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Welding & Cutting News

Expansion ensures greater manufacturing capability for Hydra-Arc

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Steel fabricator Hydra-Arc has recently expanded its machining capability allowing them to take on work previously done by international manufacturing and engineering companies. Founded in 1987 by Jose Maciel, Hydra-Arc has grown from a supplier of specialised welders into a leading refinery... 

Cold cutting machine minimises explosion risks

     16th June 2017 Portable weld prep-machine tool manufacturer E.H. Wachs’ low clearance split frame (LCSF) operates on a cold cutting machining process, resulting in a safe and clean operation that minimises the risk of explosion. 

Cold cutting machine minimises explosion risks
COLD CUT Cold cutting can be considered safer owing to a lower chance of explosions

Demand for welders decreases as power stations near completion 

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 Owing to major projects, such as the Medupi and Kusile power stations, nearing completion, the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says fewer welders have enrolled for its training courses in the past year. 

Demand for welders decreases as power stations near completion
SAIW executive director Sean Blake explains the challenges and future of welding in South Africa. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Distribution network helps facilitate equipment access

     16th June 2017 Fabricators can now access welding consumables and equipment aupplier ESAB’s welding machines, consumables, automation equipment and gas apparatus following the its partnership with industrial equipment supplier Howden Donkin’s distribution and logistics network. 

Distribution network helps facilitate equipment access
LOGISTICS Imperial Logistics provides storage, office and warehouse space to Howden Donkin

Engineering company divests welding and wire cutting businesses

     16th June 2017 Engineering company Sandvik Materials Technology intends to divest its welding and stainless steel wire cutting businesses in order to consolidate its product portfolio and improve its long-term performance. 

Engineering company  divests welding and wire cutting businesses
Photo by Duane Daws
WIRE CUTTING Sandvik Materials Technology is divesting its stainless steel wire business

Equipment supplier introduces four new welding machines

     16th June 2017 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has incorporated four new models from equipment manufacturer Miller’s range of welding machines for use in large industrial applications. 

Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 Butt-welding machine.

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 The new Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 computer numerically controlled (CNC) plastic pipe butt-welding machine range available from the company Plasti-tech, is a high quality and durable, next generation pipe butt-welding machine. 

Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 Butt-welding machine.
Photo by Victor Moolman
BRAD CHAMONT We recommend that someone is in the control box when the machine is in operation

Nitrogen partnership creates opportunities in local market 

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 A distribution partnership between nitrogen filtration systems manufacturer NitraLife and cutting and bending solutions provider First Cut will see it become the exclusive distributor of NitraLife’s NitraCut nitrogen generators, allow its Swiss principal, sheet processing systems manufacturer... 

Nitrogen partnership creates opportunities in local market
Nitra-Life director Tom Sowry and First Cut Bystronic sales director for South Africa Gareth Jackson explains the benefits of working together and the future. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Partnership distributes consumables to customer network

     16th June 2017 Steel distributor Böhler Uddeholm Africa and welding products supplier Unique Welding Alloys have joined forces to offer fabricators a range of high-quality welding consumables that is easily accessible through a national customer-focused network. 

Partnership distributes consumables to  customer network
Photo by Victor Moolman
METAL ARC WELDING Unique Welding Alloys supplies manual metal arc welding stick electrodes

Weld purge monitor required to measure oxygen accurately

     16th June 2017 In order to accurately read the residual oxygen level inside a tube, pipe, welding chamber or enclosure during the act of purging, weld purging experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has designed a range of weld purge monitors, including the PurgEye Desk, the PurgeNet and the Purge Monitor,... 

Weld purge monitor  required to measure oxygen accurately
MEASUREMENTS The PurgeEye is capable of measuring oxygen levels accurately

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2017 As part of the company’s commitment to stay relevant through innovation, local stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler and Hart is implementing a substantial two-year re-engineering process, based on the concept of continuous improvement, at its Boksburg manufacturing plant. 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity
Hendler and Hart gives a tour of their aluminium and stainless-steel factory facility, in Boksburg. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Growth in laser gas noted by company

     14th April 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s and gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has experienced market growth over the years owing to its development of laser gases for different applications... 

