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Welding & Cutting News

Industry needs to ‘normalise’ to foster growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 The local gas and welding industry is still a reflection of what it was about 20 years ago and the industry is using less than 20% of the productive economy, which subsequently inhibits growth and development of the industry, says integrated gas and welding solutions provider Unique Welding... 

Welding industry shows steady growth and stability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 The welding industry is more stable, compared with other industries, such as civil engineering and construction, says mainstream industrial plant and equipment rental company Afritech Equipment Solutions projects manager Mornay Nortje. He tells Engineering News that demand for welding equipment... 

Welding industry shows steady growth and stability
COMPLETE SOLUTION Afritech Equipment Solutions offer clients on-site turnkey equipment and consumable solutions

Company completes smelter welding project

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company, Thos Begbie, successfully, and timeously delivered erosion-resistant copper coolers, which are being installed, to a smelter in Southern Africa. Thos Begbie started the project in March this year and delivered the coolers at the end of April,... 

Company completes  smelter welding project
ROBOTIC WELDING Thos Begbie aims to add another robotic welder to complement its existing unit

Welding industry still offers viable opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 Owing to minimal project work being undertaken in the private and public sectors, many companies involved in welding activities are reliant on maintenance projects, says nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) caretaker executive director Jim Guild. However,... 

Welding industry still offers viable opportunities
WELDING WANT There is a shortage of welding industry professionals and a need for highly-skilled individuals

Unique cutting tool enhancing SA projects

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 Construction products and fastener distributor Upat, which exclusively distributes power tools manufacturer Milwaukee power tool products in Southern Africa, is supplying the Milwaukee M18 FMCS metal-cutting saw to several projects in South Africa. Upat provides solutions for construction,... 

Unique cutting tool  enhancing SA projects
IMPROVED DESIGN The Milwaukee M18 FMCS metal-cutting saw uses a Powerstate brushless motor, which improves the motor life of the tool by up to ten times that of the competition

Regular boiler maintenance key in stable power

7th June 2019 Multinational conglomerate GE is aware of the pressures faced by power producers, especially utilities, to improve efficiency and productivity within their steam plants. For South Africa, regular maintenance to major upgrades and retrofits of utility power plants and in particular the boilers, is... 

Regular boiler maintenance key in stable power
OHHH SO STEAMY GE offers a comprehensive range of steam power solutions to the continent

Rust preventive coating now available in aerosol

31st May 2019 Last month, corrosion control technology developer Cortec Corporation launched the EcoAir Tool & Die Rust Preventative to cut costs and meet the needs of mold, tool, and die manufacturers and end-users. This liquid rust preventative comes in a non-flammable spray can that makes it easier to use... 

Rust preventive coating now available in aerosol
CAN IT The rust preventative is now easier to use and store in the aerosol can

Provider develops specialised stainless steel roll

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 Stainless steel technical services and products provider SMS group has developed a specialised roll for its stainless steel plants. “Reliable and precise flatness measurement is of paramount importance. These rolls carry the brand name X-Shape and are part of the X-Pact product family, which... 

Provider develops specialised stainless steel roll
DIGITAL COMMITMENTS The Manufacturing Execution System and Genius Condition Monitoring System illustrate the company’s commitment to digitalisation and smart plants

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities
CENTRE OF ATTENTION The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors

Welding machines and services on show

10th May 2019 Gas supplier Afrox will be showcasing its integrated range of services and solutions for the agricultural sector at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day, which will be held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. This includes Afrox’s latest cutting, heating and welding equipment and... 

Welding machines and services on show
SPARKING INTEREST Afrox hopes to generate an interest at its stand by offering daily prizes for best welder

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient automotive production

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 An assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, which included replacing the existing MOVITRANS contactless energy transfer system with the latest version, has allowed for more efficient assembly of vehicles on the production line, says... 

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient  automotive production
NEW HEIGHTS A height table needs to be built into the system, providing flexibility in changing the height of the stations as the requirement changes

Projects in DRC keep local businesses afloat

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th April 2019 With a lack of investment and new projects locally, stainless steel fabricator Vessel Fab has expanded its offering into Africa and has been working on a few projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its neighbouring countries. Over the past decade there has been an exponential... 

Projects in DRC keep local businesses afloat
Photo by Creamer Media
EXCLUSIVELY MANUFACTURED PRODUCTS The company provides custom-built products based on client designs and specifications

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 The Centres of Specialisation pilot programme has been launched by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to develop a focused and industry-led apprenticeship structure for 13 priority trades needed for infrastructure development. The objective is to test the effectiveness of... 

