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Maintenance News

Engineering conference to focus on maintenance strategies

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     16th July 2010 The 2010 Reliability and Maintenance Week, to be held in Johannesburg from November 22 to November 24, is organised by media company Spintelligent, part of Clarion Events, and aims to configure effective and attainable maintenance strategies to increase productivity rate and return on... 

Upcoming event to focus on role of predictive maintenance in boosting productivity

By: Dennis Ndaba     2nd July 2010 A predictive maintenance and reliability engineering conference will take place on September 1 and 2, this year. 

Contractor reintroduces explosive welding for Eskom water heaters 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     2nd July 2010 Steinmuller Engineering Services, has re-introduced explosive welding technology for the refurbishment of high pressure feed water heaters. 

A whopping R75bn needed for road maintenance

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2010 South Africa requires R75-billion over the next five years to maintain its road network, says Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele. 

Improving SA's maintenance programmes critical

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 Fears are that, if maintenance programmes are not properly implemented in provincial and municipal infrastructure - particularly in the roads and the water and sanitation sectors, South Africa's maintenance issues will turn into reconstruction issues. This challenge is also fuelled by the lack of... 

SA’s development model reliance may put natural resources at risk

12th February 2010 South Africa’s development model, which relies heavily on new municipal infrastructure development to fuel economic growth and boost service delivery, risks being unsustainable and putting the country’s natural resources at risk, said Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (Imesa)... 

report points to water shortages in SA by 2030

By: Eleanor Seggie     12th February 2010 A recent global water report released in Washington states that South Africa is heading for a significant water shortfall of between 17% and 30% by 2030. The country will need to invest at least R2,8-billion a year, in real terms, over a three-year period to prevent shortages, says construction... 

Car rental company wins kiosk tender 

By: Jacqueline Holman     13th November 2009 Car rental company Avis Rent a Car (Avis) has won the tender from Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) for prime kiosk positions at the nine State-owned and Acsa-controlled airports for five years, including additional space for car rental kiosks and parking. 

Association aims to raise awareness and set standards

By: Jacqueline Holman     13th November 2009 The Southern African Asset Management Association (Saama), previously known as the Southern African Maintenance Association, aims to raise awareness and set certain standards for asset management across southern Africa. 

New asset care centres established

By: Jacqueline Holman     13th November 2009 Asset management company Pragma Africa has established asset care centres (ACCs) for the national Department of Health at two government hospitals in George and Worcester, says Pragma Africa MD Alan Tait. 

Rust control products launched

By: Jacqueline Holman     13th November 2009 Rust removal company 3G Products maintenance division Rust Control Refurbishing has developed three-in-one and four-in-one rust control products that will simplify the rust control application process, says 3G Products and Rust Control Refurbishing division director JP Tredoux. 

R39m student accommodation project under way

13th November 2009 Design, engineering and management consultancy WSP Group Africa has been appointed by student accommodation provider South Point Management Services to provide a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy service for the refurbishment of Auckland House, in Braamfontein. 

First phase of multimillion 
rand pipe project completed

13th November 2009 Polyurethane mouldings and pipe linings manufacturer Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) has completed the first phase of a multimillion-rand contract to supply Redline polyurethane-lined pipes for fly ash disposal at a Mpumalanga power station. 

New instrument for measurement and assessment

13th November 2009 Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) technical resources division has extended its range of shock pulse method (SPM) condition monitoring systems to include the new VibChecker portable instrument, designed for reliable on-site vibration measurement and assessment. 

New maintenance-free 
inertial spin-filter technology

13th November 2009 Current industrial filtration methods often require costly maintenance and filter membrane replacement on an ongoing basis, reports Tshwane-based filtration solutions company Rand Technical Services (RTS). 

Solutions provider 
awarded $15m 

13th November 2009 Engineering specialist solutions provider Kentz, through its operating unit Qatar Kentz has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract worth in excess of $15-million petroleum company Qatar Petroleum (QP). 

Automation division 
upgrades maintenance software

13th November 2009 Power generation firm Siemens’ industry automation division has upgraded the Simatic Maintenance Station software for the diagnosis and maintenance of plants and machinery. 

Facilities management industry weathers the economic storm

13th November 2009 When charting their way through choppy waters, many companies tend to put off paying for factors that are not deemed to be urgent or essential: take servicing the air conditioning system, for instance. Yet while maintenance of infrastructure can be neglected, ignoring it inevitably ends up... 

Mandela Bay 
transformation for 2010

By: Carla Thomaz     13th November 2009 In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Mandela Bay Development Agency has unveiled a number of development projects in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan area, encompassing Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch, that will transform it into an entertainment, transport and business hub... 

