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Welding & Cutting News

German torch test yields positive results

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 A local supplier of welding equipment has tested a German torch at a local automotive manufacturer with success. Johannesburg-based Weld-Cut Equipment, which has the exclusive right to distribute Team Binzel Industries (TBI) torches to the South African market has had positive feedback from the... 

Local welding skills attain international recognition

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 As non-tariff barriers begin to assume a more prominent role in preventing South African-manufactured products from entering overseas markets, the Southern African Institute of Welding has taken precautionary steps to ensure South African qualifications meet international standards. 

Welding station developed for Nigeria

4th October 2002 Member of the Babcock Africa group company, Babcock Welding, has developed a complete welding station for use on a pipeline contract in Nigeria. 

Local company manufactures semiautomatic armature welding machine

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 To cut the costs associated with importing overseas manufactured semiautomatic armature welding machines, state-owned rolling-stock company Transwerk’s Cape Town operation commissioned Argon Arc Welding Supplies to design and manufacture a tungsten inert gas (Tig) armature welding machine... 

Project to develop welding SMMEs conceived 

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 As the role of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education Authority (Merseta) gains momentum in its efforts to develop human capital in the manufacturing sector, nearly a million rand has been set aside for a pilot training project for development in the informal welding... 

New blade targets abrasive uses

4th October 2002 Catering to the needs of electricians, Wendt Longyear has developed a blade specifically for abrasive applications. The Enduro Red, Wendt Longyear’s latest long-life diamond blade is 230 mm in diameter. 

R45m project to implement value-added customer service

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Over the last year, Afrox has been developing and implementing a value-added service for selected large customers in the welding and cutting industry. 

Gas-cutting machine designed, manufactured for steel giant

4th October 2002 A local company is designing and manufacturing a portal gas-cutting machine to meet the specific requirements of Iscor Vanderbijlpark. 

Local manufacture of electrodes achieved

4th October 2002 Gauteng-based Oesa has achieved 100% local manufacture of coated welding electrodes at its Spartan factory. 

New range of gases for welding applications

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Using the formula developed and commercialised by its US-based parent company Air Products South Africa introduced its new range of premier gases for welding applications, called Maxx Gases, to the local market at the beginning of this month. 

Technologies combine to aid manufacturing sector

By: candice haase     4th October 2002 Two South African technology companies in the field of computer aided design and manufacture (Cad/Cam) have combined their technologies to traverse the digital separation experienced in the manufacturing sector. 

Rope access taking off in SA

By: candice haase     20th September 2002 An industry that appears to be expanding in South Africa is the rope access industry. 

New range of welding gases is launched

By: Irma Venter     23rd August 2002 Manufacturer and supplier of speciality gases and equipment Air Products South Africa, launched its new premier welding range Maxx Gases in Johannesburg, Gauteng, at the beginning of the month. 

Portable welding machine arrives in SA

9th August 2002 Weld-cut equipment has announced immediate availability of the Migatronic Mamba, a robust portable welding machine ideal for use in emergency maintenance applications, tank and containers, or where access is difficult or restricted. 

New joining technology holds great promise

By: Karel Smrcka     26th July 2002 A new magnetic pulse welding (MPW) process is an innovative solid state ‘cold’ welding process, which yields numerous benefits, including the fact that it welds stronger than the weaker of the welded metals; cold welds in less than 100 msec; welds dissimilar metals; and it welds... 

Diamond-tools manufacturer shows sparkle

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th April 2002 The establishment of an independent company, focused on the manufacture of diamond-sawing and drilling tools and diamond-wire, within the Boart Longyear group last year, has paid off, with profits up some 400% over 2000, reports divisional manager Brian Clark. 

Research project on new bonding technology

By: Karel Smrcka     15th March 2002 A research project carried out by German giant Krupp VDM in conjunction with two other German companies – Zeppelin Silo-und Apparatebau and Sika Chemie – delivered highly positive results. 

Productive welding solutions

By: Karel Smrcka     14th December 2001 In the industrially-developed nations, mechanisation and automation have been proved technologies for decades and, today, system solutions are available for the integration of welding technology in flexible manufacturing systems, which, with higher productivity, flexibility and product quality,... 

