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Welding & Cutting News

AI tech reduces foundry’s energy consumption

8th March 2024 Danish iron foundry Birn announced in December it had completed an artificial intelligence (AI) project in cooperation with automatic pouring technology developer and manufacturer Pour-tech AB to optimise dosing of molten iron from casting machines into moulds. The project aimed to reduce energy... 

Institutes collaborate to advance welding capabilities

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th September 2023 To help improve national welding capabilities and advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, four welding institutes – the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), the Canadian Welding Bureau, the Indian Institute of Welding and the Heavy Engineering Research Association,... 

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TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK To help improve national welding capabilities and advance the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, four welding institutes are collaborating to form the Welding Innovation Network

Report highlights welding capability

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th September 2023 Amid a growing global population, and increasing pressure on manufacturing, infrastructure and power generation, welding is a significant global industry and plays a critical role in the world’s ability to cope with these pressures and drive significant progress. Industry body the Southern... 

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REPORTING FOR DUTY As part of a task group of the International Institute of Welding, the SAIW is working on a report titled ‘The Importance of a Country’s Welding Industry

Welding standards critical for process efficiencies

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th September 2023 As a member of industry body the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), South African capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment emphasises the importance of welding standards in the manufacturing of its equipment through continuous improvement and process controls. To ensure continuous... 

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VISHAL JUGGERNATH To ensure that Bell products meet the required standards, Bell Equipment ensures that a sound quality management system is instituted and adhered to, without compromise

Firm applies orbital technology to heat exchangers

15th September 2023 An even higher standard of welding on heat exchangers will now be achieved by specialist fabrication company Efficient Engineering, with the installation of two orbital welding machines from France. In the construction of heat exchangers, the welding of the tube to tubesheet connections is known... 

Typical tube-to-tubesheet set-up with one operator operating two machines.
TAKING ORDERS To manage its increasing orders of heat exchangers while constantly raising its production standards, the company has invested in orbital tube-to-tubesheet technology from leading original-equipment manufacturer Polysoude

Manufacturer opens welding school for unemployed youth

23rd June 2023 A class of unemployed youth from local communities in the greater Nigel area, in  Ekurhuleni, were able to start free accredited and certified professional welding training at the beginning of April at the newly opened Alstom Ubunye Welding School, owned by rolling stock manufacturer Alstom. The... 

Company increases cutting capacity

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd June 2023 Cutting service provider AquaJet completed a deal with a local supplier to procure its fifth waterjet cutting machine. The machine is a jetstream cutter that boasts an impressive 4 000 mm by 3 000 mm bed. 

Infrastructure needed to boost stagnant industry

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd June 2023 Industry body Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director John Tarboton stresses the need for more investment in local infrastructure to boost the prospects of the South African welding industry. “The activity in the welding industry is determined by activity in manufacturing,... 

The SAIW has a robotic welder, and now offers a robotic welding course. SAIW also has virtual welders that can be used to help train welders
ENHANCED TRAINING CAPABILITIES The SAIW has a robotic welder, and now offers a robotic welding course. SAIW also has virtual welders that can be used to help train welders

Collaboration key to boosting African capacity

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd June 2023 Local industry body the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) wants the Welding Federation Africa (TWF) – formed in 2017 – to be a vehicle to improve the welding capacity of every African country that has TWF members, states SAIW executive director John Tarboton. “This is not in terms of... 

The TWF personnel qualification and certificate scheme is a vehicle to build, integrate and sustain welding skills and technical capacity development in Africa
EMPOWERING AFRICA’S CAPACITY The TWF personnel qualification and certificate scheme is a vehicle to build, integrate and sustain welding skills and technical capacity development in Africa

Producer’s branch targets safety critical applications

28th April 2023 According to steel fabricator Macsteel Special Steels Bright Bar in Meyerton, Gauteng, a division of Macsteel South Africa, its Bright Bar range has been created for safety critical applications. “A hot-rolled black bar, obtained from a producer mill, is converted with a drawing or peeling... 

a grey scale image of various configurations of Bright bar ready for dispatch
BRIGHT FUTURE Bright Bar a business unit of Macsteel supplies its Bright Bar range to local clients, ad has been created for safety critical applications

Partnership shows success

28th April 2023 According to specialised steel engineer and manufacturer Special Steels sales manager Eben van Eeden the relationship between itself and South African cutting, welding and grinding consumables provider First Cut, continues moving from strength to strength. First Cut is the primary supplier of... 

