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Maintenance News

Welding company embarks on massive expansion

7th September 2018 Secunda-based welding company Hydra Arc – ISO 3834 certified by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification has grown into a leading South African specialised welder that provides services for Southern Africa’s petrochemicals, power, mining and minerals processing industries.... 

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The implementation of sensor networks and smart infrastructure systems can be done as part of maintenance efforts and for greenfield developments, which will help to improve infrastructure resilience and service delivery, says networking multinational Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales... 

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure
RIAAN GRAHAM The deployment of smart systems can be enabled by introducing a core design principle established by provincial and/or national government

Water dept, stakeholders continue to seek solutions to Vaal river pollution

By: Simone Liedtke     4th September 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), together with the Gauteng provincial government, the Sedibeng district municipality and the Emfuleni local municipality say they remain seized with finding solutions to deal with pollution of the Vaal river. The Vaal river and Vaal dam, as critical... 

Local firm to support long term growth of AEG brand in SA

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Local construction tools and fasteners distributor Upat aims to support the long-term growth of German company AEG’s power tools range in South Africa and Southern Africa by providing technical support services to and leveraging its partnerships with retailers, Upat MD Richard Kuhlmann says. The... 

Local firm to  support long term growth of AEG brand in SA
MIKE PHORA Upat merchandiser Mike Phora demonstrates the ease of use of a corded AEG drill

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 While trying to contain costs it is still essential that commercial fleet owners maintain fuel injection systems to the requisite standards as this will ultimately reduce operating costs. Those operators that are extending these critical service intervals as a cost reduction exercise are not... 

Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners
INJECTOR REPAIRS Work done on a fuel injection system must be carried out by a competent, skilled and original-equipment manufacturer approved service centre

Microsurfacing system cost effective, environment friendly

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 Bituminous binders and slurries for road-surfacing specialist manufacturer and applicator Colas South Africa completed 700 000 m² of road reseal for Mogale City local municipality, including several roads in the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve, over the past three years. For the project, which... 

Microsurfacing system cost effective, environment friendly
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY The Colas South Africa team applying Colmat L microsurfacing in the Krugersdorp Nature Reserve

Rwanda and global airline body partner to improve air safety

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th August 2018 The Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Air Transport Association, to partner to improve aviation safety, it was announced on Tuesday. The MoU will allow the two sides to jointly establish a framework for the employment of... 

Rwanda and global airline body partner to improve air safety
Photo by Creative Commons
Kigali International Airport, Rwanda

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals continues to provide large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings in Gaborone, Botswana. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the... 

Ongoing waterproofing for Innovation Hub campus
COMPLETE COATING The waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the Botswana Innovation Hub campus’ new buildings is about 90% complete

Company appoints resellers to install sealing systems

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     10th August 2018 Distributor and maintenance contractor Southern Africa Master Distributors (SAMD), which is the Africa representative for sealing solutions provider Beele Engineering, has trained and appointed resellers in key industries to install Beele Engineering products, says SAMD sales and marketing... 

Company appoints  resellers to install  sealing systems
Photo by Creamer Media
SOLAR SEALING Southern Africa Master Distributors is in negotiations to supply Beele Engineering products for a solar plant, in the Northern Cape

Local company develops precision bearing packer 

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2018 The new precision Pumprite bearing packer was launched last month for bearings used in the transport, mining, engineering and heavy industries. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter from 15 mm to 150 mm inner diameter and a maximum... 

Local company develops precision bearing packer
Pumprite bearing packer is demonstrated.

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2018 Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Zweli Mkhize on Monday announced the appointment, by his department, of 81 engineers and town planners to assist with infrastructure delivery in 55 struggling municipalities across South Africa. Through Cogta’s implementing agent,... 

81 professionals appointed to help shape struggling municipalities’ infrastructure delivery
Photo by Creamer Media
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize

Maintaining Ngqura now easier and more cost effective

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s newest deep-water port, the Port of Ngqura, has received its first piece of maintenance equipment since becoming operational in 2009. The vehicle, a crane truck – estimated to be valued at R1.8-million – was specifically modified to meet the ports requirements, and will be used... 

Maintaining Ngqura  now easier and more  cost effective
GONE FISHING The specially modified truck can be used to fish tyres out of the water

Aerospace giants win orders and commitments for over 1 100 airliners at airshow

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2018 Global commercial aerospace giants Airbus and Boeing have each reported hundreds of orders for their airliners at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow, in the UK. Boeing announced 673 “orders and commitments” for airliners and freighters, worth (at list prices) $98.4-billion. The group... 

