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Maintenance News

Eskom considering modifications to failure-prone Medupi conveyor system

By: Darren Parker     31st January 2020 Following three conveyor belt failures at the new Medupi power station, which contributed to load-shedding in December and January, State-owned electricity utility Eskom says several modifications to the conveyor system are being considered in an effort to ensure greater stability in future.... 

Company increases footprint in Africa through distributorship

31st January 2020 Electro-mechanical power transmission supplier Vert Energy’s Leroy-Somer LSK direct current (DC) motors provide cost-effective solutions for variable speed applications.  

Company increases footprint in Africa through distributorship
EXCLUSIVE PICKS Vert Energy is the exclusive distributor for Leroy-Somer in Southern Africa

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award to casting producer

24th January 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa presented local automotive casting producer Atlantis Foundries with the prestigious Best Brownfield / Expansion Project award at the 2019 Investment Conference in Sandton held in November. The award is in recognition of the company’s efforts towards its continued... 

Ramaphosa presents sustainability award  to casting producer
CREATING LOCAL VALUE The award is in recognition of automotive component manufacturers in SA who create value in South Africa and contribute to exports and GDP

Local supplier grows through development programme

By: Cameron Mackay     24th January 2020 Local automotive tool manufacturer and supplier Naicker Toolmakers has benefited from completing nonprofit organisation Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative’s (ASCCI’s) Black Supplier Development Programme (BSDP). Naicker Toolmakers began its involvement in the programme in May... 

Local supplier grows through development programme
DEVELOPING LOCAL SUPPLIERS The BSDP aims to drive transformation and skills sharing in the automotive sector by facilitating access to markets for component manufacturers like Naicker Toolmakers

Company transforming SA’s industrial landscape

24th January 2020 Built from startup, industrial solutions provider BT Industrial – a new-generation, black-owned, high-energy business driven by innovation, international standards, and service excellence – is transforming the industrial landscape in South Africa. 

Cable ship en route to fix damaged undersea cables

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd January 2020 Cable ship Leon Thevenin departed Cape Town Harbour on Wednesday night and will sail to offshore Angola where the first steps of the physical repair on damaged undersea cables – South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable (SAT3/WASC) and the West African Cable System (WACS) – will begin. The... 

Demand increasing for boiler cleaning

By: Cameron Mackay     17th January 2020 There has been a signifiscant increase in demand for industrial and chemical cleaning solutions provider Gra-Tech’s chemical cleaning of package boilers, as industries in which package boilers are used are looking to optimise operational efficiencies and reduce costs. Package boilers are smaller... 

Demand increasing for boiler cleaning
SQUEAKY CLEAN Preoperational cleaning of boilers before commissioning require a 1% hydrofluoric acid solution to remove most mill scale and fabrication defects

Local company acquires Netherlands company

17th January 2020 South African physical asset management engineering firms Pragma acquired Netherlands-based consultancy CMS Asset Management. 

Boiler leak-detection equipment ideal for power generation

By: Cameron Mackay     17th January 2020 Power generation facilities can benefit from using turnkey solutions provider Procon Engineering’s boiler tube leak-detection to avoid unplanned shutdowns, says industrial and processing solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies MD Ian Fraser. “This equipment provides a continuous diagnostic... 

Boiler leak-detection equipment ideal for power generation
KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON The Procon boiler tube leak-detection system can eliminate unplanned shutdowns caused by boiler tube leaks

Company to offer carbon tax consulting

By: Cameron Mackay     17th January 2020 Boiler and burner solutions provider Steam Generation is set to introduce Carbon Tax consulting services for its customers to add to its boiler financing services. This comes after the Carbon Tax Act was introduced in South Africa in June last year, which affects energy-intensive industrial... 

Company to offer carbon tax consulting
BOILER EFFICIENCY FOCUS Hlophe notes an increase in customers using coal-fired boilers that require automation to assist in monitoring and realising boiler efficiency, at a reasonable cost

Company expands into boiler manufacturing

By: Cameron Mackay     17th January 2020 Boiler management, consulting, engineering and quality-assurance services provider GM Boiler and Steam Consulting Engineering (GMB) will continue to expand its business this year to include the manufacturing of boilers and boiler components for plant and production industries. Last year, the... 

Company expands into boiler manufacturing
BOILER UPKEEP The company’s knowledge and expertise in refurbishment services has become vital for the maintenance of second- and third-hand boilers

Generators remain a valuable solution

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th December 2019 Generators will remain important in supplying power during power outages owing to their flexibility and affordability, says industrial power solution provider Master Power Technologies sales and marketing director Rory Reid. “When companies need power for extended periods (several hours)... 

