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Noise, Vibration and NDT

Machoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers

17th July 2020 Machoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers is one of Southern Africa’s leading acoustic engineering firms. Our highly qualified team provides specialist advice on all aspects of acoustics, noise and vibration from the planning stage of a  project, providing detailed designs and specifications... 

Company presents new SmartBalancer ECO

17th July 2020 Unbalances on rotors are the cause of at least half of all faults on machines and systems. With the new SmartBalancer ECO from testing solutions provider Schenck RoTec, service and maintenance technicians can identify these unbalances easily and directly at the location where they occur. The... 

Company presents new SmartBalancer ECO
FIXING FAULTS With the SmartBalancer from Schenck RoTec, service technicians and maintainers easily identify unbalances which cause faults on machines at the location they occur

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, acoustic standards and testing can boost industry
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... 

Centre’s expertise can improve asset testing
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

New belt range well received

By: Halima Frost     19th July 2019 There has been a favourable reaction from the market to the recent inclusion of belt manufacturer ContiTech Power Transmission Group’s drive belt and matched component range to bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International’s (BI’s) already extensive product portfolio. The drive... 

New belt range  well received
LOOP-DI-LOOP The ContiTech belts have been proven to run for over double the time other belt brands

NDT provider invests in growing capacity

By: Halima Frost     19th July 2019 Over the past year, heating and testing contractor NDT Projects has taken on new technologies and moved to new premises to bolster its nondestructive testing (NDT) capabilities. The larger facility not only enables the company to accommodate bigger workloads comfortably but also offers more... 

Automotive acoustics testing facility opened

19th July 2019 Multinational engineering and technology company Robert Bosch’s subsidiary Bosch Engineering has put into operation its new acoustics testing centre. Bosch Engineering specialises in development services for vehicle and engine manufacturers. 

Automotive acoustics testing facility opened
SING IT LOUD The indoor acoustics testing facility negates external factors that might affect the outcome of an acoustic certification

Electromagnetic prototype feeder cutting costs for clients

By: Halima Frost     19th July 2019 Last month, engineering consultants Vipro Vibrating Products announced the arrival of its first locally incepted light industry electromagnetic feeder prototype. The prototype feeder was incepted by Vipro in May through a collaborative effort by design and technical teams, and is currently in the... 

Electromagnetic prototype feeder cutting costs for clients
GOOD VIBRATIONS The electromagnetic feeder requires only one drive and is quieter than other drives on the market

Certified NDT personnel needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 A major challenge facing the nondestructive testing (NDT) sector is that companies require NDT personnel who are certified, says technical solutions specialist African NDT Centre Level 3 consulting manager Abdur-Rahman Mahomed. However, to acquire certification, technicians must meet certain... 

Certified NDT  personnel needed
PROVIDING RESOURCES Employers who do take in personnel and assist them in gaining experience are required to provide safety training, medicals and workman’s compensation cover

Emerson releases new thermowell design

20th July 2018 Global technology and engineering company Emerson has released the Rosemount Twisted Square Thermowell line, a solution that reduces dynamic stress, simplifies process calculations and provides more accurate temperature measurements. This new thermowell design was developed to address these... 

Emerson releases new thermowell design
NEW DESIGN Emerson’s new thermowell design reduces dynamic stress, simplifies process calculations and provides more accurate temperature measurements

End-users should be familiar with NDT

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 Clients using nondestructive testing (NDT) services are sometimes unfamiliar with NDT, and it is crucial that they educate themselves prior to spending money on NDT inspections, says technical solutions specialist African NDT Centre Level 3 consulting manager Abdur-Rahman Mahomed. “Clients... 

End-users should be familiar with NDT
ABDUR-RAHMAN MAHOMED Using a nonreputable company provides you with a false sense of security and you save a very small percentage of what you could lose if a component fails

General purpose monitoring sensors promoted

20th July 2018 Instrumentation and measurement product supplier Instrotech, local representative of vibration sensors and monitoring systems manufacturer Monitran, is promoting Monitran’s general purpose monitoring sensors, for use with programmable logic controllers (PLC) and other industrial controllers.... 

General purpose monitoring  sensors promoted
MONITRAN TRANSDUCER The long-standing 1185/C series is a general purpose, top-entry velocity transducer with DC output, made from robust stainless steel throughout

Focus on noise reduction engineering solutions lacking

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 Government is not prioritising noise reduction with the necessary vigour in industry across the board, says acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers principal engineer Terry Mackenzie-Hoy. He notes that the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires... 

