13 November 2012 – South Africa-based oil analysis specialist, WearCheck, has acquired the Condition Monitoring division of ABB. The acquisition complements WearCheck’s strategy to offer a complete industrial condition monitoring solution – which also includes the analysis of heat transfer, turbine and transformer oils.

The former ABB division was responsible for most of the condition monitoring carried out by ABB in the fields of vibration analysis, infrared, laser alignment, shaft balancing and oil analysis, which WearCheck had been doing on behalf of ABB for a number of years. This business unit has been incorporated into WearCheck’s recently-formed Reliability Solutions division.

Neil Robinson, WearCheck’s managing director, says, ‘We are committed to honouring all existing ABB contracts, and aim to exceed our new customers’ expectations. In addition, the ABB customers will now have access to WearCheck’s alternative predictive maintenance products and services.”

WearCheck is currently one of the largest oil analysis companies in the world, operating seven laboratories, employing 161 people, and with a presence in eight countries (South Africa, Zambia, India, Dubai, Madagascar, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Namibia).

Says Robinson, ‘Future expansion plans include laboratories in several key African countries in early 2013.’