WearCheck bolsters cross-border ops

The Zimbabwean laboratory has been operating for 27 years.

South Africa-based condition monitoring company WearCheck has opened two more cross-border laboratories, bringing to 13 the number of laboratories operated by the company, in nine countries.

Zimbabwe now has its own local WearCheck laboratory.

WearCheck, recently acquired the long-established oil analysis laboratory in the form of Harare-based Tribology Services, and brought it into the WearCheck fold.

The Zimbabwean laboratory has been operating for 27 years, and already services a wide range of clients. Now, as well as traditional oil analysis, WearCheck Zimbabwe also conducts thermography, vibration analysis, balancing, laser alignment, motor current analysis and milling. WearCheck Zimbabwe offers on-site sampling, as well as a 24-hour sample turnaround.

In addition to the new laboratory north of the border, WearCheck also headed West, and recently opened an on-site condition monitoring laboratory in Namibia, at the Husab Uranium Project. Swakop Uranium, owners of the mining operation, awarded WearCheck a five-year contract to supply and operate an on-site laboratory for the mine.

As an open-pit mining operation, Husab uses the conventional truck and shovel mining method. WearCheck’s laboratory is well-placed to maintain the plant used in this process – including a huge scale of loading and hauling equipment – at optimum output capacity. This aligns perfectly with the WearCheck target to help save customers time and money through reliability solutions for plant maintenance

The Namibian laboratory was set up as part of a joint venture with sister company, Set Point Laboratories, who built and supplied the assay side of the laboratory.

For WearCheck managing director Neil Robinson, the company’s expansion is a positive move. ‘We are delighted to have the privilege to do business across South Africa’s borders, and have been made very welcome in Zimbabwe and Namibia. By extending our geographical footprint, we are now able to offer condition monitoring services to many more industrial operations, which previously had no access to these services.

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