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Maintenance and Refurbishment

Extension ladder ideal for maintenance jobs

By: Nelendhre Moodley     18th November 2005 The steady increase in business growth, especially those involving large contracts, has Active Alarms, based in Springs on the East Rand, investigating a number of options intended to increase efficiency in dealing with maintenance projects. 

US asset-management group seeks new SA markets

By: Nelendhre Moodley     18th November 2005 Since its first contract with Sasol’s Synfuels project in Secunda, in the Mpumalanga Province nearly two years ago, Strategic Asset Management of Connecticut, in the US, has been focusing on expanding into other areas in South Africa. 

Keeping on-site maintenance costs in check

By: Nelendhre Moodley     18th November 2005 Along with the recent revamp of offices, workshop and parts-storage facilities, Chloorkop-based Tennant SA is adopting a new approach to service. 

Customers demanding longer-lasting products

By: Nelendhre Moodley     18th November 2005 Having recently launched a range of polished plasters which include a trowel-on-marble wall coating that gives the effect of marble and granite, Midrand-based StonCor reports that its focus is on developing longer-lifespan products. 

Nonstop African service

By: Keith Campbell     14th October 2005 South African aviation company Naturelink has become the official service centre for Africa for civil aircraft manufactured by the Brazilian company Embraer. 

Skills development part of engine giant's pledge to Air Force

By: Keith Campbell     9th September 2005 Rolls-Royce will be providing the SAAF with lifetime support for the Rolls-Royce Adour 951 engines that will power the SAAF’s new BAE Systems Hawks. 

Rough times for SA aviation

By: Keith Campbell     19th August 2005 THE SA commercial & general aviation sectors have been hard hit by the failure of key parastatals & government departments to grasp their contribution to the national economy. 

Making the most of our assets

By: Keith Campbell     17th June 2005 COMPANIES in all sectors of the economy need to optimise the management of their physical assets. 

Diving solutions for coastline and offshore industries

By: abdul cook     10th June 2005 Durban-based Dive Solutions – founded 20 years ago and formerly known as Propshine Diving – operates worldwide, specialising in the provision of accredited commercial diving solutions to many different industries based inland, along the coastline or offshore. 

Specialised services are in great demand

10th June 2005 An upturn of activity in the Southern African offshore oil and gas industry has increased demand for specialised offshore services that are essential to the overall safety and integrity of operations. 

JV specialises in ship-repair services

10th June 2005 The East London Shipyard (ELSY) is a joint venture between two of South Africa’s leading ship-repair firms, Elgin Brown & Hamer and Dorbyl Marine. 

Electric motor programme offers added value

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 The increasing accessibility to the latest technology, combined with the ever-shrinking global market, is creating a serious challenge for the electrical motor repair industry, especially in the South African market. 

Full order book for Western Cape rope-access company

By: Jill Stanford     27th May 2005 A series of oil and gas rigs in need of repairs or maintenance is expected to dock in the port of Cape Town before the end of the year. 

Stadiums for Africa with a French flair

By: abdul cook     6th May 2005 Johannesburg-based Ing 

Company declared fit for 2010 World Cup infrastructure

6th May 2005 Although the soccer World Cup in 2010 seems like a long way away, there is much that needs to be done – and done quickly – in order to ensure that the country is ready to host a sporting event of this magnitude. 

Turbomachinery sector hits skills crisis

By: Keith Campbell     6th May 2005 THE biggest challenge facing the turbomachinery servicing and refurbishing industry in Southern Africa today is the lack of people who are both qualified and experienced. 

Upswing predicted for specialist-flooring market

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 There is an upswing predicted for the specialist flooring market as companies are spending more capital on maintenance and upgrades and, more significantly, there are a number of projects planned this year requiring specialist systems. 

Rail-services firm hopes for a portion of Spoornet projects

By: elizabeth rebelo     15th April 2005 Formed to capture a broader footprint of the rail sector, black-economic empowerment company Lennings DEC Rail Services has invested several million rands in new equipment since its establishment in October last year, says chairperson Wouter De Gidts. 

