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Maintenance News

Black empowerment on the right track

By: System Author     4th June 1999 WHAT is believed to be the largest black-owned company in the railway construction and rail maintenance business, Zomba Civils & Building, has bought a 50% interest in Racec Gauteng, a leading private railway contractor. Effective as of May 1, the deal will see Zomba CEO Charles Modise assuming... 

Repair vehicles delivered

By: Archivist     4th June 1999 IN line with its policy of predictable service, transport operator Spoornet has taken delivery of three Nissan Diesel UD55s for their newly developed in-service maintenance repair vehicles. “The concept of predictable service urged us to concentrate more on maintaining rail wagons... 

Stainless-steel fabrication seminar

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The latest global developments in the fabrication of stainless steel will be tackled in a free seminar to be conducted in Durban by the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda in the interests of promoting cost-effective use of stainless steel, the... 

Ticket machine contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A feature of Reunert Communication Systems’ (RCS) exhibit at Africa Rail ’99 will be its redevelopments of ticket-issuing machines. One of the activities of the company is the development, integration and maintenance of ticket-issuing devices, as well as communication networks for... 

Multimeasurement system

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A new portable electronic multimeasurement system, the MMS6000, has been launched by Kandu. The systems allows highly accurate measurements of a commutator surface, dc current of 0 A to 1 000 A, and temperatures of between –10?C and 1 000?C in a few minutes. “It is vital that... 

Sulphur plant dehumidifying a success

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Following the dehumidifying of Sasol Synthetic Fuels’ (SSF) sulphur plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, by moisture-control firm Munters, of Edenvale, Gauteng, the company was for the first time able to draw up its own timetable for maintenance of its sulphur plant irrespective of weather... 

Big valve-sealing challenge is won

By: System Author     21st May 1999 ACHIEVING a tight shut-off with metal against metal has always been a challenge for valve manufacturers, not only because most common construction metals tend to gall, but also because their plastic and elastic properties limit what can be done with these materials. Overcoming the limits imposed... 

Earthmover launches training programme

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The local distributor of Caterpillar earthmoving machinery, Barlows Equipment, is implementing a training programme that brings South Africa’s national qualifications framework (NQF) structure to life. Barlows human resources development (HRD) service manager Tienie Viljoen explains to... 

Image of stainless steel as a corrosion panacea

By: System Author     7th May 1999 SUCH is the image of stainless steel that it is usually viewed as the panacea to every problem of metal degradation in a corrosive environment. However, according to the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) spokesperson Dave Rowlands, it would be na 

Sector galvanised by R1,4bn mast project

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The local corrosion-control industry has received a significant boost by the announcement that Telkom is to go ahead with its plan to erect 4 500 radio masts each year over the next three years. One of Telkom’s main aims is to ensure that the lifecycle cost of creating the radio-based... 

Big breakthrough in heat-pump technology

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Generator-absorber heat exchange (GAX) is a breakthrough in thermally-activated heat-pump technology that promises to heat and cool more efficiently; that will last 20 years with minimal maintenance; and that is environmentally benign because it uses neither chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) nor... 

Choosing the correct pneumatic tool

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Selecting the correct pneumatic tool for a task enhances productivity greatly, improves quality control, and increases profits, reports Bellambie Mining and Industrial marketing manager Dudley Ward. “To ensure optimum performance and extended operating life of pneumatic tools, proper... 

Collapsible towers for powerline repair

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Electrical-maintenance crews who need to bypass existing powerlines for repairs or restore power in areas where lines are down due to severe storms, accidents or vandalism now have a new tool available in the form of collapsible emergency towers. Developed and tested in Canada by SBB... 

Continued evolution of local pump supplier

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Continuity of supply of high-quality pumps and the ongoing dissemination of technical information to the local groundwater industry is assured following the establishment of Evolution Pumps at the beginning of the year. Formerly the borehole-pump division of Horma Pumps, it is now a company in... 

Forklift truck contract awarded

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Gauteng company Criterion Equipment has been awarded a contract to supply 13 new TCM 700 series forklift trucks and two TCM reach trucks to car manufacturer BMW. Equipped with a suspension seat, full hydrostatic steer axle and a wide-view 18-roller mast, the trucks are safe to operate and offer... 

Fully-automated plant

By: System Author     30th April 1999 As more and more emphasis is placed on the maintenance of the environment, it is natural that industries and authorities are being compelled to examine their effluents, and especially the particular sludges that their operations or populations generate. Elepon’s new technology offers... 

Large cladding contract

By: System Author     30th April 1999 What is believed to be one of the world’s largest orders for vitreous-enamelled steel cladding has been secured by a South African producer of such cladding. Vitrex, of Jet Park, Gauteng, will supply 5 500 vitreous-enamelled steel panels to the Baulderstone-Clough joint venture for... 

Local centre gets R400 000 US donation

By: System Author     30th April 1999 US company General Electric (GE) has donated over R400 000 to the Sparrow Technical Skills Centre in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, as part of an ongoing initiative to upgrade the existing facilities and construct new facilities. The donation will be used to construct four new workshops on the... 

