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BMG and NSK sign new

BMG and NSK sign new distribution agreement for strengthened relationship BMG and NSK have consolidated a long standing partnership, with the recent signing of a new distribution agreement, that enhances the original contract and augers well for both companies, stakeholders and customers. BMG was appointed by NSK, Japan, in 1991 as exclusive distributors in South Africa, for NSK’s extensive range of bearings. Through the restructured agreement, all sales will now be channelled through NSK’s South African operation. “BMG’s NSK range - one of our leading bearings brands - extends from precision miniature bearings used in machine tools and electronics applications, to giant size bearings used in steel and mining industries. This portfolio encompasses miniature, ball, roller bearings, large bore and roll neck bearings, to name a few,” says Keith van Wyk, BMG’s distribution director. “NSK has been at the forefront of bearing design and development for many decades and BMG is proud to represent this prestigious brand. Through the strengthened agreement, BMG and NSK South Africa are consolidating services and working strategically together on increasing awareness of the NSK brand and identifying opportunities for growth in key market sectors within Africa and also abroad. From left : Robin Briggs, Managing Director, NSK South Africa and Gavin Pelser, Managing Director, BMG “BMG will increase availability of stock out of NSK’s European distribution centre in Tilburg, Netherlands, and values engineering and marketing support from the NSK team in the UK and Germany. “Both companies have made a substantial investment in increased warehousing facilities for greater stock availability and improved lead times. Training facilities for staff and end user customers have also been upgraded.” BMG’s R400-million investment to upgrade the existing Droste Park facilities into a leading edge distribution centre - BMG World - centralises functional and support operations onto one site. This enables BMG to continue to provide high levels of operating efficiencies and delivery service, in line with continued growth of the business. BMG’s bearing division - the cornerstone of the business - has restructured its management structure : Werner de Bruyn is business unit manager and Rouff Essop is operations manager. BMG’s extensive product portfolio encompasses bearings, seals, power transmission components, drives, motors and materials handling components. Also in the range are hydraulics and pneumatics, fasteners and tools, as well as valves, filtration and lubrication systems. The company is committed to providing a 24 hour customer support for production efficiency and reliability centred maintenance through more than Front row from left : Robin Briggs, Managing Director, NSK South Africa and Gavin Pelser, Managing Director, BMG Back row from left :Werner de Bruyn, Business Unit Manager, Bearings, BMG, Chris Coetzee, Manager: Technical Sales and Operations, NSK South Africa and Keith van Wyk, BMG’s Distribution Director 148 BMG branches and a wide distribution network locally and into Africa. This is enhanced by advanced technical and design support across all functional disciplines. For further information: Werner de Bruyn, Business Unit Manager, Bearings : BMG Tel: 27 (01) 620 1500 Email: Web: 23

tools is available for any lighting conditions. A cutting-edge wireless communications system with a live video feedback means that the drone can be brought into usually inaccessible places up to many hundred metres beyond the line of sight. Skyriders soars with latest drone technology from Switzerland The cutting edge wireless communications system on the Elios drone includes a live video feedback. The latest inspection technology for indoor and confined spaces has been introduced to South Africa by Skyriders, which has acquired an Elios collisiontolerant drone from Flyability of Switzerland. The leading rope-access specialist has already deployed drone technology specifically for visual inspection purposes in indoor environments like the large coal fired boilers and ducting at Eskom. The problem with using traditional drones is that they tend to lose their GPS tracking and stability when used indoors, which means that exceptional piloting skills are required. “We then came across the Elios drone from Flyability,” Skyriders Marketing Manager Mike Zinn adds. The Skyriders pilot went to Switzerland in September 2017 for extensive training in terms of the European process and Elios procedures, and now has all the necessary documentation in place for the Elios drone to be operated locally. “The drone is already in use at a major petrochemical company in Mpumalanga. They were extremely impressed, as this now means they have access to parts of their plants not accessible to visual inspection before, as either visibility was too poor, or it was too costly to do so,” Zinn elaborates. “The fact that it is collision-tolerant means now not only can we only enter furnace areas, but can go right up to a burner, for example. It opens up huge possibilities for us. With certain limitations, the Elios drone can even be flown ‘blind’,” he highlights. This means a repeater can be placed in a boiler, for example, whereupon the drone can be flown in from the outside. A sufficiently experienced pilot can fly around without having to enter the structure at all. The Elios drone includes a full hd camera, a thermal camera and an onboard led lighting system with remotely-adjustable intensity. By enabling remote visual inspection in any indoor environment, the Elios drone means that technicians no longer have to enter hazardous areas themselves, or be exposed to potentially dangerous situations. Another major benefit is the speed with which a visual inspection can be carried out, slashing the time required from days to mere hours. The Elios drone includes a full HD camera, a thermal camera, and an onboard LED lighting system with remotely-adjustable intensity. This means that an array of onboard The Elios Ground station comprises a remote controller, a tablet, and a purposedesigned ground-control application, providing the pilot with live data, an SD live video stream captured by the drone, and all the information and controls on hand for efficient and safe remote operation. In addition, the drone is dust- and splashresistant, and can operate in environments from 0°C and 50°C. Skyriders has also sub-contracted its Elios Drone team out to various third-party inspection companies to assist them with inspection work. Zinn reveals that Skyriders is in the process of training additional pilots, and ordering a second Elios drone in order to allow it to expand its remote visual-inspection capability. “The new Elios drone sets a new benchmark in inspection technology in South Africa,” he concludes. Connect with Skyriders on Social Media to receive the company’s latest news Facebook: SkyridersIndustrialRopeAccess Twitter: About Skyriders Skyriders (Pty) Ltd, established in 1998, is a leader in the South African rope access industry, providing cost- and time-saving solutions to clients in the power generation and petrochemical industries who require rope access aided inspection, NDT and maintenance work to be done in difficult to reach, high-up locations. Skyriders Contact: Mike Zinn Skyriders Marketing Manager Tel: (011) 312 1418 Email: Web: 24 The Elios drone means that technicians no longer have to enter hazardous areas themselves.


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