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Welding & Cutting News

Specialised welding enhances refurbishment capabilities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Having proven the benefits of laser beam welding for the refurbishment of industrial components in a range of experimental projects, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is working to commercialise this specialised technique for the South... 

High-pressure industrial cleaning suitable for various industries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Water-jetting solutions provider Total Blasting says its ultrahigh-pressure jetting units are suitable for applications in industries such as petrochemicals (refineries), marine, offshore oil and gas, and automotive manufacturing plants.  

High-pressure industrial cleaning suitable for various industries
HIGH-PRESSURE CLEANING Total Blasting has provided many plants and industrial cleaning contractors with simple and flexible water-jetting capability

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 Through a rapidly expanding gas distribution network, gas supplier Virtual Gas Network is presenting the energy industry with lower energy costs and improved profitability, while also enabling energy producers and consumers to move towards meeting cleaner emissions targets.  

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg
VIRTUAL NETWORK The ‘virtual’ distribution network is an innovative road-based delivery system of compressed-gas tube-trailer modules each storing compressed gas for distribution to customers

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Following the implementation of the business strategy to convert Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium complex, in Mpumalanga, into an industrial park, the park is capitalising on its strategic location, says Highveld Industrial Park CFO Andrew Maralack. Highveld Industrial Park is situated close to... 

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park
CAPITAL LOCATION in less than a year of being operational, Highveld Industrial Park has set up a sustainable business

BMG invests R400m in Joburg distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG invests R400m in Joburg  distribution centre
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng 

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Artisan training to benefit welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 By developing local skills and paying attention to quality and on-time delivery, Secunda-based fabrication company Hydra-Arc says it is possible to be successful and competitive in this challenging industry. "The demand for skills development is massive in South Africa, therefore, fully fledged... 

Artisan training  to benefit welders
IN ACTION Hydra-Arc’s Mshiniwami artisan academy is training 400 welders and 300 boilermakers this year

Automation presents growth opportunities for industry

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The recent slowdown in major capital investment projects has resulted in  a challenge in the employment environment within the South African welding industry. This has prompted businesses to reassess opportunities and efficiencies within their current fabrication methodology, says welding and... 

Automation presents growth opportunities  for industry
ENDLESS APPLICATIONS The Polysoude Orbital Welder is consistent, and increases productivity

Certification upholds international standards

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme, known as ISO 3834, is operated by independent company SAIW Certification, which is authorised by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) as South Africa’s Authorised National Body for Company... 

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

Localisation key to welding industry growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Promoting local manufacturing in South Africa creates opportunities for the local welding industry, says South African science institution Agricultural Research Council and Agricultural Engineering (ARC-AE) research team manager for renewable energy, agricultural infrastructure and agroprocessing... 

Localisation key to  welding industry growth
AGRICULTURAL WELDING The Senotlelo feed mill is an example of how welding is used in the agriculture industry

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap
PHAKAMILE BUTHELEZI The Federal Steel Company has invested in initiatives to monitor and facilitate the proper training of young artisans

Welding foundation industry collaboration empowers SA learners

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation aims to provide training to disadvantaged individuals in a range of areas that include welding and inspection, and the training of trainers for welding and related technologies. In addition, integrated steel and mining company... 

Welding foundation industry collaboration  empowers SA learners
WELDING KING Nndwakhulu Mufamadi (left) receiving his IWT certificate from SAIW president Morris Maroga

Welding key in driving economic growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Welding has been dubbed the “miracle career” by Johannesburg-based training institute, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), owing to the number of opportunities associated with it. Manufacturing is essential for economic growth and with welding forming a significant part of... 

Welding key in driving economic growth
QCTO IN ACTION A trainee practising his gas-tungsten arc skills in the Southern African Institute of Welding welding school

Rope access pivotal in enhancing NDT inspection

     15th September 2017 The effectiveness of non-destructive testing (NDT) is enhanced by rope access, as it ensures the rapid deployment of skilled technicians to carry out this critical inspection work, posits industrial rope access specialist Skyriders. NDT is an ideal form of preventative maintenance, and is used... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th September 2017 As one of the market leaders in providing engineered solutions to combat wear, welding consumables manufacturer Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) has been manufacturing welded composite overlay material since 1976. With eight automated welding stations, WASA is currently one of the largest... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Black investor acquires majority stake in precision manufacturing firm

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 A recent acquisition of 51% of Johannesburg-based precision manufacturing company Bay Engineering by Black Industrialists Group (BIG) for R6.5-million is being held up as an example of transformation in the manufacturing sector. Bay Engineering MD Etienne Labuschagne points out that the deal,... 

