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Maintenance News

86 MW Northern Cape solar photovoltaic plant connected to national grid

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 Developed on a remote site 50 km south-west of Prieska in the Northern Cape, the 86 MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska photovoltaic (PV) project was connected to the national grid in October, thereby finalising the project on schedule, on budget and reaching full grid code compliance in good time for... 

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

Improved dispatch times reduce maintenance delays

By: Aarifah Nosarka     11th November 2016 Self-lubricating bearing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings is ensuring that its internally lubricated polymers and polymer bearings for fishing boats are exported faster to Mauritius to ensure prompt maintenance. “Vesconite Bearings has been engaging with its courier company to speed up delivery of... 

Improved dispatch times reduce maintenance delays
BOAT MAINTENANCE Internally lubricated polymer bearings for fishing boats increase maintenance intervals

Company offers aftermarket maintenance services for various industries

By: Aarifah Nosarka     11th November 2016 Opencast mining and mineral processing equipment specialist Tenova Takraf Africa offers maintenance and refurbishment services through its Tenova Client Support Services business unit, currently operating from the company’s headquarters in Kempton Park, Gauteng. The unit comprises 1800 m2 of... 

Company offers aftermarket  maintenance services for various industries
BRADFORD BREAKER Tenova Client Support Services has upgraded several Bradford Breakers

Need for regular periodic maintenance on roofing systems emphasised

     11th November 2016 The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) says although certain roof systems require less intense maintenance than others, all roofing systems should be checked periodically and maintained accordingly. “The best preventive measure one can implement in the care of a roof... 

Need for regular periodic maintenance on roofing systems emphasised
ROOF MAINTENANCE All roofing systems should be checked periodically and maintained accordingly

New tech recommended for refurbishment

     11th November 2016 Vinyl flooring and protection solution specialist Polyflor South Africa marketing director Tandy Coleman recommends two modern technology methods of removing bitumen from floors during floor removal. “Bitumen can be very difficult to remove. Over the years many methods have been tried, some with... 

New tech recommended  for refurbishment
FLOOR ADHESIVE Bitumen is less affected by moisture than any other adhesive products

Supplier introduces diaphragm valve to African market

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 Valves supplier Astore Africa officially introduced the DK diaphragm valve to the African market at the Electra Mining Africa exhibition, held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in September. Astore Africa product manager Francois van Vuuren notes that the DK range, developed by Italian industrial... 

Supplier introduces diaphragm valve to African market
DK DIAPHRAGM VALVE DK series is suited to industrial applications, specifically those pertaining to chemical and industrial processes or water purification

Industrial supplier receives authorisation

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Bearings 2000 has been appointed as an ABB authorized value provider for Dodge mounted bearings, gearboxes and power transmission products. 

Industrial supplier receives authorisation
Photo by Duane Daws
DODGE CERTIFIED DISTRIBUTOR Bearings 2000 is an authorised value provider for Dodge bearings

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Split roller bearing specialist OE Bearings installed 500-mm-diameter split bearings last month on the third of three stacker reclaimer bucket wheels at the Port of Saldanha Bay, in Western Cape. 

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay
SALDANHA BUCKET WHEEL Three of the bucket wheels at Saldanha Bay have been fitted with new split roller bearings from OE Bearings

Track system to benefit railway contractors

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Railway track manufacturer Tubular Track adviser and business development head of T-Track Global Jaap van der Merwe believes that contractors awarded Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) tenders can use Tubular Track’s tubular modular track (TMT) to build and rebuild track and platforms... 

Track system to benefit  railway contractors
PRASA INTERCHANGE The Tubular Modular Track product allows for rebuilding and rehabilitation of railway tracks

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Oil, gas and petrochemicals services provider A.Hak Industrial Services (A.Hak) will introduce a Robotic online storage tank floor inspection service in South Africa before the end of this year. This new technology eliminates the need for storage tanks to be decommissioned for lengthy periods for... 

Robotic tank floor eliminates risks
PRODUCT MODIFICATION A.Hak can now inspect furnace tubes as small as 3” in diameter

Engineering consultancy to guide GTL projects in Qatar

     21st October 2016 Engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin was awarded an engineering consultancy and support services contract by Qatar-based company Oryx Gas To Liquids (GTL), a joint venture between petroleum company Qatar Petroleum (51%) and South African energy and chemicals company Sasol (49%) for its... 

