Final Message As CEO

On 31 January 2021 my tenure as SAIMechE CEO came to an end after 13 years in the position. Whilst I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I must admit to having a little less enthusiasm for the position that I had at the start, and believe that I have reached the mature section of the S-curve in this regard. I also feel a very strong urge to return to some “real” engineering at this stage of my professional life.

Message of Gratitude

The SAIMechE Council is thankful for your dedication and efforts that you have put into SAIMechE operations throughout your tenure as Chief Executive Officer since 2007. We also welcome your expression of willingness to continue serving at SAIMechE, albeit, in a different capacity.

Ten Years Before Major Servicing

The G3 full line of planetary gearboxes from Zest WEG are among the world’s most robust and capable of running for 10 years before major servicing is required. Manufactured in Brazil by WEG company TGM WEG, these units are successfully operating in sugars mills in Zimbabwe and Angola.

Business Transformation Experience

Tectra Automation has a new General Manager effective 1 February 2021. Chris Riley, with a track record of leading engineering companies in South Africa and abroad, succeeds Kevin Lombard who leaves the company after 20 years of service.

Bigger Is Irrelevant

As the old joke goes, what should you do if your hammer isn’t suitable for a job? Get a bigger hammer! When managing clogging in wastewater pumps, the ‘bigger is better’ mentality often holds sway. But this is not correct. A recent whitepaper from Xylem, demonstrates that big is not the problem. The complexity of the object is.

Investment In Lubricants Plant

Fuchs Lubricants South Africa, a subsidiary of Fuchs Petrolub SE in Germany, has announced an investment of just over R250 million in South Africa for the purchase of land and the development of the site for a warehouse, office complex and lubricants plant. The project duration is 17 months and is expected to be completed in October 2021.

Mobile Pumphouse

A mobile pumphouse completely avoids the cost of any civil engineering for permanent on-site pump buildings,” says Weir Minerals Africa Pumps Product Manager Marnus Koorts. “Instead, it is designed to be moved as required across the site, using its own specifically engineered, skid and jack-and-roll elements.

Cape Town Branch Manager

Ashley, a registered Professional Engineering Technologist (PR.Tech.Eng) with over 30 years engineering experience, has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering and postgraduate diploma in Business Administration. He has completed more than 10 separate short courses related to his profession, with finance, legal, safety and industrial relations among them.

Double The Running Life

BMG’s NSK HPS range has a running life nearly double that of conventional bearings of the same size, ensuring reduced maintenance costs, substantial energy savings and downsizing in product design.

Unforeseen Costs of Counterfeit Bearings

Downtime, consequential damage, reduced lifespan, poor performance and safety are just some of the dangers of using counterfeit bearings, which are increasingly prevalent across South African industry, warns Andrew Altree, Product Manager at leading supplier Bearings International (BI). Major bearing brands distributed by BI included are FAG and INA.

Prestigious Leadership Role

The Dean of the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment & Information Technology (EBIT), Professor Sunil Maharaj, has been appointed the new Chair-Elect of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), making him the first Dean in Africa to occupy this position.

New Space-saving Inline Pump

KSB has introduced their new Etaline range of pumps designed to provide a flexible in-line pump for a wide range of applications for water distribution, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in complex buildings.