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Maintenance News

Manufacturing to come under the spotlight at new event

     4th October 2013 The Manufacturing Circle, in association with marketing and public relations management company Siyenza, has launched the yearly Manufacturing Indaba, set to take place on November 12 and 13 at Gallagher Estate, in Midrand. 

Namibia a keen buyer of new lift

By: Timothy Sibanda     27th September 2013 Elevator and escalator engineering company Schindler, part of Schindler Group, says it has been inundated with orders for its new lift that was launched in April – the Schindler 5500 – especially from Namibia, and is supplying about 20 across Southern Africa. 

Namibia a keen buyer of new lift
NEXT GENERATIONSchindler 5500’s light-emitting diode lighting and Sleep Mode can provide significant energy savings over time and, thus, reduce the environmental footprint of a building

Southern Africa distributor receives top award for scissor lifts sales

By: Timothy Sibanda     27th September 2013 Sole distributor of Genie products in Southern Africa Goscor Hi-Reach won the award for Best Performance for Scissor Lifts, which have achieved good sales figures in South Africa, at this years annual Genie Awards. 

SA’s rope access industry growing

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2013 South Africa’s rope access industry is growing, owing to the high demand for jobs that require cost-effective means of doing work at height, says rope access specialists Skyriders Access Specialists marketing manager Mike Zinn. “The rope access industry can be divided into two main sectors in... 

SA’s rope access industry growing
EASY ACCESS Barriers to entry in the rope access industry are relatively low, which, ironically, is a major industry challenge

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2013 The use of thermal spray has in recent times gathered momentum in oil refineries because it prevents the aging and replacement of various types of equipment and tubing components, says wear, corrosion, hard-facing and applications product supplier Weartech technical manager Adam Wintle. Weartech... 

Thermal spray making a comeback in refineries
THERMAL SPRAY NATURE All thermal spraying processes rely on the same principle of heating a feedstock, accelerating it to a high velocity, and then allowing the particles to strike the subtrate

Denel group wants key role in building defence industry and advanced manufacturing

By: Keith Campbell     23rd August 2013 Defence industrial group Denel can play a central role in rebuilding the South African defence industry, argues group CEO Riaz Saloojee. “We’re agile. Because we’re State-owned, we can play a key role in the development of defence and play a key role in empowering the supply chain.”  

Multichannel vibration analyser decreases maintenance costs

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd August 2013 The Microlog Analyzer AX – the multichannel vibration measurement monitoring equipment used on motor pumps – can increase productivity and decrease maintenance, as opposed to traditional single-channel vibration measurement monitoring equipment, reports ball and roller bearing supplier and... 

Course aims to upgrade skills of horizontal directional drillers

By: Joanne Taylor     9th August 2013 A horizontal directional drill (HDD) operator management course has been developed to improve the skills and safety of operators in the field, as this method is becoming increasingly popular in built-up environments. 

Course aims to upgrade skills of horizontal directional drillers
HORIZONTAL DIRECTIONAL DRILLING This method is becoming the preferred way of laying pipes, conduits and cables

Govt wants State-owned aviation maintenance companies to cooperate

By: Keith Campbell     9th August 2013 The Department of Public Enterprises is seeking to develop closer relations between the country's three State-owned aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) organisations, Denel Aviation, SAA Technical (SAAT) and South African Express (SA Express) Technical.  Denel Aviation is part of the... 

Local company distributes protective cover for seals

By: David Oliveira     9th August 2013 Local filter design and manufacturing company Filter Focus’ Seal Saver cylinder cover, launched last month, helps extend hydraulic seal and cylinder life by at least three times and protects seals and cylinders from the dirt and debris in the harsh African environment, says Filter Focus COO Craig... 

Windhoek poised to have Namibia’s first Green Star-rated building

     9th August 2013 Namibia is to have its first independently certified Green Star building in the capital, Windhoek ,with the construction of First National Bank Namibia’s (FNB Namibia's) new head office.  

