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Welding & Cutting News

Auto industry drives welding innovation

By: Karel Smrcka     26th November 2004 The automotive industry sector represents close to one third of the welding market in Western Europe. 

Big personal stamp

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2004 Different strategy still has Ngcaba's adrenalin pumping 

What's next in the world of welding

By: Karel Smrcka     19th November 2004 Since the introduction of the coated electrode 100 years ago, several other processes have been invented, for instance SAW (submerged arc welding), TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding, MIG/MAG (metal inert gas/metal active gas) welding, plasma cutting and FCAW (flux cored arc) welding. 

Gauteng firm secures bandsaw agency

1st October 2004 Electroplated-diamond, sapphire and cubic-boron-nitride tool manufacturer, EFS Super Abrasives of Bedfordview, Gauteng, has secured the sole South African agency for the bandsaw-blade range produced by S 

Rail equipment supplier goes the BEE route

By: Zonika Botha     25th June 2004 In what has been described as an important step in transforming the South African railway sector, Thermitrex, the country’s leading manufacturer and supplier of oil thermal welding consumables and equipment for rail application, has acquired a black equity partner. 

Shielding-gas solution found

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 South African welding product innovator Shield Surface Technologies developed and patented a solution to the shielding-gas waste problem, called the Shielding Gas Economiser (SGE), in February this year. 

Inverter range launched

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 The welding division of Metabo subsidiary Elektra Beckum, established in 2002, launched a new range of Inverters, called the E-Hand range, last month. 

R1,3m order received for cutting machine

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 One of South Africa’s oldest welding suppliers and sole distributor of world-leading ESAB welding and cutting equipment in the country, Arc Engineering, has sold its first ESAB Eagle Precision Plasma mechanised cutting machine to Catovent, in Gauteng, in March. 

Welding skills shortage worsens

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 The South African Institute of Welding (SAIW) reports that there remains a significant skills shortage in the South African welding industry. 

Technical database on welding is launched

By: zeena isaacs     18th June 2004 South Africa’s leading supplier of welding and cutting equipment Afrox will be launching its subscriber-based Website, called Inform, this month. 

Three new cutting machines for profiling company

18th June 2004 Johannesburg steel and stainless steel service centre company general profiling reports that, as part of its latest expansion project, it will be importing three new machines. The machines are due to be commissioned between October and November, this year. 

KZN business grows through acquisition

18th June 2004 Holding company Thermadyne South Africa bought Kwazulu-Natal-based Selrod Welding in February this year. 

Short stub fittings accommodated

18th June 2004 One of the world’s most respected orbital welding equipment manufacturers, Orbimatic GmbH, is pleased to announce the details of its Orbiweld 12 micro weld head. 

Backing tape increases weld productivity

18th June 2004 Backing tape used in the welding of seams or runs help to prevent weld failures and produce flat, slag-free welds, requiring no grinding or backgouging. 

Industrial welders available

18th June 2004 Diesel- and petrol-driven Buddy Welder industrial welders have been launched by LMech Engineering. 

Agency products complement local company’s range

18th June 2004 South African-based CNC manufacturer Efamatic Machine Tools was recently appointed as the sole agent for the full range of Euma-Spinner Machining Centres. 

Cheap flashback arrestors are a safety hazard

18th June 2004 A flood of low-quality flashback arrestors from the East could be putting fabricators at odds with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), according to gas equipment distributor Harris Calorific. 

South and sub-Saharan Africa distribution rights secured

18th June 2004 A new brand of locally-maunfactured welding consumables, Techniweld, has granted Wilec exclusive distribution rights throughout South and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Pipe systems supplier buys top pipe-tools technology

18th June 2004 Leading pipe systems supplier Amitech has ordered four Rothenberger butt-fusion welding machines for its Gauteng factory and its subsidiary company in Richards Bay. 

New tool cutter speeds up production

18th June 2004 The laminations division of Alstom Electrical Machines has recently speeded up the manufacture of slot tooling for lamination production for large motors due to the acquisition of a state-of-the-art electrical discharge machine (EDM). 

Girder use in fabricated-steel structures increases

18th June 2004 ISO 9001-accredited structural steel fabricator the Cosira Group has reported a marked increase in the use of girders in fabricated steel structures. 

R2,2m wire-mill project increases production speeds

18th June 2004 In line with constant development and improvements in quality, the South African division of the Welding Alloys Group, Wasa, replaced one of its wire manufacturing mills at a cost of R2,2 million. 

Automatic welding solution installed

18th June 2004 Following a review of the company’s development programme, leading indigenous supplier of high-purity water solutions in Ireland, Waterman Purification, decided to expand its in-house high-purity welding ability at its plant last year. 

Health and safety to be championed at conference

18th June 2004 The UK’s only welding, joining, cutting and fabrication exhibition, Weldex, will draw on the success of last year’s show by hosting a health and safety pavilion. 

Demand increases for welding and safety screens

18th June 2004 With greater significance being placed on safety in the workplace, more companies are looking for ways to protect personnel against the harsh ultra violet (UV) light and dangerous UV radiation, which occurs during welding processes. 

Welding range back in SA

18th June 2004 Making its long-awaited return to South Africa, ITW has awarded the distributorship for its Hobart BetaMig range of welding machines to Oerlikon South Africa (OESA). 

Gas welding and cutting accessories are available

18th June 2004 Part of Matus’s industrial division Matweld has launched a range of gas-welding and cutting accessories. 

Lightweight inverter welder comes on to the market

18th June 2004 Welding supply company Main Welding Supplies SA has launched a new Selco inverter for welding coated electrodes (MMA) and non-consumable tungsten electrodes (TIG). 

Welding group forecasts global upturn

27th April 2004 The first quarter of 2004 saw record sales for UK-based weld-purging and welding accessories company, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT), which it claims could indicate a global upturn. The results follow on from a year in which the company’s sales grew at the fastest rate since the 1980s. 

R7m gear-cutting upgrade

16th April 2004 Long-established company Mesh Gear has spent R7-million in the past three years on new equipment. 

New mill for SA cored welding wire group

19th March 2004 In line with constant development and improvements in quality, the South African division of the Welding Alloys Group, Wasa, has decided to replace one of it’s wire manufacturing mills at a cost of R2,2-million. 

Upgraded steel inspection line to feature laser welding

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 The upgrade of steel producer Iscor’s inspection line, due for final commissioning this month, incorporates synthetic single-crystal yttrium aluminium garnet (Yag) laser technology. 

Welding equipment supplier investigates e-business opportunities

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 Johannesburg welding and cutting equipment and consumable supplier Weld-Cut Equipment is weighing up the benefits of electronic business. 

3D plasma cutting introduced by robotics group

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 South African robotics company Motoman Robotic Systems is integrating plasma- cutting technology, suited to plane and three-dimensional (3D) cutting applications, with the robotic technology it assembles for local industry. 

Award-winning air-plasma cutting technology further refined

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 A local welding and cutting equipment wholesaler and distributor has refined air-plasma cutting technology for light industrial and do-it-yourself applications. 

Welding equipment supplier investigates e-business opportunities

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 Johannesburg welding and cutting equipment and consumable supplier Weld-Cut Equipment is weighing up the benefits of electronic business.? 

Welding and cutting company diversifies

By: candice haase     3rd October 2003 A tool that will enable rural communities to control their water consumption is now being produced by a company previously focused solely on providing welding and cutting services. 

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