Vibration monitoring 
device launched 

By: Petronel Smit     9th October 2009 Vibration-monitoring solutions provider IQ Instruments has designed and manufactured the only two-wire loop-powered 4-20 MA vibration-monitoring device for critical machinery in South Africa, the model 2400 vibration transmitter. 

Vertical transportation maintenance is critical for safety

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th September 2009 Retail shopping mall Bedford Centre maintenance manager Martin Hoffman says that companies involved in the retail shopping centre’s vertical transportation units, such as its escalators and lifts, are committed to ensuring the safety of the users of these units 

Industrial cleaning 
company signs marine 
service contract

28th August 2009 Industrial cleaning, mechanical and maintenance services and environmental waste management solutions company Veolia ES lndustrial Services’ (VES) marine offshore division has signed a contract with petroleum exploration, production and refining company Petrobras America, to provide industrial... 

Gear maker establishes service centre in response to growing demand 

By: Leandi Kolver     21st August 2009 Gear manufacturer David Brown Gear Industries has extended its capabilities by adding an in-house gear service centre at its premises in Benoni, east of Johannesburg. 

Machine fixes potholes in record time

31st July 2009 Pothole problems on the majority of South Africa's roads could become a thing of the past with an investment in the Jetpatcher, a high-tech truck that fixes the problem in about eight minutes, compared with conventional methods of fixing potholes which take about 45 minutes.  

Intelligent infrastructure achieves substantial energy savings

By: Dennis Ndaba     3rd July 2009 Technology in the form of an intelligent infrastructure is fundamental to the building industry today, says Electrical Engineering Solutions (EES) MD Bradley Hemphill. 

New range of floor grinders enters SA market

By: Darren Parker     12th June 2009 A new range of concrete grinding and polishing equipment has been brought into South Africa by Swedish company HTC Sweden, which says that the range is now the largest available in the country. 

Lighting innovation claims major safety benefits

By: Leandi Kolver     17th April 2009 The new Swivelpole eliminates the need for a hot work permit when being installed, says South African manufacturer and distributor Swivelpole Africa CEO Martin Modlin. 

Hudaco says it will be difficult to repeat 2008 profit growth this year

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2009 South African industrial products distribution company Hudaco said at the weekend that it would be “difficult” to match the strong earnings performance achieved in 2008 this year, in light of the current slowdown in the global and domestic economies. “We expect in 2009, that our three major... 

Printflex Rollers maintains strong growth, thanks to top quality service 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2009 Printflex Rollers, one of the country's leading manufacturers and suppliers of rubber and polyurethane rollers used in a wide variety of industries ranging from printing, paper and packaging to plastics, wood and steel, has recently embarked on a major expansion of its main plant at Electron,... 

Cape Town hopeful that pressure-management system will save money and water

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     5th December 2008 The third-largest water pressure management system in the world was commissioned in Cape Town last month, not only to save the City millions of rands but also to help conserve South Africa’s scarce water resources. 

Suppliers slam ArcelorMittal's cash-preservation tactics as unfair and unreasonable

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2008 Suppliers to ArcelorMittal South Africa have expressed outrage and anxiety over a directive, issued by the group’s procurement office, stipulating that all outstanding orders be reconfirmed – a move that has already reportedly resulted in Africa’s largest steel producer refusing to take delivery... 

Association supports government’s professional development policy

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 The South African Maintenance Association (SAMA) is currently engaged in a number of certification programmes and training initiatives with the aim of developing the local maintenance industry, and this includes organisational benchmarking, and providing accreditation for continuing professional... 

Metro awards extension to asset management contract

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 Asset Management Company Pragma Africa’s Asset Care Centre (ACC) contract for the centralised asset refurbishment and maintenance of the electricity division of the Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality has been extended to 2010, reports Pragma Africa MD Alain Tait. 

Landmark hotel facelift completed

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 Building contractor Grinaker-LTA, part of the JSE-listed Aveng Group, last month completed the R160-million refurbishment of the landmark Rosebank Hotel, situated north of Johannesburg. 

French asphalt could find application in local roads and airports 

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 A French asphalt technology, namely high-modulus asphalt (HiMA), is a potentially viable alternative to conventional heavily-trafficked bitumen pavements, which often no longer offer road utilities long-term, and maintenance-free solutions, reports the Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Refurbishment projects reap higher yields

By: Sylvester Haskins     14th November 2008 Property loan stock company ApexHi Properties is increasingly investing in the refurbishment of existing buildings in its portfolio at returns of between 10% and 12,8%, states ApexHi MD David Rice.  

Multimillion-rand makeover for local economic hub

14th November 2008 Property development company, Liberty Properties Development, a division of the Liberty Properties Group, earlier this year, announced a R1,77 billion refurbishment of the landmark Sandton City complex, reports the company.  

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