http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.11Change: 0.00
R/$ = 11.90Change: -0.02
Au 1205.90 $/ozChange: -0.17
Pt 1147.50 $/ozChange: -1.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 10, 2012

Accredited joint, flange sealing academy opens in SA

Back
Construction|Engineering|Africa|Environment|FDS Group|Industrial|Novus Sealing South Africa|Petrochemicals|Safety|Training|Africa|South Africa|United Kingdom|Authorised Distributor|Dangerous Chemicals|Energy|Industrial Sealing Product|Maintenance|Materials Manufacturer|Petrochemicals|Pharmaceuticals|Louis Saaiman
Construction|Engineering|Africa|Environment|Industrial|Petrochemicals|Safety|Training|Africa||Energy|Maintenance|Petrochemicals||
construction|engineering|africa-company|environment|fds-group|industrial|novus-sealing-south-africa|petrochemicals-company|safety|training|africa|south-africa|united-kingdom|authorised-distributor|dangerous-chemicals|energy|industrial-sealing-product|maintenance|materials-manufacturer|petrochemicals|pharmaceuticals|louis-saaiman
© Reuse this



Sealing and jointing materials manufacturer and trader Novus Sealing South Africa, an authorised distributor of international industrial sealing product, gasket and packing firm FDS Group, launched the South African arm of the UK-based Academy of Joint Integrity in May.

This forms part of an initiative by FDS Group to improve the skills of the South African sealing industry.

Novus Sealing technical director Louis Saaiman tells Engineering News the training academy was established to raise awareness of the importance of joint integrity and flange management processes in the local sealing industry, as well as to provide best practice industry training in the assembly and tightening of bolted flange connections by appren- tices and maintenance teams.

“The skills demand is high and is being driven by safety requirements and legislation. This is in response to the high risks that unskilled workers face, such as exposure to fires, explosions or incidents during which dangerous substances are released, which often result in the loss of life,” he states.

Feedback from the industry has highlighted the need for skills development in this particular field, as industrial sites that manufacture, process or store dangerous chemicals and substances can be hazardous for workers and the environment.

Saaiman notes that, since the launch of the training academy, there has been strong demand from the sectors which use bolted flange connections, such as the petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and process industries.

The training courses are hosted locally by Novus Sealing South Africa at its branches in Brakpan, Sasolburg and Lydenburg, or on site at the client’s premises, as well as inter- nationally by FDS Group.

While conscious of maintaining training-course quality, global student numbers are expected to total about 1 500 a year within the FDS group of companies, while, in South Africa, student numbers for June indicate that 60 students have applied for and are awaiting verification, says Saaiman.

He adds that the local academy can accommodate 20 students a day.

Training Courses
Courses are intended for assemblers, designers, supervisors, inspectors, maintenance staff and instructors in all industries that use bolted flange connections.

The training courses are accredited by the UK-based professional body, the Energy Insti- tute, and by training organisation the Engineer- ing Construction Industry Training Board.

The courses are also approved in accordance with the ASME-PCC-1-2010 guidelines for pressure boundary bolted flange joint assembly.


Meanwhile, local training will be customised to suit individual customer requirements and reviewed customer-specific site standards.
International standards and best practice will be adapted to suit specific South African requirements.

The academy currently offers courses in the assembly and hand torque of bolted flange connection and bolted joint assembly principles, in accordance with ASME-PCC-1-2010.

Saaiman notes the duration of the courses varies between half a day and two days, depend- ing on individual site requirements. On completion of a course, students are awarded Energy Institute-accredited course attendance certificates.

“The academy aims to ensure that the skills of the bolting technician are at a level similar to that of a coded welder, who is required to demonstrate a certain level of skill to work on site,” he says.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Manufacturing News
SUPPORT OFFERING Voith can model any coupling, such as the TP-KL coupling, in its TurboSim software to show the product’s performance
A torque-limiting coupling is key in protecting capital equipment investments in high-energy applications, such as crushing and milling in steel production, high-speed rotating equipment and high-speed gearboxes, states fluid couplings manufacturer Voith. “The Voith...
MECHATRONIC EFFICIENCY The Movigear drive technology meets premium efficiency IE4 and can result in up to 50% energy cost savings in drive system applications
Energy can constitute up to 90% of the life-cycle costs of drive systems that have not been enhanced, notes specialist drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive. The company addresses this issue using its effiDRIVE energy-saving solutions, which are based on...
KEY BENEFIT The replaceable stator housing pack of the motor allows for easy maintenance and increased life and improved efficiency
Specialist vibrating-equipment supplier Joest South Africa launched an exclusive range of unbalanced motors, specifically for use in Africa’s harsh operating conditions, in March. The range has been developed in partnership with an established Europe-based...
More
 
 
Latest News
South Africa’s crude steel production dropped by a sizeable 17.2% year-on-year to an estimated 530 000 t in April, amplifying a global trend that saw world steel production decline by a comparatively marginal 1.7% to 135-million tons in the fourth month of the year....
The Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) on Friday called on government to delay publishing final regulations and issuing rights for shale gas exploration in the Karoo, until a 24-month strategic environmental assessment (SEA) has been concluded. TKAG CEO Jonathan...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
While economic forecasts for the African continent are most favourable, African airlines may not be able to benefit from the expected growth in the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), International Air Transport Association VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi has warned....
The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will need to change substantially post 2020, says Metair Investments South African operations COO Ken Lello. “We must not make tweaks. We have to change. What we are doing is not sustainable.”
Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from...
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
FREDRIK JEJDLING Sustainability becomes an important part of a business’ decision-making process
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96