A team of fleet-footed footballers from WearCheck entered the first maritime industry friendly soccer tournament in the Western Cape recently, where hundreds of players from a range of marine-based businesses exchanged their workplaces for a football pitch, for the day.
During a fun-filled, spirited day, the WearCheck Warriors team won all three group games, but, as scores were tied nil-all at full time in the knock-out rounds, penalty shoot-outs cost them a chance at the finals.
Making up the team were staff from WearCheck’s Cape Town office, along with friends and colleagues from suppliers, including Meter Systems, Calberg Lubrication and Calberg Hydraulics.
Team captain Werner Buys, WearCheck Cape Town’s branch co-ordinator, was delighted with the day. ‘We won 2:1 against Viking Life Saving Equipment, next we beat Dormac 1:0, and lastly, our 2:0 score a gainst SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) was a sweet victory. Unfortunately, in the knock-out round against Maritime Review we lost 1-0 in the penalty shoot-out.
‘WearCheck was one of the sponsors of the successful day, which also saw R22 000 raised by the Maritime Industry Soccer Tournament, towards a bursary for a marine engineering student.
Players in the successful WearCheck Warriors football team were: Back row (left to right): Charlton Fortuin, Rendall van Ryhn, Hoosain Sydow, Bertram Snell, and Bradley Roode Front row (left to right): Ndiphe Gqolodashe, Werner Buys (team captain), Dominic Chanyan, Ashley Davids, and Kenneth Mubeti
Greased lightning! Rendall van Rhyn of the WearCheck Warriors deftly fights off the opposition.
Helping him defend are Dominic Chanyan and Werner Buys in the goals.
To all the WearCheck customers who took the time to complete our recent survey … thank you! Through constructive dialogue, we aim to continuously improve and streamline the service which we deliver to you, our customers, making everyone into winners.
Each year, as a mark of WearCheck’s gratitude to customers for taking the time to give feedback, one of the respondents is randomly selected to win a prize. This year, Guy Lombard from NPC Cimpor Port Shepstone was awarded an iPad mini in the lucky draw.
On receiving his iPad, a delighted Guy (pictured, right) commented that it was the first time he had won anything! Presenting the award is WearCheck’s Peter Carty.
We appreciate these positive words from some of the survey respondents:
· Very satisfied, brilliant advice.
· Great service that adds a lot of value to my ability to deliver reliable machines.
· WearCheck has improved our machine availability
· Keep up the exceptional standard of work
· There is no going back from WearCheck . . .
· Very impressed, satisfied because it is professional.
Customer survey 2013 lucky draw winner Guy Lombard of NPC Cimpor Port Shepstone (right) receives an an Apple Ipad from WearCheck’s Peter Carty.
One of the primary causes of transformer failure is sludge in the oil. Sludge is just one of the oxidation decay by-products, formed when the aging transformer oil oxidises as the hydrocarbons in the oil react with oxygen dissolved in the oil.
These decay products attack the solid insulation and the sludge affects the ability of the oil to act as a dielectric and to transfer the heat effectively. If the aging is left unchecked, the oil's ability to protect the cellulose insulation is also compromised, resulting in component failure.
WearCheck's newly-launched oil regeneration process restores the old transformer oil by removing the sludge and by-products of the degradation process and other soluble oil decay products. When our oil regeneration process is complete, the regenerated transformer oil has a lower acid content, improved tan delta and interfacial tension values.
Simply purifying the oil does not remove the by-products of the degradation process, such as acids, aldehydes and peroxides, which bind together to form sludge.
Some of the advantages of oil regeneration are that it restores the oil to “like new” condition; it extends the life of the transformer; the cost for regenerated oil is much lower than new oil; it facilitates the removal of suspended sludge particles and acids; and it is environmentally friendly as the old oil is re-used, reducing the dependency on fossil fuels.
Click here for further information on our regenerated oil programme, or contact WearCheck on (031) 700-5460
WearCheck's latest Monitor newsletter features a wealth of technical tips and other innovations in the condition monitoring world, in particular a discussion on the merits of sulphur testing, and an overview of reliability solutions.
Join us as we take a peek at WearCheck’s very first West African laboratory in Ghana, and meet some of the team members from around the world who are dedicated to maintaining international oil analysis standards.
A key to maximising investment in any condition monitoring programme is to ensure that your staff members undergo the correct oil analysis training – the latest newsletter features a comprehensive summary of WearCheck training courses, which makes it easy to select each level of training for different role players.
