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Maintenance News

Cooling equipment to increase energy efficiency of data centres

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There is a significant push to provide energy efficient technologies for data centre applications to reduce their carbon footprint and reduce energy costs. Consequently, data centres can save significantly in terms of energy and associated costs by ensuring their cooling solutions are designed... 

Company releases efficient lighting range

6th November 2020 Lighting technology manufacturer BEKA Schréder last month announced the launch of the ECOBAY, a light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting range with a high return on investment. According to BEKA Schréder, ECOBAY is the ideal luminaire for lighting industrial facilities at optimised light levels, and... 

LIGHTING THE WAY
ECOBAY has a long lifetime and requires low maintenance, as lamps do not need to be replaced for more than 10 years
LIGHTING THE WAY ECOBAY has a long lifetime and requires low maintenance, as lamps do not need to be replaced for more than 10 years

Noticeable growth in smart home market

By: Cameron Mackay     6th November 2020 There has been noteworthy growth in the local smart home and building automation market in the past three years, owing to the growing demand for energy efficiency, says automation solutions provider ElectroMechanica (EM) product manager Ryan Whitelaw. EM has focused on expanding its product... 

AUTOMATION AT HOME
Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions
AUTOMATION AT HOME Coviva is a wireless, smart home control and retrofit technology system that can be used to retrofit older buildings with smart automation solutions

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 South Africa’s civil structures are in dire need of improved performance and longevity, hence building materials company AfriSam’s emphasis on supplying quality products that “go beyond current requirements”. Speaking to Engineering News, AfriSam regional product technical manager Nithia Pillay... 

PERFORMANCE PRIORITISATION
AfriSam is the pioneer of producing highly extended concrete without compromising performance parameters
AfriSam’s Nithia Pillay speaks about the company’s drive to supply products that address industry issues

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan

By: Cameron Mackay     30th October 2020 State-owned development finance institution Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is looking to accelerate playing a meaningful role in the economic recovery of the country by assisting in financing and implementing vital infrastructure projects for the transport sector, particularly road... 

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
The DBSA sees roads infrastructure and other transport sector infrastructure as key to stimulating economic growth and social inclusion
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY The DBSA sees roads infrastructure and other transport sector infrastructure as key to stimulating economic growth and social inclusion

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 Although not many realise it, South Africa is an arid country and there is a pressing need to address water scarcity, which is why pump manufacturer Grundfos places such emphasis on energy efficiency and addressing water leakages in pumping systems, says team leader Andrew Brunette. He laments... 

COMPLETE SOLUTION
The Grundfos PS.R complete pumping station with tanks, pumps and controls
Grundfos team leader Andrew Brunette discusses the company’s energy efficiency and maintenance offerings.

Dewatering solutions suited for versatile applications

9th October 2020 Industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco’s WEDA electric submersible pump series offers dewatering solutions for the construction, industrial, agriculture, emergency and maintenance sectors, featuring unrivalled performance, efficiency, reliability and flexibility. 

DEWATERING SOLUTIONS 
WEDA D drainage pumps are designed to pump water containing abrasive solids of 4 mm to 12 mm diameter
DEWATERING SOLUTIONS WEDA D drainage pumps are designed to pump water containing abrasive solids of 4 mm to 12 mm diameter

New system creates predictive maintenance

9th October 2020 Water technology company Xylem Africa has announced the launch of the Flygt MAS 801 Pump Monitoring system. 

Lifting equipment provides reliability, increased productivity

9th October 2020 Included in equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s range of equipment manufacturer Kito lifting equipment, is the durable Kito high-speed CB manual chain hoist series, which is suitable for use in shipbuilding and restorations. These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds... 

VERSATILE HOISTING
These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds for increased productivity, are designed to safely handle rated loads between 2.5 t and 50 t
VERSATILE HOISTING These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds for increased productivity, are designed to safely handle rated loads between 2.5 t and 50 t

Company supplies fire-protection systems to harbour facility

By: Cameron Mackay     9th October 2020 Special fire-risk protection equipment supplier DoseTech has supplied a comprehensive fire-protection system to a new bulk fuel offloading wharf that is being built at the Port of Ngqura harbour, north-east of Port Elizabeth. The system includes a foam dosing system and remote-controlled... 