Generators remain a valuable solution
Photo by Creamer Media's Mc'Kyla Nortje
ENGINEERED POWER SOLUTIONS Master Power Technologies specialises in the supply, installation and after-sales servicing of a comprehensive range of engineered power solutions

Company introduces new natural gas generator series

6th December 2019 Diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins will debut the HSK78G natural gas generator series during Middle East Electricity that is taking place from March 5 to 7, 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The series offers a total package of gas generator capabilities and innovative gas... 

Company introduces new natural gas generator series
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
ENGINE ADJUSTMENTS The efficiency of the HSK78G is maintained by automatic engine adjustments, which account for fuel quality changes and quick load-step performance

Company provides solutions for sectioned refinery shutdown

6th December 2019 Generator and compressor rental company Rand Air’s oil-free compressors, portable generators and nitrogen generators ensure ‘well-oiled’ refinery shutdowns, says Rand Air Durban area manager Rudi de Vry. In June, South Africa’s largest refinery completed a month-long shutdown, during which... 

New initiatives to support customers begin

29th November 2019 Vertically integrated filtration company Donaldson Filtration Solutions is embarking on new initiatives to further streamline the company’s offerings to the market and effectively support customer expectations.  “We took a strategic decision to source our modular equipment directly from our... 

Company offers filtration solutions for efficient contamination control

29th November 2019 Filtration components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division is committed to improving operational efficiencies for customers in all industries by providing essential filtration, separation and purification technologies. “With broad technical capabilities and an extensive... 

Company offers filtration solutions for efficient contamination control
HANDLING THE PRESSURE BMG’s fluid technology range encompasses EcoPart filter elements for stationary and mobile hydraulic systems from the Filtration Group

Company’s filter belt applications popular at trade show

By: Cameron Mackay     29th November 2019 International technical weavers GKD - Gebr. Kufferath AG received additional enquiries about the company’s Vacubelt range of filter belts and its applications beyond the mining industry during the filtration and separation technology trade show Filtech, held in Cologne, Germany, in October this... 

Company’s filter belt applications popular at trade show
VERSATILE FILTERING RANGE While the range has many mining applications, the Vacubelt 3354 is an alternative to products made of polypropylene in cooling lubricant filtration

Filter status in real time with comprehensive software solution

29th November 2019 Industrial filters manufacturer and supplier Mann+Hummel offers the world's first solution for precise monitoring of the filter status of various applications. Enabling monitoring of the filter status can reduce unplanned downtime as well as lower the total cost of ownership. Algorithms provide... 

Filter status in real time with comprehensive software solution
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS Measured data from monitors is transferred from the respective vehicle to the OEM cloud where it is anonymised and passed on to the Mann+Hummel cloud

Local air-filtration manufacturer enhances plant

By: Cameron Mackay     29th November 2019 In its twenty-first year of servicing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, local air-filtration and dust-collection products manufacturer Filtaire SA has completed a significant enhancement to its production plant, with the acquisition of an additional 16 sewing machines... 

Local air-filtration manufacturer enhances plant
PRODUCTION EXPANSION Filtaire SA has enhanced its production plant with the acquisition of 16 sewing machines and the addition of seven new production staff

New patent on filter system for metalworking announced

29th November 2019 Motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin Corporation’s industrial gas filtration and generation division launched an important new patent for the metalworking industry. Announced in August, the patent is designed to optimise drainage within the SmogHog SHM Machine Mount... 

Portable analysis kit provides reliable filtration solution

29th November 2019 The Fleetguar FK36000 portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit is a reliable solution for testing fuel cleanliness in the field, according to air filter media supplier Cummins Filtration mining sales manager Tinus Naude. Testing can identify dirty fuel, and more importantly the source of the... 

Rope access ensures optimal maintenance of petrochem tanks

By: Theresa Bhowan     22nd November 2019 The highly explosive nature of the petrochemicals environment requires trained personnel, and often the scope of the work involves a work-at-height and or confined space element, which puts rope-access specialist Skyriders in the frame with its capabilities in performing maintenance and repair... 

Rope access ensures optimal maintenance of petrochem tanks
UP, UP AND AWAY Skyriders’ projects and safety team assesses the task at hand and determines the type of equipment needed to carry out the task safely

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Multinational construction services company Hilti designed and supplied the modular installation systems to support wet services for chicken producer Early Bird Farms, in Olifantsfontein. Early Bird Farms has been refurbishing and refitting its operations as part of Project Phoenix, which... 

Modular installation systems fitted in abattoir
CRIZETTE VAN DEN BERGH The modular installation system is beneficial in terms of maintenance because of reduced downtime

Quality gratings can reduce maintenance and costs

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Grating, stair treads, expanded metal and handrail manufacturer Vital Engineering has supplied its Vitex expanded metal range of raised expanded metal walkway gratings and the Vitex flattened range, for safety guarding applications, to various mining and process plants in the last six months. The... 

