Can Your Generator do This?

randairarticle 4Generators come in all shapes and sizes. They can fit snuggly into homes, pack more of a punch for industrial needs, or even be silenced where they may be used in places frequented by people. While there is a staggering range of different models and designs out there, many of them lack the functionality that their users should come to expect from them, especially where they need to be potable, or are used under special circumstances. Still, depending on your needs, sourcing the right generator can make all the difference to how it is used, and to what ends. So, if you have been keeping your eye on any models in particular, here are a few features you would do well to ensure that they have.

Custom-Made to Be Mounted

Wherever portability is a concern, it is best to source a generator that can be easily mounted to trailers or vehicles. Better yet, some generators can come with a custom trailer fixed to it already so that it can be easily transported to and from wherever it is needed.

Can Use External Fuel Tanks

External fuel tanks on generators are often needed by those who plan on running them consistently. These external tanks allow far more fuel to be used on the device than would otherwise come standard, and also allows it to be topped up with greater ease.

Silent Operation

In many cases where generators are used around people, such as in restaurants or shopping malls, they need to be able to operate silently so as not to create a disturbance to their surroundings. While in general, generators make quite a noise during their use, with the right choice they don’t really have to.

Synchronise with Eskom

Wherever a facility’s productivity is threatened by downtime caused by mains failures, sourcing the right type of generator will allow their operators to synchronise them with Eskom’s power grid to ensure uninterrupted, relatively clean power.

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To find out more about sourcing a specialised generator for your needs, be sure to contact a representative from Rand Air today, or visit our website for additional details. We are waiting for your call.

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What Your Lighting Towers should Offer You

randairarticle 3For many businesses and industries, it may become necessary to conduct certain operations outdoors and during the night-time. When this is the case, workers are faced with a number of challenges that would otherwise not be seen during the day, specifically wherever light coverage is concerned. These facilities generally make good use of lighting towers attached to generators, especially because they are generally portable. Though when selecting a tower to make use of, there are a few key features that it should be able to provide. So to help you make the correct choice in this regard, here are a few expectations that you should have for your tower.

Durability

Obviously, reliability is a concern when it comes to buying any equipment, and so you will want to source a tower that is robust and durable. Quite often, the areas where lighting towers are used are characterised with different types of environmental challenges and hazards, which means that the towers used in them need to be tough enough to shake these hazards off.

Safety

Safety is always a concern in working environments, and your lighting system should add to your safety features, not take away from them. Because of this, lighting towers sourced by business owners should therefore adhere to strict, international safety standards in their own production, to ensure that it will never put you or your employees at risk of injury or death.

Fuel Efficiency

You will need your lighting tower to operate efficiently and economically if your processes are going to be profitable. Because of this, you need to find a tower that is easy on fuel whether it uses petrol or diesel.

Appropriate Light Coverage

The primary function of lighting towers is to provide optimal light coverage to your workplace in a portable form. To do this, the tower will need to be outfitted with LED lamps. Why LED? It provides excellent light coverage while using a fraction of the resources that other lights do. In this way they are cost-effective and efficacious.

Contact Rand Air for Details

To find out more about our offers on lighting towers¸ contact a representative from Rand Air today or visit our website for further details on our offers for lighting, generators and compressors. We are waiting for your call.

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Some Key Accessories for Air Compressors

Air compressors have a wide variety of applications and designs, and are often an integral part of many industrial processes. They are used to power pneumatic tools, can be used for cleaning and clearing, and can be applied to many other uses depending on their owner’s needs, and of course the accessories available to them. There are many accessories available to them, all of which have very specific functions, whether it is enhancing their performance, outfitting them for particular tasks or extending their functionality, reliability and lifespan, these accessories will help you get more out of your compressors.

Compressor Air Dryers

Compressor air dryers are considered an integral accessory for the protection of air compressors. Through a compressor’s processes, they may generate moisture in their interior. This can come in the form of a liquid or a vapour, and if left unchecked could freeze in piping, cause corrosion or even upset pneumatic processes. All of these possible outcomes can play havoc on compressors, which is why it is important to ensure that they are free from moisture. Compressor air dryers provide an elegant solution to this by removing moisture from the device after it has been used.

