http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.05Change: 0.08
R/$ = 11.81Change: -0.06
Au 1203.95 $/ozChange: 2.29
Pt 1183.50 $/ozChange: 5.00
 
 
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 03, 2012

Government approved inspection authority under new management

Back
Engineering|Africa|Design|Genrox Management Services|Mining|Safety|System|Testing|Training|Vessel Inspection Services|Welding|Africa|South Africa|South African Institute Of Welding|Equipment|Pressure Equipment|Service|Services|Fabrication|Ian Taylor|Matthew Taylor
Engineering|Africa|Design|Mining|Safety|System|Testing|Training|Welding|Africa|||Equipment|Service|Services|Fabrication|
engineering|africa-company|design|genrox-management-services|mining|safety|system|testing|training|vessel-inspection-services|welding|africa|south-africa|south-african-institute-of-welding-facility|equipment|pressure-equipment|service|services|fabrication|ian-taylor|matthew-taylor
© Reuse this



Government-approved pressure equipment inspection company Genrox Management Services is under new management as of July.

The company specialises in all types of boiler and pressure-vessel inspections in line with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), within the framework of the South African National Accreditation System (Sanas) code 17020, as well as the requirements of the Minerals Act, of 1991.

GM Matthew Taylor tells Engineering News that the company will continue to operate as a government-approved inspection authority catering for all aspects of inspection, including the manufacture, fabrication, engineering, certification and recertification of both new and in-service pressure vessels.

“A few years ago, the Depart- ment of Labour embarked on a process to modify the exist- ing Vessels Under Pressure (VUP) regulations pertaining to the OHSA. In 2009, these modifications were accepted and the Pressure Equipment Regulations now supersede the VUP regulations.

“The result of the new regulations is tighter control on companies that carry out inspections, testing and quality control on pressure equipment.

“All companies carrying out the inspection and testing work on any pressure vessel, whether new or in-service, must now be Sanas-accredited Approved Inspection Authorities (AIAs),” he explains.

Taylor adds that the company’s inspectors have all been trained and certified by the South African Institute of Welding and are also qualified as inspectors of pressurised equipment.

“We have also affiliated a full nondestructive testing team to undertake magnetic particle crack detection, ultrasonic surveys, radiography, dye penetrant crack detection and material identification on vessels and boilers,” he says.

The company’s technical manager is a professional engineer who undertakes all the company’s designs, design reviews and recertification work.

“We also offer compliance audits to both existing and new clients,” says Taylor.

He adds that, although Genrox previously operated as a two-man operation, the new management has plans to further develop the operation and is already doing so through an extensive marketing programme.

The company’s new management has already more than doubled the staff complement.

Taylor adds that the new management and staff have added many new customers to the company’s database, owing to its expanded service offering.


Challenges

In 2001, Taylor’s father and owner of vessel inspection company Vessel Inspection Services, Ian Taylor, told Engineering News that the industry was facing the challenge of many companies not complying with regulations regarding the inspection of pressure equipment at stipulated intervals, depending on the regulations for each industry.

Matthew Taylor notes that, although this will always be a challenge for the industry, there has been a drastic improvement, as legislation is being better enforced and the industry has become more responsible in this regard.

“We have seen a noticeable shift, especially in the mining industry. There has been a lot of additional pressure in recent years for mines to put good safety procedures and practices in place, and pressure equipment inspection forms part of that,” he explains.

Despite this, he feels the industry is now facing a new challenge.

“A lot of people are unaware of the changes to the regulations.

“Awareness needs to be created about this, as the changes have been substantial and a lot of equipment now requires inspection and certification, which it previously did not,” he states.

Further, he adds that the shortage of skilled and qualified inspectors is possibly the biggest challenge facing the industry.

“We are considering the possibility of training young people in boiler preparation, the various inspection disciplines and in the other related services through an affiliated com- pany, as there is a shortage of these individuals.

“If they show promise, we will send them for the necessary schooling, training and testing to get them certified and competent,” he says.

He notes that bringing qualified professionals in from overseas is also an option, but this can be costly.

Future Growth

Matthew Taylor believes that strategising and thorough planning by the new management will assist the company in achieving local and global growth.

“We have already seen rapid growth in South Africa and we hope to continue growing and expanding our reach,” he concludes.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Vessels, Heat Exchangers, Tanks and Containers News
WIDELY USED Alfa Laval heat exchangers are being used locally in, for example, food and beverage, engineering and manufacturing sectors
Fluid-handling design and supply company Mechinox South Africa (SA) has recorded a downturn in the demand for custom-built shell and tube heat exchangers, while more energy efficient shell and plate, as well as modified- plate and modified-frame plate heat exchangers...
MODIFIED CONTAINER BOILERHOUSE Steam Generation Africa supplies the containerised boiler units to customer specifications
Heat generation company Steam Generation Africa will soon be delivering two containerised mobile steam plants to mining projects in North and Central Africa, respectively. “There is an increasing demand for saving space and ensuring the mobility of boilers units in...
PRESSURE TEST The major challenge facing the industry has been the decline in capital expenditure projects
The local pressure vessel industry has been under significant strain for the past several years and there are no signs of improvement, at least not for the remainder of this year, industry body the Pressure Equipment Manufacturers Association (Pema) executive...
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 6 minutes ago Egypt's cabinet approved a long-awaited draft law on investment on Wednesday aimed at making deals less vulnerable to legal disputes or changes in government, and reducing stifling bureaucracy. The government is seeking to address foreign business concerns before an...
Updated 13 minutes ago Unions on Wednesday rejected South African Local Government Association's (Salga) three-year wage increase proposal during the first round of negotiations for municipal workers. The Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) and Congress of South African...
Updated 26 minutes ago The International Monetary Fund said it would consider extending new financial support to Zimbabwe only if the southern African country agrees to clear arrears with international financial institutions. Zimbabwe owes $9-billion in external debt, half of it in arrears...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
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.
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Walter Hill
Eqstra Holdings was going to reduce its exposure to contract mining, but it was not yet ready to sell the troubled business, said CEO Walter Hill on Tuesday. He said Eqstra would not sell its contract mining business in a “depressed market”. He said it would be...
Subscribe to Engineering News and Mining Weekly for two years, but only pay for the first year.  The weekly editions of Engineering News and Mining Weekly will be posted to your preferred postal address and also gain access to:
National flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) is in an advanced stage of renegotiating its deal with European airliner manufacturer Airbus to acquire A320 single-aisle (or narrow body) aircraft. The aim is to replace ten of the aircraft still on order with five...
Worldwide, the main thrust in the ports industry over the past decade or more has been to increase efficiency. Traditionally, ports have been run by engineers and mariners and, in the past, increasing a port’s capacity was achieved by expanding the harbour. “That has...
What do you do when an elephant has a toothache? You call Dr Gerhard Steenkamp from the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) faculty of veterinary science, Onderstepoort, one of only two elephant ‘dentists’ in the world.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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