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FAQ Oils WearCheck Africa serves the earthmoving, industrial, transport, shipping, aircraft and electrical industries through the scientific analysis of used oil from mechanical and electrical systems.
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Country Manager - Dubai
The position of Country Manager is now available in the Dubai Office.
The role is responsible for Business Development, Technical Support and overall Management of the local WearCheck company, reporting to the South African Head office.
Responsibilities of the role:
Managing all operational aspects of the local company and staff. Providing technical support to customers. Retention and increase in the Sales revenue. Responsible for ensuring the company meets all goals and objectives in a timely manner. Business development, increasing the customer base in the region.
Growing the region through increased sales. Managing the customer relationship process. Negotiating and managing contracts. Presentations. Sales and Sales Forecasting; Market Segmentation. Strategy planning and implementation (i.e.: Identify business opportunities). Technical Support, Failure Analysis, and Fault-Finding. Onsite training. Liaise, oversee and manage office staff, logistics, and support systems. Oversee sales, delivery, distribution, pricing, accounting, and customer service. Resolve/oversee customer queries and service issues. Keep up with industry trends; attend trade shows, conventions, and seminars as appropriate or as directed. Actively take part in the promotion and attainment of compliance, including WearCheck’s Quality System and Health and Safety matters for Dubai company.
3 year tertiary technical qualification. 6 – 8 years’ industry-related experience, 5 of which should ideally have been in a managerial role. Mechanical engineering or maintenance background with knowledge of condition-monitoring, preferably oil analysis. Experience working within an ISO environment. Proven track record in Business Development/revenue growth. Excellent Leadership, Communication, Team Building and Change Management skills. Methodical, accurate, conscientious, energetic and technically-minded. High attention to detail and ability to work under pressure.
Availability: The successful candidate must be available to start in their position as soon as possible.
Remuneration: A competitive salary and company benefits is offered for the right candidate.
Only CVs sent to the following email will be considered: [email protected]
Please note: Applications close on 10th May 2019 only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Monitor 78 hits the streets
Limits vs. Trends – this topic is discussed in detail by our diagnostic manager John Evans in the latest issue of WearCheck’s Monitor newsletter.
You will also find news of the customer survey lucky draw winner, and stories on WearCheck’s lab opening times over the festive season, 2019 training course dates and information, insights and pics from all the latest industry expos and customer training sessions, some noteworthy achievements by the company and an introduction to some new WearCheck faces.
The children of St Vincent’s orphanage were treated once again by our kind-hearted staff to some Christmas cheer – read all about these stores and more in the latest issue of Monitor.
Click here to downloadhttp://www.wearcheck.co.za/shared/M78.pdf
L**e Tip 12: These additives don't exist - Part 1
I’m afraid I have some bad news . . . and no, it’s not about the economy. It’s about what I often call “imaginary additives”. These are the additives that seem to exist in the minds of many lubrication practitioners but don’t exist in the physical world of lubrication reality. They seem to provide solace to those who pay the bills of machinery unreliability. As good as modern lubricants may be, they are never a panacea for bad lubrication practices.
Conversely, real additives can be real problem-solvers that enhance the performance and reliability of both the machine and the lubricant. So, there’s a difference between the real and imaginary. I want you to know the difference. This column will go down the list of imaginary additives and discuss the many misconceptions that pervade the lubrication community. I hate to be a myth-buster, but reality is reality, so let’s get started:
ANTI-DIRT The only remedy for dirty oil is a filter or an oil change. Even better is not having dirty oil in the first place (via routine contaminant exclusion). Don’t imagine that there is some virulent, dirt-curing additive in your lubricant’s formulation. Dirt doesn’t care how sophisticated your lubricant’s chemistry might be. Whether your lubricant emerged from a backroom or a space-age laboratory, dirt will spare no effort to cut, abrade, dent and score your machine surfaces.
L**E TIP by Jim Fitch of Noria Corporation
WearCheck at Windaba
Showcasing the very latest oil analysis and condition monitoring techniques at Windaba this month was WearCheck’s transformer maintenance division.
Burgeoning growth in Southern Africa’s renewable energy sector is a result of the universal need to develop alternative power sources, and WearCheck is well positioned to provide predictive monitoring for the industry.
WearCheck technicians highlighted how power-generating equipment can be transitioned into optimum performance with minimum maintenance costs by investing in condition monitoring.
The WearCheck team at Windaba (from left to right), Ian Gray, Des Rodel, Steven Lumley and Philip Schutte.
Valvoline manufactures synthetic lubricants and additives, including motor oils, gear oils, greases, anti-freeze, automatic transmission and others. Valvoline is the approved supplier of engine oil to Cummins.
