WearCheck incorporates water testing in its services

Condition monitoring specialist firm, WearCheck, has brought their sister firm, Set Point Water Laboratories into the fold, including a new division to WearCheck’s scientific testing construction.
The water evaluation firm is now built-in fully into WearCheck, and varieties yet another area of expertise together with WearCheck’s other providers, which include scientific used oil evaluation, asset reliability care, transformer oil testing and lubricant-enabled reliability services.
Set Point Water Laboratories is ISO 17025:2017-accredited, and exams water from any source – ranging from drinking water to manufacturing unit effluent, and every thing in between – to determine the presence and ranges of doubtless dangerous substances.
Set Point Water Laboratories was established in Johannesburg in 1998 as a minerals laboratory, then generally known as Set Point Laboratories. The firm introduced water testing in 2013 and expanded with the launch of a Cape Town water laboratory in 2019, achieving accreditation of the Cape Town Laboratory in 2020, and thereafter focusing solely on water evaluation.
Thelma Horsfield, basic manager of Set Point Water Labs, outlines their services, ‘Our laboratory technicians choose the relevant exams for the water sample depending on the wants of the shopper. They establish what is wrong with the water and advise prospects on potential consequences of utilizing / discarding such water.
‘Water analysis is carried out utilizing varied accredited techniques corresponding to; photometric, electrometric, colorimetric, gravimetric, ICP-OES, ICP MS and enzyme substrates. These methods obtain the best possible ends in chemical and microbial analysis of effluent/wastewater, consuming water, processed water, floor water and groundwater.
Industrial operations
‘In the case of commercial operations needing to eliminate wastewater right into a river system, the ocean or even merely down the drain, there are strict by-laws that should be adhered to, outlining the “acceptable” ranges of contaminants earlier than disposal, to forestall potential fines or even prosecution. Our water technicians decide the precise ranges of contaminants and advise on acceptable ranges for protected discarding.
‘Many of our mining prospects operate boreholes, utilizing the water within the mining course of. We regularly monitor the water quality from the boreholes to test whether or not contaminants from the mining process have leached into the water supply.
‘As an instance – cyanide is commonly utilized in gold mining, the presence of this toxin have to be continuously monitored. Fast is commonly discovered in the ore with gold, and as uranium is radioactive, you will want to monitor the degrees and check whether it has leached into the water provide. This is even an issue on disused mines and mine dumps – a lot of our customers dwelling near these come to us to check the quality of their ingesting water. Chromium-6, a carcinogenic element, is a by-product from chrome mines, so you will need to know if humans might be ingesting water with high ranges of this.
‘Health is a main reason for lots of of our customers for ingesting water safety, each non-public and within the restaurant trade for making juices and coffees – they usually want to know the hardness of their municipal water because it affects their espresso machines.
‘In addition to the above, scope water can be utilized for dialysis. It is necessary to note the sufferers on dialysis have little to no kidney function. Kidneys help compensate for the higher intake of gear obtained from food and drinks that may in any other case construct up within the physique. Dialyzing with pure water prevents the publicity of substances/toxins that can’t be eradicated from the physique. We are presently doing some water quality checks for a renal unit to make sure suitability for dialysis
‘Irrigation water quality is a critical side of greenhouse crop production. Water with high alkalinity can affect nutrients uptake by the plants and cause nutrient deficiency which compromises plant well being.
‘Borehole water testing is a popular merchandise with customers who want to know whether the water is secure to use on their backyard, to fill the pool, to drink and use within the household. In Cape Town, many boreholes have excessive salt content material, and, after testing the water, some customers have to dilute it with municipal water or put processes in place to remove most of the salts.
‘Through WearCheck, our water facilities present analytical services by way of an in depth network of operations in South Africa and internationally
‘And’, provides Horsfield, ‘as a result of the global Covid pandemic, we added alcohol content testing to our services as nicely as a newly introduced logistics resolution to enable straightforward motion of water and sanitizer samples.’
Previously, WearCheck was a part of the larger Set Point group until the company was bought by present owners Synerlytic in 2019, along with SetPoint Water Laboratories.