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Welding & Cutting News

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... 

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

Alloy supplier introduces new welding consumables offering

     27th May 2016 Leading supplier of nickel alloys, stainless steel and titanium Multi Alloys has strategically extended its portfolio and entered the welding consumables market with a new range of products. Through a partnership secured with electrical product supplier Lincoln Electric Company late last year,... 

Alloy supplier introduces new welding consumables offering
ONE STOP SOLUTION Multi Alloys says Metrode’s range of consumables will enable it to assist customers

Reality programme used for welding training at AIDC

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 Students who want to work in the production sector of the automotive industry can submit their curriculum vitae to the Automotive Industry Development Centre’s (AIDC’s) Gauteng Automotive Learning Centre to participate in an augmented-reality welding programme. Eight Soldamatic welding simulators... 

Reality programme  used for welding  training at AIDC
Photo by Simon Sonnekus
SOLDAMATIC WELDING SIMULATOR Trainees will be able to practise more than 93 different welding lessons on the simulators

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation

By: Dylan Slater     20th November 2015 About 900 potential artisans, representing the first intake at project services corporation Hydra-Arc’s Secunda-based artisan training facility, Mshiniwami Training Academy, are well on their way to completing their training.  

First batch of artisans from R60-million training facility near graduation
UPSKILLING INDUSTRY The Mshiniwami facility can cater for up to 1 200 students, based on workplace-learning rotation schedules

PPE manufacturer employs facial recognition technology

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer and distributor Black Ginger 48 has implemented facial recognition technology at two of its clients’ on-site stores to counter identity fraud and reduce theft. Black Ginger 48 GM Jevan Malan tells Engineering News that the motivation for the... 

PPE manufacturer employs facial recognition technology
Photo by Bloomberg
DUAL BIOMETRICS SCANNER Black Ginger 48 has introduced biometric scanners at its on-site stores

Industrial elements manufacturer upgrades technology  

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Benoni-based industrial elements manufacturer Independent Elements is adopting a number of new technologies that will enhance the reliability of the company’s product range, says Independent Elements chairperson Harry Flowers. 

Industrial elements manufacturer upgrades technology
Independent Elements chairperson Harry Flowers discusses the company’s operations amid a trying economy

Integrated NDT qualification, certification approach set for 2017

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 To achieve international harmonisation in the qualification and certification of nondestructive testing (NDT) personnel, the national ISO 17024-accredited personnel certification body, the Southern African Institute of Welding - Certification (SAIW - Certification) is collaborating with national... 

Integrated NDT qualification, certification approach set for 2017
CERTIFICATION HARMONISATION The qualification and certification process will also accommodate the American Society for Nondestructive Testing SNT-TC-1A requirements

New portable NDT equipment solutions suitable for welding inspections

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Vereeniging-based nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment provider GammaTec is currently introducing the latest portable, phased-array, ultrasonic testing (PA UT) equipment and new computed radiography (CR) digital systems and focuses on raising awareness of the advantages of this equipment. “The... 

New portable NDT equipment solutions suitable for welding inspections
NEW GENERATION The Zetec TOPAZ phased array system has a 10.4” 1 024 X 768 pixel screen that can display 64% more information than the 800 X 600 pixel screens

VT course to meet industry requirements

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) nondestructive testing (NDT) department introduced an independent Visual Testing (VT) course as part of its training offering last month. VT was previously incorporated into SAIW’s welding inspectors course only... 

VT course to meet industry requirements
COURSE CONTENT Level 1 of the Visual Testing (VT) course focuses on general theory and application, while Level 2 enhances basic VT theory

Global steel company launches new high-strength product

     10th July 2015 Specialised global steel company SSAB’s new brand of steel, Strenx, is a high strength structural steel in the 600 to 1300 MPa range. Strenx performance steel combines the best properties of the three brands it replaces – Optim, Weldox and Domex – from SSAB and metal-based components and... 

Global steel company launches new  high-strength product
IMPRESSIVE RESULTS Strenx steel is delivered with a set of guarantees that ensure trouble-free production consistently

Locally manufactured vacuums offer cost-effective solution

By: Pimani Baloyi     10th July 2015 Steam-powered and high-pressure water-powered ejectors do not require maintenance and regular replacement, compared with regular vacuum pumps and, therefore, save clients time and money that could have been lost as downtime, says local vacuums manufacturer Applied Vacuum MD Geoff Levy. He tells... 

Locally manufactured  vacuums offer  cost-effective solution
MINIMAL MAINTENANCE REQUIRED Applied Vacuum recently sold spare parts to an edible-oil distillery for the first time since the company bought the ejector 12 years ago

S Africa key to German tool manufacturer’s Africa growth

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 South Africa remains an important market and source of revenue for Germany-headquartered machine tools manufacturer Robert Bosch Power Tools, says Southern Africa regional sales director Yugan Moodley. “South Africa contributed about 60% of Bosch’s Africa-based turnover in 2014 and we are... 

S Africa key to German tool manufacturer’s Africa growth
YUGAN MOODLEY We want to operate in-country and become part of every African country’s culture
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