SAFE HARBOUR
Flammable fuel is unloaded for bulk storage and handling at a bulk fuel offloading wharf, as DoseTech supplied a complete fire-protection system
SAFE HARBOUR Flammable fuel is unloaded for bulk storage and handling at a bulk fuel offloading wharf, as DoseTech supplied a complete fire-protection system

Flameproof double pump set installed for mine

By: Mamaili Mamaila     9th October 2020 Industrial solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) commissioned an underground double configuration flameproof pump set in August, at a colliery in Mpumalanga, to dewater its shortwall coal mining operations. 

EXPLOSION PROTECTION 
The MRS supplied flameproof pumps are designed and manufactured strong enough to contain an explosion and prevent a flame or heat from escaping that could ignite mine damps
EXPLOSION PROTECTION The MRS supplied flameproof pumps are designed and manufactured strong enough to contain an explosion and prevent a flame or heat from escaping that could ignite mine damps

Local provider joins forces with global pumps supplier

By: Mamaili Mamaila     9th October 2020 Industrial solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) has teamed up with industrial equipment supplier Verder Pumps South Africa as a service and distribution partner. 

EASY ACCESS 
The Dura range of peristaltic pumps use a one piece flange design for greater strength and integrity as well as an easy access hose change
EASY ACCESS The Dura range of peristaltic pumps use a one piece flange design for greater strength and integrity as well as an easy access hose change

SAA Technical reinstates aircraft maintenance to some customers

By: Simone Liedtke     5th October 2020 South African Airways Technical (SAAT) has reinstated aircraft maintenance services to some of its customers. The development follows a decision taken by SAAT to suspend maintenance services to four of its airline customers in September owing to outstanding payments on services already rendered. 

NDT viable in volatile environments

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     2nd October 2020 Rope access specialist Skyriders provides non-destructive testing (NDT) for a large petrochemicals producer in South Africa. “NDT comprises a number of techniques that enable us to evaluate and test the integrity of a structure, component or system without having to physically damage or take... 

HIGH ROLLER
NDT comprises a number of techniques that enables Skyriders to evaluate and test the integrity of a structure, component or system
HIGH ROLLER NDT comprises a number of techniques that enables Skyriders to evaluate and test the integrity of a structure, component or system

Company provides solutions for remote wind farm

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd October 2020 Air compressor, pumps and generator rental supplier Rand-Air has supplied a new wind farm project, in the Eastern Cape, with energy solutions for on-site offices. The supplier provided 12 QLV model lighting towers, and four 60 kVA generators with distribution boards. 

Maintenance work completed during lockdown 

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 A team of eight work-at-height specialists representing rope access company Skyriders has safely completed the cleaning and maintenance of two storage tanks at a petrochemicals producer, in Mpumalanga. The maintenance project, which was conducted during Level 5 of the Covid-19 lockdown period,... 

SAFE SUSPENSION
Being able to safely complete a task while suspended from a structure takes a specialised team which Skyriders offers
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn discusses a recently completed maintenance project that required specialised rope access expertise. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

Accreditations incorrectly processed cause distress – institute

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 Although many working-at-height training providers claim to be accredited with the sector education and training authority (Seta), the professional body for Working at Height (IWH) warns that certifications received by trainees from these training providers are not necessarily being uploaded and... 

CLEAN SWEEP
Having clean clear directives allows professional body Working at Height to equip the sector with the correct tools for safe working protocols
CLEAN SWEEP Having clean clear directives allows professional body Working at Height to equip the sector with the correct tools for safe working protocols

Safety during wind turbine upgrades offered

25th September 2020 Specialist design and manufacturing company Power Curve ApS has forged a strategic partnership with working at height specialists Dangle Rope Access, to help deliver specialist installation services for wind turbine performance upgrades across the UK's wind farm sector. Announced in July, the... 

DANGLING IN THE WIND
Dangle will offer rope access services to the upgrade and maintenance of UK's wind farms in partnership with Power Curve ApS
DANGLING IN THE WIND Dangle will offer rope access services to the upgrade and maintenance of UK's wind farms in partnership with Power Curve ApS

System available for transformer monitoring

11th September 2020 Pretoria-based industrial technology and solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies (RTS) has recently announced the increased availability of its Gen5 System, developed specifically for transformer oil dissolved gas analysis (DGA) for distribution transformer monitoring.  

REDUCED RISK
H2scan’s Gen5 transformer-specific hydrogen analyser provides real-time DGA
REDUCED RISK H2scan’s Gen5 transformer-specific hydrogen analyser provides real-time DGA

Proper ventilation a key tool to prevent the spread of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2020 Indoor ventilation is an important tool to prevent the viral transmission of the Covid-19 virus when correctly applied. Conversely, poor ventilation promotes viral transmission, Engen industrial hygiene specialist Garth Hunter warned during the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and... 

