Ernest Lowe appoints new Managing Director It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Deon Krieger as Managing Director for the Ernest Lowe business with effect from 7th January 2019. Deon has been with the Hudaco Group for the past 20 years and started his career as an External Sales Rep at Dosco after spending several years in the S.A.P.S as a Captain in the white-collar crime division. Deon progressed through the ranks during his 18 years at Dosco to the position of Managing Director and gained solid experience in the hydraulics field during this time. Deon then moved to Bauer where he held the position of Managing Director for the past 2 years. Deon has demonstrated great leadership skills and established a track record of good performance in his prior leadership roles and look forward to working with him to make a significant impact in the performance of Ernest Lowe going forward. Please join me to welcome Deon in his new role where he will start the next chapter of his career. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg , 30 November 2018 - To step into the shoes of another person can be the most challenging thing for any human being, however they will tell you that the experience is almost always a rewarding education. Such is the case in the cleaning profession, which is often times a thankless job for many, particularly in South Africa, where we are accustomed to "getting ‘help’. The cleaning industry is estimated to be worth around R6 - 10 billion and not regulated in terms of policy, save for salaries of the workers. There is however an association, which was constituted as recently as 1987 and which is dedicated to developing and setting appropriate standards for the contract cleaning industry [http://www.ncca.co.za/]. The cleaning industry forms part of the services sector, which employs close to 71.8% of the South African population [https://goo.gl/f3L1d4] and it is a profession that allows for entry level jobs for the most low-level skilled persons. “It is for this reason that Servest has set up its Training Academy, to ensure that new recruits are trained in the do’s and don’ts, particularly ensuring that they understand that the cleaning business is not about a task, but about hygiene in spaces, and health and wellness of people, says George Ndhlovu, Operations Director of Cleaning at Servest. The fact that the training facility is in-house, enables Servest to roll out training at any given time, without the process being hampered by budgetary constraints. “We instil the understanding in our colleagues, that their work is specialised and not just a job - for example in the healthcare sector, the nature of the work is hazardous and in the hospitality environment, it is specialised. In understanding this, it gives integrity to the profession and the person undertaking the task”, he says. In addition to investing in the skills and development of colleagues, Servest’s philosophy is to continuously upgrade its equipment and technology, to that of . . .
Industry 4.0 – and with it the demands for customised flexible intralogistics solutions – is being increasingly implemented within the courier, express and parcel (CEP) industry. Autonomous guided carts (AGCs) and tuggers prove to be efficient add-ons and alternatives to traditional material flow and sorter systems. This is according to Volker Glöckle, Head of Industry Cluster Intralogistics at SICK Automation. SICK offers its modular Eco-System for AGCs with sensor solutions that make autonomous vehicles safe and efficient tools for enhanced intralogistical productivity. Flexible logistical processes in CEP distribution centres require transportation techniques that can be adapted for the particular tasks – and also in terms of their sensor and control system technology. The aim is to exploit intelligent self-organising vehicle fleets that meet the growing need for flexibility, and thus efficiently network internal material flows in production and logistical processes. “Whether localisation, personal safety, collision prevention or load handling – the modular Eco-System from SICK makes complete sensor solutions possible for all kinds of mobile platforms,” says Glöckle. “This means it offers maximum economic efficiency, functional reliability, and future-proofed investments.” Not every package can be transported via conveyor belts Conveying and sorting systems at CEP sites are designed mainly for objects with clearly defined dimensions. But the variety of goods to be handled has grown considerably with the boom in e-commerce. Furniture, tyres, bikes, and other items are so large in shape and volume that they need special intralogistical handling. “Self-driving tuggers are a smart solution for handling such items automatically,” Glöckle says. “The efficiency of the entire goods handling system in the hub increases significantly because workers are relieved from heavy and monotonous transportation tasks, and are available for high-value skilled . . .