Pilot programme seeks to align artisan training with industry needs

Coupling technology reduces costs, improves efficiency

By: Paige Müller     21st September 2018 Global mechanical pipe joining systems developer Victaulic says its grooved Quickvic coupling solutions offer significant cost savings to contractors working in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) market. Victaulic regional manager Marcel Ley tells Engineering News that the... 

Coupling technology reduces costs, improves efficiency
MARCEL LEY The Victaulic Quickvic coupling solutions replace the welding and threading of pipes in the HVAC industry

Technology changes the future of welding

7th September 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says it will use augmented or virtual welder training techniques in its new Future Welder Training Centre. “Augmented welder training, in essence, allows students to work with real three-dimensional objects combined with virtual computer-generated... 

SAIW develops NDT in SA

7th September 2018 Progression through the initial society for nondestructive testing (NDT) company-based training into the globally accepted personnel qualification and certification standard, referred to as International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) 9712, has evolved significantly over the past 30... 

SAIW develops NDT in SA
HAROLD JANSEN The International Organization for Standardisation 9712 has evolved significantly over the past 30 years

SAIW receives robot welding system for training  

By: Donald Makhafola     7th September 2018 South Africa-based Japanese automation and robotic company Yaskawa Southern Africa is handing over a complete robot welding system to the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) for its new robot-welding training programme. The programme comprises the training of robotic-welding operators,... 

SAIW receives robot welding system for training
Yaskawa Southern Africa chairperson and key account manager Terry Rosenberg provides his perspective on robotic welding in South Africa, and Yaskawa’s relationship with the Southern African Institute of Welding. Camerawork & Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

High demand for SAIW fabricator certification

7th September 2018 Nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is encouraged to see a high number of large companies applying for Welding Fabricators Certification Scheme (WFCS) which is a quality requirement for fusion welding of metallic materials, as well as certified... 

High demand for SAIW fabricator certification
HERMAN POTGIETER I'm encouraged by the growing demand for Welding Fabricators Certification Scheme in the country

Welding company embarks on massive expansion

7th September 2018 Secunda-based welding company Hydra Arc – ISO 3834 certified by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification has grown into a leading South African specialised welder that provides services for Southern Africa’s petrochemicals, power, mining and minerals processing industries.... 

Welding company embarks on  massive expansion
GROWTH Hydra Arc is undertaking a massive expansion of its Sky Hill facility to position the company as the 'can-do' destination for local and regional work

Fiber laser available locally for steel industry

17th August 2018 With the developments in sheet metal cutting technology over the past 30 years having been remarkable, the latest developments in fiber laser technology are taking sheet steel component production to even higher output and quality levels, and are now available locally, according to a March... 

Fiber laser available  locally for steel industry
Photo by Bloomberg
INDUSTRY PROVIDER Bystronic offers the steel industry solutions for enhanced productivity

Skills development and in-house training crucial for boiler industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 Stainless steel fabricator and welding services firm Hlakani Engineering strongly advocates the importance of skills development and in-house training, says director Gerhard Holtshauzen, as this significantly improves boiler making and other skills. “We provide people with a chance to become a... 

Company hits 500 mark in sales

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Over the past 23 years, industrial services company The Dickinson Group has sold more than 500 specialised stud welding machines, says company refractory anchor division manager Miles Simpson. The machines were provided by Germany-based welding machine suppliers Soyer and UK-based welding... 

Company hits 500  mark in sales
MULTIFUNCTIONAL STUD WELDER A Soyer BMH-22i characterised by its invariably high welding capacity.

Improved quality and productivity reduce production costs

15th June 2018 As the leading supplier of gases and welding equipment and machinery in sub-Saharan Africa, industrial gases company Afrox continues to provide innovative welding solutions to the Southern African market by introducing new products and technology. The latest of these is welding equipment... 

Improved quality and  productivity reduce  production costs
MULTIPURPOSE PIPE WELDING SOLUTION Miller Electric’s PipeWorx process improves quality and productivity

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to act as the consultants in the welding aspect of the Centres of Specialisation Programme. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor outlined in March that the... 

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative
SEAN BLAKE A good skills set, local labor and governments investment are what is needed

Supplier outlines simple welding equipment compliance test

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Power tool and hardware wholesaler Matus has introduced a two-year guarantee on all its Matweld welding machines, which contrasts with the industry norm of one year. “The testing of our Matweld range is done in compliance with ISO standards and we take pride in the fact that we can offer the... 

