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Maintenance News

Maintenance for Cape Town power station

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A LONG-term refurbishment and maintenance contract at the Athlone power station in Cape Town is being carried out at present by Firstex Engineering. The company is focused and structured to provide high-quality service in the specialist fields of insulation, asbestos removal, corrosion protection... 

Choosing the correct pneumatic tool

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Selecting the correct pneumatic tool for a task enhances productivity greatly, improves quality control, and increases profits, reports Bellambie Mining and Industrial marketing manager Dudley Ward. “To ensure optimum performance and extended operating life of pneumatic tools, proper... 

Forklift truck contract awarded

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Gauteng company Criterion Equipment has been awarded a contract to supply 13 new TCM 700 series forklift trucks and two TCM reach trucks to car manufacturer BMW. Equipped with a suspension seat, full hydrostatic steer axle and a wide-view 18-roller mast, the trucks are safe to operate and offer... 

Local centre gets R400 000 US donation

By: System Author     30th April 1999 US company General Electric (GE) has donated over R400 000 to the Sparrow Technical Skills Centre in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, as part of an ongoing initiative to upgrade the existing facilities and construct new facilities. The donation will be used to construct four new workshops on the... 

South Africa plans to rope in its drivers

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) has placed the first local order for a wire-rope safety fence system, which is a proved method of reducing fatalities from accidents occurring on motorways and dual carriageways in the UK. The Brifen wire-rope safety fence system, manufactured by... 

Firms flow together to offer turnkey service

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Asubsidiary of Bate- man Project Hol- dings, Bateman Water, is well-positioned to compete strongly in the water-treatment market in Southern Africa and abroad. Bateman Water was established when Bateman acquired Bateman Water Treatment (BWT) from Bateman Industrial Corporation, and merged its... 

Pultrusion process to combat corrosion

By: System Author     9th April 1999 Water quality is critical to the quality of our future, and today engineers look more and more to lifecycle costs in specifying materials for design and construction of new and upgraded water-treatment facilities. Lower installation and maintenance costs and long-term performance are factored... 

Industry bearing up under market strain

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 While the outlook for the replacement market in the bearings industry remains fairly positive, the original-equipment market remains depressed, as reflected in the negative growth of the South Africa economy, SKF MD Rohan Kemp tells Engineering News. “Imports from South East Asia and, in... 

New philosophy takes root in process control

By: System Author     26th March 1999 The industrial marketplace is getting selective in its choice of process control information-management systems, and there is a move away from the procurement of a packaged system, argues Xycom chairperson Roger Girdler. He explains that this trend is due to clients being more knowledgeable about... 

Big filter contracts clinched down under

By: System Author     26th March 1999 Two Australian contracts, together worth US$801 000, have been awarded to filtration-system manufacturer, Flosep, a division of the Atomic Energy Corporation (AEC), and its Australian partner, Flosep Australasia, business manager Ockert Kotz 

Spin-filter module cleans up industry costs

By: System Author     26th March 1999 South African industry could save hundreds of thousands of rands in maintenance costs with the introduction of a self-cleaning spin-filter module manufactured by US company Dollinger, Bona Filters MD Mike Ellis tells Engineering News. He explains that, in South Africa, the bulk of industry uses... 

New ‘double slip’ turnout design launched

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new railway component that is set to enhance the quality of South Africa’s permanent way system was launched this month by Transwerk in a joint venture with an Austrian company. The fruits of the historic collaboration of Transwerk’s perway business and VAE of Vienna are embodied in... 

New single-seat valve designed

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A MODERN, versatile single-seat valve, the Delta SW4, designed to revolutionise valve maintenance and to fill the rapidly-changing needs of the hygienic-processing industries, has been designed by APV Fluid Handling. Great emphasis was placed on facilitating valve handling, installation and... 

Web site for development corridor

By: System Author     12th March 1999 IN a pioneering step, the Mabopane–Centurion development corridor (MCDC) has become the first spatial development initiative to launch a virtual electronic community (VEC). Announcing this private-sector initiative iti On-Line divisional manager Lee Pienaar said at the launch in Centurion... 

R953-million budgeted for roads upkeep

By: System Author     5th March 1999 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanra) has budgeted R953,5-million this year for road maintenance, rehabilitation and new roads, Sanra CEO Nazir Alli tells Engineering News. Of that sum R503,5-million will be spent on maintenance, with R285,7-million on road rehabilitation and... 

Tenders for work at power station

By: System Author     26th February 1999 Multimillion-rand maintenance works on the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council’s Kelvin power station near Edenvale, Gauteng, are expected to open for tendering before the end of the current financial year. Although designed to operate on top-quality, R120/t ‘A’-grade coal,... 

Sweet rewards of maintenance

By: System Author     26th February 1999 A saving of more than R200 000 has been made with predictive maintenance on machinery at local glucose and starch manufacturer African Products’ new Kliprivier plant since commissioning in August last year, reports African Products engineering manager Koot Marais. He continues that Midrand... 

‘Slapdash’ attitude to maintenance

By: System Author     19th February 1999 AS hefty increases in new equipment costs hit the South African market, companies which use forklifts are increasingly looking at ways to extend the life of their existing vehicles, both in terms of preventive maintenance and correct driver training. David Milligan, marketing director of forklift... 

SA conveyors sent to US

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Local materials-handling company Melco has supplied its innovative design of lightweight, heavy-duty roof-slung conveyor structures for installation in various coal-mines in the US. The design of the Melco-Loc structure is such that it is easy to install and requires no bolts, nuts or special... 

Integrated flow of information

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A multimillion-rand information technology project designed to enable Iscor Speciality Steels (ISS) to achieve world-class operational excellence has begun to bring benefits. “To compete in the world market today requires integrated information, and that is what is being delivered by the... 

Numerous dumptrucks imported

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A number of Terex TA40 dumptrucks, powered by the Detroit Diesel Series 60, have been imported by local Terex agent Batemans. These 40 t trucks will be used in various mining and construction applications and the 6  

Elevated hoist design

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The new SH-Series from Condra Cranes, of the East Rand, is claimed to represent a new standard in hoists, surpassing many designs on the world market at present. Cleaner, neater, easier to maintain and much more compact than other hoists, the new series is an attempt by Condra to break new ground... 

German, Danish merger

By: System Author     5th February 1999 TWO internationally well-known manufacturers of protective, predictive and performance condition-monitoring systems and portable vibration analysers, Schenck Vibro of Germany and Br 

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