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Maintenance News

Megger solidifies commitment to Africa with new Durban-based office

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2022 With South Africa being one of four regional economic “hotspots” in Africa, testing and measurement equipment manufacturer Megger has chosen the country to be the host of its first African office, which it believes signals “a strong commitment to the African continent”. This, says Megger Africa... 

Supplier provides innovative cleaning method

By: Cameron Mackay     20th May 2022 Cleaning chemicals supplier O3 Chemicals has developed two cleaning chemicals specifically for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR)  equipment, the first of which is called Smart Air, and the second Smart Finish. The chemicals are designed to remove mould and bacteria... 

Image of a worker cleaning an AHU
EFFECTIVE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Previously, facility management companies would have no way of measuring the work done by contractors to meet service level agreements

Water mist tech to be presented at event

20th May 2022 Multinational engineering and manufacturing company Danfoss Fire Safety – part of the Danfoss Group – will be presenting a session at the Firexpo South Africa 2022 being held from May 31 to June 02 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. The session will take place in the Securex... 

A spray nozzle affixed to a ceiling spraying a large amount of mist water as a fire suppression system offered by Danfoss Fore Safety
FINE TUNED The brand of fine mist sprayers known as SEM-SAFE will be highlighted at this year's ForeExpo 2022

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

Manufacturer expands product portfolio

6th May 2022 Industrial engineered products and components manufacturer BMG’s range of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment has expanded its product portfolio to comprise a new portable self-locking cube jack system, that ensures safe and efficient lifting and lowering of heavy loads in many applications,... 

ENERPAC SCJ-50 CUBE JACK The compact incremental lifting and lowering system has an automated mechanical locking facility for higher efficiency, faster operation and greater safety than conventional climbing jacks with wooden cribbing
ENERPAC SCJ-50 CUBE JACK The compact incremental lifting and lowering system has an automated mechanical locking facility for higher efficiency, faster operation and greater safety than conventional climbing jacks with wooden cribbing

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer embarks on African roadshow

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 Precision hydraulic cylinder specialist Kappa Engineering aims to navigate the African business environment through a series of roadshows this year to showcase its expertise to key mining companies. With the company already having visited Botswana in February and Mozambique in March, plans are in... 

BIGGER AND BETTER
Kappa is working on custom projects which involve a 350 Series design for the handling of greater pressures and loads
BIGGER AND BETTER Kappa is working on custom projects which involve a 350 Series design for the handling of greater pressures and loads

Local heat exchanger industry waning

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 The local heat exchanger industry is facing challenging times owing to factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s economic state, says heat exchange solutions provider Kelvion operational manager Pieter Herbst and MD Alex Dreyer. “Not only is the heat exchanger industry facing a... 

An image depicting Kelvion's fully welded plate heat exchanger the K° Bloc
RENEWABLE FOCUS Kelvion's K° Bloc heat exchanger handles high pressures and high temperatures, and can be used in various energy industries such as hydrogen and renewable energy

Many manufacturers still without backup power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Many local manufacturers still do not have backup power installed, while others lack adequate power solutions to effectively limit the production losses incurred during power outages or load-shedding, says power rental expert Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco group. “A lot of companies do not... 

Image of generators on site
FUEL FOR THOUGHT Buyers are “digging deeper” into the specifications of generators and their fuel consumption

Pump system showcased at expo

25th March 2022 International pumps and compressors designer and manufacturer Sundyne showcased its SundWASH high pressure wash-down systems for food and beverage applications at the International Production & Processing Expo held at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, from January 25 to 27.  SundWASH... 

A SundWASH high pressure wash-down systems for food and beverage applications
NO WASH-OUT The high pressure wash-down system designed by Sundyne was on show at this years International Production & Processing Expo held at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta US

Internationally available pump comes to S Africa

By: Halima Frost     25th March 2022 The South African division of global manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves this year announced the introduction of its KSB Delta Macro series to the local market. The series is designed for large flow rates, with a maximum rate per unit of about 960 m3/h and a maximum pump head of 160 m standard. 

6 in line pressure booster systems augmented by Movitec centrifugal pumps and a Command Pro+ microprocessor control unit
NO PRESSURE The ready to connect Delta Macro water pressure booster system is now available to the South African Market

Crane company innovative in competitive environment

By: Cameron Mackay     4th March 2022 Local crane manufacturer Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner stresses that the competitiveness of the local cranes and hoists market has been exacerbated by cheaper imports of cranes, hoists and related components, as well as shortages in raw materials. Such shortages have been the result of supply... 

Image of a pre-sink portal crane designed and manufactured by Condra Cranes
INTELLIGENT LIFTING Condra Cranes has introduced more intelligent solutions on some of its more advanced crane machines

First 3D printed house in Kenya

18th February 2022 In October the first three-dimensional- (3D-) printed demonstration house was constructed by sustainable and affordable housing group 14Trees in Nairobi, Kenya. The house is also the first 3D-printed house to achieve the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Excellence in Design for Greater... 

A 3 D home made by using the COBOD BOD2 3D construction printer, at a test site in Nairobia Kenya headed by housing firm 14Trees
PRINTING PROPERTY The Demonstration house made by COBOD for Kilifi project in Kenya has been approved and construction of 52 similar houses will start in the first quarter

Use of synthetic lubricants growing in local industry

By: Cameron Mackay     11th February 2022 Synthetic lubricant use in the local industry as a viable alternative to conventional, hydrocarbon- and mineral-based lubricants is gaining momentum, says industrial equipment and consumables supplier BMG fluid technology business unit manager Willie Lamprecht. The lubricants are engineered... 

Image of a synthetic lubricant and gears 1
LOCAL MARKET UPTAKE While the ratio of full synthetic lubricants to conventional lubricants is still low, it is growing yearly by 5% to 8%

Boiler, burner maintenance key to company success

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 The instrumental job of cleaning an industrial boiler or burner prior to maintenance has proven to be an integral part of rope access company Skyriders’ offerings, says marketing manager Mike Zinn. “In essence, boiler and burner maintenance is one of our bread and butter jobs.” 

An engineer using rope access to asses and clean inside a boiler prior to the start of maintenance, with headlamp on
INSIDE JOB The work maintenance conducted inside large industrial boilers can often be dangerous for operators so the correct safety precautions must be implemented

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... 

An image of a newly refurbished GL30 SCC locomotive at Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A newly refurbished GL30 SCC locomotive at Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa

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
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