevron refinery in Milnerton, Cape Town, will undergo routine maintenance and inspection over a 43-day period starting February 17 until the first week of April. 

Companies team up for African asset management

     3rd February 2012 South African physical asset management company Pragma and consulting engineering firm Aurecon have teamed up to deliver turnkey asset management solutions to the African market, including for water and electricity service providers and municipalities, the companies say. 

Real-time monitoring software can save costs, boost efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2012 Real-time production and power monitoring software linked new or old equipment using direct protocol interrogation, or programable logic controllers and sensors, improves the efficient use of available time of equipment and ensures that work is performed at the expected or costing rate, says... 

Transnet invests in Durban container-handling capacity

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2012 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is buying six mobile harbour cranes to add to its fleet as part of a R438.3-million investment in container-handling capacity at its Durban RoRo and Maydon Wharf terminal. Liebherr Werk Nenzing has agreed to handle the design, fabrication, delivery, erection,... 

Anthracite producer undertakes $125 000 kiln refurbishment project

     11th November 2011 Calcined anthracite producer Quantum Screening & Crushing undertook a $125 000 maintenance and refurbishment project at its Kiln 2, in KwaZulu-Natal, in October. 

Cabin refurbishment for international airline’s A330 fleet

     11th November 2011 Belgian aviation company Brussels Airlines and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services company Lufthansa Technik Malta have signed a base maintenance contract for the carrier’s Airbus A330-300 fleet.  

City wins award for housing refurbishment programme

     11th November 2011 The City of Cape Town has won the South African Housing Foundation’s Housing Project of the Year award for its Community Residential Units (CRU) refurbishment programme.  

Copper miner chooses analytics solution to optimise maintenance

     11th November 2011 The copper division of diversified miner Xstrata has selected software from maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) analytics software company Oniqua MRO Analytics to optimise the MRO equipment, maintenance and inventory management activities across its Tintaya operation, in southern Peru. 

Crane refurbishment dependent on parts availability

     11th November 2011 Crane refurbishment is a viable proposition in about one-half of cases, but crane manufacturer Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner says the feasibility of this is dependent on the age of the machine, its application and the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). 

Five-year maintenance contract awarded to local company

By: Celest Smith     11th November 2011 Boiler efficiency and materials handling company Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) has recently been awarded a five-year maintenance contract for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Matla coal-fired power station, located about 30 km from Secunda, in Mpumalanga.  

Increase in demand for warehouse flooring refurbishments

By: Celest Smith     11th November 2011 Industrial flooring expert Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) says there has been a marked increase in the demand for the refurbishment and maintenance of flooring in distribution centres and warehouses that are centrally located.  

Industrial products supplier awarded three-year contract

     11th November 2011 The Department of Public Works has awarded industrial products specialist Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-tec) a three-year contract for the repair and maintenance of refrigeration systems, gas cooking equipment and reticulation networks at correctional institutions in the Eastern Cape. 

Local pumps manufacturer offers refurbishment service

By: Celest Smith     11th November 2011 Local vacuum pump and compressor manufacturer Vac-Cent Services offers a complete maintenance and repair and refurbishment service.  

Maintenance can yield low-cost energy efficiency benefits

By: Schalk Burger     11th November 2011 Maintenance of equipment, systems and plants can be leveraged to achieve low-cost, sustainable energy efficiency improvements, said electrical equipment company ABB Consulting consulting services manager Edith Kikonyogo, speaking at the Predictive Maintenance South Africa conference, in October. 

Maintenance training important part of field services facility

     11th November 2011 Engineering solutions company Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) specialist technical resources division, which provides and supports process solutions across the BMG product range, has launched a national field services facility. 

New maintenance agreements entered into

     11th November 2011 Mechanical separation equipment supplier GEA Westfalia Separator South Africa has signed a new two-year service level agreement (SLA) with local edible oil manufacturer and distributor Wilmar Continental Edible Oils and Fats. 

Operational variance management can improve plant efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     11th November 2011 Managing the variability of process parameters in subsystems using real-time measurements will yield a higher chance of ideal running conditions and will improve plant efficiency and energy efficiency, said process control instrumentation and electrical equipment company Industrial Management... 

Technology group adopts new service approach

     11th November 2011 Technology provider GEA Group has adopted a new approach within its GEA Service Africa service and support division that will see the maintenance downtimes of group companies drastically reduced.  

Company emphasises importance of failure root cause analysis

     4th November 2011 The identification and analysis of the root cause of bearing failure is critical to preventing similar failures from reoccurring, advises precision bearing manufacturer The Barden Corporation quality director Brian Williams.  

Lack of testing standards a problem for wind energy

     4th November 2011 A key challenge for vendors in the renewable wind energy market is the lack of standards that define testing procedures. Finalising testing standards at the earliest will benefit stakeholders in the wind energy sector and drive revenues, says market research company Frost & Sullivan industry... 

Eskom expert gives generator testing advice

By: Schalk Burger     28th October 2011 Eskom Rotek Engineering generator specialist consultant Dave Tarrant gave attendees at the Predictive Maintenance Conference South Africa an in-depth look at the power utility’s offline tests and inspections of 900 MW to 1 200 MW generators, covering visual inspections, insulation resistance and... 

Furniture warehouse flooring project completed

By: Celest Smith     21st October 2011 Flooring specialist Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) has completed the refurbishment of a 15 000 m2 concrete floor at furniture company Ellerines’ warehouse facility, in Alrode, south of Johannesburg. 

Global consultancy forecasts big SA oilfield services growth 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2011 Global consultancy Deloitte says South Africa’s geographical proximity to the expanding West African oilfields, together with its deep-water harbours and its engineering expertise, offered favourable conditions for a material expansion of the country’s oilfield services sector over the coming... 

Ferrochrome producer on track with furnace roof upgrade

By: Tracy Hancock     5th August 2011 Ferrochrome (FeCr) producer International Ferro Metals (IFM) reports its production for the third quarter of the 2011 financial year was down 17% compared with the second quarter and the third quarter of the previous financial year, owing to the scheduled shutdown of a furnace for a roof upgrade,... 

Electrical contract awarded to engineering consultant

By: Natasha Odendaal     29th July 2011 Engineering consultancy CKR Consulting Engineers has been awarded an electrical and electronic consulting services contract by information technology services provider Dimension Data Advanced Infrastructure (DDAI), as part of DDAI’s team, to design and construct the new Johannesburg Stock... 

Gear specialist extends its footprint

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2011 Gear specialist David Brown Gear Industries is extending its reach across South Africa and many other regions in the world by establishing new gearbox service centres. 

Precision-aligned machines improve efficiency, reduce maintenance

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2011 Properly aligned belt and chain drives and drive shafts will reduce the energy requirements of machines by between 3% and 5%, says condition monitoring solutions company Engineering Dynamics CEO and condition monitoring technology strategist Christo van der Walt. 

Wireless plant monitoring solution now on offer in SA 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     17th June 2011 Monitoring and controlling inventory is critical in realising safe, efficient and continuous plant operations, but comes with its own set of challenges, says monitoring and control systems provider Yokogawa South Africa product specialist Johan van der Westhuizen.  

New academy plans to take industry training to a new level

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th May 2011 Newly launched corrosion protection training academy Corrosion Education aims to contribute to poverty reduction, youth empowerment and educational and economic skills development in South Africa, managing member Angie Mabena tells Engineering News. 

Energy efficiency in SA to come under spotlight in November

     27th May 2011 The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency Convention 2011 (SAEEC2011) and exhibition will be held on November 16 and 17, at Emperors Palace, Gauteng. 

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