Growth in laser gas  noted by company
CUTTING EDGE Afrox started penetrating the laser cutting market around 2005 and its growth in this field and of the market share for laser cutting has dramatically increased since then

New laser source expands possibilities

     14th April 2017 International laser systems provider Trotec Laser has expanded the product portfolio of the Galvo marking lasers with a new laser source MOPA. The new laser source allows expanded possibilities for users when marking metals and plastics. With the MOPA laser, users are able to also mark plastics... 

New laser source expands possibilities
MAKING A MARK Trotec’s MOPA laser source is especially suitable for dark plastics, as its shorter pulses often produce “vivid”, lighter markings, which results in a higher contrast

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

R&D capitalises on global growth
Photo by Bloomberg
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Laser-based three-dimensional technology is mostly focused on industrial application, and presents a specific area for significant growth in the future

New fastening solution introduced onto market

By: Johane Turkstra     7th April 2017 To mitigate welding, bolting and clamping, construction company Hilti introduced to the South African market its Threaded Stud S-BT technology for multipurpose fastenings, including grating, onto coated structural steel in mildly and highly corrosive environments. “Welding channel mounts or... 

New fastening solution  introduced onto market
THE HILTI THREADED STUD S-BT A cost-effective solution for fastening onto steel in mildly and highly corrosive environments

Camden power station to receive last of 164 burners 

By: Victor Moolman     27th January 2017 Engineering company Hlakani Engineering will deliver the last of the 164 custom made burners to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Camden power station, in Mpumalanga, in the second half of this year. 

Camden power station to receive last of 164 burners
Hlakani directors Hermann Bruemmer and Gerhard Holtshauzen explain the future of burner manufacturing for State-owned power utility Eskom

New range to ensure clean tube and pipe welds

     20th January 2017 Pipe welding purging systems specialist Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has introduced the PurgElite low-cost range of tube and pipe purging systems to achieve a clean, oxide free, zero colour weld in tubes and pipes, which can be used in any other industry where stainless steel or titanium is... 

New range to  ensure clean tube  and pipe welds
SAFER WELDING The new system will allow welders to create higher quality welds by sealing certain parts of pipes

Welding shares steel industry standards

     18th November 2016 The quality and standards of welding are critical to the quality and standards of the steel construction industry owing to the role welding plays in joining the steel sections together in the creation of a steel structure, says the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). 

Welding shares steel industry standards
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING From the left, Wijnberger from In2Structure with Mthebula and Michelle Warmback from In2Structure

Certification enables company to work on rail projects

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 Metal fabricator Fabrinox received the EN 15085 certification last month. This enables the company to work on rail infrastructure projects in South Africa, the rest of Africa and European Union (EU) countries. 

Certification enables  company to work  on rail projects
Photo by Bloomberg
WELDING QUALIFICATION Fabrinox has been awarded EN 15085 certification, which enables the company to work on railway projects

SAIW continues to make significant contributions to education

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 Despite there being a decline in enrolments in inspector and competent persons courses for welding, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) continues to be well positioned to make a significant contribution to capacity building through its education and training programmes. 

SAIW continues to make significant contributions to education
WELDER TRAINING The welding industry has slowed down amid the slow-moving economy

SAIW inspects high quality welding operations in France

     9th September 2016 Following the announcement late last year by the South African government that it would be going out on tender for the procurement of 9.6 GW of nuclear power, a delegation from France, which is interested in bidding, visited the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) as part of its mission to... 

SAIW inspects high quality welding  operations in France
Photo by Duane Daws
KOEBERG POWER STATION Areva built some of the components for the Koeberg nuclear power station

Testing laboratory receives accreditation

     9th September 2016 The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) testing laboratory at SAIW’s headquarters has been ISO 17025 accredited by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) and according to SAIW executive director Sean Blake, this is a significant step in the expansion of the services... 

Welding industry seeks new alternatives  

By: Victor Moolman     9th September 2016 With fewer projects being available in the power generation and petrochemical sectors, South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Sean Blake says that for those seeking welding industry opportunities alternative sectors have to be considered. 

Welding industry seeks new alternatives
Southern African Institute of Welding executive director Sean Blake explains the challenges, the opportunities and the future of the welding industry in South Africa. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

SAIW re-elects Maroga as president

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st August 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom corporate specialist Morris Maroga has been elected to serve for a second term as president and chairperson of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW). He has held various positions that involve management and leadership roles at Eskom and has been... 

