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Maintenance News

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. 

Maintenance-free 
self-lubricating linear 
bearing pillow blocks

     5th November 2010 Manufacturer and supplier of linear and mechanical motion products Thomson reports that it has designed a Lube for Life self-lubricating linear bearing pillow block, which is also known as a plumber block or bearing housing, which provides support for a linear or rotating shaft.  

New, used machine 
tool markets evened out, says supplier

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th October 2010 Equipment supplier TH Machine Tools sales consultant Nico Hugo says that, currently, both the new and used machine tool markets are stable. 

Phased system offers 
vibration monitoring

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th October 2010 Condition monitoring company Engineering Dynamics has launched a three-phased vibration monitoring and protection system, where clients choose the level of monitoring capabilities in their plants. 

R1,3m order for 
nonmetallic pump sets

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st October 2010 Pump supplier Fluid in Motion Pump & Allied has been awarded a R1,3-million order for 26 non-metallic pump sets for the Luisha copper/cobalt mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Denel Aviation now an accredited Hercules C-130 service centre

By: Loni Prinsloo     20th September 2010 South African aerospace company Denel Aviation on Monday announced that US group Lockheed Martin had granted it accreditation for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of Hercules C-130 transport aircraft. Denel Aviation CEO Mike Kgobe said that the accreditation provided the company with an... 

No one responsible for some 140 000 km of SA’s roads

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th September 2010 The current backlog for road development, rehabilitation and maintenance in South Africa has been estimated at R75-billion by the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Framework – a whopping R37-billion more than the R38-billion backlog reported in the Road Infrastructure Strategic Framework for... 

Joburg to host predictive maintenance conference next month

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th August 2010 South Africa’s first predictive maintenance and reliability engineering-based maintenance (PdMSA) conference, which will be held on September 1 and 2, in Johannesburg, will focus on plant and factory up-time and how this can be considerably increased through the use of predictive maintenance (PdM). 

Consultant appointed to advise SAA on technical unit, no sale planned 

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2010 South Africa's State-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) has appointed aviation consultants Simat, Helliesen & Eichne (SH&E) from a total of nine bidders to study the restructuring options for its maintenance and repair organisation (MRO), SAA Technical (SAAT). However, spokesperson Fani... 

Engineering conference to focus on maintenance strategies

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     16th July 2010 The 2010 Reliability and Maintenance Week, to be held in Johannesburg from November 22 to November 24, is organised by media company Spintelligent, part of Clarion Events, and aims to configure effective and attainable maintenance strategies to increase productivity rate and return on... 

Contractor reintroduces explosive welding for Eskom water heaters 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     2nd July 2010 Steinmuller Engineering Services, has re-introduced explosive welding technology for the refurbishment of high pressure feed water heaters. 

Upcoming event to focus on role of predictive maintenance in boosting productivity

By: Dennis Ndaba     2nd July 2010 A predictive maintenance and reliability engineering conference will take place on September 1 and 2, this year. 

A whopping R75bn needed for road maintenance

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2010 South Africa requires R75-billion over the next five years to maintain its road network, says Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele. 

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