http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.23Change: -0.09
R/$ = 11.03Change: -0.12
Au 1220.93 $/ozChange: -15.19
Pt 1345.00 $/ozChange: -17.00
 
 
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 Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 31, 2012

Steel fabricator accelerates welder training programme

Back
Construction|Engineering|Africa|CoAL|Components|Eskom|Industrial|Petrochemicals|Pipe|Pipes|Projects|Safety|VBV Holdings|Welding|Africa|University Of Pretoria|Building|Large-scale Structural Steel Fabrication|Local Steel Fabricator|Manufacturing|Mining|Petrochemicals|Pipes|Power Generation|Power-generation|Pressure Vessels Manufacturing|Steel|Duncan Viljoen|Eskom|Fabrication|Madeleine|Power|Pipe
Construction|Engineering|Africa|CoAL|Components|Eskom|Industrial|Petrochemicals|Pipe|Pipes|Projects|Safety|Welding|Africa||Building|Manufacturing|Mining|Petrochemicals|Pipes|Power Generation|Power-generation|Steel|Fabrication|Power|Pipe
construction|engineering|africa-company|coal|components|eskom|industrial|petrochemicals-company|pipe-company|pipes|projects|safety|vbv-holdings|welding|africa|university-of-pretoria-facility|building|large-scale-structural-steel-fabrication|local-steel-fabricator|manufacturing|mining|petrochemicals|pipes-industry-term|power-generation|power-generation-industry-term|pressure-vessels-manufacturing|steel|duncan-viljoen|eskom-person|fabrication|madeleine|power|pipe
© Reuse this



A local steel fabricator has trained 45 welders in its newly opened welding training facility, in Vanderbijlpark, and aims to train welders from all its sister companies under industrial holding company VBV Holdings, says Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF)GM Duncan Viljoen.

CSF is in the process of building a boilermaker training facility, which will be operational by the end of the year.

Viljoen says that the training achieves two objectives, namely to train welders, thus, creating employment opportunities, and to sharpen up the skills of its own welders for its large-scale contracts to fabricate high-pressure square ducting, pressure vessels and heat exchangers, beside other components, for State-owned utility Eskom’s new coal-fired power plants Medupi and Kusile, as well as for the petrochemicals industry.

The company must produce ducting units totalling 150 t a month for the power stations, with the first units ready for delivery by the end of August, he adds.

“We are installing a large-scale computer numerically controlled plasma cutting machine before the end of the year that will have two 14 m beds and will enable us to do tight-tolerance flat cutting. The machine also has a facility to do pipe cutting and the three-dimensional head enables preparing pipes prior to welding activities, which improves the fabrication process and delivery times,” Viljoen says.

The company adheres to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Section 8 code for its square ducting and pressure vessels manufacturing and American Welding Society requirements for welding, which is why effective training to sharpen the skills of welders, as well as train new non- and semiskilled welders, is important, he says.

Further, the company has a graduate training programme with the University of Pretoria’s Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering, under depart- ment head and welding expert Professor Madeleine du Toit. Students are exposed to a functioning steelworks at CSF during their vacations and can see how large-scale structural steel fabrication takes place, Viljoen says.

He notes that CSF still considers itself a niche fabricator for the petrochemicals and power generation industries, but has also begun building square ducting and other structural steel components for the mining industry.

“The short- to medium-term looks promising and we are part of a direct chain of suppliers for the Kusile and Medupi projects under [German power plant construction company] Hitachi Power Africa and the end-user, Eskom,” Viljoen says.

To expand CSF’s capacity and ensure it can meet and grow its monthly targets, VBV has bought a similar facility in Sasolburg, which has twice the undercrane height of the Vanderbijlpark works, and will enable it to build the larger units and accommodate the wide ducting being built for the power stations.

CSF has restructured its internal departments to ensure effective quality control and quality assurance in its factories, with a commensurate focus on safety, he adds.

“The focus on quality and safety is a top- level management decision that encompasses all our employees and processes, which is part of the reason for our focus on training to ensure the technical competence of our artisans.

“However, this cannot be divorced from the socioeconomic benefits that training provides. We have two workers with us who started out doing odd jobs. “We encouraged them to identify for themselves which jobs they believe they can do. One of the workers is well on his way to becoming a qualified electrician, the other is already a semiskilled welder and both are permanently employed with promising prospects,” concludes Viljoen.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Construction News
Noting that it had made “great strides” in achieving its performance targets in the first quarter of the 2014/15 financial year, the Department of Public Works said this week that it had attained 60% of its 81 listed targets, which it believed was an indication that...
Confidence in the building sector, as measured by the First National Bank (FNB) and Bureau for Economic Research building confidence index, ticked up four index points to 45 in the third quarter, with improvements in residential building activity supporting the rest...
Article contains comments
Electricity producer Eskom warned on Tuesday it would take some time to arrest the current high levels of unplanned outages, revealing that 32 of its 87 coal-fired generating units required “major surgery”, while four were in a “critical condition”. However,...
More
 
 
Latest News
President Jacob Zuma
Updated 4 minutes ago National government was committed to supporting all struggling municipalities to become functional and efficient, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday, opening the 2014 Presidential Local Government Summit (PLGS), in Midrand. Also speaking at the PLGS, Cooperative...
Updated 32 minutes ago Uganda is hoping to secure an $8-billion loan from China to build a railway network to revamp the country's transport infrastructure as it prepares to start oil production. As in other areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, China has become a major investor in Uganda. It has...
Herman Mashaba
Updated 46 minutes ago A minimum wage discussion paper released by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) outlined that minimum wage laws posed a significant inflationary risk to the macroeconomy, but acknowledged that sectoral minimum wages might yield positive results. This...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
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.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The board of UD Trucks Southern Africa (UDTSA) has announced the resignation of MD Jacques Carelse.   Long-time UD employee, corporate planning and marketing GM, Rory Schulz, has been appointed as acting MD while the process started to appoint a new MD. The Japanese...
There is a need to start planning another pumped storage scheme in South Africa. Much work has already been done at a site in the Limpopo province and the project was very close to being put out to tender at one stage. In 2008/9 the National Energy Regulator of South...
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is preparing to leverage its strategic coastal position to develop the Eastern Cape economy through proposed aquaculture development zones (ADZs), with a proposed R2-billion project aiming to contribute $278-million to the...
Completion of the ongoing construction of the 102 km Zomba–Jali–Phalombe–Chitakale road, in southern Malawi, has been extended from June  to December 15 because of persistent rains and difficulties in paying the contractor. The project is being undertaken by Kuwait's...
The Malawi government has awarded South African firm  Fischer Consortium the  contract to upgrade the Malawi Road Traffic Information System. The Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services at Malawi's Ministry of Transport and Public Works says Fischer...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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