Kathu, the iron ore capital of the Northern Cape province, is where condition monitoring specialist company, WearCheck, recently opened its newest laboratory.

While for many years there has been a WearCheck office in Kathu where used oil samples could be dropped off, the nearest laboratory was in Johannesburg, where the samples were processed. However, now the samples are processed in Kathu, reducing turnaround time for local samples to 24 hours or less.

The company is delighted to invest further in Kathu, whose name means ‘town under the trees’, where local industry has given the company a warm welcome and support for more than a decade.

The company’s unique Kathu laboratory is created from three remodelled shipping containers.

Now open and testing used oil samples, and much more – WearCheck’s latest mobile condition monitoring laboratory opened in Bestwood Estate, Kathu recently in SA’s Northern Province. The company converts shipping containers and fits them out with the latest laboratory instruments and technology to offer world class condition monitoring services in the region. Image credit: WearCheck

Now open and testing used oil samples, and much more – WearCheck’s latest mobile condition monitoring laboratory opened in Bestwood Estate, Kathu recently in SA’s Northern Province. The company converts shipping containers and fits them out with the latest laboratory instruments and technology to offer world class condition monitoring services in the region. Image credit: WearCheck

WearCheck’s head office in Westville is where the distinctive mobile laboratories are compiled in repurposed shipping containers. Kitted out with the latest laboratory instruments, the labs also boast features such as ventilation, air extraction systems, fire prevention, uninterrupted power supply, air conditioning and burglar bars.

The design of the container labs is fluid, to accommodate new industry developments.

The company’s managing director, Neil Robinson, is addressing the infrastructure deficit in Africa by providing world-class scientific analysis services in remote areas near mining and other industries.

Says Robinson, “While establishing a brick-and-mortar laboratory in certain locations is often hindered by the lack of basic infrastructure, the container laboratories are relatively simple to place in areas with limited resources.

“Ensuring consistently accurate test results is critical, therefore each mobile laboratory remains connected to the WearCheck South Africa LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), which guarantees quality control.”

The company’s new laboratory in Edenvale’s Longmeadow Business Estate extension 1 is open for business and running smoothly. Pictured in the new laboratory are laboratory technicians Precious Mabaso (left) and Ntiyiso Masia (right). Image credit: WearCheck

The company’s new laboratory in Edenvale’s Longmeadow Business Estate extension 1 is open for business and running smoothly. Pictured in the new laboratory are laboratory technicians Precious Mabaso (left) and Ntiyiso Masia (right). Image credit: WearCheck

WearCheck Johannesburg moves to Longmeadow Estate

The company recently relocated its Johannesburg laboratory, WSL (WearCheck specialist laboratory) as well as its dedicated divisions – asset reliability care (ARC), transformer oil testing, water analysis and lubricant-enabled reliability (LER) services – to a convenient, ultra-modern new location in Edenvale.

“With all our services under one roof, WearCheck Johannesburg is truly a one-stop hub for customers which make use of more than one of our condition monitoring programmes,” says Robinson.

The company’s growing footprint extends across nine countries in Africa and beyond, including many satellite offices and 15 world class laboratories.