Aftercoolers for Compressors

Aftercoolers play a similar role to air dryers. They limit the amount of vapour in the compressor by condensing it into a liquid. When combined with a separator, they can easily reduce the amount of moisture in the system. As discussed above, the presence of moisture in your compressor could lead to its eventual failure, making aftercoolers an excellent addition to any system.

Rock Drills and Jack Hammers

Providing your compressor with functionality requires you to use particular accessories, one such tool is the rock drill, otherwise known as jack hammers. They are remarkably hardy and an excellent heavy-duty approach to demolition; though they require a surprising amount of strength to operate.

Paving Breakers

Paving breakers are the little cousins of jack hammers, and provide a more subtle approach to deconstruction where some materials need to be broken off, while others need to be preserved. They also have interchangeable attachments that make them suited to a range of applications, and are necessary for many residential and commercial deconstruction tasks.

Contact Rand Air to Find out More

To find out more about the different accessories you can use on your compressors, contact a representative from Rand Air Accessories Hire today, or feel free to visit our website for further information on our products and services.

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Benefits of Light Towers

Lighting towers have many advantages which you should keep in mind before hiring or purchasing one. Most portable light towers are equipped with wheels, but there are a few that can be attached to various transportation vehicles. Regardless of the type, all lighting towers require electrical power sources or a generator to power.

Portable light towers have high-efficient light, weather resistant steel cabinets, durable fixtures that are resistant to shock, compact design that offers efficient transport and storage, a run time of up to 70 hours, and a fuel capacity of over 100 litres.

These lighting towers offer lighting solutions for areas where there is no ability for fixed lights that can illuminate large construction sites. Most portable light towers are able to generate more light using the same amount of energy. Below are the key three advantages of portable light towers.

  • Easy and Quick to set up and transport: portable light towers can be transported to any construction site. The flexibility of lighting towers provides a solution for acquiring lights for a certain area in a short space of time. As they are simple to set up, portable light towers offer the quickest lighting solution for more than 5 acres of land, depending on the capacity. Because they are mounted on wheels, they are able to move from one place to another quickly.
  • High Lighting Capacity: most portable lighting towers are able to generate five times more light than fixed light towers, using the same amount of energy. They can take up to three minutes to reach full intensity, but most portable tower lights include a fixture to instantly provide light while other fixtures warm up. An added benefit of increased light capacity is elimination of dark sports.
  • Added Power Benefit: Another interesting advantage of portable lighting towers is the ability to offer power. A generator is not needed for additional fixtures if you have a portable light tower. In addition, these towers consume less fuel and average around four litres of fuel.

Working at night requires a durable mobile lighting tower that adheres to stringent safety requirements. Rand Air offers just that! Visit our website for more information today.

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How to safeguard business against unforeseen incidents

Health and safety of employees is a business priority across industries – but it perhaps takes greater precedence in mining and construction, where the risk of serious accidents and injuries is significantly higher. Legislation and regulations have been passed in both industries in order to protect staff members, but the unfortunate fact remains that incidents will continue to happen unless business takes tangible steps to safeguard both workers and the business itself.

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Keeping up with ISO standards in an ever changing environment

It goes without saying that risk-based thinking is critical for achieving an effective quality management system. It highlights the need to carry out preventative actions to eradicate possible nonconformities, identifying nonconformities that do happen and acting to avoid recurrence. It is so important that even the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) incorporated risk concepts into the ISO 9001 2005 requirement.

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Rand-Air continues to deliver uncompromised service to the mining industry

For the last 41 years, Rand-Air has been servicing the mining industry with portable compressed air and power generation rentals. The company is renowned within the industry for providing long-term rental solutions and over the years has supplied a number of mines with equipment for their emergency shutdowns. Rand-Air is constantly striving to deliver exceptional service which is echoed through their ethos of exceeding customer service.

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Inyameko trading 1440cc cc advocates Rand-Air

Marine shipping is ranked amongst one of the most hazardous industries in the world. The fire and explosion hazards associated with the painting of merchant vessels, passenger ships and ships can be highly dangerous. The complexity and nature of this work requires the use of sophisticated power and equipment. Inyameko trading 1440cc cc t/a West Coast Painters are experts in the painting and blasting marine shipping and believe that for an operation such as theirs to run seamlessly, it is critical to have good relationships with suppliers.