Focus on noise reduction engineering solutions lacking
Photo by Bloomberg
HEARING PROTECTION The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to use engineering means to reduce noise levels, barrier off high noise areas or, issue hearing protection to employees

High-speed cameras measure motions faster

By: Victor Moolman     21st July 2017 The University of Pretoria (UP) has obtained four new high-speed IDT Vision NX8-S2 cameras that, along with the TEMA motion analysis software, can measure vibrations on moving structures at high speeds or events that are too fast for normal cameras to record. 

Need for NDT personnel to be competent

21st July 2017 To perform nondestructive testing (NDT) in accordance with code requirements and customer expectations, Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) systems and quality manager Harold Jansen says there is a need for NDT personnel to be competent. 

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

Possible change in  NDT training
NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING South Africa and many other African countries have sustainable market capacity for only one NDT industrial sector

New technology for NDT technicians in South Africa

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 South African non-destructive testing (NDT) technicians can possibly look forward to the global influx of new technology, following the completion of the nineteenth World Conference on NDT held in Munich, Germany, last month. According to South African Institute of Non-Destructive Testing... 

New technology for NDT technicians in South Africa
WCNDT international NDT institutions have to remain relevant to technicians and the younger generation of professionals within NDT

Integrated NDT qualification, certification approach set for 2017

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 To achieve international harmonisation in the qualification and certification of nondestructive testing (NDT) personnel, the national ISO 17024-accredited personnel certification body, the Southern African Institute of Welding - Certification (SAIW - Certification) is collaborating with national... 

Integrated NDT qualification, certification approach set for 2017
CERTIFICATION HARMONISATION The qualification and certification process will also accommodate the American Society for Nondestructive Testing SNT-TC-1A requirements

Carpet effective, presents sound-absorption solution

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Property developers, designers and architects have a crucial role to play in providing inspirational working environments for the benefit of employees, with the impact of acoustics on employees being one of the key aspects, says local flooring supplier and installer Kevin Bates Albert Carpets... 

Carpet effective, presents sound-absorption solution
FLOORING OUTPERFORMER Carpeting can absorb airborne sound, reducing surface noise generation and reducing impact-sound transmission to rooms below

VT course to meet industry requirements

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) nondestructive testing (NDT) department introduced an independent Visual Testing (VT) course as part of its training offering last month. VT was previously incorporated into SAIW’s welding inspectors course only... 

VT course to meet industry requirements
COURSE CONTENT Level 1 of the Visual Testing (VT) course focuses on general theory and application, while Level 2 enhances basic VT theory

New portable NDT equipment solutions suitable for welding inspections

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Vereeniging-based nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment provider GammaTec is currently introducing the latest portable, phased-array, ultrasonic testing (PA UT) equipment and new computed radiography (CR) digital systems and focuses on raising awareness of the advantages of this equipment. “The... 

New portable NDT equipment solutions suitable for welding inspections
NEW GENERATION The Zetec TOPAZ phased array system has a 10.4” 1 024 X 768 pixel screen that can display 64% more information than the 800 X 600 pixel screens

Bipanel plate absorbers reduce lab noise by 45%

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy Consulting) has completed the installation of biplate panel absorbers on a research ship laboratory last month, reducing noise levels by about 5 dBA, or about 45%. Machoy Consulting owner Terry... 

Bipanel plate absorbers reduce lab noise by 45%
NOISE REDUCTION The biplate panel absorbers can simultaneously absorb low- and high-frequency noises, reducing noise by 5 dBA

Signal-processing technique set for commercial testing 

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th July 2015 Having developed a new signal-processing technique for the vibration monitoring and testing of turbomachinery, the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Centre for Asset Integrity Management (C-AIM) research facility aims to create industry partnerships to develop this technique to maturity and... 

Signal-processing technique set for commercial testing
Centre for Asset Integrity Management director Professor Stephan Heyns discusses the importance of the research conducted at the centre.

Potential for noise reduction untapped

By: Donna Slater     18th July 2014 Acoustic consulting engineering practice Mackenzie Hoy Consulting Acoustics Engineers (Machoy Consulting) believes there is vast potential to reduce noise in many industrial and mining applications, but that noisy environments remain, unnecessarily, because noise-reduction techniques are seldom... 