Windhoek poised to have Namibia’s first Green Star-rated building
Photo by Duane Daws
INNER CIY LIVINGThere are a variety of buyer segments active in the market and well-priced stock is difficult to find

SA companies inspect 700 MW unit at Indonesian power station

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 Rope access specialist Skyriders and plant care engineering consulting experts Carab Tekniva completed the inspection of a 210-m-high smokestack and various boiler pressure components at the Paiton coal-fired power station in East Java, Indonesia. The two South Africa-based companies undertook... 

Tank maintenance imperative to industry

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2013 Tank maintenance is key to securing sustainable  business in various industries locally and globally, states head of engineering  for Fluor mining and  metals group South Africa Andries Bester. He notes that  for the  mining and petrochemical industries, the regular maintenance of tanks, heat... 

Tank maintenance imperative to industry
Photo by Christo Greyling
TANK MAINTENANCE With aging capital equipment, tank maintenance something that is becoming increasingly important worldwide

Compressed-air leaks a silent money pit, millions of rands to be saved

By: David Oliveira     12th July 2013 Companies are yet to realise how significant the costs of air leaks in compressor systems can be, hence the surprise at the costliness of having high leak rates, which could have been avoided, says condition assessment and monitoring company Martec. Air compressor systems consistently experience... 

Compressed-air leaks a silent money pit, millions of rands to be saved
LEAK DETECTION There are many places where leaks can occur in a compressed-air system because of the deterioration of old systems, insufficient maintenance and inappropriate use

Service excellence emphasised as key to sustainability

By: David Oliveira     12th July 2013 The biggest potential for growth for Atlas Copco Compressor Technique Service South Africa, a division of global industrial and tooling manufacturer Atlas Copco, lies in its installed base, says Compressor Technique service division business line manager Wayne Jacobs. “We need to ensure that... 

IMESA to establish Harare branch amid regional collaboration drive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2013 Industry association the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA) has called for greater integration and collaboration between South African municipal governments and municipal engineering structures in the Southern African Development Community member States. The... 

Gas-fired boilers exceed popularity of coal counterparts

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 The increasing conversion of existing coal-fired boilers to natural gas usage, owing to the changes in the price of natural gas, not only reduces emissions but also decreases boiler maintenance when compared with coal-fired boilers, says plant engineering and consulting company Carab Tekniva. 

Technological solutions for improving combustion efficiency, safety concerns

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 According to sources, more than 12 steam boilers in South Africa fail catastrophically each year as a result of undetected low water-level conditions, says specialist combustion optimization company Boiler Combustion Technologies.  

Stainless steel apparent consumption increases

By: Zandile Mavuso     31st May 2013 South Africa’s stainless steel apparent consumption hit a high of 228 258 t last year, despite economic difficulties in most countries, as a result of a global financial meltdown, states the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). 

Vibration tester continues to assist in detecting mechanical faults

By: Ilan Solomons     24th May 2013 Test and measurement distribution company Comtest, a distributor of Fluke electronic test equipment, is seeing continual growth in sales of Fluke 810 mechanical vibration testers, owing to an easy-to-use testing system. The Fluke 810 tester is used in all industries and requires mechanical... 

Local defence company confident it can ride out global downturn

By: Keith Campbell     10th May 2013 The global market for armoured and mine-protected vehicles has entered a downturn, local company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (Land Systems SA) reports. This is in part due to economics and in part due to a reducing operational tempo, particularly the start of the US and allied drawdown... 

Fair adds substance to National Development Plan – organiser

By: Ilan Solomons     3rd May 2013 The South African Industry and Technology Fair (Indutec) is actualising government policies and providing traction through adding real substance to the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) and the Preferential Procurement Policy... 

Increased demand for condition monitoring

By: Gia Costella     3rd May 2013 Drive engineering company SEW Eurodrive has recorded increased demand for its condition-monitoring service since it was launched at last year’s Electra Mining Africa event, especially from larger industries such as mining, mixing and bulk materials handling. Condition monitoring is carried out on... 

Maintenance strategy ensures sustainability

     12th April 2013 The new rail-track infrastructure investments projects being undertaken by South Africa’s major rail operators – State-owned utilities Transnet and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa – calls for a suitable maintenance strategy to ensure the long-term sustainability of the assets and the... 

