https://www.engineeringnews.co.za
R/€ = 16.71 Change: 0.04
R/$ = 15.57 Change: 0.04
Au 1853.66 $/oz Change: 5.62
Pt 956.50 $/oz Change: 9.00
 

Maintenance

Automation reduces packaging process costs

18th May 2022 An automation solution to enable a packaging process plant to carry out condition monitoring and predictive maintenance more efficiently has led to reduced operating costs and increased productivity. Sensor specialist SICK collaborated with packaging company Tetra Pak, when it sought a solution... 

Innovative tools for wood working projects

8th April 2022 Tools specifically designed to make wood working projects easier and more precise, are now available locally. Kreg has introduced six new tools – a cabinet door mounting jig, a 90° pocket-hole driver, Quick Flip tool, a shelf pin jig, drilling guides, and its custom-made shelf pins. 

Image of Kreg's new 90° pocket-hole driver
Kreg's 90° pocket-hole driver

Ultra-portable drone solution simplifies wind turbine blade inspections

4th March 2022 A new drone solution has been specifically developed to enable wind blade inspections in areas where site access is difficult or where complex logistical barriers require a quick, highly portable blade inspection solution. Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories, a Swiss company pioneering unmanned aerial... 

Image of Sulzer Schmid's ultra-portable drone solution for  wind turbine blade inspections
Sulzer Schmid's ultra-portable drone solution for wind turbine blade inspections

Large bearings protected by heavy-duty seals

4th March 2022 A new range of radial shaft seals is said to protect large bearings in demanding applications, as well as being easy to retrofit and available as stock items to allow fast replacement. SKF’s new HFS radial shaft seals protect large bearings from contamination in industries such as metals, mining,... 

Image of SKF’s new HFS radial shaft seals
SKF’s new HFS radial shaft seals protect bearings

Numerical analysis now available to a wider range of industries

3rd March 2022 Numerical analysis is used to accurately analyse the fluid dynamic behaviour of almost any boiler system, heat exchanger or boiler auxiliary equipment and Steinmüller Africa is now positioned to take its suite of process, mechanical and piping engineering services to a wider range of industries.... 

A picture of the Computational Fluid Dynamic model of an entire boiler
A picture of the Computational Fluid Dynamic model of an entire boiler

App allows remote predictive maintenance of gearless mill drive systems

17th February 2022 A new application (app) allows mine operators to check gearless mill drive (GMD) performance from anywhere by means of a smartphone or tablet. Global technology company ABB has updated its ABB Ability predictive maintenance for grinding, moving it to a cloud-based platform that includes the... 

Image of smartphone showing A new application from ABB allows for remote monitoring of gearless mill drive performance
A new application from ABB allows for remote monitoring of gearless mill drive performance

Rubber compound revolutionising mine site mill operations

31st January 2022 A premium-grade rubber compound that offers superior wear life and performance in mill lining applications has been developed in response to demand for higher-wearing rubbers for mill lining systems. Weir Minerals says that its Vulco R67 rubber is an optimum material which is manufactured with... 

image of the inside of a discharge end of a ball mill, fitted with spiral lifters and rubber grates
Inside the discharge end of a ball mill, fitted with spiral lifters and rubber grates

Inventory for sugar manufacturers

31st January 2022 The latest edition of the ABB Ability Sugar Library has been released, enhanced with new functionalities to serve as a control engineering inventory for sugar manufacturers. The library aims to help reduce engineering costs and development timelines, simplify expansions, eliminate errors in... 

Avoid over-greasing, or using wrong grease, to ensure plant operating efficiency, says GreaseMax

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2022 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Over-greasing of bearings leads to higher maintenance and energy costs, states GreaseMax distributor and factory representative Delta International Sales, explaining that there is a direct relationship between the energy needed to keep bearings turning, and the... 

Image of GreaseMax lubricator,
GreaseMax lubricators provide continuous lubrication

Planned maintenance ensures dependable industrial HVAC systems

26th January 2022 Faulty or inefficient air conditioning systems in large mobile equipment on mines, and at quarries and bulk earthworks sites can lead to costly loss of production. Harsh operating conditions and extreme weather conditions on remote sites further increase the risk of unexpected work stoppages and... 