High-quality weld preparation for oil and gas industry

     8th September 2017 Orbital cutting and bevelling machines for high-purity piping from international weld preparation products supplier EH Wachs are now available in South Africa from industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial, a division of Actum Industrial, to serve the unique needs of the oil and... 

High-quality weld  preparation for oil  and gas industry
SAFETY AND PRECISION The cold cutting process eliminates the risks associated with torch cutting and produces a stronger weld joint

Black industrialist bemoans lack of government support

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 Engineering and fabrication company Oro Projects is struggling to make headway in the engineering and fabrication industry, owing to a lack of support from government departments and financial support institutions, which have been vocal about their willingness to assist black-owned industry.  

Black industrialist bemoans  lack of government support
Photo by Duane Daws
BLACK INDUSTRIALIST Oro Project’s Benoni-based plant is a large industrial fabricator with significant potential to skill and employ people

Unique bevelling, cutting and welding reduces chance of microbial growth 

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Owing to the existence of pipes and tubes in the food and beverage industry with improper welds – making them more susceptible to the growth of micro bacteria and organisms – industrial product supplier Actum Industrial says the high-quality end results of its Orbitalum orbital cutting, bevelling... 

Unique bevelling, cutting and welding reduces chance of microbial growth
Actum Industrial product manager Werner Smit explains what the E.H. Wachs machines and the Orbitalum machines can do. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Expansion ensures greater manufacturing capability for Hydra-Arc

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Steel fabricator Hydra-Arc has recently expanded its machining capability allowing them to take on work previously done by international manufacturing and engineering companies. Founded in 1987 by Jose Maciel, Hydra-Arc has grown from a supplier of specialised welders into a leading refinery... 

Expansion ensures  greater manufacturing  capability for Hydra-Arc
BEACON OF HOPE Mshiniwami trainees do practical training by assisting with the less complex welds on Hydra- Arc’s water tank projects, helping water-scarce rural communities

Partnership distributes consumables to customer network

     16th June 2017 Steel distributor Böhler Uddeholm Africa and welding products supplier Unique Welding Alloys have joined forces to offer fabricators a range of high-quality welding consumables that is easily accessible through a national customer-focused network. 

Partnership distributes consumables to  customer network
Photo by Victor Moolman
METAL ARC WELDING Unique Welding Alloys supplies manual metal arc welding stick electrodes

Cold cutting machine minimises explosion risks

     16th June 2017 Portable weld prep-machine tool manufacturer E.H. Wachs’ low clearance split frame (LCSF) operates on a cold cutting machining process, resulting in a safe and clean operation that minimises the risk of explosion. 

Cold cutting machine minimises explosion risks
COLD CUT Cold cutting can be considered safer owing to a lower chance of explosions

Equipment supplier introduces four new welding machines

     16th June 2017 Welding equipment supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has incorporated four new models from equipment manufacturer Miller’s range of welding machines for use in large industrial applications. 

Nitrogen partnership creates opportunities in local market 

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 A distribution partnership between nitrogen filtration systems manufacturer NitraLife and cutting and bending solutions provider First Cut will see it become the exclusive distributor of NitraLife’s NitraCut nitrogen generators, allow its Swiss principal, sheet processing systems manufacturer... 

Nitrogen partnership creates opportunities in local market
Nitra-Life director Tom Sowry and First Cut Bystronic sales director for South Africa Gareth Jackson explains the benefits of working together and the future. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 Butt-welding machine.

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 The new Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 computer numerically controlled (CNC) plastic pipe butt-welding machine range available from the company Plasti-tech, is a high quality and durable, next generation pipe butt-welding machine. 

Hürner CNC ECO 2.0 Butt-welding machine.
Photo by Victor Moolman
BRAD CHAMONT We recommend that someone is in the control box when the machine is in operation

Engineering company divests welding and wire cutting businesses

     16th June 2017 Engineering company Sandvik Materials Technology intends to divest its welding and stainless steel wire cutting businesses in order to consolidate its product portfolio and improve its long-term performance. 

