Thursday, 07 September 2017 13:40

WearCheck wins new contract

ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) - the largest steel producer on the African continent – has awarded WearCheck the contract for the provision of the analysis of transformer oil samples at AMSA.

In the letter of confirmation from AMSA, the group manager for IPS and group contracts had this to say, ‘Following a comprehensive evaluation and consideration of proposals submitted to us, your proposal has been successfully nominated.

‘We would like to take this opportunity to thank your staff for the comprehensive manner in which the information was presented.’

Earlier this year, WearCheck bought Transformer Chemistry Services (TCS) and brought TCS MD Ian Gray on board to run the new transformer services division. TCS has had the contract to service the ArcelorMittal transformers since 2005, and the new contract with WearCheck bears testament to AMSA’s satisfaction with the service from TCS.

During a recent audit of WearCheck by AMSA, WearCheck scored highly as a vendor of AMSA.

AMSA has the production capacity of around 7 million tonnes of liquid steel per annum, supplies over 61% of steel used in South Africa, and exports the balance.

AMSA attributes its success to ‘ongoing alignment with international best practices … ensuring the company’s continued global competitiveness and participation in international markets.’

Says Ian, ‘We at WearCheck are honoured to be selected to service AMSA’s transformers, and guarantee that our usual standards of excellence are aligned with AMSA’s best-practice ethos.’

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 12:09

WearCheck welcomes a very special visitor

From small beginnings as a soil-testing business based in the garage of founder Lesley Crawford and her business partner Gary Brown over 40 years ago, WearCheck has grown into one of the leading condition monitoring companies on the African continent today.

Lesley, who now lives in France, made a special visit to the company on a recent trip back to South Africa. As many of the current employees in the Pinetown branch were already employed by the time Lesley left the company in 2005, her visit was a happy reunion for these folk. Newer staff members enjoyed getting to meet the amazing lady whose foresight, scientific knowledge and business acumen helped set WearCheck onto a growth course that still hasn’t ended.

Managing director Neil Robinson presented her with some WearCheck memorabilia to celebrate the company’s 40th birthday, including a book on the history of WearCheck, a commemorative latte glass and, of course, some cake.

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Monday, 06 March 2017 18:11

Out and about

WearCheck staff members from various branches have clocked up some big air-miles lately, attending conferences, meetings and expos in several countries to stay abreast with the latest technology and to learn more about the evolving needs of industry.

The annual West and Central African Mining Summit & Expo (WACA) takes place in Accra, Ghana. This year, the WearCheck guys who were on-site to meet prospective customers and to talk condition monitoring, included Daniel Boakye, manager of WearCheck Ghana, and Pierre de Villiers, senior technician.  

Iran hosted the 5th annual Mines and Mining Industry Expo (MINEX), featuring the latest mining innovations for Iran and the Middle East. This year, WearCheck was present for the first time. Managing director Neil Robinson and Peter Safadi, manager of WearCheck PM Dubai were on hand to meet delegates. Neil was interviewed by an Iranian TV station, where he talked about condition monitoring.


WearCheck MD Neil Robinson is interviewed by Iranian TV at this year’s MINEX show in Tehran.


Seen at MINEX in Iran recently were Peter Safadi of WearCheck PM Dubai, Kevin Gerber of Set Point Laboratories and Neil Robinson, WearCheck MD.



The Middle East Mining Congress (MENA) once again took place in Dubai recently. This expo, which features “everything mining”, was attended by WearCheck for the first time. 


On hand to meet and greet delegates at MENA in Dubai, were Peter Safadi (WearCheck PM Dubai manager), Steven Lumley (technical manager), Ingy Elazizi and MD Neil Robinson.



Wind energy is a burgeoning source of alternative power, and the focus of Windaba, as Africa’s premier Wind Energy Conference, dovetails well with WearCheck’s wind turbine condition monitoring programme. Attending Cape Town’s 2016 Windaba expo from WearCheck were Steven Lumley (technical manager), diagnostician Quintin Verster and reliability solutions manager Philip Schutte.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 13:50

Loyalty Recognised

WearCheck is a family of very dedicated and loyal staff members, many of whom have clocked up several decades with the company. HR Manager Michelle Padayachee commended all long-serving staff, particularly those who reached important milestones recently.

‘Your loyalty and experience benefits both the company as well as our customers – helping us to continue to run the business efficiently and to offer excellent customer service. Thank you for your loyalty.’


Image 1: Springs-based reliability solutions technician Frank Nkuna has worked at WearCheck for 10 years.

Image 2: Pinetown lab assistant Malcolm Govender has worked at WearCheck for 15 years.

Image 3: Isando-based reliability solutions technician Marcelle Symons has worked at WearCheck for 10 years.

Image 4: Ellisras-based reliability solutions technician Simon Mosima has worked at WearCheck for 10 years.

Image 5: Johannesburg-based driver Danny Nkomo has worked at WearCheck for 10 years.

