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Welding and Cutting

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... 

Grinding Techniques – Your industry partner

23rd June 2023 Grinding Techniques has been a solution-driven manufacturer of specialised abrasive products since 1981. With an extensive range of high-quality cut-off and grinding discs, vitrified and resin bonded grinding wheels, specialised industrial diamond tools and a wide range of surface finishing... 

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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. 

Firm offers unique cutting service

By: Cameron Mackay     23rd June 2023 Local water-jet cutting service provider MAXJET will be launching a new online store in early 2024 for an extensive catalogue that specifically targets clients abroad, owing to the weaker rand. “Once we have launched our store, we expect our MAX Exclusive range to expand considerably, taking full... 

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CNC WATERJET CUTTING The brittle cutting process gives a satin finish, with no slag or heat affected zones

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,... 

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
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... 

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
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

ESAB expands South African presence

23rd June 2023 ESAB South Africa, the leading supplier of high-end welding and cutting products to the Southern African industrial market is based in Elandsfontien, Germiston, on a 5000m2 state of the art facility, which includes: service centre, demo area, training room, warehouse, modern offices and retail... 

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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

Unique Welding – Integrated Gas and Welding Solutions

24th June 2022 Unique Welding imports, supplies and distributes a wide range of welding equipment, welding consumables and industrial gases to the Southern African region. Established in 1968, Unique Welding has grown from strength to strength over the last 50 years by taking advantage of its world-class supply... 

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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

Hydra Arc: Welding

24th June 2022 Established in 1987, Hydra Arc has grown from being a supplier of specialised welders into a leading refinery maintenance, turnaround specialist, steel fabrication and construction company, operating in the petrochemicals, construction, mining and power generation industries. The Hydra Arc Group... 

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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

Institute launches flexible student-centric approach

18th June 2021 Looking at the practicalities of training amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant financial fallout, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) management team has visited a substantial number of its members and clients in the first three months of this year.  

Skills key to economic upturn

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th June 2021 Welding and cutting are essential skills within manufacturing, which is a sector that may hold significant opportunities for uplifting South Africa’s economy and decreasing the unemployment rate, says PFERD South Africa training manager Marius Steyn.  

CUTTING EDGE TRAINING EQUIPMENT 
Workshops teach operators about abrasive tools and how to safety handle cutting and grinding equipment
CUTTING EDGE TRAINING EQUIPMENT Workshops teach operators about abrasive tools and how to safety handle cutting and grinding equipment

Robots in the workforce

18th June 2021 Robots are not here to replace humans, but to create a human-machine collaborative model for a more efficient and productive way of operating, says industrial robot manufacturer Yaskawa Southern Africa MD Andrew Crackett.  

Orbitulum saw popular across various industries

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th June 2021 Industrial and electronic products importer and distributor Actum’s Orbitalum GF saw range, designed for cold cutting and bevelling, is becoming increasingly popular in the food and beverage, and pharmaceuticals, industries for automated applications where hygiene is essential, says Actum CEO... 

ORBITALUM GF SAW
Orbital pipe cutting machine used in food and beverage, and pharmaceutical, industries
ORBITALUM GF SAW Orbital pipe cutting machine used in food and beverage, and pharmaceutical, industries

New welder with multipurpose capabilities

6th November 2020 Arc welding and cutting equipment manufacturing company Miller Electric has introduced the new Multimatic 235 multiprocess welding power source. This machine offers ease of use and higher output for professionals in manufacturing/fabrication, maintenance, repair, operation, construction... 

RANGE OF USES
The new Multimatic 235 is ideal for manufacturing, maintenance, construction and general fabrication applications
RANGE OF USES The new Multimatic 235 is ideal for manufacturing, maintenance, construction and general fabrication applications

Latest equipment supplied to industry

6th November 2020 Engineering components provider BMG is committed to assisting industry create a healthy, clean and safe environment for welding procedures. This is achieved through the supply of the latest equipment and advanced technologies, supported by technical expertise, says BMG Tools and Equipment... 