Kenyan carrier becomes first in Africa to sign parts and services deal with Boeing

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 2018 Kenya Airways has become the first airline in Africa to contract US aerospace giant Boeing for its Consumable & Expendable Services package. The deal has a duration of five years and will initially cover more than 18 700 parts. In subsequent phases, the number of parts covered by the agreement... 

Kenyan carrier becomes first in Africa to sign parts and services deal with Boeing
Photo by Mark Harkin/Creative Commons
A Boeing 787-8 airliner of Kenya Airways

Certified NDT personnel needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 A major challenge facing the nondestructive testing (NDT) sector is that companies require NDT personnel who are certified, says technical solutions specialist African NDT Centre Level 3 consulting manager Abdur-Rahman Mahomed. However, to acquire certification, technicians must meet certain... 

Certified NDT  personnel needed
PROVIDING RESOURCES Employers who do take in personnel and assist them in gaining experience are required to provide safety training, medicals and workman’s compensation cover

End-users should be familiar with NDT

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 Clients using nondestructive testing (NDT) services are sometimes unfamiliar with NDT, and it is crucial that they educate themselves prior to spending money on NDT inspections, says technical solutions specialist African NDT Centre Level 3 consulting manager Abdur-Rahman Mahomed. “Clients... 

End-users should be familiar with NDT
ABDUR-RAHMAN MAHOMED Using a nonreputable company provides you with a false sense of security and you save a very small percentage of what you could lose if a component fails

Event provides inclusive platform for power supply industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2018 POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa is an important power generation and distribution event, as it enables the entire spectrum of the power supply industry to convene in one place, from end-user and supplier to service provider, says industrial rope access provider Skyriders marketing manager Mike... 

Event provides inclusive platform for power  supply industry
INDUSTRY PLAYER Skyriders conducts inspections for power generation companies

Company calls for distribution partners to increase footprint

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) is calling for distribution partnerships to help the company expand its footprint in Africa. The company – the only certified African distributor of the US and UK manufactured Band-It products – has noted a... 

Company calls for distribution partners  to increase footprint
FACING AFRICA’S CHALLENGES Banding and Identification Solutions Africa claims the Band-It product range has been refined and suited to cater to challenges facing the African market

Customisable prefabricated cable range offered

13th July 2018 Global industrial connectivity product manufacturer Weidmüller states that it produces prefabricated and tested cables that are able to be customised to suit difficult plant conditions. The company states that “plug-in connectors save time and simplify installation in difficult plant conditions,... 

Customisable prefabricated  cable range offered
PREFABRICATED CABLES Weidmüller offers standard or customised cables to suit any requirement and any industry

Compressed air dryer freezing the costs of energy consumption

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 Compressed-air treatment suppliers Artic Driers International, also the Southern Africa distributor of global manufacturer SPX Flow Busan products, has introduced a new approach in compressed-air drying South Africa through the Phase Change Material (PCM) compressed-air dryer. “The constant need... 

Compressed air dryer freezing the costs of energy consumption
COOLER CUTTING COSTS The SPX Flow Busan compressed-air dryer is now available in South Africa

Pronounced growth for compressed air systems specialist

13th July 2018 South African turnkey air compressor services supplier Integrated Air Solutions has seen a notable increase in demand for highly customised compressors, adapted specifically to the customer’s individual need. Air compressor manufacturer ELGi’s comprehensive compressor range available from... 

Pronounced growth  for compressed air  systems specialist
RUGGED AND RELIABLE The ELGi range of compressors perfectly suited to African climates

SA Express on route to full re-certification by Civil Aviation Authority

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th July 2018 State-owned regional airline SA Express announced on Thursday that its certification as an aircraft maintenance organisation (AMO) had been reinstated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (Sacaa) on June 22. “Since then SA Express has undergone a stringent and rigorous process to meet... 

SA Express on route to full re-certification by Civil Aviation Authority
Photo by SA Express
A Bombardier CRJ 700 of SA Express, before the airline was grounded

New PE vessel repair slipway boosts local economy

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 The R200-million vessel repair facility built at the Port of Port Elizabeth in recent years, is starting to generate a return on investment, says the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). The facility was developed as a positive step towards a thriving vessel maintenance and marine... 

New PE vessel repair slipway boosts local economy

Cheap valve imports taking over the local market

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) laments the substantially cheaper and poor-quality Chinese valves and associated products that find their way onto the local market. “In the current market, we find that price supersedes... 

Company demonstrates gas control products at expo

6th July 2018 Speciality chemicals supplier and lifecycle manager A-Gas South Africa displayed its Rapid Recovery solution and its new Braze-A-Gas products, at this years’ Frigair Exhibition held at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand last month. The Frigair Exhibition currently represents Africa's... 