From steel plants to hydrogen-cooled generators, FLIR optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras are helping the oil and gas industry locally and overseas detect methane, sulphur hexafluoride and many other industrial gases quickly, accurately and safely. “Without the downtime that cuts into already under-pressure revenues, FLIR OGI cameras can cost-effectively scan broad sections of oil and gas pipelines and other industrial equipment in areas that are hard to reach with traditional contact measurement tools.” That’s the word from Philip Smerkovitz, Managing Director of thermal imaging, instrumentation and automation specialist, TeleEye SA, who adds that FLIR OGI cameras available from his firm can safely detect gas leaks from a distance. “Invisible gases are displayed as clouds of smoke which helps determine the seriousness of leaks early on when fast remedial action is critical to help prevent a more serious situation from developing,” says Mr Smerkovitz. Especially-susceptible sections of pipeline infrastructure include controlling valves, pig traps, receivers, meters and pressure gauges. “Pipelines remain the safest mode of transporting the key materials that quite literally keep our society running. However, the occasional occurrence of unintended leaks cannot be avoided and for that reason, TeleEye SA provides the local oil and gas industry with the optical equipment it needs to prevent serious financial losses as well as damage to the environment and corporate reputations,” Mr Smerkovitz explains. FLIR optical gas imaging equipment is outstanding. This world-leading robust hardware is capable of imaging gas that is half methane, half propane at a concentration of 10 000 ppm at a flow rate of ?60g/hr from a quarter inch diameter orifice. This sensitivity is specified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States and FLIR optical gas imagers easily meet these targets in an efficient and affordable way. “Sensitivity of gas imaging . . .
Hytec recently commissioned the R10-million hydraulic systems it supplied for the new bulk handling equipment installed at Assmang’s Black Rock Mine Operations in the Northern Cape. Black Rock Mine Operations is being operated by Assmang Proprietary Limited which is jointly owned by African Rainbow Minerals Limited and Assore Limited. This bulk handling system includes two stackers, a bucket wheel reclaimer and a rapid load-out station – each automated using Hytec’s proportionally controlled hydraulic systems assembled from Bosch Rexroth technologies. “The proportional control achieved by the system delivers precise remote flexibility in adjusting, varying and optimising the load handling characteristics of the machinery to accommodate any changes in the nature of the material” explains Hytec System Sales Manager, Klaus Marggraff. The two stackers, manufactured by ELB Engineering Services, were equipped with 7.5 kW hydraulic systems that will control the stacking of manganese ore in the stockyard in various grades of material. The Sandvik (now FLSmidth) bucket wheel reclaimer was supplied with a 45 kW hydraulic system and includes dual luffing cylinders. At the load-out station, Hytec’s hydraulic systems extend from the control of the exit gates of the loading bin, across the weigh flask that divides the load into batches that are then transferred into the wagons below. Up to 600 ?/min of hydraulic flow is required at specific stages of the load-out station, which also needs to deliver precise distribution control within each wagon with strict tolerances. “The load-out station is also equipped with an emergency closure system, which, when activated in the event of a power failure or an emergency stop, will automatically close each gate and park the machine,” Marggraff explains. Turnkey hydraulic solutions for materials handling “Each component used on the system, from valves, cylinders and the filtration systems filtering the oil down to six . . .
Over the past few years, the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has slowly but surely been expanding its influence beyond South Africa's borders as this voluntary, self-regulatory body continues to attract members who are also operating in neighbouring, sub-Saharan countries. According to Jan Venter, CEO of SAPPMA, both the association’s name and logo are being recognized as a guarantee of top quality HDPE and PVC pipes that are sold in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Furthermore, the SAPPMA brand and mission are also being communicated into the rest of Africa and the Middle East thanks to Abu Dhabi-based NSF International, who provides independent, third-party testing and certification of plastic ingredients, materials, fittings and piping. Operating in a global village "The world has truly become a global village. Borders and distances between countries are no longer a barrier to entry or to conducting business. For this reason, it is imperative for the plastic pipes that are being manufactured in South Africa (and are being exported to the rest of the continent, and perhaps even the world) to meet international standards of quality," says Jan Venter, CEO of SAPPMA. This observation is confirmed by Christian Kurdy, Managing Director of NSF. "More and more consumers are looking for safe and quality products. This has become the norm in the US and Western Europe and is most certainly a differentiating factor in countries like South Africa. It is important to consistently produce high quality plastic piping products and being a member of SAPPMA sets these products apart from the inferior ones,” Kurdy says. “High quality standards do not have borders and SAPPMA is actively engaged in a mission to help companies provide credibility to their customers - whether they are located in South Africa or abroad. By deciding to join SAPPMA, NSF international (a US based organization) is proving that this awareness is indeed . . .
