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Maintenance News

Rail operator eyes South African, African leasing expansion with renewed locomotive fleet

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2021 Freight logistics company Grindrod, through its 43% shareholding in Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa, is looking to expand its locomotives leasing and rail operations business in South Africa and the rest of Africa. This comes after it achieved success in Sierra Leone, having brought... 

Chain and sprockets offer cost savings on power transmission

12th November 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s total plant management solutions encompass a technical advisory service for maintenance programmes that includes correct chain and sprocket selection, a critical factor in any power transmission system. “We believe that by investing in quality branded power... 

Image of a BMG worker conducting maintenance, specification
TECHNICAL SUPPORT BMG offers a site visit service prior to component specification to ensure an accurate total cost of ownership estimate

New division to provide tailored maintenance services

By: Cameron Mackay     12th November 2021 Facilities management services provider FM Solutions launched their specialist technical unit, FM Solutions Technical, in June 2021 – thereby expanding their facilities management services to include technical maintenance. “We are now able to provide a tailored package to our clients, ensuring... 

Image of FM Solutions director Zaahir Forbes
ZAAHIR FORBES Businesses have seen the need to reinstate facilities management services to ensure that facilities and workplaces are compliant and ready to accommodate returning staff members

Retail complex work complete

By: Cameron Mackay     12th November 2021 While the Montecasino leisure and retail complex in Fourways, Johannesburg, has its own maintenance team and specialised contractors, the complex occasionally requires work-at-height and confined-space experience for maintenance work, with rope access specialist Skyriders assisting in this... 

Image of Skyriders conducting at-height maintenance at Montecasino
AT-HEIGHT UPKEEP Earlier this year, Skyriders did maintenance work at the complex, including replacing an anchor system on a bell tower used to suspend advertising banners

Company provides application for linear heat cable in warehousing

29th October 2021 Equipment supplier Carrier Fire & Security is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of life safety equipment.  With industry-leading brands and products, the company has pioneered solutions for the modern world borne out of a legacy of knowledge and experience. 

Image of Carrier Fire & Security's AlarmLine II linear heat detection system
PROACTIVE MONITORING AlarmLine II linear heat detection is a cable-based temperature monitoring system that detects abnormal changes in the ambient temperature in commercial and industrial applications

Need for training in LNG sector recognised

By: Halima Frost     15th October 2021 With liquefied natural gas (LNG) expected to grow exponentially over the next five years, owing to the global drive to greener power generation, diverse consulting service provider Synergy Oil & Gas Consulting & Training senior energy manager Ismaeel Fataar says now is the time to upskill workers... 

A large ocean bearing vessel with LNG Gas from Mozambique and other parts of the world to South Africa.
KEEPING AFLOAT In order for South Africa to keep abreast with international standards, its LPG workers must be trained correctly

New drone tech improves inspection capabilities

By: Darren Parker     1st October 2021 Work-at-height company Skyriders has added the Zenith robotic inspection device –a new vertical inspection technology – to its portfolio of services. The winch-operated pan-tilt-zoom camera drone increases the accuracy and efficiency of repeat inspections in vertical downhole applications such as... 

A photo of the fully assembled Zenith robotic inspection device including camera, controller and tripod
DOWN-HOLE DREAM Skyriders first used the Zenith robotic inspection device in June for internal inspections on large petrochemicals tanks

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

A large solar installation on a clients roof installed by EP Refrigeration, which is grid-tied and decreases the clients reliance on grid power
LIGHT WORK Adding a solar installation to a company's refrigeration unit deceases the cost of running the unit off grid power alone

New camera used in inspection project

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 In a first for Southern Africa and possibly the whole of Africa, rope access specialists Skyriders has used Zenith – a new confined-space inspection camera system – at a petrochemicals plant, in Gauteng, for inspection. The Zenith system is manufactured by US-based inspection technology developer... 