WearCheck is proud to announce that we have signed a partnership agreement with Valvoline to do their oil analysis in Africa and the Middle East.
Says Steven, ‘Condition monitoring training adds value to an operation in several ways. As well as aiding maintenance staff to keep machinery running at optimum output, thereby maximising their investment in the oil analysis programme, the training course give enhanced insight to product developers. For example, Cummins and Valvoline have indicated that they will use the information from the condition monitoring courses to fine-tune their engines and lubricants at the developmental stage, adapting design and composition to help minimise future wear.’
Lubrication specialists Valvoline sent a team for condition monitoring training with WearCheck’s technical manager Steven Lumley (fourth from left). Also on this course was a team from Fleetgard, a division of Cummins that supplies filtration for Valvoline.
Diagnostician Rowan Maartens has retired after serving at WearCheck for 36 years.
Rowan’s career began in 1982, when he joined WearCheck as a diagnostician. He diagnosed an impressive 2,5 million used oil samples in the three and a half decades he was with the company.
In 2014, Rowan reach the 2 000 000 samples milestone, which placed him among the top few diagnosticians in the world, if not the first person ever, with this incredible number of diagnoses to his name. Now THAT is impressive.
Managing director Neil Robinson wished Rowan well. ‘Thank you, Rowan, for your loyal service to WearCheck and our customers, and also to the condition monitoring industry.’
Rowan plans to spend his golden years enjoying his free time.
L**e Tip 11: Comparing the cleaning ability of group III and IV oils
QUESTION: How does a Group III engine oil compare to a Group IV in its cleaning ability?
I have read and understood the potential problems of switching a higher mileage engine from a conventional oil to a synthetic PAO, but is there less inherent risk with switching to a Group III? From my understanding esters act more like a solvent (more aggressive, I assume) and detergents and dispersants more or less attach themselves to sludge and other contaminants and carry it away in that form.
ANSWER: Most engine oils are now formulated with Group II (hydrotreated) or a mixture of Group I (conventional mineral oil) and Group II base oils to meet the latest API gasoline (SM) and diesel (CJ-4) performance designations. Because Group III and Group IV (PAO) base oils are both considered synthetics (since 1999), any oil labelled as a full synthetic, would contain either Group III or PAO, or both.
Any oil labelled as a partial synthetic or semi synthetic or synthetic blend would contain Group I or Group II (mineral oil) plus some amount of Group III or PAO (synthetic). There are no designations for us, as end-users, to know what specific base oils the oil formulator has used, so your question is a bit academic in nature. We would never know if we were purchasing a Group III engine oil vs. a Group IV (PAO) engine oil. But, from an academic point of view, I would expect the cleaning ability of a Group III and a PAO to be similar (generally poor). Again, academically, I would expect less risk of seal issues etc. when switching from a Group III (as opposed to a Group I) to a PAO, as the Group III and PAO are chemically similar. Ester synthetics have a higher degree of solvency than Group II, III or PAO base oils. This means they will dissolve additives and deposits more readily and may cause some seals to swell slightly (they also can remove some paints). These characteristics (not the paint removal) can be beneficial and some oil formulators will add some small amounts of ester base oils into their synthetic (Group III and PAO) formulations to improve these characteristics. - Courtesy of Noria Corporation
Look out for Monitor 77
Do you understand the intricacies of PQI? Did you know that the test for illuminating paraffin contamination in diesel is quick and easy? and that you can now earn CPD points with WearCheck training?
The latest issue of Monitor has more details on these topical issues, as well as plenty more - such as WearCheck’s “greening” practices, a useful l**e tip, the launch of a new laboratory, news of some amazing staff achievements including 2 million samples diagnosed by one person, and 40 years at the company.
To have a read of the latest issue of Monitor – simply click on this link:http://www.wearcheck.co.za/shared/WearCheck%20Monitor%2077.pdf
Oil analysis training in Namibia
Calling all industrial operations in Namibia - bookings are now open for WearCheck’s next oil analysis training sessions to be held in Namibia 11-13 September.
Courses: WearCheck One - The Fundamentals of Oil Analysis and WearCheck Two - The diagnosis process and report interpretation.
Seats are limited, so book yours now - contact Michelle on [email protected] or [email protected]
Remember – a well-trained workforce boosts profits!
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Customers in many corners of Africa have signed up for WearCheck training recently, to enhance their investment in their condition monitoring programme.
Technical manager Steven Lumley conducted training for engine manufacturer Cummins recently.
The training for Cummins, which took place at the Cummins South Africa training facility in Johannesburg, was customised especially for the customer. Topics included an introduction to oils, additives, application storage, the tests performed and the relevance of each one, and well as the interpretation of test results.