Toolmaker courts African markets

By: Keith Campbell     1st April 2005 SA-based tool manufacturer Gedore South Africa is now actively developing export markets in Africa. 

Safety torches operate in potentially-explosive conditions

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Gauteng-based Denver Technical Products have introduced one of the first ATEX directive compliant safety lights to South Africa. 

Company secures outsource contracts

25th March 2005 Pragma Africa has secured more than 90 contracts around South Africa since launching its Buro service. 

The perfect answer to loose screws

25th March 2005 Henkel Loctite, of Germany, has recently launched a new range of threadlockers and threadsealants to be used in maintenance and repair work in car workshops and various sectors of industry, including the chemical and petrochemical sectors. 

Brewer awards conveyor components contract

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th February 2005 One of the world’s largest breweries, SABMiller, with a presence that spans more than 40 countries, has awarded IRP Engineering, a local manufacturer of conveyor components, a multimillion-rand contract. 

Global industrial group acquires NDT specialist

14th January 2005 GE Inspection Technologies, a division of GE Transportation, has completed its acquisition of Hocking NDT (Hocking), after receipt of all required regulatory approvals. 

Quick-fix solutions for damaged pipelines

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 Pipeline corrosion and mechanical damage in the form of cracks, dents and gouges can cause costly downtime for processing and manufacturing industries. 

Refinery in six-week maintenance shutdown

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 A six-week maintenance shutdown from October 14, following 20 months of forward planning, is being under taken by Sapref. 

Audits lead to continuous improvement at Cat dealer

19th November 2004 For Southern African Caterpillar dealer Barloworld Equipment, after-sales machine and fleet maintenance is as important as the machine sale itself. 

Refurbished Jo'burg building to offer tourists Madiba experience

19th November 2004 The City of Johannesburg has approved the spending of R300 000 to establish a tourist visitor centre at Chancellor House, the building which once housed the firm Mandela & Tambo Attorneys. 

Poor-quality fuel may cost fleet owners dearly

19th November 2004 The quality of South African diesel has become quite an issue, says fuel-analysis firm WearCheck Africa. 

Safety critical in design of maintenance products

19th November 2004 Equipment maker Bellambie Mining & Industrial director George McMaster says that safety is critical in the design of the company’s products used in maintenance procedures. 

Bringing new life to an old building

19th November 2004 A property formerly owned by an Anglo American company on Johannesburg’s West Street has been revamped extensively to accommodate its new owners, the city campus of the Community and Individual Development Association (CIDA), which provides tertiary education for the previously disadvantaged. 

Online countrywide monitoring boosts plant availability

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 With two significant nationwide projects under way at Clover and Albany, Pragma Africa is setting the standards for specialised maintenance systems. 

Infrared camera improves inspection of materials

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 The use of infrared cameras in predictive maintenance is becoming increasingly common, says H Rohloff sales manager Johan Jansen van Vuuren. 

Aluminium plant's costs fall as breakdowns are slashed

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 After eight months of response work and attending to breakdowns at Bayside Aluminium in, Richards Bay, Crane Aid, a subsidiary of Morris Material Handling, has landed a contract to maintain the Reduction B and C cranes at the plant. 

Perfect paint job will enhance building maintenance

19th November 2004 Researchers at the Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute say that there are four prerequisites for the best building-painting results: good surface preparation, pure acrylic latex paint, quality brushes and tools and painting under the right weather conditions. 

Maintenance is critical for transmission systems

19th November 2004 Correct motor selection, storage, installation, operation and maintenance are critical for the efficient performance and optimum safety of power-transmission systems, says Leroy-Somer MD Grant Robertson. 

Demand for wear audits is on the increase

19th November 2004 The need for accurate forecasting of maintenance expenditure on mines has led to increased demand for wear audits. 

The challenge of online effluent testing

5th November 2004 Increasingly strict environmental legislation makes the reliable measurement of waste-water parameters essential for the effective treatment of effluents. 

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