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Maintenance News

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. 

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.  

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