Sector stays sturdy despite challenges

By: Halima Frost     7th April 2023 The stainless steel sector remains steadfast in its resilience, and is even more determined to fight for its well-deserved place in growing the South African economy, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) executive director Michel Basson. During a webinar hosted by... 

Large rolls of flat rolled steel, set for distribution to manufactures according to the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association
KEEP IT ROLLING The South African stainless steel sector continues to gain traction after the initial effects of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic

Steel producer continues to grow manufacturing capacity

7th April 2023 Spain-based global stainless-steel producer Acerinox says its global footprint has transformed it into one of the most competitive producers of stainless steels and nickel alloys. The company boasts significant production capabilities with three fully integrated flat product manufacturing... 

An aerial view of the sizable manufacturing facility at Columbus stainless in Middleburg South Africa, with buildings, storage facilities and waste water facility as well
AIMING HIGH An areal view of the manufacturing plant of Columbus Stainless, a facility owned by Spain-based steel giant Acerinox

Yaskawa diversifying markets as demand for welding, materials handling, logistics robots picks up

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2022 Industrial robotics multinational Yaskawa is using its foundational market in the automotive industry in South Africa to drive a diversification in its markets, with demand for general industrial welding robots emerging as a significant trend alongside demand for palletising robots from... 

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Benguela Gem wins top honours at SAISC Steel Awards

By: Darren Parker     14th October 2022 The overall winner of the 2022 Southern African Institute for Steel Construction (SAISC) Awards is the Benguela general treatment plant mining facility aboard the Benguela Gem – the world’s most advanced diamond recovery vessel. Operating off the coast of Namibia, the Benguela Gem is owned by... 

Benguela Gem
Benguela Gem

Federation to host first assembly next year

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th September 2022 The first African Welding Federation Annual Assembly and Conference will be held in March 2023, in Egypt. The aim is to focus on different welding processes and, held from 14 to 17 March at the Pyramidal Hotel in Cairo, the event will mark the first in-person meeting of the member countries. 

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AN AFRICAN APPROACH The African Welding Federation aims to increase international certified welding training across Africa

Institute charts direction after pandemic

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th September 2022 Despite many industries being significantly impacted by the pandemic, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) used the pandemic period as an opportunity to restructure and enhance itself as well as its offerings. Moving out of the pandemic, the SAIW is set to provide an improved... 

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LIGHT IN THE DARK SAIW is a good position to replenish some of its reserves following the impact of Covid

Women offer high-quality work in welding sector – institute

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th September 2022 Despite a low number of women working in the welding and related processes sector locally, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) says its members have seen more detail-oriented work, as well as high-quality consistency, from women, or female, employees. SAIW executive director John... 

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INCREASING INCLUSIVITY Women are more detail-orientated, particularly in the inspection environment and managerial aspects

Hydra Arc eyeing mining industry, international markets 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2022 Although there are many benefits when partnering with steel fabricator Hydra Arc, engineering manager Matthew Alfonso says the company’s “unique service” remains core to its management philosophy, as this means that “all layers of management are required at the coal face to support employees,... 

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Hydra Arc engineering manager Matthew Alfonso speaks to Creamer Media about the company's unique service. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

New probe developed

12th August 2022 Japanese multinational electrical engineering and software company Yokogawa Electric Corporation has developed an explosion-proof version of its TDLS8200 probe type tunable diode laser spectrometer. Yokogawa announced earlier last month that its TDLS8200 probe was scheduled to be released for... 