Cummins develops engines for specialist applications such as on highway, off highway and marine. Engaging the best possible methods for keeping the engines running at optimum output is of great value, therefore WearCheck training is an important part of the maintenance strategy.
A team from engine manufacturers Cummins recently underwent condition monitoring training by WearCheck’s technical manager Steven Lumley (third from left).
Seoul sisters and brothers
Members of the International WearCheck Group (IWCG) get together each year in a different member country to share ideas about the latest technological innovations, discuss new condition monitoring trends, learn about new laboratory practices and instruments and to keep the international WearCheck business network going.
Seoul - the beautiful capital city of South Korea – was the venue for this year’s IWCG conference in July.
WearCheck MD Neil Robinson (back row, fifth from left), along with delegates from Canada, USA, Hungary, UK and Argentina attended the 2018 International WearCheck Group (IWCG) meeting in Seoul, South Korea in July.
WIN! WIN! WIN!
You talk…we listen! WearCheck’s annual customer survey closes 31 August. We truly value your feedback - your answers and suggestions are used to improve our service offering to ensure we are meeting our customers’ needs.
This year the survey is very fast - it only takes two minutes to complete. All respondents will be entered into a lucky draw for a cash prize.*
The questionnaire is available at https://online.wearcheck.co.za/PRODUCTION/anon/survey.aspx/
*Terms and conditions apply. No WearCheck staff or their families may enter the competition. Only current WearCheck customers may win the prize. The judges’ decision is final. Winners will be notified during the first week of September 2018 after the survey closes.
Welcome back, Ashley!
Diagnostician Ashley Mayer has re-joined the team of diagnosticians at WearCheck’s head office in Pinetown.
Ashley, originally a Durbanite, holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a national certificate in Datametrics and has completed an Advanced Business Programme.
His career kicked off in Durban as a mechanical engineer for Chempute, after which he joined the WearCheck team as a diagnostician for four years. A stint at ABB as a tribologist was followed by five years in the USA with the Noria Corporation, finishing up as director of Applications Engineering.
In 2009, Ashley returned to WearCheck as senior technical consultant in Johannesburg, which was followed by two years as manager of the Speciality Laboratory and three years as the company’s training manager. He travelled far and wide running technical training courses for WearCheck customers throughout Africa and beyond.
This year, Durban extends a warm ‘welcome home’ to Ashley. Throughout his career, Ashely has presented several papers at conferences, and has had many of his condition monitoring articles published in professional publications. He has won two gold awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors.
L**e Tip 10: Oil Additives
Increasing the percentage of a certain additive may improve one property of an oil, while at the same time degrade another. When the specified concentrations of additives become unbalanced, overall oil quality can be affected. Some additives compete with each other for the same space on a metal surface. If a high concentration of an anti-wear agent is added to the oil, the corrosion inhibitor may become less effective. The result may be an increase in corrosion-related problems.
From “The Practical Handbook of Machinery Lubrication – 4th Edition”
WearCheck passes Honeywell audit once again
WearCheck provides condition monitoring services to many sectors, some of which are highly specialised.
One of WearCheck’s long-standing customers in the aviation arena is Honeywell Aerospace - a global company that invents and manufactures technologies that address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, productivity and global urbanisation.
Honeywell ‘s SOAP (spectrometric oil analysis program) laboratory engineer Perry Rexroad, from Phoenix Arizona, recently visited WearCheck’s Pinetown laboratory to conduct an audit of the process of preparing the oil filters for analysis as well as laboratory instrument accuracy.
For more than 20 years, WearCheck has analysed oil samples and filters from Honeywell’s aircraft components, and our diagnosticians have based their maintenance recommendations on these results.
As this work is unique and specialised, Honeywell requires that our diagnosticians are specifically trained and certified to diagnose their samples, and that they undergo regular assessment to earn re-certification.
During the audit, WearCheck’s three existing Honeywell diagnosticians (Daan Burger, Ravi Chetty and Steven Lumley) were successfully re-certified, and Ashley Mayer, the newest member of the diagnostic team, also received his Honeywell certification.
Aerospace audit: Perry Rexroad (left) of Honeywell in the USA conducted an audit in WearCheck’s Pinetown laboratory recently. WearCheck’s three existing Honeywell diagnosticians (Daan Burger, Ravi Chetty (inset) and Steven Lumley (right)) were successfully re-certified, and Ashley Mayer (at microscope) received his certification
Ashley Mayer, the newest member of WearCheck’s diagnostic team, is now the fourth diagnostician to be certified by Honeywell, along with Daan Burger, Ravi Chetty and Steven Lumley.
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