Company demonstrates gas control products at expo
FRIGAIR EXHIBITION The Frigair Exhibition is currently Africa's largest heating, energy, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration exhibition

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 New technologies for water and wastewater treatment plants, as well as investments in ecological infrastructure, could reduce the risks of water pollution and failure of critical water supply infrastructure in the country, says global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon South... 

New tech, investments can reduce water crisis
Photo by Bloomberg
COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT South Africa is depending on a complex and technically challenging bulk-water supply which requires a high level of expertise and coordination

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Half of South Africa’s water infrastructure is in disrepair and it will take significant financial investment, and political will, to restore it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Our research indicates that what is needed is investment in basic infrastructure such as fixing... 

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair
WASTEWATER South Africa can increase the amount of wastewater treated, to boost water supply

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure in most developed areas in South Africa, engineering advisory firm WSP technical director water, transport and infrastructure Africa Arnaud Malan says there is a need to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance... 

Repairing of ageing water infrastructure can increase supply
WATER SCARCE South Africa needs to adopt more sustainable approaches to managing available water through smarter water governance stewardship

Brazilian aircraft company signs maintenance deal with South African air operator

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer announced on Tuesday that it had signed a multi-year spare parts and support deal, known as a Pool Programme Agreement, with South African-based Sahara Africa Aviation (Sahara). The agreement covers more than 500 components for two Embraer ERJ 145 50-seater... 

Brazilian aircraft company signs maintenance deal with South African air operator
Photo by Sahara Africa Aviation
An Embraer EMB 120ER of Sahara Africa Aviation

Airbus to support Côte d’Ivoire’s aerospace industry development

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 Global aerospace major Airbus has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to create a cooperation framework which, in turn, will facilitate the development of the West African country’s aerospace industry. The Côte d’Ivoire Government has... 

BMG extends Eaton Winner range

29th June 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG has extended its range of Eaton Winner hose and fittings to include Eaton’s latest generation of 4S/6S spiral hose and hose fittings. The fittings are designed for use in high pressure hydraulic systems used in mobile machinery and industrial equipment used in... 

BMG extends Eaton Winner range
PERFECT FIT These fittings are designed for high-pressure hydraulic systems

Boiler retubing completed for major tyre manufacturer

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 Management, consulting, engineering and quality assurance services provider GM Boiler & Steam Consulting Engineering completed a boiler retubing for one of the major tyre manufacturers in South Africa, says company technical director Gregory Morgan. The retubing was part of a 36-month boiler... 

Boiler retubing completed for major tyre manufacturer
BOOMING BOILERS There is high circulation of second- and third-generation boilers in the country, which keeps demand for the refurbishing of boilers steady

Rope-access service reduces maintenance costs

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 Using rope access for legally required maintenance tasks at large petrochemicals plants can result in significant savings for operations in terms of maintenance and associated downtime. Rope access specialist Skyriders marketing manager Mark Zinn tells Engineering News that petrochemicals plants... 

Rope-access  service reduces maintenance costs
ACCESS REMAINS COSTLY Petrochemical plants are spending a disproportionate amount of their maintenance budgets trying to access areas that require maintenance

Understanding weld standards crucial to the welding industry

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 To ensure quality in the welding industry, pipes supplier Marley Pipe Systems product specialist Ian Venter says it is important to not only use the standards required in welding but also understand them. Delivering a keynote address at the Thermoplastic Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry... 

Understanding weld standards crucial to the welding industry
CONFORMING PIPE SYSTEMS Marley Pipes Systems SA supplies the well known international Frialen brand.

Technology revolutionises machine tools industry

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Additive manufacturing, which includes the use of three-dimensional and computer-aided-design to make stronger and more reliable components for the machine tool industry, has revolutionised the machine tool industry, says machine tools supplier Reliable Technical Consultants (Retecon). Retecon... 

TFR’s MMC business unit to conduct national maintenance in June

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Mineral Mining and Chrome (MMC) business unit, which is responsible for yearly planned maintenance where major capital replacement activities are implemented, will hold its financial year shutdown from June 7 to 13.  

TFR’s MMC business unit to conduct national maintenance in June

CCP 12J appoints DRA Group as technical partner

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th May 2018 Mining engineering firm DRA Group will act as a technical partner to mining-focused venture capital company CCP 12J Fund in respect of engineering and outsourced operations and maintenance services.  

CCP 12J appoints DRA Group as technical partner
Former Keaton Energy CEO and experienced Nedbank corporate investment and mining investment banker Paul Miller
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