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Maintenance and Refurbishment

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. 

New lifting company opens its doors

By: Zonika Botha     5th November 2004 Newly-opened company Anglo Lifting Equipment (ALE) wants to become known as one of the leading companies in the field of lifting equipment and crane maintenance. 

Group wins maintenance award

5th November 2004 Asset performance management specialist Pragma has been awarded the prestigious South African Maintenance Association (Sama) Presidential Award at Sama's international conference of asset and maintenance management, icamm 2004. 

SA firms introduce road rehab technology to Malawi

By: Marcel Chimwala     15th October 2004 Malawi - Malawi is working to adopt the application of the foam bitumen technology in road rehabilitation following the successful use of the technology in the country by South African construction firms Group Five International and Loudon International. 

Elephant health goes high-tech

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2004 When an elephant develops a limp, it’s not a simple problem to solve. 

Sewer rehabilitation using modern methods

By: Karel Smrcka     20th August 2004 Last week’s column was concerned with non-disruptive repair of metropolitan sewage infrastructure and a ‘pipe within a pipe‘ method in which a thermoset-impregnated fabric or felt tube is introduced into an existing sewer, the resin then being cured in situ as a composite. In... 

Nondisruptive repair of deteriorating sewers

By: Karel Smrcka     13th August 2004 Most metropolitan sewage infrastructures are now between one and two centuries old and their brick, glazed clay, concrete and steel sewers are showing their age. 

Varsity tightens maintenance practices

12th August 2004 Johannesburg-based Rand Afrikaans University (Rau) is driving for reliable high quality information on all its assets, and reviewing its maintenance procedures in a bid to tighten record-keeping before the 2004 incorporation of the East Rand and Soweto Campuses of Vista University into Rau and... 

H A Plant Maintenance

2nd July 2004 H A Plant Maintenance is the sole agent in South Africa for Vipac vibratory pedestrian rollers and Weber compaction equipment. 

Rail utility keeps its on-track maintenance fleet on track

By: Zonika Botha     25th June 2004 In response to the expected growth in traffic volumes on South Africa’s coal and iron-ore export lines, as well as on its high-capacity general freight lines, rail utility Spoornet has embarked on a programme to ensure that its fleet of on-track machines are renewed in time not only to... 

Homegrown containerised system attracts US interest

By: Keith Campbell     18th June 2004 THE containerised modular workshop system developed by Steelcore Heavy Equipment for the SA Army is attracting strong interest from civilian sectors in the US. 

Modular workshop boosts army’s technical support

By: Keith Campbell     18th June 2004 A containerised modular workshop system developed by local industry over the past decade for the Technical Service Corps (TSC) of the South African Army (SA Army) is revolutionising the way the Corps is able to fulfil its maintenance and repair role. 

Utility invests in live-line maintenance system

By: Jill Stanford     18th June 2004 ESKOM Distribution Western Region has acquired a highly specialised live work unit, which is the first device of its kind in South Africa and the only one that can be used for live line maintenance work on a new line design called the monopole double circuit structure. 

Fast-tracking aviation maintenance

By: Martin Czernowalow     18th June 2004 Africa’s biggest aircraft maintenance facility, SAA Technical, last week launched a state-of-the-art multipurpose docking system, which will give technical staff easy access to various types of planes. 

Boron composites may repair ageing aircraft

By: elizabeth rebelo     11th June 2004 A composite technology which has been stagnant in South Africa for the past five years could well be the solution for cost-effective repairs of commercial aircraft, especially in Africa, where air traffic is predicted to double by 2010. 

RG Maintenance

11th June 2004 RG Maintenance Services specialises in the manufacture, design, installation, modification, load testing, upgrading, repair and service of all types of overhead cranes, jib structures, gantries and auxiliary lift equipment. 

SA’s ageing switchgear in dire need of replacement

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th June 2004 This week …switchgear, but, first, some basic explanations. 

