African Fusion

Yaskawa has developed a compact and flexible system for high-speed robot-based spot welding. The modular solution comprises a cell with positioner and two spot welding robots; particularly lightweight spot welding guns; a nut welding machine and a full range of accessories.

The WorldSkills SA competition was held in Durban last month and we are very pleased with the organisation of the event and the results. Philippus Terblanche, who won our SAIW Youth Welding Challenge last year, again emerged as the winner. Congratulations to him, but also to the other two candidates, Angel Mathebula, a product of the SAIW Foundation, and Samukelo Mbambani who, like Philippus, comes from ArcelorMittal’s welder training school.

African Fusion talks to SAIW’s Etienne Nell about the WorldSkills SA Welding competition and the breakthrough progress being made in South Africa with respect to artisan training and trade tests.

At SAIW’s first presentation dinner for 2017, 132 diplomas were awarded to successful students on SAIW Welding Inspection and IIW Welding Specialist, Technologist and Engineer courses. African Fusion reports.

African Fusion talks to SAIW president Morris Maroga about his career, his outlook for the welding industry in South Africa and his ideas about a different approach to skills development.

In this new column from South Africa’s Institute for NDT, SAINT, president Keith Cain remembers the early days of shut-downs and RTS projects and draws some lessons about the importance of better planning, leadership, recording and reporting.

Following the proven success of the VRTEX® virtual training solution, Lincoln Electric is launching its REALWELD® training system into South Africa, a monitoring and live coaching system designed to monitor skills during real welding. African Fusion talks to Benoit Lamotte of Lincoln Electric and training school specialist, Louis Uys of Airtrax.

Based on an assessment carried out on December 1, 2016, HC Heat Exchangers’ workshop in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, was certified under the IIW Manufacturer Certification Scheme for the management of quality in welding in accordance with ISO 3834 Part 2 – Comprehensive Quality Requirements. African Fusion talks to Hans Banza, the company’s responsible welding coordinator.

African Fusion talks to ESAB’s regional product support team: Keith Saunders, who is responsible for standard equipment, automation and engineering; Brett Cameron, process specialist responsible for welding consumables and manual plasma systems; and Eugene van Dyk for mechanised CNC Cutting Systems, manual gas equipment, PPE and accessories.

Optimal productivity requires welding equipment that combines effective operation with maximum cost-efficiency. Modular and modern standardised robot cells such as ABB’s FlexArc® are an established way of raising quality and productivity standards.

In support of short and long term African growth, Cummins Southern Africa has appointed Thierry Pimi as managing director. Pimi is now responsible for the leadership, operations and strategic direction for Cummins’ distribution business in South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar.

Having been awarded the seat-manufacturing contract for the next-generation VW Polo, Adient Pasdec is investing in a significant upgrade to its manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth.

On October 14 at the CSIR, the Southern African Institute of NDT (SAINT) organised a day of inspiration for women to both celebrate the success of women in the NDT industry and to encourage more women to take up careers in NDT.

Earlier this year, GEA Aircooled Systems and GEA Nilenca became Kelvion Thermal Solutions and Kelvion Services, respectively. African Fusion visits the Roodekop premises of the two adjacent companies and talks to Alex Dreyer of Kelvion Thermal Solutions, Pieter Herbst of Kelvion Services and welding engineer Angel Krustev, who supports both entities.

Jim Guild, winner of the SAIW Gold Medal Award for 2016, is one of the most deserving Gold Medal winners in the Institute’s history. This highly successful organisation owes its current status and achievements almost entirely to his inimitable, charismatic and professional management.

The 68th SAIW Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation was held on September 23 at the Gold Reef City Casino Convention Centre. Compèred by Bongani Nxumalo with entertainment by Coda Africa, the South Africa welding fraternity attended in numbers to celebrate, following a difficult year.

At Electra Mining Africa 2016, Renttech SA debuted its new Uniarc Twinpro twin pack welder/generator with two 300/400 A welding units, 30 kVA three-phase power and two 6.0 kVA, 230 V power outlets. African Fusion visits the stand and talks to MD, Gerrit van Zyl.

African Fusion attends Lincoln Electric’s Welding Technology Centre open day and reports on the company’s high deposition rate submerged-arc welding process.

African Fusion talks to Tim Sivewright, general manager for the Welding division at Böhler Uddeholm Africa, voestalpine Böhler Welding Group’s South African distribution partner.

African Fusion visits Air Liquide’s stand at Electra Mining and highlights the novel Migatronic range of welding equipment now available through the company’s subsidiary, Weld-Cut, Southern Africa.

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