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Maintenance News

Solutions provider helps manage emissions reduction

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2024 As a company that delivers modern, efficient solutions for oil and gas burner and boiler installations, Combustion Technology prides itself on its continuous carbon reduction cognisance, both for its own operations and for those of its clients, says Combustion Technology MD Grant Renecle. He... 

Underspending on repairs, maintenance impacting on Joburg infrastructure – JoburgCAN

By: Sabrina Jardim     9th May 2024 Following a decade of underspending on repairs and maintenance on infrastructure, JoburgCAN, an initiative of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), says it is “gravely concerned” over the budget allocations for the maintenance of fixed assets in the City of Johannesburg’s draft budget for... 

Dry ice blaster popular in cleaning applications

By: Halima Frost     8th March 2024 With more than 30 units of the Intelblast (IBL) 3000 having been sold to foundries, forges and die-casting companies across South Africa, blasting machine manufacturer Dry Ice Blasting Services continues to maintain its foothold in the sector. More than 200 of the industrial-sized dry ice... 

The new IBL 3000 dry ice blasting machine sold by Dry Ice Blasting Solutions
AS DRY AS ICE The use of solid carbon dioxide, or dry ice, reduces wet waste during the cleaning for foundries, forges and die-cast companies

Compressor motors undergo rapid overhaul

26th January 2024 Electromechanical equipment manufacturer and ACTOM division Marthinusen & Coutts Zambia (M&C Zambia) noted, in a press release last month, that a smelter based in the Copperbelt had requested that it  provide an in-country repair solution on the smelter’s two critical 4.5 MW compressor motors,... 

AfDB approves $9.72m grant to modernise African hydropower

By: Donna Slater     19th December 2023 The African Development Bank- (AfDB)-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA), on November 21, approved a $9.72-million grant to scale up the Africa Hydropower Modernisation Programme (AHMP) – a one-stop shop that overhauls African hydropower systems to enhance their reliability and... 

Hydropower plants, like Kinguélé Aval in Gabon, can, with refurbishment, play a key role in Africa's energy transition by reducing reliance on fossil fuel-derived electricity
Hydropower plants, like Kinguélé Aval in Gabon, can, with refurbishment, play a key role in Africa's energy transition by reducing reliance on fossil fuel-derived electricity

Expansion helps enhance efficiencies

8th December 2023 Industrial products supplier BMG relocated its regional service centre and opened two new facilities in September, with BMG KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) regional manager Keith van Wyk noting that the expansion will help the company meet the increased regional demand for engineering consumables and support... 

An image of a sugar refinery included in the BMG expansion programme
MEETING DEMAND Many sugar refineries are reaping the benefits of the BMG expansion programme

Extending reliability through proactive solutions

13th October 2023 Leader in pump and fluid engineering Sulzer attended the Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) 2023 at the Sydney Showground last month, displaying its comprehensive pump and service solutions for the mining industry. At AIMEX, Sulzer demonstrated its extensive knowledge of mining... 

Image of a dewatering and drainage pump
DEWATERING AND DRAINING Sulzer’s extensive range of pumps includes many drainage and dewatering solutions

Crane-less technology simplifies turbine repair

By: Nadine Ramdass     29th September 2023 Given the increasing size and weight of wind turbine components, ‘crane-less technology’ is becoming more relevant in the wind energy sector and will likely be adopted more widely in South Africa in the coming years, says power plant operator 3Energy CEO Florian Kroeber. While the term crane-less... 

An image of a crane-less solution
CRANE-LESS SOLUTION Crane-less technology mitigates the need for large ground-operated cranes for maintenance purposes

Abrasives used in robotic applications

29th September 2023 The use of robotics in manufacturing continues to grow at a rapid rate as businesses invest in automation to remain competitive. PFERD-South Africa national sales manager Dennis Phillips reveals that when implementing robotic applications in manufacturing, it is crucial to pair this... 

Company forges path to safer sanitation

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2023 Concerted efforts are under way in South Africa to address the use of pit latrines, which remains a pressing human rights concern, especially in schools and areas with inadequate infrastructure. Sanitech’s response to these challenges has been to implement a “groundbreaking dry sanitation unit”,... 