Fibre laser technology on the rise in steel industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     1st July 2016 Cutting solutions provider First Cut is supplying fibre laser cutting machines to South Africa, which are greatly improving the efficiency and cost effectiveness of laser-cutting operations in various industries, including the steel industry, in a difficult economic climate 

Fibre laser technology on the rise in steel industry
BLM TUBE LASER Fibre laser technology is a cost-effective option for the steel industry

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies 

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The continued quality of German products has allowed Boksburg-based capital equipment and consumables provider Elquip Solutions to thrive in a challenging local market. According to Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin, the resounding quality of the German-made electrical, automation and mechanical... 

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies
Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin discuss the influence of German products on the South African market, scan the barcode with your phone’s QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded 18.05.2016

Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

Local company awarded German welding agency
WERNER SMIT The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry

Aligning welding training with international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Welding industry association Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is working with government organisations, such as the South African Qualifications Authority and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, to further develop its courses so that they are aligned with local... 

Aligning welding training with international standards
SEAN BLAKE The implementation of international welding standards is key for the South African industry

Cost calculator assists with choosing gas mix for welds

     10th June 2016 Diverse gas equipment and services suppliers Air Products South Africa has developed a customised welding cost calculator, which assists clients in making the right decision when choosing a gas mix for a weld. 

Cost calculator assists with  choosing gas mix for welds
SEAN YOUNG Correct gas mix crucial for the quality and cost-effectiveness of a weld

Cost-sharing initiative to save small businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Welding services provider Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi has implemented a cost-sharing initiative that has helped to keep several small businesses in Turfontein, in the south of Johannesburg, afloat during a challenging economic start to the year for the welding industry. 

Cost-sharing initiative to save small businesses
PHAKAMILE BUTHELEZI One of Federal Steel’s first projects was the fabrication of over 100 m of balustrading at Orange Court residential apartments

Industry bodies determined to maintain standards

     10th June 2016 The Installation and Fabrication Plastics Pipe Association (IFPA), a subsidiary of the local representative body of the plastics pipe industry South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma), together with umbrella body for the local plastics industry Plastics SA, has implemented a... 

Industry bodies determined to maintain standards
WELDER STAMPS Hardened steel stamps enable each weld and welder to be linked

International exposure key for South African fabricators

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 There is a tendency among local and international original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to underestimate the capabilities of South African sheet metal fabricators. This makes industry collaboration crucial to increase the exposure of local fabricators and prevent the loss of orders to... 

International  exposure key for South African fabricators
ANDRÉ VISSER Fabrinox MD (left) says South African fabricators should capitalise on partnerships with international original-equipment manufacturers in full

Need for greater focus on local welding skills 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 The lack of good quality artisanal skills in South Africa, specifically welding skills, calls for a bigger focus on the development of training schools, says specialised stainless steel products supplier Plasma Cut technical director Manny da Silva. 

Need for greater focus on local welding skills
Plasma Cut’s Kanyisa Limekaya and Manny da Silva discuss the macroeconomic environment’s effect on the South African welding and cutting industry and the company’s innovations

Niche welding companies remain optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Despite a challenging start to the year for companies in the mining and engineering sectors, friction welding specialist Manapp Industries director Shannon Frost and welding and cutting solutions provider Shield Technologies CEO Wayne Holt are optimistic about their companies’ prospects. 

Niche welding companies remain optimistic
SPECIALISED WELDING Friction welding produces high-strength welds

On-site plugging possible using explosive welding 

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa offers explosive welding and explosive expansion services to its clients. As part of this service, the company has increased its focus on on-site plugging which enables it to fix leaks in heat exchangers... 

On-site plugging possible using explosive welding
Steinmüller Africa demonstrates explosive welding

Product offering focuses on employee safety

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Specialised lubrication and maintenance products provider Orapi Africa is introducing products for use in welding and cutting processes that not only increase the life span and operating efficiency of machinery and equipment but are also environment friendly and aligned with international... 

Product offering focuses  on employee safety
WIDE PRODUCT RANGE Orapi offers specialised products for various industries

Trade test centre registered

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th June 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa has registered its Technical Training Academy as a decentralised trade test centre, enabling the company to perform trade tests in the field of welding. 

Trade test centre registered
JACO VAN DEVENTER SAIW’s 2014 Young Welder of the Year will compete in the Beijing Arc Cup this year
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