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A mining operation exists by the safety of its equipment, says Rand-Air

In an article published by Times Live earlier this month, it was revealed that the number of people killed on South African mines significantly declined from 3,183 in the previous year to 2,662. What this shows us is that South African mines are committed to improving their safety records. But how does the equipment at mining sites contribute to the overall safety?

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How to safeguard business against unforeseen incidents

Health and safety of employees is a business priority across industries – but it perhaps takes greater precedence in mining and construction, where the risk of serious accidents and injuries is significantly higher. Legislation and regulations have been passed in both industries in order to protect staff members, but the unfortunate fact remains that incidents will continue to happen unless business takes tangible steps to safeguard both workers and the business itself.

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Rand-Air docks at Saldanha Bay

Leading compressor and generator hire company, Rand-Air, is determined to provide uncompromised service to their customers, as well as reliable and well-maintained equipment. As part of this commitment, the company recently opened a branch in Saldanha Bay, in an effort to expand their reach across the country. Rand-Air has been servicing a number of industries for the past 44 years and have built a strong presence across South Africa.

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The implications of the National Credit Act on rental companies

Over recent years, there have been many changes to the National Credit Act which have passed a series of clear rules and regulations associated with the granting and marketing of credit. An important legislation, the Act aims to protect consumers and credit providers and ensures that all parties benefit from a transparent, fair and responsible credit environment. But how does the Act work for businesses that specialise in non-interest bearing 30 day accounts?

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Fair Cape Dairies lends success of their production to Rand-Air

Fair Cape Dairies, a family run business renowned for supplying top quality dairy products has grown from a small-scale operation to a well-diversified farming business with a long-term vision for continued growth. Compressed air plays an essential role in producing superior quality dairy products which forms the basis of a long-term history and partnership with Rand-Air, market leaders in portable compressed air and power generation rental.

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Rand-Air continues to up their standards, embracing ISO upgrades

The International Standard organisation who are renowned for promoting the development of standardisation with the objective of facilitating international trade have announced that all  three standards namely ISO 14001, 18001 and 19001 will be upgraded by the end of 2016. With all major ISO standards being reviewed every five years and revised where necessary, it has become important to build these into the whole management system as the changes tie in with leadership requirements.

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Minimising downtime through maintenance

Equipment is a significant factor in construction, especially in the heavy segment of the construction industry. According to an article published by Day & Benjamin there is little doubt that increased efficiency of mechanized construction methods would reduce construction costs and raise productivity. However, many factors affect the productivity of construction equipment.

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Rand-Air – a step ahead in creating an African footprint

Rand-Air, market leaders in the rental of compressors and generators have been operating in African markets Angola and Botswana for a number of years. The company recognised the need to be closer to their customers and their needs. As the pace of development into Africa gains rapid momentum, Rand-Air has made tremendous strides in establishing a footprint in these two markets.

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Is there oil in an oil-free compressor?

Oil-free compressors are used for numerous applications in different industries ranging from offshore to food and beverage. But the question whether compressors have absolutely no oil in them is a much debated and controversial topic. General Manager, Louwrens Erasmus of Rand-Air, a market leader in portable compressed air rental speaks to us about Rand-Air’s products and how they differ from competitors. “It is quite simple really, our compressors do have oil in them, however, the compression process doesn’t and neither does the compressed air at the output,” he explains.

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Rand-Air embraces ISO upgrades

The International Standard organisation who are renowned for promoting the development of standardisation with the objective of facilitating international trade have announced that all three standards namely ISO 14001, 18001 and 19001 will be upgraded by the end of 2016. With all major ISO standards being reviewed every five years and revised where necessary, it has become important to build these into the whole management system as the changes tie in with leadership requirements.

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Trends in the mining sector from a supplier’s perspective

The mining industry in South Africa plays a significant role in the country’s economy but the ailing sector has seen some major changes and developments over recent years. Rand-Air, a leader in portable compressed air and power generation rentals have been servicing the mining industry for the past 40 years and have noticed that the sector has become increasingly safety, energy and cost conscious which is having a direct impact on all its ancillary suppliers.

