Essential aftersales service for PPE
“Preventative maintenance helps extend service life and reduces the costs of routine maintenance by preventing any future damage,” notes MSA Africa aftersales service supervisor, Theo Nel.
MSA Africa has invested R1,5 million in equipping its service centre network to date, with the latest development being launching a centre in Ghana in order to service the West African market. “This represents a significant investment, not only in equipment, but also in skilled personnel,” Nel adds.
According to the company, it is crucial that safety-critical products, such as Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBAs), are serviced regularly in order to ensure optimal performance throughout the specified service life. In addition to SCBAs, the service centres also carry out maintenance and repair work on MSA Africa’s range of portable and fixed gas detectors.
“Although there are different service intervals on different equipment, servicing and maintenance needs to be conducted regularly. A maintenance programme has to be in place,” Nel stresses.
The company’s main aftersales service centre, based at its Johannesburg premises, offers in-house maintenance or repair work on its full range of safety equipment, along with technical support, to customers undertaking preventative maintenance.
“Customers can simply bring in their equipment that needs servicing to anyone of our service centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, as well as Namibia and Nigeria in Africa,” Nel explains.
There are six qualified technicians in South Africa at present carrying out repair and maintenance work on MSA Africa’s full range of ISO 9001-approved products. Not only are these technicians trained according to US and European certifications, this training is updated on a yearly basis to take into account new products and latest developments.
The service centre network also offers emergency repairs and maintenance, which is vital for mining customers so as to reduce downtime and cut costs. “Most common spare parts are stocked on-site at our service centres, in addition to critical spares that mining operations cannot afford to be without,” Nel highlights.
The Johannesburg centre is divided into three workshop and test areas according to the different product categories. One area is for the calibration of portable and fixed gas detectors and instrumentation, while another is a controlled environment for Self-Contained Self-Rescue Devices (SCSRs). “We have the only workshop facility for this kind of equipment in South Africa, as distributors are not permitted to work on this safety-critical equipment,” Nel highlights. Lastly, the service centre has dedicated equipment to test SCBAs.
A particular focus is customer training, with MSA Africa offering a dedicated training service for strategic customers, so that the can confidently service and operate their equipment.
Nel concludes that while MSA Africa prides itself on the durability and quality of its equipment, its aftermarket and service support are an integral component of its total solutions approach to meeting customer needs.