EXTENDED RANGE
BMG’s range of Jasic welding equipment comprises arc inverter welders, tungsten inert gas, metal inert gas metal active gas welders and plasma cutters
EXTENDED RANGE BMG’s range of Jasic welding equipment comprises arc inverter welders, tungsten inert gas, metal inert gas metal active gas welders and plasma cutters

Digitalised process takes pipe welding to next level

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th November 2020 Japanese steel manufacturer JFE Steel Corporation has produced the first pipe at its Fukuyama Works in Japan after the successful revamp of its submerged arc welding stands by metallurgical plant supplier SMS group. The revamp included five-wire submerged arc welding heads, digital inverter... 

BETTER AND BETTER
The current revamp project focused primarily on enhancing the repeatability and furthering the development of the welding parameters
BETTER AND BETTER The current revamp project focused primarily on enhancing the repeatability and furthering the development of the welding parameters

Pulse welding function leads to 70% less rework, says manufacturer

6th November 2020 Austria-based photovoltaic manufacture Fronius is upgrading its TransSteel series with the addition of the pulse function, the company stated in a press release in September. “Not only does the pulsed arc allow faster welding speeds on thicker materials, but rework is reduced as the pulsed arc... 

EASE OF CONTROL
The pulse mode makes it possible to bypass the intermediate arc, which is difficult to control and prone to spatter
EASE OF CONTROL The pulse mode makes it possible to bypass the intermediate arc, which is difficult to control and prone to spatter

Welding institute championing training initiative

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th June 2020 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is championing work-based apprenticeship learning for the welding industry through the SAIW Foundation, and the Quality Council for Trade and Occupation (QCTO). 

OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY 
The noticeable lack of apprenticeship opportunities is regarded as one of the main obstacles facing artisan learners in South Africa
OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY The noticeable lack of apprenticeship opportunities is regarded as one of the main obstacles facing artisan learners in South Africa

Welding range offers value for power tools wholesaler

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th June 2020 Power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus South Africa’s MatWeld range continues to be a big part of the company’s business, says Matus welding category manager Warren Pedlar. 

DIY PERSONIFIED 
Matus South Africa’s high-quality welding and plasma-cutting industrial and do-it-yourself machines all carry a two-year warranty
DIY PERSONIFIED Matus South Africa’s high-quality welding and plasma-cutting industrial and do-it-yourself machines all carry a two-year warranty

Company provides safety equipment for welders

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th June 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s tools and equipment division has introduced a range of specialist products, systems and services to assist the welding industry in creating a healthy and safe work environment. 

WELDING PROTECTION 
BMG’s Plymovent personal protective equipment PersonalPro range includes helmets to protect the eyes, face and head during manual welding, cutting and grinding
WELDING PROTECTION BMG’s Plymovent personal protective equipment PersonalPro range includes helmets to protect the eyes, face and head during manual welding, cutting and grinding

Supplier offers tailor-made welding materials

By: Mamaili Mamaila     19th June 2020 Industrial equipment supplier INDUSTRI Tools & Equipment’s manufacturing division offers a range of custom-made industrial materials, including welding screens, strip curtains, fire blankets, spill mats, tarpaulins and dam liners. 

OVER-PROTECTIVE 
INDUSTRI Tools & Equipment’s locally manufactured welding safety curtain and screen products are used in conjunction with other protective measures
OVER-PROTECTIVE INDUSTRI Tools & Equipment’s locally manufactured welding safety curtain and screen products are used in conjunction with other protective measures

Company completes smelter welding project

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     6th November 2019 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company, Thos Begbie, successfully, and timeously delivered erosion-resistant copper coolers, which are being installed, to a smelter in Southern Africa. Thos Begbie started the project in March this year and delivered the coolers at the end of April,... 

ROBOTIC WELDING
Thos Begbie aims to add another robotic welder to complement its existing unit
ROBOTIC WELDING Thos Begbie aims to add another robotic welder to complement its existing unit

Industry needs to ‘normalise’ to foster growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 The local gas and welding industry is still a reflection of what it was about 20 years ago and the industry is using less than 20% of the productive economy, which subsequently inhibits growth and development of the industry, says integrated gas and welding solutions provider Unique Welding... 

