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Maintenance News

Safety torches operate in potentially-explosive conditions

By: abdul cook     25th March 2005 Gauteng-based Denver Technical Products have introduced one of the first ATEX directive compliant safety lights to South Africa. 

Company secures outsource contracts

25th March 2005 Pragma Africa has secured more than 90 contracts around South Africa since launching its Buro service. 

The perfect answer to loose screws

25th March 2005 Henkel Loctite, of Germany, has recently launched a new range of threadlockers and threadsealants to be used in maintenance and repair work in car workshops and various sectors of industry, including the chemical and petrochemical sectors. 

Brewer awards conveyor components contract

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th February 2005 One of the world’s largest breweries, SABMiller, with a presence that spans more than 40 countries, has awarded IRP Engineering, a local manufacturer of conveyor components, a multimillion-rand contract. 

Global industrial group acquires NDT specialist

14th January 2005 GE Inspection Technologies, a division of GE Transportation, has completed its acquisition of Hocking NDT (Hocking), after receipt of all required regulatory approvals. 

Quick-fix solutions for damaged pipelines

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 Pipeline corrosion and mechanical damage in the form of cracks, dents and gouges can cause costly downtime for processing and manufacturing industries. 

Refinery in six-week maintenance shutdown

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 A six-week maintenance shutdown from October 14, following 20 months of forward planning, is being under taken by Sapref. 

Audits lead to continuous improvement at Cat dealer

19th November 2004 For Southern African Caterpillar dealer Barloworld Equipment, after-sales machine and fleet maintenance is as important as the machine sale itself. 

Refurbished Jo'burg building to offer tourists Madiba experience

19th November 2004 The City of Johannesburg has approved the spending of R300 000 to establish a tourist visitor centre at Chancellor House, the building which once housed the firm Mandela & Tambo Attorneys. 

Poor-quality fuel may cost fleet owners dearly

19th November 2004 The quality of South African diesel has become quite an issue, says fuel-analysis firm WearCheck Africa. 

Safety critical in design of maintenance products

19th November 2004 Equipment maker Bellambie Mining & Industrial director George McMaster says that safety is critical in the design of the company’s products used in maintenance procedures. 

Bringing new life to an old building

19th November 2004 A property formerly owned by an Anglo American company on Johannesburg’s West Street has been revamped extensively to accommodate its new owners, the city campus of the Community and Individual Development Association (CIDA), which provides tertiary education for the previously disadvantaged. 

Online countrywide monitoring boosts plant availability

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 With two significant nationwide projects under way at Clover and Albany, Pragma Africa is setting the standards for specialised maintenance systems. 

Infrared camera improves inspection of materials

By: abdul cook     19th November 2004 The use of infrared cameras in predictive maintenance is becoming increasingly common, says H Rohloff sales manager Johan Jansen van Vuuren. 

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. 

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. 

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