High-tech robotic welding cells

5th October 2001 International welding company Esab has announced that the company is returning to the automated robotic welding scene after an absence of some ten years. 

Expansion offers more solutions

5th October 2001 With international welding firm Ebtec’s new investments in place, its customers will benefit from more machining and fabrication options for large work pieces, faster turnaround, total lower cost, and more control over scheduling, it reports. 

Copper brazing praised

5th October 2001 When asked about the brazing process, the picture that would probably come to mind is that of a dirty welder with a leather apron, a gas torch in the one hand and a filler rod in the other busy messing around, trying to fill a crack in an exhaust or some other metallic part. 

Price let-up endangers cutters

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 Casualties are starting to show in the cutting industry due to an increased price sensitivity within the market and a lack of integrity on the part of suppliers, says General Profiling MD Gavin Poplak. 

LPG mooted as stand-in for acetylene

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 Gas companies like any other company are in business to make a profit. However, the different solutions offered to customers may not necessarily be the most appropriate nor cost-effective for the intended application, says welding engineer Wayne Holt. 

Institute finds international partner

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 South African training and advisory body the Southern African Institute of Welding is set to become an Authorised National Body of the International Institute of Welding by the middle of next year, This will afford South African welding qualifications international alignment, executive director... 

System increases cutting-up time

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 The new cutting system from ABB I-R Waterjet Systems offers customers benefits in areas such as operations, programming, engineering, manufacturing, procurement and maintenance. 

Brazing materials firms grows exports

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 South African braising materials supplier Johnson Matthey has increased its exports by 5% in the last year to 40% by value of production, with a specific focus on higher value products as opposed to lower value commodity products, says operations manager Marius Smith. 

Synfuels shutdown welding completed

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 The welding on Sasol Synthetic Fuel’s (SSF) largest shutdown to date has been completed on time, despite delays in operations caused by bad weather conditions, reports the shutdown’s main maintenance welding contractor Hydra-Arc director Jos 

Poor welding imports infuriate sector

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 The South African welding industry is plagued by cheap inferior imported products that are endangering peoples lives on-site, G6 MD Cornelius Cronje tells Engineering News. 

South Africa in welding procedure conundrum

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 The lack of welding procedure qualifications make it impossible for companies to carry out a successful welding operation repetitively, reports Afrox process specialist Nic Bothma. 

Gas firm reshapes to meet client needs

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 Significant shifts have occurred in the last few years in customers’ expectations of their suppliers, reports Afrox manager for national contracts Peter Roberts. 

Smelter welding contract awarded

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 Welding company Arc Engineering, a division of Goscor Industrial, has again won the contract for the supply of cored wires for welding the pot shells at the expansion of the Mozambique Aluminium smelter. 

Welding wires launched in SA

5th October 2001 In keeping with its continuous research and development programme, welding company OESA has developed two new welding electrodes, the Supranox 317L and Supranox 308H. 

New anti-dust machine

5th October 2001 Following the last 20 years success with the tungsten electrode grinding machine (TEG-2), Huntingdon Fusion Techniques has designed, developed and manufactured a new model with dust extraction capability. 

Shielding-gas developments

5th October 2001 Duplex and super duplex stainless steels are a relatively recent innovation, which attempts to combine the favourable properties of austenitic and ferritic stainless steels. 

World's lightest inverter in SA

By: Joanne Delaurentis     5th October 2001 German welding equipment supplier Rehm has released what is thought to be the lightest and most powerful stick-electrode welding inverter in the world, reports the company’s South African distributor PTS Welding and Industrial Supplies MD Paul Stolarczyk. 

Wire boosts productivity

5th October 2001 A South African earthmoving- and mine-bucket manufacturer has improved fabrication productivity by 30% by incorporating flux-cored welding wire in its fabrication processes. 

New hot-wire cutting machine

5th October 2001 A new hot-wire expanded polystyrene (EPS) cutting machine from Xycorp is introducing automatic set-up to an industry sector which has difficulty dealing with small-batch manufacturing – increasing throughput by 25% or more. The innovation, known as the Wiredroid, eliminates time-consuming... 

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