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SAIMC: Durban branch

September 2020 SAIMC

The branch held its first virtual meeting and sticking to ‘old regimes’ it was held on the first Wednesday of the month, but sadly not at the Durban Country Club. We were encouraged by the attendance which, whilst not as good as our real-life meetings, was pleasing and we are looking forward to getting back into a steady routine that will help get our regulars back on track.


Ralph White.

A big thank you to ifm electronic for their kind participation and presenting on the most interesting topic: ‘Condition monitoring on gearboxes including a short case study on a ball mill gearbox failure analysis’. Ralph White, business development manager for the condition monitoring systems division at ifm, was our presenter for the evening and was articulate and knowledgeable. He has been working at ifm for over nine years and is a qualified electrician with his wireman’s licence, a level 1 thermographer and a category 3 vibration analyst with experience in many different industries, so he was very well qualified to present on this topic.

Conditioning monitoring is sometimes a neglected topic that is given insufficient attention, yet it is one of the many ways in which instrumentation can be applied very effectively to minimise the risk of unexpected equipment failure. Proper application can be an effective aid to scheduling planned maintenance shutdowns and hence benefit the bottom line. Ralph’s presentation covered all this comprehensively and sparked much interest from the (virtual) audience as the questions flew thick and fast.

We are working on a plan of action to ensure that members can still get CPD points, so watch this space!


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