Occupational medicine specialist Dr Greg Kew
Two specialists discuss the importance of proper ventilation as a tool to prevent the viral transmission of Covid-19. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

New welding helmet offers better clarity

4th September 2020 Welding equipment producer ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has launched its new Savage A40 automatic welding helmet. Launched in July, the new Savage A40 automatic welding helmet provides ideal functionality for the occasional and professional welder at an attractive price. 

AESTHETICALLY EASING The new welding helmet offered by ESAB Welding & Cutting enhances the clarity and colour seen by the welder, allowing for better welds
AESTHETICALLY EASING The new welding helmet offered by ESAB Welding & Cutting enhances the clarity and colour seen by the welder, allowing for better welds

Noncarbon future epitomises ideal energy mix

By: Mamaili Mamaila     21st August 2020 In about 2060, the ideal energy mix would be one with only non-carbon sources, such as wind, solar, pumped hydro and hydrogen, says global energy advisory UL. 

JAMES TRUDEAU
It is “very critical” that Eskom increases its energy storage capacities to support a more diversified energy portfolio
JAMES TRUDEAU It is “very critical” that Eskom increases its energy storage capacities to support a more diversified energy portfolio

Focus set on intellectual support services

14th August 2020 Hard face solution provider Rio-Carb is altering its business model to focus more on providing intellectual support services and is employing its own engineers to assist customers in all aspects of liner fabrication application.   Rio-Carb director Thomas Reib says the company can now provide a... 

Storage range introduced to Southern Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 Local logistical equipment solutions provider Logistics Systems Engineering (LSE) has formalised an exclusive distribution agreement with storage products provider Gonvarri Material Handling, which will make Gonvarri’s range of storage systems and technologies available in Southern Africa for the... 

SUPPLY CHAIN ENHANCING
The Gonvarri range will further enhance LSE’s capability to deliver projects – including providing mobile racking systems and pallet shuttles for food and beverage customers
SUPPLY CHAIN ENHANCING The Gonvarri range will further enhance LSE’s capability to deliver projects – including providing mobile racking systems and pallet shuttles for food and beverage customers

Rising demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts anticipated

By: Cameron Mackay     14th August 2020 “The demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts is increasing locally, owing to companies wanting to reap the benefits of energy efficiency and cost effectiveness, as well as in preparation for changing legislation regarding emissions,” says forklift distributor for Masslift Africa national sales... 

CLEAN HANDLING
The highest demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts has been from fast-moving consumer goods applications that require clean environments for food
CLEAN HANDLING The highest demand for lithium-ion-powered forklifts has been from fast-moving consumer goods applications that require clean environments for food

Company’s belt products ideal for diverse sectors

14th August 2020 Equipment supplier BMG’s Light Materials Handling division supplies and supports a comprehensive range of belting products which are suitable for use in diverse sectors, including high-temperature applications, like in furnaces in glass bottle manufacturing. “Owing to extreme heat generated from... 

HANDLING THE HEAT
BMG’s high-temperature Cambridge Knuckleback belts are recommended for safe and efficient conveying near ovens, kilns and furnaces
HANDLING THE HEAT BMG’s high-temperature Cambridge Knuckleback belts are recommended for safe and efficient conveying near ovens, kilns and furnaces

Project completed using rope access

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     7th August 2020 Rope access specialist Skyriders completed the removal of a layer of cementitious fireproofing and insulating material from a spherical gas storage tank at a petrochemicals producer, in Mpumalanga, during the first quarter of 2020. 

SAFELY SOARING 
Rope access was deemed the safest option, as the fireproofing was not stable enough to allow for other more traditional means of access to get close to the gas storage tank
SAFELY SOARING Rope access was deemed the safest option, as the fireproofing was not stable enough to allow for other more traditional means of access to get close to the gas storage tank

Furnace company to capitalise on increased gold price

By: Cameron Mackay     7th August 2020 Despite unfavourable local market conditions, furnace-related services provider Custom Furnaces South Africa intends to capitalise on a gold price that has been increasing this year. Custom Furnaces project engineer Nicholas Lucas says the improved gold price has instigated a “rebirth” in the... 