Quality gratings can reduce maintenance and costs
GRATE JOB All products supplied by Vital Engineering are produced in compliance with local and international safety standards

Rising high with rope access to replace windows

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Work at height company Skyriders completed the replacement of 15 large window panes in September at the Hilton Garden Inn, in Zambia. The Hilton Garden Inn is part of luxury hotel group Hilton’s recently refurbished 20-storey mixed-use development Society Business Park, in Lusaka. 

Rising high with rope  access to replace windows
SEAL THE DEAL Finalising waterproofing on the hotel was challenging because there were no straight vertical or horizontal surfaces.

More support needed for SMMEs in construction

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th November 2019 Amid the downturn in the construction sector during the past five years, it has been very difficult for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the sector to keep afloat, says construction company Sinopa Construction and Property founder and MD Simpiwe Msibi. 

More support needed for SMMEs in construction
SECTOR HURDLES Construction sector difficulties are particularly acute for a 100% black- and female-owned business, such as Sinopa, which is operating in a male-dominated sector

Demand for maintenance planning qualification increases

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Enterprise asset management company Pragma successfully achieved its second intake of students for its Maintenance Planner qualification in August, with a third intake planned for January next year. The National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 5 qualification, offered through the Pragma... 

Demand for maintenance planning qualification increases
QUANTIFYING A QUALITY QUALIFICATION The maintenance planning qualification can lead to good planning, which can boost each artisan’s efficiency on a maintenance team by about 45% to 50%

Refurbished building boasts new materials

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Shared workspace provider WeWork will officially open its newly refurbished 155 West street building, in Sandton, next month. The building, which is more than 25 years old, was previously occupied by health insurance provider Discovery before it was overhauled. 

Refurbished building boasts new materials
NOT JUST A PRETTY FAÇADE The interior of the refurbished building includes upgraded safety features and improved facilities

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Owing to the struggling South African economy, as well as the general need for companies to reduce energy costs in operational processes, the demand for compressed-air auditing has increased over the past two years, says compressed-air products suppliers Artic Driers CEO Allen Cockfield. A... 

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits
SAVINGS IN THE AIR Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective

Company’s bearings range caters for various industries

8th November 2019 Equipment and components manufacturer BMG’s range of bearings extends from precision miniature bearings used in machine tools and electronics applications to giant size bearings that meet the demands of the steel and mining industries. The company, which has grown from a single bearings outlet to... 

Vast product offering caters to various industries

8th November 2019 Bearings supplier and distributor Bearings International’s (BI’s) Durban branch stocks a range of bearings, electric motors, gearboxes, lubricants, seals, tools, and power transmission products for a range of industries. These include food and beverage, cement and quarries, pulp and paper, port... 

While some local aerospace sectors are thriving, others are in a rough patch

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th November 2019 The South African aerospace industry embraces the public and private sectors. It includes manufacturers; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service providers; and research and development (R&D) institutions. It covers general, commercial and defence aviation (including manned and unmanned... 

While some local aerospace sectors are thriving,  others are in a rough patch

Warehousing strategy aids facilities management company

By: Mamaili Mamaila     1st November 2019 There is an opportunity for the facilities management sector to leverage expertise from the supply chain and logistics sectors by replicating similar processes in its warehousing and logistic systems, says integrated facilities solutions company Servest CEO Xolile Sizani. 

Warehousing strategy aids facilities management company
XOLILE SIZANI While the market remains under pressure, Servest has embraced new technologies to remain competitive and still maintain sufficiently good margins

Drones provide cost savings for plants

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st November 2019 Drone technology presents a major cost-saving opportunity for companies, compared to traditional methods of inspection, highlights industrial rope access company Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn. Skyriders’ Elios SkyEye drone is designed specifically for indoor application, enabling the... 

Drones provide cost savings for plants
YING AND YANG Skyriders demonstrated the synergy between drone technology and traditional rope access during an inspection project

Regulator grounds aircraft of two airlines after finding irregularities at SAA Technical

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd October 2019 The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has found irregularities during a recent oversight inspection, or audit, of South African Airways Technical (SAAT). SAAT is the maintenance, repair and overhaul subsidiary of the State-owned South African Airways (SAA) group. As a consequence,... 

Regulator grounds aircraft of two airlines after finding irregularities at SAA Technical
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
A Boeing 737 airliner undergoes maintenance at SAAT

Scale of Denel’s problems revealed in annual report 

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th October 2019 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel recently released its annual report for the 2018/2019 financial year (FY). By just about every metric, the group’s position deteriorated from FY 2017/2018 to FY 2018/2019. In FY 2018/2019, revenues were R3.8-billion, down from R5.8-billion... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer boosts factory optimisation

18th October 2019 Hydraulic cylinder specialist Hytec Engineering is the latest in the group to optimise its manufacturing and repairs operation. 

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