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Maintenance News

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. 

Safomar subsidiary to start supplying stock management system to industrial businesses in June

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th May 2011 Aerospace and industrial products supplier Safomar Industrial Brands (SIB), a division of Safomar Holdings, is hoping to extend its new total stock management system (TSMS) to medium-sized and large industrial businesses, in June this year. 

Three trade exhibitions to be hosted simultaneous in June

     27th May 2011 The simultaneous hosting of the Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa, WaterTec Africa and Petro.t.ex Africa 2011 conference and exhibition offers a platform for stakeholders to formulate strategies and solutions for the African continent.  

New washing machine to clean stators, rotors and armatures developed

By: Jessica Hannah     20th May 2011 Thermal processing equipment company Tulip Technique has developed a stator, rotor and armature washing and drying machine for use by industries using large electric motors. 

Boiler tube inspection at Kendal under way

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     13th May 2011 A boiler tube inspection is currently under way at Unit 1 of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Kendal power station, in Mpumalanga.  

Global alliance seeks to promote renewable solutions for rural electrification

By: Eleanor Seggie     13th May 2011 Africa, whose electricity consumers already pay more for power than is the case in other regions, should turn its attention to renewable sources to deal with current shortfalls and high prices, particularly in rural areas, Belgium-based Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) secretary general... 

Oilrig servicing can boost W Cape, create jobs – Alan Winde 

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2011 Each oil rig that comes into the port of Saldanha is worth millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the South African economy, says Western Cape Finance and Economic Development Minister Alan Winde, who would like to see the port of Saldanha create additional capacity for oil-and-gas related... 

Timeous refurbishment of engines could save money

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st April 2011 Diesel engine and component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering believes that there is a need for a paradigm shift in the way that contractors are viewing the repair and remanufacture of their capital equipment. 

Institute urges industry to adopt basic lubrication principles

By: Henry Lazenby     4th February 2011 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) urges South African industries to adopt a ‘back-to-basics’ approach when it comes to lubricating machinery. 

$2,1bn contract for nuclear decontamination

     26th November 2010 Engineering giant Fluor Corporation reports that a Fluor-led team has been awarded a ten-year, $2,1-billion contract to decontaminate and decommission the Portsmouth gaseous diffusion plant (GDP) at Portsmouth, in Pike County, Ohio, US. 

Contracts awarded 
for aluminium complex

     26th November 2010 Engineering firm Fluor Corporation won a series of contracts from the joint-venture (JV) comprising mining firm Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden), and aluminium smelter Alcoa, to provide program management consultancy (PMC) and engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM)... 

EPCM work for diesel processing unit

     26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation reports that it was awarded the Hijau Gasoil Phase-1 project by petrochemicals giant Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaysia), Malaysia.

The project comprises a new 6 000 t/d diesel processing unit, located in Port Dickson, Malaysia. Fluor will perform... 

Master plan for South African solar park

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation has been selected by the Department of Energy (DoE) to perform a study for a potential solar park development in South Africa’s Northern Cape.

Following the completion of a prefeasibility study by the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), Fluor will now develop a more... 

Mining and metals division’s presence grows

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Global engineering and construction company Fluor Corporation reports that it expects its Mining & Metals (M&M) division to significantly increase its contribution to the company’s turnover in South Africa.  

Plant turnaround achieved in reduced time

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Fluor South Africa is providing construction and turnaround support services to most of the major petrochemicals facilities in South Africa. 

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