As my last President’s letter over the year I have served, I would like to thank the council and the industry for the support over this term, it has been a privilege to sit as the council President and add my two cents worth where possible.
The SAFPA council has formed a sub-committee for the upcoming industry survey. We would like to ensure all the participating companies are able to extrapolate meaningful data from the survey by setting up the questionnaire in such a way that a valuable census will be generated – also to ensure the survey does not waste the time of the representative who completes it. Based on the work carried out by the sub-committee, SAFPA would like to have the survey completed and the report available to members within the next six months.
A sub-committee has also been formed with regard to the pressure vessel industry standards for hydraulic accumulators, cylinders, piping and pneumatic cylinders, and the pressure equipment regulations according to South African National Standards and the Mine Health and Safety Act. The sub-committee will be chaired by Chris Arbous, a retired engineer and ex-employee of Goldquest/BMG. His mandate is to form a technical committee comprising key individuals from the industry, AIA bodies and end-users to put forward a comprehensive industry best practice document and have this document endorsed by a certification/inspection body such as TUV. This document will be easily referenced for various divisions within the fluid power industry to ensure the design, use, operation and maintenance of pressure vessels is carried out within sound engineering principles.
SAFPA has the following upcoming events that should be diarised:
• Thursday 16 May: SAFPA AGM, venue to be confirmed
• Friday 23 August 2019: SAFPA Cycle Race, Avianto
• Thursday 5 September: SAFPA Golf Day, new venue at Modderfontein Golf Club
• Sunday 10 November: SAFPA Soccer Day, Benoni
SAFPA would like to continue with the awareness campaign about the ISO standards available within the hydraulics and pneumatics industry for various product lines and system engineering. We shall endeavour to develop awareness around these standards to ensure equipment manufacture and sourcing is in line with global standards and equipment is safe for operation. Please look out for upcoming technical evenings where some time will be spent on familiarising the industry with these standards.
All the best for rest of 2019, I hope it will be a prosperous one.
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