Manufacturer continues to promote rubber-lined butterfly valves

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 Last year Gauteng-based Premier Valves relaunched its range of concentric disc rubber-lined butterfly valves, previously known as the Rockwell BA butterfly valve, on the back of a new appreciation for the durability of the design, particularly in the power-generating industry. ? 

Upgraded turbocharger centre for Kwazulu-Natal

By: tom robbins     30th April 2004 Power and automation group ABB has opened a new upgraded Durban turbocharger service and sales centre following internal criticism from the division’s Swiss-based head office. 

Smart company expects to double size in five years

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal engineering group Duys has the contract to repair every single aluminium potshell in Southern Africa, totalling 1 706 units from three smelters, two of them in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Encoder is suitable for mining industry

By: elizabeth rebelo     19th March 2004 A new generation of Hengstler absolute encoders offers industry a viable, future-oriented solution for industrial-control engineering and integrated motor feedback applications. 

Maximising maintenance by servicing service technicians

By: Karel Smrcka     5th March 2004 If a production line comes to a standstill, the maintenance team has to be given precise information on the problem as quickly as possible. 

Regulator prioritises power distribution sector as network deteriorates

By: Deborah Spicer     28th November 2003 South Africa’s electricity distribution network has deteriorated to such an extent that the National Electricity Regulator (NER) will be introducing interventions in the sector, after having been more concerned with other issues in the past. 

Rail tanker locomotives to be upgraded

By: Laura Franz     28th November 2003 GE Transportation Systems in South Africa, together with its local black economically-empowered implementation partner DCD-DORBYL’s Rolling Stock Division (RSD), has been selected to supply and implement the latest GE microprocessor ‘Brightstar’ locomotive modernisation... 

Maintenance system upgrade in the pipeline

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 Manufacturing execution systems company, AspenTech, plans to upgrade its electrical equipment maintenance system, called Maintenance-Link, to be used in all equipment, such that it is no longer limited to electrical equipment. 

Concrete roads require much less maintenance, argues institute

21st November 2003 As many as 30% of the trucks traveling on the country’s roads are substantially overloaded and wreak havoc on the condition of the South African road network, according to 2002 research. 

Empowerment company seeks joint venture

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 Black empowerment company Empowerment Industrial Maintenance (EIM), specialising in mechanical engineering maintenance services in the petrochemicals industry, seeks a joint-venture partner. 

Maintenance is about much more than software implementation

By: zeena isaacs     21st November 2003 The Southern African Maintenance Association (Sama) says there are several methods, technologies and software available to assist companies in the practice and management of maintenance. 

Welding equipment proving its worth in rail maintenance

21st November 2003 Parastatal Transnet reports success in the use of its most advanced mechanised welding equipment, purchased from Arc Engineering, as part of its programme for the upgrading of existing rail lines. 

Asset management system fine-tuned

21st November 2003 Cape-headquartered Pragma Products has increased the functionality of its On Key enterprise asset management system to enable real-time interface ability with enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and enhanced asset identification and asset assessment capabilities. 

Partnership is the key to maintenance success

21st November 2003 Long-term plant service and maintenance contracts have developed between L&C Steinm 

Neural networks take the guesswork out of maintenance

By: Karel Smrcka     24th October 2003 Complex mechanical equipment requires preventive maintenance, but this is often carried out on a subjective basis. 

Aircraft maintenance: preparation in 3D

By: Karel Smrcka     10th October 2003 The Aitram program for virtual aircraft maintenance offers many advantages, including learning by doing, reduced training time, cost and risks, and complex learning material that can be taught in an easy comprehensive manner. 

Rail utility awards big welding contract

By: nkolola halwindi     10th October 2003 The sole local manufacturer and supplier of Thermit welding consumables and equipment, Thermitrex, has been awarded a R50-million two-year contract with Spoornet for the supply of Thermit welding consumables and equipment for Spoornet’s railway maintenance projects in Mozambique. 

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