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Welding & Cutting News

Upgrade may be deemed field proven this year

By: Ilan Solomons     18th October 2013 Local lathe manufacturer FAS Machine Tools has upgraded its FAS Synchroturn computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe to offer improved machining capability and is expected to be deemed field proven by the end of the year. 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 To redress the negative perceptions of thermal spraying in some market sectors in Africa and to increase the awareness of its uses, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) will bolster the position of thermal spraying through its newly launched Thermal Spray Association of Southern... 

Gaining ground in boosting thermal spray industry
THERMAL SPRAYING The primary objective of the Thermal Spray Association of South Africa is to implement existing internationally-accepted standards in the industry

R200k in consumables donated to SAIW

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The South African supplier of welding consumables and equipment ESAB Africa Welding & Cutting, which is the sub-Saharan Africa subsidiary of UK-based industrial company ESAB Holdings, donated more than R200 000 in welding consumables last month to the institute for training purposes. 

Institute investigates use of e-learning

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says that one of the highest priorities in its training programmes is the implementation of e-learning as a teaching method. 

Institute undertakes several certifications

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has certified 82 companies and sites to date and has more than 30 additional companies that are interested in obtaining ISO 3834 certification before the end of the year to ensure all aspects of welding and fabrication are properly managed and... 

Institute undertakes several certifications
CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS Competent persons undergoing training through the Southern African Institute of Welding will only be certified once they successfully complete a theoretical training course and a period of practical training

SA’s welding industry remains strong beside weak manufacturing sector

13th September 2013 The future of welding is closely linked to the manufacturing and construction sectors; therefore, when manufacturing does well, plenty of welding work is available and vice versa. 

SA’s welding industry remains strong beside weak manufacturing sector
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PROMISING OUTOOKWith improving standards, training and new technologies and techniques, the future of welding looks bright(Source: Bloomberg)

R12m laboratory to assist welding industry  

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2013 The newly launched Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) laboratory will test and evaluate the quality of welds, while the technology centre will assist in improving the quality of welding in South Africa. The R12-million metallurgical testing laboratory, officially launched in July at the... 

R12m laboratory to  assist welding industry
Southern African Institute of Welding discusses the significance of its newly launched metallurgical testing laboratory.

Lab undertakes work to improve quality of welding

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th September 2013 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has undertaken about 40 testing and evaluation jobs at its R12-million metallurgical testing laboratory, based at its head office in City West, Johannesburg, since the lab opened in late April. 

Afrox ploughs skills and technology back into SA industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2013 A top performing welder, Houston Isaacs, of welding, cutting and gas products company Afrox, recently returned from participating in the WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany. This follows Isaacs being named the winner of the South African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW) Young Welder of the... 

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. 

Emergency R52m pipeline comes to the rescue in water crisis

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 A 14 km, R52-million temporary, emergency bulk raw water pipeline, commissioned in Ermelo in June, was supplied with R12-million of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping, steel fittings and valves from fluid conveyance and pumping solutions provider Incledon. 

Product for joining small-diameter piping systems

2nd August 2013 Mechanical pipe-joining systems company Victaulic has introduced to the market Vic-Press, a press system that joins pipe in a matter of seconds, providing an industrial-grade solution for quick and reliable joining of small-diameter piping systems. 

Major contract for CrC pipe lining awarded

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 Long-life liner manufacturer Rio-Carb received a large order in June for 190-mm- to 2 m-diameter chromium carbide (CrC) lined dust extraction ducting for a BHP Billiton plant from air pollution control specialist Genair Pollution Projects, the main design and installation contractor of the project. 

Pipe lining solution protects against wear, reduces downtime

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd August 2013 Engineers are moving away from using traditional rubber-lined steel pipes towards using linings that will reduce downtime and avoid plant abrasion through wear-protection products, such polyurethane wear solutions, polyurethane expert company UMP tells Engineering News. 

Plant-specific software solution developed

By: David Oliveira     2nd August 2013 Gauteng-based engineering consultancy Carab Tekniva engineering manager Erik van der Linde notes that the company's in-house information technology development, testing and implementation team provides it with the ability to tailor industry- and plant-specific software and hardware solutions for... 

Versatile laser system introduced to SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th July 2013 US-based laser-cutting and engraving systems manufacturer Kern Laser Systems’ new HSE 150 W and HSE 400 W laser systems can be equipped with technology that enables the laser systems to accurately cut sheet metals made from stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum and brass. 

Technology adds value to health and safety protection

By: Yolandi Booyens     12th July 2013 Lighting and surge protection specialist Surgetek believes that its lifeline cable- cutter technology can improve a company’s health and safety record, as it offers increased protection to electrical cable repair teams. Surgetek states that these benefits are increasingly being realised in the... 

A leading producer of welded structural tube and pipe to world class quality standards

12th July 2013 Operating from its magnificent 98,500 sq metre facilities in Boksburg, Macsteel Tube and Pipe has expanded its diverse manufacturing capabilities over the past 35 years to become one of the leading tube and pipe producers on the African continent. Additional value added offerings include on-site... 