Tetra Pak celebrates 60 years in South Africa Tetra Pak, the leading food processing and packaging company, is celebrating 60 years in South Africa. With a world class manufacturing plant, established in 1979 in Pinetown, Tetra Pak South Africa has grown since its establishment to almost 2 billion packages to meet the needs of the growing population in the region. “Tetra Pak was established in 1952 in Lund, Sweden,” says Dennis Jönsson, President and CEO of Tetra Pak. “South Africa was an early expansion destination, already in 1958, and we built the factory in Pinetown in 1979. The growth and success we see today is proof that South Africa and Africa will deliver our vision of making food safe and available everywhere. We continue to innovate new technologies and strategies to drive growth in the industry while providing our customers with sustainable solutions to grow their businesses.” Tetra Pak’s modern systems for Industry 4.0, with smarter production systems, provide customers with more connectivity, smarter ways of doing business and making production of food and drinks more efficient and cost effective. “We want to ensure faster delivery for customers, more uptime and lower cost, which is more convenient for them, and give them the quality and innovation they need to address their changing needs,” says Stefan Fageräng, Managing Director of Tetra Pak Southern Africa. “Africa is a continent of opportunities and South Africa is one of the largest economies in Africa,” says Stefan Fageräng. “Our state of the art factory in Pinetown continues to provide quality and innovation to our customers in a fast-changing world, providing cutting edge materials and services to our customers, demonstrating our commitment to the region.” He adds that the local facility also provides efficiencies in plant management, environmental management, and overall productivity while supporting the export market. “Africa is a global growth region that represents . . .
What is IRMSA? IRMSA stands for the Institute of Risk Management of South Africa and it is the chartered body for Risk Managers and health and safety professionals in South Africa.Their industry recognized courses, is widely accepted as the platinum standard in Risk Management and Health and Safety courses at managerial level.And it's with the IRMSA courses that this journey starts!Healh and Safety Management I, like many of my colleagues, completed courses as the first step on the ladder to becoming a competent safety and health officer to work our way through the ranks.Health and Safety courses gives budding health and safety officers a solid foundation in the principles of health and safety management and seeks to instill in managers, the confidence needed to manage their workforce safely and efficiently. Lessons I've learned from some health and safety courses is the founding principles I've carried with me throughout my health and safety career, the very principles I follow to this day. On more than one occasion, these principles have guided me through difficult times of employment, believe it or not!Whether that's a serious workplace incident or a 'heated discussion' with top and senior management.Look, the safety and health officer / manager often wears a number of hats.Rightly or wrongly they are often the go-to person when things go wrong, and more often than not this spills over into non-safety related matters.They must be the pragmatist and the reasonable voice and diplomat, the negotiator and the Positive Mental Can Do do enthusiast.They must seek to inspire and empower the workforce and top and senior management alike.They must influence at all levels. And influence - more specifically the ability to influence - is one of the most important qualities a safety and health officer must possess.You can tantrum scream and shout as loud as you want, but unless you do things in the right way - the pragmatic, yet influential way - you're more than . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .
The third generation of MKK and MKR Linear Modules from Tectra Automation, a member of the Hytec Group, and a subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth AG, expands the range of equipment options for the company’s Linear Module series. The ready-to install linear axes are ready to be connected to the one-point lubrication system. In the corrosion resistant versions, hard chrome plated ball screw drives and ball rails ensure a high resistance to chemicals. The Linear Module consists of an anodised aluminium profile body with integrated ball rails and the option of a ball screw drive or a belt drive. Both drive types are provided for in the new generation, in sizes 65, 80 and 110. They are interchangeable with previous versions in the same dimensions and do not require large constructive adjustments. As ready-to-install assemblies, Linear Modules reduce construction and installation effort in all types of machines and systems. Bosch Rexroth addresses the industry-wide trend of automating maintenance work with one-point lubrication systems, thus increasing the life of the axes with a comprehensive lubrication concept. The corresponding components, ball screw drive and runner block, are ready for one-point lubrication with liquid grease or oil. Operators choosing to use their own lubricants can order the corresponding Linear Module components with only corrosion prevention and complete the initial lubrication for start-up themselves. In the standard version, the Linear Module is delivered with initial lubrication making the product ready to use. In applications where increased corrosion resistance is required, the hard chrome-plated ball screw drive, profiled rails, and runner block resist NR can withstand water and aggressive chemicals. Stainless steel band covers with a new magnet profile enhance this resistance and increase the resistance to coolants. Tectra Automation supplies the ball screw drive variant of the Linear Module in lengths up to 5 400 mm. A screw support . . .