Maintaining feedwater purity

By: System Author     30th April 1999 High-pressure boilers such as those used in power plants require high-purity feedwater to limit the effect of corrosion and deposits that damage steam circuits. Typical corrosives are acid salts such as chlorides or sulphates, which form corrosive compounds. Chlorides are usually present in raw... 

Maintenance for Cape Town power station

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A LONG-term refurbishment and maintenance contract at the Athlone power station in Cape Town is being carried out at present by Firstex Engineering. The company is focused and structured to provide high-quality service in the specialist fields of insulation, asbestos removal, corrosion protection... 

New pump-sealant system is developed

By: System Author     30th April 1999 What is believed to be a unique pump-sealant system has been developed by South African company Chemplast to replace gland-packing rings in most applications. The Easi-feed system feeds a packing sealant directly into a pump’s stuffing box with a simple but effective system, maintains... 

South Africa revising its shutdown strategies

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Representatives of South Africa’s largest manufacturing and processing plants are finally sitting down at one table and are in the process of establishing a forum which is intended to harmonise shutdown strategies and establish a core group of suppliers to alleviate the problems resulting... 

Tailings-pump contract for diamond-mine

By: System Author     30th April 1999 In a world-first for Svedala, its South African pump division has landed a substantial contract with a diamond-mine in Botswana to supply a tailings-pump system comprising 30 pumps, pumps product manager Gary Moore tells Engineering News. He adds that the pumps should be commissioned towards the... 

The costly legacy of ‘cheap’ pumps

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The groundwater industry is losing about R20-million a year as a result of premature product failures through misapplication, bad workmanship and inefficient operation, maintains Franklin Electric submersible motor manager John Tonkin. He contends that this is a conservative figure, equal to 7%... 

South Africa plans to rope in its drivers

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) has placed the first local order for a wire-rope safety fence system, which is a proved method of reducing fatalities from accidents occurring on motorways and dual carriageways in the UK. The Brifen wire-rope safety fence system, manufactured by... 

Firms flow together to offer turnkey service

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Asubsidiary of Bate- man Project Hol- dings, Bateman Water, is well-positioned to compete strongly in the water-treatment market in Southern Africa and abroad. Bateman Water was established when Bateman acquired Bateman Water Treatment (BWT) from Bateman Industrial Corporation, and merged its... 

Pultrusion process to combat corrosion

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Water quality is critical to the quality of our future, and today engineers look more and more to lifecycle costs in specifying materials for design and construction of new and upgraded water-treatment facilities. Lower installation and maintenance costs and long-term performance are factored... 

Industry bearing up under market strain

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 While the outlook for the replacement market in the bearings industry remains fairly positive, the original-equipment market remains depressed, as reflected in the negative growth of the South Africa economy, SKF MD Rohan Kemp tells Engineering News. “Imports from South East Asia and, in... 

Big filter contracts clinched down under

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Two Australian contracts, together worth US$801 000, have been awarded to filtration-system manufacturer, Flosep, a division of the Atomic Energy Corporation (AEC), and its Australian partner, Flosep Australasia, business manager Ockert Kotz 

New philosophy takes root in process control

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The industrial marketplace is getting selective in its choice of process control information-management systems, and there is a move away from the procurement of a packaged system, argues Xycom chairperson Roger Girdler. He explains that this trend is due to clients being more knowledgeable about... 

Spin-filter module cleans up industry costs

By: System Author     26th March 1999 South African industry could save hundreds of thousands of rands in maintenance costs with the introduction of a self-cleaning spin-filter module manufactured by US company Dollinger, Bona Filters MD Mike Ellis tells Engineering News. He explains that, in South Africa, the bulk of industry uses... 

New ‘double slip’ turnout design launched

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new railway component that is set to enhance the quality of South Africa’s permanent way system was launched this month by Transwerk in a joint venture with an Austrian company. The fruits of the historic collaboration of Transwerk’s perway business and VAE of Vienna are embodied in... 

New single-seat valve designed

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A MODERN, versatile single-seat valve, the Delta SW4, designed to revolutionise valve maintenance and to fill the rapidly-changing needs of the hygienic-processing industries, has been designed by APV Fluid Handling. Great emphasis was placed on facilitating valve handling, installation and... 

Web site for development corridor

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a pioneering step, the Mabopane–Centurion development corridor (MCDC) has become the first spatial development initiative to launch a virtual electronic community (VEC). Announcing this private-sector initiative iti On-Line divisional manager Lee Pienaar said at the launch in Centurion... 

R953-million budgeted for roads upkeep

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) has budgeted R953,5-million this year for road maintenance, rehabilitation and new roads, Sanra CEO Nazir Alli tells Engineering News. Of that sum R503,5-million will be spent on maintenance, with R285,7-million on road rehabilitation and... 

Sweet rewards of maintenance

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A saving of more than R200 000 has been made with predictive maintenance on machinery at local glucose and starch manufacturer African Products’ new Kliprivier plant since commissioning in August last year, reports African Products engineering manager Koot Marais. He continues that Midrand... 

Tenders for work at power station

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Multimillion-rand maintenance works on the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council’s Kelvin power station near Edenvale, Gauteng, are expected to open for tendering before the end of the current financial year. Although designed to operate on top-quality, R120/t ‘A’-grade coal,... 

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