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Monday, 30 January 2017 14:14

Prestigious peer review

WearCheck's diagnostic manager, John Evans, who - in his more than 25 years with the company - has had many of his articles published in many scientific journals in several countries,  has diagnosed over a million samples, has conducted many training courses and is widely recognised as an inveterate expert in the oil analysis field.

WearCheck, and John, were recently honoured when John was invited to conduct a peer review on a manual chapter written by two American scientists, entitled "Particle Counting: Fuels and Lubricants" for the ASTM-Books.

Reviewing papers for publication is perhaps the highest mark of respect bestowed upon a researcher.  To be asked to review a scientific paper is an acknowledgment of a researcher's superior knowledge and experience.

Well done, John, you have done WearCheck proud.

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Friday, 23 December 2016 10:14

Monitor Issue 73

2016 was a busy year indeed for WearCheck...celebrating 40 years of condition monitoring excellence, reaching an important SABS milestone, attending many international and local conferences and expos and installing some high-tech new laboratory equipment.

Have a look at Monitor 73 to read more about these stories, as well as WearCheck’s popular new bypass filter, and find the answer to the question on everyone’s lips…WHO won the fabulous Samsung tablet? (The lucky draw prize for the customer services survey respondents)!

Under the Technical Tip section diagnostics manager John Evans explains in detail how to react to your sample report.

Click here to read about these and other stories.

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Thursday, 04 February 2016 13:48


Mining Indaba is the world’s largest mining investment conference taking place at the ICC in Cape Town from the 8th – 11th February 2016.

As WearCheck enters its 40th year of business, we will once again be attending the conference and exhibiting at the show, so please be sure to visit our stand and gain some insight into the world of Condition Monitoring.

We will be showcasing the following products

  • Oil Analysis

  • Fuel Analysis

  • Filter & Grease Analysis

  • Coolant Analysis

  • Vibration Monitoring

  • Thermal Imaging

  • Laser Alignment & Balancing



WearCheck Stand Number 304, Hall 2

For more information on the show visit

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The exciting news in this issue of Monitor is WearCheck’s integration with Torre Industries, our new holding company. Torre Industries is a key player in many of the industries in which WearCheck operates, and we look forward to the growth and development benefits that will evolve from this synergy.

Monitor 70 is bursting with useful information – you can now sign up for Mobius-accredited training via WearCheck, and learn about thermal imaging and its benefits, particle counting on diesel samples, as well as a discussion on gas engines and their merits.

Read all about this, and more, in the latest issue of Monitor. Click here to download WearCheck Monitor Issue 70.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015 11:18

WearCheck Middelburg gets new lease on life

WearCheck’s Middelburg facility has recently undergone a major revamp, and now boasts a spacious new laboratory with two sections – a dedicated ICP room and a main laboratory containing all the other instruments. The company also invested in new laboratory equipment that has increased sample turnaround time,

A brand new ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma spectrometer) has been installed at the Middelburg laboratory, effectively doubling the laboratory’s capacity with the addition of this second ICP. 

ICP spectrometry analysis provides high-speed detection and identification of trace elements at very low concentrations in oil to determine the levels of wear metals, contaminants and oil additives in lubricating oils.

WearCheck Middelburg also recently acquired a brand new generator.  This helps to bypass any fallout caused by the current power crisis in the country, which has resulted in ongoing and unpredictable load shedding. This now means all of WearCheck’s laboratories have backup power supply, ensuring continuous uptime and uninterrupted service to our customers.      

WearCheck Middelburg’s contact details remain the same:  tel: (013) 246-2966 and physical address: Unit 7A, 13 Mandela Drive, Nungu Industrial Park, in Middelburg.



Laboratory supervisor Salisha Dhanasar operates the new ICP.


 The WearCheck Middelburg team is proud of their brand new generator, which protects the laboratory equipment from interrupted power supply such as load shedding. They are, from left to right, Caven Selane, Sipho Magcaba, Rufus Mathekgane, Robinson Tshabalala, Salisha Dhanasar, Nelly Dlamini, Patience Skosana, Julia Motshwene and Randy Mathibela.


 The beautiful new interior of WearCheck Middelburg’s laboratory.

 The dedicated ICP laboratory at WearCheck Middelburg.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:58

WearCheck Monitor Issue 69

Did you know that there are serious consequences of poor laser shaft alignment? Or that WearCheck is about to open its 11th laboratory in the DRC?
And, are you aware how the latest laboratory technology can help your business?

All this information - and plenty more - is featured in the latest WearCheck Monitor newsletter.

You can learn about GC, ICP and HPLC technologies, and why WearCheck has invested heavily in them. There is a wealth of information on WearCheck’s comprehensive training schedule and some useful take-home advice garnered from the WearCheck stands at several recent industry expos. 

We also announce the winner of the 2014 customer survey lucky draw…

To read the latest issue of Monitor, please CLICK HERE

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