The Khusela Dry Sanitation Toilet aims to eliminate pit latrines in South Africa by 2030
DRY SANITATION TOILET The Khusela Dry Sanitation Toilet aims to eliminate pit latrines in South Africa by 2030

Event continues to impress

By: Halima Frost     15th September 2023 Southern Africa's premier event for the general aviation industry, AERO South Africa took place this year at the Wonderboom National Airport in Tshwane, Gauteng, from July 6 to 9. The event was presented by Messe Frankfurt South Africa in partnership with Fairnamic – organisers of Europe’s... 

a light aircraft on the runway at the Wonderboom National Airport in Tshwane
FLY-IN HIGH the Fly in option was well received by visitors who could literally fly in to the event

Two aerospace research projects under spotlight

15th September 2023 Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), an initiative of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in conjunction with prominent aerospace design company Ontrack Technologies, reports its ongoing support of two projects currently under way. The projects listed are the... 

a newly developed Jonker Sailplane in the air
PLANE SAILING The newly developed Jonker Sailplane aims to push the boundaries of aerodynamics, materials, and manufacturing techniques

Firm expands maintenance portfolio

15th September 2023 Aerospace company Dassault Aviation's South African subsidiary ExecuJet announced in July it had expanded its portfolio of maintenance approvals for business aircraft and engines. ExecuJet Maintenance, Repairs and Operations (MRO) Services Africa has been certified by the civil aviation bodies of... 

An aerial view of the Execujet offices, and hangars in Lanseria
FLYING HIGH Execujet South Africa continues to grow not only in South Africa but globally as well

Firm installs new boilers to optimise operations

By: Bridget Lepere     1st September 2023 Energy plant operations and maintenance company Associated Energy Services (AES) is working on an operational optimisation project for a client in the fishing industry to install an additional 60 t/h of boiler plant capacity. The turnkey boiler project includes a new steam plant, with fuel and... 

Image of multi-fuel biomass layout
AIDING INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE Alternative energy solutions and optimisation help maximise efficiency, mitigate risk, and improve uptime and the quality of energy supply

Company spotlights new trend in rope access

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2023 Emerging rope access company Vertical Logic Rope Access MD Craig Muller highlights an “interesting new trend” in the rise of robotics and third-party access initiatives, such as drones, and other unmanned non-destructive testing (NDT) devices in work-at-height applications and projects. He says... 

Vertical Logic consistently promotes awareness of total quality and safety principles
SAFETY VANGUARD Vertical Logic consistently promotes awareness of total quality and safety principles

Global giant acquires materials handling supplier

18th August 2023 Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Metso signed an agreement to acquire privately-owned Australian company Brouwer Engineering in July. Brouwer Engineering specialises in automation, control systems, and electrical solutions for bulk materials handling solutions in industrial and... 

A mesh of conveyor belts carrying ore with the sun behind
KEEP 'EM COMING Metso continues to grow its materials handling offerings through acquiring new companies and technologies

Company diversifying its international portfolio

By: Bridget Lepere     11th August 2023 The Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) is finalising plans to expand and diversify the product and service offering of its subsidiary, industrial solutions provider DGC Africa, says DGC chairman Trevor Dickinson. DGC Africa, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), intends to launch fully... 

Image of a furnace being installed
A RARE SIGHT Lack of investment is the reason behind the slump in the industry, and the lack of capital projects

Furnace upgrades enhance productivity

By: Bridget Lepere     11th August 2023 Heat induction specialist firm Electroheat Induction recently undertook an induction melting furnace upgrade project at a steel plant located in New Jersey to improve its efficiency, performance, and productivity within a period of six months. Electroheat Induction used advanced simulations,... 

Image of a man handling hot liquid
TAKING THE HEAT Induction melting produces minimal greenhouse-gas emissions compared to traditional melting method, lowering a plant’s carbon footprint owing to low resource consumption

Gauteng dept adds faulty traffic signals reporting to pothole app

By: Cameron Mackay     7th August 2023 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has introduced an additional feature on its PotholeFixGP app to also report faulty traffic signals. Launched in 2022, the app was designed to enable the public to report potholes on the provincial road network. 

