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Welding & Cutting News

High demand for skilled plastics welders in SA  

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 Strict environmental management regulations and the increased use of plastic welding have resulted in increased demand for the training of more plastic welders. 

CT acquisition expands national footprint

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 Power, welding and construction-related equipment rental and sales company Renttech South Africa is expanding its presence in the national welding arena with the April acquisition of welding equipment supplier Western Cape Welding Supplies. 

Plasma cutting technology significantly reduces cutting costs, improves cut quality

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 Mining, engineering and shaft-sinking equipment manufacturer Max Power Services has reduced its cutting costs by 40% after employing US plasma cutting systems and consumables manufacturer Hypertherm’s Integrated Plasma Cutting Solutions technology. 

Local company manufactures its largest diameter strip clamper

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 Automated welding equipment manufacturer Devine Machines has designed and installed its biggest strip clamper to date for local stainless steel pipe manufacturer Euro Steel Pipe. 

New welded products, services offered to South African market

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 The South African division of the Welding Alloys Group Welding Alloys South Africa (Wasa), has introduced new products and services to the local market, with which it hopes industrial companies will reduce their production costs and increase productivity. 

Welding wire gains local momentum

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 There has been a recent increase in demand of submerged-arc welding (SAW) equipment supplier Argon Arc Welding Supplies’ latest flux-cored welding wire by the South African market, owing to the company’s latest order, says technical manager Michael van Eyk.  

No short cuts on road to quality

14th June 2013 Companies wrestling with the consequences of low welding skills levels among their workforces are advised to take a long-term view of the task of building welding expertise. 

Lack of trainers leads to fewer qualified welders

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 A shortage of dedicated and qualified welding educators and trainers, with the relevant experience, has resulted in a low number of qualified artisans being produced yearly, which forces State-owned enterprises such as Eskom and Transnet, as well as corporates such as Sasol, to import skilled and... 

Cost-effective welding simulator for industrial training

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2013 An affordable gas metal arc virtual welding simulator enables schools, colleges and even companies to begin entry-level welding training, or to use the simulator to assess the talents of new entrants, says education systems company Edit Microsystems product manager Tamryn Smit. The light,... 

New resonator increases laser cutting capacity by 100%

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 German-based laser manufacturer Trumpf’s new TruLaser 5000 series, comprising two-dimensional (2D) flatbed laser cutting machines, is now available in South Africa through local distributor Retecon.                TruLaser 5000 can be equipped with an 8 kW resonator, called TruFlow 8000, which... 

Global photonics industry demonstrates dynamic growth

1st March 2013 Trade fair organiser and host of the upcoming Laser World of Photonics, the Munich Trade Fair Centre, known as the Messe München, has identified photonics as a key technology for several application sectors, and one of the more important, rapidly growing industries of the future. “Laser World of... 

Remanufacturer commissions advanced laser measurement and alignment system

1st March 2013 Local diesel engine and component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering has commissioned an advanced laser measurement and alignment system, which aims to simplify bore and bearing journal alignment for the automotive sector. “The new-generation heavy diesel engines are now moving from 16... 

Mobile laser cladding unit in final design stages

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is developing a mobile laser cladding system which, if all goes well, should be ready by the end of the year to service various industries, including the aerospace, defence, automotive and mining industries,... 

NLC to start production on LENS additive manufacturing system ‘asap’ 

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 As part of its additive manufacturing programme launched last year, the National Laser Centre (NLC) hopes to start production work on its Laser Engineered Net-Shaping (LENS) technology system as soon as possible, says NLC laser-enabled manufacturing (LEM) manager Hansie Pretorius. The LENS... 

Biomedical robot use on growth path – Yaskawa

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2013 The use of robots in the biomedical field is expected to grow significantly, says the Japanese Yaskawa, which is investing in its newly acquired Southern African growth platform. Yaskawa Europe COO Manfred Stern told Engineering News Online that 25 of the company’s dual-arm robots were being put... 

Afrox to report higher 2012 basic earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2013 Industrial gases and welding group Afrox on Wednesday said it expected its basic earnings a share for the 2012 financial year to be between 38% and 58% higher than that of 2011. The increase in basic earnings a share was primarily derived from the consequences of the significant impairments... 

Afrox concludes R41m Lindoflamm and bulk gases deal

8th February 2013 Gas products and services company Africa Oxygen (Afrox) concluded a R41-million Lindoflamm and bulk gases deal with Secunda-based welding, fabrication and maintenance company Hydra-Arc. 

Cape Town gets new marine artisans training centre

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     12th October 2012 Shipyard and service provider to international marine, oil and gas industries, DCD Marine, has committed to the advancement of artisans in the South African engineering sector, with the development if a marine industry-specific training facility in Cape Town. 

