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Maintenance and Refurbishment

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. 

New appointment promises quality after-sales service

12th November 2010 Sole distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment in Southern Africa, HPE Africa has appointed a new full-time field service mechanic at the company's recently-launched East London branch.  

Car rental company wins kiosk tender 

By: Jacqueline Holman     13th November 2009 Car rental company Avis Rent a Car (Avis) has won the tender from Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) for prime kiosk positions at the nine State-owned and Acsa-controlled airports for five years, including additional space for car rental kiosks and parking. 

Association aims to raise awareness and set standards

By: Jacqueline Holman     13th November 2009 The Southern African Asset Management Association (Saama), previously known as the Southern African Maintenance Association, aims to raise awareness and set certain standards for asset management across southern Africa. 

New asset care centres established

By: Jacqueline Holman     13th November 2009 Asset management company Pragma Africa has established asset care centres (ACCs) for the national Department of Health at two government hospitals in George and Worcester, says Pragma Africa MD Alan Tait. 

Rust control products launched

By: Jacqueline Holman     13th November 2009 Rust removal company 3G Products maintenance division Rust Control Refurbishing has developed three-in-one and four-in-one rust control products that will simplify the rust control application process, says 3G Products and Rust Control Refurbishing division director JP Tredoux. 

R39m student accommodation project under way

13th November 2009 Design, engineering and management consultancy WSP Group Africa has been appointed by student accommodation provider South Point Management Services to provide a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy service for the refurbishment of Auckland House, in Braamfontein. 

First phase of multimillion 
rand pipe project completed

13th November 2009 Polyurethane mouldings and pipe linings manufacturer Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) has completed the first phase of a multimillion-rand contract to supply Redline polyurethane-lined pipes for fly ash disposal at a Mpumalanga power station. 

New instrument for measurement and assessment

13th November 2009 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) technical resources division has extended its range of shock pulse method (SPM) condition monitoring systems to include the new VibChecker portable instrument, designed for reliable on-site vibration measurement and assessment. 

New maintenance-free 
inertial spin-filter technology

13th November 2009 Current industrial filtration methods often require costly maintenance and filter membrane replacement on an ongoing basis, reports Tshwane-based filtration solutions company Rand Technical Services (RTS). 

Solutions provider 
awarded $15m 

13th November 2009 Engineering specialist solutions provider Kentz, through its operating unit Qatar Kentz has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth in excess of $15-million petroleum company Qatar Petroleum (QP). 

Automation division 
upgrades maintenance software

13th November 2009 Power generation firm Siemens’ industry automation division has upgraded the Simatic Maintenance Station software for the diagnosis and maintenance of plants and machinery. 

Facilities management industry weathers the economic storm

13th November 2009 When charting their way through choppy waters, many companies tend to put off paying for factors that are not deemed to be urgent or essential: take servicing the air conditioning system, for instance. Yet while maintenance of infrastructure can be neglected, ignoring it inevitably ends up... 

Mandela Bay 
transformation for 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     13th November 2009 In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Mandela Bay Development Agency has unveiled a number of development projects in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan area, encompassing Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch, that will transform it into an entertainment, transport and business hub... 

Association supports government’s professional development policy

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 The South African Maintenance Association (SAMA) is currently engaged in a number of certification programmes and training initiatives with the aim of developing the local maintenance industry, and this includes organisational benchmarking, and providing accreditation for continuing professional... 

Metro awards extension to asset management contract

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 Asset Management Company Pragma Africa’s Asset Care Centre (ACC) contract for the centralised asset refurbishment and maintenance of the electricity division of the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality has been extended to 2010, reports Pragma Africa MD Alain Tait. 

Landmark hotel facelift completed

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 Building contractor Grinaker-LTA, part of the JSE-listed Aveng Group, last month completed the R160-million refurbishment of the landmark Rosebank Hotel, situated north of Johannesburg. 

French asphalt could find application in local roads and airports 

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 A French asphalt technology, namely high-modulus asphalt (HiMA), is a potentially viable alternative to conventional heavily-trafficked bitumen pavements, which often no longer offer road utilities long-term, and maintenance-free solutions, reports the Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Refurbishment projects reap higher yields

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 Property loan stock company ApexHi Properties is increasingly investing in the refurbishment of existing buildings in its portfolio at returns of between 10% and 12,8%, states ApexHi MD David Rice.  

Multimillion-rand makeover for local economic hub

14th November 2008 Property development company, Liberty Properties Development, a division of the Liberty Properties Group, earlier this year, announced a R1,77 billion refurbishment of the landmark Sandton City complex, reports the company.  

Holistic approach diversifies maintenance offering

By: Jonathan Faurie     16th November 2007 Diversified automation company, Rockwell Automation, has diversified its maintenance offering through its holistic approach to plant maintenance. 

Safety harnesses improve maintenance safety standards

16th November 2007 Diversified engineering company, Becker Engineering, has developed a range of safety harnesses that improves maintenance safety standards at worksites. 

Engineering company broadens maintenance offering

16th November 2007 In conjunction with industrial company Timken South Africa, diversified engineering company Bearing Man's bearings division has recently expanded its product service base. 

Maintenance systems merge maintenance data with parts ordering

By: Jonathan Faurie     16th November 2007 Engineering maintenance company Metrand has developed two computerised systems that have merged the data that is gathered through performing maintenance with parts ordering. 

Maintenance excellence awards hope to raise maintenance awareness standards

By: Jonathan Faurie     16th November 2007 The Southern African Maintenance Association (SAMA) is hoping to raise the awareness of maintenance standards through its maintenance excellence awards program reports SAMA president Herman Coetzee. 

Adhesive company launches new product range

16th November 2007 Adhesive company Henkel Loctite Adhesives announces a complete range of national science foundation (NSF) registered maintenance products that are specially formulated for use in the food processing industry. The range includes threadlockers, retainers, instant adhesives, sealants, lubricants and... 

Maintenance platforms emphasise safety, stability

17th November 2006 Supplier of rough terrain equipment Manitou has announced the launch of a range of self-propelled electrical platforms for maintenance applications. 

Ten-year success story at Secunda steam plants

17th November 2006 Ten years down the line, the coal-mill and feeder mainte-nance contract won by BBP Service and administered by Steinm 

Maintenance crane delivered to iron-ore mine

17th November 2006 Condra has completed and delivered the giant 150-ton maintenance crane ordered by Kumba Iron-Ore for the primary crusher plant at its Sishen mine. 

Magnetic bedknife attachment cuts maintenance costs

17th November 2006 The turf division of CSE Equipment Company has launched a new magnetic bedknife attachment system for the efficient maintenance of commercial mowing machines. 

Refillable lubricator designed for maintenance work

17th November 2006 Engineering consumables supplier Bearing Man’s Simalube lubrication system is an automatic single point refillable lubricator, designed for use during maintenance in diverse applications, including paper and pulp, materials handling, food production and sewage and water treatment works. 

Correct procedures crucial in motor maintenance, storage

17th November 2006 “The electric motor - one of the most widely used power units applied in industry, as virtually all machines depend upon it - boasts unique features that contribute to its extreme efficiency and enable it to cope with an arduous operating environment. 

Perfect paint job will enhance building maintenance

17th November 2006 The Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute strives to create a more informed paint consumer and assists quality paint manufacturers in their efforts to produce and promote quality paints. 

Hoists promise improved safety levels

17th November 2006 Becker Engineering’s hand-operated machines for suspended access and man-riding applications are designed to provide improved safety for workers undertaking maintenance procedures at heights. 

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