Launched last year and with over 7 418 potholes reported, PotholeFixGP is an easy-to-use app that is available from Google PlayStore and Apple App stores
Launched last year and with over 7 418 potholes reported, PotholeFixGP is an easy-to-use app that is available from Google PlayStore and Apple App stores

JRA closes part of road as illegal mining activity causes sinkhole

By: Cameron Mackay     27th July 2023 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has closed one lane of Miles Stoker road in the Roodepoort direction owing to a sinkhole, which has developed because of illegal mining activity in the area, including tunnelling beneath the road surface.  For safety reasons, the northbound carriageway along... 

Lighting provider upgrades two buildings

By: Halima Frost     21st July 2023 Lighting solutions provider Infinite Blue Energy (IBE) has successfully completed the conversion of outdated lighting solutions to new energy efficient lighting technologies at two older buildings in the Johannesburg central business district, in Gauteng. IBE operates as a turnkey solutions... 

a hallway with lights across the length and breadth of the structure which are lower energy LED lights installed by Infinite Blue Energy at two older buildings in the Johannesburg CBD
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL A lighting solution has been installed by Infinite Blue Energy at two older buildings in the Johannesburg CBD

Firm completes KZN sugar mill project

7th July 2023 Industrial equipment supplier BMG is a pivotal player in the sugar sector, and its regional workshop in Riverhorse Valley, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), recently completed a refurbishment, fabrication and replacement project to replace worn components at a mill, in preparation for high productivity in the... 

image of a shredder lube system on BMG
SHREDDER LUBE SYSTEM The team works on shredder lube systems, juice heater door hydraulics, mill roll hydraulics, mill bearing lubrication, shredder hook bar removal systems, as well as many customised product designs

Mobile calibration averts excessive downtime

By: Nadine Ramdass     7th July 2023 Pressure, temperature, level, flow and force measuring technology company WIKA’s mobile calibration vehicles simplify the recalibration of installed instruments; its mobile calibration team comprises trained personnel who provide a faster turnaround for recalibration on site. WIKA South Africa... 

An image of Peresh Wellcome conducting a calibration test
UNDER PRESSURE Interlaboratory comparisons can be time consuming

New pump bearing decreases maintenance at treatment plants

7th July 2023 A local wastewater plant operator recently approached polymer bushing and bearing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings in search of a solution to a reoccurring bearing failure on its aeration pumps at a number of the plants it maintains in South Africa. The plant operator was being called in every... 

a pump with vesconite polymer bearings instead of standard material bearings
BEARING THE BRUNT The bearings being used in aeration pumps at a number of wastewater plants kept failing until Vesconite Bearings developed an alternative, more robust bearing

Supplier on the pulse of market’s needs

By: Bridget Lepere     7th July 2023   Industrial solutions supplier Bearings International (BI) has been supplying industrial power transmission products to the sugar industry for 65 years, with its chains selection for the sugar mill segment setting it apart, says BI GM Christian Chipamaunga. 

Head shot of Bearings International GM Christian Chipamaunga.
KEY DETERMINING FACTOR The demand for energy-efficient products, especially in bearings and motors, is heavily influencing the buying patterns

Zikalala provides updates on infrastructure projects and initiatives

By: Cameron Mackay     28th June 2023 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala has assured the country that his department has plans in place to deal with the various infrastructural challenges. During a media briefing, in Johannesburg, on June 27, the Minister said infrastructure investment by the public sector was... 

Structural demolitions pick up pace

By: Nadine Ramdass     15th June 2023 Requests for proposals for structural demolition have increased recently, following a backlog in maintenance and repairs of critical infrastructure, owing to the temporary suspension of non-critical works during Covid-19. The proposals form part of remedial works or of larger replacement... 

An image of an overnight pedestrian bridge removal
SWIFT DEMOLITION Demolitions that impact in use roads need to occur swiftly to ensure roads are reopened within the shortest possible time

Company expands industrial solutions through two partnerships

9th June 2023 Industrial service provider Dickinson Group of Companies (DGC) has emerged as a trusted industry leader in asset integrity management and has recently entered into two distribution agreements with industrial maintenance companies Technofink and MAXepoxy, adding to its complete range of industrial... 