Image of a Booyco Engineering technician inspecting a compressor joint
A Booyco Engineering technician inspecting a compressor joint

Proactive service improves performance and reliability

21st January 2022 On-site plant operators are often under pressure to keep production running at the expense of routine and necessary maintenance, leading to unscheduled breakdowns and reduced equipment performance and reliability. With its ‘prevention is better than cure’ philosophy, SEW-EURODRIVE’s Service... 

Image of SEW-EURODRIVE’s DriveRadar
SEW-EURODRIVE’s DriveRadar enables proactive maintenance

Managing water contamination of lubricants

26th November 2021 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom) Water contamination is a source of bearing failure that is often overlooked but may significantly affect bearing life. Ensuring the prevention of water contamination helps to optimise bearing effectiveness and extend the lifespan of equipment. An important part... 

Image of a GreaseMax continuous lubrication installation, to help prevent bearing damage caused by water
GreaseMax continuous lubrication helps prevent bearing damage caused by water

Benefits of improving labyrinth seal lubrication

5th November 2021 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom):Labyrinth seals provide extremely efficient sealing of housings, contributing to improved bearing life when properly grease purged. However, if this is not done correctly then maintenance and productivity can be negatively affected because of bearing failures,... 

Image of Greasemax lubricators significantly improve labyrinth seal greasing
Greasemax lubricators significantly improve labyrinth seal greasing

Modelling tool improves plant availability

29th October 2021 A new reliability model developed by Weba Chute Systems aims to help customers improve plant uptime and facilitate planning. The tool enables users to capture, store and calculate vital information about wear rates on different components within individual chutes. 

Image to show Weba Chute Systems’ reliability model helps improve uptime in plants
Weba Chute Systems’ reliability model helps improve uptime in plants

Isolation solutions reduce damage caused by screens

22nd October 2021 Screens vibrate more when starting and stopping, which can cause damage to infrastructure and reduce the lifespan of a machine. Isolators between the screen and the floor are meant to absorb vibrations and prevent damage to surrounding infrastructure, however, the transient phases of a screen can... 

Image of A Kwatani screen fitted with torsional springs
A Kwatani screen fitted with torsional springs

Helping to optimise compressed air systems

22nd October 2021 A number of solutions are available to help users to maximise the efficiency of compressed air installations through improved reliability and availability and reductions in energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. “The production of compressed air is one of the biggest energy... 

Image of a compressor room to illustrate Atlas Copco's compressor roomoptimisation solutions help users gain full benefit from their compressed air systems_1022
Atlas Copco's compressor room optimisation solutions help to optimise compressed air systems

Automated monitoring improves plant efficiency

22nd October 2021 Regular monitoring and maintenance of machines to ensure optimum machine availability is key to achieving maximum production and overall plant efficiency. However, manual monitoring with the use of portable devices can be inefficient, and harsh conditions can hamper maintenance work and... 

Image of SKF’s Enlight Collect IMx-1 vibration and temperature sensor
SKF’s Enlight Collect IMx-1 vibration and temperature sensor

Ensuring effective fan bearing lubrication

7th October 2021 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Fans are essential components for the effective and efficient functioning of a range of industries. Sectors such as mining, mineral processing, food processing, petrochemical production and office, hotel and shopping mall heating ventilation and air-conditioning... 

Image of GreaseMax that offers a continuous automatic lubrication solution to ensure effective fan bearing lubrication
GreaseMax offers a continuous automatic lubrication solution to ensure effective fan bearing lubrication

Real-time oil condition analysis improves plant competitiveness

1st October 2021 Oil condition analysis equipment that monitors equipment oil in real-time, enabling any anomalies in the oil to be detected at a very early stage, is now available across Africa. Sourced from UK-based original-equipment manufacturer Tan Delta, the range of oil monitoring and analysis equipment... 

