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Welding & Cutting News

Digital educational tools empower teachers and super-charge study materials

By: Schalk Burger     24th April 2015 Electronic and digital education tools, including interactive whiteboards and student-response systems, are empowering teachers to spend significantly more time preparing lessons, work on identified difficult topics and help students who struggle. Various high-quality, colourful images, and... 

Rope-access specialist continues with repair services for Sappi mills

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 Rope access specialist Skyriders completed hard-to-reach inspection and repair work on time and within budget early last year for South African pulp and paper producer Sappi’s Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn tells Engineering News. Zinn explains that, rather... 

Rope-access specialist continues with repair services for Sappi mills
Skyriders technicians use ropes to abseil down into confined spaces as a means of moving from point A to point B.

Company delivers first order of new laser-cutting range

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 Local machine tools distributor Retecon has received its first order for the high-powered 8 kW Trumpf TruLaser 5060 (TL 5060), which should be delivered to its Gauteng-based customer by the end of next month. Retecon is the official sole distributor for Germany-based laser manufacturer Trumpf,... 

Company delivers first order of new  laser-cutting range
PRODIGIOUS REQUIREMENT The manufacturing industry's need for increased laser power can be mitigated by the TL 5000 series

High-speed laser to produce first components in 2016

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 South African research institute the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) has confirmed that its large-area high-speed selective laser melting (SLM) system, also known as the Aeroswift project, is on track to produce the system’s first industrial... 

High-speed laser to produce first components in 2016
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRY PURSUIT Project Aeroswift will be able to produce components with various metals, including titanium and stainless steel alloys

Laser industry shifts to fibre laser-cutting systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 The laser-cutting industry has transitioned in recent years from using carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers to fibre laser-cutting systems, notes Switzerland-based sheet metal cutting and bending equipment supplier Bystronic. The light source of a fibre-optic laser-cutting system, commonly known as fibre... 

Laser industry shifts to  fibre laser-cutting systems
Photo by Bloomberg
IMPROVED PROFICIENCY The speed of a fibre laser is several times higher than that of a CO2 laser

Local laser specialist launches enhanced product offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th March 2015 To provide end-users with state-of-the-art metal-cutting capabilities, local industrial laser-cutting machine designer, manufacturer, importer and distributor Beyond Laser South Africa (SA) will launch its new flatbed fibre-optic laser-cutting machines, manufactured by China-based laser power... 

Local laser specialist launches enhanced  product offering
MARKING ALTERNATIVE The Electrox Scorpion Rapide allows for complete control of the laser beam parameters to mark different materials

Pipes association calls for submission of sample HDPE pipes for quality testing

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th March 2015 As the requirements of reliability and the extended life span of plastic pipes across industry are increasing, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Association (Sappma) is inviting companies to submit high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe samples by April 30 for selective quality... 

Bringing US training technology to local market

     21st November 2014 Cape Town-based educational and corporate technology solutions supplier Edit Microsystems says that it now distributes welding training technology, the GuideWeld Live to the Southern African market. The GuideWeld Live has been developed and manufactured by US-based   experiential learning... 

Technological advances reduce costs

By: Bruce Montiea     21st November 2014 Keeping up with technological advances is enabling steel industry engineering services provider Steel Services & Allied Industries (SS & AI) to “cut overhead costs and reduce the handling of materials throughout the fabrication process”, says MD Lawrence Bartlett. SS & AI, which is a member of... 

Technological advances  reduce costs
FACTORY FLOOR Automation keeps Steel Services & Allied Industries at the forefront of technology and also makes it a leader in productivity

Built-in safety valve improves safety and reliability 

By: Dylan Slater     7th November 2014 Sales of the Smoothflo gas pressure regulator, that is equipped with a piston-embedded safety valve, from gas and welding company Afrox, exceeded expectations for the first year and, subsequently, helped to accelerate global demand. 

Built-in safety valve improves safety and reliability
Afrox business manager Devandran Naicker tells Engineering News’ Dylan Slater about the future of the company’s new gas regulator.

Afrox, GDE fund skills development at technical schools 

By: Ilan Solomons     27th October 2014 In partnership with the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE), gases and welding company Afrox officially unveiled the upgraded Jabulani Welding Centre at the Jabulani Technical High School, in Soweto, on Friday. Afrox MD Brett Kimber highlighted that, as part of the company’s corporate social... 

Afrox, GDE fund skills development at technical schools
Gauteng Department of education deputy-director general for educational support Vuyani Mpofu emphasises the importance of learners, teachers and the local community securing upgraded welding training centres. Editing: Shane Williams.