Supplier outlines simple welding equipment compliance test
ALL IN ONE UNIT 500 A Inverter MIG welder supplied by Matweld complete with a separate wire feeder

Technology at the fore

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Various speakers discussed new technologies and applications in the thermoplastic welding industry at the Thermoplastics Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry body Plastics SA last month. The discussions ranged from single-user welding technology to new applications (apps) revolutionising... 

Technology at the fore
PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY The new Hurner Smartline butt welding machine and clamp was on show

Understanding weld standards crucial to the welding industry

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 To ensure quality in the welding industry, pipes supplier Marley Pipe Systems product specialist Ian Venter says it is important to not only use the standards required in welding but also understand them. Delivering a keynote address at the Thermoplastic Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry... 

Understanding weld standards crucial to the welding industry
CONFORMING PIPE SYSTEMS Marley Pipes Systems SA supplies the well known international Frialen brand.

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector
LATEST TECHNOLOGY Weba Chute Systems uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimum accuracy during the design and engineering phases, which also facilitate improved efficiencies

Laser machine in full production at fabrication company

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine tool supplier Puma Machine Tools completed the supply of its high-end laser profile JinFangYuan (JFY) 4020 machine to a Wadeville metals fabrication company last month. The machine, with a Trumpf TruDisk 3001 laser source, will be used to cut processing plates for the manufacturing of... 

Company resupplies machine stock to keep S. African market supplied

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 To keep its supply of stud-welding machines current, furnace and industrial services company The Dickinson Group keeps a range of such machines in stock at its Vereeniging headquarters at all times. The company has supplied more than 600 stud-welding machines over the past 24 years to the mining,... 

New tools include applications, precise control 

22nd March 2018 Tools and fastener supplier Upat is tackling industry challenges by providing new solutions to the industry. The company is the supplier for fischer fasteners, Milwaukee power tools and Stabila measuring equipment for the southern Africa region, Victor Moolman tells us more. 

New tools include applications, precise control
New tools include applications, precise control

Forging and steel industries both affected by unpredictable steel price

By: Victor Moolman     9th March 2018 Owing to the volatile and unpredictable steel price from local raw steel mills, the steel industry is looking less to locally-forged parts and equipment, and more to imports, says steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode. “As an industry – and in common with the forging industry –... 

Forging and steel industries both affected by unpredictable steel price
Photo by Duane Daws
STEEL FORGED Not all of the steel required in South Africa is economical to produce in the country

Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school 

15th February 2018 Alstom Ubunye has unveiled its latest educational initiative, a new welding school at a Secondary School in the Duduza township near Nigel. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school
Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s optimism regarding long-term prospects for South Africa’s economy and steel industry has prompted it to continually invest in quality steel equipment. Such an investment was made through the buying of the BLM Adige LT20 jumbo tube laser in... 

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite
Photo by Bloomberg
TUBULAR INNOVATION The LT20 creates new possibilities and innovation for architects and structural designers

Specialised welding enhances refurbishment capabilities

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Having proven the benefits of laser beam welding for the refurbishment of industrial components in a range of experimental projects, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is working to commercialise this specialised technique for the South... 

Specialised welding enhances  refurbishment capabilities
PRECISION WORK Laser welding is best used in combination with other welding processes for applications that require the highly specialised capabilities

High-pressure industrial cleaning suitable for various industries

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Water-jetting solutions provider Total Blasting says its ultrahigh-pressure jetting units are suitable for applications in industries such as petrochemicals (refineries), marine, offshore oil and gas, and automotive manufacturing plants.  

High-pressure industrial cleaning suitable for various industries
HIGH-PRESSURE CLEANING Total Blasting has provided many plants and industrial cleaning contractors with simple and flexible water-jetting capability

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg

By: Dylan Slater     6th October 2017 Through a rapidly expanding gas distribution network, gas supplier Virtual Gas Network is presenting the energy industry with lower energy costs and improved profitability, while also enabling energy producers and consumers to move towards meeting cleaner emissions targets.  

‘Virtual’ gas network expands offering to firms within 300 km of Joburg
VIRTUAL NETWORK The ‘virtual’ distribution network is an innovative road-based delivery system of compressed-gas tube-trailer modules each storing compressed gas for distribution to customers
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