Potential for noise  reduction untapped
PROCESSING DATA There is vast potential to reduce noise in many industrial and mining applications

Greater attention for inspection of storage tanks

18th July 2014 Serious and costly accidents involving conventional storage tanks have triggered a greater awareness in terms of safety, nondestructive testing (NDT), cost and environmental issues, reports inspection technologies company Rosen Group. 

Radioactive-source logistics illuminated at meeting

By: Donna Slater     18th July 2014 The importance of safely transporting and using radioactive sources, such as iridium 192 and selenium 75, used in non destructive testing (NDT) procedures, was highlighted during the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Technical Meeting on Radiation Safety in Industrial Radiography, held... 

Radioactive-source logistics illuminated at meeting
PHILIP KILFOIL Many regulatory authorities dealing with radioactive materials are not experienced or resourced enough to carry out proper inspections

Wearable personal noise and vibration dosimeters launched

By: Donna Slater     18th July 2014 Machinery condition monitoring solutions company Spectranalysis launched the SV104 noise and SV103 vibration personal dosimeters onto the local market last month. 

Wearable personal noise and vibration dosimeters launched
NOISE MONITORING The Svantek SV104 provides data required for the appropriate selection of hearing protection

Multichannel vibration analyser decreases maintenance costs

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd August 2013 The Microlog Analyzer AX – the multichannel vibration measurement monitoring equipment used on motor pumps – can increase productivity and decrease maintenance, as opposed to traditional single-channel vibration measurement monitoring equipment, reports ball and roller bearing supplier and... 

Noise-reduction apparel significant for construction sector

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd August 2013 It is crucially important that protective apparel for hearing forms part of every construction company’s health and safety management controls, owing to the nature of construction work, states Midrand-based building and construction association Master Builders Association (MBA) North. 

Need for noise measurement qualification in African countries

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd August 2013 With mining projects continuing to emerge in Africa, communities are being affected by the noise of the developments taking place around them, especially as qualifications in environmental noise measurement and prediction are lacking among Africans, which results in inaccurate noise measurement. 

Need for noise measurement qualification in African countries
PROPER MEASUREMENT STRESSEDIt is important to provide noise-measurement training for local African people, as they are more familiar with the challenges and conditions of their surroundings

New software for natural vibration modes analysis

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd August 2013 The simulation software designer Cobham Technical Services has extended the multiphysics capabilities of the Opera-3D design software, a finite element analysis environment for electromagnetic design in three dimensions, by incorporating a new solver that can analyse natural vibration modes. 

New angle grinder reduces vibrations by 40%

23rd August 2013 The new GWS 26-230 LVI Professional is the lightest large angle grinder in its class and reduces vibration by 40% owing to its decoupled main and side handles and vibration dampening, compared with angle grinders without vibration control, states technology and services supplier Bosch. 

Limited opportunities for students to enter acoustic engineering profession

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th October 2012 A lack of opportunity to enter the acoustics engineering profession through higher education institutions in South Africa has resulted in training being provided exclusively, but for a very limited intake, through mentorship opportunities, states acoustics engineering firm Mackenzie Hoy... 

New gear pump reduces noise emissions

12th October 2012 The new external Silence Plus gear pump from automation equipment manufacturer Bosch Rexroth reduces noise emissions by an average of 15 dBA, compared with conventional external gear pumps, the company states.  

New building technology designed to reduce noise pollution

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th October 2012 Interior building solutions group Saint-Gobain Gyproc has launched its Gyproc SoundBloc plasterboard walling system, which is designed for high-impact resistance and the reduction of noise pollution. 

New Q2-Trim technology reduces noise

12th October 2012 Global technology and services provider Metso Corporation’s new Neles Q2-Trim technology reduces noise by up to 30 dB compared with a typical control valve, helping process industry customers improve personnel and plant safety, while simultaneously increasing efficiency and reliability. “For more... 

Lubricant reduces vibration, noise

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th October 2012 US-based lubricant manufacturer Lubricant Engineers’ Pyroshield open gear lubricant, which is distributed locally by wear control specialist Filter Focus, reduces friction, vibration and noise levels. “Higher vibration means higher friction, which results in higher electricity consumption.... 

Ultrasonic camera to enhance NDT in industry

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th October 2012 Aerospace and defence group EADS’ Innovation Works research and technology network has signed a cooperation agreement with Norway-based DolphiTech for the development of a new nondestructive testing (NDT) system based on an ultrasonic camera component used for composite inspection 

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