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Maintenance and Refurbishment

Fabricator awarded chemicals and energy group’s maintenance contract

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Gas conveying and compression company Aerzen sub-Saharan Africa subsidiary Airgas Compressors has noted a significant increase in the demand for maintenance and service contracts, as well as a 300% increase in it services division in the past 14 years, Airgas Compressors assistant service manager... 

Locomotives manufacturer to realign its maintenance strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2014 S outh Africa-based locomotives manufacturer and supplier Grindrod Locomotives aims to increase its annuity locomotive maintenance, repair and leasing to 50% of its total services by 2015, Grindrod Locomotives CEO Robert Spoon tells Engineering News. About five years ago, Grindrod Locomotives’... 

Locomotives manufacturer to realign its maintenance strategy

Maintenance vital to infrastructure sustainability  

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Operations and maintenance service contracts are imperative in ensuring the sustainable operation and maintenance practices of existing and future infrastructure, as they can strengthen maintenance provision activities, voluntary association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Lefadi... 

Maintenance vital to  infrastructure sustainability
Consulting Engineers South Africa CEO Lefadi Makibinyane discusses the need for operations and maintenance contracts for the public sector.

Higher-quality lubrication reduces maintenance

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th November 2014 Wear control, lubrication and filtration company Filter Focus has assisted Germiston-based precious metals refiner Rand Refinery in significantly reducing its operational expenditure from R2.4-million to about R1-million in the past eight months by changing the refinery’s lubrication and... 

Higher-quality lubrication reduces maintenance
MAINTENANCE ACHIEVEMENT Many industries have reported a 2% to 10% productivity increase, owing to the correct use of predictive maintenance practices and use of correct lubrication

Automotive company reduces maintenance costs by installing LEDs

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 Lighting division of electronics company Philips South Africa, Philips Lighting Solutions, is undertaking a maintenance and refurbishment project at a warehouse owned by a Johannesburg-based automotive company. Philips Lighting Solutions compared the consumption and maintenance requirements of... 

Compressor with minimal parts requires less maintenance

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 Tshwane-based specialised engineering solutions company Rand Technical Services (RTS) has recently become the pan-African distributor and principal agent of Norway-based compression and storage solutions company Hystorsys’ gas compression technology, which has minimal mechanical parts and,... 

Hand-held power drive simplifies pipe maintenance in confined areas

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 The Ridgid 690 hand-held power drive is ideally suited to the maintenance of pipes that are located in confined areas where there is no space for larger threading tools, industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial tells Engineering News. “A section of pipe that needs be replaced... 

Hand-held power drive simplifies pipe maintenance in confined areas
Photo by Ngage
PIPE MAINTENANCE SIMPLIFIED The Ridgid 690 is an ideal maintenance tool for any industry using half-an-inch- to two-inch-diameter pipes

Direction, vision and leadership needed to move maintenance function forward

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 There is a resurgence in the desire to find direction, create vision and support this with good leadership to move the maintenance function forward in South African organisations, says skills and training company Alusani Skills & Training Network course leader Allan Tarita. “Until recently there... 

LED solutions offer substantial savings, says LED Lighting SA

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 More mines are using light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires to reduce the maintenance costs associated with lighting, South Africa-based solutions, design and manufacturing company LED Lighting SA tells Engineering News. “Replacing old lighting systems, such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and... 

Rubber lining extends chute maintenance period sixfold

15th November 2013 A Linatex rubber solution proposed by mining equipment supplier Weir Minerals Africa has effectively extended the maintenance period on a jig overflow chute at commodities major GlencoreXstrata’s Boshoek ferrochrome smelter complex, near Rustenburg, by six times, compared with the durability of... 

Maintenance contract achieves early gains

15th November 2013 Supplier to the global cement and mineral industry FLSmidth has reduced unplanned outages by more than 5% since implementing a maintenance contract six months ago at diamond miner Debswana’s Jwaneng diamond mine, in Botswana. Jwaneng is a long-standing FLSmidth customer and has bought a variety... 

Asset management consulting services offered

By: David Oliveira     15th November 2013 The African branch of strategic asset management consulting company GMC Global, which is part of the SMEC Group, opened in May this year and is actively engaging with a number of clients, GMC Global Africa regional manager Schalk Prinsloo tells Engineering News. The global company has completed... 

No LTIs at treatment plants for three years

By: Carina Borralho     20th September 2013 Aveng Group’s operating group, Aveng Water, tells Engineering News that two of its plants have been operating for three years without a lost-time injury (LTI). This covers the operation and maintenance teams at the Erongo Desalination Plant (EDP), in Namibia, and the Optimum Coal Water... 

Successful rig maintenance contract could lead to future business

By: Gia Costella     16th November 2012 The successful completion of the upgrade and refurbishment of Italian oil and gas industry contractor Saipem’s semisubmersible rig, Scarabeo 3, by shipyard company DCD Marine, last month, could lead to Saipem bringing more business to Cape Town. DCD Marine GM Gerry Klos tells Engineering News... 

Energy service systems, solutions provider experiences success with maintenance focus

By: Gia Costella     16th November 2012 Energy service systems and solutions provider Clyde Bergemann Africa executive director for after-sales service Badrish Nathoo says the company plans to continue driving the success of its after-sales service offering.   

Cape Town refurbishment project creates local jobs

By: Gia Costella     16th November 2012 Engineering, management and technical services provider Aurecon is creating jobs in Cape Town through its involvement with the city’s Community Residential Units (CRU) programme, which is set for completion in June 2015.   

