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Would you have an unqualified planner planning your shutdown?

June 23, 2022

Maintenance shutdowns are frequently required to carry out maintenance (and other) activities that can only be done while the process is offline. Maintenance shutdowns are costly to implement and require intensive planning. A solid plan ensures that quality work gets done within scope, budget and the agreed timeframe. Bad planning and scheduling amplify costs, risk […]

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The outsourced asset care service – is this a panacea for the struggling maintenance departments of small to medium-sized enterprises?

June 15, 2022

Proper and consistent maintenance can make or break businesses. The headline in a local newspaper, Business Day – dated 13/06/2022, reads “Poor performance and degradation of rail and port infrastructure have seen SA’s coal exports drop 20% from about 80 million tonnes in 2017 to about 64 million tonnes in 2021”. All around us we […]

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How to Achieve Solution-Based EAM System Integration | Yes, it is Possible!

May 11, 2022

In a recent webinar on clarifying solution-based EAM system integration, members of Pragma’s On Key team laid out several facts that businesses need to consider in order to achieve successful integration. Dirk Janse van Rensburg, Managing Director of On Key Software Solutions, highlighted one of the primary drivers, which is that integration is imperative if […]

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Henk Wynjeterp Appointed Managing Director of Pragma Netherlands

December 13, 2021

As of October 1, 2021, Henk Wynjeterp has been appointed director of Pragma Netherlands. He succeeds Luc de Laat, who stayed as CMS Asset Management’s director after Pragma acquired it in 2018. The integration of the two companies has been ongoing for the past two years, laying a solid foundation for Pragma’s European growth aspirations. […]

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Using technology and processes to address the retail sector’s asset management challenges

December 10, 2021

Retail branch managers have a broad set of responsibilities. Some of these responsibilities include staff management, keeping optimal stock levels and ensuring that the branch expenditures stay within budget. Ultimately, the retail manager’s responsibility is to create and maintain a welcoming and satisfying experience for customers. Maintenance is part and parcel of this important customer […]

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What does load shedding really cost your company?

November 22, 2021

The impact of ongoing power cuts on the SA industry Load shedding has become an ever-present reality in South Africa.  It has a massive effect on South Africa’s GDP, specifically in the manufacturing industry. In a study conducted in 2018, it was established that load shedding is costing the industry in excess of R 2bil […]

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Is your power backup investment failsafe when Eskom load shedding strikes?

November 17, 2021

Wave after wave of load shedding has hit the country, as you would have experienced, no doubt. This has resulted in incidents where service providers and businesses in all industries have been unable to operate at full capacity. Initially, when all of this started in 2020, we ourselves suffered a generator failure at our head […]

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Determining optimal staffing for maintenance departments

October 12, 2021

By Philip Hanekom, Associate Consultant at Pragma Africa Any Asset Management (AM) system either fails or succeeds because of people. Competence, process discipline and capacity are key, and without these fundamentals, in place, any system is bound to be ineffective. This article will focus on capacity, but first, let’s take a quick look at the […]

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