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How we do contractor management at Pragma

October 27, 2022

Contractor management can be fraught with difficulty and often gives rise to what we call ‘pain areas’. At Pragma we have developed a contractor management process that helps to smooth over these difficulties. During a live broadcast, Vangie Mari, Business Area Manager presented an overview of the process that we follow at Pragma, both for […]

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Planners from Anglo American Platinum shine during the Maintenance Planner Qualification Inaugural Graduation Ceremony

August 30, 2022

On 23 August 2022, the first eight learners to complete the Maintenance Planner Qualification in South Africa were recognised for their qualifications. During an award ceremony held at the Bela Bela Aventura Resort, senior representatives from the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA), Anglo American Platinum and Pragma, gathered with the recipients to celebrate […]

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The Pragma Group celebrates ISO 27001 certification

August 17, 2022

Achieving ISO 27001 certification is no small feat for any organisation. At Pragma it took two years, significant financial investment and a massive company-wide effort – well worth it for the value that the certification will add to the company and its clients. Pragma is now celebrating this recent achievement and joins a group of […]

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Selecting the right capability structure for your asset management team

August 10, 2022

For as long as asset owners have built and operated complex assets, structuring an asset management team that has the right skills and capacity has been difficult for many engineering executives. Providing the appropriate level of maintenance management and reliability engineering skills in a changing and resource-constrained environment remains challenging – but asking a few […]

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Quality – The Invisible Shutdown Objective

July 20, 2022

Shutdown planning – the importance of defining its objectives When planning to shutdown, a conundrum faced by all asset owners is how to compress the duration of the shutdown, and maximise the planned uptime of the assets – all without sacrificing the shutdown’s objectives. If the objectives, scope and deliverables are not clearly defined at […]

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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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