African Fusion

Harold Jansen and I were recently in Vienna for the EN/ISO 9712 International Conference for Certification and Standardisation in NDT, along with the ICNDT Working Group 1 meeting. The EN/ISO 9712 Standard specifies the qualification and certification requirements for personnel who perform industrial NDT.

Following four years of CHIETA-funded planning and curriculum development work, the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) has released a new artisan-training programme for welders that is now ready for implementation. African Fusion talks to SAIW’s business development manager, Etienne Nell, about this exciting change.

Having become the southern African distributor for Polysoude orbital welding systems, Renttech SA held an orbital welding open day at its Secunda branch. African Fusion’s Peter Middleton attends and talks to welding specialist, Eduan Naude.

At an SAIW evening meeting earlier this year, Thulani Mngomezulu, technical manager at Lincoln Electric South Africa, presented a talk about submerged arc welding and highlighted a simple and cost effective way of achieving higher deposition rates.

African Fusion’s Peter Middleton visits Hydra Arc’s Sky Hill engineering, fabrication and machining facilities in Secunda and talks to engineering manager Ewan Huisamen and Gert Swanepoel, the superintendent of the state-of the-art machine shop now being finalised in Bay 4 of the facility.

At Machine Tools Africa during May, global laser and bending specialist, Bystronic, represented in South Africa by First Cut, presented its holistic approach for fabricators. African Fusion talks to Bystronic’s Philipp Burgener and Andrew Poole of First Cut.

African Fusion’s Peter Middleton talks to country business developer, Eduardo Poblete of Air Liquide Welding France about Oerlikon seamless cored wires for flux-cored (FCAW) and submerged arc (SAW) welding.

As part of the Nexelia offering for automotive and metal fabrication, Air Liquide has developed a unique set of proprietary nozzles for modern laser welding processes. African Fusion finds out more from Rolf Schluep and Rob Lawrence.

In order to better help SMEs, farmers, industrial workshops and fabricators from large to small to succeed in the leaner economy, Afrox has added several new cost-effective products to its Afrox Industrial range and launched a new rental service for its premium Miller brand. African Fusion talks to Dewald Bodenstein, the product manager for arc equipment at Afrox.

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.

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