NAZMI ADAMS
Unique Welding Alloys is actively educating its clients about the risks it faces as well as the solutions it employs to ensure their health and safety
NAZMI ADAMS Unique Welding Alloys is actively educating its clients about the risks it faces as well as the solutions it employs to ensure their health and safety

Welding industry shows steady growth and stability

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 The welding industry is more stable, compared with other industries, such as civil engineering and construction, says mainstream industrial plant and equipment rental company Afritech Equipment Solutions projects manager Mornay Nortje. He tells Engineering News that demand for welding equipment... 

COMPLETE SOLUTION 
Afritech Equipment Solutions offer clients on-site turnkey equipment and consumable solutions
COMPLETE SOLUTION Afritech Equipment Solutions offer clients on-site turnkey equipment and consumable solutions

Welding industry still offers viable opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 Owing to minimal project work being undertaken in the private and public sectors, many companies involved in welding activities are reliant on maintenance projects, says nonprofit technical organisation Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) caretaker executive director Jim Guild. However,... 

WELDING WANT
There is a shortage of welding industry professionals and a need for highly-skilled individuals
WELDING WANT There is a shortage of welding industry professionals and a need for highly-skilled individuals

Unique cutting tool enhancing SA projects

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     21st June 2019 Construction products and fastener distributor Upat, which exclusively distributes power tools manufacturer Milwaukee power tool products in Southern Africa, is supplying the Milwaukee M18 FMCS metal-cutting saw to several projects in South Africa. Upat provides solutions for construction,... 

IMPROVED DESIGN
The Milwaukee M18 FMCS metal-cutting saw uses a Powerstate brushless motor, which improves the motor life of the tool by up to ten times that of the competition
IMPROVED DESIGN The Milwaukee M18 FMCS metal-cutting saw uses a Powerstate brushless motor, which improves the motor life of the tool by up to ten times that of the competition

Empowering the Gas and Welding Industry

21st June 2019 Around the world, welders are becoming scarce. Globally, manufacturers of machines and consumables strive to build intelligence into their welding machines thereby making it easier for the welder. Traditionally, gas and welding companies used information as a tool to captivate customers thereby... 

Empowering the Gas and Welding Industry

Company hits 500 mark in sales

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Over the past 23 years, industrial services company The Dickinson Group has sold more than 500 specialised stud welding machines, says company refractory anchor division manager Miles Simpson. The machines were provided by Germany-based welding machine suppliers Soyer and UK-based welding... 

MULTIFUNCTIONAL STUD WELDER
A Soyer BMH-22i characterised by its invariably high welding capacity.
MULTIFUNCTIONAL STUD WELDER A Soyer BMH-22i characterised by its invariably high welding capacity.

Improved quality and productivity reduce production costs

15th June 2018 As the leading supplier of gases and welding equipment and machinery in sub-Saharan Africa, industrial gases company Afrox continues to provide innovative welding solutions to the Southern African market by introducing new products and technology. The latest of these is welding equipment... 

MULTIPURPOSE PIPE WELDING SOLUTION
Miller Electric’s PipeWorx process improves quality and productivity
MULTIPURPOSE PIPE WELDING SOLUTION Miller Electric’s PipeWorx process improves quality and productivity

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to act as the consultants in the welding aspect of the Centres of Specialisation Programme. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor outlined in March that the... 

SEAN BLAKE
A good skills set, local labor and governments investment are what is needed
SEAN BLAKE A good skills set, local labor and governments investment are what is needed

Supplier outlines simple welding equipment compliance test

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Power tool and hardware wholesaler Matus has introduced a two-year guarantee on all its Matweld welding machines, which contrasts with the industry norm of one year. “The testing of our Matweld range is done in compliance with ISO standards and we take pride in the fact that we can offer the... 

ALL IN ONE UNIT
500 A Inverter MIG welder supplied by Matweld complete with a separate wire feeder
ALL IN ONE UNIT 500 A Inverter MIG welder supplied by Matweld complete with a separate wire feeder
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