Willowton factory expands

2011-06-29 00:00

A MAJOR aspect of the expansion project at Pietermaritzburg-based Anderson Engineering, an investment in new welding technology, has been installed and is up and running.

 

The company, which designs and manufactures processing equipment — particularly stainless steel — embarked on the expansion project last year.

Anderson Engineering’s new column and boom automatic plasma welding machine replaces the old double tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding technology.

Management member Hans Coertse said welding is a key aspect of the fabrication process and added that it impacts on the overall quality of the equipment.

“We made a decision to invest in equipment that would help to set us apart. The expansion included investing in the new welding technology.

“The equipment was customised and includes a column and boom manipulator, a 10 ton turntable, a seam welding bench [and] hi-tech plasma welding equipment,” he said.

Anderson Engineering’s processing equipment is used in various sectors, including food, dairy, chemical, pharmaceutical and personal care.

The new welding technology resulted in a 20% expansion of the firm’s factory in Willowton.

“A key aspect is that it ensures consistent, quality welds over longer lengths more efficiently,” said Coertse.

“That it is more about better meeting the needs of the current clients within the markets we serve, than as a marketing tool for prospecting.

“Our team is committed to building long-term relationships and so we see it as essential that we work smarter to meet their requirements,” Coertse added.

The company also invested in a 3D drawing programme in 2009.

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