An image of two drone pilots, holding a drone and remote
SKY GUYS The project required the expertise of qualified drone pilots to assist in the inspection of the petrochemical tanks

Critical planning essential for safe furnace demolition

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th August 2021 While furnace demolitions are carried out often, demolition contractor Jet Demolition says successful implementation of a furnace demolition and project execution stem from detailed and meticulous planning. “Furnace demolition projects generally take one of two forms – either the demolition works... 

Mini excavator undertaking refractory demolition in a furnace
CAN STAND THE HEAT To execute a fast-paced furnace shutdown project successfully for repair and total demolition, the integration of plans and methods across disciplines is critical

Around-the-clock vaccine freezer monitoring

By: Claire O'Reilly     9th July 2021 Local automation and control industry electronic products manufacturer Omniflex is providing Data2Desktop technology to monitor and detect slight internal temperature deviation in Covid-19 vaccine storage facilities.  

Digital indicator launched

9th July 2021 Load cells manufacturer and supplier Loadtech’s recently launched LT1320, which is a precision digital indicator for belt weighing applications. 

New liquid analysis sensors launched

9th July 2021 Measurement instrumentation, services and solutions company Endress+Hauser launched Memosens 2.0 digital technology last month, which provides simple, safe and connected liquid analysis. 

New thermal imaging camera launched

By: Claire O'Reilly     9th July 2021 Portable measurement instrumentation company Testo South Africa, a subsidiary of Testo SE & Co. KGaA, in Germany, launched a new handheld testo 883 thermal imaging camera in the second quarter of 2021. 

THERMAL CAPTURER
The testo 883 Thermal Imaging Camera offers an infrared resolution which can even be expanded to 640 x 480 pixels
THERMAL CAPTURER The testo 883 Thermal Imaging Camera offers an infrared resolution which can even be expanded to 640 x 480 pixels

Monitoring instrument promotes local health

By: Claire O'Reilly     9th July 2021 In order to protect community health, it is essential to measure particle matter (PM) levels on a continuous basis through the installation of specialised instrumentation, such as the PMsense PM transmitter from Italy-based measuring and control equipment company Delta OHM.  

PMSENSE
Particle matter transmitter
PMSENSE Particle matter transmitter

EPC regulations roll out promoted

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd July 2021 The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is actively promoting the roll-out of the new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Regulations. This is being done through SANAS’ new accreditation programme for accreditation of inspection bodies that will issue EPCs for buildings in... 

Testing can ensure safe communication on mines

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd July 2021 The potential dangers of working underground make reliable communication vital for improving safety and enhancing operational efficiency, says communications device provider Ya Batho sales and operations manager Craig Franck who stresses the importance of using wireless communication equipment... 

SAFER, DEEPER MINING
From its inception, Ya Batho decided to make products appropriate in explosive environments and close to electronic equipment, without interference, to adhere to mining regulations
SAFER, DEEPER MINING From its inception, Ya Batho decided to make products appropriate in explosive environments and close to electronic equipment, without interference, to adhere to mining regulations

Product ensures bolt security for safer railways

11th June 2021 Bolt security is essential for optimum safety in all industries, particularly in the railway sector, where demands on rail lines and train components are under increasing pressure, as trains and railway networks become more sophisticated. “Bolt loosening anywhere on railway infrastructure and... 

ADVANCED WEDGE-LOCKING
BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing system is based on wedge-locking technology, designed to secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads in extreme conditions
ADVANCED WEDGE-LOCKING BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing system is based on wedge-locking technology, designed to secure bolted joints exposed to severe vibration and dynamic loads in extreme conditions

Repair solution used across industries

By: Cameron Mackay     4th June 2021 Pump systems and complementary pump products provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) provided an emergency repair solution for a Pretoria-based cement manufacturer’s conveyor belt at the end of last year, showcasing the “versatility of Belzona-engineered coatings”. MRS CEO Franscois... 