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Rand-Air assigned to SAPREF’s successful bi-annual shutdow

SAPREF, co-owned by Shell SA and BP Southern Africa, is the largest crude oil refinery in South Africa producing 35% of South Africa’s refining capacity.  Located in Durban, the refinery recently had their bi-annual maintenance shutdown and assigned Rand-Air, the largest fleet of compressors and generators for hire in South Africa to supply equipment for the project.

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Rand-Air contributes to the success of Chevron’s recent shutdown

Chevron is a leading refiner and marketer of petroleum products in South Africa. The Network of Caltex® service stations, one of the country’s top five petroleum brands, are supplied through its subsidiary Chevron South Africa (Pty) Limited. Its refinery which is based in Cape Town does annual shutdowns. However, this year they did the largest one that the plant has ever had.  This required the supply of superior equipment and therefore Rand-Air, a market leader in portable compressed air and power generation rental was assigned to the task. 

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Ask questions before you lease equipment

Leasing equipment allows businesses to control expenses and conserve capital whilst ensuring that they are getting the latest, top quality machinery that is well maintained and safe. Equipment leasing is a strategic financial option to consider regardless of economic climate. It is far more appealing as it cuts out the set of variable costs such as investment price, interest rates, repair and maintenance, insurance and fuel. Before leasing equipment, it is imperative for businesses to ask the right questions.

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Rand-Air appoints Outdistance (Pty) LTD as their agency of choice in Botswana

Rand-Air, a market leader in the rental of compressors and generators is proud to announce that they have recently appointed Outdistance (Pty) LTD, the agency of choice in the mining, engineering, power and construction industries in Botswana. After almost 21 years in Botswana and operating under the Atlas Copco legal entity for the past seven, Rand-Air continues to solidify its brand presence in this market. Outdistance (Pty) LTD aims to provide the best products and services to meet customers’ expectations which is in line with Rand-Air’s company ethos of exceeding customer satisfaction and expectation.

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The benefits of having International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certification

It has become hugely important for suppliers to the mining industry to comply with International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). Not only do international standards have economic, societal and technological benefits but they also balance technical specifications of products and services, making the industry more efficient by breaking down barriers to international trade. Rand-air, leaders in the rental of oil-free compressors and generators highlights that an ISO certification is especially significant in providing customers with assurance of Quality management.

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Rand-Air appoints Outdistance (Pty) LTD as their agency of choice in Botswana

Rand-Air, a market leader in the rental of compressors and generators is proud to announce that they have recently appointed Outdistance (Pty) LTD, the agency of choice in the mining, engineering, power and construction industries in Botswana. After almost 21 years in Botswana and operating under the Atlas Copco legal entity in recent years, Rand-Air continues to solidify its brand presence in this market. Outdistance (Pty) LTD aims to provide the best products and services to meet customers’ expectations which is in line with Rand-Air’s company ethos of exceeding customer satisfaction and expectation.

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The Importance of a Safety Risk Assessment

Forming an integral part of a good occupational health and safety plan, a safety risk assessment is significant in ensuring that employers take necessary preventative measures for the safety and health of their workers. Employers in each workplace, especially in the manufacturing, mining and construction industry where there is high potential for injury have a duty to protect their workers in every aspect related to their work.

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Managing a Fleet

Effective fleet management is essential for companies that lease out machinery and equipment to the industrial, mining and construction sectors. Forming the heart of their business, the renting out of this equipment is important for business continuity and that is why it is so important that these valuable assets are adequately managed.

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Renting Versus Buying Equipment

The dilemma of buying versus renting machinery is a question that often arises amongst mining and construction companies, as working to meet tight deadlines means that project managers are constantly seeking ways to increase productivity. The decision to rent or buy normally comes down to the company’s financial requirements, however there may be many other considerations that should be assessed before making this decision.

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Oil-free Compressors in the Petrochemical and Chemical Sector

The petrochemical and chemical industry in South Africa is of substantial economic significance to the country, and therefore it is important that petrochemical companies ensure proactive maintenance and the use of good quality equipment for sustainability and productivity. One of the keys to a successful refinery operation lies in the outsourcing of equipment from a company that has a thorough understanding of the distinct needs of the petrochemical and refinery industries.