Engineering consultancy to guide GTL projects  in Qatar
KEY CONTRACT SNC-Lavalin has established a five-year agreement with Oryx GTL to provide engineering consultancy services on projects at the Qatar-based GTL facility

Initiative enlightens communities about infrastructure concerns

     7th October 2016 An Umgeni Water team hosted an event in June at the Mhlabatshane dam in KwaZulu-Natal’s Ugu district to inform and educate attendees, as part of a commitment to assist in the protection of communities that live close to bulk water storage and treatment infrastructure. Umgeni Water abstracts,... 

Initiative enlightens  communities about  infrastructure concerns
UMGENI WATER The provision of infrastructure, such as dams, is accompanied by certain risks to people who live close to this infrastructure

Municipalities need to prioritise water infrastructure – KPMG

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With infrastructure being a vehicle for economic development, global consulting firm KPMG says government and municipalities should prioritise infrastructure projects, especially in the water sector where there is a growing demand. “The challenges in the water industry have not changed that much.... 

Airbus to assist with Rooivalk upgrade, as it reaffirms Africa commitment

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 The Airbus Group (parent of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters) is committed to help develop aeronautical industries in Africa, because it believes that this makes good business sense. For the Group, Africa is defined as sub-Saharan Africa plus Moroco (with Egypt, Libya,... 

Industrial group wins contract for 500 elevators and escalators

     23rd September 2016 Diversified industrial group ThyssenKrupp has been awarded a contract to manufacture, supply, install and maintain more than 500 elevators and escalators for the red line north, green line and two additional major stations of Qatar capital city Doha’s upcoming metro network, which will be... 

Industrial group  wins contract for 500  elevators and escalators
ESCALATOR INSTALLATIONS Thyssenkrupp will be installing new elevators and escalators throughout Doha’s upcoming metro network

New brake test centre launched for South African market

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 Powertrain components and vehicle-safety products developer, manufacturer and supplier Federal-Mogul launched its new brake test centre, which received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) last month. Federal-Mogul operations manager Reegan... 

New brake test centre launched for South African market
SANAS ACCREDITED Being SANAS registered ensures credibility as well as legitimate compliance reports

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised  

By: Sascha Solomons     9th September 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) highlights that regular testing of samples from ropes forms a vital part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation. “Testing ropes in service helps the users . . . to understand the condition in which the ropes are in order to make an informed... 

Need for rope condition assessment emphasised
CSIR mining initiatives acting business manager Riaan Bergh discusses the need for rope testing in the engineering industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Manufacturer hires external company for machine cleaning

     26th August 2016 Multinational Voith Industrial Services has supplied a team of 40 employees to take over the machine cleaning responsibilities at the headquarters of compaction technology and manufacturer Bomag, in Boppard, Germany. 

Manufacturer hires external company for machine cleaning
MACHINE MAINTENANCE Voith will be providing maintenance to Bomag

Aviation bureau approves maintenance service provider

     26th August 2016 Aerospace engineering and component services provider Able Aerospace Services, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation, earned certification by civil aviation authority the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) as an Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) in April this year.  

South African students receive technical training in Berlin

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 As part of its domestic commitment to address South Africa’s shortage of engineers, global engineering firm Siemens is placing three top-performing South African grade 12 students in the Siemens Apprenticeship Scheme, thereby granting them a place to undergo further training in Germany.  

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

By: David Oliveira     26th August 2016 As part of parastatal Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS), Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) will spend about R56-billion by 2019 to improve efficiencies of South Africa’s ports, including a R1.4-billion tugboat replacement project. The contract, which was awarded to local shipbuilding... 

New tug fleet will enable SA ports to handle larger vessels

Company emphasises importance of fire detection maintenance

By: Sascha Solomons     19th August 2016 Although fire detection is generally seen as a grudge purchase and done only when it becomes a legal requirement, fire and electronic security solutions systems integrator FS-Systems points out that building owners have a moral obligation to ensure that all occupants of their facilities are kept... 

Dust suppression system in high demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Since the launch of environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions’ retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) system last year, market demand has increased greatly, says I-CAT technical manager Morne van Wyk. This demand can be attributed to the R-SDR system having eliminated the... 