New coverall range launched for industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th October 2014 Local specialised protective-clothing manufacturer Charnaud introduced its new Aci-Flam and Metal-Safe ranges of protective clothing to industry last month. Charnaud supplies products and specialised footwear to industries dealing with, for example, hot-metal smelting, firefighting, shaft... 

New coverall range launched for industry
INDUSTRY FIRST The Metal-Safe personal protective garments are made from Lenzing FR, antistatic, high-strength synthetic and other fibres

David Brown

     12th September 2014 Global leader in industrial gear system design, manufacture and service, David Brown has been delivering highly reliable gear systems to the mining industry for more than 150 years. From CX conveyor drives, large girth gears and mill drives to complete gearbox service, repair and upgrade, David... 

David Brown

Emphasis placed on pressure vessel inspectors

     12th September 2014 Pressure equipment that is not manufactured, repaired, modified, operated and maintained correctly can be extremely dangerous, particularly to a plant’s operating personnel and to the public, as the system failure of pressure equipment can result in significant bodily damage to those who are... 

Emphasis placed on pressure vessel inspectors
PRESSURE TEST Manufacturers and users of pressure equipment have to ensure compliance with local pressure equipment regulations

Fabrication company achieves accreditation

     12th September 2014 Local fabrication company ND Engineering, which has extensive experience in the manufacture of equipment for industrial processes using a variety of standard and exotic grades of materials, achieved ISO 3834:2005 compliance for the quality requirements for fusion welding of metallic materials... 

Fabrication company achieves accreditation
ISO 3834:2005 CERTIFICATION Receiving the certificates (Front row left to right) Mark Ackerman, Sean Blake, Elvis Green and John Creamer

Institute assists State-owned freight and logistics group

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 State-owned freight and logistics group Transnet Engineering (TE) says its membership and association with nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), has ensured that all TE’s welding inspectors have been correctly trained and certified to provide a... 

Institute assists  State-owned freight  and logistics group
Photo by Duane Daws
EDUCATION DRIVER Transnet Engineering is passionate about the learning and development of youth and is continuously investing in its technical skills pipeline

Regulatory improvement calls  

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 The Thermal Spray Association of Southern Africa (TSASA), a subcommittee of nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) aims to increase thermal spray use while improving standards in local industrial sectors. TSASA chairperson Adam Wintle tells Engineering... 

Regulatory improvement calls
Thermal Spray Association of Southern Africa chairperson Adam Wintle discusses the state of the thermal spray industry in Southern Africa.

SAIW director appointed chair of global body

     12th September 2014 Nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild was appointed chairperson of the International Institute of Welding’s (IIW’s) International Authorisation Board (IAB) at the IIW’s sixty-seventh Annual Assembly, held in Seoul, South Korea,... 

SAIW director appointed  chair of global body
JIM GUILD The first chairperson of the International Institute of Welding’s International Authorisation Board from outside of Europe or the US

SAIW proceeds with Mpumalanga centre plan  

By: Ilan Solomons     12th September 2014 The Mpumalanga provincial government and nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) aim to establish a R130-million training facility in Mpumalanga. SAIW executive director Jim Guild tells Engineering News that, in the past five years, the institute has made... 

SAIW proceeds with  Mpumalanga centre plan
South African Institute of Welding executive director Jim Guild discusses recent developments and initiatives under way at the institute

Sugar producer and SAIW team up in Moz

     12th September 2014 Agricultural and agroprocessing group Tongaat Hulett’s Mozambique-based sugar mill and sugar cane estates’ subsidiary Acucareira de Moçambique (Mafambisse) ran a nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) training course for its staff at the company’s... 

Sugar producer and  SAIW team up in Moz
MOZAMBIQUE COURSE TRAINEES Some of the participants in the Appreciation of Welders for Engineers course at Tongaat Hulett-Acucareira de Moçambique

Welder competition receives positive response

     12th September 2014 Entries for the nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) 2015 Young Welder of the Year (YWoY) competition opened last month and, to date, the SAIW says that the interest expressed in the competition throughout South Africa has been “unprecedented”. The... 

Welder competition  receives positive response
YOUNG WELDING WIZARD 2013 Young Welder of the Year winner Houston Isaacs with the Southern African Institute of Welding’s Etienne Nell and Frans Vorster

Aerosud restructured for greater growth

     5th September 2014 Aerosud, South Africa’s leading aeromechanical parts manufacturer, has restructured its operations as part of a strategy aimed at ensuring continued strong growth. The restructure, put into effect in June, is directed at strategically positioning and financially beefing up Aerosud Aviation – the... 

