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Maintenance News

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. 

Predictivity can improve productivity

By: Petronel Smit     26th November 2010 The implementation of a system of predictive maintenance can save large production plants and mining operations significant amounts of money. 

Preferred supplier for Canada’s Parkway project

     26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation reports that an equity consortium of Fluor Canada has been named as the preferred proponent for the finance, design, construction, operations and maintenance of the Windsor Essex Parkway Project in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. 

SA faces R32bn backlog in power distribution infrastructure 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd November 2010 South Africa would require about R32,4-billion by the end of this year to deal with the backlog in its electricity distribution infrastructure, Department of Public Enterprises chief director Simphiwe Makhathini said on Tuesday. Speaking at a reliability and maintenance conference on behalf of... 

Design principles allow ease of maintenance, 
parts reuse

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 Print and document management equipment specialist Océ reports that it has advanced to the final round of the European Business Awards, with the company receiving the prestigious Ruban d’Honneur, signifying its achievement of exceptional service within its sector. 

Extended five-year maintenance partnership with telecoms giant

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 Facilities management business Total Facilities Management Company (TFMC) reports that it has concluded a new contract to manage Telkom’s infrastructure maintenance for the next five years. TFMC CEO Bruce Spence says that the company has already been in a mutually beneficial partnership with... 

New appointment promises quality after-sales service

     12th November 2010 Sole distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment in Southern Africa, HPE Africa has appointed a new full-time field service mechanic at the company's recently-launched East London branch.  

Operational planning key to improving competitiveness

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 A number of South African industries could improve their global competitiveness by improving their operations planning regimes, reports consulting company Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings CEO and MD Ian Huntly. 

Prestigious UN award for local housing provider

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 The City of Johannesburg’s Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) has received the United Nations 2010 Scroll of Honour Award for its provision of innovative housing products and solutions to about 30 000 residents, Joshco CEO Rory Gallocher reports. 

Refurbished PCs made available to disadvantaged people

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 Personal computers (PCs) are being given a second lease of life by PC refurbishment company Just PC's, before they are either donated to charitable organisations or sold to less privileged individuals at reduced prices. 

Regular maintenance prevents machine failures

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 The importance of pre-emptive maintenance on large machinery cannot be overemphasised, Hyundai machine supplier and maintenance service provider High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa field service manager Pieter Jansen van Vuuren reports. 

Wireless networks 
reduce maintenance

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 Wireless telecommunications (telecoms) company Communications Solutions (Comsol) reports that wireless telecoms networks and their maintenance are a growing focus among private clients, as the costs of owning and maintaining a private network soar. 

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