Thursday, 28 June 2018 11:04

Lube Tip 9: Filtration Systems

Early automotive engines didn’t use any kind of filtration for the oil. It wasn’t until a patent was granted to Ernest Sweetland and George Greenhalgh in 1923 for their product the “pure oil later” or “Purolator,” that you could buy an automobile with a full pressure lubrication system.

It would be many years later before a full flow oil filter found on today’s automobiles was incorporated.

The 1940s would bring about filtration systems on mass produced vehicles, and the 1960s made oil filter changes much more convenient with the advent of “spin on” disposable filters. Through the next few decades, advances were made in the internal construction and filter media, making the filters much more efficient. Today, all automotive engines, whether gasoline or diesel, come with filtration designed to improve oil cleanliness and thus extend the life of that engine.

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Friday, 15 June 2018 21:12

We're Hiring

WearCheck TCS Branch Manager: Cape Town

Main Job Functions: 

 

  • Managing all operational aspects of the branch and staff
  • Providing technical services to customers (Diagnoses of results and issuing of reports)
  • Responsible for ensuring the branch meets all goals and objectives in a timely manner

 

Position Requirements: 

 

  • Minimum Education – 3 years tertiary chemical qualification and 6-8 years related experience
  • Minimum 5 years managerial experience
  • Excellent knowledge of the ISO17025 requirements
  • Sound knowledge of Giza, Oasis and TCS Software
  • Excellent Computer Skills (Microsoft Office Excel, Word and Power Point)
  • Excellent leadership, communication, team building and change management skills
  • Methodical, accurate, conscientious, energetic and technically minded
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • High attention to detail and ability to work under pressure.

 

Key Responsibilities: 

 

  • Ensure Laboratory staff work carefully and efficiently in the prescribed manner to produce accurate results
  • Ensure that samples are analysed timeously by Laboratory staff
  • Maintain comprehensive training of Laboratory Staff by means of structured training programmes, and promote continuous development of staff by providing coaching and motivation
  • Promote teamwork and co-operation in the branch by holding regular branch meetings
  • Implement and ensure safety compliance at the branch and monitor regularly
  • Maintain the efficient use of consumables and dispose of Laboratory waste streams in an environmentally responsible manner
  • Set realistic budget goals and monitor income and expenses as well as report deviations from the goal
  • Ensure that the branch has sufficient stock of consumables at all times
  • Ensure that all laboratory analytical testing and calibration is planned and performed accurately
  • Must be deemed competent and authorised to perform all calibration, test methods and be able to utilise all laboratory equipment
  • Perform accurate Diagnosis for WTCS and WSL Laboratories in accordance with IEC and related Standards
  • Send reports to customers timeously
  • Timeously address all customers’ queries regarding their reports
  • Develop forecasts for financial and business objectives
  • Meet company goals and objectives
  • Identify areas of improvement and propose corrective actions
  • Address customer and employee issues promptly
  • Network to improve the presence and reputation of the branch and the Company.

 

Availability: The successful candidate must be able to start in their position as soon as possible.

Only CV’s sent to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  will be considered.

Applications close on 20th June 2018. If you have not received a response by 29th June 2018, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018 12:16

Making Chemistry

Meet WearCheck’s newest scientist – Vincent Sithole. He joined the company last year as a research and development assistant, and has recently been promoted to junior chemist at WearCheck’s Pinetown laboratory.

Vincent is working on several interesting research projects in the lab, one of which is the assessment of the determination of glycol in used engine oil through headspace gas chromatography.

Vincent explains, ‘The presence of ethylene glycol in used engine oil is an indication of antifreeze coolant leakage into the crank-case of an internal combustion engine, thus predicting engine-wear problems, therefore this is an effective preventive monitoring tool.

‘Glycol coolants break down in a high temperature engine environment, leading to the formation of acids that, in turn, attack nonferrous bearing surfaces, causing reactions with oil anti-wear and antioxidant additives.’

Vincent recently completed his master’s degree in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry, and notes with interest that his WearCheck lab work dovetails neatly with the subject of his thesis and published peer-reviewed journal articles – phosphorus/sulphur metal compounds (applied as antioxidants and anti-wear additives in petroleum products).

Before joining WearCheck, Vincent had embarked on his PhD while working as a teaching assistant at the University of KZN in Durban.

Caption: Vincent Sithole, junior chemist at WearCheck, operates a gas chromatograph.

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Monday, 04 June 2018 08:37

We're Hiring

WearCheck Specialty Laboratory Vacancy

Position: Laboratory Assistant Isando, Johannesburg.

Main Job Functions 

  • To ensure that all samples received at WSL are analysed accurately and timeously according to IS0 9001:2015 and ISO 17025 policies and procedures
  • Ability to utilize computer software programs, including database programs and spreadsheets

Position Requirements 

  • Minimum Education – Preferably Mathematics and Science on the Higher Grade at Matric level and 1 year work experience in a similar position. Chromatography experience would be desirable
  • Basic computer skills, knowledge MS Excel and Word would be an advantage
  • Methodical, accurate, conscientious, energetic
  • Technically minded
  • Good organisational skills
  • High attention to detail
  • Good time management
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Must be a team player

Availability: The successful candidate must be able to start in their position as soon as possible.

Only CV’s sent to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  will be considered.

Applications close on 8th June 2018. If you have not received a response by 22nd June 2018, please consider your application as being unsuccessful.

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