The Technical Road show in KZN on 25 June 2015 (combination of Sadfia / pump rooms and ERA / machine shops) was a resounding success. No less than 45 people were in the room at the Master Builder Centre, Westville, where At von Wielligh and forensic engine failure analyst Larry Jenkinson presented on a range of engine failure causes.
Chris Le Roux (Sadfia national and KZN regional chairman) and Jay Gungadeen (ERA KZN regional chairman and ERA NEC member) were in attendance and did the welcome and closure respectively. Members from as far as Ladysmith, Newcastle, Empangeni and Mathubathuba attended.
The latest high technology combustion engines are becoming increasingly more complicated to maintain than their predecessors – while fault finding has become equally complex, according to Prof At von Wielligh. In his address to delegates he mentioned that to get to the root cause of engine failure it was often necessary to go beyond the obvious. Modern engines, he said, are far more complex and less forgiving than their forerunners, reacting negatively to anything from additives in fuel and lubricants to the quality of replacement parts used in their repair, this is especially true with regard to bolts, springs and bearings. Citing a number of examples where engines had seized after being refurbished he said it becomes easy for customers to blame the rebuilder and diesel fuel injection pump room, and in doing so they would often be hanging the wrong man. In some cases that he has investigated the quality of fuel was often found to be the culprit – which is evidenced by the state of the injector needles.
Larry Jenkinson facilitates forensic investigations in the automotive industry. He dealt with failure analysis, damage assessment and technical reporting in relation to mechanical failures. Following the presentation Larry and At discussed a number of case studies with attendees.
Both ERA and SADFIA have momentum after both Associations held successful national conferences at Automechanika Johannesburg. Member involvement remains an area that needs constant attention. Pieter Niemand and Louis van Huyssteen motivated members to attend events such as the Technical Road show held in KZN. These events allow members and their staff to gain knowledge and share their cases with subject matter experts.
The RMI KZN staff were instrumental in making the day a success as they provided the venue and looked after the catering.
Non-RMI engine rebuilders and diesel fuel injection pump rooms wishing to join ERA and SADFIA as members are welcome to contact Pieter Niemand (012-3489311) or Louis van Huyssteen (051-4303294)