Soot blowers to decrease mill downtime, costs

16th November 2012 Industrial soot blower manufacturer Agram completed a boiler maintenance project at paper producer Sappi’s Enstra mill, in Springs, at the end of August.   

Training provider aims to change perception of maintenance

By: Gia Costella     16th November 2012 Training provider Alusani Skills & Training Network is trying to change the industry’s perception – from regarding investment in maintenance as a huge cost to regarding it as a strategically competitive advantage, says trainer Allan Tarita.   

Five-year maintenance contract awarded to local company

By: Celest Smith     11th November 2011 Boiler efficiency and materials handling company Clyde Bergemann Africa (CBZ) has recently been awarded a five-year maintenance contract for State-owned power utility Eskom’s Matla coal-fired power station, located about 30 km from Secunda, in Mpumalanga.  

Local pumps manufacturer offers refurbishment service

By: Celest Smith     11th November 2011 Local vacuum pump and compressor manufacturer Vac-Cent Services offers a complete maintenance and repair and refurbishment service.  

City wins award for housing refurbishment programme

11th November 2011 The City of Cape Town has won the South African Housing Foundation’s Housing Project of the Year award for its Community Residential Units (CRU) refurbishment programme.  

Crane refurbishment dependent on parts availability

11th November 2011 Crane refurbishment is a viable proposition in about one-half of cases, but crane manufacturer Condra Cranes MD Marc Kleiner says the feasibility of this is dependent on the age of the machine, its application and the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM). 

New maintenance agreements entered into

11th November 2011 Mechanical separation equipment supplier GEA Westfalia Separator South Africa has signed a new two-year service level agreement (SLA) with local edible oil manufacturer and distributor Wilmar Continental Edible Oils and Fats. 

Industrial products supplier awarded three-year contract

11th November 2011 The Department of Public Works has awarded industrial products specialist Advanced Industrial Technology (Ai-tec) a three-year contract for the repair and maintenance of refrigeration systems, gas cooking equipment and reticulation networks at correctional institutions in the Eastern Cape. 

Technology group adopts new service approach

11th November 2011 Technology provider GEA Group has adopted a new approach within its GEA Service Africa service and support division that will see the maintenance downtimes of group companies drastically reduced.  

Maintenance training important part of field services facility

11th November 2011 Engineering solutions company Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) specialist technical resources division, which provides and supports process solutions across the BMG product range, has launched a national field services facility. 

Increase in demand for warehouse flooring refurbishments

By: Celest Smith     11th November 2011 Industrial flooring expert Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) says there has been a marked increase in the demand for the refurbishment and maintenance of flooring in distribution centres and warehouses that are centrally located.  

Copper miner chooses analytics solution to optimise maintenance

11th November 2011 The copper division of diversified miner Xstrata has selected software from maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) analytics software company Oniqua MRO Analytics to optimise the MRO equipment, maintenance and inventory management activities across its Tintaya operation, in southern Peru. 

Anthracite producer undertakes $125 000 kiln refurbishment project

11th November 2011 Calcined anthracite producer Quantum Screening & Crushing undertook a $125 000 maintenance and refurbishment project at its Kiln 2, in KwaZulu-Natal, in October. 

Cabin refurbishment for international airline’s A330 fleet

11th November 2011 Belgian aviation company Brussels Airlines and aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services company Lufthansa Technik Malta have signed a base maintenance contract for the carrier’s Airbus A330-300 fleet.  

Second annual SA predictive maintenance conference still all about uptime

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 Disruptions to plant operations through unforeseen shutdowns, as well as extensive, and sometimes unpredictable maintenance operations, are a costly exercise, especially in terms of lost production. Yet, using advanced technologies available to implement successful predictive maintenance systems... 

Extended five-year maintenance partnership with telecoms giant

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 Facilities management business Total Facilities Management Company (TFMC) reports that it has concluded a new contract to manage Telkom’s infrastructure maintenance for the next five years. TFMC CEO Bruce Spence says that the company has already been in a mutually beneficial partnership with... 

Refurbished PCs made available to disadvantaged people

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 Personal computers (PCs) are being given a second lease of life by PC refurbishment company Just PC's, before they are either donated to charitable organisations or sold to less privileged individuals at reduced prices. 

Prestigious UN award for local housing provider

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 The City of Johannesburg’s Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) has received the United Nations 2010 Scroll of Honour Award for its provision of innovative housing products and solutions to about 30 000 residents, Joshco CEO Rory Gallocher reports. 

Regular maintenance prevents machine failures

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 The importance of pre-emptive maintenance on large machinery cannot be overemphasised, Hyundai machine supplier and maintenance service provider High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa field service manager Pieter Jansen van Vuuren reports. 

Wireless networks 
reduce maintenance

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 Wireless telecommunications (telecoms) company Communications Solutions (Comsol) reports that wireless telecoms networks and their maintenance are a growing focus among private clients, as the costs of owning and maintaining a private network soar. 

Operational planning key to improving competitiveness

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 A number of South African industries could improve their global competitiveness by improving their operations planning regimes, reports consulting company Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings CEO and MD Ian Huntly. 

Design principles allow ease of maintenance, 
parts reuse

By: Henry Lazenby     12th November 2010 Print and document management equipment specialist Océ reports that it has advanced to the final round of the European Business Awards, with the company receiving the prestigious Ruban d’Honneur, signifying its achievement of exceptional service within its sector. 

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