COLDER AND WISER 
Belzona 2221 is easy to apply without requiring specialist tools and cures at room temperature, eliminating the need for “hot work”
COLDER AND WISER Belzona 2221 is easy to apply without requiring specialist tools and cures at room temperature, eliminating the need for “hot work”

Institute working to host international event locally

By: Cameron Mackay     4th June 2021 The South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) is collaborating with industry bodies and relevant government departments to host the International Tribology Council’s (ITC’s) eighth International World Tribology Congress in South Africa in 2025 or 2026, says SAIT president Patrick Swan.  “We are... 

Company launches new division

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET will launch a new manufacturing division, referred to as MAX LINERS, next month. The division will focus on providing a range of products to prevent wear in the materials handling industry. 

SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING 
MAXJET’s manufacturing processes, which use waterjet cutting to design, supply and process flat part components, is an environmentally green process
SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING MAXJET’s manufacturing processes, which use waterjet cutting to design, supply and process flat part components, is an environmentally green process

Products adapted for 4IR applications

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Abrasive tools manufacturer PFERD has geared many of its products for Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and robotic applications because many customers in the local manufacturing and automotive sectors are automating their processes to increase efficiencies. The company is also focusing on... 

DESIGNED FOR DEMANDING APPLICATIONS
A tungsten carbide burr is a cutting tool that is normally used on electric and pneumatic straight grinders
DESIGNED FOR DEMANDING APPLICATIONS A tungsten carbide burr is a cutting tool that is normally used on electric and pneumatic straight grinders

Company improves manufacturing line

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Local civil and engineering steel products manufacturer and supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has upgraded certain parts of its high-speed, cut-to-length line, installed last year. Certain modifications have been made to the decoiler to assist in handling coils where the inside diameters of the coil are... 

SERVING A NICHE MARKET
The line can process coil in thickness from 0.58 mm to 6 mm and is one of the few local lines able to cut 2-m-wide coils
SERVING A NICHE MARKET The line can process coil in thickness from 0.58 mm to 6 mm and is one of the few local lines able to cut 2-m-wide coils

New valves add to supplier portfolio

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 Specialist valve distributor Astore Keymak has added two new valves to its portfolio to offer ease of installation. Astore Keymak compression fittings and saddles product manager Aldrin Velan tells Engineering News that the check valve and stop cock valve were introduced to the company’s range in... 

CHECK IT OUT The Unidelta check valve is now available in South Africa
CHECK IT OUT The Unidelta check valve is now available in South Africa

CNC machine bolsters company offering

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 Waterjet cutting service provider MaxJet Global has invested in a new computer numerical control (CNC) waterjet machine to bolster its specialised flange and seal offerings for the valves sector. The CNC waterjet machine, one of the first installations of its kind in Africa is equipped with newly... 

PERFECTLY NESTED
The flanges and seals made on the new CNC waterjet machine are suited in design and material for perfect nesting
PERFECTLY NESTED The flanges and seals made on the new CNC waterjet machine are suited in design and material for perfect nesting

New valves add to supplier portfolio

14th May 2021 Valve manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) design and locally manufacture a comprehensive range of FPV and KLEP slurry related valves that complies with stringent quality and safety standards. AFS was launched in October by the Engineering Solutions Group, part of investment holding and... 

SLURRY SLURPER
The AFS range of valves are suited to harsh condistions such as that found in the moving of slurry
SLURRY SLURPER The AFS range of valves are suited to harsh condistions such as that found in the moving of slurry

Facilities management ‘a matter of business survival’, says consultancy 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2021 Through effective service management and through the appointment of professional companies that understand business, the facilities management (FM) sector unlocks an opportunity for companies, government and South Africa as a whole to create employment, while simultaneously meeting political... 

Facilities management ‘a matter of business survival’, says consultancy
FM Solutions business development director Lydia Hendricks tells Engineering News & Mining Weekly about the benefits of facilities management and how government can benefit by entering into public-private partnerships with private sector firms.

SABS updates national standard on crucial fire, alarm systems

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2021 The Standards division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has, as part of its legislated mandate, published a revised version of South African National Standards (SANS) 10139, code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm... 