Eskom sets up school to train specialist welders  

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2012 Eskom CEO Brian Dames says the utility has taken on board criticism over the fact that it is continuing to employ foreign specialist welders at its power station projects and has established an internal welding school to redress the situation. Speaking at a South African Chamber of Commerce and... 

Institute to introduce new welding safety course

By: Gia Costella     14th September 2012 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) plans to introduce a new training course by year-end, which is aimed at improving welding safety in many industries, including the mining sector, says SAIW executive director Jim Guild. Although the course has not yet been named officially, Guild... 

Welding institute highlights importance of ISO 3834 certification

By: Gia Costella     14th September 2012 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) continues to highlight the importance and value of International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certification, specifically ISO 3834 certification for organisations in the welding industry. SAIW qualification and certification manager... 

Engineering solutions provider awarded ISO 3834 certification

By: Gia Costella     14th September 2012 The Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) Certification division awarded global engineering solutions provider Kentz Southern Africa’s Chamdor fabrication facility, in Johannesburg, ISO 3834 certification last month. The certification was awarded following the facility’s ISO 3834 Part... 

Institute organises international conference

By: Gia Costella     14th September 2012 The International Institute of Welding (IIW) Regional Congress, organised by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), will be held on November 7 and 8 at Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg. The theme of the congress is ‘Advancing science and technology of welding in sub-Saharan Africa’,... 

Gas-mix important for quality welding

14th September 2012 Achieving a high-quality welded joint not only has an impact on the aesthetics of an item, but also on its integrity, durability, strength and safety, says manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals Air Products South Africa. The company... 

Youngest-ever winner of SAIW award announced

14th September 2012 Quentin Schoombie, GM of dished ends manufacturing company Tank Ends, last month became the youngest ever winner of the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) Harvey Shatlock Gold Award for the best technical paper. The 30-year old former boilermaker won the award for his presentation... 

Welding institute notes gap between qualification, competence

14th September 2012 Although there are industry players such as the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) providing training and, as such, career development for welding professionals, the gap between qualifications and competence levels in the industry remains, says SAIW executive director Jim Guild. “This... 

Gas purity, quality critical for laser-cutting applications 

31st August 2012 Cognisant of the impact that impure oxygen can have on the final product produced by laser oxygen cutting, industrial and specialty gas products and chemicals company Air Products South Africa has a specialised plant that produces Lasox. Air Products’ Cryoease division produces and supplies the... 

Key focus on technical competence as competition rises

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 The number of medium- and heavy-steel projects in South Africa and globally should ensure medium growth for industrial holding company VBV Holdings, but the company must remain globally competitive to grow, says VBV Holdings chairperson Gary van den Berg. 

Steel fabricator accelerates welder training programme

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 Local steel fabricator Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF) has trained 45 welders in its newly opened welding training facility, in Vanderbijlpark, and aims to train welders from all its sister companies under industrial holding company VBV Holdings, says CSF GM Duncan Viljoen. 

SA welding skills stagnant 

By: Sashnee Moodley     27th July 2012 South African industry is constrained by the increasing gap between the number of available skilled welders and the demand for skilled welders, asserts Free State-based specialist welder training organisation SIH Training Expertise training manager Styles Hood. 

SA needs to accelerate expert welder training programmes

By: Schalk Burger     22nd June 2012 Expert training programmes to develop internationally accredited welding personnel are needed for South Africa’s manufacturing industry to compete on the international stage and to meet South Africa’s infrastructure development aspirations, says University of Pretoria welding expert and... 

National approach needed to grow SA’s GDP, says institute

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 South Africa’s failure to pay sufficient attention to the welding industry has resulted in a higher level of imported products and labour, which negatively impacts on the manufacturing sector, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employment, says Southern African Institute of Welding... 

Research body says lack of laser technology knowledge a concern

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 A lack of knowledge about the advantages and availability of laser cutting and welding technologies is a challenge for the industry, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Laser Materials Processing competence area manager Dr Federico Sciammarella tells Engineering News. 

New machinery to improve quality of butt welds

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 The Installation and Fabrication Plastic Pipe Association (Ifpa) and its parent body, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma), have made a bend testing machine available to Plastics SA for training and testing purposes.  

Supplier develops new welding technique

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 Air-cooled heat exchangers supplier GEA Aircooled Systems has developed and applied for a full patent on a new method for the orbital welding of tubes, welding engineer Angel Krustev tells Engineering News. 

International partnerships offer solutions provider growth opportunities

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 Cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut says partnering with international companies has given it a competitive edge in the cutting industry, enabling it to provide its clients with total solutions. 

Sweden-based company continues to grow in Africa

By: Gia Costella     15th June 2012 International welding equipment and consumables manufacturer ESAB continues to grow its offering to the South African market, welding consumables product manager Kim Brightwell tells Engineering News. 

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