Image of The Tan Delta oil quality display express kit is available from Hytec Fluid Technology
The Tan Delta oil quality display express kit is available from Hytec Fluid Technology

Conditioning unit improves lubricant performance

16th September 2021 Premature bearing failures are often caused by incorrect lubrication and contamination. Cleaning lubrication oil and bringing it to the optimum temperature helps to reduce the risk of failure. A plug-and-play unit that cools and filters lubricant as it circulates helps to extend machine service... 

Image of SKF’s Oil Conditioning Unit helps to prolong bearing life by improving lubricant performance
SKF’s Oil Conditioning Unit helps to prolong bearing life by improving lubricant performance

Effective lubrication key to smooth operation of electric motors

10th September 2021 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Lubrication improvements are said to significantly increase the reliability of electric motors and premature motor failure can most often be attributed to bearing failure because of inefficient lubrication. Lubricants have a finite lifespan and re-lubrication is... 

Image of GreaseMax automatic lubricator from Delta Distribution
GreaseMax automatic lubricator from Delta Distribution

Tools tailored to the agricultural sector

3rd September 2021 Agriculture is a vital part of the South African economy and ensuring the smooth running and maintenance of farming equipment is essential to its success. Farms often operate maintenance and repair workshops on site, for regular maintenance or repair of equipment and require tools that are both... 

Image of PFERD tools specifically designed for agriculture and related industries
PFERD manufactures and supplies tools specifically designed for agriculture and related industries

Measuring chute performance

3rd September 2021 Measuring performance improvements for newly installed chutes helps provide mining customers with the assurance that the new product will reduce total cost of ownership. Weba Chute Systems highlights that it provides a scientific approach to measuring the performance of its chutes, to ensure that... 

Image of the Weba Chute Systems measuring model that allows accurate planning of proactive maintenance.
Using the Weba Chute Systems measuring model allows accurate planning of proactive maintenance.

Aftermarket services guarantee reliable pumps

3rd September 2021 Ensuring that pumps perform consistently requires the support of a number of aftermarket services, such as access to critical spares and experienced staff to maintain units to original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards. Even the best quality pumps need to be supported with a full range of... 

Image of Integrated Pump Technology staff maintaining pumps to OEM standards
Integrated Pump Technology staff maintain pumps to OEM standards

Correct lubrication essential to ensure longevity of plain bearings

10th August 2021 Plain bearings are renowned for their ability to operate for many years under heavy loads and in extremely harsh operating conditions, with little wear or need for attention, making them a good choice for intense applications. However, to ensure long-term effectiveness it is important to pair... 

Image of a plain bearing
Plain bearings can operate for many years under heavy loads

Advanced plastics prolong manufacturing equipment life

24th June 2021 Technologically advanced materials have revolutionised many applications in the industrial environment with engineered plastics able to outperform and outlast steel in heavy-duty applications such as bearings, bushes and protective housings. They have also enabled modern manufacturers to develop... 

igus polymers are used for even the toughest applications
igus polymers are used for even the toughest applications

New condition monitoring for conveyor belts

24th June 2021 A new condition monitoring digital service, tailor-made for predictive maintenance of conveyor belts has recently been launched. Belt damage can cause significant production downtime in mines and processing plants with in-person inspections typically carried out to determine the condition of... 

The ABB Ability condition monitoring for belts is tailor-made for predictive maintenance of conveyor belts
The ABB Ability condition monitoring for belts is tailor-made for predictive maintenance of conveyor belts

Thermal camera with user-friendly features

1st April 2021 A new handheld thermal camera is said to put the power of thermal imaging at users’ fingertips.  The FLUKE TIS20+ from local representative, COMTEST, with touchscreen Infrared- (IR-) fusion, point-shoot-fix and asset tagging is designed to save time by delivering the right level of IR and analysis. 

New Fluke TiS20+ handheld thermal camera available from COMTEST
New Fluke TiS20+ handheld thermal camera available from COMTEST

Digital transformation boosts manufacturing into Industry 4.0

5th February 2021 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Global leading digital solutions provider SMS group offers a range of smart products and services designed to enhance opportunities for new business models and provide long-term added value for plant operators in the form of enhanced plant performance and... 