GOLDEN TARGET
The company is looking to improve its offering in the local gold sector, focusing on its carbon regeneration kilns and ancillary equipment
GOLDEN TARGET The company is looking to improve its offering in the local gold sector, focusing on its carbon regeneration kilns and ancillary equipment

Noise, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 With the acoustics industry experiencing little to no growth, owing to new project developments being halted, acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy) principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy argues that stringent noise control regulations, sets... 

NOISE DEFENDERS
Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa
NOISE DEFENDERS Machoy places significant importance on the role of acoustics and acoustic engineers, advertises in journals and liaises with environmental practitioners throughout Africa

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing

By: Cameron Mackay     17th July 2020 The Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM Consult), a business unit of research organisation Enterprises University of Pretoria (UP), can serve the local industry with key capabilities through its expertise in vibration-based condition monitoring and structural health monitoring. “These... 

SPECIALIST TESTING CAPABILITIES 
C-AIM provides engineering consulting services to assist industry in optimally managing the structural integrity of physical assets over their life cycles
SPECIALIST TESTING CAPABILITIES C-AIM provides engineering consulting services to assist industry in optimally managing the structural integrity of physical assets over their life cycles

German foam proportioner brought to local market

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 The latest Generation III foam agent proportioners of German fire-protection systems provider FireDos GmbH is in the final stages of certification and release to the global market. As exclusive suppliers of the product in Southern Africa, special risk fire-protection equipment supplier DoseTech... 

GERMAN SOLUTIONS IN SA
255 proportioner units with all model flow options have been delivered to South Africa to date
GERMAN SOLUTIONS IN SA 255 proportioner units with all model flow options have been delivered to South Africa to date

Partnership brings new drive systems

10th July 2020 Component and technical services provider BMG and German precision engineers Getriebebau Nord entered a partnership to assemble, distribute and support Nord Drive Systems throughout Southern Africa. BMG has made a substantial investment over the years to ensure assembly, stockholdings and... 

OPTIMUM DRIVE CONFIGURATIONS 
Nord IE5+ synchronous motors can be combined with all Nord gear units and drive electronics as a modular system to enhance LogiDrive systems
OPTIMUM DRIVE CONFIGURATIONS Nord IE5+ synchronous motors can be combined with all Nord gear units and drive electronics as a modular system to enhance LogiDrive systems

Welding range offers value for power tools wholesaler

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th June 2020 Power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus South Africa’s MatWeld range continues to be a big part of the company’s business, says Matus welding category manager Warren Pedlar. 

DIY PERSONIFIED 
Matus South Africa’s high-quality welding and plasma-cutting industrial and do-it-yourself machines all carry a two-year warranty
DIY PERSONIFIED Matus South Africa’s high-quality welding and plasma-cutting industrial and do-it-yourself machines all carry a two-year warranty

Conveyor components ideal for use in boilers

5th June 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s extensive power transmission range encompasses HEKO conveyor components, including round link chains and components for submerged chain conveyors, which have been designed for dependable use in many harsh environments such as in the boiler industry. 

A SOLID LINK 
HEKO chain systems with attachments can be supplied pre-assembled with the chain as endless round strands eliminating the need for on-site assembly
A SOLID LINK HEKO chain systems with attachments can be supplied pre-assembled with the chain as endless round strands eliminating the need for on-site assembly

Concrete batchers training in the works

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology is planning to offer a special one-day course for concrete batchers and batch plant staff in the second half of 2020. 

THE WHOLE BATCH 
Batching ensures high and uniform quality of readymix concrete for each batch produced by a batching plant
THE WHOLE BATCH Batching ensures high and uniform quality of readymix concrete for each batch produced by a batching plant

Boiler inspection easier with drones

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     5th June 2020 Using drones, in addition to rope access, can result in boiler inspections being done at a fraction of the cost and much quicker, notes rope access specialist Skyriders. 

TAKING FLIGHT 
The drones have been designed for indoor use
TAKING FLIGHT The drones have been designed for indoor use

Association prepares for life after crisis

By: Cameron Mackay     5th June 2020 Despite the debilitating effects of Covid-19 on the local economy, the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) is using this opportunity to redevelop and implement improved measures of communication with member companies, as well as ramping up training. “Since the spread of Covid-19... 

COATINGS TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
Sapma is looking to consolidate its online learning materials into one platform. To make material easier to access and navigate for trainees
COATINGS TECHNOLOGY TRAINING Sapma is looking to consolidate its online learning materials into one platform. To make material easier to access and navigate for trainees
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