WearCheck Africa will be showcasing their condition monitoring services at various exhibitions in both hemispheres in the coming months. Our team members will be available at the expos to chat about oil analysis, reliability solutions, oil regeneration, wind energy and answer any questions on these issues.
Please come and see us - we will be represented at these shows:
For further information, please visit www.wearcheck.co.za, or contact WearCheck
on +27 (0) 31 700-5460.
The newest trend among modern day industrial operations is a focus on total plant health through the use of proactive maintenance services, which improves the availability of individual machines and boosts the reliability - and therefore the productivity - of the plant.
Key elements of any condition-based monitoring are oil analysis, vibration and thermography; while proactive maintenance enhances component health through alignment, balancing, oil filtration and purification.
With the recent formation of its reliability services division, WearCheck has positioned itself as the only company in Africa – and one of only a handful globally – that can provide a complete condition monitoring service to the mining, power, pulp and paper, sugar, manufacturing and other industries.
The philosophy of optimal plant maintenance has evolved significantly over the years, with each subsequent approach ensuring longer component life, greater plant reliability and fewer breakdowns with a strong focus on being cost effective rather than cheap.
Originally, plant operators used preventative, or time-based, maintenance, where machine parts were simply replaced as soon as they reached their life expectancy, regardless of their condition.
The predictive maintenance approach came next, where routine monitoring of the real conditions of the machinery components could reveal early failure, giving plant managers the chance to react timeously and avoid breakdowns. According to WearCheck’s reliability solutions manager Philip Schutte, ‘If you can’t plan it, you can’t control it.’
The latest approach - proactive maintenance - is the search for ways to extend the life of components to prevent premature failure, thereby boosting general plant health. Says Schutte, ‘Any good proactive maintenance programme will boost both plant availability as well as plant reliability.’
Some of WearCheck’s reliability solutions services include alignment, balancing, oil filtration and purification. Pictured here is WearCheck technician Shiven Brijlal taking a vibration reading on an industrial vent fan.
For further information on total plant health and reliability services, please visit www.wearcheck.co.za, or contact Philip Schutte on (011) 392 6322.
Technical Bulletin 56 explores the properties of acids and bases and their influence on lubricants. The importance of assessing acids and bases is discussed, as are the methods of assessment, and the positive and negative effects of acids and bases on industrial and mobile equipment.
Using the analogy of ‘Spy vs. Spy’ (the 1960s cartoon from Mad Magazine), the acid base chemistry of lubricating oils is clearly explained.
Monitor 65 is filled with stories on important milestones in WearCheck Africa’s world, the burgeoning wind industry, the latest from the international oil analysis scene and useful technical information.
Some of articles featured include: yet another WearCheck diagnostician notches up her millionth sample; an in-depth discussion on Total Base Numbers (TBN); a handy lube tip and news of WearCheck’s bismuth first.
The Reliability Solutions team is introduced, and there is news of local and international quality accreditation.
The 2013 dates for oil analysis training courses appear in this issue of Monitor – make sure you book early, as places fill up fast.
One million . . . and counting!
In February, senior diagnostician Steven Lumley became the fourth member of the WearCheck diagnostics team to have diagnosed a million oil samples. She joins diagnostic manager John Evans and diagnosticians Rowan Maartens and Michelle Allis in reaching this milestone.
‘There are very few oil analysis departments anywhere in the world that can boast this level of experience. The WearCheck department consists of seven diagnosticians with a combined 120 years of experience and over seven million samples between them,’ says diagnostic manager John Evans, who has spent the last thirty years in the oil analysis field.
‘It is important to note that with this degree of expertise, there are very few things that the group has not seen before or can't explain. It also means that should something start to go wrong, either mechanically or with a lubricant, the team will become aware of it very quickly and can aid customers, OEMs, and oil companies alike with a wealth of statistical data and advice.
‘Knowing whether the problem is restricted to a particular machine, or developing on other sites or with other customers on a local, national or global scale can be enormously useful. Our database contains data on almost ten million oil samples and that is a real treasure trove of information,’ said John.
Senior diagnostician Steven Lumley (centre, standing) of WearCheck recently diagnosed her millionth sample. In reaching this milestone, she joins diagnosticians Rowan Maartens (left) and Michelle Allis (inset) and diagnostic manager John Evans (seated at microscope)