SMS group uses automation and digitilasation to offer manufacturing solutions
SMS group uses automation and digitilasation to offer manufacturing solutions

Electric cleaning units for easier pipe clearing

22nd January 2021 A range of electric flushing and pipe cleaning machines are available for a variety of maintenance applications. The Rothenberger range of pipe clearing machines includes the following models: 

The R550 drain cleaning machine from Rothenberger
The R550 drain cleaning machine from Rothenberger

Abrasion protection in the toughest environments

11th December 2020 Harsh operational environments and tough heavy-duty surface and underground mining processes can lead to the early failure of slurry pumps used in the transportation of abrasive solids in large volumes. Despite significant progress in the mechanical design of slurry pumps, they are still... 

Belzona products are formulated to repair and protect equipment in the mining and quarrying industry
Belzona products are formulated to repair and protect equipment in the mining and quarrying industry

Crane monitoring anytime, anywhere

20th November 2020 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Heavy machinery, such as cranes and lifting systems, is considered to be one of the biggest investments undertaken by a plant or factory and ensuring proper maintenance and efficient operation of this equipment is crucial to business success. Operator... 

The yourKONECRANES portal allows for remote monitoring of heavy machinery
The yourKONECRANES portal allows for remote monitoring of heavy machinery

Cordless high torque impact wrench offers breakthrough technology

4th November 2020 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): A new cordless high torque impact wrench from Milwaukee is said to be the first of its kind and is tipped as a breakthrough in cordless power tool technology. Milwaukee's M18 FUEL 1” High Torque Impact Wrench offers a combination of three innovations, exclusive... 

M18 FUEL 1” High Torque Impact Wrench from Milwaukee
M18 FUEL 1” High Torque Impact Wrench from Milwaukee

Effective machine noise detection

3rd November 2020 An electronic stethoscope can be used for locating noises within machines and installations to assist in the inspection and maintenance of equipment. The SKF TMST 3 electronic stethoscope is designed to ensure the effective identification of troublesome parts, through accurate pinpointing of... 

The SKF TMST 3 electronic stethoscope
The SKF TMST 3 electronic stethoscope

New transformer monitoring technology gives speedy results

30th October 2020 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Condition monitoring specialists WearCheck recently invested several million rands in four brand new laboratory instruments for their flourishing transformer division laboratories in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. WearCheck MD Neil Robinson says the... 

Senior analytical chemist, Lynette Pillay, feeds samples into the new high performance liquid chromatography machine at WearCheck’s transformer laboratory in Durban
Senior analytical chemist, Lynette Pillay, feeds samples into the new high performance liquid chromatography machine at WearCheck’s transformer laboratory in Durban

Identifying air leaks reduces electricity consumption

9th October 2020 Compressed air production is seen as integral for manufacturing plants but can also be one of the largest energy consumers. Air leaks amplify the load on a compressor, which can lead to higher electricity consumption and up to 30% loss of total compressed air production capacity. SKF’s TKSU 10... 

SKF’s TKSU 10 ultrasonic leak detector
SKF’s TKSU 10 ultrasonic leak detector

Humidity sensors for hydraulic applications

22nd September 2020 A range of humidity sensors has been developed to serve as a preliminary warning system on any hydraulic application and to continuously monitor application oil relative humidity (rH), or moisture, and temperature. Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group company Hytec Fluid Technology (HFT) recently... 

The AquaSensor range, Humidity Sensor WGM, from Hytec Fluid Technology
The AquaSensor range, Humidity Sensor WGM, from Hytec Fluid Technology

Diesel engine component remanufacture saves costs

18th September 2020 Key sectors such as rail, mining, power generation and marine transport that rely on large diesel engines, are increasingly turning to diesel engine component remanufacturing services in an effort to seek cost-containing measures in the current difficult economic climate.  Germiston-based Metric... 

A view over a section of the Metric Automotive Engineering facility
A view over a section of the Metric Automotive Engineering facility
1
2

Supplier's Directory

Latest News

more

Latest Videos

more

Topics In These Articles

RSS Feed

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Subscribe Now
Free daily email newsletter Register Now