More schools means more infrastructure needed

1st July 2022 The Kenyan government’s plan to construct an additional 10 000 classrooms to accommodate an expected surge in student numbers once learners’ transition from primary to junior secondary schools under the Competency-Based Curriculum is welcome and necessary. However, the transition will require... 

A large round drum used as a peptic tank made of Weholite ready for delivery to Kenya's new school projects
SANITATION SUCCESS In order for sanitation works of this magnitude Megapipe suggests the projects use its Weholite HDPE technology

Pipe supply proves manufacturer’s metal

By: Halima Frost     1st July 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Pipes & Fittings have successfully delivered over 1.4 km of pipe to a project in Tshwane – cementing its position as a leading pipe supplier in Africa. The project entailed the supply of about 70 pipes of 800 nominal bore (NB) in lengths of 12.19 m, with... 

A number of 12-meter-long blue water pipes on a truck set for delivery at a water works
TRUE BLUE The water pipes for a 1.4 km project have been delivered to site by Stewarts & Lloyds

Industry body assures job security for welders  

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Despite a marked increase in the uptake of robotic welding systems, owing to Covid-19 and the fast-tracking of automation, artisanal welding will never be completely replaced, says Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification CEO Herman Potgieter. “The Covid-19 pandemic has played a... 

A man in a ditch welding a water pipe out in the open, which would be inaccessible to a robotic welder
Southern African Institute of Welding Certifications CEO Herman Potgieter discusses the uptake of technology in the welding sector.

Pipe welding work completed

24th June 2022 A successful example of technical solutions provider BMG Fluid Power team’s ability to carry out on-site welding during the installation and replacement of piping, plate work, stainless steel and other components has been highlighted during the installation of pipework over a 48-hour shift shut... 

A Jasic branded welding machine with a Jasic welding mask being used by a BMG welder with sparks flying
WONDER WELD BMG’s range of Jasic welding equipment was the preferred brand for on site welding at a pipework installation

New waterjet machine bought

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 To meet growing demand for specialised cutting services, waterjet cutting specialist Aquajet has procured a new precision waterjet machine from jet machining manufacturer Omax to complement its three existing Omax machines. “The machine is part of our ambitious expansion, which aims to increase... 

A brand-new front desk with metal lettering in blue and grey that say Aquajet, which was cut using an Omax waterjet cutter
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BIGGER BETTER The larger premises and addition of new machines will increase productivity output for Aquajet

New premises, machine cater to growing demand

24th June 2022 In May, global arc welding equipment manufacturer Miller Electric released its new Millermatic 355 metal inert gas (MIG) welder, an easy-to-use machine designed for fabricators and manufacturers who need to MIG weld a variety of materials. The Millermatic 355 can operate on single-phase or... 

A new blue welding machine offered by Miller Electric
POWER PACK The new, powerful Millermatic metal inert gas welder is an east-to use option for fabricators and manufacturers

Testing phase of steam drum finalised

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Earlier this month, steel fabricator and welding specialist Hydra-Arc finished the post weld heat treatment (PWHT) and pressure test of the third of four drums on an order for a client in the sugar industry.   The order – procured in August last year, which will be supplied and commissioned by... 

A welder at Hydra Arc's Middleburg premises is seen welding a large drum which will be used in the sugar industry
UNDER PRESSURE The pressure testing and post weld heat treatment of three of four drums on order has been finalised

Alliance formed for global supply of laser welder

24th June 2022 Last month, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group and material joining equipment manufacturer Taylor-Winfield Technologies joined together in a global strategic alliance for the supply, support and service of SMS’s proprietary X-Roll heavy gauge coil joining laser welder. Taylor-Winfield has... 