On-line reconditioning service reduces downtime

     5th August 2016 Furnace and industrial service provider Dickinson Group offers an on-line tyre and trunnion roller surface reconditioning service, which enables worn or damaged running faces of tyres and rollers to be machined while the vessel is in operation, thereby reducing downtime. The company explains that... 

On-line reconditioning service reduces downtime
EFFICIENT OPERATION Dickinson's on-line reconditioning service eliminates inherent costs of downtime and consequential loss of production

Inspection device to provide safety in rail operations

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a prototype survey and inspection device (SID) to survey and inspect South Africa’s railway lines, which is intended to improve safety and operations. Along with reporting on the condition of the rail infrastructure, the SID... 

Inspection device  to provide safety in  rail operations
DEBUT The CSIR's survey and inspection device (SID) was debuted at Africa Rail 2016

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

Possible change in  NDT training
NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING South Africa and many other African countries have sustainable market capacity for only one NDT industrial sector

International interest in small SA firm’s inspection robot

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2016 Barely launched on to the market, a South African designed and developed inspection robot has already won local orders and attracted international interest, with potential overseas clients set to come to this country to examine it. The machine is the Ryonic Modular Inspection System, or RMIS,... 

Government needs to be more creative in addressing spatial inequality – Sisulu  

By: Anine Kilian     5th July 2016 Although South Africa had celebrated the delivery of 4.3-million houses and housing subsidies since 1994, earlier this year, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Tuesday stressed that enormous challenges remained. “We need to understand the scale of the problem in South Africa. We are... 

Procurement management pay-as-you-use solution launched

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2016 Master data quality company Pilog has developed a content-as-a-service (CaaS) offering for procurement management using its detailed item description repository and international standards-based methods developed over 20 years. This will enable companies and departments to quickly and easily... 

Procurement management pay-as-you-use solution launched
THEO PRINSLOO Companies can use the system to meet the changing demands of their market with high accuracy, increasing agility and reducing waste

Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

Local company awarded German welding agency
WERNER SMIT The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry

Drives company envisions new developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The depressed economy and tightened budgets have not diminished the need for quality products, but rather increased demand for German-made products, notes German industrial drives and motors multinational SEW-Eurodrive. SEW-Eurodrive MD Raymond Obermeyer indicates that although mining and mineral... 

Drives company envisions new developments
RAYMOND OBERMEYER German products are synonymous with quality and innovation, as they continuously produce high-quality products

Clamps remain a trusted product across projects

By: Victor Moolman     17th June 2016 Distributor of connection systems for steelwork Structural Fixing Systems has been providing products from UK-based fastener systems manufacturer Lindapter for South African projects since 1976. 

Clamps remain a trusted product across projects
GAUTRAIN Structural Fixing Systems has supplied the Gautrain project with Lindapter products

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th June 2016 Food and beverage manufacturer Pioneer Foods, in conjunction with energy solutions service provider Energy Partners’ solar division, has rolled out a solar programme, which is about 60% complete.      The programme entails the installation of large commercial solar systems with a combined size of... 

Pioneer Foods, Energy Partners in national solar programme
PROGRAMME ROLL-OUT As part of the solar programme Pioneer Food’s Klerksdorp Mill in the North West has a 752 kW rooftop installation

Tricky hydro scheme checks completed

By: Simon Sonnekus     27th May 2016 Difficult-to-complete inspections, high up at a water-storage scheme, in KwaZulu-Natal, were easily completed within the allotted time using  rope access.  Rope access solutions provider Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn notes that the operation – which took place after the conclusion of one... 

Tricky hydro scheme checks completed
ROPE ACCESS The shafts inspected at a KZN hydro scheme were over 700 m long, 6 m in diameter and with 25˚ slopes

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves
Photo by Duane Daws
Transnet chief advanced manufacturing officer Thamsanqa Jiyane

Ingula set for completion next month

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 Mechanical engineering contracting company SA FIVE Engineering says State-owned power utility Eskom’s Ingula pumped-storage scheme’s commissioning is set to be completed by the end of next month. “The construction of Ingula is complete and only the commissioning needs to be done. Unit 3 and Unit... 

Ingula set for completion next month
INGULA POWER STATION The new hydropower station nears completion

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