Northern Cape-based mines and industries now have the option of reducing machinery running costs and avoiding catastrophic plant failure with the recent opening of predictive maintenance specialist WearCheck’s new branch in Kuruman.All the standard WearCheck services are on offer, including automotive, industrial, coolant, fuel and transformer oil analysis. Other options include vibration analysis, thermography and laser alignment services. An on-site sampling service for transformer oil is also available. Running the new branch is WearCheck’s local expert – Northern Cape sales & technical support consultant Francois van Eeden – who brings with him a wealth of experience in the condition monitoring arena. Van Eeden is well-placed to advise the local mining industry on vibration analysis, thermography and general oil analysis, after using the full spectrum of condition monitoring services for over 15 years in the engineering industry, including his most recent position as site manager for Kendal power station. WearCheck Northern Cape is situated in Marietta Crest right next door to sister company Set Point Laboratories – an analytical chemistry laboratory that assays samples for the exploration and mining industry.
WearCheck MD, Neil Robinson foresees a good relationship between the new branch and the local mining fraternity. ‘We have identified a demand for reliable predictive maintenance services in the Northern Cape region, and Kuruman is strategically well-positioned as a regional base for WearCheck.“We are pleased to welcome Kuruman to the WearCheck family, which already incorporates seven laboratories; a regional network around South Africa; and representation in eight countries including South Africa, Zambia, India, Dubai, Madagascar, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Namibia.” WearCheck is one of the largest oil analysis companies in the world, and the only condition monitoring company on the African continent to earn ISO 9001 quality certification and ISO 14001 certification for its environmental management programme, and ISO 17025 laboratory-centric quality management accreditation.