An aerial view of the X-Roll heavy gauge coil joining laser welder offered by SMS group and which will now be manufactured and supplied by Taylor-Winfield Technologies
ON A ROLL The alliance leverages the strengths of both companies to accelerate the growth of the X-Roll laser welder

Compact grinding and polishing system launched

24th June 2022 Having realised that consumers want smaller packaging units and functional sets containing components that are designed to work in harmony with one another, cutting and grinding solutions manufacturer PFERD has scaled down the packaging unit for its popular COMBICLICK system. “It’s like all the... 

A small cutting disk on an angle grinding a piece of steel with sparks flying to the side
COMBICLICK SYSTEM The smaller packages for PFERD's COMBICLICK system are now available

Coating firm awarded corrosion prevention contract

10th June 2022 Last month, anti-corrosion coatings manufacturer Corrocoat announced it has been awarded a contract to protect 300 new pipe spools of various dimensions by a multinational energy client. The company say its Corroglass 600 series was the coating system selected for this project, as it offered the... 

A cross section of a metal pipe with two angles that was coated internally using a new technique offered by coatings company Corrocoat
CROSS OUT CORROSION A cross section of pipe that was successfully coated with Corrocoats Corroglass coating system

Company shows revenue growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th June 2022 Steel manufacturer and supplier Stewarts and Lloyds’ manufacturing division registered an even bigger growth in revenue last year – compared with the previous year – largely owing to the company’s increasing its products range and branches across South Africa. The company also opened a branch in... 

Local assembly of MACC drives to slash lead times

3rd June 2022 Drive technology supplier SEW Eurodrive’s expanded local capability out of its new Aeroton facility will include the assembly of SEW M-Series Air Cooled Condenser (MACC) air-cooled condenser drives for delivery at a rate of three units a week 

An image of an air-cooled condenser.
AIR COOL CONDENSERS Air-cooled condenser (ACC) systems used in steam-driven power generation plants.

Actuator can contribute to growth of auto sector

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The Parker Water Retract Actuator (WRA250) can help the welding cell become an important contributor to the plant-wide adoption of lean best practices that support the goals of the South African Automotive Masterplan, says motion and control technologies specialist Parker Hannifin Motion Systems... 

The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year
WATER RETRACT ACTUATOR The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year

Fasteners, bearings and welding equipment all within supplier’s ambit

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Fasteners, bearings and welding products and equipment are relevant for the metal fabrication sector, which is built on cutting metal and welding it. If metal cannot be bolted together with fasteners, then it can be welded together, 

An image depicting the WAAM 3D printing process for metal
WAAM The WAAM 3D Printing for Metal: Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing with Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) from Fronius

Merger results in beneficial services

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Abrasives supplier First Cut and gas safety training and equipment company Gas Safety International’s (GSI’s) aim - through their merger of interests – is to mitigate the challenges in the metal fabrication industry through increased value proposition, welding training and safety expertise. These... 

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ANDREW POOLE The merger with GSI enables First Cut to offer customers welding safety consulting, analysis and assessments, which has strengthened the company’s welding division

Local heat exchanger industry waning

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 The local heat exchanger industry is facing challenging times owing to factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s economic state, says heat exchange solutions provider Kelvion operational manager Pieter Herbst and MD Alex Dreyer. “Not only is the heat exchanger industry facing a... 

An image depicting Kelvion's fully welded plate heat exchanger the K° Bloc
RENEWABLE FOCUS Kelvion's K° Bloc heat exchanger handles high pressures and high temperatures, and can be used in various energy industries such as hydrogen and renewable energy

Challenging project brings Swoosh to Soweto

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Robertville has successfully completed a steel fabrication project for global brand Nike in the newly developed Shapa Soweto Training Centre, in Soweto, Gauteng. The project entailed the fabrication of a roofing structure, made of 406 individually made... 

A red roof made of Y8 Rebar bent at various angles to create a Swoosh effect for client Nike at the Shapa Soweto Training Centre
NIKE? NICE! The Nike Swoosh effect was successfully created through various bends on a rebar based roofing structure at the Shapa Soweto Training Centre
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