New maintenance centre for Russian helicopters set up by Denel Aviation

By: Keith Campbell     12th April 2013 South African State-owned aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Denel Aviation has officially inaugurated its new MRO Centre for Russian Mil Mi-8- and Mi-17-family helicopters. The new service centre is a joint initiative with Russian Helicopters, the State-owned Russian company... 

Electronics major launches new controller and integration software 

By: Samantha Herbst     5th April 2013 Multinational electronics and electrical engineering group Siemens has officially introduced its new range of Simatic S7 controllers for medium- to high-end machine and plant automation to the South African industrial market. The new controller, launched with the latest version of Siemens’... 

Study shows energy-efficiency benefits of material flow cost accounting

By: Joanne Taylor     5th April 2013 Energy efficiency in foundries can be improved through the implementation of material flow cost accounting (MFCA), Environmental & Sustainability Solutions executive director Seakle Godschalk said at the recent Metal Casting Conference. MFCA is a tool for quantifying the flows and stocks of... 

Technical services provider launches SA crash-scene investigation course

By: Samantha Herbst     5th April 2013 Testing, certification, training and inspection service provider TÜV Rheinland South Africa has launched a crash-scene investigation course – the latest in its mobility division product offering – in collaboration with Northwestern University, in Illinois, which offers specialist knowledge on... 

Using the cloud to improve the management of business infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2013 Sending data from equipment, instruments and sensors in a building to cloud servers is an effective way of collecting the data and then performing analytics to monitor and manage the devices and systems to improve effective use, says IBM Smarter Planet Industry Solutions VP David Bartlett. “There... 

SA company wins international award for sewer rehabilitation

By: Gia Costella     29th March 2013 Subsurface pipeline construction and rehabilitation company Trenchless Technologies won the International Society for Trenchless Technology’s (ISTT’s) 2012 No-Dig Award for its work on a sewerage rehabilitation project, in Port Elizabeth.   

Denel Aviation launches new maintenance centre for Russian helicopters

By: Keith Campbell     27th March 2013 South African State-owned aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company Denel Aviation officially inaugurated its new MRO Centre for Russian Mil Mi-8 and Mi-17-family helicopters on Tuesday evening. The new service centre is a joint initiative with Russian Helicopters, the State-owned... 

Supplementing maintenance resources growing trend in petrochemicals industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd March 2013 Proactive maintenance is important to ensure the productivity and sustainability of petrochemical companies, with leaders in the field opting to supplement their maintenance resources with outsourced expertise and equipment, which allows them to concentrate on their core business, says welding-... 

Skilled jobs to be shed as Denel Aviation seals new maintenance contract with SAAF 

By: Keith Campbell     15th March 2013 The State-owned Denel defence industrial group announced on Thursday that it had reached a new agreement with the South African Air Force (SAAF) to replace the current Denel Personnel Solutions/Aero Manpower Group (DPS/AMG) contract, which expires at the end of March. The new arrangement will see... 

Training to facilitate adoption of high-quality lubricants in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th February 2013 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) maintains that, while South Africa is slowly embracing higher quality lubricants, owing to international original-equipment manufacturer-specified requirements from the US, Europe and Asia, the best-selling engine oil in South Africa remains... 

SA manufacturing output up 2% in Dec, below expectations

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     7th February 2013 Yearly growth in South Africa’s manufacturing production fell to 2% in December 2012 from 3.7% in the previous month and was below market expectations of 2.9%. Although subdued, seven of the ten manufacturing divisions, including the petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products... 

Integrating wireless technology and plant management systems can boost efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2013 Integrating wireless technology with industrial plant management systems that keep track of maintenance history and modifications, enables plants to be maintained more effectively and, hence, operate efficiently over an extended plant lifecycle, says industrial database software engineering... 

Over 500 aircraft maintenance specialists to be retrenched by Denel

By: Keith Campbell     25th January 2013 Denel Aviation last week confirmed that it will start to retrench the entire workforce of its Denel Personnel Solutions/Aero Manpower Group (DPS/AMG) with effect from the end of March. This is because the South African Air Force (SAAF) will not be renewing its current contract with DPS/AMG, which... 

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