High demand for skilled plastics welders in SA  

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 Strict environmental management regulations and the increased use of plastic welding have resulted in increased demand for the training of more plastic welders. 

CT acquisition expands national footprint

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 Power, welding and construction-related equipment rental and sales company Renttech South Africa is expanding its presence in the national welding arena with the April acquisition of welding equipment supplier Western Cape Welding Supplies. 

Plasma cutting technology significantly reduces cutting costs, improves cut quality

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 Mining, engineering and shaft-sinking equipment manufacturer Max Power Services has reduced its cutting costs by 40% after employing US plasma cutting systems and consumables manufacturer Hypertherm’s Integrated Plasma Cutting Solutions technology. 

Local company manufactures its largest diameter strip clamper

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 Automated welding equipment manufacturer Devine Machines has designed and installed its biggest strip clamper to date for local stainless steel pipe manufacturer Euro Steel Pipe. 

New welded products, services offered to South African market

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 The South African division of the Welding Alloys Group Welding Alloys South Africa (Wasa), has introduced new products and services to the local market, with which it hopes industrial companies will reduce their production costs and increase productivity. 

Welding wire gains local momentum

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 There has been a recent increase in demand of submerged-arc welding (SAW) equipment supplier Argon Arc Welding Supplies’ latest flux-cored welding wire by the South African market, owing to the company’s latest order, says technical manager Michael van Eyk.  

No short cuts on road to quality

14th June 2013 Companies wrestling with the consequences of low welding skills levels among their workforces are advised to take a long-term view of the task of building welding expertise. 

Lack of trainers leads to fewer qualified welders

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th June 2013 A shortage of dedicated and qualified welding educators and trainers, with the relevant experience, has resulted in a low number of qualified artisans being produced yearly, which forces State-owned enterprises such as Eskom and Transnet, as well as corporates such as Sasol, to import skilled and... 

Cost-effective welding simulator for industrial training

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2013 An affordable gas metal arc virtual welding simulator enables schools, colleges and even companies to begin entry-level welding training, or to use the simulator to assess the talents of new entrants, says education systems company Edit Microsystems product manager Tamryn Smit. The light,... 

New resonator increases laser cutting capacity by 100%

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 German-based laser manufacturer Trumpf’s new TruLaser 5000 series, comprising two-dimensional (2D) flatbed laser cutting machines, is now available in South Africa through local distributor Retecon.                TruLaser 5000 can be equipped with an 8 kW resonator, called TruFlow 8000, which... 

Global photonics industry demonstrates dynamic growth

1st March 2013 Trade fair organiser and host of the upcoming Laser World of Photonics, the Munich Trade Fair Centre, known as the Messe München, has identified photonics as a key technology for several application sectors, and one of the more important, rapidly growing industries of the future. “Laser World of... 

Remanufacturer commissions advanced laser measurement and alignment system

1st March 2013 Local diesel engine and component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering has commissioned an advanced laser measurement and alignment system, which aims to simplify bore and bearing journal alignment for the automotive sector. “The new-generation heavy diesel engines are now moving from 16... 

Mobile laser cladding unit in final design stages

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) National Laser Centre (NLC) is developing a mobile laser cladding system which, if all goes well, should be ready by the end of the year to service various industries, including the aerospace, defence, automotive and mining industries,... 

NLC to start production on LENS additive manufacturing system ‘asap’ 

By: Samantha Herbst     1st March 2013 As part of its additive manufacturing programme launched last year, the National Laser Centre (NLC) hopes to start production work on its Laser Engineered Net-Shaping (LENS) technology system as soon as possible, says NLC laser-enabled manufacturing (LEM) manager Hansie Pretorius. The LENS... 

Biomedical robot use on growth path – Yaskawa

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2013 The use of robots in the biomedical field is expected to grow significantly, says the Japanese Yaskawa, which is investing in its newly acquired Southern African growth platform. Yaskawa Europe COO Manfred Stern told Engineering News Online that 25 of the company’s dual-arm robots were being put... 

Afrox to report higher 2012 basic earnings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2013 Industrial gases and welding group Afrox on Wednesday said it expected its basic earnings a share for the 2012 financial year to be between 38% and 58% higher than that of 2011. The increase in basic earnings a share was primarily derived from the consequences of the significant impairments... 

Afrox concludes R41m Lindoflamm and bulk gases deal

8th February 2013 Gas products and services company Africa Oxygen (Afrox) concluded a R41-million Lindoflamm and bulk gases deal with Secunda-based welding, fabrication and maintenance company Hydra-Arc. 

Cape Town gets new marine artisans training centre

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     12th October 2012 Shipyard and service provider to international marine, oil and gas industries, DCD Marine, has committed to the advancement of artisans in the South African engineering sector, with the development if a marine industry-specific training facility in Cape Town. 

Eskom sets up school to train specialist welders  

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2012 Eskom CEO Brian Dames says the utility has taken on board criticism over the fact that it is continuing to employ foreign specialist welders at its power station projects and has established an internal welding school to redress the situation. Speaking at a South African Chamber of Commerce and... 

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