The heavy industrial market is recognising the value of the Afrox Service Level Agreement (SLA) attached to its Afrox BlueBox and Afrox RedBox heavy duty oxy-acetylene kits.
“Beyond being premium ISO/SANS approved equipment that has been specifically packaged to perform in rugged working environments such as mining, construction, shipbuilding, quarrying, scrap handling and heavy fabrication, these kits are part of a unique service offer,” says Afrox’s Lourens le Roux. “Under the SLA, each kit and each item of equipment it contains bear a dedicated serial number to ensure traceability and user accountability, minimising equipment abuse, loss and theft. The serial number is logged onto an Afrox database to ensure timeous servicing and replacement of elements, as well as to log equipment abuse and frequency of use.“
At pre-determined intervals, agreed with the customer, trained Afrox technical personnel service the equipment in the kit to an ‘as new’ status and replace any missing items. The kit is returned to the customer complete with a certificate confirming that all equipment complies with the required industry standards. The customer has peace of mind know that this safety critical equipment is always in a good condition.”
Le Roux adds that the offer also partially relieves the customer of the safety and legal responsibilities associated with the use of this type of equipment, effectively improving safety and risk control. At the same time, with the proper care, equipment also lasts longer and affords the customer improved cost control. Each complete cutting set is contained in a durable and robust plastic box.
The Afrox BlueBox contains selected elements of Afrox’s popular Saffire Legend 916 range of heavy duty cutting equipment, torches and regulators including an acetylene cutting torch capable of cutting up to 450mm plate with an 8F cutting tip. The premium Legend 916 range was named as a tribute to Afrox’s more than 60 years’ experience in gas equipment manufacture and for its 9/16” outlet connectors and fittings, suitable for tough working environments. The Afrox RedBox comprises gas equipment selected from other areas of Afrox’s Saffire gas equipment series, with 3/8” outlet connectors and fittings.
This set features the Saffire universal torch capable of cutting up to 300mm thick steel with a 3,2 Anm6 cutting nozzle, as well as SANS 2503 approved Saffire multi-stage regulators, incorporating “set and forget” technology that delivers constant pressure. The flashback arrestors are SANS 50730-1 approved and the gas hoses are SANS 3821 approved.
“Afrox differentiates itself in the African market by offering customers an end-to-end solution that is fully integrated for each process,” concludes Le Roux. “Real value is added to these processes, both from a financial and a productivity perspective, by sourcing the necessary consumables, equipment and gases, as well as on site support and training, from a single reputable supplier.“
"As a full solution provider with extensive process knowledge, leading-edge development programmes and expert resources, we’re committed to supporting industry with customer-specific, cost-effective solutions backed by a global supply chain through our parent company, The Linde Group.”