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Energy efficiency underscores Rand-Air’s customer offerings

Ensuring the sustainability of the planet begins with immediate and urgent steps by business and industry to increase environmental awareness. Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco Group, has been involved in a number of initiatives that allow the company not only to reduce its own carbon footprint, but also to provide its customers with the tools to apply energy-efficient technology. “Our Industrial Rental Programme (IPR) allows factories and general industry to outsource the responsibility for the supply of air and power to Rand-Air.

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Rand-Air poised for successful expansion into East African oil and gas market

As the upstream oil and gas industry in East Africa continues to burgeon and develop, a large number of multi-nationals are increasing their activity in the area. Rand-Air, operating in East Africa as Atlas Copco Rental East Africa, has positioned itself to be a first choice for such companies in the rental of compressed air, power and other industrial equipment.

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Rand-Air – Ready to go in East Africa

Africa has always been an alluring expansion area for companies which are looking to develop the continent’s vast mineral wealth and resources. New discoveries of oil and natural gas off the coast of East Africa have once again enticed companies to reignite their pan-African expansion plans.

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IPR, combatting recession

The ability to concentrate on core business functions and eliminate unnecessary overheads is a leading factor in future sustainability. Rand-Air's Industrial Plant Rental (IPR) Programme offers an alternative to tying up business funds in capital equipment. Rand Air's industrial plant rental (IPR) programme was introduced by Rand-Air nine years ago with nine compressors. "The concept has proven so popular that today we have over 150 machines out on permanent, long-term rental," says Byrone Thorne, marketing manager for Rand-Air.

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Gender Diversity at Rand-Air: Women in the Rental Industry

Insights from Sales Manager Kim Coetzee

The concept of gender diversity is not a new one at Rand-Air. However within Atlas Copco, Rand-Air’s global parent company, it has more recently become an area of focus. Within Rand-Air diversity had in fact been practised for many years before it became more commonplace, due to prevailing social, economic and political developments taking place internationally and locally.

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Rand-Air’s Electrifying Performance: excellent compressors and service levels contribut to the success of long-term maintenance project

When a large South African power generation organisation began the long-term maintenance project during 2011/12 at one of its facilities, the need for additional compressors led the company to Rand-Air. 

“This organisation owns a number of compressors, but they required extra compressed air capacity to operate their instrumentation and tools for the scheduled maintenance,” says Louwrens Erasmus, General Manager of Rand-Air.

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Smooth sailing: Rand-Air’s compressors and generators service a large portion of KwaZulu-Natal’s marine and industrial sectors

Customer demand has driven the expansion of Rand-Air’s operations in KwaZulu-Natal over the past ten years. Although the company has had a presence in the province since the early 1980’s, the past decade has seen an unprecedented growth in the need for high-quality reliable compressors and generators.

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Rand-Air to the rescue on smelter

Downtime is simply not an option for a global producer and supplier of natural resources. When the company needed to undertake maintenance on its reservoir, management faced the challenge of temporarily replacing the compressed air capabilities on its smelter. “The customer determined that half of their compressors would be seconded to the reservoir maintenance project. Obviously, the smelter needs to run at full capacity, so an alternative compressed air supply was urgently needed,” says Louwrens Erasmus, General Manager of Rand-Air. 

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Greater power and capacity - Twin Air compressor delivers highest volume of compressed air per square metre for the oil and gas industry

The demand for offshore oil and gas resources has resulted in the need to drill to greater depths. Ever deeper wells result in the need for higher capacity compressors. The challenge  has been industry’s assumption that greater capacity means greater size. Atlas Copco’s TwinAir compressor successfully captures the required capacity, together with a smaller footprint, for a bespoke offshore 12—or-25- bar workhorse.

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Waco IT system stays connected thanks to Rand-Air generator and service

In a world driven by ‘always on, always connected’ technology, ensuring that IT systems remain online is a top priority. Consistent and constant power supply is critical to the ability of any business operation to remain competitive and sustainable. When grid-supplied power is absent, businesses need to source an alternative, temporary source of reliable energy.

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