Aerosud restructured for greater growth

New SA hydrogen and oxygen plant unveiled

By: Keith Campbell     31st July 2014 South African gas and welding products company Afrox, part of the German Linde group, publicly unveiled its new R14-million high-purity hydrogen and oxygen plant at Pelindaba, west of Pretoria, on Thursday. The new plant uses latest-generation electrolysis technology. "We had a hydrogen plant,... 

New SA hydrogen and oxygen plant unveiled

Effective training with welding simulator

By: Bruce Montiea     25th July 2014 Educational solutions supplier Sangari South Africa reports that the Soldamatic simulator, which it uses to assist in the training of apprentices, has won top honours at this year’s Worlddidac Awards, held in Berne, Switzerland, last month, for the most innovative educational product of 2014. The... 

Effective training with welding simulator
WELDING PRECISION Theory must be accompanied by practical training to improve understanding

Merseta advocates practical trade experience to plug South Africa’s technical gaps

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2014 The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) advocates artisan training, coupled with workplace experience, as a way of developing technical skills that are in demand, which will create high-quality jobs and more technically qualified... 

Afrox

     13th June 2014 African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) is sub-Saharan Africa’s leading supplier of gases, welding and safety products, employing 3 000 people and operating in South Africa and 11 other African countries. It manages operations in five more countries on behalf of its parent company, The Linde Group, a... 

Afrox

Tel-Screw Profile

     16th May 2014 Standard, special fasteners and overhead line products manufacturer Tel-Screw, which was established in 1970, is equipped to do all types of bending and forming. The company’s capabilities include cold heading, hot forging, thread rolling, screw cutting, hot bending, cold bending, automatic... 

Tel-Screw Profile

New wear-resistant liner factory geared for global competition

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 The upgraded factory of chromium carbide wear liner manufacturer Rio Carb meets the highest international standards, priming the company for international competition in providing wear liners for mining in Africa and South Africa, says Rio Carb MD Martin Maine. The new factory meets US and Canada... 

Welding institute in regional expansion

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th April 2014 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has begun its regional expansion as a result of an increasing demand for its services in Durban and Cape Town.  

Funding approved for 150 t/d air separation unit in Coega

By: Schalk Burger     15th November 2013 Specialist gases company Afrox has approved R300-million in funding to build a 150 t/d air separation unit in the industrial development zone of Coega, in the Eastern Cape, to supply industrial clients and health services in the region with various gases, says Afrox MD Brett Kimber. The unit will... 

Several orders pending for advanced wall-saw range

By: Ilan Solomons     18th October 2013 Professional sawing and drilling contractors have shown significant interest in the new Titan high-frequency wall saw, which is apparent in the several orders pending final financial clearance by companies, diamond tools and equipment manufacturer and supplier Diamond Products director Darryl... 

Several orders pending for advanced wall-saw range
SPECIALISED PURPOSE The Titan wall saws are usually used for the specialised demolition of reinforced concrete structures and on walls and floors

Upgrade may be deemed field proven this year

By: Ilan Solomons     18th October 2013 Local lathe manufacturer FAS Machine Tools has upgraded its FAS Synchroturn computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe to offer improved machining capability and is expected to be deemed field proven by the end of the year. 

Upgrade may be deemed field proven this year
FASTER MANUFACTURING The Synchroturn can accommodate up to four tools working simultaneously on a single workpiece

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 To redress the negative perceptions of thermal spraying in some market sectors in Africa and to increase the awareness of its uses, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) will bolster the position of thermal spraying through its newly launched Thermal Spray Association of Southern... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry
THERMAL SPRAYING The primary objective of the Thermal Spray Association of South Africa is to implement existing internationally-accepted standards in the industry

Institute investigates use of e-learning

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says that one of the highest priorities in its training programmes is the implementation of e-learning as a teaching method. 

Institute undertakes several certifications

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has certified 82 companies and sites to date and has more than 30 additional companies that are interested in obtaining ISO 3834 certification before the end of the year to ensure all aspects of welding and fabrication are properly managed and... 

Institute undertakes several certifications
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Competent persons undergoing training through the Southern African Institute of Welding will only be certified once they successfully complete a theoretical training course and a period of practical training

Lab undertakes work to improve quality of welding

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has undertaken about 40 testing and evaluation jobs at its R12-million metallurgical testing laboratory, based at its head office in City West, Johannesburg, since the lab opened in late April. 

R12m laboratory to assist welding industry  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2013 The newly launched Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) laboratory will test and evaluate the quality of welds, while the technology centre will assist in improving the quality of welding in South Africa. The R12-million metallurgical testing laboratory, officially launched in July at the... 

R12m laboratory to  assist welding industry
Southern African Institute of Welding discusses the significance of its newly launched metallurgical testing laboratory.

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