DGC offers tailored corrosion solutions for various industries
TAILORED CORROSION SOLUTIONS DGC offers tailored corrosion solutions for various industries

Company revolutionises IIoT, predictive maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2023 Unplanned downtime is a major challenge for companies active in manufacturing, as it not only leads to lost productivity and revenue but can also result in additional costs, owing to emergency maintenance and repairs. However, with advancements in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology,... 

SEW-EURODRIVE’s Smart App connects the user to the data gathered and the insights that follow
CONNECTIVITY & INSIGHTS SEW-EURODRIVE’s Smart App connects the user to the data gathered and the insights that follow

TÜV Rheinland acquires technical engineering business from ABB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2023 German inspection services group TÜV Rheinland has acquired the UK technical engineering consultancy of Swedish electrification and automation corporation ABB, creating a full service offering to high-hazard industries. TÜV Rheinland says the ABB UK technical engineering consultancy, which formed... 

Heat exchanger for fuel cell systems launched

21st April 2023 At centrifugal separation solutions provider Alfa Laval’s net-zero launch event in February this year, the company introduced the AlfaNova GL50, the first heat exchanger developed specifically for fuel cell systems. The company highlights that fuel cells will play a vital role in the global... 

Initiative sets out to improve tavern experience

By: Halima Frost     17th March 2023 Earlier this month, multinational brewing company Heineken South Africa spearheaded the launch of an initiative, Taverns of the Future, at The Spot 1818 in Phiri, Soweto.  The Spot 1818 is one of the taverns to benefit from the initiative. 

A red carpet leading up to a newly revamped Tavern, The Spot 1818, in Soweto, as part of Heineken South Africa's Taverns of the Future initiative
RED CARPET TO THE FUTURE The Taverns of the Future initiative was officially launched earlier this month by Heineken South Africa and its partners

130 MW power plant in Senegal fully commissioned

By: Donna Slater     13th March 2023 Energy sector solutions provider Wärtsilä reports that a 130 MW power plant it built in Malicounda, in western Senegal, is now fully operational and officially inaugurated by Senegal President Macky Sall. The Flexicycle power plant is operated by energy company Matelec, which also undertook the... 

A picture of the Malicounda power plant
The Flexicycle 130 MW Wärtsilä power plant in Malicounda, in western Senegal.

Africa Mercy hospital ship to dock at Dormac Durban for repairs, maintenance

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2023 The hospital ship Africa Mercy will dock at marine engineering company Dormac, in Durban, for repairs and maintenance to extend its service life. The Africa Mercy is sailing in from Senegal and will remain in South Africa throughout the rest of this year. It intends to call in at East London... 

The Africa Mercy hospital ship
The Africa Mercy hospital ship

First wire rope hoist ordered

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd March 2023 Mining infrastructure systems supplier Becker Mining South Africa has sold its first Kito RX wire rope hoist to a processing plant in Rustenburg, in the North West, after launching the range in sub-Saharan Africa in September last year. The reaction to the new range of Kito RX wire rope hoists,... 

Man with white hard hat operating Kito RX wire rope hoist in an industrial plant.
MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS Kito RX wire rope hoists are suitable for many industrial applications, including production plants, plant engineering, production lines and workshops, as well as shipbuilding and maintenance

Group stresses importance of correct lubrication

17th February 2023 Industrial products provider BMG stresses that to achieve optimum performance and extended life of components like bearings, mill gear and industrial chain, correct lubrication is as important as the appropriate selection of each part. Although a general multipurpose grease or oil is adequate in... 

A pile of bearings stacked together with oil being poured over them for a visual shot
SMOOTH RUNNING The correct oil or lubricant can keep components like bearings, mill gear and industrial chain running at optimum levels

Substantial stock moved through largest branch

By: Halima Frost     17th February 2023 Lubricants manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants South Africa reports that almost 1 000 different products moved through its Durban, KwaZulu-Natal branch last year. The Durban branch, the largest in the FUCHS group, spans more than 1 450 m2 and has 15 staff members comprising permanent and contract workers. 

The Fuchs Lubricants warehouse in Durban
HIGH DEMAND FUCHS Lubricants Durban branch boast a substantial stock and sales footprint through the southern part of South Africa
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