Tech integrated in maintenance services

By: Cameron Mackay     30th April 2021 Filtration services provider Perfect Filtration is incorporating intelligent software technology and services into its filtration and preventive maintenance measures for hydraulic equipment. Perfect Filtration technical director Melvin Schmidt explains that, initially, Perfect Filtration used a... 

INTELLIGENT MONITORING
Incorporating intelligent and services will assist a technician by providing in-depth information on a machine, in real-time, when a technician arrives on site
INTELLIGENT MONITORING Incorporating intelligent and services will assist a technician by providing in-depth information on a machine, in real-time, when a technician arrives on site

Solutions for all sectors provided in KZN

30th April 2021 Equipment supplier BMG’s regional service centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, plays a critical role in the province by providing engineering solutions – including hydraulics and pneumatics services – designed to optimise productivity for every customer. “The consolidation of BMG’s... 

VALVE SHUT-OFF SYSTEM
This emergency system is hydraulically operated in case of a power failure. The hydraulic system was designed and manufactured by the BMG team in KZN
VALVE SHUT-OFF SYSTEM This emergency system is hydraulically operated in case of a power failure. The hydraulic system was designed and manufactured by the BMG team in KZN

Manufacturer supplies 19 km of HDPE pipes in Polokwane

23rd April 2021 Wastewater treatment plants play a crucial role in the removal of contaminants from wastewater and sewage in order for its conversion into an effluent that can be returned to the water cycle in an environment-friendly way or to be reclaimed for other purposes. 

Supplier sends hoists, girders to motor company

23rd April 2021 Motorsport company Bischoff + Scheck AG approached industrial equipment supplier Demag to supply a lightweight crane system that would not damage the newly installed, solar-paneled roof of its new assembly facility. Demag suggested DMR rope hoists and double-girder overhead travelling crane with... 

NEW INSTALLATION The new V-type girder design with diaphragm joints reduces the equipment's weight
NEW INSTALLATION The new V-type girder design with diaphragm joints reduces the equipment's weight

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

HOT NEWS
The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification
HOT NEWS The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification

Dust control creates safer working conditions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 Diamond tools and equipment manufacturer Diamond Products’ dust control attachments ensure that operators are no longer required to wear additional attachments or tools when using hand-held power tools. Dust control attachments are usually placed at specific parts of a hand-held and power tool to... 

Company plays maintenance role

26th March 2021 Engineering solutions specialist BMG plays a critical role in the sugar sector, not only during the operational period of sugar production, but also in off-crop seasons, when maintenance and refurbishment on sugar farms and at mills is essential. BMG works closely with sugar farmers and engineers... 

INDUSTRY BACKING
BMG works with sugar farmers and engineers at mills by providing components and support services to enhance production, minimise downtime and extend equipment service life
INDUSTRY BACKING BMG works with sugar farmers and engineers at mills by providing components and support services to enhance production, minimise downtime and extend equipment service life

Company designs, manage transloading station

26th March 2021 Project engineering, construction and operations management group Bosch Holdings was appointed as the consulting engineer for the design and project management of a new cane transloading station in Mkuze, after the completion of a feasibility study. The new facility will assist small-scale... 

IMPROVING TRANSPORT EFFICIENCY 
The new cane transloading station facility will assist small-scale sugarcane farmers in the Makhathini region
IMPROVING TRANSPORT EFFICIENCY The new cane transloading station facility will assist small-scale sugarcane farmers in the Makhathini region

Water stewardship can halt security decline

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 With water security declining in South Africa, consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Fiona Sutton believes that securing commitment from companies regarding the value of water stewardship is the first step towards water security. “Adhering to water stewardship... 

 WADING THROUGH THE WATERS
Water risks such as declining water quality, flooding, drought, water scarcity and water stress are all contributing to a decline in local water security
WADING THROUGH THE WATERS Water risks such as declining water quality, flooding, drought, water scarcity and water stress are all contributing to a decline in local water security
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