December 2020


Some of our companies are working through the annual December/January break in a bid to catch-up on lost production due to Covid, some are taking their usual three weeks’ break after what can only be described as a very hard year, and some are doing a combination of both as equipment needs maintaining no matter the circumstances.

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Manufacturers Cannot Afford Tariff Increases

Commenting after Seifsa’s (Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa) presentation to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Eskom’s Multi-Year Price Determination Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) for 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, Seifsa’s Chief Economist Chifipa Mhango said any tariff increase coming out of this process would scupper any hope of a meaningful business recovery in a sector that has over the past few years struggled amid rising power costs and erratic supply, rising imports and subdued demand, among other challenges.

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In 2017 Jet Demolition won for its innovative implosion of the HG de Witt Building in Pretoria.

Crowned the ‘Best of the Best’

Beating top competition from the US, Canada and Australia, South African demolition specialist Jet Demolition of Randburg was crowned ‘Best of the Best’ at the World Demolition Awards (WDA) 2020, in addition to winning the Explosive Demolition category, in an online awards ceremony on 12 November.

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Johan Gerber

Steam Generator Replacement

With a presence in more than 50 countries on five continents, and a proud history of 95 years in the industry internationally, Dekra is known as a global expert in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection.

Dekra Industrial RSA was recently awarded a tender to undertake NDT inspection and testing at South Africa’s only nuclear plant, Koeberg nuclear power station in Cape Town. The company was sub-contracted by the two main suppliers on the project.

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Steven Lara-Lee Lumley, technical manager, WearCheck.

Aviation Monitoring Programme

Did you know that a dedicated aircraft testing programme is conducted by condition monitoring specialists, WearCheck, to reduce the risk of catastrophic engine failure, boost safety and reduce maintenance costs?

WearCheck’s thriving aviation division analyses used aircraft oil and filters for wear particles, oil degradation and cleanliness of hydraulic fluids. The company’s experienced aircraft diagnosticians provide expert insight into potential engine failure based on the test results.

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(Left) Quintin Bianchina, Business Development Representative and (right) Jonathan Mckey, Projects & Business Development Manager at SEW-Eurodrive.

Solution for Air-cooled Condensers

Global drive technology and automation leader, SEW-Eurodrive has developed a purpose-built 2-stage gear unit series solution, the MACC series, specifically for Air-Cooled Condensers (ACC). Air condensers are the preferred solution for dry cooling towers in a range of industries including power stations, refineries, petrochemical plants and even paper mills.

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Keeping it Genuine

In an ongoing bid to ensure that customers purchase and use only genuine SKF products, the global bearings and rotating technology solutions specialist has made an updated version of the SKF ‘Authenticate App’ available.

SKF developed the mobile ‘Authenticate App’ in 2015 to provide customers with a user-friendly platform to send product photos to SKF for verification. By downloading SKF’s latest ‘Authenticate App’ version 2.0.0. via the Google Play Store and Apple iStore on any smart device, customers stand to benefit from a host of new features which are all self-explanatory and easy to use.

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High-Efficiency Motors

Low-voltage IE3 motors from ABB Africa will now be distributed by leading supplier Bearings International (BI). This is an extension of the existing partnership between the two companies, with BI already a distributor of ABB Dodge gearboxes. BI has been a Mechanical Power Transmission (MPT) partner for ABB since 2011.

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A to Z of Welding

BMG’s Tools & Equipment division supplies and supports an extensive range of welding products and systems, which enhance efficiencies and ensure safety during metal working in all business sectors.

Says Andrew Johns, business unit manager, Tools and Equipment division, BMG: “Our welding products and services are tailored to meet specific customer requirements and include carefully-selected fume extraction products, designed to reduce risks associated with welding and cutting fumes, grinding dust and oil mist.”

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New Atlas Copco PAC H pump features 150m max head size, up to 1200 m3 per hr max flow & up to 89mm solids handling

New High Head Pump Series

Atlas Copco has unveiled its innovative new PAC H pump series. Featuring a maximum head size of 150m, a maximum flow of up to 1200 m3/h and a solids handling capability of up to 89mm, these high head centrifugal pumps maximise uptime and extend product lifespan, delivering substantial savings on Operational Expenditure (OPEX).

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Don’t Skimp on Boiler Maintenance

A comprehensive boiler maintenance programme not only keeps your boiler up and running reliably, but also ensures equipment longevity and improves safety for employees. However, many companies try to save costs on water treatment to reduce operating costs and meet production demands. While this can save money in the short term, it may have the opposite effect in the long run.

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