Engineering company  divests welding and wire cutting businesses
Photo by Duane Daws
WIRE CUTTING Sandvik Materials Technology is divesting its stainless steel wire business

Distribution network helps facilitate equipment access

     16th June 2017 Fabricators can now access welding consumables and equipment aupplier ESAB’s welding machines, consumables, automation equipment and gas apparatus following the its partnership with industrial equipment supplier Howden Donkin’s distribution and logistics network. 

Distribution network helps facilitate equipment access
LOGISTICS Imperial Logistics provides storage, office and warehouse space to Howden Donkin

Weld purge monitor required to measure oxygen accurately

     16th June 2017 In order to accurately read the residual oxygen level inside a tube, pipe, welding chamber or enclosure during the act of purging, weld purging experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has designed a range of weld purge monitors, including the PurgEye Desk, the PurgeNet and the Purge Monitor,... 

Weld purge monitor  required to measure oxygen accurately
MEASUREMENTS The PurgeEye is capable of measuring oxygen levels accurately

Demand for welders decreases as power stations near completion 

By: Victor Moolman     16th June 2017 Owing to major projects, such as the Medupi and Kusile power stations, nearing completion, the South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says fewer welders have enrolled for its training courses in the past year. 

Demand for welders decreases as power stations near completion
SAIW executive director Sean Blake explains the challenges and future of welding in South Africa. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2017 As part of the company’s commitment to stay relevant through innovation, local stainless steel and aluminium cookware manufacturer Hendler and Hart is implementing a substantial two-year re-engineering process, based on the concept of continuous improvement, at its Boksburg manufacturing plant. 

Continuous improvement concept to increase productivity
Hendler and Hart gives a tour of their aluminium and stainless-steel factory facility, in Boksburg. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

New laser source expands possibilities

     14th April 2017 International laser systems provider Trotec Laser has expanded the product portfolio of the Galvo marking lasers with a new laser source MOPA. The new laser source allows expanded possibilities for users when marking metals and plastics. With the MOPA laser, users are able to also mark plastics... 

New laser source expands possibilities
MAKING A MARK Trotec’s MOPA laser source is especially suitable for dark plastics, as its shorter pulses often produce “vivid”, lighter markings, which results in a higher contrast

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

R&D capitalises on global growth
Photo by Bloomberg
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING Laser-based three-dimensional technology is mostly focused on industrial application, and presents a specific area for significant growth in the future

Growth in laser gas noted by company

     14th April 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s and gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has experienced market growth over the years owing to its development of laser gases for different applications... 

Growth in laser gas  noted by company
CUTTING EDGE Afrox started penetrating the laser cutting market around 2005 and its growth in this field and of the market share for laser cutting has dramatically increased since then

New fastening solution introduced onto market

By: Johane Turkstra     7th April 2017 To mitigate welding, bolting and clamping, construction company Hilti introduced to the South African market its Threaded Stud S-BT technology for multipurpose fastenings, including grating, onto coated structural steel in mildly and highly corrosive environments. “Welding channel mounts or... 

New fastening solution  introduced onto market
THE HILTI THREADED STUD S-BT A cost-effective solution for fastening onto steel in mildly and highly corrosive environments

Camden power station to receive last of 164 burners 

By: Victor Moolman     27th January 2017 Engineering company Hlakani Engineering will deliver the last of the 164 custom made burners to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Camden power station, in Mpumalanga, in the second half of this year. 

Camden power station to receive last of 164 burners
Hlakani directors Hermann Bruemmer and Gerhard Holtshauzen explain the future of burner manufacturing for State-owned power utility Eskom

New range to ensure clean tube and pipe welds

     20th January 2017 Pipe welding purging systems specialist Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) has introduced the PurgElite low-cost range of tube and pipe purging systems to achieve a clean, oxide free, zero colour weld in tubes and pipes, which can be used in any other industry where stainless steel or titanium is... 

New range to  ensure clean tube  and pipe welds
SAFER WELDING The new system will allow welders to create higher quality welds by sealing certain parts of pipes
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